Over 700 Attend Event Honoring NWI’s Influential Women

Over 700 Attend Event Honoring NWI’s Influential Women

More than 700 people and dozens of prominent businesses gathered to celebrate the achievements of more than 20 of NWI’s female leaders at the Influential Women of Northwest Indiana awards banquet. Attendees included representatives from many corporate entities, as well as elected officials, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizers, and more.

20 women received accolades in 10 different industry categories; one Influential Women and one Up-And-Coming Woman. Also, additional special awards were distributed for overall winners, empowering business of the year, the Torch Award, community leader of the year, and supporter of the year. Winners were selected from a pool of over 200 nominees that were submitted by their peers, colleagues, family, and friends.

The Overall Up & Coming Woman of the Year is Michelle Biel Ondas, Principal, School City of Hammond. The Overall Influential Woman of the Year is Julie Mallers, Nurse Practitioner, Franciscan St. Claire Clinic.

Michelle Biel Ondas – Overall Up and Coming Winner

Julie Mallers – Overall Influential Winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Influential Women alumni have impacted NWI region in many inspiring ways, by working hard, proving ourselves, and making our companies more successful,” said Mary Ann Shacklett, Senior Vice President of Finance & CFO with Community Healthcare System and Influential Women alumna.

“There’s no question that our region would be a very different place without the women that Influential Women celebrates,” said Erica Dombey, President and Executive Director of the Regional Development Company (RDC) and Influential Women alumna.

Additionally, throughout its history, Influential Women has donated over $80,000 to charities and non-profits that are dedicated to assisting women and children throughout the region.

Empowering Business of the Year – Horseshoe Casino


 

2017 Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Award Winners
Sorted by award category and type.

Overall Influential Woman of the Year

  • Julie Mallers, Nurse Practitioner, Franciscan St. Claire Clinic

Overall Up and Coming Woman of the Year

  • Michelle Biel Ondas, Principal, School City of Hammond

Business

  • Influential Woman – Danette Garza, President/CEO, Jack Gray Transport Inc.
  • Up and Coming Woman – Stephanie Woods, Owner, Fitness Revolution

Construction/Architecture/Engineering

  • Influential Woman – Kelly Dallas, Principal Engineer, ArcelorMittal USA
  • Up and Coming Woman – Aida Haigh, Operations Analysis Engineer, NiSource, Inc.

Economic Development & Government

  • Influential Woman – Rachel Oesterreich, Office Manager/Certified Construction Inspector, Starke County Highway Department
  • Up and Coming Woman – Stephanie Kuziela, Clerk-Treasurer, Town of Chesterton

Education

  • Influential Woman – Cynthia Roberts, Dean, IUN School of Business and Economics
  • Up and Coming Woman – Michelle Biel Ondas, Principal, School City of Hammond

Finance

  • Influential Woman – Kelly Shikany, Senior Financial Advisor, Lakeside Wealth Management
  • Up and Coming Woman – Tiffany Irving, Director/Private Wealth Advisor, BMO Private Bank

Healthcare

  • Influential Woman – Julie Mallers, Nurse Practitioner, Franciscan St. Claire Clinic
  • Up and Coming Woman – Christina Matoski, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pithadia Medical Group

Law

  • Influential Woman – Melissa Cohen, Attorney, Managing Partner, Cohen & Sawochka
  • Up and Coming Woman – Patricia Roman Hass, Managing Attorney, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Marketing/Media

  • Influential Woman – Gina Altieri, President/Founder, Phenix7 Marketing, Inc.
  • Up and Coming Woman – Tricia Sena, Brand Manager, Luke Oil

Nonprofit

  • Influential Woman – Renae Vania Tomczak, President and CEO, Mental Health America of Lake County
  • Up and Coming Woman – Amelia Kowalisyn, Founder and Director, Emma’s Footprints

Service/Tourism

  • Influential Woman – Toula Klideris, Owner, Prime Steakhouse
  • Up and Coming Woman – Paula Broutman, President, Performance Plus

Torch Award

  • Dawn Buckley, Down Syndrome Association of NWI and Chicagoland

Supporter of the Year Award

  • Charles Nordyke, Vibra Hospital

Community Leader of the Year Award

  • Karen Maravilla, It’s Just Serendipity

Empowering Business of the Year

  • Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IN