Jon Gold has been the Chief Executive Officer of TradeWinds Services, Inc. for 16 years. During this time, the agency has experienced growth in service while continuing to provide quality programs. This is Jon’s second tour of duty at TradeWinds. He was the Chief Financial Officer for 10 years prior to opening his own Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firm in Portage.
Jon attended Indiana University as well as Valparaiso University and has a BS in Business Administration. Jon has a secondary teaching license in business, which allows him the opportunity to teach high school business classes. He is a member of Pirates, Inc.
Director of Development & Marketing
Lisa Tatina is Director of Development & Marketing and Employment Services at TradeWinds Services, Inc. Lisa joined the TradeWinds team in May of 2016 after a 31-year career in sales and marketing for newspapers. Lisa also has many years of experience in non-profits; serving on many boards in Northwest Indiana over the last 20 years.
Lisa was on the TradeWinds board for 9 years; serving as president for the year 2011-2012. She is a current member of Pirates, Inc.
Director of Programs
Lisa Previs is Director of Programs for TradeWinds and has worked in a variety of roles for 27 years, including a Developmental Therapy Provider for 18 years and Director of TradeWinds’ Child Care for 15 years.
She is a licensed K-12 teacher who specialized in Special Education while earning a BS in Education at Purdue University. Lisa has worked on many projects including TradeWinds’ ongoing CARF accreditation, agency activities and events with Lake Area United Way. She is a current member of Pirates, Inc.
Accounting/QA Director and General Manager of the Sign Shop
Jamie Peyton is Accounting/QA Director and General Manager of the Sign Shop. She began her career at TradeWinds in August 1999. She started as a Staff Accountant and transitioned into a managerial role while earning her MBA from IU Northwest and gaining experience in the industry.
Jamie currently supervises the Accounting Department, coordinates the Quality Assurance Program, acts as the internal IT Coordinator and is the General Manager of TradeWinds’ Sign Shop. She has worked on projects such as TradeWinds’ ongoing CARF accreditation, participated in agency activities and events with the Lake Area United Way. She is a current member of Pirates, Inc.
Director of Human Resources
Vernita Johnson-Macklin is Director of Human Resources, Admissions, File Room, and the administrative reception area. She has been with TradeWinds for 15 years and has served in many roles. Starting as a Trainer, Vernita advanced to Admissions Coordinator, then Admissions and Quality Assurance Manager before taking on her current role.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Vernita has worked on many projects including TradeWinds’ ongoing CARF accreditation, agency activities and events with Lake Area United Way. She is a current member of Pirates, Inc.
Director of ADAPT (Adult Day Activity Program & Training) & Pre-Vocational Services
Theresa Buell is Director of ADAPT (Adult Day Activity Program & Training) & Pre-Vocational Services at TradeWinds Services, Inc. She joined the TradeWinds team in April of 2018 as the Lead QIDP for the residential homes. Prior to working at TradeWinds, Theresa was the Residential Director at LARC in Lansing, Illinois, and has over 20 years of experience in this field.
Theresa received her degree in Social Work from Indiana State University.
Director of Industries
Lynn Strohl is the Director of Industries at TradeWinds Services, Inc. Lynn is taking over for Helen Rutkowski who retired from TradeWinds after 36 years. Lynn earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Southern Indiana. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana.
Lynn has done some volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Club and has participated in CARF accreditation.
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