MEDIA Presents: Outstanding Professional Character Award – Meet the Nominees and Vote for Your Favorite Business Leader!
MEDIA has had the pleasure of working with many businesses, big and small, nationally and internationally. Our clients are dream clients: they are enthusiastic, passionate, and driven. But they are also our dream clients because their mission is to serve the world around them. Their businesses reflect their deep-rooted values and desire to give back to those around them with their knowledge, skills, and talents. Their heartfelt missions shouldn’t go unacknowledged.
It’s why we are presenting our first ever Outstanding Professional Character Award!
The nominees for this award are business leaders that have exemplified outstanding community care as they make a difference in the world with their mission and brand. We are so honored to have worked with them, and each deserves recognition for their work. The winner of this award will be shared on our online magazine, MEDIAZINE, and announced at our first annual virtual business leader retreat and award ceremony in January 2021.
We couldn’t possibly choose one on our own, and that is why we are leaving it up to you! Vote within the box below! The deadline to vote is January 13, 2021!
Wanna know more about our nominees? View the nominees below!
Power Couple Nominees
Tracy Armstrong is a lifelong resident of the North Pittsburgh Area. Tracy enjoyed her childhood growing up in Cranberry Township with her parents and younger sister. After graduating from Seneca Valley School District, she moved closer to the downtown Pittsburgh area and continued her education with a degree in Medical Assistance. She returned to Cranberry and now resides with her husband, Curtis, also a lifelong resident, and their son Logan.
Tracy has been a Professional Greeter for the past 15 years and knows the business and residential community very well. Currently she volunteers her time by holding a position on the Board of Managers for the Butler County YMCA and as the Vice Chair for the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In 2016 she was awarded the Women Entrepreneur of the Year. She devotes her time between the volunteering, networking with the local businesses and giving time to the community that she loves.
Tracy’s professionalism and personality will captivate the attention of the new residents and new business owners who are enthusiastic to hear about NPGC’s advertisers, their products and their services.
Curtis Armstrong is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh Area. Curtis enjoyed his childhood growing up in Mars, PA with his parents and 2 siblings. After graduating from Mars Area School District, he continued his education with a degree in Business Management. Became an entrepreneur in 1985 traveling the country and now resides with his wife, Tracy, also a lifelong resident, and their son Logan.
Curtis is a leader and veteran within the Financial Technology industry with 30 years’ experience. He started in sales and has worked with local and worldwide businesses, helping them with their merchant service needs. His experience in operations, management, support, sales and service along with the depth of industry knowledge strengthens his respect and integrity with all of his current clients.
Has studied various Martial Arts and concentrated his efforts for the past 9 years in the art Tang So Do with the current status of 1st Degree Black Belt.
Awards and accomplishments:
- 1990 – Sales – top 10 in USA NE Region
- 1998 – Management – Excelled with local Banks
- 2012 – Created ISO
- 2015 – USA VP of Operations for International Company
- 2016 – Founder/Owner of Trust Enterprises previously the ISO
Drs. Amanda and Cotey Jordan – Family Chiropractic
Drs. Cotey and Amanda Jordan have a strong passion for natural health and wellness and congruently live the lifestyle! Doctor means teacher and these wellness experts continuously step up and boldly educate their community, their patients, local businesses, churches, and organizations. They started their busy practice in Cranberry Twp, PA in 2009. Over the years they have restored the health of thousands of families and have traveled the world helping the less fortunate in third world countries via clinic abroad trips. Dr. Cotey has served our country through multiple tours with the United States Air Force and was able to provide care for his fellow troops while in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Health and wellness are developed through the choices we make on a day to day basis. The Doctors understand that when people are healthier, they work harder and are more focused and more productive. In addition, they can be better parents, athletes, volunteers and get so much more out of their own lives. The Doctors believe Health is our greatest asset and that, you and only you, are responsible for protecting it, maintaining it or gaining it back.
Erin and Dan Turo – Turo Family Chiropractic
Erin Turo is the Co-Owner and Office Manager of Turo Family Chiropractic in the North Hills of Pittsburgh where she and her husband, Dr. Dan, help individuals and families address health problems naturally through corrective chiropractic care and healthy lifestyle changes.
