Congratulations to the 2024 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards Finalists

Arts

Influential Woman

Debra Bolanos Xel-Ha Escuela de Danza
Mary Beth Johnson Mary Beth Photography
Ernie Shelby Dimples Co. and EDSAS-Ernie D. Shelby Accounting Services
Edda Taylor Edda Taylor Photographie

Up & Coming

Carrie Bedwell Listen to your Mother NWI
Tina Brenda Nephilim Studios
Amy Jackson Amy Paris Photography, LLC
LaQuisha Jackson Soulful Kitchen, Hope for the Hungry
Kaitlin Parks Kaitlin Parks Photography

Business

Influential Woman

Debie Coble Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc.
Brenda Coleman International Magnaproduct, Inc.
Abby Deleon Vogel Luke Family of Brands
Jessica Garcia Luke Family of Brands
Dana Gibson Associated Pediatricians
Hannah Bjorg Hartmann Moda Beauty Bar / HH Group
Amy Henningfield Superior Construction
Gretchen Kalk-Castro CLH CPAs and Consultants
Rhonda Lowe Luke Oil
Penny Schlyer Authentic Impact Business Coaching
Kathy Smith Chicago Title
Angela Swanson Kankakee Valley REMC
Patricia Thompson The Pet Parlor, Ltd
Misty Ursitti The Ursitti Group Staffing Solutions
Melissa Villanueva Sweetfrog Premium Frozen Yogurt
Rhonda Zaluckyj Patti’s All American

Up & Coming

Vanessa Bajda Luke Family of Brands
Summer Borkowski SUMMERGOLD
Alicia Cannon Legacy Sport Horses
Vicki Carlson Trumpet Vine LLC
Jay Cherry DRIIP Clothing
Janine Henry Janine Henry Broker for Banga Realty
Amy Izzo The Amy Izzo Group Realty and Life Coaching
Kim Jones Calumet Park Funeral Home and Cemetery
Bridgette Knight Options for Senior America
Lindsey Liesenfelt Truly Teas
Sara Mason The Mason Homestead
Deena Miller-Eastwold Juke’s Salon and Boutique
Stefanie Mockler, Ph.D. The Violet Group
Yolanda Monahan YoBandz LLC
Megan Neal Luke Family of Brands
Ruhani Sharma Tandoori Cafe & Grill
Tonya Stanley NiSource
Kay Stob Luke Family of Brands
Shaya Wimple Marlyngrace Boutique

Construction/Manufacturing

Influential Woman

Morgan Davis bp
Carmen Lopez Daifuku Intralogistics America Corporation/Wynright
Lisa Martin SENSIT Technologies
Sarah Moran Ryerson Singer Steel
Samantha Regnier Clean Harbors
Monica Scheel WSP USA Inc.
Tricia Sena SENSITTechnologies
Kathy Trebiani ArcelorMittal USA Research
Lyndie Walton Continental Electric Co INC

Up & Coming

Natalie Brown Superior Construction
Dr. Alexandrea Horton ArcBest
Sarah Lewis Superior Construction
Melissa McLindon NiSource/NIPSCO
Samantha Paulus Superior Construction

Economic Development/Government

Influential Woman

Melisa Crisler AARP FOUNDATION SCSEP
M. Celita Green City of Gary
Sheri Herma City of Crown Point
Karen Marben City of Crown Point
Mayor Angie Nelson Deuitch City of Michigan City
Julie Wendorf Crown Point Community Library

Up & Coming

Robin “Miss Robin” Arvanitis Town of Schererville
Roseann Bozak Liberty Rec League
Lauren Huffman Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)
Ashley Elizabeth Kazmucha La Porte County Plan Commission
Keri Marrs Barron Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County
Heidi McCord Newton County Coroner’s Office
Mariana Naglosky FSSA – Division of Family Resources
Kristine Wright Brook Iroquois Washington Public Library

