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Women of Distinction mAGAZine There always comes a point in your journey. A time or place where it starts to set in that the life that we have is all that we have said Alyssa. Alyssa Connell Marketing Public Relations and Social Media Specializing in Healthcare Technology Economic Development Agriculture Energy and Financial Aviation and Aerospace Chief Executive Officer Connell Communcations Chief Executive Officer Connell Aviation Group Cedar Falls IA Regina Davis Education Writing Retired Teacher Co-Author Carolyn Spencer Retired Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Illustrator Co-Author www.senorsmartypantaloons.com (757) 650-9494 regreginadavis aol.com 19 40 contents... Alyssa Connell Amanda Muro 60 69 Dawn Ranieri features Marci Hugg Hall 5 Emma Levin Financial Services Real Estate Investments Alternative Investments General Partner Jakob Pek Fund LP General Manager EMELSD Management Company LLC East Brunswick NJ 41 Angela L. Perri Healthcare Education Services President Chief Executive Officer PERRI SOLUTIONS LLC Huntersville NC 52 Sandra S. Newman Sewing Hand Crafts Owner Inventor SN Designs Company Stratham NH 73 Sydney P. Howell Music Entertainment Education Owner Harps of Gold Weatherford TX 3 Women of Distinction Women of Distinction Magazine ISSUE 9 Women of Distinction Staff Contents... Marissa Bacchi EDITOR-IN-CHIEF HEAD WRITER EDITOR Holli M. Narvaez Felix Pons WRITER LAYOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN Jill Mongonia EDITORIAL COODINATOR Rachael Raffna Anne Silar SELECTION COMMITTEE SELECTION COMMITTEE Kimberly Deihl SELECTION COMMITTEE Woman of Distinction Published by National Association of Distinguished Professionals 560 Broadhollow Road Ste. 310 Melville NY 11747 Phone (631) 465-9024 Fax (631) 465-9035 http www.napdrofessionals.com Rebecca Valuch 4 Women of Distinction Emma Levin Financial Services Real Estate Investments Alternative Investments General Partner Jakob Pek Fund LP General Manager EMELSD Management Company LLC East Brunswick NJ 5 Women of Distinction Naming the company after her father Jakob Pekker one of the most successful and influential businessmen in Russia Emma Levin found her dad to be her biggest professional inspiration despite the challenges and limitations he faced with the socialist regime. Coming to America with nothing it was through sheer hard work and dedication that he was able to make something of himself. He achieved the American dream by becoming a successful businessman who was always there to provide guidance and financial security for his entire family. It was that very same determination that led Emma down the path to excellence in her own life in a highly competitive and at times difficult market. Most would say that my father had one of the only livable situations in Russia at the time and despite that he truly wanted to be an American. Nothing was going to stop his capitalist dream Emma said fondly about what drives her each day. While still living in Russia Emma earned her Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Economics at Moscow Institute of National Economy in 1972 followed by her Master of Science in Statistics and Economy in 1974 from the same institution. Beginning her career in her home country she eventually moved to the United States in 1981 with only a few hundred dollars in her pocket and her two young children in tow. Desiring to keep the legacy of her father alive who instilled in her what hard work and determination was all about Emma has been able to honor her father s memory with the formation of her very own financial services and real estate investment company. Having no regrets she s never been afraid of the many obstacles she has endured or the sacrifices she has made in order to attain her goals and provide for her family. Her success has been a pure blessing. Having spent time in various capacities that have directly impacted her experience in the financial services and real estate investment industry Emma has held several positions including commerce director for Moscow Trade Chamber an information technology consultant for various companies product engineer for MERCK-MEDCO Containment Services vice-president of Bankers Trust Company lead architect of financial products for Goldman Sachs and director of Medco Company. Today Emma is General Partner of Jakob Pek Fund. Headquartered in East Brunswick New Jersey where Emma resides Jakob Pek Fund is a private real estate investment company dedicated to helping investors achieve greater returns while providing accredited investors with the opportunity to invest their capital into a high-yield interest program secured by collateral. Eliminating the high overhead costs of brick and mortar locations as an online-based company Jakob Pek Fund is able to offer investors the highest possible interest rates. Serving as the firm s general partner Emma is truly the heart of the company. In a limited partnership you ll find a general partner (Emma) and limited partners (investors). Emma manages investor assets and day-to-day operations works with mortgage companies to acquire real estate investors looking for additional capital and ensures that the fund is always in compliance. She also speaks at various educational investing seminars and events to teach potential investors the differences between institutional and non-institutional products. Today more people are looking to invest in non-institutional products but unfortunately this type of financial product is not well known by the public. I love what I do Emma admits. I am passionate about helping people achieve their financial goals. It s that simple. This is what drove me to start Jakob Pek Fund and it has influenced me to design a unique noninstitutional financial product for people who want to invest their money keep their capital and earn a highyield interest rate on their investment. It is what gets me up and out of bed every single morning. Getting started in this industry requires a lot of patience and dedication. It is not for everyone. In order to make it in this business you have to be sharp and extremely knowledgeable. You must possess that extra finesse to be able to separate yourself from the competition. You must know the markets trends and comparable financial products and know them well so that you can explain why your investment opportunity is a better fit for someone s financial goals. Honesty is also crucial and it is certainly imprinted in what Jakob Pek Fund stands for. When you are handling other people s assets you have to be careful how you present yourself in order to ensure that the client feels comfortable enough to trust you with their money. Being honest is the first step in generating investor confidence. Building strong relationships with your clients is equally as important. Positivity and dedication to her profession has taught Emma that if she wanted to be successful it was going to be up to her to keep pushing herself to achieve her goals. No one was going to do that for her. She has always let honesty lead the way in herself and with her clients and she has found a way to create a solid work-life balance. As a woman one of her biggest challenges was establishing that very fine line between success and family. On one side of the spectrum Emma had all of her dreams laid out in front of her the dream of being successful and focusing on what was most important herself her family and her company. On the other side of the spectrum she had her family to care for tend to and worry about. Finding that delicate balance took time and patience. I honestly feel that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to Emma said reflecting back. The key is that you have to be interested and excited about whatever it is you want to do every single day of your life. 6 Women of Distinction Emma s background in designing and building financial products has given her the expertise to create a unique investment opportunity that she is able to share with clients through Jakob Pek Fund. Her number one mission is for her firm to be recognized worldwide as a leader in the financial services industry. To do this would mean a great deal to her as it would signify that her father s memory would continue to live on through a successful investment company that was first inspired by him. It would also show Emma s family that all of her father s hard work love and sacrifice had a much greater purpose. Although Emma concedes that she does not have much free time to herself she takes pleasure in helping others professionally serving as a mentor to those who need it. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce in New York City and the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce in New Jersey. Her role as a member of these organizations is to be an active leader and contributor in the financial services industry. Giving back is very important to Emma. Emma is also a huge fan of Swarovski. She has curated a large collection of these crystal figurines over the years. However her most favorite thing to do is spend time with her family. Married for 45 years to her loving husband they have two grown children and two adorable grandchildren Emma s pride and joy. Their son is the chief technology officer of an insurance company and their daughter is working alongside Emma at Jakob Pek Fund. They are a very close-knit family and all live relatively close by. They value spending as much time as they possibly can with each other. Emma grew up in a loving home with her two sisters both of which share the same warm atmosphere for their loved ones as Emma does. To Emma family means forget about me...I love you . Q Why do you feel your investment opportunity is relevant for investors today A A large percentage of the American population has not saved enough money to live a comfortable retirement. Jakob Pek Fund is here to make it easier for people to safely grow their wealth through a financial product that combines low-risk with higher returns. Q How does the investment work exactly A We offer people the opportunity to invest capital as Limited Partners of Jakob Pek Fund into real estate mortgages backed by real estate property as a collateral. We privately seek real estate investors who are looking to acquire mortgage loans for real estate investments. These real estate investors pay interest on loans provided by Jakob Pek Fund back to our Limited Partners. So the physical property protects investor funds while providing investors high interest returns on invested capital. Q What differentiates the investment opportunity offered by Jakob Pek Fund from Real Estate Crowdfunding and REITs A Real Estate Crowdfunding and REITs are usually volatile and risky similar to gambling. You invest your money into a real estate development project (paying investing fees upfront) in hopes the project will be completed and sold as planned (which often does not happen as expected) in order to see a return on your capital. REITs are highly liquid shares of properties traded on the stock exchange. Q As a non-institutional financial product what does Jakob Pek Fund do to ensure they are in compliance with FINRA and the SEC A First we ensure all the financial and personal information of our investors is secure at all times. Second our compliance department works very closely with all other departments of our company. Although we are not registered under these organizations we are conducting business under the rules and regulations listed by FINRA and the SEC. Q How does Jakob Pek Fund secure investments A Every investment into our fund is backed by physical real estate. In a worst case scenario where a real estate investor stops making payments on the mortgage loan the investment property will then be sold sharing the profit with the investors once the property has sold. Q How is becoming a Limited Partner in a Real Estate Limited Partnership (such as that which is offered by Jakob Pek Fund) more advantageous than owning investment properties A For those looking to invest in real estate it is easier to do so through a Limited Partnership than to own an investment property. As opposed ownership which requires property maintenance rent collection paying real estate taxes as well as other responsibilities a Limited Partner is solely responsible for their capital investment. 7 Women of Distinction Q Do any of your investors hold investments in your fund or funds through their 401K plans A We do have investors who invest into our fund using self-direct IRAs. A 401K opened with an institutional firm is not eligible for investment in non-institutional products. Q How does a prospective investor go about researching or getting some unbiased opinions on your firm s investments A A prospective investor may schedule a meeting with the General Partner of Jakob Pek Fund to learn more and request any additional information for their research. As for unbiased opinions we allow our investors to leave reviews on our site if they d like to share one. Our company is also a member of the Better Business Bureau. Q How does a prospective investor invest into your Fund A Since we are an online investment company with all documentation provided through our website investing with us is simple. You don t have to visit an office to invest. You can easily invest from the comfort of your own home business no matter where you are located. Q Would you encourage investors to invest in a financial product you wouldn t invest in yourself A Since ethical practices are at the core of Jakob Pek Fund s mission I would never encourage anyone to invest in something I would not do so myself just for profit s sake. Gaining people s trust is most important for me. I care about my investors and understand that these people work hard for their money and that many are caretakers and providers. Contact Emma Levin (888) 950-1143 http www.jakobpekfund.com elevin jakobpekfund.com invest jakobpekfund.com levinemma yahoo.com 8 Women of Distinction Katharine Anne Young RN MSNH Holistic Healthcare Education Proprietor Holistic Health Practitioner We Are More West Dennis MA As a young girl Katharine Anne Young always expressed a desire to help others. She would pretend to be a nurse securing a white handkerchief to the top of her head with a bobby pin and tending to others in a caring and compassionate manner. After high school she went on to pursue a degree in nursing graduating from Faulkner Hospital in Boston Massachusetts as a registered nurse in 1962. Marrying shortly thereafter Katharine started a family and began working in local hospitals as a post anesthesia care unit nurse. Many years later in 1995 she was introduced to energy healing and the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). Although hesitant and a bit doubtful she was still interested in their philosophy of practice and this very interesting art of nursing. Not long after Katharine s professional focus changed dramatically when she decided to return to academia to pursue a Bachelor s Degree in Holistic Health from Lesley University. Holistic nursing created a strong desire for me to know more experience more and be a more thorough caregiver Katharine said about this very unique type of healthcare. In the mid-1990 s the AHNA was located in Flagstaff Arizona. Taking advantage of the gift of a Traveling Nurse Corp Katharine was able to relocate to Arizona to gain more knowledge in holistic healing. The rewards today remain a positive adjunct to her career with long lasting enthusiasm and resourceful energy that supports her even in this stage of her life as a holistic health practitioner. It s been nearly 20 years since Katharine earned her BS in 1995 but she just like the field of holistic itself has blossomed tremendously in the last two decades. Forming We Are More in 2009 in West Dennis Massachusetts it has served as the brainchild for Katharine where she serves as an independent practitioner providing acupressure advanced energy healing aromatherapy color therapy craniosacral therapy natural cleaning newborn infant massage vibrascents and yoga for children all of which support a relaxed and fulfilled feeling for clients. Experienced working with everyone from children through seniors Katharine will help individuals explore practical solutions that can be incorporated into daily life so that they can feel more at ease. 9 Women of Distinction An explanation of Katharine s services Acupressure This method of creating balance is based on knowledge of the acupuncture meridians utilized in Chinese medicine. The differences in the two methods are acupressure does not use needles but instead it stimulates the meridian via point pressure or minute electrical impulses Advanced Energy Healing Energy fields are present around each of us expanding contracting and otherwise responding to both our inner and outer environments. Advanced energy healing offers a variety of techniques that facilitate a therapeutic relationship between the energy fields of the healer and the healee. Research indicates that energetic healing can accelerate wound healing ameliorate pain induce relaxation reduce tension and stress reduce migraine headaches and stimulate immune systems Aromatherapy Holistic aromatherapy utilizes essential oils from plants roots resins flowers and citrus fruits as an effective process to provide a therapeutic response for improved health. Essential oils have many properties which include antidepressant anti-inflammatory antiseptic antiviral aphrodisiac reduce swelling relaxation and relieve muscular aches and pains Color Therapy Color not only fills our world it penetrates deep into our bodies. Its continual influence means that the effects of light on the body are second only to the effects of food consumed daily. Color therapy goes beyond cosmetics and clothing. It incorporates correcting the imbalances of energy at the cellular level as well as the chakra energy system. Three hour workshop includes color as a healing agent education in foods gems essential oils solarized water energy medicine visualization and journaling CranioSacral Therapy CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It helps to relieve a full spectrum of pain illness and dysfunction including migraines headache chronic neck and back pain stress tension infant and childhood disorders chronic fatigue fibromyalgia TMJ learning disorders Attention Deficit Disorder Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADD ADHD) Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and orthopedic problems Natural Cleaning Look to the past in order to restore a vibrant healthy home. We use all natural products that are designed to reduce environmental stress and free you from artificial scents and toxins. How can we serve you One-time event weekly bi-weekly monthly Cape Cod rental property home sales Newborn Infant Massage Newborn massage is offered for the first 12 weeks of life. It stimulates the parasympathetic or relaxation phase of the nervous system. Group or private instruction is available for all caregivers parents grandparents nurses and daycare providers of newborn babies VibraScents VibraScents is a trilogy of ancient healing arts. Handmade semi-precious jewelry designed to support the chakra energy system through color and aromatherapy. Yoga for Children The practice of yoga is offered to children 10 and under with the focus on specific movements breathing techniques visualization and music. For the younger children 3- to 6-years-old yoga is presented in a story format with movement and music. The children are given the opportunity to contribute to the story and ultimately change the movements (postures) and the ending. It is a true interactive process that stimulates the imagination and respect for all members of the class Katharine has since studied holistic aromatherapy at the New England School of Aromatherapy graduating in 1995. She studied Yoga for Children receiving her Radiant Child certification in 1997. She then studied Advanced Energy Healing in 1998 followed by her Master of Science Degree in Natural Health from Clayton College in 2004. She studied Acupressure Meridian Therapy at Boston School of Shiatsu in 2006 followed by Holistic Stress Management under the direction of Luke Seaward PhD in 2008. Finally in 2013 she completed coursework in Craniosacral Therapy at Upledger Institute. Now more than ever holistic health requires a personal commitment to higher education Katharine explained. Living in New England demands higher standards and I d expect any practitioner to explore his or her own strengths failings and passions. The medical and professional world is exploring energy medicine as science-based on the art of centering and intention. Therefore it is wise to acquire a belief in the unbelievable and to explore all interests as one strives to excel in a specialty as I did. 10 Women of Distinction As the owner of her own holistic healthcare practice Katharine has accepted a personal obligation to provide her knowledge and experience to all ages from toddlers to elders. She has also incorporated a strong commitment of accountability based on extended classes certifications and higher education. She has managed and still manages all aspects of the business as an independent practitioner yet she admits to being a bit weak when it comes to web design. Learning out of necessity Katharine has become much more proficient utilizing media local publications community groups and the most powerful method which is word of mouth to promote herself with a sense of professional credibility. Over the course of many years dedicated to holistic practices Katharine has become very authentic in her personal and professional relationships. She has upheld her integrity in her nursing practice and as time passed has become effortless. She has never been a game player and perhaps in some aspects of life although it may be required she has learned to adapt as a team player without losing herself. There were many peers of mine who questioned the validity of energy medicine and holistic nursing which derived quite early on in my practice Katharine said. I completely understood their opinions due to the duality of allopathic nursing based on questioning analysis and logical deduction in contrast to holistic nursing based on observation experience and acceptance. I listened but never tried to convince anyone verbally and as time passed the benefits of both tenets revealed a higher level of care for patients and family members. So with real humor my peers noticed that I remained composed calm and actually quite happy. Their curiosity about my demeanor showed them a way to ask more questions about energy healing at their bedside. Ultimately I began offering all-day seminars to my peers on the topic of energy healing and holistic nursing. Katharine has since taken advantage of every avenue in an effort to educate the public as well as her peers on both energy healing and holistic nursing. She served as a lecturer for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Wellness Program has spoken at various community town meetings nursing conferences and libraries and has hosted numerous private workshops in people s homes and at businesses. Her website provides details about upcoming events and workshops and people can register for them directly through her site. Most recently Katharine hosted an event called Winter Survival Skills where participants learned about a variety of therapeutic self-care tools and strategies that prevent illness encourage healing and provide comfort during the winter season. In 2009 Katharine became a published author. Her first book Grandmother Moon & Roy G. Biv Explore the Amazing Secrets of Color For All Ages is a story about a miraculous journey of discovery and exploration. As character Roy G. Biv is seeking a way to bring joy and fulfillment back into his dull life Grandmother Moon is a soul that represents the ancient wisdom of nature who offers Roy the opportunity to experience the healing energy and power of color. He finds himself renewing his family connections and finding healthy life patterns that lift his body mind and spirit. In 2010 Katharine released her second book Seeing Without Seeing The Dilemma of ADHD For Parents and Caregivers. In this book Grandmother Moon returns to visit her favorite student Roy as he rocks his newborn baby to sleep. Designed to educate the parent and enhance the wellness of a child coping with ADHD the characters explore supportive therapies based on ancient healing traditions and current trends in energy medicine featuring holistic treatments that can be used independently or in harmony with medication. Both books were both published through Authorhouse. My first book was a result of my undergraduate thesis Color and Healing. It was the culmination of my studies and theories integrating the benefits of aroma color musical therapy and other holistic practices in a gentle story Katharine explained. Ten years later my graduate thesis on Natural Therapies for Children Diagnosed or Symptomatic of ADHD inspired my second book. It offers a different way of understanding and responding to a child with ADHD. Told in allegorical form this book explores alternatives to mainstream therapy working with every aspect of the person instead of just the brain chemistry. Both of these projects allowed me to adapt with an open and receptive mind to the benefits of today s medicine and the art of ancient customs. As a result of both studies I designed a specific stress management therapy for children and family members. A longstanding member of the AHNA since 1995 Katharine served as their New Hampshire coordinator for some time. She is also a weekly member of the Edgar Cayce study group a support group that supports healthier living with spiritual foundations. Living on Cape Cod Katharine attests is living the dream . In the warmer weather you ll often find her gardening and harvesting flowers and herbs reading a good book at the beach or doing home improvement projects outside of her home. My greatest wish is based on the knowledge that I created a shift in the way our precious and delightful children either symptomatic or diagnosed with learning disabilities are treated within the current medical paradigm. The continued use of pharmaceutical drugs negates the power of an individual as a whole being in body mind and spirit Katharine said lastly. 