In order to support a healthy community, the Turos work to provide free educational classes and events, as well as working with local charitable organizations. Erin is proud to have served on the Board of Directors for Crisis Center North, is a recipient of The Northern Star Award, and enjoys supporting area non-profits including North Hills Community Outreach, Light of Life and Treasure House Fashions.
Dr. Dan is the only certified Pierce Results System practitioner in the region utilizing videofluoroscopy and infrared thermography to locate, analyze and correct vertebral subluxation in a salutogenic model of healthcare. He sits on the National Board for the Pierce Results System and the Board of the Chiropractic Fellowship of Pennsylvania. He has lectured and presented at numerous PRS seminars throughout his career and has been invited to speak at chiropractic conferences like the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association. Dr. Dan has also been honored to give keynote addresses and presentations at community charity events for Holy Family Manor, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Pittsburgh, and Crisis Center North.
Dr. Dan recently published his first book – Designed to Heal: Your Guide to Get Healthy and Stay Healthy. He has several additional publications to his name, including case studies in Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research.
Erin and Dr. Dan are North Allegheny Alums and high school sweethearts having just celebrated their 12 anniversary. Time not at the office is spent with sons Ethan (6) and Sammy (2), and their newest addition Joanna (one month). When she finds a spare moment, Erin enjoys cooking, reading, and attempting to crochet. The family loves to travel and is always excited for an adventure, close to home or off far away.
Gary Basilone – Basilone Executive Search
Gary Basilone is the Business Development Manager at Basilone Executive Search. He was the original Chairman of the Board for the newly formed “The Chamber of Commerce, Inc.” He then served 2 years in the “Past Chair” position on the Board – one year in accordance with our bylaws and the second year by special appointment. He also served 6 years on Executive Board of Directors as Foundation Chair, as well as the Personnel and Nominating Committees. He has 9 years on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber.
Jim Boltz – Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber
Jim Boltz is currently the President of the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber where he has held that position since 2014. The PNRC is one of Western Pennsylvania’s largest business organizations with approximately one thousand member companies. With a full range of events, programs and services, the chamber works to provide opportunities for business owners and their representatives to engage, influence and thrive.
Under Jim’s guidance, the chamber has established itself as a leader in the business community. In 2018, the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber was the recipient of the Pittsburgh Choice Award, recognizing it as the area’s best Chamber of Commerce.
Before taking his current position, Jim owned a small business in Cranberry, Minuteman Press and served on the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors. His diverse experience also includes positions of Buyer and Store Manager at the former Kaufmann’s Department Store.
Heather Brown – Body by Design
Heather Brown, BA, LMT, MTPT (Licensed Massage Therapist and Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist) is the owner of Body by Design. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Geneva College in 2003 and graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Pain Management in 2005. Since graduation, Heather has been treating pain and increasing range of motion for her patients in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Apart from her role as a therapist, she has expanded the vision for Body by Design to include 10 employees. Body by Design’s beautiful spa boasts of convenient online scheduling and gift card purchases as well as 7 day/week availability. Heather currently serves as the Vice President for the National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists but her greatest pride and joy in life is the title of “mom.”
Alicia Dallago – Alicia Dallago Photography
I am very proud to acknowledge that for 40 years Alicia Photography has been one of the best loved photography studios in Western Pennsylvania. I have been known for my artistic creativity, experience, professionalism, originality and attention to detail. Giving families memories of their children growing up and now, when I restore old photos, preserving memories of their ancestors, have been one of the biggest gifts I have received.
Because of my ability to capture the personality of my subjects, especially children, I have won many awards and honors from my professional peers. Having studied photography under several Master Photographers at Winona International School of Professional Photography, attended many marketing and photography seminars I earned the degrees of Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman and I am also one of the very few photographers in the U.S.A. that has completed the requirements to receive accreditation from Special Kids Photography of America.
Through the years my images have been on display in Epcot Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art and many local art museums. UPMC Passavant Hospital commissioned me to create children portraits for the “Shhh!” campaign and UPMC Shadyside Hospital decorated its maternity ward with my portraits. My work has been featured regularly on the covers of Pittsburgh Parent and North Hills Monthly magazines.
