YPN Ambassadors

Meet the faces of YPN!

Our YPN Ambassador group is new to YPN South Bend this year! You will see them at many events and spreading the word about all the good things going on. If you have any questions about YPN, feel free to reach out to them or to our Advisory Council 

Dani Baber: Regional Director of Sales for Bravo Hospitality 

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019?  I am excited for the growth of YPN. I am also excited for the new and unique events that will bring new faces to our YPN community. 
What you love about the South Bend Region?  I love that South Bend is the most friendly city. No matter where you go you will always find a smiling face. 
Fun fact? I make my own candles and fruit jams. 
Favorite restaurant in the area? Jesus Latin Grille

Kelley Davies: Commercial & Industrial Accounts Manager for Northern Indiana Public Service Company

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019?  I am excited to network and collaborate with young professionals in the South Bend area.  Working together and promoting this region will have positive impacts on our I am communities.
What you love about the South Bend Region? I love the small community feel with the big-city vibe and culture.  We have activities for all interests in South Bend.
Fun fact? I am an avid outdoors woman. I love to hike, kayak, and explore the outdoors!
What is your secret obsession?  I travel and follow the band Phish.  I would say its an obsession when I take most of my vacation to see them play.  I am taking vacation next month to see Phish play on a beach in the Mexican Riviera Maya!

Kevin Fautz: Financial Center Manager for MutualBank

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019?  I am excited to introduce people to the connections that I have made over the past year by attending YPN events. Everyone I have met is willing to help you grow your professional network.
What you love about the South Bend Region? Whether you are looking for a fun night out with friends, a romantic evening, or fun day activities with your children; South Bend offers something for everyone.
Fun Fact? My wife and I met while we were both working at Martin’s Super Market.  Now we work at competing financial institutions and help to better each other on a daily basis.
What makes you the happiest? Spending time with my wife and playing Legos with our two boys (number three arriving in April 2019)

Kristina Fuehring-Callahan: Founder and CEO of Perfect Fit Stylist

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019?  I'm excited for a new year with new opportunities and new people and what YPN can do for the region! 
What you love about the South Bend Region? It is the perfect big little city where it is growing and innovating yet one can play an essential role in the region's success. 
Fun Fact? I grew up on a farm in northern Michigan, started riding horses at the age of 2, played 6 sports in high school and 2 in college.
What is your secret obsession? Shoes. I have over 200 pairs

 

DESMOND hARRIS: SALES REPRESENTATIVE FOR sERVICEmASTER cOMMERCIAL cLEANING

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019? I am excited about all the ways to engage with YPs and different areas of this community. It is a great opportunity to learn about who is in this community and what this community has to offer! 
What you love about the South Bend Region? I love how there is a future to build on, from re-purposed buildings to improved parks, there is a "down home" feel to this re-surging town. 
Fun Fact? I got to wear the Freddy Fever (Indiana Fever mascot) costume for a Vera Bradley photoshoot.
What makes you happiest? Creating opportunities for young leaders to show the things they are passionate about. 

   

Thomas Kurzhal: corporate controller for adams remco

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019? We have an enthusiastic advisory council that is eager to continue to help build up the South Bend community. 
What you love about the South Bend Region? South Bend has always been my home and I grew up walking along the river from Riverside to IUSB. To see all the transformations downtown has been incredible.  
Fun Fact? My childhood dream job was to be a storm chaser, (Thank you Twister) but then I majored in accounting.  
Favorite thing? I love the fall and tailgating for Notre Dame football games. 

Amanda McCord: Branch Manager for Centier Bank

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019?  I am most excited about getting to continue developing connections and friendships with other local young professionals, along with finding new places around the area that I otherwise would not have known about. 
What you love about the South Bend Region? I love the diversity and hidden gems that can be found in the South Bend Region. There is always something new and fun going on.
Fun Fact? I lived in North Carolina for four years before moving back home to Indiana. 
Favorite thing to do outside of work? My favorite thing to do outside of work is find new places around town with my friends or work on projects around the house.

Morgan Myers: Business Development Manager for The Source Company

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019?  When I moved back to town after six years, I found YPN was a really great organization for me to connect with other YPs. I'm most excited about YPN's opportunity for community involvement and general networking in the coming year. 
What you love about the South Bend Region? I love the variety of things to do in town.  On any given weekend I can be looking forward to biking the riverfront trail from Mishawaka to St. Pats Park, checking out a SB Cubs game, stopping by local wineries and breweries, or taking a yoga class during the Summer Fitness Series.
Fun Fact? One time I threw out the first pitch at a Cincinnati Reds game to the Mr. Peanut mascot when I worked for Kraft Foods.
Favorite restaurant in the area? Rocco’s.  My family has been going there for years and we love the atmosphere and the food!

Annie Sauer: Tech Training and Change Management Professional for the University of Notre Dame Office of Information Technology

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019?  I look forward to meeting new arrivals to the area and connecting with other young professionals.
What you love about the South Bend Region? The variety of activities going on around town. There's something here for everyone. 
Fun Fact? I am an avid writer of cyperpunk short stories and novels.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? Read, write, or hang with friends at The Exchange or Hammer & Quill.

Brooke Speer: CLIENT EXECUTIVE FOR GIBSON

Why you are excited about YPN in 2019? I’m excited to meet even more great people and to experience all YPN has to offer with them.  YPN is such an asset to the South Bend community, offering young people in the area a variety of professional opportunities & resources, fun socials & adventures (ropes courses, white water rafting, etc.), and chances to volunteer and give back to the place we call home.  
What you love about the South Bend Region? I grew up in rural Montana, so to me, the South Bend region is the perfect size— it’s big enough to offer lots of things to do and places to explore, but it also has a strong sense of community that you might not find in a bigger city.     
Fun Fact? I lived in Australia for four months while studying abroad in college.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? I love going to trivia (shout out to K&A Trivia!) with my husband, friends, coworkers, and anyone else who will join us.  I’m not necessarily good at trivia, but it’s always a good time and we always learn something interesting!