Dr. Kyle Antos
Dr. Antos was born and raised in La Porte, graduating from La Porte High School in 2001. He has been fortunate to be able to serve his community for eight years now as an optometrist with Midwest Eye Consultants.
Dr. Antos is blessed with three beautiful little girls, Amaya, Isabelle and Elin, and has been married to his amazing dance partner Elizabeth Antos for almost twelve years. He loves spending his free time with his family, golfing and lifting weights at the YMCA. Performing in front of a large crowd does not scare him nearly as much as the idea of raising teenage daughters. Dr. Antos will draw strength for this dance from his ability to adapt to life surrounded by tons of pink and purple, horses and Disney princesses.
Jenny grew up in La Porte and graduated as a Slicer. She is also a graduate of Ivy Tech, with Associates Degrees in Graphic Design and Web Design. Jenny is the executive team leader and sales manager at LaPorteCountyLife.com, an exclusively positive online media company here in the region.
In her spare time, Jenny enjoys running, camping, kayaking and almost anything outdoors. She loves to travel and plans to do much of that over the coming years, but is also a self-proclaimed "family nerd" who enjoys spending time with her family. Jenny is excited to learn to dance and get out on the floor during this year's Dancing Like a Star competition!
Jess is an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in La Porte. He and his wife, Lisa, reside in La Porte with their two sons, Henry and Clark.
Jess is currently the Senior Warden for the Free and Accepted Masons of Excelsior #41 in La Porte. He is a member of the Orak Shrine in Michigan City, where he serves as a swordsman in the La Porte 4th of July parade. Jess is also a 32nd degree mason with the Scottish Rite Valley of South Bend, and a member of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon in Northwest Indiana.
In addition, Jess is an active member of Agape Christian Church where he leads Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes, and has served as a teacher in children’s ministries. Finally, as a member of the La Porte County Family YMCA, Jess is active in fundraising campaigns and coaching basketball. He also coordinated a basketball skills clinic earlier this year.
Angie Nelson Deuitch
Angie joined NIPSCO’s Public Affairs and Communications Team in 2011. She is responsible for Community Outreach, Stakeholders and Public Relations in La Porte, Starke, Marshall, Elkhart, St. Joseph and Kosciusko counties. She is also very active with several not-for-profit organizations. Her passion is geared towards youth leadership and education. She is on the board of directors of the Unity Foundation, LaPorte County Career and Tech Center Advisory Board, LaPorte County United Way and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. She is also very involved in the South Shore Leadership Center’s youth leadership program.
Prior to her position with NIPSCO, Angie was always involved in the community. She was a member of the Michigan City Common Council for four years beginning in 2008. She has served as a board member of Dunebrook, CASA/Harmony House, Michigan City Economic Development Corporation, Michigan City Housing Authority, The Hope Program, and the NAACP. She also served as a member of the Michigan City Area Schools Strategic Core team. She has done volunteer work for the Boys and Girls Club and the Minority Health Coalition. Angie is a member of several women’s civic organizations that include: The Drifters, Incorporated, The Links, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
Angie has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the FAMU / FSU College of Engineering. She also has a Masters of Public Affairs (Public Administration) from Indiana University. Angie resides in Michigan City with her family. She and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters, Kayla and Sydney.
Katy (Quigley) Gartland has been a Cardiac Nurse at Franciscan Health for five years. She also serves as Chairman of the organization's Education Council. Katy has a passion for teaching and a love for people! She loves teaching patients about heart health, overall wellness and making lifestyle changes.
Katy is currently the President of the La Porte Little Theatre, and is most proud of their summer camp program. She often shares the stage with her family, which includes her husband Tim and daughters Norah and Natalie. Katy serves on the Creative Team for Journey Church and is part of the Worship Team. She also volunteers for Dunebrook and coaches LaLumiere Cheerleading.
