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Top Female Industry Leaders Honored

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Speaking at the event Erica Dombey, president of the Regional Development Company and a 2012 Influential Woman winner, said that each one of this year’s women had made incredible contributions to their industries. “They’re bold individuals who have made their mark on businesses and communities all across Northwest Indiana,” Dombey said.

Within each industry the Influential Woman of the Year award was given out as well as an Up & Coming Woman of the Year award. Overall winners were also recognized.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you for your hard work. In particular we would like to recognize the winners in the Economic Development category:Africa Tarver of the City of Hammond, who received Up & Coming Woman of the Year for economic development (as well as the 2015 overall Up & Coming Woman of the Year award), and Denarie Kane of the City of Hobart, who received Influential Woman of the Year. We would also like to recognize the 2015 Influential Community Leader Award winner Linda Woloshansky of the Center of Workforce Innovations.

The full list of winners is:

Business
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Rachel Gajos, Methodist Hospitals
Influential Woman of the Year – Gerri Davis-Parker, Truck City of Gary, Inc.

Construction
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Britta Haalboom, NIPSCO
Influential Woman of the Year – Tish Roach, Building and Construction Resource Center (BCRC)

Economic Development
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Africa Tarver, City of Hammond
Influential Woman of the Year – Denarie Kane, City of Hobart 

Education
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Jenny McGill, Indiana Wesleyan University
Influential Woman of the Year – Barbara Eason-Watkins, Michigan City Area Schools

Financial
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Niccole Zell, Regional Development Company
Influential Woman of the Year – Mary Ann Shacklett, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Government
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Victoria Gresham, Porter County Republican Party
Influential Woman of the Year – Christine Cid, Lake County Council

Healthcare
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Jennifer Myers Mullen, Methodist Hospitals
Influential Woman of the Year – Maryann Fumo, Franciscan Alliance, Inc.

Law
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Julia Bochnowski, Valparaiso University School of Law
Influential Woman of the Year – Elizabeth F. Tavitas, Lake Superior Court, Domestic Relations Division

Marketing / Media
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Alexis Vazquez Dedelow – WJOB AM 1230
Influential Woman of the Year – Susan Brychell, Purdue University North Central

Non-Profit
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Lisa Coyle, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana
Influential Woman of the Year – Sandra Noe, Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Service / Tourism
Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Crystal Martin, L’abri MediSpa and Therapy Center
Influential Woman of the Year – Julie Basich, Fair Oaks Farms

2015 Up & Coming Community Leader Award Winner – Analisa Warring, REGIONAL Federal Credit Union
2015 Influential Community Leader Award Winner – Linda Woloshansky, Center of Workforce Innovations
2015 Overall Up & Coming Woman of the Year – Africa Tarver, City of Hammond
2015 Overall Influential Woman of the Year – Gerri Davis-Parker, Truck City of Gary, Inc.
2015 Empowering Business of the Year – Mental Health America of Lake County
2015 Supporter of the Year – Carly Brandenburg, Eichhorn & Eichhorn, LLP
2015 Torch Award – Jenny Harty-Lynn, Vibra Hospital of Northwestern Indiana

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