Sandra Tamez

Office Manager


Sandra joined Region 3A in 2014. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Purdue University-Fort Wayne.  Previously Sandra has worked as a Human Resource Coordinator, Office Manager and Sales Manager.  She and her husband are happily married, have two sons and reside in DeKalb County. 

Amber Bassett

Community Development Planner

Amber joined Region 3A in 2016.  She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning and Development.  She has experience with creating community plans, administering public projects, and facilitating public outreach and education.  Amber is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with our communities to obtain their visions and goals.  She and her husband reside in DeKalb County.

David Schaefer

Technical Services Planner


Dave began working with Region 3A in 2009. In his role, Dave works on traffic count studies, reports and analysis for INDOT, FEMA, and the Region 3A member counties. Dave also provides support with data and GIS mapping.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Supervisory Management from IPFW. He is happily married with three grown children and four active grandchildren.

Shaun Tilghman


Community Development Planner


Shaun joined Region 3A in 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English, with a concentration in writing, from Manchester College and most recently served as News Editor for the North Manchester News-Journal. Shaun is a native of Kendallville and now resides in North Manchester, where he is actively involved in the community. He looks forward to working with area communities, and is excited to utilize his previous experience in helping them establish their goals and realize their vision.





Jessica Grossman

Executive Director


Jessica joined Region 3A in 2014.  She has experience in economic development, community relations and government affairs. As the executive director, she is looking forward to working closely with the diverse communities who are a part of Region 3-A.  She is a graduate from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and telecommunications.  Jessica resides in Huntington with her family.

Matt Brinkman

Director of Housing

Matt began his work with Region 3A in 2014.  He has experience in sales and banking.  Throughout his banking career he was involved with many real estate projects and will utilize that experience in his new role helping people throughout the region with their real estate needs.  He is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.  He resides in Allen County.

Dave Gee


Director of Technical Services


In 2004, Dave joined Region 3A.  He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design.  As the Director of Technical Services, Dave is responsible for Transportation Planning, and is the program manager of the Brownfield Coalition Assessment grant.  Technical Services also provides support to the Northeast Indiana Housing Partnership, Inc. as the construction supervisor of Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation housing.  In his role at Region 3A, Dave enjoys the challenge of taking a project from the idea stage, contributing his expertise, and seeing the finished project take shape.