Do You Want to Look Younger?

Advancements To Facial Cosmetic Surgical Techniques Offer Improved Results

By A. Lawrence Cervino, M.D.

In the last 20 years, the practice of plastic surgery has really evolved, becoming extremely popular with more of an emphasis on cosmetic surgery. Patients used to be very quiet about undergoing cosmetic surgery and now it is more in demand and acceptable than ever – especially among younger people. Cosmetic surgery and treatments are now more accessible to more people, and newer, less invasive techniques offer less expensive alternatives which encourages you to change things about your appearance that you might not like. Improved surgical techniques now offer you improved results for three of the most popular facial cosmetic surgical procedures – endoscopic brow lifts (forehead and eye lifts), neck lifts, and facelifts.

ENDOSCOPIC BROW LIFTS (FOREHEAD LIFTS) AND BLEPHAROPLASTY

An endoscopic brow lift, or forehead lift, is the most current and state-of-the-art method of forehead and eyebrow lifting. The procedure, which is minimally invasive when compared to traditional surgery, involves making very small incisions behind your hairline and uses endoscopic surgical techniques to perform surgery. While most cosmetic procedures make you look better for your age, the brow lift actually makes you look younger. A brow lift reduces wrinkle lines, improves frown lines, raises sagging eyebrows and places the eyebrows in a youthful position. Recovery time for a brow lift is usually 10-14 days.

Many times a forehead lift is done in conjunction with eyelid rejuvenation surgery, or blepharoplasty. As you age, your eyelids stretch, and the muscles supporting them weaken. Blepharoplasty surgery repairs droopy eyelids and may involve removing excess skin, muscle and fat. Blepharoplasty offers you a refreshed, rejuvenated eye, unobscured vision, and an overall more alert and awake appearance.

NECK LIFTS

A neck lift, or lower rhtidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck to re-establish the jawline. The first signs of aging are often seen in your neck. Modern techniques and technology allow surgeons to perform neck lift surgery using extremely small incisions, usually placed discreetly behind your ears and under your chin. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed, either via liposuction or through surgical excision, restoring a smoother, firmer and youthful appearance to your neck. Neck lift surgery is typically done as an outpatient, with recovery taking a week to ten days.

FACELIFTS AND FACIAL FAT GRAFTING

You may think you are familiar with the traditional facelift but even that procedure has changed.

Remember that caught in a wind tunnel look facelifts used to have? Not any longer. What actually ages your face is a loss of facial volume. As we age, our face thins out and leaves us with sagging skin. One of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures today is a combination facelift and facial fat grafting, which restores facial volume and leaves your face with a fuller, rounder, and younger look. In this procedure, tiny amounts of fat are removed from your abdomen or thighs, immediately refined, and carefully injected into certain regions of your face that have started to lose fat, such as areas around your eyes, cheeks and jawline. Fat grafting allows the plastic surgeon to give you a softer, natural appearance with long-lasting results. Recovery time from a facelift with facial fat grafting can last anywhere from two to three weeks.

When considering any type of cosmetic surgery, your most important decision is choosing a qualified, experienced surgeon. A good cosmetic surgeon must be grounded in plastic surgery, and at Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons all six of our plastic surgeons have extensive core training with residencies and fellowship training. You can be confident in your surgeon if you choose Crystal Clinic Plastic Surgeons.

Fun Facts About Autumn

The cool, crisp days of autumn have arrived. As fall foliage creates a colorful display and kids frolic in leaf piles on the lawn, you may want to pay some mind to a few lesser known facts about this beloved time of year. Autumn may call to mind Halloween and the return of school, but there are other factors that make this season unique.

  1. The first day of autumn is known as the autumnal equinox. On this day, the number of hours of daylight and darkness are equal. This is because the sun is aligned with the center of the Earth between the north and south of the planet.

