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

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

Michelle Dickman, Membership Director

Michelle Dickman moved to La Porte County in 2005, and after a year of living between her house in Chicago and the summer house of her parents-in-law, she finally became a full-time resident in 2006.  She set out to get her real estate license once settled- something she always wanted to do.  Michelle received her license in 2007 and started working part-time with La Porte County Realty, which she enjoyed tremendously.  She eventually applied for a part-time position at Edward Jones, Cheryl Reinhart’s office and started working for her office in March 2009 as the marketing coordinator.  Michelle also acted as the Branch Office Administrator when needed and continued to work in that office until 2015.

Michelle has years of sales experience as well as years in an office environment.  She also continued to keep up with her real estate license and went on to get her broker’s license in 2011.  Michelle is excited about being involved in the community and believes this is the position she was always looking to do! To contact Michelle, please feel free to email her at

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