The Indiana Bankers Association has named Kathy Schoettlin (pictured) Woman of the Year. Also, Evelyn Rivas (pictured) has been honored with the Woman on the Rise Award.

They were honored at the recent Banking on Women Conference. The award recognizes a woman in emerging bank leadership who is community-active, achievement-oriented, and who contributes to team success. 

Schoettlin serves as chief culture and social responsibility officer of Evansville-based Old National Bank. She joined the bank in 2005 and served as executive vice president, chief marketing and communications officer before being named to her current position in 2015. Schoettlin has been active with the creation of Bank On Evansville, the Healthy Communities Partnership and the bank’s financial education program for incarcerated women, which earned nationwide recognition from the American Bankers Association. Prior to joining Old National, Schoettlin served for 15 years as public relations director of the Southwestern Indiana Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Within the larger community, Schoettlin serves in leadership capacity with multiple organizations, including Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana, the Southwestern Indiana Mental Health Center, the Public Education Foundation of Evansville, Tomorrow’s Work Force Program for high school students, the Diversity & Inclusion Business Roundtable, the United Way of Southwestern Indiana and the Indiana Youth Institute. She also has been a one-on-one mentor to more than 100 women and has been active with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Indiana, which named her Big Sister of the Year.

Rivas serves as executive assistant at Jasper-based German American Bank. She joined the bank eight years ago as a part-time employee while still attending high school. Rivas continued working part-time while studying at Indiana University, and upon graduation was hired full-time as a member of the bank’s training and development team. She proceeded to serve in all areas of the bank, and last year she was promoted to executive assistant.

Within the community, Rivas is in leadership roles with the Association of Latin Americans in Southern Indiana, the Latino Collaboration Table, the Vincennes University Jasper Foundation, the I.U. Center for Rural Engagement, the Dubois County Community Foundation grants committee, Dubois Strong board of directors and the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce, among others. She also volunteers with Lincoln State Park and the Huntingburg Optimists.


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