Executive Board Officers

Patricia Makarounas


Patricia is the Vice President of Branch Development for the Hessville Branch of at the Regional Credit Union located on Kennedy Avenue. She has been with the credit union for 9 years, with 22 years experience in the financial field. Patricia is a Purdue University Calumet graduate, earning her degree in Human Resource Management. She has served on the Chamber Board since 2013 and became an officer of the Executive Board in January 2015.

Shawn Graham

Vice President

Shawn is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones with an office in Griffith located at 45th Street. Shawn and his Branch Team work with the Griffith community members and other surrounding areas to help them determine a financial strategy most appropriate for each individual family. Shawn also serves on the Griffith Neighborhood Spot Light Program Board, as well as the Imagine Griffith Volunteer Organization since 2014. Shawn and his wife, Michelle, have 3 children and have resided in Griffith for more than 10 years.

Kimberly Blaesing


Kimberly earned her business degree from Indiana University Northwest. She joined her family company Tiger Plumbing in 2006. She heads up the creative and marketing department at Tiger. Kimberly enjoys online marketing including SEO. She is involved in many chambers throughout Northwest Indiana. Kimberly and her husband Jeff took over ownership of Tiger Plumbing in January of 2017. They enjoy spending time with their daughter Madison.

Joe Koranek


Centier Bank, 924-0800
Joe is the Griffith Branch manager for Centier Bank. He has been branch manager for over 4 years and has been with Centier for over 16 years. He is a 2003 graduate of Purdue University- Calumet where he majored in finance. Joe has served on the chamber board since 2014 and has held the positions of President and Secretary in the Griffith Chamber. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife Emily and their son Harrison.

Susie Pollard

Past President

Susie and her husband Dean are the owners of Centsible Heating & Air Conditioning in Griffith. They have been in business for 11 years. Susie previously was a Controller for a Construction Development Company in Illinois. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Purdue University. Susie has served on the Chamber Board since 2012 and an officer of the Executive Board since 2014. She is also a member and past president of the Griffith Rotary and an active member of the Griffith FOP. Susie and her husband Dean have resided in Griffith since 1997 and have 2 children - Brandon and Lauren.

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