  2. In Greek mythology, autumn was a time when Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, was abducted by Hades, the god-king of the underworld. During this time, Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, was distraught and the ground grew sparse and cold. When Persephone returned in the springtime, plants and life bloomed anew because of Demeter’s happiness.
  3. Those who live closest to the equator, which is the center of the planet, never experience the season of autumn. Around the equator, the temperature remains consistently warm.

  4. Yellow, orange and variations thereof always reside in the pigmentation of tree leaves, but they are just overpowered by the abundance of green from the chlorophyll in the leaves. Come autumn, however, when the sun weakens and days grow shorter, the amount of chlorophyll in leaves diminishes, allowing the other pigments in the leaves to show through.

  5. Red and purple leaves are actually caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside of the leaves.

  6. Fall is a peak migration time for many species of birds. During autumn, birds will y to other areas as they seek more hospitable climates. The Arctic tern journeys about 11,000 miles each way for its annual migration. That is like going all the way across the United States about three and a half times.

  7. Contrary to popular belief, squirrels who have spent the entire autumn collecting acorns and other foods do not hibernate for the winter. Rather, they spend the majority of their time in nests they built to shelter them from harsh weather. When squirrels do come out in winter, they are usually tunneling under the snow to find the food they buried during the fall.

  8. Several cultures have ancient traditions that coincide with autumn. For example, the Chinese celebrate the Moon Festival to give thanks for a successful summer harvest.

  9. Halloween is a large part of autumn. The concept of wearing masks and costumes hails from ancient Celtic tradition. The Celts believed ghosts roamed on Halloween, and people wore disguises to hide from the spirits.

  10. You’re bound to see pumpkins as part of autumn decor. The pumpkin was first named by the Greeks. They called this edible orange item “pepon,” which means “large melon.”

  11. Evergreen trees will not lose their leaves like deciduous trees. Their leaves, also called needles, are covered with a thick wax. This wax protects the inner components of the needles, preventing them from freezing.

  12. Autumn also signals another colorful spectacle apart from the tree leaves. The aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, tends to be visible this time of year. This is because geomagnetic storms are about twice as likely to occur during the fall thanks to cool evening weather.

 

Do You Have Questions About Medicare?

By Roni Bell

You are NOT alone! I have seen much change so I stay current and informed so I can give you a choice, convenience and counsel is important to me.   Choosing insurance plans can be difficult. I have listed several of the most frequently asked questions below.

WHAT AGE DO I NEED TO BE TO SIGN UP FOR MEDICARE?

  1. Original Medicare is a federal health insurance program administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for those who are:
  2. 65 and older
  3. Any age and disabled (after 25 months)
  4. Diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease (Kidney disease requiring dialysis)
  5. IF I RECEIVE SOCIAL SECURITY, AM I AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED IN MEDICARE?
  • If you are collecting social security, you will automatically be signed up for Original Medicare and receive your Medicare card in the mail 3 to 4 months before you turn 65.
  • Otherwise, you need to go to www.medicare.gov and formally enroll in Medicare Parts A & B in order to be signed up and get your Medicare Card. You may also call or visit your local Social Security office for help or to sign up for Medicare.
  • If you are covered under your (or your spouse’s) CURRENT employer group health plan, you may delay enrollment into Medicare Part B.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLAN vs. THE MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT PLAN?

  1. Original Medicare never intended to pay 100% of health care costs. You have two options in Medicare if you want additional coverage, either a Medicare Supplement or an Advantage plan.

Medicare Supplement Insurance plans (Medigap) help with the coverage gaps in Original Medicare. (You will need to add a separate prescription drug plan – Part D.) Original Medicare is still the primary payer of claims; you choose an insurance company that helps fill in some/all of the costs that Original Medicare does not cover. (deductible, co-insurance)

With a Medicare Supplement Plan or Medigap, you pay little or NO out of pocket cost when used (for medical). These plans have NO network. They are accepted nationwide by all doctors/hospitals who accept Original Medicare.

Medicare Advantage plan:

You still pay your Part B premium. You choose a plan with a private health insurance company, and they will pay your doctors and hospitals. You will be charged out-of-pocket costs when the plan is used. That means you will pay copays at the doctor, hospital, outpatient surgery, labs, etc.

