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Kevin and David Lee

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Experience is often the best teacher. Kevin and David Lee say that’s true when it comes to the nationwide companies they run—Intervention Services & Technologies Inc. and Sober Solutions, based in Lowell.

The brothers’ expertise in the fields of addiction intervention, treatment and recovery is now internationally recognized. Yet, it was their personal experiences with David’s own decade-long drug addiction and his cycle of repeated treatment and relapse that has made Kevin and David Lee not only credible, but successful. The entire Lee family’s eventual shift in how they reacted to David’s addictions has also shaped the brothers’ drive to educate families about how to be part of the change that’s needed so those addicted to drugs and alcohol can successfully make the journey into sobriety.

“I’m a recovering drug addict and alcoholic,” David Lee says unblinkingly. “Getting me to agree to treatment was easy. I was in over 20 rehab treatment programs.” But, it wasn’t until his family stopped allowing him to manipulate them, that David says, the message of sobriety finally got through to him.
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David Janney

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

David G. Janney counts among his role models and mentors three men who showed him by their words and deeds that life has purpose. One was his paternal grandfather, Peyton Janney. The second was a Highland Junior High School English teacher he knows only as Mr. Huber, and the third is Ron Millies, who founded the company of which David Janney is now a partner and vice president.

“My grandfather was a structural engineer by degree. It was just his whole outlook and approach to life that impressed me,” David Janney recalls. “He was logical and he had a plan. It worked well, and it was based on what he had experienced.”

Mr. Huber’s contribution to David Janney’s character and work ethic developed over the entire school year.

“When I was in junior high school, I lacked focus. He believed in trying and achieving, and through the year, he got me to change,” Janney recalls.

“He taught me that there is a value to education and a value to hard work.”

Janney says Millies is still his mentor. “I’ve worked under his tutelage and grown and learned.”
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Douglas Holok

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Douglas Holok grew up in Merrillville until the age of 13 and then moved to Richmond, Indiana, where he graduated from high school. Then he graduated from Valparaiso University on a football scholarship and majored in finance, met his wife Jennifer, who was originally from the area, and stayed.

“We grew up together and today we have four kids, Andrew age 9, Jackson age 7, Rae age 4, and Luke who is 20 months old,” says Holok.

Six years ago, Douglas and Jennifer decided to make a change in their lives that would set them on a course of helping others. “We made the decision to start investing in real estate as a supplement to retirement down the road. At the time I was selling machinery for the corrugated box industry and I was traveling all over Midwest, which wasn’t a good lifestyle for us and raising kids. So we made the decision to do real estate full-time. Then four years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. It was a rare carcinoma on my fingertip and they caught it early and everything is clear, but it provided some important perspective for us and we decided to simplify and do what we love,” he says.

Pursuing real estate full time began first as a money-making endeavor and then turned into something much deeper, Holok says. “We started prior to the diagnosis and were looking in Gary. We wanted to invest in real estate purely from a profit standpoint because there was a lot to buy affordably. But then we stumbled into a purpose. There’s a huge need, both for the City of Gary as a whole for the neighborhoods to be revitalized, and then there’s a whole population of people who need a stable living environment. We started working with agencies, such as mental health facilities and organizations like the Catholic Charities that have special housing programs to give folks a second chance to live on their own. It’s more fulfilling, taking it from a pure profit business model, and adding a purpose aspect to it,” Holok says.
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Jennifer Heath

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Jennifer Heath, interim administrator at Barker Woods Enrichment Center in Michigan City, began her work helping children with special needs after she and her husband Jerry’s lives crossed paths with the center.

Heath, who grew up in South Bend, Skokie, and then Michigan City, attended Indiana State and PNC and studied marketing, but she says that career vision changed when she had her first child. “I came into a totally different area than what I intended, but that all changed when I had my oldest daughter, Libby, who was born with Down Syndrome,” says Heath. “I studied about Down Syndrome, I learned about it and I became involved with Barker Woods Enrichment Center. I served on their board for eight years before I began working there,” Heath says.

Barker Woods Enrichment Center provides childcare and preschool services for children of all abilities, specializing in serving children with special needs. They also provide pediatric occupational and speech therapy services for children. The facility was started by a group of parents whose children were not welcomed in the public school system during the 1950s.
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Linda Galocy

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Linda Galocy understands college students and the impact that higher education has on people’s lives. Attending college and getting at least one degree were part of her parents’ expectations, the Dyer native and current Schererville resident says.

“My father, Davie Rietman, has an MBA,” she says. “When I was a senior at Lake Central High School, my mom, Margaret Rietman, sat down with me to talk about my future. She guided me into what has become my career.”

After high school graduation, Galocy enrolled at Indiana University Northwest to major in health information services and received an associate’s degree. She completed her bachelor’s degree in this field in 1992 at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis. Marriage and children came next. Galocy and her husband, Matt, lived in Chicago for a while, but when they had their first child, Max now 9, they opted to move back to Northwest Indiana. Max’s sister, Lauren now 6, came along three years later.

The Galocy family has made the health care field their focus. Matt is a nurse practitioner while Linda Galocy is clinical coordinator and lecturer at IUN in the Health Information Management program. This two-year program prepares students to be medical coders and to work in the management of health information and with medical records.
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Scott Dujmovich

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Building a corporate culture that expects excellence from everyone involved, that constructs networks of communication and that recognizes civic responsibility is Scott Dujmovich’s mission for Golden Technologies, a firm that provides design and marketing and custom solutions for medium and small businesses.