I have taken portraits of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s musicians to be displayed on the main floor gallery. The Pittsburgh Symphony Brass, Cynthia Koledo de Almeida (Principal Oboe) and Christine Soroka, (Flute) from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, commissioned me to create portraits for their CDs.
My portraits have been selected by Marathon Press to be used in the “Once upon a Lifetime” National Program, published in the Best of College Photography Book, The Best of the Loan Collection Book and Technical Photography Magazine.
I have been asked to speak at the Professional Photographers of America International Convention and many other associations and to teach children photography and marketing to other photographers.
My personal philosophy is to give back to the community with numerous fund-raising and philanthropic efforts. My individual photographic fundraising efforts have resulted in donations of 3000 toys valued $30 each, over $100,000 to local causes. I also established a scholarship for victims of domestic violence, and I am very proud to acknowledge that 16 women graduated from college with the help of my scholarship. I have been a member of the Board of Directors of the Greenbrier Art League, North Hills YWCA, North Hills Community Outreach, Zonta , The Northern Allegheny Chamber of Commerce, (now Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber) member of the Chamber’s Marketing Department, and Board member, Secretary of the Executive Committee and past Board President of Crisis Center North.
For my involvement in the community, and the excellence of my work, I have received several accolades : I am an Athena Award recipient, was chosen as one of Pennsylvania 50 Best Business Woman, received two Congratulatory Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate and Kodak recognizing the excellence of my work with two Gallery Awards.
Other distinctions include Crisis Center North’s Northern Star Award, Status of Women Award from Zonta International, Shining Star Award from the Adoption Council. I have been recognized as an outstanding woman by the American Association of University Women, named Citizen of the Year by the McKnight Journal, voted Best Photographer in the North Hills (News Record) and the Readers choice Award (North Suburban Gateway Publication) I was featured in Seton Hill University E-Magnify “Entrepreneur’s Corner” and twice my community work was the object of North Hills Monthly Magazine’s Cover Story.
Steve Deal – Create a Legacy
In 2013, I almost died. With no medical reason as to why I survived, I became obsessed with sharing the gifts I previously kept to myself. And entrepreneurship was at the core of my new mission. After decades of being in leadership positions in the IT corporate world, the opportunity arrived to be connected with Isagenix. As a professional network marketer, Isagenix has provided the perfect vehicle for me to fulfill my mission with helping as many people on this planet discover their gifts and become the amazing human beings God created them to be – Body, Mind, Legacy.
Create a Legacy was founded because I have an obligation to my family, friends, and the world to have and share the whole package. There isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t enthusiastically pursue having your whole package. God created the awesome hillsides, the incredible fields of blooming flowers and they take your breath away. God created you, and you have the ability to take your own breath away, to take other people’s breath away, through the life that you are living. God didn’t create you to not have the whole package – Mind, Body, Legacy.
Jason Finn – Geek Chicago
Jason Finn is a Chicago-based business owner with a wide variety of interests. He’s the founder of a digital marketing and web development agency, the co-founder of a successful residential real estate team, and the host of a syndicated poker television show that promotes charities through Chicagoland. He’s a real estate investor, a husband, and the father of two elementary school-aged children.
While some small business owners pursue their interests in succession — serial entrepreneurs — Jason somehow manages to keep all of these balls in the air at the same time.
“When I started my digital marketing agency, Geek Chicago, in 2011, I started lean, with minimal overhead, and used my income from real estate and poker to fund the growing company. I imagined I would build it to a point, and then begin to pull back from real estate. Here we are nearly ten years later, and despite the challenging business climate we’re living in, I’m on the verge of one of my strongest real estate years, while Geek Chicago continues to grow,” says Finn.
The key to being successful across a number of pursuits is two-fold, Jason shares. First, it’s really important to have systems for communication and organization. Second, and more importantly, putting the right people around you is absolutely critical. “We look for talent and personality fit first,” he says. “If someone is smart, a team player, and driven to be successful, they can learn the tools to be a value to our clients.”
