Faces of YPN

Meet some of the young professionals who are actively involved in YPN! We guarantee that you'll see at least one of them or meet a member of our Advisory Council at the next event! 

Steven Burnside
investment officer, lake city bank

Tell us about your job.
I manage investment portfolios and provide financial planning services as part of a comprehensive, team-based approach for clients in the Wealth Advisory Group at Lake City Bank.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I play soccer with an awesome group of people and have started learning Latin dance as well (also an awesome group of people!).

If you could do anything OR wish for anything to come true, what would you wish for?
Would world peace and prosperity be a cliché answer? I’d pick that. And a few billion dollars for me as well. Can I have both?

What’s your favorite part about living in South Bend?
The people, hands down. Don’t me wrong, I enjoy the low cost of living, the fact that I can buy house for under $200K and the non-existent traffic congestion problems, but it’s hard to find such a genuine and caring population of people anywhere else.

If you were going to go to the movies alone, what would be the perfect film for you to watch by yourself?
I’ve been trying to do more things alone, as I think it’s beneficial for independence and gets me out of my comfort zone. If I really wanted to be adventurous, I’d tell myself to get dressed up as a storm trooper and go see the new Star Wars by myself.

What kind of phone was your first cell phone?
My dad was generous enough to lend me his shoe-sized, walkie-talkie looking dual-purpose car phone/cell phone to take out on 8th grade nights back in the late 1990’s to call when I was ready to be picked up.

Cody Jackson
Marketing and Beverage Manager, HMR Acquisition Company, Inc.

What's your all-time favorite TV show?
My all-time favorite TV show would have to be The Office. I have been in an office setting for more than eight years now and can relate to many of the situations depicted in the show. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

Tell us about your job.
My job consists of a wide array of tasks and projects like planning Hacienda's next promotion, looking at new trends in the food and beverage industry, assisting our locations with daily needs or engaging with our fans through social media. The best part of my job is that we are one big family, in and out of the office/restaurants.

What's your favorite part of living in South Bend?
South Bend offers a plethora of activities and opportunities for those that live in the area. I enjoy being able to watch the South Bend Cubs play one day and then turn around to see Wicked at the Morris the next day.

Do you have any secret obsessions?
King Gyros...there is something about a Gyro plate that just makes the day better.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
My biggest obsession is to turn old furniture or items into something new. I have participated in Art Beat with my own booth and it was an amazing experience.

Why YPN?
YPN is a great way to become knowledgeable about what our community has to offer. It is intriguing to hear what others do in the area for their careers and find out something new about South Bend's landscape. Plus, we have the opportunity to check out new spots in town, hear from local business professionals and create friendships.

What is the last thing you cooked (and were impressed by)? 
The last thing I cooked was Salmon, rice and asparagus. It's an easy go-to meal, but I like to play around with different herbs and spices.

Staff Accountant, Kruggel Lawton CPAs

Which College/University did you graduate from?
I graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a BS in Accounting and obtained my CPA license shortly thereafter.

Tell us about your job.
During my career in public accounting thus far, I have had the pleasure of serving a variety of municipal, for-profit, private, and not-for-profit entities in primarily audit and consulting roles. The best part about the work is getting to use my critical thinking and attention to detail to help the causes I care about. I particularly enjoy working with not-for-profits because they often have people who are passionate about their work and also really need the help!

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I recently picked up my violin for the first time since high school and started a small ensemble called “Sidewalk Strings” with a few friends. We have begun playing pop music and Christmas music and love every minute of it! It’s fun to be part of a group that is excited about music and also brings a little happiness into the world!

What’s your favorite thing to do in South Bend?
Saturday mornings are the best! I really enjoy running with my dog, Mackie, on the South Bend River walk. We usually run past the East Race, through downtown South Bend and like to stop by the Farmer’s Market on our way home! This area is particularly fun in the summer time because there are almost always activities going on – casual yoga or dance classes in the park, organized 5K and bike rides, and other events, which are good opportunities to people watch and help me feel more connected to the city.

What’s your secret obsession?
I am secretly obsessed with finding any good reason to make decorations, eat festive treats and celebrate random things. I particularly love to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the lesser celebrated holidays because most people overlook them. For example, my best friend and I celebrate every Valentine’s day by making treats and handmade cards to give to unsuspecting friends and co-workers. Since we’re both accountants, it’s usually the best part of busy-season every year!


MAdelyn Martinec
Community Involvement and Volunteer Coordinator, Center for the Homeless

Why do you love South Bend?
Since I grew up in South Bend, I often heard, “There’s nothing to do here.” I love South Bend because I’ve found that there’s always something to do here. It’s not like a big city where events are constantly advertised – some of the best events are the ones you find on your own that not too many people know about. I like that I can find events specifically tailored to my interests without being overwhelmed by too many activities.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Even though I work in the non-profit world, I love volunteering in the community – South Bend has dozens of non-profits that need volunteers, so there’s always something for everyone. I can usually be found volunteering at events for the Food Bank, Sunburst Races and Urban Adventure Games.

