Jon Gold has been the Chief Executive Officer of TradeWinds Services, Inc. since 1999. During this time, the agency has experienced a substantial growth of services while continuing to provide quality programs. In 2014, Jon oversaw the move to our current facility in Hobart that resulted in doubling the number of people served, necessitating the purchase of another facility across from the main center. During Jon's tenure, the agency has expanded its number of properties throughout the community to 18, including residential sites.
Jon started as an accountant in 1986; and, in 1988, was promoted to Chief Financial Officer, serving for 8 years before leaving to run his own Certified Public Accounting practice in Portage. Jon is on his second tour of duty at TradeWinds, returning as CEO in 1999.
Jon attended Indiana University and Valparaiso University and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Jon also has a second degree in business education for teaching business classes.
Jon has 2 daughters, Rebecca and Elizabeth, both Purdue graduates. Jon enjoys watching and playing sports, attending concerts, and traveling in his spare time. Jon grew up and lives in Valparaiso. He is a member of Pirates, Inc.
Director of Development & Marketing and Director of Employment Services
Lisa Tatina is the Director of Development & Marketing and of Employment Services at TradeWinds Services, Inc. Lisa joined TradeWinds in May of 2016 after a 31-year career in sales and marketing in newspapers. Lisa worked at the Post-Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times; she was the Vice President of Sales for the Sun-Times' portfolio of papers from NW Indiana up to Waukegan, Illinois, right before she came to TradeWinds.
Lisa brings a wealth of marketing experience and has been involved in many local non-profits in NWI over the last 35+ years. Lisa was a TradeWinds board member for 9 years; she knows the mission of TradeWinds well. She believes in the work TradeWinds does, which was a major reason she made the career change and came to TradeWinds.
Lisa is married to Ken Tatina, and they have 2 daughters. They reside in Northwest Indiana. Lisa enjoys golf and fishing in her free time. She is a member of Pirates, Inc.
Director of Youth & Residential Programs
Lisa Previs is Director Youth Services, and Residential Services for TradeWinds Services. She has worked in a variety of roles for over 33 years, including a Developmental Therapy Provider for 18 years and Director of TradeWinds’ Child Care for 28 years. Lisa currently oversees TradeWinds’ Group Home and Supported Living programs.
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, the health & safety of the facilities, and events with Lake Area United Way. She is a current member of Pirates, Inc.
Director of Fiscal Compliance and IT
Jamie has been with TradeWinds Services, Inc. since August 1999. During her time with the agency, Jamie has served as a member of the senior management team, supervised the Accounting Department, and worked on special projects. She is currently focusing on Fiscal Compliance, managing the internal IT, and other special projects such as the ongoing CARF Accreditation.
Jamie attended Indiana University Northwest earning a Master of Business Administration Degree.
Jamie lives in Valparaiso, Indiana with her husband Dan. She has two children, Brandon and Sydney, and one grandson, Greysen. Jamie is an animal lover and is active in fostering rescue pets and supporting various animal rescue groups. She is a current member of Pirates, Inc.
Director of Human Resources
Vernita Johnson-Macklin is the Director of Human Resources, Admissions, File Room, and the administrative reception area. She has been with TradeWinds for 24 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 Industries & General Manager of the Sign Shop
Lynn Strohl is the Director of Industries and General Manager of the Sign Shop. He has been at TradeWinds for almost 5 years. Lynn manages TradeWinds’ AbilityOne contracts along with commercial contracts for our General Production department.
Lynn earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Southern Indiana, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Lynn has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club and has participated in CARF accreditation. He is a current member of Pirates, Inc.
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