Education

Influential Woman

Gina Alber Ivy Tech Community College
Keana Baylis Little Village Home Child Care
Diava Carter Indiana University Northwest
Gisele Casanova Purdue University Northwest
Kelli Ellis Porter County Career and Technical Education
Padmini Makam Chinmaya Mission NWI
Heather Paskis Crown Point Community School Corporation
Abie Swift Northwest Indiana Lighthouse Charter Schools
Valentine Torres School City of Hobart
Laura Vazquez West Side High School
Lynn Marie Wilson Portage High School/Porter County Career Center

Up & Coming

Natali Alvarez HealthVision Midwest
Jessica Castillo Hammond Central High School
Sydney Castle Immanuel Lutheran School
Brooke Ferrand Chesterton Montessori School
Samantha Horn Purdue University Northwest College of Business
Dr. Maria Hughes Purdue University Northwest
Yvonne Lopez Purdue University Northwest
Samantha Madrigal Ivy Tech Community College Lake County
Roxanna O’Rourke Hammond Education Foundation
Jennifer VanDyke Institute for Career Development

Finance

Influential Woman

Nicole Bagby SENSIT Technologies
Jennifer Buck Everwise Credit Union
Katie Cortes Everwise Credit Union
Katie Craig bp
Gina Fezler BMO Harris
Sonia Georgeff Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation
Rockell Griggs Old National bank
Lisa Kuehl Horizon Bank
Michelle Luna Horizon Bank
Kimberly Modigell Horizon Bank
Laura Rice Everwise Credit Union
Angelina Salazar Everwise Credit Union
Teri Wallace Wallace Consulting, LLC
Jill Wineland Centier Bank

Up & Coming

Shvonne Barber Horizon Bank
Tracy Bergstrom First Community Mortgage
Kayli Cinko Wallace Consulting, LLC
Toni Downing Allegius Federal Credit Union
Alicia Johnson Cleveland-Cliffs Steel
Melinda Patrick ArcelorMittal
Tanya N Reynolds Atkore
Leslie Schueman Porter County Career Center
Lindy Sebenste Luke Family of Brands
Haley Sparling Korellis
Randi Webber Rural 1st

Healthcare

Influential Woman

Angelica Arreola, MA, LCPC, LMHC Benchmark Counseling, LLC
Sheri Bruder Franciscan Health
Celeste Chapko NWI Center for Maternal Wellness
Dr. Kalyani Gopal SAFE Coalition for Human Rights
Shannon Hannon Bowen Center
Cassie Layne Monarch Health & Wellness
Janet McGahan Craig Community Home Health
Regina Nelson Optimal Neuroscience Services
Jennifer Perez Holistica Indiana, Family Holistic Center
Julie Pruim NP-C North Point Orthopaedics
Sandra Rardin Advanced Care Medical Specialist
Susan Swindeman Wee Care Therapy

Up & Coming

Gina Bachmeier Renew U, LLC
Julie Canady Franciscan Health
Kerri A. Clark Powers Heath
Heather Dost Endodontic, Inc.
Misty Hatch Valparaiso University/Pillar of Wellness
Kele Ivey, BSN, RN, SANE-A STAR Center
Rhea Martin Perfection Medical Spa
Elizabeth Moerman Luxe Life Medical & Med Spa
Sister Petra Nielsen Franciscan Alliance
Delana Orban Franciscan Health
Amy Philipps Minute Clinic
Emily Svetanoff Restoration Dental Studio
Kimberly Valtierra Nurse/One of a Kind Kreations

Law

Influential Woman

Amber Lapaich-Stalbrink City of Michigan City
Angela McFerrin Lake County Superior Court, Criminal Division Probation
Amy Nowaczyk O’Drobinak & Nowaczyk, P.C.
Barbra Stooksbury Smith Legal Group, LLC

Up & Coming

TaSheena Cunningham-Rimmer Chicago Housing Authority
Erica Rios-Corbin, MSW, LSW Griffith Police Department
Courtney Smith Smith Legal Group, LLC

