Meet Our Team

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Carol Carden – Owner/President – COO Director

began her career with Coolman Communities in 1988. Carol spends her days managing operations including marketing, financial and production. Carol’s goal is to make sure that our homebuyers are proud that they built a Coolman home, and that they know we have their best interest in mind as our homeowners.

Eric Veldman – Owner/President- Sr. Builder

started with Coolman Communities in 1994 as a builder’s assistant and has grown in his responsibilities. He now manages the day-to-day operations in several Coolman communities and is very involved with our homebuyers while he builds your new home. Eric is available to consult with you as you’re considering building your new home.

Kelly Kaminski – Production Manager

graduated from Purdue North Central in 1995 with a degree in Building Construction Technology. She joined the Coolman Communities team in 1995 and is ready to give you accurate pricing on your new home. We pride ourselves in giving our home buyers up-front pricing and Kelly is key in the process from the plan development to current base pricing on all of our homes.

Caleb Stalbaum-Builder/Superintendent

has worked on the Coolman Team for over 10 years with experience at all levels of construction. His supervisory duties include organizing workers, coordinating tasks, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations. 

Tina Daugherty – Customer Care Manager

Tina started with Coolman in 1996. Tina enjoyed working with the sub-contractors and suppliers in
the day-to-day operations in Essex Park and Aberdeen for over 10-years, which more than fully prepared her for her new role as your Customer Care Manager.

Carol Crowe/Sales & Marketing Manager

began her career with Coolman Communities in 2018. Carol spends her days with visitors who stop by the model homes, working with our clients on building selections and overseeing the project from start to finish. Carol also manages the  marketing resources.

Stephanie Biggs/Production Assistant

Stephanie began her career with Coolman Communities in 2018. She has worked in the building industry for many years and is part of the “building-your-home-on-paper” process, as well as “gathering-the-parts-and -pieces” process once your purchase agreement has been completed.

Micah Hilton/Building Assistant/Customer Care Technician

joined our Team in 2020. Micah works in the field on homes under construction as well as visiting homes after the closing to provide assistance on service during our 2-year warranty period.

Rick Freeman/Building Assistant

joined Team Coolman in 2020. His responsibilities include assisting with the day-to-day field construction. He is skilled in many areas of our building systems.


To create homes and communities of extraordinary livability and value.



Robert B. Coolman and Florence E. Coolman, parents of Robert V., founded Coolman & Coolman in the early 1950’s. Coolman Communities continues it’s longevity which has afforded the company with the ability to create a culture of excellence. Our a team is comprised of an experienced group of talented individuals who are committed to producing top quality, affordable homes for completely satisfied customers.



We focus on making your new home an enjoyable experience. We work with our clients to put together selections ad options that make their home unique beginning with beautiful finishes and high quality construction standards. The home is first created on paper and priced with the choices of options selected. You know the price of the home before we break ground…no hidden surprises!

We strive to deliver a high quality home and to make the community a better place to live, work and play.

Crafting Communities, Leaving Legacies

Contact Details

Once we close on your home, we’re located in downtown Valparaiso. We’re just around the corner or a phone call away.

Office: 359 S. Franklin Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383, for driving directions


219-464-7510   or  219-508-3480