Whether because of his successes, or as the source of them, Jason feels a strong sense of community and giving back. He is an avid and frequent networker, having been a member and officer in his local BNI chapter for nine years. His role in poker has allowed him to meet sports, media, and entertainment personalities to leverage those relationships into opportunities, not just for business, but also for raising money for a number of charities. As a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, Jason co-organized some of the first-ever charity poker tournaments in Chicago. Through his work as a host and assistant producer on Windy City Poker Championship (NBC Sports Chicago), he has helped raise money for numerous Chicago organizations, including and especially Shady Oaks Camp, a summer camp for people with disabilities. In the last few years, Jason served on the Goodwill Works Committee at Baird & Warner Real Estate, where he helped organize an annual ProHowbition event, a prohibition-style gaming event that raises money for Housing Opportunities for Women, an Illinois 501(c)(3). In 2018 and 2019, Jason joined the Goodwill Committee, and fellow real estate professionals, in building two Habitat for Humanity homes in one of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods. And in 2020, when group gatherings are discouraged, Jason has participated in a weekly online poker game that has raised more than $20,000 for local businesses in his community.
“There’s no joy in celebrating your own successes while ignoring the challenges of others. Through empathy of experience, compassion for others, and just good old human connection we can experience the best of life, while giving a little boost to help others to do the same.”
Deneen Joyner – Soul Medium, Spiritual Coach and Storyteller
Deneen Joyner is the nationally award-winning author of Soul Wounds & Sacred Revelations: A Warrior Daughter’s Awakening to Pain and Destiny. Through her brand Deneen Joyner she serves as a Soul Medium, Spiritual Coach and Storyteller whose soul mission is to guide others on how to follow the footprints left by their ancestors to uncover the spiritual inheritance tied to their pain, gifts and destiny, so they may heal and fulfill their holy assignments. As a seventh-generation shaman and heiress to her ancestor’s ancient indigenous practices in self-guided soul healing, Deneen offers a unique approach to how others can partner with themselves and their pain to clear their souls. Deneen offers insightful guidance surrounding the intergenerational DNA behind family karma and emotional pain, which she gained as an 18-year professional in social work. She offers soul readings through private and group coaching, as well as with live audiences and radio interviews.
Marissa Foht – Moksha Physical & Mental Training
When you’re on the journey to losing weight to change your life, Marissa has that natural light within her that truly empowers you and lifts you up, and it all started by accident.
While getting her degrees, Marissa had her eyes and heart set on working with athletes. Being an athlete herself throughout college and understanding the psychological struggles of athletes, that is where she felt like she could make the most impact on people’s lives. Thankfully – her graduate school adviser offered another opportunity for her thesis research to be conducted in the University’s weight management clinic. While disappointed to not be working with athletes as intended, this is when she made the transition from where she thought her impact was with youth athletes to perform better in their sports to helping overweight individuals regain control over their health and entire lives.
Marissa is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and Mental Skills Coach. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Slippery Rock University. Marissa went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has spent years working in a variety of fitness settings where she gained experience working with youth athletes, older populations, overweight individuals, and individuals with chronic disease. She conducted research at SIUE Weight Management Clinic where she worked with weight loss clients looking to not just lose weight, but also change their lifestyle to maintain their weight loss through mental skills inventions.
When she earned her degrees, she realized there was no organization out there working on all the elements needed to truly make a change within when it comes to an individual’s health. There wasn’t anything that worked together on mindset, exercise, and diet in a long-lasting comprehensive way. That’s why she felt the need to bring her services forward to people who truly needed a deep impact when it came to changing their lives health-wise, which in turn impacted their entire being for the better.
Her motivation for helping her clients comes from a desire to see others have a healthy relationship with exercise and food so that they can flourish into healthy, confident individuals who realize their capabilities are more than they ever imagined. Marissa’s philosophy is that if you train your mind first, your body will naturally follow. She believes that this is the key to maintaining weight loss for the rest of your life–and doing it on your own.
If you are willing to try things that are new and outside of your comfort zone and embrace lifestyle changes with a positive attitude, for the sake of a new sense of self and health, then you’ve found your person. Marissa’s clients get amazing results when they are determined with a no-quit attitude and are able to push through the difficult moments and use it as fuel to keep going forward. Before you know it, when you’re working with Marissa, you’ll believe that you have everything you need to reach your goals, even if you have to work together to dig deep and pull out that belief. She’s got you.
