I grew up in Mishawaka and went to Penn High School. I moved to Goshen in 2016.
I’m the financial center manager at MutualBank. I do everything from community networking to coaching employees to hiring to making sure the branch is functioning; if anything breaks, getting it fixed. I’ve officially been in this position since 2017.
My most favorite thing in Goshen is just that I can take my family out and not have to really worry – there’s always something to do that’s kid-friendly. Or if it’s date night, girls night, whatever, it’s very versatile in that way. My favorite spots are Pizzeria Venturi and Common Spirits. I haven’t visited in a while; we have child number two coming in September. I also like Constant Spring and Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn – Goshen. Those are all my go-to’s.
I hang out at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce a lot, and I’m the chairwoman of the Goshen Ambassadors this year. I’ve been with the Ambassadors around two years, and would say that’s what has adapted me to Goshen the most, just because you meet so many people. Ambassadors represent their companies, and we go to the ribbon cuttings of local businesses that have maybe remodeled or are new to the Chamber. We also vote to give different businesses Member of the Month awards, just based on what they’re doing in the community. We also give out a Beautification Award if a business remodels outside, landscaping-wise or building-wise.
There is just something charismatic about downtown Goshen. Like First Fridays: You can go down there and see all these kids having fun, whether they’re getting their faces painted or just dancing to the music or getting sugar high at The Nut Shoppe. People are just friendly, and nobody is ever like, ‘Why is everybody so nice around here?’ It’s just how Goshen is. If I had to describe Goshen in three words, it would be: charismatic, genuine, and friendly. Which I don’t know that you would get everywhere.
Editor • Maddie Yost, Scott Weisser
Interview + Photography • Scott Weisser