11 Women of Distinction Q Would you please expand on the American Holistic Nurses Association A The American Holistic Nurses Association was founded in 1981. The intent and purpose was and still remains to support nurses at the bedside and to project a healthy environment in body mind and spirit. There are many local chapters throughout the United States that offer workshops and seminars at the state and national levels. Visit www.AHNA.org for more info. Q How did you get started on your journey as a holistic health and healing energy practitioner A In retrospect I realize a bit of humor in the whole process because initially I was very unyielding to holistic concepts. Somehow I was on a mailing list that promoted different workshops and certifications in many areas across the country. Sooner or later I used the classes as a means to travel honest Q How did you manage to balance travel work school and workshops A My children were grown and on their own so I made the system work for me by changing my 40 hours to three 12-hour shifts providing the time off needed with the underpinnings of a good paycheck. Money and time were the key ingredients as my enthusiasm seemed effortless. Q Can you expand on your need for higher education with experience as a registered nurse A I knew deep down that if I wanted to represent a new model of care I would be expected to hold higher degrees and certifications. Today many holistic nurses have attained PhD status as representatives of the holistic nursing model. As the higher education enhanced my personal growth it brought forth a part of me that I did not know existed. It heightened my curiosity and the capacity to incorporate knowledge of ancient philosophies now supported by current medical science. Q You mentioned the art of centering earlier why is it necessary A The art of centering is the cornerstone of any holistic practice it s also referred to as grounding. The process is simple but requires a diligent method of clearing all outside thoughts agendas ego and the release of personal stressors and generally initiated with a few deep breathes clearing the mind and the intent to stay in the moment with the focus on the other person. Q Would you also define the term intention with respect to holistic healing A Intention like centering is a break from technology systems and ego. It is a respectful process that incorporates the art of healing with a spiritual nuance and or the intuitive connection one makes with another human being. It is profound and beyond the scope of this article to do justice to intention. I recommend Wayne Dwyer PhD or Deepak Chopra MD websites for further exploration. Q Why do people seek your method of practice A Generally people call because they are looking for relief from physical distress or freedom from multiple symptoms or conditions that are not explained within the current medical model. My combined experience as a traditional registered nurse and a healing energy practitioner provides a level of credibility and respect within my practice. It involves natural therapies based on the fact that we are physical emotional psychological and spiritual human beings and as such disease or dis ease can manifest in one or more aspects of our being. Q What inspired you to research ADHD within the holistic model A Initially my hairdresser asked me Do you know of any therapies other than medication that may be available for my daughter who has been labeled inattentive in school I was appalled and decided to pursue research for my graduate thesis in order to answer her question. My book entitled Seeing without Seeing The Dilemma of ADHD suggests short-term medication only if needed for a sense of balance while diet yoga color music environmental integrity and head massage are the foundation for stress management and adaptation to daily living. Q Can you expand on the family therapy you mentioned in this article A I recognized that ADHD impacts the entire family and with the addition of a few simple interventions aromatherapy inhalation head massage and music they can create a sense of calmness and mutual respect. It is offered to all generations of the family not just the one child. The motto is If you receive a session then you give a session to another family member. A unified family free from technology generates a long lasting bond Q Do you have a quotation that you recommend that supports your theory A A man s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation and never shrinks back to its former dimensions. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Author of the famous prose works beginning with Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. Contact Katharine Anne Young RN MSNH (774) 270-2192 http www.katharineanneyoung.com info katharineanneyoung.com 12 Women of Distinction 13 Women of Distinction Theresa A. Salameno International Etiquette and Modern Manners Education Founder Managing Director Manners Matter LLC Allendale NJ The protocol for international business is a priority these days in order for businesses to get ahead in the global market. Understanding and executing the proper protocol and etiquette helps develop a professional polish that gives an edge in business and social circles something Theresa A. Salameno is well aware of. Her background in hotel administration as a professional chef and an international and domestic corporate event planner provided the skills and experience that she felt she needed to successfully start Manners Matter LLC three years ago an international etiquette and manners consulting company where she consults on both business etiquette and executive dinner manners. The art of dining and setting a beautiful table can make a meal memorable whether it be for business family or friends Theresa explained. Executive dining plays a large part in the business world today as approximately 50% of negotiations are finalized at the table and corporations are mindful of how poor social skills and dining etiquette could make or break a deal when negotiating with clients. The International Business Etiquette seminars focus on cultural awareness networking first impressions and dress codes. Aspiring to someday become a chef Theresa was given an amazing opportunity to train with one of the top private caterers in London England at Cook & Butler Private Caterers. The owner of the company sponsored her helping her obtain her a certification from Hotel and Catering Industries Training Board. Theresa enjoyed it so much that she continued on to earn her Bachelor s Degree in Hotel and Catering Administration from Brooklands College in Surrey England. But it was under the owner s tutelage at the catering company that she really came to understand the true meaning of professionalism. Even though she decided to take a different career path the work ethic and principles instilled in her at Cook & Butler have 14 Women of Distinction After six years as executive chef Theresa switched to the hospitality industry employed by Strand Palace Hotel in London. Although it was a challenge to change her career paths as she missed the creativity and satisfaction of working in the kitchen the experience she gained from hotel management and administration further developed Theresa s interpersonal skills. It was these skills that motivated her to teach others. Had she not made this career move she may have never been in business for herself today. After two years of working in the hotel industry Theresa was ready to become a chef again. She opened her own private catering business in London where she served as managing director event planner and professional chef from 1978-1981. She then took a job with Abela & Co. as a food services corporate personnel officer a position she held until she got married the following year. Six years later in 1988 Theresa and her husband moved to the United States. For the next 12 years she honed her skills by traveling internationally with her husband assisting him in hosting business events and numerous executive dinners for a large financial corporation in New York City. Working in the hospitality industry was very demanding of Theresa s time and commitment but offered a career that lent itself to creativity and great personal satisfaction. She was fortunate to be mentored by people who were experts in their fields and she never underestimated the advice given by those who have already worked their way through the ranks of their profession. Theresa was always open to improving her skills by listening and learning from others. Clients expect quality culinary skills and managerial expertise plus exceptional service respect and civility Theresa said about working in the hospitality arena. By developing my social skills I was able to bring a professional polish to every company I was employed with which helped to establish my reputation as a true professional. When Theresa was ready to open Manners Matter in 2011 she traveled back to London where she became a Certified International Business Etiquette Consultant and Certified International Youth Etiquette Consultant. She has since received two Honorary Doctorates one in Humanities from Stonehill College and one in Human Letters from Ramapo College attesting to her hard work and respect in the field. As a small business owner Theresa s reputation serves her best and with that comes the responsibility of developing the finest programs and seminars. Her international business etiquette program for young executives and college seniors focuses on cultural awareness networking first impressions appropriate office behavior dress codes and how to dine your way to success in the international business world. Manners Matter also offers programs for children and teens. Contemporary Modern Manners and Social and Life Skills are fun hands-on programs designed to develop self-esteem and confidence that young people can build on to become effective leaders of tomorrow. Working with such diverse age groups means that Theresa must constantly review and update the programs in order to keep them current and engaging. She is also currently filming a new Manners Matter Business Etiquette DVD that will be featured in an online law education platform to be offered to fashion institutes and colleges. Theresa sits on the board of directors of the John Fell House a historic house in Allendale New Jersey and co-chairs the John Fell Tea Room where she offers seasonal afternoon teas in the home of Patriot John Fell. Working alongside her co-chair committee and volunteers Theresa uses her expertise in hospitality to make this project an overwhelming success. To benefit both the afternoon tea and Manners Matter Theresa became a Certified Tea and Etiquette Consultant and attended the Dorothea Johnson and Bruce Richardson s Tea and Etiquette Master Class in 2013. The board and tea committee are very supportive of Manners Matter and working together has given Theresa a chance to be creative while fundraising to benefit the house. After moving to the United States Theresa became very active in her children s school working on the Parent Teacher Association board and chairing several fundraising committees. Most recently she taught religious education programs at her parish chaired the board of her parish council and the Allendale branch of the Auxiliary was a member of the executive board of Valley Hospital Auxiliary and as member of the National Association of Professional Women where she was honored with the 2014 Woman of the Year Award. Believing in the value of education and the responsibility she feels to help others Theresa is now an on the board of trustees for Stonehill College board of governors for Ramapo College and board of directors of Oasis and on the advisory board for Peace First. I benefited by having a good education that enabled me to follow my dream. My business today is about educating others on the value of self-esteem confidence respect and civility with a focus centered on colleges and non-profit organizations that offer education as a means to improve lives Theresa added. 15 Women of Distinction Together Theresa and her husband support trips for college students provide students scholarships and fund teacher programs. Manners Matter supports and works with teenage girls to offer an after-school program to help prepare them for college. These girls are working to improve their lives through education and in doing so are slowly helping themselves and their families who often struggle with poverty. Theresa strives for kindness. She believes that kindness encompasses empathy and justice which leads to a more peaceful and humble world. There are numerous opportunities to reach out and make a difference in others lives and by lending a helping hand she hopes to inspire others to do the same. Q What was the reason for starting your own business A I enjoy teaching and believed that I had the expertise to become a consultant. Q Why did you choose International Business and Protocol A To be successful you need to have a passion for what you are doing and to understand your business. I combined my love of food and fine dining with my knowledge of hotels and restaurants and all that I d be taught about protocol manners and social skills and with these founded Manners Matter LLC. Q Do you have a favorite seminar you like to present A Yes I love the Dining Etiquette program. I usually begin the presentation with a talk followed by a session of Q&A and then offer a full dining experience where the clients can continue to ask questions during the meal. It is amazing to see the transformation as they relax and truly begin to understand the benefit of dining etiquette. Q How many people do you prefer in your audience A I have given private seminars to groups as small as four and presentations for up to 75 however it depends on the venue and how you can set up the room. I prefer no more than 60 because you become less effective if you are not able to command everyone s attention. Q Do you have a preference for working with students children or adults A Each group brings its own challenges but that s what keeps you on your toes. When working in a school environment the programs for children have to be hands-on and lots of fun as you are teaching good manners and social skills. Working with college seniors or young executives is rewarding because they actually see that etiquette and protocol can benefit them in their lives immediately. Q You became an entrepreneur later in life why A I had a great career and have been involved in many philanthropic causes. Now that my family is grown I wanted to create something of my own and it s never too late to do that Q If you hadn t followed your career path what would you have done if you were starting over A I always loved being a chef and often thought I might have gone into journalism....for a food magazine Or even own and run a country Bed and Breakfast Inn. Q Is your family supportive of your new business A Absolutely. They are very enthusiastic when I receive enquiries because each presentation is custom designed for the client so there is always a flurry of activity to prepare that specific seminar. Q Is there anyone whose inspiration led you on this path A My mother was always cooking and family meals at the dining table were the order of the day sometimes it was just the immediate family other times it was all the extended family. She believed in me and encouraged me to follow my own path to success. Secondly I would have to say my employer at Cook & Butler who instilled in me the love of perfection in food preparation and presentation. Q Do you think Etiquette and Protocol make a difference A Of course they do. Etiquette and Protocol are guidelines for civility respect and kindness and without those characteristics democracy breaks down. The children and young people of today are our leaders of tomorrow and appropriate behavior socially and in the business world is vital in developing relationships. Contact Theresa A. Salameno (201) 825-2275 http www.mannersmatteretiquette.com mannersmatterusa gmail.com tsalameno gmail.com 16 Women of Distinction Alyssa Connell Marketing Public Relations and Social Media Specializing in Healthcare Technology Economic Development Agriculture Energy and Financial Aviation and Aerospace Chief Executive Officer Connell Communcations Chief Executive Officer Connell Aviation Group Cedar Falls IA Getting to the Point Alyssa Connell believes in getting to the point. And at only 35 she s making sure her personal compass continues to point True North. As the Chief Executive Officer of not only one but two multi-national communications firms Alyssa has shattered the glass ceiling for women in business. But it s the reasons why that are so inspiring. In 2012 Alyssa became the CEO Founder of Connell Communications a company whose core belief is providing the highest quality customer service in the communications industry. Connell Communications has also developed an exciting niche in corporate global turnkey event management. The firm provides executive services for every stage of a corporation s event. Alyssa knew she wanted the branding of her firm centered on a compass rose. After spending years working in PR one central theme among clients was resounding they needed help finding direction she said. Really don t we all at times Just when we think we re headed True North someone changes the map. It s easy to lose our way. Especially in today s business climate. Connell Communications believes in a concept they call The Point of Influence. That s the exact moment when a customer makes a decision to purchase a product join a team try something new or extend their hard-earned trust. That moment that exact place in time that s the foundation of the company. It seems to fit given Alyssa s renewed outlook on life. There always comes a point in your journey. A time or place where it starts to set in that the life that we have is all that we have said Alyssa. That point came for her when she was diagnosed and survived a rare brain surgery for a condition called Chiari Malformation. Now a selfdescribed warrior and survivor she is focused on getting the most out of every moment personally and professionally. Like so many others my timeline is defined by a before and after. Before I was more complacent thinking I had all the time in the world to get things done said Alyssa. After I realized if we are going to make positive change we need to do it now. There s no more waiting. Alyssa shares her life with her husband Cary a leading cardiologist and their five young children. She credits her many successes to having such a supportive family. Knowing you have a cheering squad behind you believing in you makes every sacrifice and every accomplishment worthwhile said Alyssa. Maybe it didn t start out that way but running these companies has become a family dream. Get to the Point of Influence Alyssa started her career in television news as a reporter and producer. After spending the first couple years chasing storms and ambulances she knew a change of direction was in order. Still using her training in television and writing she transferred her skills to the marketing agency side. She s spent the last 15 years helping companies grow launch products celebrate success and build revenue. Along the way she s worked with and led dozens of the Fortune 500. If we can get our clients there it will work. They ll achieve even the largest goals said Alyssa. That is what we live for. The company has provided all facets of communications solutions for clients across all sectors but their expertise lies in agriculture technology energy and healthcare. Get to the Point A Connell loves the sky and those who ve dedicated their lives to it starting with her own family. She has taken her business savvy in a new direction and has successfully launched her second company Connell Aviation Group. The company is a 100% aviation and aerospace communications company. Deemed her greatest professional accomplishment thus far Alyssa found a way to bring her family of aviators together to help advance flight in America. As her grandfather James Connell turns 80 in 2015 she is honoring his lifetime dedication to the industry by sharing his pioneer spirit with others. 18 Women of Distinction Connell Aviation Group (CAG) answers a need in aviation the ability for aviation and aerospace companies to have access to the highest quality communications solutions by specialists solely dedicated to their industry. The company is unlike any other in the nation. It is led by an Executive Advisory Board of elite aviation and aerospace professionals whose entire careers have been dedicated to the field. This Executive Advisory Board s qualifications span all facets of the industry powered by the Connell Communications marketing team. Get to the Point of Style Phenomenal. That is a word definitely not used enough. And most women sure aren t called it enough. Considering all that women accomplish in a single day how better a word to describe the corporate woman After traveling the nation observing women in business for more than a decade Alyssa Connell had a strong desire and determination to help women take back control of their image. A lifestyle change in 2009 led Alyssa to win one of the nation s first successful social media fitness challenges for working mothers. Through that competition and makeover she now fully understands full-circle the struggles of weight loss and body image and the power this plays in embracing your true identity. We believe in safer skies. Stronger pilots. More reliable aircraft. Thriving airports and industry. And we believe in getting to the point above said Alyssa. Guided by a leadership team of six members of the Connell Family the team has a combined total of more than 250 years of aviation and aerospace experience. This group oversees the positioning development and strategic direction of Connell Aviation Group its clients and the industry. In addition to Alyssa members of the Executive Advisory Board include James Connell Michael Connell Patrick Connell David Connell. The company offers services in online marketing and public relations event management and economic business development. Their industry expertise markets include Airports (General Aviation and Commercial Service) Flight and Aircraft Maintenance Instruction and Education Agricultural Aerial Applicators Avionics Aviation Maintenance Parts Distributors Disassembly and Part-Out companies corporate Aviation and charter aircraft Salvage and Storage Classic Aircraft Restoration Freight Companies Airshow and Aviation Entertainment Aviation Trade Shows Conferences and Conventions Aviation and Aerospace Manufacturing Government and Economic Development Authorities. Since 1954 the Connell Family has done it all. From flight instruction implementing large commercial maintenance programs and putting on award-winning airshows this is the team you want with you on the ground or in the air. ConnellAviationGroup.com So often we put ourselves last. On the backburner. We give to our bosses our careers our kids our spouses our communities and our homes said Alyssa. And at the end of the day what little time is left is given to tasks and chores. That s where Lisa Coots-Schooley and her store SPLURGE Boutique come in the picture. SPLURGE Boutique is a highstyle women s clothing boutique centered on styling today s everyday executive. Connell Communications and SPLURGE Boutique have the same core belief that all women are phenomenal. Together the two companies are helping women in America understand the power of a positive professional image and the definition of true confidence of character. As leaders in communications and corporate fashion the companies have come together to help redefine beauty confidence and self-worth in today s modern woman. The meaning behind The Point of Style is that every woman is phenomenal no matter what size is on her label. 