Growing up, Debbie Wright’s father noticed that his family never traveled. He decided that when he had a family, he would take them everywhere. So, at a very young age, Wright began to explore the world.
Amy Armstrong has a huge heart for serving the Portage community. She loves spending time with people and organizing events in Portage.
Josephine Purevich attended 24 1st birthdays for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She saw the first person walk on the moon, watched as the Berlin wall came down, and grew up during The Great Depression. She loved crocheting, playing Candyland with her great grandson, and chatting with the ladies at the senior center on Wednesday afternoons. Josephine was born on July 27, 1929 and was raised in Gary, IN, in the Tolleston and Glen Park area until 1976 when she moved to Hebron.
For Portage High School social studies teacher and track and cross-country coach Abagail Trzeciak, a clear vision has led to a life that has fallen nicely into place.
Katie Brehmer, who juggles working with being a wife and a mother to four boys, is a superhero mom.
Erin Vanni was a little girl with her nose in a book, her thoughts in the clouds, and a pen in her hand. She dreamed of becoming a writer and she would become that and so much more. After cancer took her mother’s life and her father committed suicide, she became an advocate for mental health. Vanni is also the communications coordinator Center of Workforce Innovations, where she makes an impact in her community by connecting workers with employers and vise-versa.