Wellfield Botanic Gardens
ELKHART — Josh Steffen has been hired as Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ horticulture manager.
His goal will be to develop engagement and interaction between Wellfield and the community at large.
Steffen is the manager of the horticulture component of the gardens responsible for maintaining the grounds, gardens and plant collections, while overseeing the volunteers, hiring new gardeners and staffing the gardens.
Elkhart Childhood Alliance
FORT WAYNE — Early Childhood Alliance Board of Directors has announced that Karin Gilbert of Granger has joined its staff as school-age specialist, where she will work with school-age programs across ECA’s 10-county service area to provide training/coaching to increase quality.
Gilbert will be connecting child care providers to local, state and national resources while promoting relationships between schools and providers who care for school-age children.
St. Joseph County Airport Authority
SOUTH BEND — The St. Joseph County Airport Authority has hired Tim O’Donnell, A.A.E., as South Bend Airport’s (SBN) director of operations and maintenance.
In this position, O’Donnell will direct and manage all operations, maintenance and safety functions, including these departments, to ensure quality service to the public and compliance with all FAA regulations.
O’Donnell has nearly 20 years aviation experience, and previously served seven years as operations manager/airport supervisor at Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority.
1st Source Insurance
SOUTH BEND — 1st Source has promoted Chris Strafford to president of 1st Source Insurance.
In his new role, Strafford will be responsible for strategy and management of 1st Source Insurance’s nine offices in South Bend/Mishawaka, Goshen, Elkhart, Michigan City, La Porte Knox, Fort Wayne, Valparaiso and Merrillville.
While Strafford has served as vice president of 1st Source Bank’s Asset Advisor Program since 2006, he has 18 years of prior financial services experience with Kemper Investors Life Insurance Company, Van Kampen Funds and NatCity Investments.