19 Women of Distinction We are working side by side to offer expert advice to women on fashion trends in today s corporate world and how-to tips on becoming a stronger professional in a confusing and changing business climate said Alyssa. There joint website ThePointOfStyle.com features informative blog posts photo sessions and webinars with practical and purposeful information for the everyday executive. Also Alyssa and Lisa are leading Phenomenal Women Workshops at conventions corporations and other venues across America. The duo aims to take their resources in marketing PR and social media and combine it with their thirst to help professional women redefine their sense of beauty and self-worth. Through all forms of communication they believe women will start to change their behavior. Through diligence and effort the culture of the corporate woman will be restored to one of pride and high-class. That s the Point of Style guiding phenomenal women to success. ThePointOfStyle.com The Point of Life If you were to ask Alyssa Connell what s the point of her life she will tell you it all comes down to love. Love what you do. Love who you are and who you re with. And love the journey along the way. Q Specify your full name as you would like it to appear in print. A Alyssa Connell Q What is your job title and name of your organization A Chief Executive Officer Connell Communications Chief Executive Officer Connell Aviation Group Q Specify your industry (i.e. Healthcare ER Nursing Education High School English) A Connell Communications Marketing PR and Social Media all industries but specialize in healthcare technology economic development agriculture energy and financial Connell Aviation Group 100% focused on aviation and aerospace. Q Where is your organization located (City State Country) A Connell Communications is headquartered in Iowa with a regional new business office in Arizona. Connell Aviation Group has offices in Iowa Arizona and Minnesota Q What made you choose your current career A I started my career in television news after meeting and becoming fascinated with local news personalities while still in high school. After spending the first years of my career chasing storms and ambulances I knew I needed a change of direction. Still using my training in television and writing I went into the marketing agency side and have spent the last 15 years helping companies grow launch products celebrate success and build revenue. Along the way I have been very fortunate to work with and lead dozens of the Fortune 500. Q How long have you been in your present position A After spending many years as the Vice President of a multi-national marketing and PR firm I left the agency in 2012 to become CEO Founder of Connell Communications. Our company believes in providing the highest quality customer service in the communications industry. Also we have developed an exciting niche in corporate global turnkey event management. We provide executive services for every stage of a corporation s event. Our team has executed every type of occasion for many of the largest companies and brands in the world. No matter the budget size or scope we custom tailor a flawless event that will achieves maximum results. Now in 2014 we have successfully launched our second company Connell Aviation Group a 100% aviation and aerospace communications company. We formed this company so that aviation professionals worldwide could have access to affordable communications and marketing programs. Connell Aviation Group is unlike any other company in the nation. It is led by an Executive Advisory Board of elite professionals whose entire careers have been dedicated to advancing flight in America. This Executive Advisory Board s qualifications span all facets of aviation and aerospace powered by the Connell Communications marketing team. Q What are your key responsibilities A As CEO of both Connell Communications and Connell Aviation Group my responsibilities are focused on revenue generation and strategic growth. However I became successful in my field because of my creative vision writing and strategic thinking skills. I oversee the professional development of all team members. Q What are your skills and how do you use them A I believe the most powerful form of communication is the written word. Followed by the spoken word. Not enough emphasis is placed on the power of proper communication. My skills include copywriting strategy and business development presentations problem solving and social media. Q What is your biggest accomplishment A My greatest professional accomplishment thus far is opening Connell Aviation Group and finding a way to bring my family of aviators together to help advance flight in America. As my grandfather James Connell turns 80 in 2015 I am honoring his lifetime dedication to the industry by sharing his pioneer spirit with others. This outshines all other awards and accolades I have received big and small. Q What industry is your company associated with A Connell Communications has worked with clients across all sectors but our expertise lies in agriculture technology energy and healthcare. Connell Aviation Group is 100% focused on the aviation and aerospace industries. Contact Alyssa Connell (641) 330-2537 alyssa connellaviationgroup.com 21 Women of Distinction thepointofstyle.com Caryn Knappen RN Private Duty BSN Nursing Registered Nurse Manager Chateau Home Care Inc. Holly MI Being a good nurse means being an advocate. It means taking the time to get to know your patients not from a chart or from others but by spending time with them. Nurses are the backbone in any facility and the physicians are often making their decisions based on nurses input. This is the philosophy that Caryn Knappen RN BSN has been living by for the past 18 years as a registered nurse. It is what drives her to do her best with each new day and why she has remained in the healthcare field all these years later. Nursing is a very complex field and it takes a special kind of person to be all of these things. I learned that on the inside who I am as a person is a nurse at heart Caryn said. On my worst days those that are stressful and tense when it becomes tempting to change careers sometimes all it takes is a call from a neighbor family member or friend seeking advice and once again I m all in . I gain great satisfaction when I see the positive outcomes of my interventions and decision making when it comes to my patients and I know that I ve made a difference. 23 Women of Distinction When Caryn first started her career in nursing she was still two years shy of graduating with her bachelor s degree. Working as a nurse extern for an intercity hospital she learned the importance of time management and organization that she d later use throughout her career. She also learned clinical skills as she floated throughout the departments within the hospital. By the time she completed her BSN from the University of Michigan in 1996 she had planted her roots at the hospital as a staff nurse then as a charge nurse and later as a nurse manager before ultimately entering into the private duty nursing arena in 2001. Working in the private duty sector for nearly 15 years now Caryn plans and manages all aspects of patient care including hands-on direct care development of an individualized plan of care development of policies and procedures relevant to one specific patient clinical decision making and communication to the rest of the team when statuses change recruitment and hiring of new employees employee scheduling staff meetings performance evaluations coordination of support services scheduling of appointments and creation of agendas for physician visits physician reports and management of dynamics between the patient family and staff members. But the most important contributions of being a nurse manager are those aspects that go unseen those that involve critical decision making and organization prioritizing the aspects that are the most crucial at the time and yet are still able to keep long-term goals and perspectives in mind. Inspiring others to push themselves to become better people and better professionals by being open to opportunity Caryn recognizes that she does not have all the answers when it comes to nursing care. She does however see the relevance in growing professionally by using the resources available to us. Although creating the perfect work family balance is still a work in progress she is getting better and better at prioritizing. When she isn t working or spending time with her daughters she s enjoying the company of extended family and friends or spending quiet time reading or gardening. Q What do you think are the most important clinical skills in nursing A Communication and listening. Both are so basic yet so vital in promoting positive outcomes directing care and preventing errors. Q What was the most difficult nursing task you have experienced A Delegation. Through my years in nursing it has become easier but it tends to be very hard having someone else do the work you can do. It becomes easier when you are able to see the results in the sense of better efficiency and productivity. Q What has been the greatest reward of managing people A I ve had co-workers who were are nursing students aides and or paramedics EMT s who ve chosen a career in nursing. It tells me that we are doing something right. We are influencing and shaping others in a positive light and they are inspired to join the profession. Q What would you say to a nurse who s frustrated disappointed in the nursing profession A I d quote Ghandi Be the change you wish to see in the world . Change starts within. Look at your environment and strive to change it for the better. If that doesn t work go to the top and change it yourself. Sometimes you need to leave an environment and that s okay. Know that anything is possible and with hard work you will see the rewards. Q How do you achieve an optimal collaboration between you and your staff members A First recognizing that I don t have all the answers we make group decisions whenever possible. Collaboration is also achieved by doing the work myself and seeing firsthand what works and what doesn t. If I expect the staff to do a certain task I m certainly going to be doing it myself. There are times for authoritative decision making particularly in times of crisis. Most of the time however we can decide as a group what the best plan of action is. Q How does a nurse manager role in a private duty position extend into the community A The interpersonal relationships formed are extensive between my role as a nurse manager and the individuals I work with such as physicians case managers hospital staff social workers activity therapists respiratory therapists physical therapists equipment suppliers adaptive engineers insurance adjustors and others. The collaboration with other professionals improves patient care and creates an awareness between other professionals of the services that can be provided within the home. We all start out knowing nothing and are all the same in that sense Caryn notes. If we utilize the resources available to us we can all become greater and excel. Caryn is involved with the National Spinal Cord Injury Association Brain Injury Association of Michigan Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) Concerned Association of Patients and Providers (CAPP) National Association of Professional Women and several groups on LinkedIn regarding nursing home care and nurse management. CPAN and CAPP are two organizations in Michigan that help protect the state s auto no-fault laws that protect their citizens who suffer catastrophic injuries. Caryn has made numerous presentations to the legislation and has traveled to Lansing Michigan to speak with the House of Representatives and Senate on behalf of protecting their auto no-fault benefits. When it comes to matters of the heart Caryn is as empathetic as can be. She s even donated one of her own kidneys to a patient whose health had been suffering from dialysis. She was a match when the patient s family members were not. It was a no-brainer for her. Kindness is something she practices in work and at home something she is trying to instill in her two beautiful daughters ages 13 and 10. They are the highlight of Caryn s life. 24 Women of Distinction Q What is different today about the nursing profession than when you entered into it A I m seeing more of a push for advanced practice nursing more legislation for safe patient care practices in different states. There is more networking on social sites and more accelerated programs too. I ve witnessed the trends and cycles of hiring and layoffs especially as it related to licensed practical nurses. I ve noticed a new trend of a lack of hiring of new grads. With the shift in the economy part-time nurses have taken full time positions and contingent nurses started taking part-time or full-time positions. Q The nursing profession is undergoing so much in terms of nurse-to-patient ratios understaffing and mandating. What needs to happen within the profession to remedy this A Patient safety is always number one. Some states have enacted laws to prevent high nurse-to-patient ratios and some unionized hospitals have policies regarding this. Educating administration and legislation is a priority as well as educating the public. Nurses need to be able to demonstrate through their actions that they re the backbone in the medical setting and feel empowered to create changes that promote patient safety. Q What do new nurses need to do to excel in the nursing profession A They must continue learning every day. Nurses can t learn all of the medical terms labs medications etc. in nursing school and nursing standards and best practices change continually. It s okay to ask or look up information. Asking for clarity and or learning new material gives credibility and shows that you re conscientious and serious about your role. Q Any advice for new nurses or someone thinking about entering the nursing profession A 1) Believe in yourself - You won t learn all the skills necessary in nursing school. Every institution has a different protocol and you re learning new every time. 2) Take the opportunity to grow - When an opportunity arises take the chance. Try not to let fear guide your decisions for what may be a life changing career opportunity. 3) Visualize - Having a visual idea of where you d like to be where you need to be as a team and where the patient needs to be makes it easier to take the steps necessary to get there. Contact Caryn Knappen RN BSN (810) 845-6244 carynknappen gmail.com 25 Women of Distinction Dr. Cassandra Foster Nonprofit - For the Betterment of all Mankind Founder Chief Executive Officer Extended Hands Worldwide Ministries Founder Chief Executive Officer I Care Center San Diego CA Dr. Cassandra Foster is the Founder and CEO of Extended Hands Worldwide Ministries and I Care Center serving as its visionary. I ensure that all aspects of my vision are carried out with a spirit of excellence so I m hands-on in all aspects of the organization from implementation to completion. As far back as she could remember Cassandra has always had a passion to help and defend the less-fortunate hurting and under privileged. This led me into the nursing field at the age of 18. I began to do work in the church shortly thereafter and received my evangelistic credentials from God Is World Outreach Deliverance Ministry in 1992. My passion was to go beyond the four walls of the church and to really make a significant impact on society as a whole. To me it s not simply a career but a way of life My love for people gives me the desire to get up each and every day and move with passion and purpose. I want to save the world one precious life at a time. Cassandra received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Five-Fold Ministry Theological University of San Diego in 2003 and was honored as a Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women for 2010-2011. The inspiration to do such honorable work has come from various sources. There have been so many people who have helped instructed and encouraged me along the way. All I have to do is see the need and I become inspired My parents Mr. & Mrs. Dixon have been the greatest inspiration in my life as entrepreneurs for over 30 years working side by side their lives shown the epitome of integrity and accountability as they walk in unity and impart the essence of love. The lack of resources has been one of Cassandra s greatest challenges but it has taught her how to tap into her creative side and use what s in her hands. I ve learned how to value and not waste each and every thing that I was given. I ve learned the power of networking and cooperative partnership. I ve learned that people are my greatest assets not things. One of those assets is her husband Pastor Clinton Foster the Founder and Senior Pastor of the City of Refuge International Church. Clinton is my soul mate and I work by his side in the ministry and various business ventures. I am honored to be the mother of three sons and am blessed with a grandson and two beautiful granddaughters. I would like to leave them with a legacy of hope because I believe we can make a difference if we see each other through the eyes of love. I m no better or worse than anyone else but for the grace of God. Q What makes Extended Hands Worldwide Ministries (EHWM) different from other nonprofits A The greatest aspiration of EHWM Ministries is creating programs and providing organized services that comfort empower and improve the lives of infants youth and teens. These services include support to orphanages combating homelessness health and wellness and assisting those with unique needs literacy substance abuse and battered women and children. Q Are you strictly a ministry A Not in the traditional sense of ministry. One definition of minister is to give service care aid or attend to one s wants or necessities. We are a living breathing organization made up of people from all walks of life whose passion is to enhance and strengthen the vision of others. We provide front line support including manpower multi-faceted program strategies and proven organizational services at the grassroots level. We also ensure the success of their visions and missions in times of distress. Q Where does your passion and love for people come from A My love hope and strength comes from my faith in God and God only I could not begin to do what I do without His help and guidance. God helps me to help others. Q How has EHWM been able to touch such a diverse group of people A Ministry has no color gender or social or economic status. It touches the heart of the matter to serve the betterment of all mankind. Q What advice can you give to others who have a desire to start a ministry or nonprofit My advice is simple You must possess the passion and desire to pursue the idea and dream. You MUST become the MISSION. You MUST know your WHY. Q So Cassandra what is your WHY A Giving to and helping others is the greatest fulfillment I could ever have. I do what I do because I feel things in ways that I cannot articulate. It is my desire to touch lives and bring hope. I am honored to serve all those who are in need. Q What has EHWM done or is doing to provide those needs A We serve with love. We respect the opinions of others even if they are different from our own. We operate with integrity even when no one is looking and to be a bridge of hope to a society that has become broken and divided. Contact Dr. Cassandra Foster (619) 238-1830 www.ehwm.org info ehwm.org info icarecenter.net 28 Women of Distinction Regina Davis Education Writing Regina Davis Retired Teacher Co-Author Carolyn Spencer Retired Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Illustrator Co-Author Virginia Beach VA Retired educators Regina Davis and Carolyn Spencer have a combined total of 66 years of teaching experience between them. Regina was an elementary teacher and reading math Title 1 specialist who worked in Bethpage Long Island and Virginia Beach public schools while Carolyn taught early childhood and elementary students in Norfolk Virginia and Virginia Beach public schools. After retiring from the classroom Regina and Carolyn got together to tackle an ongoing issue that is affecting children across America both inside and outside of the schools bullying. They began writing a series of children s books together as a way to spread the message on how to deal with the harmful effects of bulling. Regina and Carolyn have co-authored three books since 2011 Lord Computesalot Ruler of Aurora Bullyalis and His Secret Quest to End Bullying Lord Computesalot s Quintessential Quest to Banish Bullies and Sen r Smarty Pantaloons and the Mystery of the Missing Teachers. Carolyn s talents have also served as illustrator for all three books. Although intended for children these books provide some great tips for parents teachers and counselors. My hope is in spreading the message that bullying is ridiculous and hurtful and must end Regina said. The world would be a better place if everyone from cradle to grave followed the Golden Rule. I feel very fortunate to have published and especially to have been able to co-author and illustrate a series of books to help alleviate the senseless actions associated with bullying Carolyn added. Using the Smarty Pantaloons book series to promote their anti-bullying message Regina and Carolyn spend time reading to children in libraries and public and private schools and put on plays where the two of them will dress up as two bully principals. Carolyn also strives to develop artistic talents in children using the books to stimulate creativity. They have been guests on Close-Up Talk Radio with Jim Masters where they had the opportunity to talk about bullying and their book series and were both featured in an article in The Virginian Pilot newspaper which appeared in the December 7 2013 issue. Carolyn Spencer 29 Women of Distinction Book one in the series is a colorful clever fantasy that demonstrates to children how terrible bullying is and presents it in a different perspective by having the adults bully each other. Book two is a fun activity book with reproducible pages that uses poetry puzzles games and cheers to teach children about bullying in a creative way. Book three is about a clever robotic computer that always comes to the rescue when strange situations occur at Foxaloon Elementary. In October 2013 book two won an Honorable Mention Award in the J.M. Northern Book Festival. Regina has learned throughout her career and in life that you usually get out of something what you put into it. Having taught grades first through fifth graders she has instructed students with a vast array of abilities and talents. Over the course of her teaching career she has worked hard to creatively inspire her students to learn. Along the way she has also witnessed her share of bullying both with children and adults. As a result her inspiration led her to base her writing on these experiences. After a long career in education I missed children Regina admitted. I realized that writing children s books would help fill that void. Carolyn always felt that she had a gift of helping young children and knew how to bring out their best abilities within the four walls of her classroom. She believes that all children should understand the that they are worthy that they should always have faith in themselves and what they believe in and should never let any negativity affect their beliefs. She says that children are all unique individuals and all have a special talent which is what makes learning so special in the first place. I ve always been one to encourage creativity and instill positive and loving reinforcement in children Carolyn said about teaching. Every child begins school excited so educators need to encourage their unique gifts and bring them out in their own way through their talent of teaching and inspiring. Actively involved in their communities through various professional organizations Regina is a member of the International Reading Association Virginia Beach Education Association National Education Association Red Hats and is on the education committee for the Cape Charles Historical Society. Carolyn is also on the education committee for Cape Charles Historical Society and is a member of the Virginia Beach Education Association as well. She also belongs to The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America where she sends some of their books to children s hospitals for them to read while they recover. Regina earned her BS in Elementary Education from St. John s University in 1967. One year later she received her MA in English from Hofstra University. Carolyn earned both a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and a BS in Visual Arts from Old Dominion University. Both Regina and Carolyn were only children raised by two loving parents. Regina s father worked as an architect with an office in Valley Stream New York. Her mother did the payroll for her father s business. She lived to be 98-years-old. Both of her parents are now passed. Carolyn s father is an artist photographer and painter and was an engineering draftsman in his career. Her mother also worked in the business sector. They are now 92- and 91-years old. Regina has one son David who owns a business called The Furniture Shop in Glendale Arizona with his wife Regen. Regina has two grandchildren. Carolyn has two children David and Jill and one granddaughter. 