Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, St. Joseph Counties


The Michiana Area Council of Governments contributes to the advancement of the Region’s economic vitality, enhanced quality of life, strong sense of place, and expanded opportunities that attract and retain talented individuals and organizations to the Michiana Region.


The Michiana Area Council of Governments is a voluntary organization of local governments that studies and attempts to resolve, for the benefit of each member and the region, areas of interlocal issues, which includes but is not limited to transportation, transit, economic development, environment, and other issues that impact the region.


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Steering the activities of the Michiana Area Council of Governments is its Policy Board. The Policy Board is comprised of the highest elected officials, representing the communities in Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties, and two Deputy District Commissioners from the Indiana Department of Transportation. Each month, the Policy Board meetings provides a forum for local elected officials the opportunity discuss regional issues.

Policy Board meetings are held at 10:00 am the second Wednesday of each month at the MACOG office. All meetings are open to the public.

Kevin Overmyer
David Wood
Phil Jenkins
Ernest Wiggins
Mark Root

Commissioner, Marshall County - Chair
Mayor, City of Mishawaka - 1st Vice-Chair
Mayor, City of Nappanee - 2nd Vice-Chair
Council Person, Kosciusko County - Secretary
Council Person, St. Joseph County - Treasurer

Jo M. Broden
Pete Buttigieg
Joe Canarecci
Dwight Fish
Deborah Fleming
Todd Johnson
John Letherman
Tim Neese
Rick Powers
Mark Senter
Judy Stone
Jeremy Stutsman
Joseph Thallemer
Ron Truex
Suzanne Weirick

Council Person, City of South Bend
Mayor, City of South Bend
Council Person, City of Mishawaka
Council Person, City of Elkhart
Commissioner, St. Joseph County
Deputy District Commissioner, INDOT Ft. Wayne
Council Person, Elkhart County
Mayor, City of Elkhart
Deputy District Commissioner, INDOT LaPorte
Mayor, City of Plymouth
Council Person, Marshall County
Mayor, City of Goshen
Mayor, City of Warsaw
Commissioner, Kosciusko County
Commissioner, Elkhart County

Transportation Technical Advisory Committee

The Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TTAC) includes the technical staff of the Policy Board members such as engineers, planners, airport directors, and transit operators. The basic responsibilities of the TTAC include collaborating with staff to provide recommendations to the Policy Board in the development of the Transportation Improvement Program and other transportation plans.

TTAC meetings are held at 9:00 am the first Wednesday of each month at the MACOG office. All meetings are open to the public.

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James Turnwald
Executive Director
Zach Dripps
Deputy Director
Carla Herwarth
Office & Procurement Manager
Ashley Matthews
Administrative Assistant
Russ Ragimbekov
Information Technology Manager
Katie Dominguez
Graphic Design & Communications Manager
Debbie Gardner
Fiscal Accounting Manager
Molly Chenoweth
Fiscal & Administrative Coordinator
Caitlin Stevens
Principal Transportation Planner
Allyson Ragan
Short-Range Planner
Alaina Parrish
Active Transportation Planner
Leah Thill
Senior Environmental Planner
Matt Meersman
River Basin Program Director
Dr. Kate Barrett, Ph.D
Aquatic Ecologist
Donny Ritsema, AICP
Senior Community Development Planner
Brett Roberts
Community Development Planner
Greg Slater
Senior Traffic Data Planner
David Harker
Traffic Data Planner
Tierra Harris
Transit Planner
Jeremiah Cox
Transit Planner
Johnnie Woggon
Transit Administrative Specialist

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Procurement Opportunities

Have questions? Want the most current information on procurement bids? Contact MACOG

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Annual Review

Each year, the Annual Review reflects on the activities that occurred throughout the preceding year and informs the Policy Board, community partners, and other stakeholders about our work and accomplishments.

2020 Annual Review 2019 Annual Review 2018 Annual Review 2017 Annual Review