You will need to be willing to use network providers, as these plans can be HMOs or PPOs. They have a maximum out-of-pocket cost for medical (prescriptions not included). Most Medicare Advantage Plans include prescription drug coverage. They may also offer some added benefits such as vision, dental, hearing, fitness, etc. These plans can have a lower cost or no additional cost to you, in addition to your Part B premium.

HOW DO I SELECT THE BEST PLAN TO FIT OUR NEEDS?

  1. I highly recommend meeting with a licensed insurance agent. HealthMarkets and my team are here to help, and there is no charge or fee to meet with an agent. You will pay the same rate that you would if you trudge through it on your own.   There are many things to take into consideration in choosing the most appropriate plan for you. There is no BEST plan in Medicare; it is really determining the plan that fits with your lifestyle, your medications, and your individual situation.

I do like to make sure that clients know that they are eligible to purchase a Medicare supplement with no health questions asked, in your guarantee issue period. (This is 6 months beginning with turning 65 or enrolling in Part B, whichever is later.) There are some other special circumstances, typically 63 days after loss of coverage.   After your guaranteed enrolment period ends, you will be asked medical questions to determine if you are eligible for a Medicare Supplement. They can either decline or charge a higher rate based on health.

Please reach out if you have questions. We will work to find the plan that best fits you and your family. ~Roni

Here’s How to Achieve Your Goals Once and For All!

By Jeff Tomaszewski, Chief Life Transformer, MaxStrength Fitness

Do you have unmet goals? If so, you aren’t alone. Most people live with unfulfilled aspirations.

Unfortunately, many widely used self-help techniques fail to deliver results. Case in point: You’ve probably heard of the “Yale Goal Study” where researchers interviewed Yale’s 1953 graduating class, asking whether or not the students had written down specific goals that they wanted to achieve. Then 20 years down the road the researchers looked up each student and discovered that the 3% of the class who had written down their goals had accumulated more personal wealth than the other 97% combined. Very compelling story, but complete fiction.

The “Yale Goal Study” never happened, though motivational speakers and self-help books have quoted it for years. Best-selling author and psychologist, Richard Wiseman, went on a mission to craft a no-nonsense response to the bogus self-help techniques. Using a diverse range of scientific data, he uncovered a proven approach to achieve any goal. The following 5 successful techniques (Do This) and 5 unsuccessful techniques (Not That) are from Wiseman’s book, 59 Seconds Change Your Life in Under a Minute.

1) Do This: Make a Step-by-Step Plan.

If you are serious about achieving your goal, then you need to create a step-by-step plan on how to do it. Successful goal-achievers break down their overall goal into sub-goals. Each sub-goal needs to be concrete, measurable and time-based.

• Not That: Motivate yourself by focusing on someone that you admire. Studies show that focusing on someone you admire is not a strong enough motivator to see you through your goal.

2) Do This: Tell Other People About Your Goal.

How badly do you want to achieve your goal? If you want it bad enough, you’ll tell your friends and family. This technique works on two levels. First, you’ve put yourself on the spot by letting the world in on your goal, so it’s all-eyes-on-you. Failure would be public. Second, your friends and family are there to offer support and encouragement. Don’t underestimate the psychological power of having someone in your corner.

• Not That: Think about the bad things. When you focus on the negative it becomes your reality.

3) Do This: Focus on the Good Things When Achieving Your Goal.

Remind yourself of the benefits associated with achieving your goal. Make a checklist of how life will be better once you have achieved your aim. This gets your focus on a positive future, one that’s worth the effort.

• Not That: Try to suppress unhelpful thoughts. Rather than trying to erase that image of chocolate cake from your mind, learn to deal with the reality of temptation head-on.

4) Do This: Reward Your Progress.

Studies show that attaching rewards to each of your sub-goals encourages success. Your rewards should never conflict with your major goal. When aiming to lose weight, never use food as a reward.