30 Women of Distinction Q What do you think the ramifications are of a child being bullied at an early age A There d be negative effects on a person s mental and physical health more than 30-40 years later. Depression anxiety and a lower quality of life could result from bullying at an early age. Q If you knew your child was acting different and withdrawing from friends or family what could you as a parent do to see if he she was being bullied A Parent-child communication is key so try to carry on daily dialogue with your child and if you notice sudden change in behavior or withdrawal from others attempt to learn from your child what is going on in his her life. If your child closes up and refuses to discuss matters schedule an appointment with their teacher or guidance counselor. As parents and educators we need to try to understand the developing nature of bullying . It s important to realize the essential and key characteristics of bullying and know how to select the interventions needed. Q What do you think causes a child to bully others A It could be that the child is having to deal with family situations (e.g. separation of parents) and bullying would possibly make them feel important and more in control of things that are happening in his her life. The child could also have very low self-esteem. Q What role do you believe is the school counselor s job A The school counselor along with parents and teachers needs to teach children at an early age so they will develop honesty kindness and integrity. Q With the growing effects of bullying in our schools and internet how can we come together to stop this dangerous situation A Many schools have already tried to cut down on the bullying problems by assigning a bullying specialist to help with these issues guidance counselors in most districts are taking extra training courses in bullying prevention parents are being advised to monitor their children s computer access to decrease the cyber-bullying epidemic and faculty and family are using anti-bullying children s books to recognize the dangers and learn what to do if they re targeted. Q Does bullying happen only between children A No. Bullying affects all ages. Bullying often occurs within families and is a very serious problem at the workplace where many workers are subject to bullying by their bosses or other employees. Bullying has always been around but there is a recent awareness that we all need to do our part to try to stop this huge problem which has infiltrated all ages and walks of life. Q What are the main types of bullying A The main types of bullying are verbal physical social and cyber. Q What do you consider the most dangerous form of bullying A Cyber-bullying the newest type of bullying is often the most dangerous. It has not only led to loss of self-esteem but loss of life because online taunting has resulted in suicide. Q If you are a bystander who sees someone else being bullied how can you help A Bystanders can help stop a bully if they stand up and support the one being bullied report the bullying object to the bully s behavior or talk to friends and get their help. Q What can you do if you are being bullied A This Acrostic Poem tells steps you can take if you are the target of a bully Be assertive and speak clearly and fully. Use your head to spot a bully. Let an adult know you ve been bullied by someone. Laugh or smile so the bully has no fun. Ignore the bully and leave but don t run. End the friendship and set yourself free. Do tell the bully Stop bullying me Contact Regina Davis (757) 650-9494 http www.senorsmartypantaloons.com regreginadavis aol.com nadena123 yahoo.com 31 Women of Distinction Jacinth Jackie Burton Healthcare Owner Administrator Conquest Home Care Plus Inc. Lauderhill and Miami FL In search of a better life for her and her family Jacinth Jackie Burton left her home in Jamaica and moved to the United States in 1990. Jackie worked as a secretary in several departments at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay Jamaica and decided to become trained as a home health aide after relocating to south Florida. She worked as a private duty aide secretary and business manager with several home care agencies becoming well-rounded in both sides of the industry and finally after 15 years in the US Jackie chose to start her own home health care agency. Jackie s strict compliance to regulations aided her in getting Conquest Home Care of Broward qualified and approved as a Medicare provider and CHAP accredited. Becoming CHAP Accredited Medicare approved involved several years of forms follow-ups conversations inspections references financial requirements and even a few disappointments before finally receiving accreditation in 2011. Prior to opening Conquest Home Care Jackie researched critical market needs and became familiar with state and federal regulations and other home care agencies in the area. South Florida is inundated with more than a thousand agencies and case managers and doctors are flooded with agency requests. Jackie has spent years building relationships and a reputation for the highest quality of service so that case managers and doctors are not only comfortable but confident when referring others to Conquest Home Care. The most important research that Jackie did to ensure the success of Conquest Home Care was refer to a highly qualified consultant before making any major decisions about the startup of her agency. In her case she turned to friend and geriatric care manager and owner of Elder Options Inc. Stephanie Swerdlow. Stephanie encouraged Jackie to further her education while opening her own agency and she has served as a mentor and guide along the way. Stephanie is Jackie s greatest inspiration and the two women continue to maintain a wonderful professional relationship and friendship. Healthcare is an interesting and challenging field and I am honored to play a key role in helping others particularly the elderly who are always in need of care Jackie said about working in home healthcare. By assisting others I feel like I am doing God s work. In 2005 Jackie founded Conquest Home Care Plus Inc. in Broward County Florida. Two years later she opened a second location in Miami Florida. As owner and administrator of the company Jackie plans organizes directs and evaluates operations of the agency to ensure exceptional compassionate and professional care in patient services. Overseeing all performance evaluation of staff Jackie also provides in-services for safety in the workplace as well as hurricane preparedness. Since healthcare is such a highly regulated industry Jackie oversees absolute compliance with all state and federal regulations. Jackie s team at Conquest Home Care have had excellent commendations for compliance from surveyor teams from the state who typically present themselves without advanced notice. She is proud of her administrative team who scrutinize compliance in field activity patient status scheduling and oversight while always being in constant contact with her. Agency owners who have not complied with regulations have faced criminal charges with very stiff penalties or even incarceration so Jackie is sure to understand the laws and she takes compliance very seriously. The biggest lesson I have learned from starting my own business is to know everything that is needed to run an agency successfully Jackie noted. I have learned to hire the right people for the right job while giving them my input and allowing them to do their best within my parameters. I try to keep both an open mind and a tight rein on the operation and bottom line of the agency. 32 Women of Distinction Jackie is a graduate of Montego Bay Junior Secondary School Montego Bay Technical Institute and has a two-year degree in business from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. After coming to the United States Jackie then earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix. Very active in her church Jackie enjoys volunteering with Grace Fellowship Center formally called West Broward Church of God. She also volunteers with the Alzheimer s Family Center and Hands-On-Broward. Aside from her volunteer work she enjoys traveling and taking cruises and she loves spending her down time listening to music and watching television to wind down after a long day. A kind caring woman with strong values when it comes to honesty and integrity Jackie is a dedicated human being who believes in respect for others. Aiming high she set her eyes on her goal to start her own agency made a plan as to how to get there put all her energy into it and today runs two successful home care locations. Jackie has been married for 21 years to husband Cornell Burton. They have three children Dwayne Nicole and Cornell Jr. Dwayne is an information technology specialist working in Las Vegas Nevada Nicole is an attorney in Oak Park Illinois and Cornell Jr. works in hospitality back in Jamaica. Jackie has four grandchildren Breanna Kahlil Korel and Cornell III ages three to 11-years-old. Q What made you chose the healthcare industry instead of something different A My working experience and knowledge of the industry were deciding factors. Additionally I enjoy working with the elderly. Q What factors contribute to the type of services you provide at Conquest Home Care A The type of care required for each individual determines the services we provide. Each patient requires a different level of assistance. Q How does the economic condition determine the healthcare climate A Unfortunately the cost of healthcare has risen significantly. I am seeing that more and more family members are taking on the role of paid caregivers. Q How do you recruit quality personnel A Most of our personnel are referred by current employees clients or other professionals with whom we do business and who are aware of our high standards. Q In a culturally diverse area how do you provide care A We have to be aware of and respect the different cultures including but not limited to language customs and religion. A big part of our orientation process deals with cultural diversity. Q Do you think home healthcare promotes healing and wellness and if so why A Yes. I believe it does promote healing and wellness. Studies have shown that most people will thrive in their home environment. Our goal is for the client to achieve the highest level of potential in their day-to-day self-care activities. Q What are the business skills needed to start a home care agency A Experience in the field is very important for the success of any business. You must also possess good marketing skills and be familiar with the healthcare market in the communities you serve. I believe in living my life as a role model for my children Jackie acknowledged about the importance of family life. My work ethic is strong and I believe that people must work hard for what they want. I give people a fair chance to succeed especially if they are sincere and put forth their best effort. Q What do you see in the future for the healthcare industry A Healthcare is an ever-growing industry. As baby boomers retire opportunities for employment expand. As they age the need for healthcare will increase. Q How is the industry influenced by state and federal regulations A I have found that healthcare is a highly regulated industry so it is important to have proper qualified staff in place and ongoing training. Regulators conduct site visits both announced and unannounced to ensure compliance so it is important to stay vigilant. Q Can you name three important benefits for the elderly receiving home healthcare services A Three of those benefits include personalized services the ability to remain in a familiar environment and home care that is cost effective as compared to a facility. Contact Jacinth Jackie Burton (954) 486-8156 http www.conquesthomecare.com info conquesthomecare.com jburton conquesthomecare.com 33 Women of Distinction Shirley A. Weis Leadership Development Healthcare Consulting President Weis Associates LLC Scottsdale AZ For Shirley A. Weis going to college was a ticket out of her small hometown in Michigan and a way for her to build the life that she had wanted. Raised in a very traditional patriarchal family she was the eldest of six children living in a lower middle class family. Shirley s parents who had very little formal education never understood why she felt the way she did about earning an education. Determined to set the bar high for herself and become the first person in her family to attend college she earned a BS in Nursing in 1975. Soon after Shirley became an emergency department nurse and worked in emergency medicine where she eventually became the manager of the Lansing General Hospital Emergency Department in Lansing Michigan in 1979. inspirational presentations for a variety of professional and general audiences and strategic marketing which involves facilitating services in developing organizationwide department business unit or marketing and promotion strategic plans. Shirley has a real desire to make a difference in the lives of others whether through excellent direct patient care collaborative leadership or mentoring and coaching by tailoring to the needs of individuals. She believes that everyone deserves and should be treated with respect. In fact she s developed this concept into what she calls Just RespectTM which involves grounding or self-respect giving respect and gaining respect. This concept she explains allows people to perform at optimal levels and she has seen the tremendous impact of people being treated with respect as well as the devastation that comes from those being denied this vital human need. I have been involved in healthcare leadership and management for more than 30 years now Shirley said. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with other healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing high quality cost effective care. Throughout my career I have also found much satisfaction in coaching and mentoring others. I believe I have made a real impact on the lives of colleagues and staff who had an interest in growing and progressing in their careers. Retiring from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota in 2013 as their vice-president and chief administrative officer Shirley s work involved coordinating overall institutional strategy and operations for the Mayo Clinic s 60 000 employee 9 billion healthcare system that treats more than one million patients each year from around the world. Since then Shirley decided that with all her formal education and hands-on training it was time start her own business focusing on consulting. Shirley founded Weis Associates LLC a national firm specializing in leadership development and healthcare consulting located in Scottsdale Arizona in late 2013. Her business focuses on several key components strategic healthcare management consulting to help organizations determine their best fit in the changing world of healthcare reform which can include assistance to hospitals physicians and payers as they form accountable care organizations leadership development and coaching as a way of helping individuals and groups become more effective leaders and managers keynote speaking to provide organizations with I have observed that many women fail to progress in their careers due to a lack of self-respect or selfesteem Shirley noted. They may been raised in a dysfunctional family or may never have believed that they were capable of becoming leaders. I believe that by having great expectations that is by bravely assessing your current state and situation by awakening your hopes and dreams as well as by expecting the best of yourself you can achieve any goal you may have in life. Shirley has held numerous clinical and administrative leadership positions in her near 40-year career. She serves as a director of the RTI Surgical and American World Clinic boards is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors National Speakers Association Medical Group Management Association Women Business Leaders Board Women Corporate Directors Women in the Boardroom and Women s Health Leadership Trust and is the past president and a current member of the Michigan State University College of Nursing Board of Visitors. 35 Women of Distinction Featured in the book The Trust Worthy Leaders-Leveraging the Power of Trust to Transform Your Organization in 2012 several of Shirley s articles have also been published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of cost savings financial performance and development of high-value accountable care organizations. In 2013 her book chapter Seven Secrets for Happy Commuter Couples was published in The International Women s Leadership Association book HERspectives How I Created Work Life Balance and was featured in a cover story in their September October 2013 magazine edition. Shirley also received the Trusted Senior Leader Award from the Women s Health Leadership Trust has been recognized as a senior healthcare leader and has received the Modern Healthcare magazine Top 25 Women in Healthcare award in 2007 and again in 2013. Shirley earned her BSN from Michigan State University her Master s Degree nine years later in Management from Aquinas College in 1984 and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 2014. Married to Emeritus Professor and Chair of the Winona State University Mass Communication Department John N. Weis the two met when Shirley was the emergency department manager at Lansing General Hospital and John had joined the organization as director of planning and public relations. Together they have one son Dr. Robert Weis one daughter Laura Graves a daughter-in-law Jennifer a son-in-law Jonathan and five grandchildren. Q What are some of the services that you provide to women who want to grow their careers A I provide individualized coaching services. I have developed a number of webinars and online coaching programs for groups of women. I also offer day-long workshops that focus on the skills women need to thrive in their careers. Q I understand that you have written a book What is it abo ut A Yes. I am very excited about my new book. It is designed to help aspiring women understand that they are playing games at work and at home that they need to understand the rules and need to develop a strategy to win. Q That sounds very interesting. What are some of the rules of the game A The first and most important rule is Just RespectTM . I believe that grounding respectTM or self-respect is vital for women to master so that they have the confidence to be and do their best in business. Once grounding respectTM is mastered individuals are able to give and receive respect. Q Do you have plans for any other books A Yes. My next book will be called Just RespectTM and will go into more detail about the power and importance of Just RespectTM . It will be released later this year. Q What was your greatest accomplishment when you served as the first woman chief administrative officer in the 150-year history of the Mayo Clinic A My greatest accomplishment was providing the strategic and operational leadership to convert Mayo Clinic from a holding company to an integrated operating company. This positioned Mayo Clinic to be nimble and more effective in this dynamic climate of healthcare reform brought on by the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Q What made you decide to set up a leadership development and management consulting corporation A After I retired from Mayo Clinic at the end of 2013 I planned to take a year off to just relax and travel. I found that I had so many requests to provide advice and counsel that I needed to set up a business (Weis Associates LLC) to handle all the requests for my expertise. Q What sorts of products and services do you offer at Weis Associates LLC A I provide a number of products and services for women who want to expand and develop their careers. I specialize in helping excellent clinicians move into the business aspects of healthcare. I also provide strategic management consulting services to corporations that are interested in determining what is next in healthcare. Q Do you do any public speaking A Yes. I love to speak with women about building their careers. I am often asked to provide keynote presentations and to share my insights through workshops. Q How can our readers reach you if they want more information about booking you for a meeting or seeking your other services A I can be reached either by email or through my website. Q Any final comments for our readers A I believe that this is the perfect time for women to use their skills and talents to make a difference in our world. Women need to understand the essentials of business in whatever area they are focusing and to be willing to take risks in order to be more effective and successful. Always play to win Contact Shirley A. Weis (480) 314-3342 http www.weisassociates.org saw weisassociates.org shirleyweis me.com 36 Women of Distinction Silvia Mamaliger RN Medical Aesthetics Co-Owner Operator Pristine MedSpa Ridgecrest CA Registered Nurse Silvia Mamaliger enjoyed a career in Romania Israel and the United States working in countless nursing arenas from pediatrics to geriatrics. After 32 years Silvia decided to take a risk follow her dream and express her appetite for art and beauty. Leaving her nursing career behind her she started a medical spa in Ridgecrest California with the support of her loving husband. Silvia welcomed the idea. Taking the plunge she resigned as director of nursing and went back to school to receive the necessary training and certifications needed to follow her dream of opening a medical spa. Silvia and her husband joined forces and opened Pristine MedSpa in Ridgercrest California a high end spa specializing in lasers injectables chemical peels and microdermabrasion. As co-owner Silvia is the primary decision maker responsible of all daily operations and financial aspects of the business. She also performs all of the procedures including laser treatments and injectables and is constantly taking classes webinars and seminars to stay abreast of new techniques and products that will benefit her clients. When her previous boss and dear friend Stella Henry taught her the real meaning of nursing it was easy for Silvia to transfer it over to the medical spa industry. Stella encouraged Silvia to sincerely and non-judgmentally listen and understand the feelings of her patients and to go the extra mile to do the best she could do in the profession. Taking that advice to heart with her MedSpa clients Silvia does everything she can to make sure all of her clients are not only comfortable but more than satisfied with the services so that they want to come back again in the future. Opening the spa was Silvia s dream and her success is no surprise. Having an ear to listen heart to understand and shoulder to cry on for her clients she tries her best to instill confidence in each and every one of them while pushing them to achieve greatness. She puts her heart into her work and gives the best of herself always. Without expecting anything in return Silvia gives and does well for others which usually comes back to her in a very positive way. Whatever way you start big or small working for yourself or for someone else get into it with all your heart and apply yourself to your maximum abilities Silvia said in relation to career. You never realize what your true abilities are until you really try. I am a born caregiver. My belief is that you can make anything better with a lot of love and care whether a plant animal or human being Silvia said. The most meaningful moments in my life have been when I have helped someone in a positive way. And even though I left nursing a caregiving profession I still have the desire to help people. After becoming an RN in 1976 Silvia worked in a cardiology intensive care unit in one of the largest hospitals in Bucharest Romania a position she held for 10 years. Relocating to Israel she spent the next five years working in the pediatrics and gynecology departments of a Kupat Holim in Netanya. She also earned her BSN in 1988. When Silvia made the decision to come to the United States she was offered a position in geriatrics at a successful private skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles California. After five years with the facility Silvia was promoted to director of nursing for two private facilities Eastern Start Home and Vista Del Sol. Although Silvia loved the profession it was difficult adapting to the variations in the field in three different countries. Each country has different social systems and mentalities and Silvia had to pick them up quickly. However one thing that never changed was her desire and ability to take care of her patients. In 1997 when her husband decided to buy a new office and change locations Silvia felt like it was the right time for a change in her own professional life too. After witnessing the end of life of so many patients that she cared so deeply for 37 Women of Distinction Two of Silvia s other interests include family and interior design. Since gardening and interior design appeal to her love for aesthetics she tries to always surround herself with beautiful things. