Staff

Rita Mrozinski, President/CEO

Rita M. Mrozinski has 24 years of professional banking and 22 years of management under her belt. Rita has been a proud resident of La Porte County for the last 50+ years. Rita is very excited to expand the possibilities and membership of the Chamber through being adaptable and making positive changes.

Rita is responsible for the advances of goals and positive, professional image of the Chamber by acting as a major link between the Chamber, its members and the general public. The board and various committees also work with Rita to help the Chamber better understand the needs of the business community. Rita also manages the accounts payable and receivable for the Chamber and is an advocate for business at the governmental level. You can contact Rita for more information about any of the Chamber’s services at mrozinski@lpchamber.com.


Andrew Gesse, Marketing Director

Andrew Gesse attended Indiana University Bloomington, where he graduated with high distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs, concentrating in Nonprofit Management in 2014. He had experience studying abroad in England while in school and also interned in the metro D.C. area, helping refugees receive their first jobs in the United States. Drew was also the Service Chair for his fraternity, so he has a strong passion for service and working with the community. Drew has continued his dedication to community by being actively involved in the La Porte Jaycees.

Drew is in charge of communicating important topics and events from the Chamber to its members and the public. Drew also contributes to the team effort of the staff by accomplishing related projects, programs or events, as needed. To contact Drew, please feel free to email him at  gesse@lpchamber.com.



Todd McWhirter, Membership & Finance Director

Todd McWhirter has over 19 years of experience in the finance industry. He has previously worked with Charles Schwab & Co., the Biltmore Family Office, LLC, and Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company. Todd has held positions in in financial planning and investment advice as well as team management positions. Todd is also a former board member of the Kiwanis Club of La Porte. Before starting his career, Todd graduated from Indiana University Bloomington and also was in the U.S. Army Reserve. While in the reserve, he graduated 2nd Lieutenant from the Indiana Military Academy.

Todd is excited to work with the Chamber to help businesses and organizations in the local area grow and thrive. In his position, he will work to expand and retain Chamber members as well as handle various financial responsibilities. To contact Todd, feel free to email him at mcwhirter@lpchamber.com.


Thaddeus Cutler, Downtown La Porte Director

Thaddeus Cutler is the Downtown Director for the City of La Porte. This position is supported by a collaboration of the Chamber, GLEDC, the City, the Urban Enterprise Zone and the La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Thaddeus graduated from Indiana University South Bend in 1999, and went on to further his education at the New York Academy of Art. In 2004, Thaddeus and his wife Laura opened The Thaddeus C. Gallery in Downtown La Porte.

Thaddeus is responsible and charged with the efforts of promotion and revitalization of Downtown La Porte. He serves as the main contact for the downtown businesses and property owners for needs such as grant acquisition, promotion, event coordination and organization. To contact Thaddeus, please feel free to email him at  cutler@lpchamber.com.