• Not That: Rely on willpower. Willpower alone rarely gets anyone to their goal.

5) Do This: Record Your Progress.

Make your plans, progress, benefits and rewards concrete by expressing them in writing. Use a hand-written journal, your computer or a bulletin board to chart your progress. This process is priceless for maintaining motivation.

• Not That: Just fantasize about life after achieving your goal. Daydreaming is fun, but simply fantasizing about your new life will not make it a reality.

Are you ready to achieve your fitness and weight loss goal once and for all? Request your free initial consultation and demo workout at www.maxstrengthfitness.com now to get started on your spectacular health and fitness transformation. Now is your time to get into the best shape of your life in only 20 minutes 2 X week at MaxStrength Fitness.

Annual Appliance Inspections Ensure Year-Round Safety & Efficiency

Dominion Energy Ohio reminds customers an annual furnace inspection, by a qualified, reputable heating contractor, can help ensure maximum winter heating safety, comfort and efficiency.

An annual appliance inspection also can prevent any potential carbon monoxide problems. Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors provide a second line of defense, but they should not be used as a substitute for an annual furnace inspection. Combined with an annual inspection, however, a single CO detector, placed in the sleeping area of a home offers additional peace of mind.

Dominion Energy Ohio also offers home energy assessments for just $50 to eligible residential customers, providing ways to save money year-round on home cooling and heating costs. The audits are available through the company’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program, administered by CLEAResult.

The program includes a home energy assessment to help diagnose high utility usage and other home comfort issues, and then provides rebates of up to $1,250 for completion of recommended energy-efficiency improvements. Dominion Energy Ohio customers may call 877.287.3416 to schedule an assessment or visit deohpwes.com for program details and eligibility information.

The assessment is the first step in the program. An energy auditor visits customers’ homes to help pinpoint energy losses through diagnostic testing and a professional evaluation. Following the energy assessment, customers receive a customized energy report with the results, plus recommendations and rebates available through the program.

Recommended improvements typically include air sealing and insulation, HVAC equipment upgrades, window and door replacements, plus much more. These improvements can help customers decrease utility bills, while increasing home comfort, safety, durability and resale value.

Residential customers also may receive such products as a programmable thermostat or carbon monoxide detector, high-efficiency showerheads, and water-saving faucet aerators at no cost (a $100 value). Customers also can use these no-cost/low-cost tips to get the most from their energy dollars this winter heating season:

• Save Money by Degrees: Dominion Energy Ohio also notes that customers can save from 10 to 15 percent on annual heating costs by setting the thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and down to 58 degrees at night, or when the resident is at work or away for an extended period.

• Caulk Around: Use inexpensive caulking around the fireplace mantle, inside windows and storm windows, electrical receptacle boxes, exhaust fan openings, pipes leading to bathroom fixtures, mortar cracks in chimneys, cracks in basement walls. Be sure to caulk around areas where the foundation meets the first floor plate and basement windows.

• Draft Stoppers: Block off drafts at the bottom of doors with a rolled up rug or bath towel. You also can make a long, narrow beanbag to fit against the bottom of the door.

• Switch Off Drafts: To seal off drafts, apply self-adhesive foam strips to the back of wall plates for electrical outlets and switches.

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What Happens after Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

Studying our Patients Progress after Surgery
Dr. Gobezie is passionate about closely following his patients’ outcomes to surgery. Not all surgeons take the time to do this. Before surgery, we ask all our patients to complete a standardized questionnaire about their shoulder. We continue to follow each patient’s improvement at certain time points after surgery. Pairing these standardized surveys with follow-up visits gives our practice a concrete way to measure our patients’ outcomes.

What do our results mean?
The data we have studied from patients we have treated at the Cleveland Shoulder Institute shows above-average patient-reported outcomes in regards to pain and function. Published studies have indicated that the more times a surgeon performs a surgery, the better the patient outcomes. Additionally, high volume surgeons are able to provide value-based care that has better outcomes over cost. Dr. Gobezie is not only a top performing surgeon in Ohio, but also one of the most experienced and efficient in the country. Each year, he performs more than 350 shoulder replacements and more than 400 arthroscopic shoulder procedures.