Manjri Gupta – Axios Tutoring
I hold a B.S in Chemistry and an M.B.A in Finance. My career began within the walls of big corporate climates, but I have made learning my life’s work. I always believed in the value of education. But teaching Sunday school in Houston brought me to the realization that I also enjoy reaching out to young adults.
I am now owner of Axios Tutoring. I have now been working with students for over ten years, helping them navigate school, standardized tests, college admissions and transition to college. It is rewarding to watch them grow beyond the distractions of adolescence into the forward-thinking adults of the future. Hearing from parents about where their children are headed after high school is one of the best parts of the job.
Every student brings their own unique journey to us. Every family dynamic is different. I meet with families and prioritize getting to know who their students are—beyond the numbers and scores. I listen and observe what they and their parents say. We talk about their strengths and limitations, outlining the expectations on both sides. Together, we design a program tailored to their specific study needs.
Because everybody learns differently, I work to find the right path for each student. I monitor their progress closely and keep parents in the loop. If something is not working, we go back to the drawing board and refine our strategy. Learning is a lifelong journey. My door is always open, and I am only a phone call away.
Shellie Hipsky – Inspiring Lives International
Dr. Shellie Hipsky is the CEO of Inspiring Lives International an “Inc. Verified” motivational media company. The American Chronicle called her “A top entrepreneur in the U.S.,” and The Huffington Post categorizes her as a “Fierce Woman.” She is the president of the nonprofit 501 (c)(3) the Global Sisterhood, a charity that guides and supports women and girls toward their dreams and goals. Dr. Shellie has earned the titles of “Entrepreneur of the Year in Inspiration and Empowerment,” the “Women of Achievement Award,” “Best Woman in Business,” and “VIP Woman of the Year.” Three of her 13 published books, based on 100 amazing interviews from her Empowering Women Radio show, the Common Threads trilogy focused on Inspiration, Empowerment, and Balance, earned international bestseller status. The former tenured professor of Ph.D. students and host of Inspiring Lives with Dr. Shellie on NBC has keynoted internationally from Passion to Profits in Hollywood to The University of Oxford in England and now teaches her signature EmpowerU Master Class, making the world her classroom. This powerful entrepreneur and influencer is the founder and editor-in-chief of Inspiring Lives Magazine: THE Magazine for Empowering Women which is available on the app, digital subscription, or at Barnes and Nobles nationwide with over 5 million impressions. Dr. Shellie has been featured on over 20 magazine covers and on all the major TV networks, and she is delighted to bring the world BALL GOWNS TO YOGA PANTS: Entrepreneurial Secrets to Create Your Dream Business and Brand through Morgan James Publishing.
Catherine Kelleher – Be Balanced
Catherine Kelleher is a part of BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers offer a natural, non- medical approach to balancing key hormones which enables stubborn weight loss and relief to hot flashes, night sweats, low energy levels, mood swings and more. She focuses on lifestyle and diet education, as well as reducing mental, physical, and environmental stressors.
Brianne Kemp – Live Well Chiropractic
Dr. Brie Kemp is a board certified and Webster certified chiropractor who is best known for her work with expectant mothers. Her passion is to help women feel strong and vibrant while pregnant and to enable the birth process to be as stress free as possible for mom and baby. She’s been helping families thrive with chiropractic care for over 10 years. She is a graduate of Palmer College, a Presidential Scholar, and a member of the American Pregnancy Center. She has been named “Best Chiropractor” Readers Choice by Trib Total Media and was featured in the “Women in Business” section of Pittsburgh Magazine. Dr. Kemp is certified by the ICPA and is a member of the American Pregnancy Association.
Dr. Brie enjoys helping all ages of patients reach their true health potential. She believes that all children and adults, sick or in good health, should be adjusted. She speaks at events throughout the area with schools, groups and businesses to educate her community about healthcare.
She is also an instructor for the American Red Cross teaching CPR and First Aid.
Dr. Brie’s care center, Live Well Chiropractic, is located in Wexford, PA, where she works with her husband Dr. Chad Stemmler and Dr Amy Burelson. They have one son who keeps them motivated to stay active. They also have a love for bulldogs and will often bring their fur babies to the office. When not working, Dr. Brie enjoys reading, lifting weights and camping with her family.
