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Photo of Ronald Floyd Garrison Ronald Floyd Garrison Technology Liason / Webmaster

Ronald Floyd Garrison
Founder – CEO
Bad Dog Web Hosting & Design
Bad Dog IT Consulting, LLC

819 Van Buren Ave
New Chicago, Indiana 46342-1155
Tel: (219) 616-4512

The Early Years

Ronald Floyd Garrison was born on August 22, 1968 is the city of Gary, Indiana to Darlene Alice Garrison and Arthur F Garrison. Ron has one Brother, Scott A. Garrison. He lived in Aetna are of Gary, Indiana till the age of three, at that time they moved to the Glen Park area of Gary, Indiana. At the age of thirteen the family moved to Portage, Indiana for a year then moved to Hobart Indiana while they built their home in New Chicago, Indiana.…

Photo of Megan Johnston Megan Johnston

Megan grew up in Plainfield, Indiana with her mom. At the age of 18, Megan began using drugs and at 19, became addicted to heroin. After two years of addiction, she entered a treatment facility and fought for a year and a half to overcome her addiction.

Since then, Megan has committed her life to helping people who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. She currently works as a coordinator of a Recovery Community Center in Valparaiso, IN which provides recovery support services.

She is also a Certified Recovery Specialist.

Megan has a heart to see the most hurting people healed, and the most broken people set free.…

Photo of Davey Johnston Davey Johnston

Davey is 22 years old and lives in North Judson, Indiana.

He currently lives and works in the Hope Restored building as a head brewer at Bottleneck Solutions.

He is passionate about hurting people and rehabilitation, specifically through wellness and nutrition.

Photo of Jesse Johnston Jesse Johnston

Jesse has lived in Starke County for the past 25 years. He graduated from Knox High School and then went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in education from Bethel College.

He worked at Knox High School for two years, and then taught for three years at an alternative high school in Knox called The Crossing. While there, he was really exposed first hand to some of the serious issues our county faces such as poverty, broken homes, and substance abuse.

He was impacted in a major way and is determined to be a part of restoring hope and healing to this community.…

Photo of Wendy Medbourn Wendy Medbourn

Wendy’s current role is the Intercultural Programs Liaison at the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research (CILMAR), housed in International Programs, Purdue University.

As a resident in Starke County for the past 30 years, she has had a lot of experience relating to families in many capacities.

Her passion is to help make a difference in others’ lives increased as she saw different statistics and general poverty while working as the Executive Director for Love INC, and serving as a CASA in Starke County.

Wendy believes that when we all pull our resources together, we can change lives, impacting generations.

Photo of Steve Purtha Steve Purtha

Steve resides in LaPorte, IN and is the owner of the Hope Restored building where the Hope Restored Halfway House will be located.

When he was 13 years old, Steve decided that he wanted to somehow make a difference in the lives of people who were homeless and hurting. He waited patiently, and was presented the opportunity to buy a large, dilapidated building in North Judson, IN.

Thus began the Hope Restored building. Steve was determined to make the building a place of refuge where people can receive support, love, and hope.

Steve is passionate about helping addicted people and has donated much of his time and effort to help make the Hope Restored Halfway House a reality.

Photo of Annette Warkentien Annette Warkentien Board Member

Annette grew up in Starke County and graduated from North Judson San-Pierre High School. She graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a degree in Business and Marketing. In 1999, the Prosecuting Attorney received a grant to add a Victim Advocate to the office and Annette was offered the job. Dealing with victims of crime as well as a criminal justice system was challenging. In addition, the position was grant based and included securing an annual grant.

In 2005 the Prosecuting Attorney was elected Judge and Annette was offered a position as a probation officer. For the past 15 years she has worked in that capacity and dealt with people struggling to overcome addiction.…

Photo of Todd S Willis MA, LMHC, LCAC, LPC Todd S Willis MA, LMHC, LCAC, LPC Board Member

Todd has been working at Porter-Starke Services since November 2000 and has been serving children and their families for over 20 years.  During this time period he has worked with a variety of children, adolescents, and their families in a number of setting including schools, hospitals, residential, day treatment, outpatient and the juvenile detention setting. His current role of Director of Prevention and Education allows him to work closely in the community with the goal of decreasing mental health and addiction stigma.  In addition, Todd has a passion to help people build protective factors and develop strategies to prevent mental health, addiction and suicide from developing within themselves and their families. …