Chief Deputy Ron Heeg
Ron is a lifelong La Porte County resident. He has been with the La Porte County Sheriff's Office for 20 years and currently holds the position of Chief Deputy. He has previously been a member of the Dive and Rescue Team as well as the Emergency Response team.
Ron attended Indiana University South Bend where he attained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of Leadership La Porte County as well as the University of Louisville's Southern Police Institute. Ron currently serves on the Board of Directors for Grand Heritage Federal Credit Union in La Porte.
Ron and his wife, Heather, have two daughters, Olivia (7) and Allison (5).
Mayor Blair Milo
Blair Milo, Mayor of the Hub of Awesome, aka La Porte, was first elected in 2011. Upon taking office, Mayor Milo focused her administration on building the most conducive climate for economic development growth, providing for sustainable infrastructure needs and fostering a community dedication toward positive lifestyle choices.
Over the last 5 years Mayor Milo has led a community team that has created a business environment where over $200M in new investment and over 500 new jobs have been created. In early 2012 Mayor Milo formed a partnership with the City, the La Porte County Family YMCA and IU Health La Porte Hospital to create “Fitness Fridays,” a community fitness program that includes a weekly 5k walk/run with the Mayor. Since its inception, the program has added General Insurance Services as partner, and in 2014 Mayor Milo initiated “Step Up Saturdays” where she traveled to a city or town in all 92 counties across Indiana to initiate a similar free 5k walk/run program to help improve Indiana’s overall health. As a result, over 25% of participating communities intended to continue the concept and in early 2017 Mayor Milo was named “Elected Official of the Year” by the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association.
Prior to moving home to serve her community, Mayor Milo served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy with tours aboard the USS Mason (DDG 87), at the Destroyer Squadron 50 staff and at the Surface Warfare Directorate at the Pentagon. She holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Mayor Milo is also an avid reader, runner and triathlete as well as a proud Slicer, Boilermaker and Chicago Cubs fan.
Anthony is an attorney with Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones in La Porte where his primary practice areas include real estate, estate planning, estate administration, and business. He is a native of Michigan City and a graduate of Michigan City High School, where he won the 2006 Indiana High School State Golf Championship. He went on to play golf at Ball State and subsequently attended law school at the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
Anthony is the Vice-Chair of the Lakefront Career Network, the young professionals group of the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a mentor in Safe Harbor’s Hours for Ours program, volunteers as a judge in the LaPorte County Teen Court Program, and serves on the board of the Barker Woods Enrichment Center. While not a dancer by trade, Anthony has extensive dance experience, having attended many elementary and high school dances in his younger years. He is thankful for the support he has received throughout this dancing journey from his friends, family, and coworkers.
Lifelong La Porte County resident Joy Zigler is an Escrow Officer for Meridian Title Company, working in the Michigan City office. Joy attended LaPorte High School and graduated from Purdue North Central with an Associate’s Degree in Marketing and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational, Leadership and Supervision.
Community Service has always been a tremendous part of Joy’s life. She is a 20 year member of the LaPorte Jaycees and has served in many capacities, including Business Vice President, Community Vice President, 4th of July Parade Chair, Deserving Children’s Shopping Tour Chair and President. One of her favorite Jaycees events is the La Porte 4th of July celebration, which includes the parade and fireworks.
Joy is also involved as a Volunteer Coordinator for Rebuilding Together La Porte County and an Ambassador for the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce. Through her involvement in the community, Joy has learned much about herself and the people of this county. She was the recipient of the 2016 Volunteer of the Year R.O.S.E. Award. Joy says, “Service to Humanity is the best work of life. I want to encourage everyone here to be part of a group and give back to the community.”
The La Porte County Family YMCA has been serving our community for more than 107 years. We focus on three main priorities:
youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Today, we provide programming at 11
different sites, including our La Porte, Long Beach and Michigan City Elston branches, our Childcare
and Learning Center, our Andrew Avenue Outdoor Center and 6 area schools. We are proud to be one
of nearly 2,700 Ys across America, joined together to make a greater impact.