Sara Makin – Makin Wellness
Sara Makin is the founder & CEO of Makin Wellness, Pennsylvania’s #1 Rated Online Counseling Platform.
Since establishing the company in 2017, she has led Makin Wellness to it’s position today as the state’s fastest growing & privately owned tele-mental health company, achieving rapid growth and mental health utilization. Under her leadership, Makin Wellness has established a proven track record of successfully shaping the mental health market & driving mental health transformation by executing on their mission of helping millions of people heal & become happy again.
Sara Makin has been featured in major media outlets including NBC, ABC, FOX, The CW, International Business Times, The Scientific Journal and hundreds more media sources internationally. She has been named a Top 100 Healthcare Leader (2019) & an Empowering Woman in Philanthropy (2018). Sara has been on the cover of Inspiring Lives Magazine, Dispense Magazine, Pittsburgh Avenue West and Steel This Magazine.
Nationally recognized as a trailblazer in the virtual mental healthcare field & 2x best selling author, Ms. Makin is fueled by a relentless desire to improve virtual mental health outcomes and provide the masses with outstanding mental health care.
Her successful career in mental health care began at Duquesne University, where she still serves on the Alumni Advisory Board.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts from La Roche College & Masters of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Duquesne University.
Michael Nicolella practiced law at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick and Geffsky. He received his undergrad from Bucknl Unicersity and his law degree from Cornell. He is a devoted father and wife and the first to offer his time and help anyone in his family and community that is in need.
Sally Power – Treasure House Fashions
Sally Power is Founder and Executive Director of Treasure House Fashions, a quality nonprofit women’s resale shop with a tender heart. Since 2000 this nonprofit resale shop has served over 30,000 women and in the past 5 years the organization has given away over 3 million dollars’ worth of clothing (calculated at their deeply discounted resale prices, not actual value). Clothing, however, is the means, not the mission; the heart of the mission is to affirm the worth of women on challenging journeys., using the magic of “retail therapy” as a healing balm on bruised souls. Sally received more than a dozen awards for her philanthropic efforts, including Larry’s Hometown Heroes (2020) and was featured in Woman’s Day Magazine.
In addition to her passion for empowering women, Sally taught Deaf and Hard of Hearing students for 36 years and retired from North Allegheny School District in June of 2012. In 2011 prior to retiring, she also ventured into writing and captured the memoires of her 91-year-old friend and mentor Jean Yanakos entitled Going the Distance and Finishing Strong…by the Grace of God. Sally recapped the journey of starting her tenderhearted nonprofit in INSPIRE, a collection of stories by 25 women making a difference in the lives of other women and in their community.
More than any award or achievement, Sally is most proud of her three children: Nathan, Stephanie, and Chad. “To watch them passionately pursue their dreams despite challenges is the best legacy.” Learn more at www.thfashions.org.
One of Sally’s favorite quotes:
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'” – Erma Bombeck
Kelsic Pross – Navisite
A self-motivated, passionate, results-driven Marketing leader with over 12 years of experience in the B2B and tech space. I work hard, laugh often, and dream big on the daily – encouraging those around me to do the same. I believe in the power of marketing for good and strive to help brands build bridges, unite people, ignite purpose and passion, and amplify stories that matter.
As Director of Marketing Operations, I work closely with the CMO to build out Navisite’s marketing operations strategy, specializing in key areas such as analytics, ROI, BDR and sales enablement, software and tool integration, content development, market research, pipeline development, and customer experience. Proven track record successfully deploying integrated marketing strategies that drive pipeline and revenue growth, including an 800% increase in MRR over my management tenure.
Stacy Raske – Stacy Raske Soulful Success Coach
Owning my POWER was the key to my journey to healing, alignment and stepping into my full power! Embracing my badass Alpha, showing up as fully ME…which I spent a lifetime hiding (even when I thought I wasn’t). I numbed out to avoid and hide my truth because I learned to play the “Good Girl” to avoid rejection or making others feel bad (hello people–pleaser). I was exhausted wearing a mask of who I SHOULD be that I numbed out to avoid the pain.
At my rock bottom, I was numbing out with work, food (eating disorder), TV, social media, drugs and meds, large amounts of alcohol, and even self–harm…anything to change how I was feeling in that moment because I was living a life FAR from the REAL me.