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places and cultures to get inspirations for design and doing so with family is even better. Silvia considers her family her greatest gift and she loves spending time with them. Her husband is a dentist and runs his own successful practice in California. Together they have two daughters one of which is studying to be a veterinarian and the other is in law school. Silvia also likes to spend time cuddling with her four-legged family two cats and a Great Dane. Q What is a common misconception about the aesthetic business A While it s true that these procedures can become an expensive habit I try to work with everyone s budget. I try not to let anyone leave my establishment because they feel like they do not have the finances to take advantage of the services I offer. Most of the time I can find something within their budget that they can use to begin to make them feel good about themselves and start taking care of their skin. Q What is the most important thing you can give your clients A Education even if it s as little as the importance of sunblock. I make sure to spend a lot of time with each patient explaining skin care and I believe prevention is so important. I feel more satisfied when patients understand the importance of simple skin care and prevention than I do selling them an expensive procedure. Q How do you feel about your services and products A I will never recommend something to anyone that I don t really believe in or have tried myself. I fully support and believe in all the products and services I sell. Q Do you have anyone that you feel is invaluable to your spa A I believe that you can only be as good as your staff. I was very lucky to find my office manager Virginia Goodwin Curtis. She has been invaluable to me and my business. Q What do you believe is the future for the aesthetic industry A I truly believe that the trend right now is away from plastic surgery and more toward non- surgical face lifts or rejuvenation. Due to amazing advancements in laser technology and fillers quality duration and results and the fact that more people are now so much more aware of UV protection and are starting preventive skin care at a younger age the need for surgery will decrease and we ll be able to help everyone look forever young without the risks pain or long recuperation time associated with surgery. Q Why is Pristine MedSpa beneficial for clients A Many times I have clients coming to my spa and I often hear the question Am I vain This is what I believe and tell everyone Almost everyone goes to a doctor at least once a year to check their health. Everyone is trying to diet exercise take care of their bodies and prolong their lives. If we are going to live longer why wouldn t we want to take care of our skin which the body s largest organ Do you really want to be strong and healthy but look like a prune Q What is one of you goals at MedSpa A When the first lasers were invented to remove sun damage from the skin the purpose was to prevent and treat cancer. This is still one of the goals of MedSpa that I feel is most important. Q What is your philosophy at MedSpa A My philosophy is not to make my clients look fake or like a different person but to make them into what they feel like is the best version of themselves. I want to give my patients back their desire to look in the mirror and have more selfesteem and confidence. Q Which procedure do you take the most pride in A I am a Level 5 injector and I take great pride in my injection technique. We all see those images on television of people who are overdoing it. Behind every overdone face there is a practitioner who does that to them. I want to make sure that my clients look like themselves not a fake version on themselves. Q What do you hear from your clients that makes you the most happy A I am the happiest when people are so satisfied that they cry tears of joy or jump or kiss me. I love when clients tell me that others don t believe that they have had anything done but that their friends notice a positive change in their appearance. Contact Silvia Mamaliger RN (760) 446-4224 http www.pristinemedicalspa.com pristinemedspa yahoo.com 38 Women of Distinction Amanda Muro CMS Management Consulting Manager Talent and Key Accounts NEOS & Vgo Software Hartford CT Overcoming many hurdles to reach a level of professional achievement that she can be proud of Amanda faced many stereotypical obstacles like being a women single mother uneducated (until recently) and now physically handicapped. But it never stopped her from propelling forward reaching for the stars and teaching her three amazing daughters what motivation really looks like. In the early 1990 s Amanda fought the childcare system as a single mom which required minimal standards for infection control education and assistance for families at the time. Partnering with members of the American Pediatrics Association she wrote an infection control policy that exceeded state standards. Meeting with local educators together they wrote an educationally based program for children from 6 weeks to 12 years. She wrote a business plan secured financing and worked with local and state officials to secure approval to open a child care facility licensed for 116 children per day. She also formed a non-profit organization with a board consisting of attorneys accountants parents and legislators to tackle issues of costs and concerns that parents faced sending their children to childcare. Today all of these issues are expected throughout childcare facilities unlike the days of the past. Amanda held several positions throughout her career including owner director educator manager recruiter broker senior IT recruiter and in 2014 landed a position with NEOS &Vgo Software as Manager of Talent and Key accounts. Change can be tough but when presented in an individualized way the growth of the individual is inspiring and contagious to all those around them and subsequently to the bottom line of the company Amanda said. To me it just makes logical sense that a career as a positive change agent is a win win win for the company I work for the employees I serve and for me. It s non-stop excitement. NEOS is a management consulting and technology services firm with unparalleled experience in holistic modernization enterprise data and business operations consulting throughout the US Europe the Middle East and Asia. Clients range from large mid-cap companies to the Global 1000 segments including financial services insurance and media. Nearly half of Amanda s responsibility is focused on staffing by recruiting high performing staff and helping to develop them. She aligns staffing standards with company goals objectives and their mission statement by building upon their STARRS model employee program. The other 50% is focused on partnering with key accounts to help them define and solve their needs leveraging NEOS solutions to do so and working with senior leadership to create UVP s around change management initiatives. 39 Women of Distinction Constantly reinventing herself and teaching others just as much as she has learned Amanda is now working on her first book a lighthearted story about being a single mom and divorced woman in today s business world who is at the same time trying to date. A proud grandmother of two Amanda lives by her own words of wisdom that if you have faith and just keep walking everything falls in line exactly as it should be. She also holds a BS in Secondary Education and Biology from Western Connecticut State University a Change Management Specialist Certificate and a Six Sigma Lean Professional Certification. Q What are NEOS areas of specialty A NEOS comes from the mindset that everything is a business problem first it might be solved for example in IT but it starts in business. We focus first with business consulting. Second is data management. Third we provide technology services to administer technology strategy. Q NEOS focus is on the insurance industry. What would draw an insurer to NEOS for services A Our senior leadership and many of our midlevel folks and practitioners come out of the industry. We understand their products we ve built their IT departments and their operations we know the nuts and bolts and we deliver products that are strategic and practical to what they live every day. That is as they say priceless. Q What is NEOS STARR model employee program A Each of our employees go through a number of interviews to be measured against a STARR set of criteria. Q How does this program translate into benefits to clients A We believe that each one of these criteria helps us define excellence that drives hiring standards that we want our clients to expect from us. Q Why do you feel change management is relevant in today s world A Simply put in the world of version 5.0 today and 5.1 2 weeks from now change is coming and it s coming at a speed where if you can t keep up you ll get swallowed up. It s something that affects employees in every way and every company in every way. Q What does your organization offer clients A We offer process organizational and operational consulting enterprise architecture strategies and design reviews and planning deployment and data analysis. Q Throughout all of your life experiences what have they helped you accomplish A A pure sense of being grounded in what is real. All of my personal challenges have paved the way to my professional success whether it s been the drive to earn my degree or the tenacity and sheer will to learn to walk again. Q What do you like most about working for your current company A I have an amazing career helping to lead people projects and companies through change managing situations visioning with people to see through the problem and create a solution and staffing people in the right places. Q What does a good leader look like in your opinion A A good leader will inspire those she leads to be more than she is. She will teach them to do her job and then give them the opportunity to achieve it. Q What sets NEOS apart in the field of management consulting A We focus on the true core of modernization and optimizing business operations. Based on this view we have developed three services areas with solutions for our clients business consulting data management and technology services. Contact Amanda Muro (860) 519-5601 ext. 155 http www.neosllc.com http www.vgosoftware.com amuro neosllc.com 40 Women of Distinction Angela L. Perri Healthcare Education Services President Chief Executive Officer PERRI SOLUTIONS LLC Huntersville NC Angela L. Perri has been working exclusively in the healthcare industry since 1997 primarily focusing on health benefits for the public sector. Working to improve the healthcare system on behalf of the elderly and the poor has been her life s passion and as the president and CEO of PERRI SOLUTIONS LLC she is able to advocate for full care continuum service delivery across the country. I ve seen how fragmented services are how confusing it is and how ineffective it can be if a person s practitioners are not talking to one another Angela admitted and it s an ongoing struggle to bring all physicians pharmacists caregivers and others together for just one person. Founding her organization in 2014 which is located in Charlotte North Carolina so that she and her team could work independently within healthcare Angela serves as a visionary leader and trainer. Primarily focusing on Medicaid Medicare SCHIP foster care and at-risk youth she has experience working in nearly 30 states and has promoted changes in healthcare policy on behavioral health in Washington DC. She has also been successful in being able to balance fiscal financial aspects data needs technology and good clinical practice recommendations rather than focusing solely on service. Women she says have historically shielded away from technology roles but believes it is changing and was certainly critical to her long-term success in the industry. Inspired by her grandmother who suffered a heart attack that resulted in open heart surgery Angela got involved in her care decisions. Working to coordinate between doctors specialists home health attendants nurses physical therapists and others she was left feeling overwhelmed even for someone who worked in healthcare herself. She was also appalled at the lack of coordination communication any focus on her grandmother instead of just her condition and lack of support. Angela wanted more than anything to make the system better for her Gram and everyone like her. Dedicating her entire career to her dear grandmother the matriarch of her family Angela is fighting to make things better. Angela holds a BA and MBA and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt in both process improvement and design disciplines. A person of faith she is a Special Olympics coach and Habitat for Humanity volunteer. She loves horseback riding playing golf and boating on Lake Norman. She also writes for her own personal and professional blog. Her parents and extended family all live in Clarksburg West Virginia where she grew up. 41 Women of Distinction Q What kinds of consulting services can you do A While PERRI SOLUTIONS LLC focuses in healthcare primarily our goal is always to create efficiencies. As a Six Sigma Black Belt I specialize in process improvement and design integrity which can be applied to any business or organization. We are also experts at creating strategic business plans marketing and leadership or sales trainings. Q What or who do you work with as a client A PERRI SOLUTIONS LLC works with state agencies covering Medicaid Medicare Juvenile Justice SCHIP MediCal the Marketplace state and county governments state and county boards of education health plans hospital systems provider groups technology companies small and mid-sized businesses. Q It feels like the healthcare system is broken what can I do if I or someone I love gets chronically ill A Despite all the rhetoric the Affordable Care Act has been the work of several US presidents who have each been working to affect positive change by improving technology requiring higher quality standards and transparency around medical errors. So that s the good news The most important thing to know if you or someone you love becomes seriously ill is that you can get help but it takes work. You have to educate yourself about the condition and work together with your doctors to get better. There s a lot of paperwork involved and often healthcare professionals do their individual part but no one is looking at the whole picture. That s what you must do and remember it s important to ask a lot of questions. Don t be afraid. You and your loved ones have a right to know and be informed. The other thing to note is that the sooner you get care the better Early detection and treatment can save your life. Q Why is the cost of healthcare always going up A The US is one of the strongest at developing new innovative technologies drugs and treatments. Research and development of these tools is expensive. Just like any business it costs money to update anything and healthcare is in a continual state of development and updates. Additionally because of the high level of fragmentation (doctors not talking to one another duplication of services like X-rays etc.) there s a lot of time and money wasted which also gets expensive. This again is why it is important for every person to advocate for themselves and do little things like taking your X-rays from one doctor to another to help the doctors out and lower costs. That s a simple example for a very complex question. Q How do I pick a health plan A Most health plans are mandated by your state and the federal government to cover certain benefits (Medicaid Medicare) however individual employer plans may be much more limited in the hopes of lowering costs. I recommend choosing a health plan based on the amount of money you have to pay out of pocket for doctor or specialist visits whether or not your (current) prescription drugs are included and affordable and how much you ll have to pay if you have to go into the hospital. Once I find the best one or two of those then I look at other things like dental or vision coverage mental health (going to a therapist) or other services I may need like chiropractic care or maternity. Look at each of those things by making a list and comparing. Shop around Contact Angela L. Perri (980) 422-5018 http www.perrisolutionsllc.com angela perrisolutionsllc.com 42 Women of Distinction Ann M. Bondanella Filutze Religious Consulting President RELACS (Religious Education Literature and Consulting Services) North East PA Promoting the spiritual intellectual and personal growth of clients Ann M. Bondanella Filutze founded Religious Education Literature and Consulting Services better known as RELACS. Teaching verbally and through writing and publishing books booklets poetry and short stories her outreach influences young people and adults alike. Located in North East Pennsylvania Ann shares her knowledge and experiences through education literature and consulting to uplift others. Ann spent part of her career as a teacher in both public and private schools and as a tutor for those with special needs such as dyslexia. Earning her BA in Elementary Education and Religious Studies in 1992 from Mercyhurst College (now Mercyhurst University) Ann also worked other jobs including receptionist and secretarial work as a high school cafeteria cook cake baker and decorator in retail hospitality and in accounting. But now as she hones in on what makes her happy all these years later after marrying her high school sweetheart and raising five children Ann is enjoying the opportunity to help others help themselves. My words of advice are Dream it do it and delight in it Ann said. Dare to dream the best for yourself and others do your best for yourself and others and share the fruits of your labor with others. Each experience you have in life can be a building block or a stepping stone for your career. Learn all you can from each experience. Ann s enthusiasm for RELACS consists mostly of writing these days. Along with teaching adults and children writing has been an uncut thread woven into the tapestry of her life as she explains it. Her tangible contributions are her books. Way of the Cross Way of Life was written during her younger sister s life as a cancer patient and it is the basis for her booklet that serves as a meditation during her sister s and Jesus s last days of life. Her latest book On Gramma s Rocker brings enjoy excitement tears and laughter to young and old it serves as a compilation of animal tales and other short stories that touch the heartstrings of the reader and listener. Ann also reads to children and adults at local community events to share her wisdom including Gibson Park and at McCord Memorial Library in the center of town. Although Ann s biggest hurdle was in publishing and distributing the material that she has written she found many publishers that were available through the internet. She just had to be careful and attentive to privacy rights costs and royalties. Ultimately her inspiration and perseverance resulted in happiness and a feeling of fulfillment in accomplishing her goal of inspiring others. Growing up in a small town Ann married Sam after he was honorably discharged from the US Army during the Vietnam War and they juggled married life work and family. She served as a room mother at school for their five children led several Girl Scout troops baked and decorated cakes for friends and family for special occasions and taught Sunday School for 35 years. She also helped her husband fight cancer for 26 years. At age 42 Ann was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. (FM). Suffering constant body pain she had an early end to her career in teaching but was miraculously healed of all pain of FM in 2006. Today both she and Sam enjoy their grandchildren a bonus in their senior years. Ann also tutors English as a second language crochets prayer shawls for the sick and unemployed through her church group and is a member of the Order of Secular Discalced Carmelites. 43 Women of Distinction Q Did you set specific goals for your life when you were young A My main focus when I was young was to become an English teacher and to travel. As I matured I looked forward to marriage and having a large family. Q What steps did you take to reach your goals A I applied to two colleges worked my way through college and kept in contact with my best friend Sam who was then in the Army. I prayed that God would show me the path to follow. Q Do you see your business as relevant in today s technological world A Yes I do. Today s technology is in many ways supplanting personal relationships. RELACS aims to help to fill the gaps in people s personal lives. Q How did you develop a business plan A My daughter was working on her MS in Management and built a plan for my business giving her an opportunity to use her skills. Without her knowledge and experience I d have been lost Q Is financial assistance readily available for your type of business A No. A new business needs to prove that there is a need for the product and that the business is viable before anyone is willing to give financial support to an unknown. Q How did you find financial assistance A I simply plunged into the business plan and applied for 501C (3) tax-exempt status for a non-profit organization. I expected additional income to flow from my books. Q What type of professional support did you expect or find A I relied on my own professional background networking and the encouragement of others in my fields of religion teaching and writing. Q Did rejection letters from editors or publishing companies discourage or deter you efforts A Rejection letters which were too many to count actually acted as an incentive to reach out to other editors magazine companies and publishers because I knew my own potential. Q How did you maintain your focus amidst the trials of beginning a business A My own creativity helped me to stay focused on the need for an outlet for my gifts. My husband and family supported and encouraged me in my efforts as did my life of prayer. Q What advice would you give to business aspirants as they begin their journey A Definitely take a realistic look. Examine first the need that your business will fill second the obstacles you must overcome third the results you wish to attain and then go big time with God at your helm. Contact Ann M. Bondanella Filutze (814) 725-9780 ann.filutze verizon.net 44 Women of Distinction Dawn D. Richardson Hospitality Tourism Innkeeper The Mermaids Porch Bed and Breakfast Olde Towne Portsmouth VA Growing up on a farm just outside of Gettysburg Pennsylvania Dawn D. Richardson s friends and relatives from Baltimore would often spend holidays and weekends there visiting. By the time she was just 14 Dawn knew she wanted to become an innkeeper one day. She loved to cook and have lots of people around the table to entertain anticipate their needs and ensure they had a great time. Once Dawn got to college she majored in aerospace engineering only to change her mind and her major at the end of her sophomore year to restaurant hotel and institutional management. Becoming a restaurant manager for six years after completing her BS degree at Purdue University in 1983 Dawn then joined the US Navy as a supply officer. Although she d only taken a four-year leave of absence with her company to serve in the military she ended up serving 25 years later earning her MS in Transportation Logistics Management from Naval Postgraduate School in 2000. Retiring from the military in 2014 Dawn is getting back to civilian life following her heart yet again in hospitality. The Queen Anne Victorian home which was built by Dr. Parrish in 1898 boasts three cozy rooms for visitors to choose from the Traveler s Retreat the Tree Top Room and the Americana Room. The very eclectic design of the home boasts quite a bit of character with each of the rooms designed with the traveler in mind. Room amenities include A C an alarm clock bathrobes internet wi-fi and a radio while on-site amenities include a BBQ grill board games CD and DVD player fireplace hot tub library piano cable TV and a private courtyard. In the mornings guests are greeted with a full breakfast that Dawn cooks up and serves herself promptly at 8am. Stressing the importance of work life balance Dawn is sure to enjoy every moment whether she is spending her personal time painting playing the piano taking in a show at the theater the symphony or at the opera traveling is still one of her favorite. While Sicily and Florence Italy were two of her favorite cities to visit she s also been to San Francisco Edinburgh Scotland Heidelberg Germany Istanbul Turkey Hobart Australia Siem Reap Cambodia and Chiang Mai Thailand. Still on her bucket list are Machu Pichu Sante Fe and maybe even a cruise to Alaska. I m finally getting back to what I love Dawn said about opening The Mermaids Porch Bed and Breakfast in Olde Towne Portsmouth Virginia. I m the owner innkeeper housekeeper concierge travel agent gardener marketing director and everything in between. 45 Women of Distinction Throughout the years Dawn has been labeled as tenacious and perhaps persistent. Although she feels these qualities can be perceived as double edged swords she always did the best she could. Never intending to have such a lengthy career in the Navy prior to getting in to business for herself years later she experienced much sexism in the 1980 s and this was no secret. She had to be twice as good as the men to get a quarter of the recognition that she deserved. But it only fueled her professional drive. She was going to be competitive and never denied. It has been the secret to her success. Enjoying her fun-filled days entertaining visitors which never seems like work to her Dawn hopes to be able to open up her home to guests for many more years to come. Currently single much of Dawn s family resides in Cocoa Florida. Q What advice would you give to someone wanting to start a Bed and Breakfast A It s easier to take over an established business rather than start from scratch. I d make sure that you enjoy the industry by volunteering to work at a B&B for a few weeks. An organization like Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia can help you find one that would be willing to work with you. You must be customer focused but intuit when to step into the shadows. Q You used to travel a lot. Will you miss the traveling with the Bed and Breakfast A I ve moved 20 times in 30 years and would like some roots. I could see traveling one or two weeks a year and being happy with that. Q Why should someone stay in a Bed and Breakfast A It s a more personal experience than a hotel. Innkeepers are very familiar with their surroundings and give great recommendations. Q I thought Bed and Breakfasts were only in England and New England A No. Hampton Roads has Bed and Breakfasts in Virginia Beach Norfolk Hampton Suffolk and of course Portsmouth. Q What makes your Bed and Breakfast different A Bed and Breakfasts are really flavored by the innkeepers. Most of them have similar amenities but the innkeeper is what makes or breaks the place. Q How long do you plan to operate the Bed and Breakfast A At this point I have a 15-year plan. I intend to retire after that and just enjoy living in my house. Of course that assumes a successful endeavor. Q Why did you go into the Navy A I always felt like everyone should serve their country. I could so I did. Everyone is not cut out for the military but there are other ways to serve like adopting a street to pick up trash. Q Did you have any experience in the hospitality industry before your degree A From age 16 to 22 I worked in the hospitality industry. I worked in an amusement park in every position in restaurants during that time period from a dishwasher to a saut cook and I worked in a motel as a housekeeper one summer. Q What occupancy rate are you expecting A The industry average is 43%. I would like to attain that rate in two years. Q Why did you choose Portsmouth Virginia A It s as far south as I wanted to go because my favorite season is fall. I love the four seasons and winter is mild here. I was familiar with Norfolk from being stationed here previously. My real estate agent suggested Olde Towne in Portsmouth. Olde Towne is a terrific neighborhood where you can walk to restaurants museums and the ferry to get to Norfolk. Contact Dawn D. Richardson (757) 673-3790 http www.mermaidsporch.com Dawn.richardson.usn gmail.com 46 Women of Distinction Karen G. Allen Dental Education Founder Owner efDA Training LLC Fort Pierce FL 47 Women of Distinction Upon graduating from Allendale Academy in 1973 in South Carolina where she grew up Karen G. Allen attended Midlands Technical College in pursuit of a Diploma in Dental Assisting. Continuing her education at Charleston Southern University for her BS in Allied Health Technology Dental Assisting she graduated and interviewed for a full-time faculty position in the dental assistant program at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. Accepting she began her teaching career on August 20 1977. Karen spent 35 years teaching at Indian River. She and her faculty trained more than 600 students through her program and over 3 000 students in the area of expanded function training and continuing education. During that time she also earned her Master s in Community College Curriculum and Development with a minor in Adult Education from Florida Atlantic University. Karen s Dental Assistant program and training became recognized as a tremendous economic impact to the Treasure Coast dental community. After retiring in June 2012 as an associate professor Karen founded efDA Training LLC consisting of Florida Board of Dentistry approved training courses and a Dental Assistant program that encompasses all expanded functions procedures a credentialed dental assistant can legally perform on a dental patient including for example restorative and preventative expanded functions nitrous oxide monitoring orthodontics and radiology. I believe the dental community s education needs are of the utmost importance and my courses and program provides the most innovative selection of training for a dental assistant in Florida Karen said. A highly skilled dental assistant is a vital member of the dental healthcare team. Reducing patient anxiety supporting and providing delegated clinical treatment to patients educating patients and maintaining appropriate infection control measures all improve the patient s quality of care. efDA Training offers comprehensive courses and a program that combines online lectures videos examinations and clinical training in any or all expanded function topics. Whether you re an experienced dental assistant new to the dental assisting field or would like to become an expanded function dental assistant efDA Training provides courses and a program that will meet every need. Karen also works closely with her supervising dentist Dr. James Willis a general practice dentist who provides input in the training curriculum for the dental assistants provides clinical trainings in his dental practice and is an innate part of reviewing and making suggestions concerning teaching techniques. Karen co-authored a book I Make a Difference Handbook for Health Occupations Teachers and contributed a chapter to The Community College Instructor Making the Transition from Clinician to Educator. A member of numerous organizations including the American Dental Assistants Association and Florida Dental Assistants Association she s also a past president of Florida Association of Allied Dental Educators and Indian River State College Florida Association of Community Colleges. 