Physical Therapy
When an injury or illness have left you in pain or with limited mobility, physical therapy can help get you back on track and recover faster. Physical therapy is used to help people of all ages and medical conditions. Physical therapy involves customizing simple movements and exercises for the patient to follow on a regular schedule for a short or extended amount of time. Exercises may be done with a therapist in our office and then at home. The movements are designed to increase range of motion, strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and reduce pain. Often, an individual’s program will encourage lifestyle changes that will prevent further injury and improve overall health and longevity.

A non-invasive and conservative approach to managing conditions, physical therapy is often one of the first modalities a doctor will prescribe to help patients. The exercises often take minimal effort, but do require a commitment to a training schedule for best results.

The Cleveland Shoulder Institute offers physical therapy services furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. Our therapists are continually training on the latest in injury prevention, optimal function, and sports performance.

Cleveland Shoulder Institute Leads the Way with Innovative Surgery, Patient Satisfaction

One of the Most Experienced Shoulder Doctors in the Country is Right Here in Cleveland.

The Cleveland Shoulder Institute treats patients with all types of shoulder and elbow disorders resulting from traumatic injuries, arthritis, instabilities, rotator cuff, and sports-related injuries. Led by nationally recognized Orthopedic Surgeon, Reuben Gobezie, MD, the Institute provides both surgical and non-operative treatments.

Dr. Gobezie is one of the country’s top specialists in advanced arthroscopic and open surgical techniques to restore damaged joints, ligaments and bones. He is also one of the most experienced and highest volume shoulder surgeons in the country and leads the way in advancing outpatient shoulder procedures. A number of studies have shown that surgical volume, the number of surgeries a surgeon performs each year, is a strong predictor of patient outcome. The more surgeries a doctor and his surgical team perform, the better the results for patients.

Dr. Gobezie is a pioneering shoulder surgeon having developed the first cartilage transplant procedure for the shoulder performed arthroscopically. He has also developed advanced new techniques for treating biceps and tendon injuries in athletes. Along with Dr. Laurent Lafosse, a world leader in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction, Dr. Gobezie developed a minimally invasive total shoulder replacement in France. In 2015, Dr. Gobezie received the NEER Award, the most prestigious international research award in shoulder surgery. He lectures at many prominent venues nationally and around the world.

In 2010, Dr. Gobezie was elected to American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the most prestigious specialty society in the United States for shoulder and elbow surgeons. He also received the Patients’ Choice Award, given to physicians who have received near perfect scores as voted by patients. Dr. Gobezie is a five-year Patient’s Choice award winner, an honor presented to less than 1% of physicians nationally and the result of online patient ratings of their medical care. Additionally, Dr. Gobezie is consistently ranked on the Top Doctors list by Castle Connolly through peer nomination and extensive screening of doctors across the US.

Interactive Social Media Workshop

JOIN US on November 8th for our Interactive Social Media Workshop at Weymouth Country Club in Medina. We have partnered up with Jus B Media, a boutique internet marketing firm, to bring you an interactive social media workshop in a small group setting. Bring your laptop, and smart phone – get personal attention and tools you can use right away!

Lunch is included in the price of this workshop. To register visit www.womens-journal.com/workshop.

Experience New Worlds and Create Memories

When I told my family 13 years ago that I wanted to pursue the travel industry, the big joke was “but you hate to fly?” After a scary incident traveling to Spain in 1991, I swore I would never get on a plane again.

All that changed after my trip to Cambodia in 2002 where we adopted our youngest daughter, Nyah. Originally, I had no intention of making the trip to Cambodia myself because of my fear of flying. However, due to a moratorium on adoptions in Cambodia, I had to make the trip over to try and navigate through the red tape to get her home.

