Commission for Women

The Commission for Women consists of up to nine members. 

Appointments
• Three members are appointed by the Mayor for a fixed term of four years; one appointment is initially for only two years, renewable for four more years upon reappointment by the mayor; one appointment is a representative of a non-profit or not-for-profit health-care agency, and one appointment is a representative from education; 

• Two members are appointed by the common council for a fixed term of four years; one appointment is initially for only two years, renewable for four more years upon reappointment by the common council; one appointment is a representative of a non-profit organization dealing with women’s issues; 

• One member is appointed by the Michigan City Chapter of the NAACP for a term of four years; 

• One member is appointed by the LaPorte County Minority Health Coalition for a term of four years;

• One member is appointed by the LaPorte County League of Women Voters, for a term of four years, with the initial appointment for two years; and

• One member is appointed by the other eight members for a fixed term of four years.

No salary is paid to appointees for sitting on this board.

Meetings: The commission shall meet on a minimum quarterly basis and is subject to notice of such meetings pursuant to the Open Door Law of the State of Indiana. Meetings will be at 5:30 PM on the third Thursday of the month at City Hall.

Click here for the Michigan City Commission for Women Request for Donation Form.

Current Members

Ms. Dalia Zygas
term expires: 12-22-2021
Mayor Appointment, Education

Ms. Bonita Schaaf, President
term expires:12-22-2023
Mayor Appointment, Open Designation

Ms. Faye Moore
term expires:12-21-2023
Michigan City Chapter of NAACP Appointment, Open Designation

Ms. Nicole Coleman
term expires: 12-31-2022
City Council Appointment, Non-Profit Women’s Issues

Ms. Kristina Isabelle
term expires:12-22-2023
Mayor Appointment, Non-Profit

Ms. Jo Ann Engquist
term expires: 06-05-2022
League of Women Voters of LaPorte County Appointment

Ms. Albertine Allen
term expires: 12-21-2019
Community Advocates of Northern Indiana Appointment

Ms. Sharlene Livesay
term expires: 12-21-2020
Commission for Women Appointment

Ms. Veronica Martin
term expires: 12-21-2023
Council Appointment

Mr. Sean Fitzpatrick 
City Council Liaison