Marketing/Media

Influential Woman

Melissa Bohacek Paladin, Inc.
Donna Cafferata Centier Bank
Jenny Craig-Brown GreatNews.Life/All About the Girls
Anita Goodan Kankakee Valley Broadcasting
Christi Hardesty Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana
Erinn Hecht Pepperbrook Design, Inc.
Melissa Huffman Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana
Teresa Krasinski Caesars Entertainment/Horseshoe Casino Hammond
Julie Olthoff VIA Marketing, Inc.
Andrea Pearman Diversified Marketing Strategies
Jackie Thomas South Shore Public Relations

Up & Coming

Shelby Case Diversified Marketing Strategies
Madison Dinga Luke Family of Brands
Nerissa Cassidy Fezler College of Business at Purdue University Northwest
Alyssa Gawlinski Finishing Chicago
Kenya Ransom #allthingsloop Magazine
Susan Thompson Illiana Indoor Billboards

Nonprofit

Influential Woman

Sheila Chandler Tradewinds Services Inc.
Jenna Conklin Paladin
Sandi DeVries Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited, Inc.
Tamye Diaferio-Longoria Paying It Forward
Belinda Drake Indiana Pride of Color
Jeri Pat Gabbert Porter County Community Foundation
Katie Jasnieski Swanson Center
Denise Lauridsen Koebcke Boys and Grils Club of Greater Northwest Indiana
Lorrie Laffoon Lake Village Presbyterian Church/Little Help Food Pantry
Bonnie J Meyer Community Help Network, Inc
Toya Smith Make a Difference Serving a Purpose
Gudelia (Paula) Sours NIMBA (Northern Indiana Minority Business Association)
Deborah Ann Trevino Hammond Hispanic Community Committee
Kelly Vates Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center, Inc
Christine Ward GCNWI
Chareice White ECIER Foundation Corporation

Up & Coming

Deja Bailey HealthVisions Midwest, Inc.
Mimi Burns Twice Blessed Rett
Brittany Caraballo Geminus Regional Care Group
Kelly Carey Silverstray Social
Mackenzie Covault Purdue University Northwest
Jacqueline Crawford Lady’s N Charge
Lisa Franko Book Trust
Ashley Frederick SAFE Coalition for Human Rights
ChaKara Gunn Paladin Inc.
Charita Lucas Future Cycle Breakers
Deann Patena Crossroads Chamber
Ja’Liza Prophet Goodwill Industries of Michiana
Shana Robertson Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center
Esta Rosario Chesterton United Methodist Church
Rachel Santos Indiana Latino Institute
Jacqueline Weber Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana
Maddie Wimple Madisyn’s Spread The Love Project
Lindsey Zaideman Operation Charlie Bravo

Service & Tourism

Influential Woman

Jeny Burkhart The Waxi Taxi
Kamila Hendzel Enve Salon
Karen Holmes Center Lounge
Maggie Keilman Basecamp Fitness
Krystal Lowe Ameristar Casino East Chicago
Georgia Manous-Gessler Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

Up & Coming

Alexandra Chillemi Shipwreck Bar & Grill
Hannah Cohen Luke Oil
Jennifer Crunk Anytime Fitness/Basecamp Fitness
Tracee Jury Steamwhistle Coffee Roasters
Lauren Peters Fringe + Ink Creative Co.
Cary Schiess Luke Family of Brands
Tameka Stevens Luke/LiqGo!
Sidney Tyler Luke/LiqGo!
Kimberly Rumph Officiant Kim Rumph
Amy Wentland Journeyman Distillery
Stephanie West Clean It Best LLC

STEM

Influential Woman

Polly Grieger-Rossi, CMP-HC, CMM, HMCC Meeting Achievements
Aida Haigh NiSource
Christinaé Hudson United States Food and Drug Administration
Alyssa A. Nyberg The Nature Conservancy

Up & Coming

Tycee Hanning bp
Tracy Pfeffer St. Mary Medical Center
Rachel Ritter St. Mary Medical Center
Alexandra Urevig Hacker Consulting Group