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Congratulations to Two of the City of Mishawaka’s Finest Who Were Honored by the MEF today

The Mishawaka Education Foundation Made in Mishawaka Luncheon is an annual event that honors an individual or organization that has impacted the Mishawaka community. This year’s event featured the 2023-2024 honorees, Debbie Ladyga-Block, Mishawaka City Clerk, John Roggeman, Mishawaka City Attorney for their amazing efforts contributing to SCM and the Mishawaka community.

Debbie Ladyga-Block Mishawaka City Clerk

City Clerk Deborah S. (Ladyga) Block has held the position since 1992. She served as chief deputy city clerk from 1979 to 1986. Block is active in community activities and organizations and is a past president of the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers. She is Mishawaka’s first Indiana accredited municipal clerk as well as the city’s first master municipal clerk, which she earned through Ball State University and the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Block is married to retired Mishawaka firefighter Don Block.


John Roggeman Mishawaka City Attorney

Roggeman is well known. The 62-year-old Mishawaka native became an Indiana Football Hall of Fame member after his years as running back at Mishawaka High School and Indiana University, where he earned his bachelor’s and law degrees. He served 20 years as a Big 10 referee.

He’d served as director of employee relations for the South Bend Community School Corp. from 2005 to 2014. Prior to that, he’d also worked as director of neighborhood prosecution for the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.

Roggeman served three full terms on the Mishawaka Common Council, including three times as president.