Meetings Wednesday August 7:
Genesis Towers Ballroom, 578 Broadway, Second Floor
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
New Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 1917 Carolina Street
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Center, 1845 West 37th Avenue
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The executive director of a Chicago-based non-profit has been named President/CEO of Opportunity Enterprises in Valparaiso. David Stupay, who begins August 5, will replace Ellen DeMartinis, who has been serving as Interim President/CEO since July, 2012. DeMartinis will return to her position as OE’s Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.
“The Board of Directors has been so thankful for the incredible leadership that Ellen DeMartinis has provided during this transition period. She has been wearing two hats – leading the organization as Interim CEO, while at the same time continuing to carry the load as our Chief Operating Officer. Her commitment has gone beyond what the Board could have asked, and this has provided us with the time to do a thorough search for our new CEO,” shares OE Board Chair Lee Lane. “As a result, we have been able to find a leader who has strong financial management skills, a proven track record of success, and the unique ability to truly inspire those around him. We are absolutely thrilled to have David Stupay join us as our new CEO, and the staff is incredibly excited as well. David’s selection came as the result of a unanimous decision by the Board and with the full support of every member of OE’s leadership team. You really can’t start with a better foundation than that.”
Stupay joined Esperanza Community Services, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in the Chicagoland area, in 2008 as Director of Finance and Operations, and has been Executive Director since August 2011.
Prior to joining Esperanza Community Services, Stupay held two director level positions at The Salvation Army. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Park Community Shelter and Coat Angels.
Stupay holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southeastern University in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration from North Park University. He and his wife Vanessa recently relocated to Valparaiso.
Opportunity Enterprises serves approximately 1,000 individuals of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities throughout Northwest Indiana. For more info visit www.oppent.org .
Influential Women of Northwest Indiana awarded $8,000 to four charities associated with the United Ways serving Lake and Porter Counties with donations from sponsors and support of the 500 plus in attendance. This year's very worthy recipients were: Discoveries Unlimited, The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Sojourner Truth House, and The Caring Place.
Every year, Influential Women of Northwest Indiana celebrates successful women who have achieved success in 11 different industries, ranging from construction and healthcare to education and government, but the organization does not stop at recognizing the business world. Nonprofits are also selected to receive funding for important projects that make a positive impact on the community.
"Each of these amazing organizations is well-established in making Northwest Indiana a better place to live and assisting women and girls in a variety of ways," Influential Women Organizer Andrea Pearman said. "Influential Women is passionate about giving back to these nonprofits that give so much throughout the year."
These nonprofits were chosen based on their mission and values, and how the funds would be used to empower women and girls, Pearman said.
Discoveries Unlimited, based in Valparaiso, was created to help pre- and early teens discover, and further interest in, the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math (S.T.E.M.). By forming mentoring relationships with S.T.E.M. professionals, the youth explore career opportunities and their educational requirements.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana acquires, stores and distributes more than 4.9 million pounds of food throughout Lake and Porter counties. Located in Gary, it is a
USDA-approved primary distributor of food to local pantries, shelters, daycare centers and soup kitchens.
Sojourner Truth House, also based in Gary, is a community resource and day center for homeless and at-risk women and children. It was founded to meet the needs of the
underserved in Gary and Lake County.
The Caring Place is a social service organization headquartered in Valparaiso that serves the needs of domestic violence and sexual assault victims, primarily in Lake, Porter and Starke counties. In addition to safe shelter, The Caring Place provides community education, support groups, legal counseling and case management, and independent living planning.
Pictured in the photograph are: (left to right)
Traci Owens, Administrative Assistant from Porter County United Way; Sherita Brewer, Development Manager with Sojourner Truth House; Jeni Elkins, Board Member with
Discoveries Unlimited; Mary Beth Schultz, Executive Director of The Caring Place; Andrea M. Pearman, President of Diversified Marketing Strategies; Angie Williams,
Executive Director of The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
About Influential Women of Northwest Indiana:
Influential Women of Northwest Indiana is an organization devoted to providing women with the resources, recognition and motivation necessary to be successful in the
business world. Each year, Influential Women of Northwest Indiana honors the area's most successful women in eleven different industries, ranging from construction and
healthcare to education and government.
(photo and articl provided by Inluential Women of Northwest Indiana)
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