2017 Influential Women Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the following incredible women for being 2017 finalists! Winners will be announced at the 2017 Influential Women Awards Banquet on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Avalon Manor. Get your sponsorship and ticket here!


Roxanne Gard | Influential Women
Rothschild Agency

Danette Garza | Influential Women
Jack Gray Transport, Inc.

Bridget Harrison | Influential Women
Innovations in Learning

Carrie Hightman | Influential Women
NiSource Inc.

Brenda Johnson | Influential Women
The Studio

Karen Maravilla | Influential Women
It’s Just Serendipity

Allison Bertl | Up & Coming
WorkOne Northwest – Center of Workforce Innovation

Carrie Campbell | Up & Coming
Hatfield Pest Control

Valarie Kubacki | Up & Coming
Prime Real Estate

Laura Spencer | Up & Coming
Perma-Seal Basement Systems

Stacy Williams | Up & Coming
My Life & Massage

Stephanie Woods | Up & Coming
Revolution Fitness


Kelly Dallas | Influential Women
ArcelorMittal USA

Nancy Hake | Influential Women
Falk-PLI Engineering & Surveying

Amy Henningfield | Influential Women
Superior Construction Company, Inc.

Jolaine Pellar | Influential Women
Crown Corr, Inc.

Rosa Rozek | Influential Women
CORE Construction Indiana

Jennifer Cosenza | Up & Coming
Level Rite Concrete

Aida Haigh | Up & Coming
NiSource Inc.

Johnese McKinney | Up & Coming

Economic Development & Government

Alice Dahl | Influential Women
Cedar Creek Township

Lisa Dan | Influential Women
Starke County Economic Development Foundation , Inc.

Rachel Oesterreich | Influential Women
Starke County Highway Department

Laura Shurr Blaney | Influential Women
Porter County Commissioners Office

Cindy Admave | Up & Coming

Stephanie Kuziela | Up & Coming
Town of Chesterton


Diana Gill | Influential Women
East Porter County School Corporation

Carrie Higgins | Influential Women
Purdue University Northwest

Nicky Jackson | Influential Women
Purdue University Northwest

Cynthia Roberts | Influential Women
Indiana University Northwest

Gloria Tuohy | Influential Women
Indiana Ballet Theatre NW

Michelle Biel Ondas | Up & Coming
Gavit Middle/High School

Marianne Burrell-Moore | Up & Coming
Cardinal Tech – Institute of Allied Health

Donelle Henderlong | Up & Coming
Purdue University Northwest

Gaelyn Mlynarcik | Up & Coming
East Porter County School Corporation

Christine Ward | Up & Coming
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana


Kathie Deruiter | Influential Women
Horizon Bank

Carla Houck | Influential Women
Centier Bank

Patricia Makarounas | Influential Women
REGIONAL Federal Credit Union

Kelly Shikany | Influential Women
Lakeside Wealth Management

Irma Torres | Influential Women
REGIONAL Federal Credit Union

Kristin Trapp | Influential Women
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Crystal Cartwright | Up & Coming
1st Source Bank

Tiffany Irving | Up & Coming
BMO Private Bank

Kristin Jackson | Up & Coming
Wells Fargo Advisors

Sarah Kotys | Up & Coming
Kotys Wealth Professionals


Carla Cohen | Influential Women
Braman Insurance Services

Kim Innes | Influential Women
Methodist Hospitals

Julie Mallers | Influential Women
Franciscan St. Clare Clinic

Dena McCormick | Influential Women
Methodist Hospitals

Ann O’Heir | Influential Women
Visiting Nurse Association of Northwest Indiana

Sherry Sink | Influential Women
Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service

Sarah Aguilera | Up & Coming
North Star Services, LLC

Laura Mannion | Up & Coming
Franciscan Alliance Foundation

Christina Matoski | Up & Coming
Pithadia Medical Group

Becky Mateja Lombardini | Up & Coming
Vision Quest, Indiana University Northwest, and Matini, Inc.


Melissa Cohen | Influential Women
Cohen & Sawochka

Natalie Shrader | Influential Women
Burke Constanza & Carberry LLP

Shelice R. Tolbert | Influential Women
Tolbert & Tolbert LLC

Lumturije Asanoski | Up & Coming
Valparaiso University

Kathleen Freeman | Up & Coming
Eichhorn & Eichhorn, LLP

Patricia Roman Hass | Up & Coming
Indiana Legal Services


Gina Altieri | Influential Women
Phenix7 Marketing, Inc.

Gina Kaktis | Influential Women
Imperial Crane Services, Inc.

Andrea Pearman | Influential Women
Diversified Marketing Strategies

Sue Peterson | Influential Women
Peterson Media

Brandi Anstine | Up & Coming
HealthLinc, Inc.

Leslie Rusk | Up & Coming
Fair Oaks Farms

Tricia Sena | Up & Coming
Luke Oil

Cristin Zilz | Up & Coming
Centier Bank


Melissa Anderson | Influential Women
Bethel Church & Ministries

Dawn Buckley | Influential Women
Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland

Lisa Carpenter | Influential Women
Humane Society of Calumet

Michelle Golden | Influential Women
Books, Brushes & Bands for Education

Elizabeth Gonzales | Influential Women
Respite Care Services

Marie Kubina | Influential Women
Opportunity Enterprises

Roslyn Malouhos | Influential Women
Junior Achievement Chicago

Barbara Radbel-Myers | Influential Women
National Wheelchair Basketball Association

Renae Vania-Tomczak | Influential Women
Mental Health America of Lake County

Elizabeth Woodbury | Influential Women
NWI Parkinson’s

Rhiannon Kinsey | Up & Coming
Mental Health America of Lake County

Debra Koeppen | Up & Coming
YMCA (Valparaiso)

Amelia Kowalisyn | Up & Coming
Emma’s Footprints

Amanda Maynard | Up & Coming
Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana

Kim Olesker | Up & Coming
United Way of Porter County

Carly Peterson | Up & Coming
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Deborah Tatum | Up & Coming
Diocese of Gary

Tricia Vigland | Up & Coming
TradeWinds Services, Inc.


Angela Belvins | Influential Women
Blue Green Vacations

Helen Garrison | Influential Women
Albert’s Diamond Jewelers

Athina Klideris | Influential Women
Theo’s Steaks & Seafood

Toula Klideris | Influential Women
Prime Steakhouse

Paula Broutman | Up & Coming
Performance Plus

Joy Collins | Up & Coming
The Uptown Center

Nicole Sanders | Up & Coming
Realty Executives Premier