48 Women of Distinction Q What are some reasons you decided to continue to provide training through efDA Training A Employment of dental assistants is projected to grow 25% between 2012 and 2022. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will likely continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services and as the baby-boom ages and people keep more of their original teeth than previous generations the need to maintain treat teeth will continue to increase too. Q What are some of the most interesting aspects of this field A Technology The E4D Dentist Chairside CAD CAM System allows patients to get a dental crown inlay even veneers placed in just one visit. Then there s the digital impression system digital radiography (digital x-rays) laser dentistry and the Wand a computerized tool that can deliver anesthesia in a slow and methodic manner. Q What are some of your most important responsibilities with your business A I recruit advise and market students utilize internet platform teaching apply technology and innovative approaches in the laboratory clinical setting provide custom online courses while the dentist verifies clinical competency for the dental assistant and demonstrate commitment to increasing student achievement through contextual and applied curriculum. Q What are some of the best ways in which efDA Training LLC ensures success of students A Modern eLearning portal containing lectures videos and examinations are vital to success with hands-on training utilizing manikins and clinical trainings with a dentist. Q What is one of your future goals at efDA Training LLC A Our next goal is to provide other training and continued education in related fields for dental hygiene dental lab technology front office staff and dentists. Q As founder how do you achieve the trust and respect of others A I believe in integrity being professional and working hard. Leading by example not blaming others taking responsibility and delivering quality solutions are all key. Q Any advice for those looking to follow the same career path A It s important to join local state and national organizations that promote you and your business listen to your customer client keep up with technology and network. Q What are a few good qualities to have with this type of career A Show initiative learn new technology and have a good work ethic. Q What is one of your proudest accomplishments A Integrating pro-bono dental services to those patients who otherwise could not afford dental care. In the past seven years along with my students adjunct faculty and selective Treasure Coast dentists we treated over 1 700 dental patients with pro bono services over 250 000. Over the course of my teaching career these pro bono services well exceeds 1 million. Q What types of procedures can a credentialed dental assistant perform on a patient A In preventative dentistry they can polish teeth remove plaque and stain apply fluoride varnish monitor patients receiving nitrous oxide and oxygen take x-rays and impressions fabricate temporary crowns place temporary fillings and remove excess cement and sutures. Contact Karen G. Allen (772) 834-6217 http www.efdatraining.com karen efdatraining.com 49 Women of Distinction Kelly K.D. Fisher Self-Improvement Energy Work Coaching Founder Chief Executive Officer Bright Energetics Dunkirk MD Also known as energetically sensitive Kelly K. D. Fisher has been an introvert all of her life. Her shyness which made her feel uncomfortable around others and in public exhausted her for years especially when it came to her job. Working in a leadership position in the computer security field Kelly was ready to take the first step to try to fix herself . Focusing on the right side of her brain Kelly took numerous classes like Reiki Matrix Energetics and Consciousness Studies and discovered that not only was it working for her but she wanted to help others by teaching what she had learned. For example Instructor Jaden Rose Phoenix taught her to allow the flow and shifts to unfold during an energy work session instead of expecting an instant bam. Dr. Mark Dunn can shift his energy to match a specific chakra or emotion and then broadcast that energy out into a room of 500 people so others can sense what that energy feels like. It was one of the most amazing experiences Kelly has ever had. She became brave enough to try remote energy work over the phone and via teleseminar and found she got better results than if the person or group was right in front of her. It really made her think about how consciousness and connectedness work. At this point my brain switches back and forth in odd patterns Kelly said about the left and right side of her brain. I ve been quite left-brained in my career and in life for so long between serving in the US Navy working for the Department of Defense and now working as a computer security contractor. Studying Reiki Shamanism Matrix Energetics and consciousness has really developed the other side of my brain and opened up my perception. Founding Bright Energetics in 2009 in Dunkirk Maryland Kelly s business is an extension of herself an embodiment of her dream for others who are going through what she did. She wants her clients to learn to see their sensitivity as a tool and an asset and not a bundle of symptoms. Since starting on her own journey of discovery back in 2003 she can now pass on all she s learned to them and has been pretty successful at it. As a highly sensitive introverted female Kelly has had her fair share of obstacles to overcome but she says you have to teach yourself to recognize what s you and what s not you. As people we pick up so much information from the media and others that do not reflect who we truly are. By being able to sort out the junk and get down to who we really are as well as no longer allowing that junk to enter into our energy system we can have much more harmonious happy productive lives. Working and living in Maryland Kelly and her husband (also a left-brainer) have been married since 1996 and have three children. In her down time she speaks as a member of the Community of Transformation organization and is now mentoring a high school level FIRST robotics team. 50 Women of Distinction Q What is your ultimate goal as an energy coach A I want to help others learn to feel comfortable and accepted as they truly are not as others expect them to be. Q How do you go about accomplishing that A I try my best to meet people where they are right now without judging them. If they want my help to shift into something new I ll help them. I feel it s important to view others that way without all the preconceived biases. Isn t that how we d really like others to treat us in return Q Are their specific techniques you practice with your clients Can you give some examples A It s more a blend of techniques I ve learned combined with what each client s needs are at that time. One critical skill I do teach each client is how to ground and center themselves. Q Do you hold any certifications for working in this field A Yes I am a certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner and am certified in Yuen Method of Chinese Energy Healing and NeuroLinguistic Programming with Hypnosis. I m also trained in Shamanism and Consciousness Studies. Q How does it change the perception of yourself when you discover such a thing as being highly energetically sensitive A For me learning this information was a huge light bulb moment. It was a relief to find out I wasn t the only one who felt this way. From there I learned many more skills and techniques to get myself feeling sorted out and comfortable in public in leadership roles etc. Q In addition to teaching clients how to become more comfortable with themselves do you plan on contributing to the field in other capacities in the future A There s definitely a book or two rattling around in my head but nothing is on paper yet. Q What advice can you give to others starting out in this field A If you do something nebulous you re going to have a hard time describing it in terms that people can understand or recognize as applying to them. Trying to remember what you called it before you figured out what it was called (if you ve figured out what to call it) is equally difficult. Trying to do research on something you don t have terms or names for is maddening. Make sure you can express to others exactly what you do. Q What do highly sensitive people (HSPs) and introverts have in common A A lot I think there are many common experiences between the two such as being more quiet or avoiding crowds. The main commonality is needing more recovery time after emotionally-charged events being in crowded spaces or after a stressful week at work. Q How much of the population is introverted vs. HSP Are some people both A More recent studies say 50% of the population is introverted. Dr. Elaine Aron who wrote many books about HSPs says that 15-20 of us are HSPs and about 70% of HSPs are introverts. Q How does this affect an HSP or introverts career A When you don t feel like you ve got yourself sorted out or your energy feels drained how are you supposed to feel like stepping into more responsibility or leading others I went through this myself and learned a lot of lessons along the way. This is one of the reasons I feel so strongly about helping others who are in the same boat. I love to help people get comfortable in their daily lives and then feel ready to move up. Contact Kelly K.D. Fisher Toll Free (877) 571-4401 Website http www.brightenenergetics.com kelly brightenenergetics.com 51 Women of Distinction Sandra S. Newman Sewing Hand Crafts Owner Inventor SN Designs Company Stratham NH Watching her mother sew beautiful pieces of fabric to create incredible outfits and home decor Sandra S. Newman followed in her footsteps beginning at just 4-years-old learning all the tricks of the trade. Working with her hands learning how to design her own garments and thinking outside the box Sandra grew up to become the owner of her own sewing business and an inventor of several sewing notions. The Hump Jumper holds a registered US patent while the Buttonhole BusterTM and the Puts-itTM have registered trademarks all invented by Sandra. These products help sewers with common and frustrating sewing problems including stitching over thick seams sewing buttonholes in impossible places keeping lace buttons and quilting squares in place and helping arthritic fingers replace sewing machine needles. Her business SN Designs Company was designed as a way to market and sell these very creative sewing notions. Being a one-woman show with no financial backing I ve had to figure out how to put money together to get my products available Sandra said. I have a tremendous amount of self-satisfaction but have found it difficult getting recognized as a contributor in the industry with a small business. Sandra worked as a pharmaceutical sales rep right out of college prior to getting married. She then began teaching Fashion Art and AutoCAD for small colleges in Boston Massachusetts for 16 years. When her marriage ended she gave up her college teaching career and moved to New Mexico to teach skiing to children for Taos Ski Valley for four years. Now managing her small business while working as a contract corporate flight attendant also finds time to write. She has written three books Life and Times on Pleasant Pond which pays tribute to where she grew up in northern Maine Scooter the Purple Mogul Mouse and All His Mogul Mouse Friends and Scooter Meets a Stumbling Bumbling Fly. These children s picture books she hopes will be made into either a cartoon or movie at the request of her little skier friends who helped her write the Scooter books. She holds a BSBA and an MA in Education. Donating a portion of her sales from her first book Life and Times to Alzheimer s research in humans and animals Sandra is active with Alzheimer s Association and Arthritic Association. She has done volunteer charity work for the Quantum House in West Palm Beach Florida WinterKids in Maine and is a member of the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators and National Business Aviation Association. She loves gardening kayaking swimming skiing reading home improvement projects and running completing 19 marathons with her running partner Ronnie Trippett. Her personal best is 3 21 56. Although Sandra has yet to remarry or have any children she said Living and traveling alone one gets a different perspective on life and surroundings. One gets to stop see and listen often times internalizing what is happening. It becomes part of the mind s eye a memory. 53 Women of Distinction Q How did you come to invent something A Pure necessity. I owned a couture bridal shop where I designed fabricated and constructed wedding and formal gowns. Stitching over myriad layers of designer fabric on a hot summer days in a studio without air conditioning your brain too work would work in mysterious ways Q How did you go about it A Through SCORE. This organization helped me find an injection mold maker who would work with me designing an injection mold from what was in my mind s eye and my sketches. Since I was teaching AutoCAD at the time I understood the process. Q Who made the first mold A Styltek and Mr. Kinman. He had just acquired Styltek in Lowell Massachusetts and needed projects. Remember Glow in the Dark golf balls and putters That was my mold maker. The Hump Jumper was first carved out of a piece of wood then clear plastic then finally yellow. Q Why yellow A At the time that was the largest amount of thermoplastic polymer color Styletek had the in inventory. This proved the perfect choice the bright yellow Hump Jumper could easily be found when drop on the floor or hidden in fabric. Q Did you have a business plan A I would really like to say yes since I was a business major in college and had worked as a sales rep before but I didn t. I figured since I had been sewing since I was four-years-old and I needed a Hump Jumper than every sewer in the world needed one. Q How did you get orders A I started in 1986 before the technology of today s computers. I spent hours in the library writing down addresses of magazines publishing houses sewing studios and sewing catalogues. Then using a typewriter I wrote and sent out over 600 press releases. Q Did you get any responses A Yes My first big order was from a small mail-order company in Connecticut. She ordered 144 a gross. Mr. Kinman and I were in shock. We had only made 1 000 thinking that would be a safe number. A little while later a company placed an order for 10 000 twice. Q Then what did you do A As a pharmaceutical sales rep I was a vendor at sales meetings. With this knowledge I started taking my Hump Jumper to sewing conventions. Networking I met Clotilde from Clotilde s Sewing Catalogue and Sandra Bezina of Power Sewing who both loved my product. Q What happened A That first year I was always out of stock because I was afraid. Now I have plenty of stock sewing notions children s books my gorgeous pond book and photographs. Q Are they still selling A Yes. After my divorce I lost perspective but now have a growing small business with both domestic and international sales. The Puts-it is getting positive remarks from sewers with arthritic fingers. My photographs have won awards and my children s books are part of Maine s WinterKids Challenge Program. Contact Sandra S. Newman (617) 803-7868 http www.ssndesigns.com http www.sandrasnewman http www.vb-publishing.com sandy ssndesigns.com ssndesigns2 yahoo.com Tracy Becker Coaching Counseling Owner Operator Tracy Becker Transformational Coaching Chief Executive Officer Founder The I Am Institute Co-Founder Host The Blast Network Statesville NC In order to overcome her own personal need and desire for inner peace Tracy Becker began learning and teaching meditation and other self-help techniques in 1988. Over the next decade she began teaching at community events women s retreats community colleges and even offered services to friends. By 1999 Tracy had gone back to school to pursue her master s degree in counseling at Oregon State University and has since become a nationally certified counselor and coach licensed counselor in the state of North Carolina and certified in distance counseling. As the co-creator of The I Am Institute Heaven on Earth A Spiritual Center and Retreat and The Blast Network A Destination for Those Who Live on Purpose (a web TV show) Tracy s mission is to positively impact the lives of over 10 million people by expanding the message that we all have a divine purpose and that purpose is to align with and learn how to sustain a state of joy and to experience freedom to expand from limited to limitless perceptions and experiences in life love mind and infinite possibilities. Before I went into private practice I worked with a variety of other organizations Tracy said. Through these experiences I discovered that healthy and collaborative communications is key. This awareness empowered me to positively impact my interactions with others through these effective communication skills thus making an agreement to myself to make every interaction as easy and effective as possible. It completely changed my experiences and the experiences of those I interact with and has since has become an integral part of my counseling coaching and life. Owning and operating a private practice that provides counseling and coaching services to individuals couples and families through 45-55 minute sessions Tracy also reaches out to the masses via audio video e-books web TV home study courses blogs webinars and multiple other ways. In 2013 Tracy was identified as one of the leading meditation instructors with the release of many of her meditations and Life Lessons on Omvana an app rated 1 in health and fitness in more than 30 countries. Happily married Tracy is a transformational coach and counselor who has traveled the world to teach and learn from spiritual leaders and leading edge psychological teachers. Through this process she s been able to heal herself and clear the way to healing others. Her gift to the world is in bringing this healing source to humanity as part of her services to clients. 55 Women of Distinction Q How might an individual decide if they want need a coach A Coaching is for the highly motivated and or inspired person who has had some success in their lives and is wanting to change one or more areas of their life. Q Why would someone want to utilize you Tracy Becker as their transformational coach A I have helped thousands of individuals improve the quality of their life in the last 25 years. I have sought out training and hold a Master s degree in counseling as well as a certification as a coach. I am fun and easy to work with and committed to your success. Q How long should I expect to be involved with Transformational Coaching A Most people are in coaching between 6-12 months. I wouldn t expect anyone to invest in themselves for less than 6 months. Q What specific areas of transformation can you help others with A Transformational coaching can be best utilized if one has already determined their desired destination outcome and is need of the steps accountability mindset tools to get them there be it career change status change mindset change finances etc. Q How much time does one need to invest when they work with Tracy A I would expect that one should have between 30-60 minutes per day carved for themselves to devote to the change. Sometimes it will be less and sometimes more as the commitment shifts and the opportunities arise. Q If I live in another state or country can you still help me A Yes. I work with most people on Skype or by phone and can arrange my schedule to work in various time frames. However one must be English Speaking to receive the best benefits. Q Can you help others from different cultural or religious backgrounds A Yes. Throughout the years I have worked with a wide variety of cultural ethnic and religious backgrounds and perspectives with great success. Q Are you available to travel and teach groups in other areas A Yes. I ve been traveling to teach for many years. I have a workshop series that can be taught in 2- to 5-day workshops. I have four programs that I offer Limitless Love (relationship and effective communications) Limitless Life (self-empowerment and activation of your inner truth desires) Limitless Mind (mindfulness meditation and managing the mental and emotions bodies) and Limitless Possibilities (how to expand grow and manifest). I m also available for keynote speeches and lectures. Q Do you use alternative modalities to help others A Yes. I am proficient in overcoming most obstacles clients and consumers bring to the table and I am well known for my ability to simplify and strategize with those who come to me for services. The only thing I require is willingness intention and commitment to themselves. Q What do your clients continually praise you on professionally A My authenticity directness ability to help others see an easier way simplifying what appears to be complicated and loyalty to their progress and desires that I m compassionate don t waste their time am effective I provide solutions that work and I m process and outcome oriented not problem oriented that people leave their time with many tools to be successful in whatever way that may be for them more at peace more happiness more confidence and more joy. They know I care about their success. Contact Tracy Becker (704) 873-7816 ext. 1 http www.tracybecker.com http www.iam-institute.org http www.tehblastnetwork.com info tracybecker.com 56 Women of Distinction Anita K. Parran Public Media Relations Marketing Communications Principal KK Charles Communications LLC Kansas City MO Certified Communications Professional Anita K. Parran ardently believes that success is not measured by what one has but by who they are and what they give back. True to her profession and personal beliefs it is better to give than to receive. Because of this and her ability to form cohesive partnerships with her clients Anita can offer award-winning results through a broad range of communications services provided by her Kansas City Missouri based company. Along with running a successful communications company Anita regularly presents seminars to various organizations within her community. She has authored a chapter in The State of Black Kansas City and has written profiles of notables for magazines including Career Focus Flourish and Missouri Meetings & Events. Anita has received multiple awards for her excellence in communications including a national Headliner Award from Association of Women in Communications and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists both of which were awarded in 2006. Increasing exposure for KK Charles Communications Anita is the secretary for the Kansas City Association of Black Journalists and member of the Kansas City Press Club Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America. Sharing her knowledge experience and expertise Anita is involved in a host of volunteer efforts as well. She is a governor appointed public member of Missouri Board of Pharmacy treasurer of Developmental Disability Services for Jackson County secretary and executive committee member of Stephens College board of trustees board member of Friends of the Library at University of Missouri honorary chair of RUBIES 5th anniversary and gala chair of the board of governors of Urban League of Greater Kansas and member of the Kansas University Girl s Night In fundraiser event for the Adelaide C. Ward Women s Heart Center. To follow her