Board of Directors
Ron Necco – Board President
Ron has been with Gabriel's Horn since 2014. He is Union Representative with the IN/KY/OH Regional Council of Carpenters, an active member of Knights of Columbus #9114 Portage. He is active in fundraising activities and organizing volunteers for projects at the shelter.
Robin Wilkening -Treasurer
Robin is a reporter for the Porter County Times Newspaper. She also works as the liaison for the Portage Township Trustee. Robin is a long time resident of Portage and actively volunteers in the community.
Jessica joined Gabriel’s Horn in 2017. She has owned her own company; Bound N Around, for 10 years and is also the director of Marketing and Community Development for the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce. Jessica is currently in her second term on the Portage Township School Board of Trustees and she is also the President and a founding member of the Friends of Portage Township Foundation, IN. Jessica earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University Northwest and her Masters of Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from Walden University. She has lived in the Portage Township community for 17 years and has two children. In her free time, Jessica volunteers on many community boards and committees, including: 500 Turkeys and Portage Rotary Club.
Irma joined Gabriel's Horn in October 2016. Irma is a Portage resident. She serves as Vice President of Branch Development & Business Banking at REGIONAL federal credit union. Irma has held several leadership positions in her 25 years of banking. Irma is an active board member of the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce. Irma also enjoys volunteering and building relationships in the communities that she serves. In her home life, Irma loves spending family time with her 3 daughters and grandchildren.
Jean studied Psychology at St. Xavier University and De Paul University. She worked for several years as a business administrator then joined a non-profit and worked as an educator in sexual assault/abuse prevention for 6 years. She was a volunteer crisis advocate for 12 years and a worked as a volunteer with homeless persons for 13 years. Currently, Jean volunteers with a local food pantry and is also involved with Family Promise, working on getting their homeless program up and running in the Portage area. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1960's. Jean lives with her husband in Chesterton.
Lorie joined Gabriel's Horn in June 2016. Lorie has lived in Porter County for 13 years now. She is married with two children who both attend Indiana University. Lorie obtained her Bachelors degree from Indiana University Northwest and her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. Lorie have been employed with Blatt, Hasenmiller, Leibsker and Moore for 20 years as an attorney. Lorie is an avid runner and enjoys running marathons on a regular basis.
Kelli Hawkins-I was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Delgado Community College in New Orleans in 1995 with an Associate's degree in Commercial Art. I moved to Portage Indiana in December 2000 with my children. I graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BA in 2004. In 2017, I pursued my certification as a Registered Behavior Technician working with autistic children and other clients with developmental challenges. I was trained to teach various speech and language therapies as well as behavior management techniques to help clients develop social and life skills.
Establishing these tools has given me a chance to make a difference for our youth and have the freedom to teach and maintain techniques that would aid in parenting children with special needs. I've been working on a project to help children with coping and social skills through play. I am a proud mother of two sons and one daughter.
Zathoe Sexton– Executive Director
Zathoe Sexton has accepted the interim Executive Director's position beginning June, 2019. Previously Zathoe was the Board President. Zathoe has a Master's in Social Work.
Robin McCart- Shelter Manager
Robin joined Gabriel's Horn in July 2018. She manages the daily operations of the shelter and helps ensure that residents feel welcome and safe. Robin has been a Porter County resident for over 50 years. She has recently started college at IVY Tech and is studying to be a Pharmacy Tech. She has 2 grown children.
Vicki Evanatz – Bookkeeper
vicki Evanatz has served as the agency’s bookkeeper since 2019. She has been a long time resident of Portage.