Sarah is 16-yrs old and a Sophomore at Zionsville Community High School. Sarah stars in her very own online lifestyle show, Sarah’s Great Day!, which can be found on YouTube. Sarah has been blessed to reap the many rewards of an inclusive education and is active in her school both socially and academically as well as her community. Sarah represents ZCHS as their Ambassador for Best Buddies and has been her class representative for Homecoming Princess her Freshman and Sophomore years of school. Sarah is active in her school’s Lady Cadette Choir, Best Buddies Club and her favorite class is Spanish. Sarah was also the recipient of the 2014 Arc of Indiana Entrepreneurial Award.
Outside of school, Sarah’s favorite love is her horse, Peter, and riding in the Special Olympics. She is also a big fan of her small group through church and can often be found watching movies with her friends or sisters while quoting every line in Harry Potter. She loves music, dancing and of course, eating!
Valerie Strohl: President and Founder of United Media, LLC and United Media Now Productions (UMNP). UMNP produces Sarah’s Great Day!, Conversations, documentaries focused on disabilities and outside production work.
Prior to entering the media industry, Ms. Strohl was an Gubernatorial Appointee to Governors Frank O’Bannon, Joseph Kernan and Mitch Daniels. She represented families of infants and toddlers with disabilities to the administration through membership on the Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers (ICC). During Governor Kernan’s term, Ms. Strohl was named Chairman of the ICC, a position she held through the first part of Governor Mitch Daniel’s term. During her tenure, she led one of the largest grass root efforts in the State’s history to demand quality services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The kids won!
Today, Ms. Strohl is an active member and Board Member of the Best Buddies organization. She enjoys cooking, reading and being outdoors in her gardens.