Hoosier Women Forward announces Fifth Class of Leaders

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier Women Forward is proud to announce its fifth class of outstanding Democratic women for its leadership training program that’s aimed at elevating and empowering women in public, private, and community service roles across the state.

Eighty-nine alumnae have completed the Hoosier Women Forward program since its 2018 launch. Eighteen alumnae have run for office and 11 have won a general election or contested primary. In the 2022 Indiana primary elections, 9 HWF alumnae secured Democratic nominations for public office at varying levels of government, including township boards, county councils, the state legislature, and more.

HWF graduates are also impacting their communities with local efforts to address growing challenges like poverty, food insecurity, climate change, and healthcare access.

“HWF is proud to select this class of outstanding women leaders with personal and professional backgrounds that reflect the economic, geographical, ethnic, and cultural diversity of our state,” said HWF Executive Director Amy Levander. “Our state’s leadership needs to reflect the citizens it serves. Class 5 joins a powerful network of alumnae stepping up to lead Indiana towards a brighter future.”

Following are the 22 women who will be participating in the HWF leadership program:

Gisele Agnelli, Indianapolis

Kacey Blundell, Terre Haute

Rochelle Brown, South Bend

Michelle Carr, Columbus

Samantha Douglas, Indianapolis

Lauren Hall Riggins, Indianapolis

Karla Lopez-Owens, Indianapolis

Donielle Martin, Indianapolis

Emily Masengale, Indianapolis

Katie McHugh, Indianapolis

Morgan Mickelson, Indianapolis

Monisha Mitchell, Zionsville

Crystal Neumann, Fishers

Kymberli Roberts, Hammond

Gina Robinson Ungar, Evansville

Alexandra Rollo, Indianapolis

Maggie Stevens, Indianapolis

Rachel Tomas Morgan, South Bend

Charmaine Samaraweera Torma, South Bend

Sara Trovinger, Fort Wayne

Teryna L. Van Cleave, Indianapolis

Jo Yocum, Indianapolis

On September 28, HWF will honor its fifth class with a fundraising luncheon at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2022-luncheon.

A Section 527 nonprofit political organization, Hoosier Women Forward raises funds through private donations and fundraising events. To learn more about the nonprofit, you can go to www.hoosierwomenforward.org, or visit the organization on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.