The 2016 Winners Have Been Chosen!

Influential – Anita Marie Kozlowski – Screw Conveyor Corporation
Up & Coming – Kathy Neary – Ivy Tech Community College

Influential – Teresa Iaquinta – Matrix North American Construction
Up & Coming – Jessica Vargas – Holladay Properties

Economic Development
Influential – Lori Tubbs – Commercial Advantage, Inc.
Up & Coming – Lorri Feldt – Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center

Influential – Dr. Marsha King – University of Saint Francis
Up & Coming – Dr. Karen Bishop Morris – Purdue University Northwest

Influential – Karen Candiano – Eley-Graham Financial Advisory Services, Inc.
Up & Coming – Lauren Trumbo – St. Catherine Hospital

Influential – Merrilee Frey – Lake County Coroner’s Office
Up & Coming – Maria D’Ambrose – Newton County Board of Commissioners

Health Care
Influential – Lori Postma – Franciscan Alliance, Inc.
Up & Coming – Julie Bombacino – Real Food Blends

Influential – Leane English Cerven – NorthWest Indiana Bancorp/Peoples Bank
Up & Coming – Dana Zivkovich – Zivokvich Law Offices LLC

Influential – Kris Falzone – Purdue University Northwest
Up & Coming – Kristin Johnson – SecurMAR LLC

Non Profit
Influential – Dr. Sharron Hightower-Liggins – Continuum of Care Network of NWI, Inc.
Up & Coming – Mackenna Schon – United Way of Porter County

Influential – Polly Rossi – Meeting Achievements
Up & Coming – Lydia Ramos – Hammond Horseshoe Casino

2016 Community Leader of the Year – Sue Reed, Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce
2016 Overall Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Kristin Johnson, SecurMAR LLC
2016 Overall Influential Woman of the Year – Leane Cerven, Northwest Indiana Bancorp/Peoples Bank
2016 Empowering Business of the Year – Strack & Van Til
2016 Supporter of the Year – Ed Kasza, The Little Guys Home Technology
2016 Torch Award – Ellen DeMartinis, Opportunity Enterprises, Inc.


The women and companies who have earned Influential Women awards in the past have left an indelible mark on their industries throughout Northwest Indiana. Mark your calendars for this year’s event, and join us in celebrating the next generation of inductees as they continue to shape the future of our region’s economy and way of life.


Learn more about the event from event creator Andrea Pearman