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.
Brett FullerManaging Editor
Brett is the managing editor and operations manager for the LIFE network and specializes in social media engagement and content development.
Brett Fuller was born in Northwest Indiana and has spent most of his time living in Valparaiso. With his mother as an educator and his father as a business manager, Brett has developed a great respect for the importance of education and the principles that drive a business. After graduating from Valparaiso High School in 2004, he attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, to study management and finance. After gaining a better insight into both disciplines, he found studying communications best utilized his skill sets and personal interest. However, because of the change in studies, Brett has attained a sound background in technology, sales, marketing, and management.
After working in the technology and sales fields, he began as an intern at Ideas in Motion in the spring of 2008. He graduated from Purdue University in December 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a focus on rhetorical advocacy and advertising.
In his free time, Brett enjoys reading, playing guitar, and following sports. He follows the “Big 3” Chicago sports teams (Bears, Bulls, Cubs). He tries to get out to Wrigley Field a couple of times per year.
Executive Team Leader
Jenny Craig-BrownExecutive Team Leader
Jenny is the executive team leader and sales manager, working closely with Chris in managing the LIFE network.
Jenny Craig grew up La Porte, Indiana and has two siblings she is very close with. She is a self-proclaimed “family nerd” who enjoys spending time with her family. She is a graduate of Ivy Tech with an 2 Associates Degrees in Graphic Design and Web Design.
In her spare time she enjoys running, camping, kayaking and almost anything outdoors. She loves to travel and plans to do much of that in the coming years.
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.
Andrew RoweContributing Editor
I am a contributing editor for the LIFE network.
I’ve lived in the Region for most of my life. I grew up in North Judson and lived in La Porte before moving to the Valparaiso area. I graduated from Purdue North Central in 2014 with a Liberal Arts degree and joined the LIFE Coverage Team in early 2015.
Before IIMM I worked in offset and screen printing. I’ve been a musician for 16 years playing bass, guitar, keyboards and drums. Above all else I love European Football and Chelsea Football Club.
Megan RiggBusiness Development
Megan is the Business and Client Development Specialist (maybe better known as the “Mini Jenny”) at Ideas In Motion Media. She joined the LIFE team in July of 2016.
Megan was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana. She attended Washington Township School from kindergarten until graduation, and then went on to college at Indiana University Northwest. In May 2016, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and a minor in Marketing. She worked her way through school while working retail, and eventually moved into leadership within the industry. Upon graduation, she wanted to be more involved with the community she grew up in, and that’s when she found Ideas In Motion Media.
Megan tries to keep busy outside of work. On the side, she also umpires girl’s little league softball for the Valparaiso Parks Department, and it’s one of her favorite things about summer. She lives with her boyfriend and two cats, who she tries to spend as much time with as possible. Also, she likes to get out of town and travel as often as possible, visiting 6 different states within the last year alone. When her introversion strikes, you will often find her running, at the gym, or curled up with a good book, music, and coffee.
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.
Anthony ClevelandContributing Editor
Anthony Cleveland is the contributing editor and coverage team manager for the LIFE network.
Anthony Cleveland graduated from Morgan Township High School and then went onto Ball State University to study Telecommunications.
In his spare time Anthony enjoys writing comics, homebrewing, watching hockey, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and his crazy dog named Lucy.
Jessica CampbellContributing Editor
Jessica is one of the contributing editors at Ideas in Motion. She joined the LIFE team in December of 2016.
Jessica was born and raised in Chesterton, Indiana. She attended Chesterton High School, then went onto graduate from Indiana University Bloomington with a double major in Journalism and English. After college, she returned to Chesterton and started working as a reporter for a local town newspaper, before finding her way onto the LIFE team. She is also a freelance columnist for an online running publication.
To combat the desk sitting, Jessica spends her free time outside. Thanks to a childhood where every single summer day was spent on the beaches of Lake Michigan, that is where you’ll find her now. Look for her running the dunes of the Indiana State Park with her mother, swimming buoys, or lounging with a book.
Justin WickerIT/Web Developer
Justin is involved in Web Development and IT for the LIFE network. He graduated locally from Kankakee Valley High School and Valparaiso University for high school and college respectively. Justin is married to his wife, Mia, and they are expecting a baby girl in April. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys running local races around the area.”
Taylor IrbyVideo Producer
Taylor Irby is a multimedia specialist for Ideas In Motion Media.
She graduated from Morton High School in Hammond, and went on to earn a degree in photojournalism from Ball State University.
In her spare time, she’s taking photos, spending time outside, playing with her dogs, or heading to a media workshop.
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.
Robert TovarBusiness DevelopmentRobert is the Business and Client Development Specialist – quickly nicknamed “Johnny Run-Around” at Ideas in Motion Media. Robert joined the LIFE team in January 2017.Robert was born in Illinois and raised in Portage, Indiana. He went on to attend Indiana University in Bloomington. In May 2015, Robert earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Sports Management, with a minor in Business.In his leisure time, Robert enjoys playing basketball, working out, and spending time with his family. He also likes to visit local craft breweries and plans on traveling more in the near future.