Which College/University did you graduate from?
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Holy Cross College. I’ll be starting my MBA soon at Bethel College and can’t wait to get started!

What is your favorite local event?
There are so many events to choose from! I would have to say that one of my favorite local events would have to be Fridays by the Fountain outside the Morris Performing Arts Center in the summer. This is a great opportunity to get outside and grab lunch with friends or co-workers while listening to local artists and meeting new people.

Tell us about your job.
I have the amazing opportunity to work with people throughout our community as the community involvement and volunteer coordinator at the Center for the Homeless. I’m humbled to see so many generous people devote their time and talent to assisting the guests at the Center. In addition to working with volunteers, I also assist with events and gives talks about homelessness in our community.

If you were going to go to the movies alone, what would be the perfect film for you to watch by yourself?
Clueless, of course – a classic 90’s movie.

What character from a TV show, movie, or book have you always resonated with? Why?
Elle Woods from Legally Blonde (yes, I do realize I’m not blonde). I resonate with her because I think it’s important to follow your own dreams despite what other people say and to have fun doing so and enjoy the process.

JAcque Stahl
Director of Marketing, allied physicians of michiana

Which College/University did you graduate from?
Growing up in Washington State, it was a dream of mine since I was 8 years old to attend the University of Washington in Seattle. Go Huskies!!! I graduated with a degree in communication with an emphasis on PR and marketing.

What’s your all-time favorite TV show?
Grey’s Anatomy. It reminds me of home, and I like to think it helps me to understand medical terminology and what it would be like if I were to work on the clinical side — which would never happen as I have a weak stomach.

What’s your favorite four-legged creature, and why?
Golden Retrievers, they are the best, well-mannered dogs. That is why I have two of them, Lucy and Penny!

What do you do (in your spare time) for professional development?
I am currently pursuing my master’s degree at Valparaiso University in healthcare administration. I decided to take on this challenge as I feel that to become a better marketer, I need to understand all aspects of healthcare. I have two classes to go and will be done in the fall of 2018! I also love to read and attend workshops/conferences to learn about new and innovative marketing tactics.

Why do you love South Bend?
Being a transplant to South Bend from Olympia, Washington, I love the cost of living here. It is refreshing to live in a city that has a lot to offer at an affordable price. I also LOVE the airport! I am a huge advocate for friends and family to fly in and out of the South Bend International Airport. I refuse to fly out of anywhere else. Who wants to travel another two hours home after you get back from vacation?! This city really has everything you need! Family friendly, sports and great travel options!

Tell us about your job.
In recent years, the healthcare industry has shifted more toward the consumer, putting them in the driver’s seat for healthcare decisions. My job is to educate people in the community about services that can help better themselves and offer an opportunity to increase their quality of life. At Allied Physicians of Michiana, I am responsible for planning and executing marketing strategies for our 11 multi-specialty divisions. Each division has its own unique niche, so it is a lot of fun crafting different marketing strategies for each one based on its particular needs. Healthcare is ever changing, which definitely keeps you on your toes!

brandon williamson
insurance professional, summers insurance agency

Tell us about your job.
I can easily say I have passion for what I do – and who I do it for, our members! I have been with United Federal Credit Union for nearly six years, and have been in numerous roles. Most recently I have been the Business Development Manager to ramp up business and lead our team as we expand into the thriving St. Joseph County region. No day looks the same, whether handling loan closings/account openings in the Granger office, seeking partnerships within the community, or actively attending local chamber events - everyday has a different level of excitement.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
As exciting as it sounds, I tend to be a workaholic, which may stem from my passion and dedication to what I do. I am happily married, and enjoy accompanying my wife on small-large vacations. Her joy is oversea traveling; last year we experienced Ireland while most recently Paris! In the summer we both enjoy riding our bikes on the river walks and taking trips to downtown South Bend to grab a bite to eat!

If you could do anything OR wish for anything that would come true, what would you wish?
As cliché as it may be, peace and love on earth, now more than ever.

Which College/University did you graduate from?
I received my Associates from Lake Michigan College, Bachelor's at Bethel College, and have two classes remaining to complete my MBA through Bethel College – great adult programs!

What’s your favorite part of living in South Bend?
The city of South Bend has been referred to as another Chicago, some of that may come from the South Bend Cub’s partnership with Chicago. Growing up in this area, it has been exciting to see the city come to life over the past few years, and I'm excited for what is yet to come.

What character from a TV show, movie, or book have you always resonated with? Why?
I do not tend to watch much TV, and would love to enjoy reading more, so I find myself listening more to audio books. Years ago, I was introduced to one of Grant Cardone’s books, The 10X Rule, a recommended read that will change your mindset.

What makes you happiest?
After marrying my high school sweetheart three-and-a-half years ago, the saying, "Happy wife, happy life" is true.