One Region is a nonprofit, 501(c)3, working throughout Northwest Indiana (Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties) to determine priorities and strategies for the future advancement of the region with a focus on:
- economic growth,
- sustainability, and
- improved quality of life.
In 2013, One Region merged two organizations: The Quality of Life Council, founded over 20 years ago by the region’s institutions of higher learning, and the One Region: One Vision initiative, launched about ten years ago by The Times Media Co.
President & CEO
Leah Konrady was born and raised in Michigan City, IN. She recently returned to Northwest Indiana after living in California, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining One Region, Leah worked for CH2M in Fresno, California, focusing on government affairs and community outreach for water infrastructure. While in Washington, D.C. she served as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Pete Visclosky and worked at the Northeast Midwest Institute as Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program collaborating with the bipartisan Congressional Great Lakes Task Force.
Leah is passionate about Northwest Indiana as she is fifth generation to the area, and grew up with a family business in manufacturing plastics in the region. Leah has a B.A. in Geography and a MBA from the University of Denver.
Director of Operations
Linda L. Kollada
Linda started working at One Region in February of 2013 following a few years of retirement from her position as Vice President of Human Resources at Peoples Bank in Munster, Indiana. Linda decided to go back to work because she truly missed the interaction with people and the self-satisfaction that is achieved when you make a positive difference in someone’s life. The One Region employment opportunity was brought to her attention and after researching the organization she determined it was a good fit.
Linda has lived in the region of Northwest Indiana all her life as well as raising her children here. Linda’s children live here with their families and she hopes that their children will live in the region with theirs. Therefore, it is very important to Linda to focus on the priorities and strategies for improving quality of life and place in our region to help insure that her future generations will stay here and raise their families.
Board of Directors
The Chancellor of Purdue University Northwest, Thomas Keon, and the Publisher of The Times Media Co., Chris White, serve as co-chairmen of One Region.