My PTSD was chronically triggered and I no idea. At my rock bottom, I was 100 lbs overweight, struggling with chronic pain and inflammation, and completely OUT OF CONTROL, inside and out!
My health, life, marriage and career falling apart!
So, I KNOW YOU and where you’re at right now.
I also know, it only takes a few adjustments to step into your FULL POWER and SHINE!
I’ve done more in 5 years than many do in a lifetime!
Here are some crazy FUN FACTS:
- I graduated from North Pole High School in ALASKA!
- I joined the Army in early 2001 and 9/11 happened on my way to first duty station.
- After the Army, I went to college, finishing four years in only three and graduating valedictorian.
- My bachelor’s degree is in biology.
- I was a pharmaceutical chemist for seven years.
- I stopped eating meat about a year ago with my diet ranging from raw vegan and fruitarian to pescatarian. So, I’m currently a Flexitarian.
- I’m an Ordained Minister.
- I can’t snap my fingers and generate sound. LOL!
Katalin Reimann – Quantum Klinik
Katalin Reimann is the lead aesthetician at Quantum Klinik Beauty & Wellness located in Wexford, PA. She is a warrior who beat cancer by using holistic methods. This survival is where she gets her drive and passion to help others, like you, improve their health through holistic means. She wants to help you naturally achieve the health and beauty that you desire.
For expert medical aesthetic treatment and holistic wellness care, clients can trust board-certified Katalin Reimann, LMA to Be Well. Be Beautiful™ at Quantum Klinik Beauty & Wellness. In addition to her internationally trained licensed medical aesthetician and holistic health practice, Katalin also offers her expertise in reflexology, iridology, color therapy, light therapy, massage therapy, and multiple disciplines of nutrition counseling–for which she is a certified Transitions Lifestyle and Wellness Coach.
In addition to her clinical training, Katalin is a native of Hungary and a long time resident of Germany, and more than 25 years permanent residency in America and a US citizen for the past 2 years.. This international point of view means that not only has Katalin mastered and improved on the classic European facials but, even more importantly, she is an expert in the latest technologies, such as laser and radio/infrared frequency skin and body care technologies including but not limited to laser hair removal, VENUS FREEZE™ non-invasive skin tightening, and much more. Quantum Klinik is therefore not only a one-stop medi-spa but also a place to experience increased self-confidence along with renewed health and wellness.
The mission of Quantum Klinik in Wexford, Pennsylvania, is to improve clients’ lives by providing industry-leading noninvasive aesthetics and wellness services. Katalin provides facial treatments, fat and cellulite reduction, skin tightening (face, limbs, bikini area etc.), laser hair removal, skin rejuvenation, skin resurfacing and weight loss technology including CryoSkin™ and Endospheres devices. Quantum Klinik is also a pioneering location for VIVEVE™ noninvasive rejuvenating treatments for women. Quantum Klinik is the brainchild of Katalin Reimann, LMA, who regards her clinical ability as a gift and her medi-spa practice as a calling.
Richelle Salasa and Tawyna Dilling – Waymaker Academy
WayMaker Academy was founded by two amazing women who have gone through so much with their own children and found success in Montessori education. They know what it feels like to watch a child struggle through an education system that doesn’t work for them, and they want to share their stories with you.
Richelle and Tawyna began Waymaker Academy to create an an autonomous education where children can interact with their environment and learn through making discoveries. They don’t just want your child to be excited, they want them to develop a lifelong love of learning. Your child will have access to the tools to give them an unmatched, interactive, hands on learning experience. They won’t just tell your child about the world, they want to show them the world.
WayMaker Academy strives to meet the individual needs of every child and help them reach their full potential. They give children the tools to learn independently, make their own discoveries, and work through problems, without feeling discouraged.
Michel Sauret – Photo Journalist
MSG Michel Sauret
Digital Media NCOIC, Strategic Communications
U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
MSG Michel Sauret currently serves as the digital media NCOIC for the Strategic Communications office at the U.S. Army Reserve Command, responsible for content creation and distribution across all official Army Reserve digital platforms, such as websites, social media pages and web applications, reaching more than 1.6 million total viewers nationwide. Sauret reached the grade of E-8 in less than 13 years of service. He was born in Rome, Italy, and originally moved to Pittsburgh with his parents and family at the age of 10.
