Meet Our Staff
Garner Tullis: Having served at Bethel Church for 22 years and as Senior Pastor for 9 years, Garner launched Our Greater Good in 2014. It had become clear to him that the population of Valparaiso was becoming more and more diverse and that families in Porter County are facing many issues including substance abuse, affordable housing, and the challenges of being a single parent family. As he considered these problems, it struck him that prevention is the best way for Our Greater Good to respond. Our initiatives are focused on strengthening families and doing whatever it takes to see that every child has great opportunities to reach their full potential.
Joe Ubben: With a tenure of 30 years in advertising sales and management, Joe brings a wide diversity of business experience and insight to Our Greater Good. Initially hired by the Porter County Community Foundation to manage the Empower Porter County and PC Substance Free initiatives, Joe’s interest in the mission of Our Greater Good continued to grow. Once the decision was made to transition the Empower Porter County programming over to Our Greater Good, Joe became more involved in helping to set appropriate business goals for the organization.
Garner Tullis, Executive Director
“Back in 2012, it became clear to me that the population of Valparaiso was becoming more and more diverse and that the economically distressed population was increasing more quickly than any other demographic. While volunteering at a local elementary school, I observed the vast differences in the academic and social skills among children entering kindergarten.
Our communities and families are facing so many issues including, but not limited to, substance abuse, affordable housing, and the number of single parent families. As I considered these problems, it struck me that prevention is the best way for Our Greater Good to respond. Our initiatives are focused on strengthening families and do whatever it takes to see that every child has great opportunities to reach their full potential leading to a fulfilling adult life. With this mission implanted deeply in our convictions, Our Greater Good has found or developed programs to come along side our schools and families to accomplish these goals."
To learn more about Our Greater Good and the ways we are addressing these issues, please take a few minutes to review this overview presentation. Note: To move to the next slide, use the arrow on right side of the slide. To go back, use the arrow on the left hand side of the slide.