belief of giving rather than receiving Anita tries to do her share to contribute by any means feasible. There is nothing more rewarding than getting a client to envision what they perceive as impossible Anita said about sharing her creative ideas. By creating crisp messages and vivid images with the written word I provide my services from concept to delivery and enhance my client s overall communications needs. Founding KK Charles Communications LLC in 1998 Anita performs all functions from administration to bookkeeping to advertising. Most of her focus is on the client so relationships are paramount. Anita provides a free consultation to meet with potential clients and evaluate if they are a good match. For Anita and a client to be a match she must first believe that the project is worthwhile that personalities are in synch that values are similar and the project outcomes must are agreed upon. Once Anita takes on a client she offers services such as public and media relations with collateral materials press kits annual and company reports brochures newsletters conference and meeting materials news and magazine article writing and communications seminars and trainings. Contact Anita K. Parran (816) 822-0588 http www.kkcharlescommunications.com akparran kkcharlescommunications.com akparran swbell.net 57 Women of Distinction Angela Burruss Public Relations Owner and President Web Feet Marketing and Communications Clinton MD After earning degrees in mass communications and marketing Angela Burruss began a career in public relations working in multiple positions such as Director of Marketing and Communications for Preservation North Carolina in Raleigh NC and as a Public Information Officer (PIO) with the NC Department of Transportation. But she yearned for the freedom of being her own boss and making all of the decisions for herself. I simply don t want to work for anyone else and be forced to deal with the office dynamics and politics. I want to help small businesses and nonprofits establish and maintain their web presence on the Internet which is crucial for the survival of most businesses and organizations in the 21st century. I also want to employ college graduates who have a difficult time finding a job because they have no experience. I want to be the one to help them get the experience they need so they can achieve their dreams. Today Angela is the visionary and owner of Web Feet Marketing and Communications. Currently I m a one-woman show in this small public relations agency. My tasks range from website content and social media marketing accounting and administration. One of the most important things I do is participate in webinars on a regular basis to gain knowledge about the latest trends and tactics in public relations to better serve my partners. However getting started wasn t easy for Angela as money is needed on a regular basis for her business. I ve had to make decisions about how the business will be funded. Fortunately I have a wonderful husband who has been in my corner since day one and has agreed to help fund the business until revenues increase. My husband s investment in my dream has contributed to the success of my business so far. Angela s advice for anyone starting out in public relations is to stay engaged by joining the Public Relations Society of America. It is the best financial investment you can make for your future in this industry. The membership will pay for itself every year but what you receive from the membership is invaluable. When Angela isn t working to build her business or handling day-to-day tasks at home she loves to travel with her husband and three children to fun-in-the-sun destinations and to North Carolina to visit her mother and the rest of her family. And for the past two years she s volunteered her services as the website content manager for the Central Baptist Church of Camp Springs in Camp Springs MD. What I ve learned in my lifetime is you must know who you are and then determine what your God-given talent is because we all have at least one. So when you begin your career you will wake up every day happy because you are going to a job you love and you are doing what you were born to do. Contact Angela Burruss (202) 604-6383 services webfeetcommunications.com webfeetcommunications.com. 58 Women of Distinction Ann Helen Senae Accounting Public Practice Firm Owner President of A.H. Senae Inc. Mission British Columbia Canada Ann Senae is someone who doesn t know the meaning of the word no . She was told at age 16 that she couldn t finish high school after getting pregnant and that her only option was to get married. I realized a few months after dropping out that I had made a huge mistake. I didn t like the idea of being dependent on someone for my financial well- being so I knew that I had to go back to school. I took one course at a time through my early 20s until I finished. And in the process I had two more children three by the time I was 21. After that Ann was accepted into Simon Fraser University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1975. This allowed me to start a home-based public practice in 1990. I did this gradually while still working my old job until I had enough clients to support the business. While continuing to build her practice Ann found a passion for music. My second husband (Bill) was a weekend musician. I would go with him to his gigs but I was bored just sitting there. Bill suggested that I learn how to play the bass guitar so I did that and started singing as well. I loved performing and continued playing with Bill s band on the weekends and ran my firm with three employees during the week. The band broke up in 1995 but Ann continued with other musical projects. One of the guys from a jam band I played bass for invited me to join his country rock band Borderline . I ve been playing and singing with them for about a year now and we re in the process of recording our first album. In order to focus on her music career Ann sold the majority part of her practice last year. My husband had his own business while I was in school and the accountant he worked with showed me a set of financial statements. None of them made sense to me so I took an introductory accounting course as an elective and was hooked. Ann was later accepted into the university s Certified General Accountants (CGA) program. This program required working in the field while studying so I worked in the accounting department for a vehicle retailer and then managed the office for a carpet cleaning company. After remarrying in 1976 and having her fourth child Ann worked for a public accounting firm and graduated from the CGA program in 1986. I still do personal tax returns and will continue doing them for a few more years. It s something I love to do. My advice to others is to follow your passion and never give up. Contact Ann Helen Senae (604) 826-8060 ahsenae telus.net 59 Women of Distinction Dawn Ranieri Home Improvement Cleanouts Owner of TNT Removal & Disposal LLC. Folcroft PA Dawn Ranieri is the owner of TNT Removal & Disposal a company that her boyfriend (Tom Lamb) founded in 1993. After working with him for two years and learning the business they decided to rebuild the company as woman-owned . TNT provides many services for the residential commercial and real estate market. We strive to recycle and maintain a green environment. We also donate reusable items to Goodwill and Nana s Attic for people in need. It is such a great feeling to be able to do this constantly. Most of Dawn s time is spent on the road at network events or meetings with other business owners. I build relationships with them in hopes that we can work together utilizing each other s services. I also have over 10 years of experience with marketing and social media so I m usually on my computer building the company s online presence when I m not on the road. As a female business owner Dawn has experienced her share of challenges. One was trying to get our industry code changed because we were being classified as categories that did not define us. This was putting us in a higher paying worker s compensation class. Another challenge was becoming a woman-owned business. Luckily I was able to get help from an experienced business owner who helped make everything a smooth process. My hard work has earned me the distinctions of becoming a VIP member and one of the 2014 Professional Women of the Year for the National Society of Professional Women (NAPW) and a member of the Women s Power Network (WPN). Years from now Dawn would like to be remembered for her caring nature. I believe we are all born with talents and gifts. It is how we use them that makes us special. When I help others with my talents I feel like I have done what I was put here to do. The world truly is a beautiful place if you open your eyes welcome it and give yourself and your talents to the world so more beauty can be experienced by others. I try to help people any way I can through inspirational messages connecting business owners together helping them with their marketing donating items and just about anything else I can do for them. There is always time for people and things that matter When you help others and expect nothing in return you are rewarded with a great feeling of accomplishment. Contact Dawn Ranieri (484) 540-7330 www.TntRemovalDisposal.com www.dawnranieri.com office tntremovaldisposal.com dawnranieri gmail.com 60 Women of Distinction Denise Carpenter Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer of Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada (Neighbourhood Pharmacies) Toronto Ontario CAN Denise Carpenter began her career in the early 1980s working with Canadian organizations to recognize understand and apply the principles of reputation management to drive growth in their financial and reputational value. That was followed by a period working with businesses serving multiple stakeholders to shift public policy for the betterment of Canadians. Community involvement has educated and enriched Denise throughout her career. She volunteers to help bring business cultural sport and health organizations together. As business people and as individual citizens we need to recognize respect and accommodate others in our communities because we have more in common than anything that divides us. None of us has a monopoly on vision or values. We need to focus on bringing out the best of what s offered in our communities. From friends family neighbors institutions and local businesses we all benefit from a rich stimulating community. And as a society we need to appreciate the role played by business and cultural creators in building a balanced community. I participate through Casey House an AIDS HIV specialty hospital as well as on the National Advisory Committee of the Gold Medal Plates which provides financial assistance to Canada s high-performance athletes through celebration of excellence in Canadian cuisine wine and the arts. Denise sits as a director on a variety of corporate crown and community boards and would like to be thought of as a leader and builder of sustainable success. Today I lead the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada to position the broader pharmacy community as one part of the solution to the challenges confronting Canada s internationally admired healthcare system an aging population and rapidly rising healthcare costs. Neighbourhood Pharmacies is a strong voice and the leading advocate for the business of retail pharmacy. We represent the owners and operators of Canada s leading drug store brands delivering healthcare closer to home at approximately 6 500 locations across the country. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada Denise s focus is enabling leaders and leadership teams in industry and government to achieve critical strategic outcomes more effectively at less cost and with key risks addressed. Neighbourhood Pharmacies advocates for the business of retail pharmacy and its vital role in sustaining the accessibility quality and affordability of healthcare for Canadians. Our organization is advancing innovative solutions to deliver better patient care better patient outcomes and better overall system costs through original research evidence-based advocacy networking and information services. My industry is currently in the midst of enormous change. The old ways of doing business are never coming back they can t and that makes change difficult for many people to understand and accept. Therefore we need to find new ways to be successful that serve our patients and customers needs and provide challenge and reward for the industry and its people. I m all about solutions and helping people move forward together. Contact Denise Carpenter (416) 226-9100 ext. 226 dcarpenter neighbourhoodpharmacies.ca findenise gmail.com 61 Women of Distinction Joyce Detrich C-LMT Bodywork Clinical Myofascial Therapist - Healthcare and Education Founder & Owner of INSPcenter Chicago IL Joyce Detrich knew what she wanted to do with her life since she was 10 years old. My mother was feeling intense pain from the chemotherapy treatments used to treat her breast cancer. I would come and lay my hands on her stomach and suddenly all the pain and nausea went away. My hands were just as capable of healing as my mother s and I loved that feeling. I knew that I wanted to take people s pain away and show others how to do so as well. I grew up watching the wonders of her healing. She had this energetic healing way about her. I learned so much about the joys of healing. As she got older Joyce also worked on family and co-workers. Everyone agreed that I should use my gift for a living. After seeing a commercial for a massage school I decided to enroll and started a few months later. I graduated at the end of 2005 and have been licensed since 2006. Today she is the owner and sole employee of INSPcenter. I handle my own accounting promotions advertising marketing and social media. I also keep up with others in my field by taking CEU classes. I teach others what I do and how it can help others in order to heal the world. Joyce is always coming up with new moves and painless ways to work on clients. I truly believe that deep tissue work should never be painful. I have heard too many stories from people about receiving a massage that hurt during but felt good after. This is a theory I have always been against. People who have had an uncomfortable massage find they can go years without good body work while living in pain the whole time. This is sad My bodywork Thai massage is designed to bring new life to the body less stress and renew muscle strength. However I still treat each client individually. I do what I can to keep the treatments changing and catered more to what each client needs. I ve created over 30 therapeutic techniques and am still in the process of creating more. I m taking Thai clinical bodywork to a whole new level with eastern techniques and my 25 years of experience. Her childhood experiences brought Joyce to where she is today and taught her about overcoming the impossible. There isn t anything I won t do to make something happen. When you make a mistake try thinking of it more as a learning tool than as a disaster. Don t just walk the path that s given make the path you walk. Contact Joyce Detrich C-LMT (773) 678-4002 www.INSPcenter.com INSPcenter gmail.com 62 Women of Distinction Linda Appleman Shapiro Psychotherapist Addictions Counselor Mental Health Advocate Lecturer Blogger Oral Historian Author SHE S NOT HERSELF A Psychotherapist s Journey Into and Beyond her Mother s Mental Illness Westchester County NY Mental illness hits close to home for many of us these days. But in the 1940s and 50s when Linda Appleman Shapiro was growing up with a mother who suffered from major depressive disorder illnesses in general were never talked about and the medical community itself did little to educate patients or their families. In writing her memoir SHE S Immigrant families such as mine were left to suffer in silence and shame not knowing where to turn for answers or options. Although we ve come a long way since then and TV shows such as Dr. Phil and Oprah help to educate the public by bringing many problems to light Shapiro a behavioral psychotherapist and addictions counselor for more than 30 years decided she had a story to tell her story which she could share from the perspective of someone who found ways to move through and beyond the trauma of living with a family member who suffered from a chronic illness. She believed she could show how that illness affected her and each of her family members. She was also determined not to have her psychotherapist s voice drive the narrative as she felt that would have diminished the impact lessening its universal appeal. This was a labor of love and tenacity that I worked NOT HERSELF A Psychotherapist s Journey Into and Beyond her Mother s Mental Illness her intent was for readers who are still suffering to identify with her and not feel alone but to find hope moving forward toward healing and forgiving without forgetting. For those who have never been afflicted I hope that new-found compassion will help them to advocate for mental health and support much needed funding to help the one in four people who suffer from one mental disorder or another in today s all too chaotic world. As a witness to human vulnerability and strength in taking secrets out of my family s closet I trust that others will then put their own shame aside and seek the help that is available knowing that it is possible to interrupt family dysfunction by merging life s sweetness with its sorrow reconciling its meaning with its m mystery. on for many years writing and re-writing as I peeled away the layers of the onion that was my life. I wanted to bring the reader into my family s apartment inviting them to see our rooms and furnishings hear our conversations walk the streets of our neighborhood and witness my mother s many breakdowns. Contact Linda Appleman Shapiro (914) 262-3515 http www.applemanshapiro.com beyondatrauma gmail.com 63 Women of Distinction Linda A. Caldwell Fine Art - Creative and Digitally Abstract Photography Fine Art Photographer at Linda Caldwell Photography Santa Rosa CA After her four children left home Linda Caldwell experienced a case of empty nest syndrome which caused her to do some thinking about how she could feel fulfilled in the next chapter of her life. Knowing that I have always loved taking pictures of landscapes nature shots and vacation places of interest (along with those many shutter clicks of my children over the years) my father suggested that I take that interest to the next level and develop knowledge for the art of photography. So in 2002 I purchased a high end Canon SLR film camera and joined the Santa Rosa Photographic Society Camera Club that was made up of members from beginner to master level. It was there that I met and took private lessons for over three years from a Certified Master of Adobe Photoshop. She was a task master and one whom I appreciated learning the many tools and techniques from within the digital darkroom of Photoshop that led me to eventually move on and develop my own style. Linda s love of photography was her saving grace after the tragic loss of her oldest son (Sean) in 2008 from a sudden deadly bacterial illness followed a few months later by the death of her father from cancer. My daughter in law s family saw the sadness in our heavy hearts and invited my husband and I to spend the holidays at their home in scenic Alaska. After going through such a somber time I found it to be an incredibly healing experience to visit this magnificent land of pristine beauty. Bundling up my camera and my body for the 20 degree below zero weather outside was something I had never experienced before. The air was still and the icy glacial waters of the Kenai River were frozen solid raw wild and untainted. To be there at that moment in time having gone through such grief was incredibly uplifting. Being surrounded with such pristine beauty filling my viewfinder was a privilege indeed. To capture such stillness solitude and beauty was a healing gift to me for which I will be forever grateful. Today she is the owner and sole proprietor of Linda Caldwell Photography working out of her home in an office that what was once her youngest son s room. I use a PC and print all my work from paper to canvas up to 44 in length with the use of 4 different versions of Epson s wide format professional printers. I have a large collection of software installed on my PC along with several external hard drives to fit my creative needs and utilize a back-up system daily to prevent any potential file loss. I have had a working website for over eight years and recently revamped it with full screen images. Marketing my work is my primary concern so keeping up with the latest ways to present my work to the public is of utmost importance to me. This includes a yearly production of my personal calendar to a waiting client list as a marketing tool while keeping up with current versions of business cards and brochures which I design myself. 65 Women of Distinction Linda admits that being the owner and sole proprietor of your business is a challenge. Having to be the one and only one in charge of every aspect is a constant challenge. My first major challenge was initially setting up my website nine years ago. To save money I decided to do most of the work myself which was very time-consuming and challenging at the same time. It took over a year to complete She has learned a lot in this highly competitive business and has great advice for others looking to follow in her footsteps. Get whatever licensing is required in your hometown to sell or show your work. Set up a separate bank account to handle the funds you receive or expend and a framework for pricing your work. Market your business with a personal website of your work. Open social media accounts like Facebook Twitter and Linked-In. Set goals achievable within a reasonable timeframe. Additionally never stop learning about your trade and never stop studying the latest tools and techniques that are associated with the type of camera and software you work with. You need to take time to continue to improve your skills build your portfolio and define the artist that lies within you. Through time and persistent dedication you will eventually develop your own style and make the journey into your own photographic world. In 2010 Linda wrote and self-published her first book The Birth of an Image... A Photographer s Personal Reflection of that Intimate Moment . You can find it on Blurb.com Books and through the link on the contact page of her website www. lindacaldwellphotography.com. The following is an excerpt from the introduction of her book We all journey through this life on a personal path for no two of us are alike. We are all unique with Godgiven gifts or talents. We only need to search deep within ourselves to uncover what they may be. If I can bring you a positive feeling of appreciation from my photography for the beauty that surrounds us and encourage even the smallest positive change in your life then I will have achieved the purpose of writing this book and provide a legacy when I leave this world. Contact Linda A. Caldwell (707) 584-0473 www.lindacaldwellphotography.com lincaldwell vbbn.com 66 Women of Distinction Linda K. Thomas Hospitality and Lodging Owner Operator of Little River Motel Saint Regis MT 67 Women of Distinction Linda Thomas career in the Hospitality industry started in September 1986 when she bought the Del Mar Motel in Livingston MT. She owned the motel for seven years and enjoyed the people she met as well as the industry in general. Several years later Linda purchased a small motel in Saint Regis MT named the Little River Motel . It is a small quaint motel located about 140 miles south of Glacier National Park consisting of seven regular motel units and four cabins (some with kitchenettes). We are surrounded by our own private forest with plenty of wildlife. There s a herd of deer on the property year-round. Elk bears and cougars have even been spotted and eagles are often seen soaring above. We are fortunate to also have a breeding pair of Great Horned Owls (not a common site). This attracts people from all over the world. The Little River Motel is a one woman operation. I run the front desk and do the bookkeeping laundry cleaning and maintenance. It s only in the summer that I have some help. She had previously owned a dairy with her first husband. I was inspired by my mother to buy a dairy because she and my father owned one. My mother would go out at dawn and feed the cows before going into town to run her other business of over 50 years. She taught me how to be independent. Linda later sold the dairy under President Reagan s Dairy Buyout program which eventually led to Linda purchasing the Little River Motel. But this came with its share of challenges. My biggest professional challenge was to come back from a serious accident that took one of my eyes and left me with brain damage. I was told that I did not have the mental capacity to run a business but I refused to listen. I was bound and determined to get back into the motel business. I was going to own my business. The challenge was to be able to operate a business when I couldn t even add 1 1. It was a long process but I did it because I had faith in myself. Through adversity I gained confidence and self-assurance. These are two very important characteristics that can help anyone attain their goals. Owning a motel works out for Linda because she has two children and two grandchildren. Summers are very busy however winters are very slow and that gives her many opportunities to spend time with her kids and their families. My son recently got married and will be graduating from Montana State University this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. And my daughter has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Montana. She and her husband have a 3-year old daughter and a 4-month old