He first joined the U.S. Army Reserve in September 2002 as a track vehicle mechanic, but transferred into the public affairs field in 2005, and officially graduated from the Defense Information School as a 46Q in March, 2006. Since that time, Sauret has worked as a public affairs journalist, photographer, training and operations NCO at the 354th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, acting command sergeant major for the 361st Press Camp Headquarters and as a communication strategist at two division-level headquarters, including the 416th Theater Engineer Command, the 200th Military Police Command and his current assignment.
His public affairs work has greatly helped him understand the U.S. Army Reserve mission from a strategic perspective. Sauret has written multiple communication plans, proposed public affairs guidance documents and media engagement plans in support of two-star commands. He supported the Office of the Chief of Army Reserve on three editions of the “Army Reserve at a Glance” book, published specifically to communicate Army Reserve capabilities to the U.S. Congress and state governors.
Sauret is three-time Emmy nominated video producer and Emmy winning director, along with the 2018 Army Storyteller of the Year winner and 2018 Military Visual Awards Photographer of the Year. In 2009 he earned the title of Army Journalist of the Year for his stories and coverage while deployed to Iraq (2008-2009), with the 10th Mountain Division. His photography, writing and videos have won dozens of Brumfield, Keith L. Ware, Thomas Jefferson, Defense Media Activity and MILPHOG Awards, serving to promote the military mission international audiences. His military work has been published both in print and online by the National Geographic, USA Today, Military Times, Army Times, Stars and Stripes, RAND, Warrior Citizen, GX Magazine, Task & Purpose, along with other independent military websites, civilian newspapers and dozens of DoD publications reaching millions of viewers.
Sauret graduated from Battle Staff NCO Course on the Commandant’s Honor List at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin (January 2016). He was the Distinguished Honor Graduate for both his Advanced Leadership (July 2011) and Senior Leadership Courses (August 2012) at the Signal Corps Regimental Noncommissioned Officer Academy for Public Affairs at Fort Meade, Maryland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, which he put to use by publishing three books. His short story collection, “Amidst Traffic,” won the International Book Awards and received finalist selections in three national indie book competitions.
In addition to his personal accomplishments, Sauret mentored the U.S. Army Journalist of the Year (2016), the U.S. Army Reserve photographer of the Year (2016), the U.S. Army Reserve Outstanding New Writer (2016), and the U.S. Army Military Photographer of the Year (2017) – all “Top Honor” awards. He organized, hosted and supported public affairs workshops at the U.S. Army and DoD levels from 2015-2019.
Sauret has received two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals and four Army Achievement Medals, among other ribbons and awards for his duty and commitment to the U.S. Army.
He is still fluent in Italian. Sauret is married to his wife, Heather, of 13 years. Together they have four children: Phoenix, Asher, Anakai and Zephan, all boys.
Amy Travis – FUSHION Leadership Group
Amy is the founder of FUSION Leadership Group and owner of Catalyst Co-working. In 2019 she wrote You Can Visit, but You Can’t Live There: Keys to Living Free from Fear, Anxiety, and Guilt and Through the Lens of Love & Truth: A Look at Christian Conservatism in America (coming soon!).
Amy holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from South University, as well as several certifications in business, including Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma.
Nicole Zirnsak – State Farm
Married to my high school sweetheart for the past 12 years, 5 sons; Jackson age 11, Jude age 10, Holland age 5, Wilde age 2 and Wrenley 11 months. We love being at home together, thankfully for how our past few months have been J. When we’re not at home it’s normally because we’re at the soccer fields.
I opened the doors to my business just over three years ago. My relationship with State Farm started quite a while prior to opening my doors. My mother worked in a State Farm agents office when I was little and I spent a lot of my childhood stuffing envelopes and listening to her talk to them about life insurance to families. For the past 16 years or so I worked in a few agents offices around the Pittsburgh area helping the families they protect with life insurance just as I grew up hearing. When I had the opportunity to open my own business, I knew I wanted it to be with State Farm products.
Being a part of a community of professional women has been a blessing beyond measure. It’s a part of my professional life and growth that I never even knew I was missing.
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