Founder, CEO, and Publisher
Chris MahlmannFounder, CEO, and Publisher
Chris is the founder, CEO, and publisher of the LIFE network and has developed the industry standard for connecting people with all that is positive in their community.
Chris grew up in the financial markets, spending time working with exchanges, brokerage firms, and ultimately running a market data, news, and software company for the global financial markets. He learned a lot about highly-efficient, highly-scalable communication networks. He utilized that technology background and communications skill set to build an extremely entrepreneurial communication, news, and information network using digital photography, HD video, blogs, web display, e-mail marketing, and social network tools to connect people, places, events, and organizations in one all-positive exchange.
Chris was awarded the 2011 Small Business Journalist of the Year from the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center e-day awards for excellence, and in 2013 was inducted into the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators.
He resides in Valparaiso with his wife Natalie, and has four children, Christopher, Nicole, Trevor, and Peyton.
Natalie MahlmannAccount Manager
Natalie is the account manager for Ideas in Motion Media.
Natalie Mahlmann grew up in Valparaiso and attended St. Paul Catholic School and Valparaiso High School. After completing her education at Indiana University, she obtained a job at the Chicago Board of Trade in the marketing department, where she met her husband Chris.
Natalie was delighted when the opportunity to move back to Valparaiso four years ago became an option. Her parents and two brothers also live in Valparaiso, which meant more time for family and especially their kids and their cousins getting to spend more time together. Natalie is also glad to have the chance to now give back to the community she grew up in, and for her children to have that chance as well.
When she is not handling the bookkeeping and accounts for Ideas in Motion, she can usually be found running her kids to and from school or sports practice, playing tennis, working out at the YMCA, or volunteering at school.
Executive Team Leader
Jenny-Craig BrownExecutive Team Leader
Jenny was born and raised in LaPorte and is proud to assist in sharing all that is happening within that community and the entire region. She attended college at Ivy Tech in Lafayette and South Bend and studied Graphic and web design.
Her position with this company allows her to be front and center in the public and has her meeting new people all the time, which she enjoys.
In her free time she loves Kayaking, running, and is very passionate about her friend and family time. She is married and her husband, Kevin is native to the region as well and part of all of her fun adventures.
Candace ArvinClient Development
Joe PorterWeb Developer
Joe Porter grew up in Northwest Indiana and currently lives with his wife and three kids in Schererville, IN. He started doing freelance web design in 2001. Joe’s attention to web standards sets him apart from fly-by-night web designers.
He insists that team members have the same vision and strive to make sure designs and code meet web compliance and exceed expectations.
Gina CullenGraphic Designer
Gina is the art director/graphic designer and front-end web developer for the LIFE network, as well as coordinator for office IT.
Gina is originally a Florida native, where she lived with her mom, dad, and little brother for 15 years. She has always been attached to art ever since she was a small child, but in her freshman year of high-school, she discovered the Adobe Creative suite, and subsequently, the world of graphic design. During those years, she spent nearly all her free time teaching herself Photoshop, HTML, and learning the tools of the trade for becoming a graphic designer. Her dedication and passion eventually paid off, as she became an Adobe Certified Associate at just 17 and moved onto college shortly after.
She attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Orlando, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Digital Arts & Graphic design in an accelerated two-year program. Shortly after graduating, she moved out to Northwest Indiana to look for work, and has found Ideas In Motion Media as a place to call home.
In her spare time, she enjoys painting, drawing, watching documentaries, and taking care of her houseplants.
Cody MorseProcessing Editor
Cody is a processing editor for the LIFE network.
Cody Morse has spent most of his life in Porter County, first living in Portage then moving to Valparaiso. While at Wheeler High school, he attended the Porter County Career and Technical Center for Video Production and Media Studies. In 2011, Cody took his passion for film to the next level by attending Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago. Armed with an Associate’s in Applied Media Sciences, he is now the Processing Editor at Ideas in Motion Media.
Stephanie SwearingtonClient Development
Stephanie is sharing the responsibility of Business Development for the LIFE Network. She enjoys learning new things, and has recently acquired her Master’s Degree. Stephanie began working with companies on process improvement by accident in 2009 when she aided in piloting and implementing a new program. She quickly found it was her niche.
She was born and raised in Hebron, and lives with her husband and two children in Valparaiso.
Stephanie enjoys road trips to exciting new places, reading and spending time outdoors with her family as much as possible.
Peter KrivasContributing Editor
Peter currently lives in Valparaiso and graduated from Indiana University with a major in History and a concentration in classical history. Peter is originally from New Jersey, but has also lived in Georgia, Ohio and, most recently, Montreal, Canada. Peter likes to read, write, game, hike and hang out with his wife, daughter, and dog. He is also very passionate about science, nature, world affairs, and history.
Jennifer BissonnetteContributing Editor
Jennifer studied English and Digital Media at Ball State University, where she graduated in May of 2012. She’s currently studying for her Masters in Communication through Purdue University.
She lives in Valparaiso with her husband and daughter. She enjoys spending time outside, reading books, crocheting, and attending concerts with her husband.
IT & Web Developer
Justin LunaIT & Web Developer
Justin raised as an only child grew up in Northwest Indiana and currently lives in Schererville, Indiana. He attended Carthage College after attending Lake Central HS. Justin served as a full-time student and varsity soccer athlete all 8 years being in school.
Graduated from Carthage College in May 2017 with a Computer Science degree. Justin has the knowledge of creating Android mobile applications. He built a Vacation Tracker app for his Senior Thesis. His favorite programming languages are Object-Oriented programming and Java. Justin has experience with Help Desk and is looking to grow in his programming career as a full-stack Web Developer.
In his spare time, he eats, sleeps, and plays soccer in different leagues throughout the Chicagoland / NWI Region year round. He likes binge watching game shows, Big Brother, Law & Order True Crime, Stranger Things, along with a variety of movie favorites. Also, loves to hang-out with his friends on the weekend and finds spending time with his family critically important.
Overall, Justin’s ambition and willingness to learn is what drives him closer to maturing and gaining work experience in his field.
Jonathon EddyContributing Editor
Jonathan has been a concert cellist, systems programmer, ballroom dancer, private chef, has an Associates in Culinary Arts and is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer. He also started his first business, a video game arcade, at 16. He has an incredible daughter that he lives with in Valparaiso. He has an online business that is geared to teaching people how to cook healthy food but without sacrificing flavor.
He has lived in six states, and plans on travelling the world. In his free time, he likes to be a gym rat, cook, reading, watching way too many movies, and loves anything geek or nerd related.