FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – KPC Media Group, Inc. has announced the 2021 Women Influencers List.
The list celebrates “the amazing women in our communities who have overcome barriers, challenged social norms and paved the way for future generations,” according to the KCP website. This year’s group includes leaders from a variety of backgrounds: finance, art, public service, higher education, events, marketing and more.
On October 28 at 11 a.m., the public is invited to a free live chat with the women. To register click here.
The list of influential women 2021:
Amanda Shepard, COO – Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Amanda leads alongside FWMoA CEO Charles Shepard. She is an essential part of the organization’s staff and team development. She also develops strategic plans and policies that shape the organization. In her spare time, Amanda is chair of the board of trustees of the Saint John Baptist Catholic Church, plays volleyball and raises two children.
Andie Hines-Lagemann, Founder – Tidewater Coaching
Andie is a fearless entrepreneur. She started a nonprofit organization for women entrepreneurs, Own Your Success, which aims to provide a space for women to collaborate, learn and grow in business without fear of judgment. She also founded Tidewater Coaching where she is an emotional intelligence provider and coach. In her spare time, Andie volunteers with various local non-profit organizations and enjoys promoting local businesses and their owners.
Executive Council of the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce
That’s right. THE ENTIRE CCoC Board of Directors has been selected as an “influential woman”. This council is entirely made up of women who are causing a sensation in Churubusco. By volunteering in nonprofit organizations, organizing events, and hosting educational seminars, their grassroots community involvement approach is rapidly increasing the chamber’s membership and influence. These board members are there to “pound the pavement” to make their community a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Councilor Sharon Tucker – Fort Wayne Common Council
Sharon Tucker was elected to represent the 1st District on Allen County Council in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. While serving on County Council, she was the only woman, African American and Democrat to sit in the time. In 2019, she ran for the 6th District of the Fort Wayne Common Council and won, making her mark as the first African-American woman to hold that seat.
Over the past two years on council, Councilor Tucker has already had a lasting impact not only on the neighborhood she represents, but also on the city as a whole. She has championed public safety legislation, launched a startup program, PASE (Project Activate SouthEast), to deliver workshops and a business pitch competition to entrepreneurs looking to relocate to Southeast Fort Wayne, and has attracted commercial, commercial and residential developments to the area. . She is a tireless advocate for her neighbors and the community.
Juanita Ray, owner – Mexican restaurant el Azteca
Juanita has owned el Azteca and a community servant for 47 years. The eldest of 14 children, Juanita began working at the age of 12 as a migrant worker with her parents. She then worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in accounting, where her love of business was first sparked. In 1973, she opened el Azteca. She uses her position to give back to those around her by donating food and gift certificates to various organizations including schools and churches. She has been donating to the Most Precious Blood Catholic Church’s Fun Fest since the early 1980s. She is also known for giving her employees cash advances and covering the shifts of anyone volunteering in the community. . Juanita’s story, kindness and work ethic have inspired people for decades.
Kristin Marcuccilli, EVP and COO – STAR Financial Bank
Kristin M. Marcuccilli is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of STAR Financial Bank and is responsible for information technology, banking, digital banking, information security and management. project. In addition to her long-time service in numerous community, civic and government organizations, she is a founding member of Touchdown for Kids, an organization benefiting Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. In addition to her longtime service in numerous community, civic and government organizations, she is a founding member of Touchdown for Kids, an organization benefiting Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
Governor Eric Holcomb appointed her to the Indiana Economic Relief and Recovery Team, a task force responsible for planning, administering and accounting for federal relief funds the state receives from the CARES law during the pandemic.
Kristin also serves as a mentor to a female entrepreneur, Sarah, in Fort Wayne.
Rebecca Essig, Assistant Professor of Engineering – Purdue Fort Wayne
In a male dominated field, Rebecca is an exceptional educator who has worked to nurture the next generation of engineers. His high performance in the classroom has won several awards at the college and university levels. Outside of the classroom, she demonstrated a strong commitment to service throughout the university and in the community. All of her service activities are focused on sharing her passion for engineering with K-12 students and increasing diversity within the engineering student body and workforce. At PFW, she volunteers for the FIRST Lego League, Future Cities Competition and Sci-TEC Academy (all K-12 Engineering Awareness Programs). She is a faculty mentor for three PFW student organizations, and she also spends countless hours helping other educators improve their interactions in class and with students.
In addition, she has consistently demonstrated her commitment to diversity and inclusion by participating in Safe Zone training and the United Front Initiative. She believes the discipline of engineering cannot truly reach its potential until a diverse group of voices are present at the table.
Shanna Bradley, Founder and Doula – Journey Birth and Wellness
Shanna is passionate about helping people in need. While working with a refugee birthing ministry outside of Atlanta, she discovered how her passion for childbirth and working with refugees could be combined to help people in her hometown. She started Journey Birth and Wellness to provide free doulas to women in 46,806 (highest infant and maternal mortality) and foreign-born women. She trained Burmese, Latin and Black Doulas to serve this population.
Sherrie Berghoff, Owner – Single Purpose Marketing
Sherri has extensive experience in the healthcare industry and is passionate about making a difference for the seniors in her community. Sherri is currently focused on growing her FOUR businesses from scratch: One Purpose Senior Healthcare, One Purpose Senior Services, OPS Adventures (non-profit) and One Purpose Marketing. Prior to entering the healthcare industry, Sherri successfully ran her family-owned automobile business for 15 years while home-schooling her children! In 1997, she won the New Haven Chamber of Commerce Company of the Year award for that company. She has also been active in over half a dozen community organizations over the years. Her passion for supporting seniors in the community is not only evident in her many years of work in the healthcare industry, but also in the time she has dedicated to supporting external organizations that have an impact. direct on the lives of the elderly.
Susan R. Ralston, Owner – Jacob Insurance Service
Susan has held the same position since her first year of high school. That was over 40 years ago. Several years ago, she had the opportunity to become a full owner of the business and continued to work on building a local, male-dominated business to be the most successful in the world. ‘she ever was. On the occasion of Jacob Insurance Service’s 75th anniversary last year, Susan was on more than half of this trip. As a 4-H volunteer for over 20 years, she has won the Friends of 4-H l award, the highest honor given to volunteers. Jacob Insurance Service has received several awards for its success as a small independent insurance agency. Susan is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club in Angola, a member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Aging and sits on the Community Foundation scholarship committee.
Tee Cook, Owner – All in 1 Cakes and Events
Tee Cook is a business owner with a heart for his community. When not hosting cakes and all-in-one events, she gives free CPR classes to youth groups or runs various support groups for community members. She is a civil rights pioneer in Fort Wayne. She is opening an education center where people can learn about careers and how to get better jobs. She was the first person to host an event for black business sellers (“Events in Color”), and she travels the United States speaking about black women’s rights and mental health.
Virginia Richardson, Owner – Tilde Multimedia Firm
Virginia started out in Washington DC, where she participated in the launch of the first BET Soul Train Awards. After enjoying many other marketing and promotional experiences, she returned to Fort Wayne to start her business, TILDE. She works tirelessly to provide her clients with a full range of digital marketing, web development, search engine marketing and event promotion. Through this work ethic, she saved organizations from ruin and helped them thrive.