One of four partners who met while working at Bethlehem Steel in the 1990s, Dujmovich initiated a movement at the Valparaiso-based company that “has lead to growth and development of a healthy, stable corporate community,” says Nat Finn, Golden’s Internet marking specialist, who nominated the 37-year old for the 2010 Class of ‘20 Under 40.’ “His initiation inspired one common vision for Golden: ‘Excellence in connecting people, business and technology’.”

Two of the founding partners started a side business in 1996 to help solve companies’ problems using technology, says Dujmovich.

“Three of us worked together in the same department at Bethlehem. We started doing side jobs that feed our interest in technology and solutions,” he says.
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Elizabeth Depew

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Elizabeth H. Depew of Valparaiso came to her accounting career via a bit of serendipity. She enrolled in Purdue University North Central at age 15, while attending Wheeler High School where she played varsity sports and worked part-time.

“When I was in high school, my friend and I wanted to take a class together, and we chose an accounting class,” Depew recalls. “My friend dropped out of the class and I fell in love with it.” After graduating with an honors diploma from high school, she continued her college education at PNC. When she completed her accounting degree in 2003, Depew became a temporary accounting clerk at her alma mater.

“I looked at the job and said ‘I can do that’,” she says. Eventually, she became a regular full-time employee and handled the accounts for student activities and athletic fees, and audited travel expenses.

In 2008, she was named director of purchasing and oversaw the processing of purchases for the switchboard and food services. Since May of this year, Depew has added to her duties as director of auxiliary services and resource planning at PNC. “I still hold all of those duties I had (as director of purchasing) and I have new ones,” she says.

In her latest position, Depew oversees purchasing, telecommunications, food services, print/mail services and space management as well as the university budget planning. She has served on the university’s 2008-2014 Strategic Plan steering committee and is a member of the PNC Accreditation Self-Study team. Depew also serves on the Purdue Procurement Council to review policy for system-wide savings through procurement.
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Rachel Delaney

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

When it finally came to a career choice, Rachel Delaney just couldn’t ignore her dual passion for animals and for making a difference. At age 21, Delaney moved from Calumet City to Oak Park and sought a career in corporate America, working in a marketing position to promote the Chicago Marathon. That exposure to health-related issues took her into the health care field, first as an Emergency Medical Technician and then as a paramedic.

Nursing school came next at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, but Delaney found herself missing the contact with animals she had in her childhood home. “We took in stray dogs, and we had a chicken and a duck. They followed us wherever we went,” Delaney says with a chuckle.

Five years ago, while still attending nursing school, Delaney decided to move to Indiana specifically to volunteer at the Humane Society Calumet Area in Munster. The first day she volunteered at the shelter, a 14-year old black lab named Dora was brought in. Delaney decided immediately to foster the dog, taking her home and caring for the aged canine.

“She was with me six months. Unfortunately, she was eventually in so much pain, we had to put her down. I was so devastated,” Delaney recalls. Since then, Delaney has fostered many animals until they could find forever homes.
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Shannon Burhans

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Like anyone who runs a small independent business and has young children, Shannon Burhans stays very busy. Paid vacations are hard to come by. When her young children aren’t in school, they’re probably with her—and need rides to sports or gymnastics practices.

That would be enough for most people, but not Burhans, who for the last seven years has run The eState, a jewelry, memorabilia and antiques shop in Portage, with her husband Dave. Throughout those years, the 38-year-old mother of two also volunteered for a dizzying array of positions in four organizations: the Portage Chamber of Commerce, the Portage Kiwanis club, Safe Sitter and the Portage Parks and Recreation Foundation.

“I really enjoy doing community service,” says Burhans, who’s originally from Schererville and went to Lake Central High School. Last year, she was named “Distinguished Club President” by Kiwanis International, which is dedicated to “changing the world, one child and one community at a time.” Burhans is the immediate past-president of the Portage club. She’s also served as the club’s secretary and vice-president, and is currently chair of its membership committee.

She also coordinates the club’s Dictionary Project, which she created while serving as vice president in 2006. Each year, the club fundraises to purchase dictionaries that are given to all third graders in Portage Township schools. “Most of us have the internet, so you wouldn’t think a dictionary would be such a big deal,” says Burhans, who lives in Portage. But children like having their own dictionary. “Every one of those kids is extremely grateful—they’re using it, they’re interested.”
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James Anton

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Growing up in Jackson Township the fourth of five children, James Anton says he tried to find the focus for his life. He became active in sports, which continue to be a passion of the 34-year old Valparaiso resident. In middle school and high school he was a member of student council and speech and debate. “I went to IU in Bloomington and tried to find myself there, but that didn’t work. I came back home and started at Purdue North Central, but that wasn’t it.”

In 1996, he joined the steel frame construction industry, putting together the framework for buildings. “As I’m hanging off a steel frame in a lightning storm one day, I decided I needed to find another career,” Anton chuckles. “So I went to my father and uncle who owned Anton Insurance Agency and asked them for a job. They said ‘no’, that I wasn’t ready.”

Today, he says, “looking back on it, it was the best thing they could have done. I wasn’t ready.” Anton says he needed seasoning and to learn more about life and about being resilient. His journey of discovery took him to the Chesterton Parks Department, where he worked for Department Superintendent Bruce Mathias outdoors in the parks during a cold winter.

The mentoring Mathias provided helped him mature, Anton says, so that when he went back to his father and uncle in 1997, they hired the then-21-year old. In addition to Mathias, James Anton counts his father, Mike Anton Jr., as a role model and an inspiration.
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