Executive Board Officers

Shawn Graham


Shawn is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones with an office located at 1939 W. Glen Park Avenue in Griffith. He and his branch team recognize what is important to our clients by offering highly personalized services. They partner together throughout the lives of their clients to keep them on track. In Shawn's free time, he spends it with his 3 children along with serving as vice chairman of the Griffith Safety Board and secretary of the Griffith Rotary Club.

Kimberly Blaesing

Vice President

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.

Christie DeHaan


Zamudio Law Professionals, 219-924-2300
Christie is a general civil practice Associate Attorney with Zamudio Law Professionals, P.C., located in Griffith, Indiana, and is dedicated to counseling her clients through every aspect of the legal process. Christie earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Pre-Law from Eastern Illinois University and received her Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. She is passionate about her profession, clients, family, and community. Christie has been a member of the Chamber since 2015.

Patricia Makarounas

Past President

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.

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