With the support of educators and community volunteers, Junior Achievement programs serve thousands of students in St. Joseph County every year. These JA experiences are igniting the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work in a 21st century global marketplace. During the 2017-2018 school year, over 375 community volunteers partnered with 442 classrooms to impact more than 10,000 students with JA programs. 

JA is a partnership between the business and education communities that prepares youth for economically independent futures based on strong economic knowledge and solid personal financial management skills.

We want to thank all of the teachers who invite us into their classrooms, our terrific volunteers who use their own experience and expertise to make the JA lessons come alive, and our generous contributors who provide the funding to help us open our students' minds to their potential!

If you are interested in serving on the St. Joseph County Board of Directors, or providing funding for Junior Achievement programming in St. Joseph County K-12 classrooms, please contact Dani Elgas at (563) 676-6200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in volunteering to teach JA programming in a local classroom, or are a teacher in St. Joseph County who would like to know more about bringing JA programs into your classroom, please contact Colleen Hahn at (574) 252-6056 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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Wine and Beer Festival: Friday, May 3rd 2019 at Four Winds Field


JA Golf Classic: August 2019 int 10 280x186

Held at the exclusive and beautiful Orchard Hills Country Club in Buchanan, the JA Golf Classic is a perfect way to enjoy a lovely fall day with colleagues or clients. Teams of four scramble through a memorable golf experience on one of the Midwest’s best golf courses. 

JA Business Challenge: Fall 2019 

Bring your coworkers and challenge a colleague to an epic battle to be a Titan of Industry. Teams of four adults utilize an online business simulation to determine who can run the most successful manufacturing company.  



Mike Miller, Weigand Construction (Chair)
Todd Bruce, Lake City Bank (President Emeritus)
David Blank, Lippert Components (Vice Chair) 
Russ Matthys, Crowe Horwath (Treasurer)
Steve Nilles, Indiana Trust and Investment (Secretary)


Ali Aessa, Farm Credit
Marnie Cornell, Key Bank
Kevin Fautz, Mutual Bank
John Griffith, 1st Source Bank
Dave Grossnickle, Old National Bank
Robert Hyde, Gibson
Geo Honnon, Gurley Leep
Tom Liddell, Harmony Healthcare IT
Gerard McDonald, Medical Advantage Group
Judd McNally, Fifth Third Bank
Josue Ortiz, Woodforest Bank
John Phair, Holladay Properties
Tom Ross, First Merchants Bank
Tasha Stepp, Centier Bank
Shawn Todd, Cressy Commercial Real Estate 
Alie Webb, PNC Bank
Brandon Williamson, First State Bank


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