Meet Our Staff
Stephen W. Eastridge – Executive Director
Stephen Eastridge started with JCEDO at the end of 2017. He began his career in Michigan city with the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC). During his time with the EDCMC, he helped create the Michigan City Promise Program and develop tools for fast and efficient incentive analysis. From Michigan City, Eastridge went on to work in the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the City of Cincinnati, as a member of the Major Project Teams. Eastridge worked on many types of projects, but primarily focused on downtown real estate development, corporate attraction, and office relocation. It was his experience with DCED that allowed him to join JCEDO as the Executive Director.
Dan Preston – Industry Liaison
Dan Preston joined JCEDO in July of 2017 where he served as the interim head of the organization while a national search was conducted for a new organization leader. In the past, Preston had served in multiple positions with Indiana Gas Company since joining in 1979 and retiring in 2001 working mostly in regional aspects of public affairs. He subsequently worked in economic development in Indiana and Kentucky, not-for-profit fund raising and consulting before coming to JCEDO. Citing being close to family, Preston and his wife became residents of Jasper County in 2016.
Tori Robertson – Tourism & Community Relations Coordinator
Tori Robertson started with JCEDO in the spring of 2019 as the Tourism and Community Relations Coordinator. She attended Ball State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. Tori started her career in the health field where she discovered a passion for building relationships and decided to switch her focus to business. Robertson found JCEDO to be a great change of pace and positive career change. She is looking forward to forming new relationships and impacting Jasper County in a positive way.
Josie Brown joined JCEDO in January of 2020 as the Economic Development Coordinator. She attended Saint Joseph’s College of Renssealer and then continued her education at Marian University in Indianapolis where she obtained a BS in Business Administration. Josie started her career in social work where she was given the opportunity to help people from all walks of life. Her work required building trustful relationships and advocating for client children and families. Brown’s experience in documentation, preparing reports and histories while coordinating with service providers, courts, the community and schools provides essential background skills for her duties with JCEDO.
Board of DIrectors
Chairman – Mr. Rodney Urbano, Town & Country Paving
Vice Chairman – Mr. Jonathan Cripe, Town of Remington
Treasurer – Mr. David Del Principe, Del Principe & Allie
Secretary – Ms. Cindy Admave, NIPSCO
Past Chair – Mr. Bryan Washburn, Jasper County REMC
Mr. Tony Albrecht, First Merchants Bank
The Hon. Rein Bontreger, Jasper County Council
The Hon, Kendell Culp, County Commissioner
Mr. Dirk Eggleston, T&M Limited Partnership
Ms. JoAnn McElfresh, Jenkins Realtors, Inc.
Mr. Tom Long, NITCO
Mr. Dave Heninger, ConAgra Foods
Mr. Jon Schwab, Presidio Group
Mr. Mitch Van Kley, The Hamstra Group
Mr. Jeremy Scheitlin, Titan Construction
Mr. Jatin Patel, DJS Hospitality
Ms. Heather Tokarz, Town of DeMotte
Mr. Fred Geyer, American Melt Blown