son. Being a business owner has given Linda the independence and the ability to do the things she s dreamed of. Contact Linda K. Thomas (406) 649-2713 www.littlerivermotel.com www.littlerivermotels.com str2713 gmail.com 68 Women of Distinction Lynette Jane Moughton Environmental Engineering Consulting Owner Moughton Engineering LLC Cincinnati OH Working in a field that allows her to incorporate her full potential in both mathematics and science Lynette Jane Moughton gives it her all in an industry that has proven to be most lucrative. Graduating from college in 1983 Lynette began working as a structural engineer only to accept a position with the US Army Corps of Engineers just a year later in Huntington West Virginia setting her on a path to water resources engineering. Changing jobs several times mainly due to lack of work she s since enjoyed the challenges associated with water and wastewater design and is eager for the future of her new consulting business Moughton Engineering LLC in Cincinnati Ohio. Moughton Engineering offers water and wastewater and environmental engineering consulting services including Sanitary Sewer System Analysis and Design Drinking Water Distribution System Analysis and Design Alternative Analysis Studies Storm Water Management Plans Storm Water Site Evaluations Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans Facility Response Plans Helping Start Recycling Programs Stream Encroachment Studies Laboratory Equipment Specifications for Wastewater Treatment Facilities Permit Compliance Analyses Preparing NDPES Permit Renewals Cost Estimates for Construction and Quality Assurance Quality Control for Other Professional Engineering Consultants and Operation and oversight of Class II Wastewater Treatment Works. A member of American Society of Civil Engineers Ohio Water Environmental Association and Water Environment Federation Lynette holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati an Ohio Class 2 Wastewater Operator license and is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois Ohio and Kentucky. Married to a civil engineer herself Lynette s husband David and she share a son Samuel who s a junior in high school and is looking toward a degree in electrical engineering. Truly enjoying life as a wife mother and now business owner one of her greatest accomplishments was beating Stage 1 breast cancer recently with surgery and radiation. Happy to say she is now cancer-free Lynette loves to give back by volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America and at her church and enjoying the company of her dear family. Most people think of sewage treatment as a dirty business but the truth is that if sewage treatment is working correctly the odors are minimal Lynette explained. Having worked as a wastewater operator intern at a treatment plant for one-and-a-half years I can attest to that fact. As Moughton Engineering s business owner Lynette is not only responsible for the marketing but also for design. She attends networking events to keep her business in the spotlight and she attends professional education events to stay current. With more than 16 years of experience in the professional engineering field she s designed wastewater treatment plants wastewater and drinking water pipelines and drinking water storage tower designs and has observed the operations of a wastewater treatment plant from the inside as a wastewater operator. I ve always wanted to point to a structure and say I helped design that she noted. Now I can say that for several projects around the Cincinnati Ohio and Chicago Illinois area. Contact Lynette Jane Moughton (513) 284-1713 http www.moughtonengineeringllc.com moughtonengineering gmail.com 69 Women of Distinction Marci Hugg Hall Entertainment Owner Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park Little Rock AR Just as she was approaching her 56th birthday Marci Hugg Hall was contemplating changing careers so that she could devote more of her time to doing something with more meaning behind it. Often engaging in a repeated conversation with friends about how someone should open a nice family entertainment center with miniature golf in their wonderful town of Little Rock Arkansas Marci finally ran with it. In 2013 Marci s dream came true and she began running a brand new business as the owner of Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park. Providing a safe affordable upscale entertainment facility for Little Rock residents and guests to enjoy outdoor recreation is the motto behind Big Rock. Having hired a great staff that includes young diverse individuals Marci is a hands-on business owner that sets an example to her team by being enthusiastic attentive customer service focused and full of high energy and she is proud to be able to make a difference for others within the community. In addition to miniature golf Big Rock also features single- and double-seat Go Karts bumper boats batting cages and an arcade. There is something for everyone. The park also hosts birthday parties has special offers throughout the week like Mad Monday and Token Tuesday and offers group rates for parties of 20 or more. Marci holds a BS in Education and a Master s of Education in Recreation. She previously taught high school and junior high physical education and special education. She also coached varsity boys and girls gymnastics and several Special Olympic sports. Marci has volunteered a great deal within her community including the River Fest Potluck Food Rescue Board and Methodist Children s Home to name a few. She even won a Volunteer of the Year Award from Little Rock Central High School for her efforts. Very much involved in her church Marci has served on almost every committee including as recreation director for vacation bible school for over 12 years. Married for 35 years Marci and her husband also own a material handling equipment and mobile mini storage business with her brothers. They have three adult children Jeni a dentist Bryan a CPA and Nick a marketing representative. Blessed that her children and their families all live close by in Little Rock they all get to enjoy rich fulfilling lives together quite often. I believe that our quality of life depends not only on what we do for work but also what we do with our leisure time Marci said about the inspiration behind the formation of her park. When people have something to engage in that connects them with others gets them outdoors and moving and builds self-esteem and relationships they are going to have healthier more fulfilling lives. Marci knows exactly what it means to enjoy quality of life too. Even though she admits to working seven days a week as the sole owner of the seven acre amusement park she can appreciate the sense of urgency to make her mark in this world as someone who has beat cancer several times and also suffers celiac disease. Contact Marci Hugg Hall (501) 455-3750 http www.bigrockfunpark.com marcihall hotmail.com 70 Women of Distinction Marlys W. Pryor Design and Manufacturing of aircraft engines Senior Specialist Systems Engineering at Rolls-Royce Corporation Indianapolis IN Marlys Pryor dreamed of going into space from a young age. She wanted to be the first woman on the moon but it simply wasn t written in the stars. High school physics and calculus made me realize I wasn t a brainiac so I aimed a little lower and studied aeronautical engineering at NYU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1966. My first job with Sikorsky Aircraft made me fall in love with aircraft and engines. Currently I m a development project engineer where I work with other engineers who specialize in analyzing the details of a specific engine design and predicting the performance of a said design. Performance includes characteristics such as fuel consumption (critical to an airline selecting which company s engine to install in their aircraft) and thrust (critical to an aircraft s ability to take off with a given number of passengers their baggage and enough fuel to get to a specific destination). Specifically I look at the performance requirements detailed by the applicable regulatory agencies. (For US designed and manufactured aircraft and aircraft engines it is the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that certifies aircraft engines whether for multi-engine or single engine aircraft. The European equivalent is the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for European designed and manufactured aircraft and aircraft engines.) The team works to make sure that we are meeting all of the pertinent requirements (either by direct engine test analysis and or similarity to other aircraft products within the company s repertoire) and that we can demonstrate such compliance to the agencies in support of our application to the agencies for certification. During her time working for two aircraft manufacturers and two aircraft engine manufacturers Marlys has had the opportunity to travel all over the world. My knowledge and ability to go into situations and quickly gauge the atmosphere and gain the confidence and respect of the customer(s) I was sent to deal interact with has allowed me to travel to various states Brazil Iceland (twice) England (too many times to count) France (Paris Air Show in 1977) the Netherlands Germany and Italy. One manager referred to me as his roving firefighter . While Marlys loves her job being a woman in a male-dominated profession and industry has its challenges. You must be flexible and confident on the outside (though you may be quaking on the inside). I once showed up at a combatready Air Force base and even though I had all of the proper credentials I had an M16 rifle pointed at me because the flight line perimeter guards had never seen a female civilian on the flight line. Marlys was inspired by her parents to be the best person she could be and recently joined the National Association of Professional Women and Soroptimist International to help mentor young women. She also supports Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer. Aside from being the best person I can be my parents always wanted me to be the best at whatever I do. That has been my mantra throughout my life. Contact Marlys W. Pryor (914) 498-1731 marlys.pryor yahoo.com 71 Women of Distinction Pat Kelly RN CLNC Healthcare Nursing Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Kelly Legal Nurse Consulting LLC Maple Grove MN Accomplished and dedicated Nurse Pat Kelly RN CLNC has enjoyed more than three decades in direct patient care leading a fulfilling career in the areas of transitional care hospital and hospital-based home care. Desiring a new career challenge Pat made the decision to pursue certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant in 2014. She is committed to building her consulting business and serving the attorneyclient relationship with the same allegiance that she has demonstrated throughout her entire nursing career. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant Pat assists the attorney in navigating the complex world of medical records. While the attorney is the legal expert she is the expert on the healthcare system and its inner workings. Her role is to provide costeffective expertise for reviewing medical records for both the plaintiff and defense attorney. She screens and analyzes medical records hospital policies and procedures and interprets their relevance to the attorney s case to eliminate the expense of non-meritorious lawsuits. She identifies adherences to and deviations from applicable standards of care and determines causation and damages. She also assists with discovery by preparing interrogatories and requests for production develops reports and chronologies to highlight the significant medical events and researches and applies authoritative medical and nursing literature and standards of care. I ve enjoyed the challenge of teaching and the reward of empowering individuals toward improved health Pat conveyed. I have been an advocate for the patient at their bedside and now I am an advocate for them in the justice system. Since becoming a legal nurse consultant I ve learned to enjoy every step of the process. I take advantage of the early morning hours to screen cases and spend my days off networking and making phone calls. Pat is a business woman of character and integrity. She is honest accurate and conscientious. In her most recent role as a legal nurse consultant she has come to value the attorney-client relationship and being an asset to a law firm. This adventure has challenged her in many new ways and she loves being able to use her medical knowledge to seek justice. A technique that Pat tries to follow daily comes from Vickie Milazzo the Entrepreneur of the certified legal nurse consultant field. Milazzo has developed the 5 Promises for Success which are 1) I will live and work a passionate life 2) I will go for it or reject it outright 3) I will take an action step a day towards my passionate vision 4) I will commit to being a success student for life and 5) I believe as a Nurse I really can do anything. Pat also tries to surround herself with positive people and believes that it is okay to say no when necessary. She has also learned to live within her own limitations. Pat is a member of the National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and US Woman s Chamber of Commerce. Contact Pat Kelly RN CLNC (612) 812-6067 http www.kellylegalnurseconsulting.com pat legalnurseconsulting.com katkelly comcast.net 72 Women of Distinction Sydney P. Howell Music Entertainment Education Owner Harps of Gold Weatherford TX Performing at a wedding at just 16-years-old Sydney P. Howell earned a BA in Music from the University of North Texas Magna Cum Laude before pursuing her Master s in Harp at the New England Conservatory of Music. While in her first year of graduate school she was hired to play with an ensemble in a TV special. Moving back to Texas in 1968 after completing her two degrees Sydney began playing church and symphony gigs with the Fort Worth Symphony and later taught privately. The work kept coming and Sydney was very fortunate to be able to share her musical talents. When I first started my career I didn t need to advertise. Gigs and students just came by word of mouth. Now not so much Sydney owner of Harps of Gold admits. I had to learn to market myself. I joined the chamber of commerce am now very active in a business network and am learning to use social networking. As the sole proprietor of Harps of Gold in Weatherford Texas Sydney performs for weddings funerals dinner parties corporate events and other special occasions and does lecture demonstrations of the harp on site to students. She books her own engagements sets her own calendar and does all company paperwork herself. Sydney began as a piano and harp teacher at Tarrant County Community College. A few years later she became an adjunct professor of harp at Texas Christian University (TCU) where she remained for 29 years. In 1987 she played for High Tea at the Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth continuing for five years until the tea ended. She then began teaching the Suzuki Method and established a Suzuki Harp School at TCU. In 1996 her new husband and she moved to Parker County where she produced a solo harp CD called Romance with the Harp. Retiring from TCU she continued teaching Suzuki Harp and doing freelance work. For ten years Sydney taught classes at Harp Fire summer camp which included the Wedding Workshop course. She s taught at several Suzuki institutes throughout the country since and has been published in the Harp Column and The American Harp Journal to name a few. Sydney currently plays with a professional eight-harp ensemble Octavia and they ve produced 2 CD s thus far. The founder and president of the Fort Worth Harp Society Sydney was also the founding member of North Texas Suzuki Association and is an active member of the American Harp Society American Harp Society Dallas Chapter and Suzuki Association of the Americas. Sydney has been divorced widowed and is now married to her soul mate Daniel Howell a retired commercial and Air Force pilot electrical contractor and teacher of gymnastics and ballroom dance. They love to travel together and enjoy their extended family as much as possible including six children 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Contact Sydney P. Howell (817) 713-1966 http www.harpsofgold.com sydney harpsofgold.com I believe that people would be happier if they had good music in their lives Sydney added. My part is to build character through teaching music and comforting and entertain through performance. 73 Women of Distinction Tamera Swan Mason Personal Care Products Owner of White Swan Inc. Randallstown MD Tamera Swan Mason met a young lady chemist many years ago who was developing products as a fundraiser for various church groups. Tamera loved her work and had her develop products for her and started selling these products to friends and family. I saw that there might be a real future in this endeavor and decided to incorporate and start a real business. I always wanted a business of my own so White Swan Products was founded in 2007. I began to really get serious about the prospect of doing something I enjoyed and make money at the same time. I started with three products Wild Rose Hand & Body Lotion Bath & Shower Gel and Soothing Bath Salts. The products are called Wild Rose because of their unique rose fragrance and rose properties. There are other rose products on the market but most are found in health establishments and have a medicinal odor. Wild Rose has no other fragrance in its makeup and actually smells like a rose. In a large corporation there are departments that specialize in every facet of the business. However in her business Tamera has several functions. Now I have a manufacturing company that makes these products for me. I take pride in researching the ingredients that make up the formula. I want to be sure that the products are made with the finest ingredients and work closely with the manufacturer. I have a special passion for my products and like to create the advertisement to sell them. I also keep a close eye on finances. At the moment I have concentrated my efforts on the lotion and bath gel but anticipate the return of our bath salts as well as two new products (a beauty bar and body spray) this year. Aside from recruiting sales personnel you can find me behind the scenes preparing to make everything work. I leave the day-to-day office work to others. For anyone starting out in this industry (or any industry) Tamera believes that it is important to believe in yourself and at least try. Stick to your guns learn all you can about the industry and never let anyone tell you you can t do it. If you have never worked in this industry or even if you have there will always be challenges to overcome. Life presents us with many opportunities for growth and development but most individuals fail to take advantage of them and constantly make excuses as to why things can t be done. Very few individuals ever step out on faith and try. Even if one fails at least an attempt was made to get involved in something he she wanted to do. Therefore it can always be said that he she at least tried. I expect to be extremely successful in what I do. However if I have not achieved all my goals when my time comes I would like to be remembered as one of those individuals who at least tried. Contact Tamera Swan Mason (410) 521-4249 www.whiteswanproducts.com whiteswanproducts verizon.net 74 Women of Distinction Tyesha K. Love M.A. Consulting Organizational Consultant Motivational Speaker Peer Counselor and Teen Mentor Transformational Kinetic Leadership Ambler PA A cancer survivor Tyesha has developed a passion for creating awareness empowerment and inspiration amongst other cancer survivors their loved ones and caregivers through motivational speaking. She is the author of I Am Not My Hair A Young Woman s Journey and Triumph Over Breast Cancer which was intended to serve as a testimony for those battling breast cancer and was written with the hope that her journey can act as inspiration for others to preserve and prevail. Tyesha is also the co-author of I Am Love Wisdom and Guidance through Soul Reflection. She is one of 28 courageous writers to expose her deepest secrets and experiences to provide readers with non-judgmental and understanding love non-authoritative wisdom gained though hindsight and practical guidance. Tyesha earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Organizational Leadership in 2010 and 2012 at Eastern University in St. Davids Pennsylvania. She is a member of the International Leadership Association and the National Association for Professional Women where she was also named 2012-2013 VIP Woman of the Year and 2012 Philadelphia Chapter Woman of the Month. Tyesha has been a committee member of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Pink Ribbon Patient Committee since 2009 and a board member secretary and marketing committee co-chair for the Breathing Room Foundation since 2012. Tyesha K. Love founded Transformational Kinetic Leadership as a result of her strong appreciation for leadership and the power of teamwork. Working as a consultant Tyesha s mission is to promote awareness empower inspire and motivate individuals and businesses by consistently making an effort to give of herself for the benefit of others. I love to see growth within organizations individuals and teams Tyesha said about observing the outcomes of her consulting work. It is both fulfilling and gratifying to see innovation implementation and the management of change that will enhance operations as well as witnessing business environments thrive. Constantly seeking opportunity to assist with professional and personal enhancement in the lives of others Tyesha s three main services include organizational leadership consulting motivational speaking and mentoring. Through organizational leadership consulting her focus is on the holistic view of organizations including the role of emotional intelligence valuing diversity ethical values change management and strategic leadership. Other areas of concentration include improvement of interpersonal relationships and communication which enhance the effectiveness of individuals and teams while enforcing the significance and value of leadership. Still in the early stages of development Tyesha has spent the last several years offering her consulting services in the non-profit sector through Transformational Kinetic Leadership. Within the next few years however she aspires to become chief executive officer of her own business consulting firm. I am passionate about personal and professional development and encourage growth Tyesha said happily. My mission is to help people through leadership development and motivation while avidly promoting awareness and empowerment. I love to motivate amid inspiring vision and direction. Contact Tyesha K. Love M.A. (207) 797-5082 http www.TyeshaLove.com TyeshaLove live.com 75 Women of Distinction 76 Women of Distinction Yael VanGruber Contemporary Art Unique Custom Jewelry & Fashion Designers Boutique for Men Women Artist Jewelry Designer at Clique Gallery-Boutique Yoga Instructor Addison TX Yael VanGruber is the Artist Jewelry Designer at Clique Gallery-Boutique a gallery and fashion boutique in uptown Addison TX. The Gallery carries a wide variety of her contemporary art designs such as digital art acrylic oil water color & print making as well as sculptures glass decors and other types of visual art. The Boutique carries crystals unique gems pearls Italian glass gold & diamond custom jewelry that Yael designed as well as fashion scarves designer bags art decor spiritual books and more. Her unique art & jewelry are meant to bring joy both to the maker and their buyer viewer. It exposes the unseen and unknown areas of our lives in a way that empowers us. Yael believes that just like in art when she uses contrast to bring out the beauty of her paintings it is a metaphor of how God also uses contrast in our lives through challenges trials and pain to bring out our inner beauty for us to appreciate who we are. The purpose of her art and jewelry is to move her customers emotionally and bring them to a higher dimension in touch with their inner soul. She believes in wisdom of the soul which is a reflection of a deeper sense of where a person is coming from. My artwork is about my spiritual beauty and the essence it embodies. My talent is a gift and blessing from God. You will find a lot of grace romance happiness and love through my art. I specialize in five different kinds of media digital art acrylic oil watercolor and print making. I truly enjoy working with all of them transforming my ideas into reality. Since art makes me think in a special creative way without telling me what to think art also questions me and lets me arrive at my own pace to my own answers. I bring a lot of unconditional love and passion to my artwork without any regard to what I will receive. Yael is also a Yoga Instructor specializing in Hatha Yoga which she teaches out of her Gallery Boutique. Hatha Yoga focuses on physical health and mental well-being. It uses bodily postures breathing techniques and meditation to make the spine supple and promote circulation in all the organs glands and tissues. Hatha Yoga postures also strengthen and stretch muscles and align the body to promote balance and flexibility. She has been married for 28 years and has 10 children (5 boys and 5 girls). In her free time Yael enjoys spending time with her family cooking reading writing working on various art projects (such as painting in different media knitting crocheting sewing and designing jewelry) movies friends travel and of course yoga. I enjoy devoting my time to my artwork and helping others seek harmony and peace within themselves whether it s through my art jewelry designs yoga classes or blogs that are published on Amazon and on my website. 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