NEO Board & Staff

Deborah Birch


Marie Robinson


Paul Schreiner


Isaac Carr

Isaac is a local Attorney who believes that education is the best way to change our community for the better.  His passion is driven by his personal experiences with poverty which pushed him to gain the skills and knowledge to help others who seek to rise above their circumstances to reach their dreams.  The path to reaching those dreams begins with access to quality education and the opportunities to apply that education.  NEO, through its adult education program and New Vistas High School, provides such possibilities to change our community for the better.

Board of Directors

Mark Lutze

Based on a career that spanned forty years in education, I am aware that there are students whose educational needs are not well served in the traditional educational setting.  I am excited to work with fellow board members and the staff to provide an option for those students, complementing the good work done in the public schools. I believe that NEO serves to fill an important need in our community, and I look forward to work with the board to set direction and develop policies and that will help in making the organization thrive.

Eva Ludwiczuk

Born in Poland, Eva moved to the United States during the 1980s.  Beginning her career anew, she started working in non-profit organizations while pursuing a degree in the management, which led to a move into higher-education administration in the early nineties.  Since then, she's held positions in a number of universities in the Chicagoland area, eventually transferring just across the border to sunny Indiana.

Eva currently serves as a Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services at the IvyTech Community College in Valparaiso.  Education is her passion and graduation ceremonies a favorite and most rewarding events celebrating student success.

She lives in Miller, keeps two mischievous little dogs and an excellent garden. She remains haunted by a foreign accent to this very day.

Alicia Rios

Alicia is a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Duneland Council #5016.  She has been a member of LULAC for 29 years.  A former LULAC National Vice President and the Immediate Past LULAC Vice President for the Elderly.  She is also a former member of the LNESC Board and a current member of The Military Service Academy Board under the direction of Congressman Peter Visclosky.  Growing up in East Chicago, Alicia attended East Chicago Washington High School and is a graduate of Bishop Noll Institute.  As a member of LULAC she is passionate about her service community efforts.  In a combined partnership with NEO and LULAC, and with her help, it was possible to have acquired the Ford Driving Dreams Grant, a 2 year educational STEM program.


Jennifer Jennings

Business Manager

Clifton Rhodes

Director of School Safety

Leticia Munguia


Courtney Dix

Administrative Assistant

Paula Siminski

HSE Testing

Anita King

PM Clerk

Tracy Layton-Dosen

PM Clerk

Brooke Allen

Communications and Development Coordinator

Melvin Pumphrey


Rodney Willis


Trinette Macklin


Teisha Knight


NEO's New Vistas High School and Adult Education

5201 US Hwy. 6 | Portage, IN 46368


Fax: 219-850-4445

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