While in Cambodia, I had an epiphany that if I had let my fear of flying overcome me, I would have never experienced my daughter’s birth country. During that time, I knew that my fears were keeping me from something that I had loved doing at one time, which was traveling, experiencing new worlds, and creating memories.

So thus my world of travel began. I gained most of my knowledge working for a host travel agency from the “ground up” learning to work with travel suppliers, tour operators, and visiting destinations. During these 7 years, it prepared me to open up a storefront travel agency in Medina, Red Travel. Here our clients will experience champagne appointments, watch videos and have fun planning their vacation in a tropical type atmosphere. Our strong brand of love of travel, a passionate client focus and a desire to create a WOW vacation experience resonates in the community and with our clients. That is the Red Travel Advantage.

I get asked quite often what is my favorite destination or type of travel. Of course I love destinations like Caribbean and Europe. But I have to say that personally my favorite “type of travel” is River Cruising. Now don’t confuse this with large ocean cruising vessels. Imagine smaller more intimate ships cruising down famous rivers like the Seine or Danube where the staff knows everyone’s name and one cruises through the country instead of around it.   Constant scenery and new experiences will fill your itinerary every single day. We currently work with some fabulous River Cruise companies, including Avalon where their suites are the most unique in the industry. River Cruising is less then one would think as the rate includes so much in the day-to-day itinerary. We get great promotions and sometimes even free or heavily reduced airfare. Contact us at 844-RED-TRAV to schedule your consultation to learn more about the Red Travel Advantage!

ATHENA 2018

Join us to Celebrate these Women of Medina County on October 10, 2018 at Williams on the Lake in Medina. The Medina County Women’s Journal will honor these exemplary women leaders from our community at this sixth annual signature celebration award dinner ceremony.

Register at www.Womens-Journal.com/athena or call 888-749-5994 to reserve your seat.

Meet the 2018 The Women of Our Community Award Recipients and ATHENA Award Nominees

Beth Kereszturi

Beth Kereszturi has spent her 20+ year career with marketing agencies in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio. It’s been her passion helping other businesses grow their brands and realize the true value in a marketing strategy investment. Utilizing her creative strengths, love of writing and art of conveying value, Beth has enjoyed evolving along with the online buyer landscape. For the last 15 years, she has concentrated on digital marketing with her colleagues at Proximity Marketing in Brunswick. As the VP of Digital Strategies, Beth creates the long-term online plans for the agency’s clients and leads Proximity’s team of web specialists. Her drive to help the business community is what pushed Beth to become more involved with the Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance, and their programming committee. Through educational sessions with the chamber, Medina County’s empowHER event and the United Way of Medina County – Beth has enjoyed sharing her online marketing expertise with local businesses and non-profits. She is also a member of the Medina County Economic Development Corporation, and 2018 graduate of Leadership Medina County. Recently moving her family to Wadsworth, Beth looks forward to deepening her roots in her home community, sharing her time, skills and leadership.

Mauri O’brodo

Community, faith and family are Mauri’s top priorities. Mauri resides in Wadsworth and is co-owner of Sherman Provision Meats and International Grocery with her husband Michael. Mauri believes businesses have a responsibility to give back to the community and she volunteers with the Wadsworth Drug Free Coalition, Barberton Park system and her local church. She is responsible for community outreach, marketing and enjoys helping customers create the perfect meal. Mauri updated the company website to include a weekly blog featuring easy to follow, healthy recipes for busy families.

Elizabeth Orley

Elizabeth Orley is a 2002 graduate of the University of Arizona on the International Deans List. In 2003 Elizabeth started Elizabeth Ink, and over the years it has evolved into a boutique digital marketing company the deploys strategic marketing for businesses nationwide. She was recognized as a Global Ambassador for MOGUL an international platform for women. Elizabeth believes that to improve the world you must start within your community first, as an advocate for supporting local charities that impact our Northeast, Ohio community like Project Ed Bear, Heroes Home Project, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of American Field Service and many other local causes. Her role as Household Engineer has been the most rewarding position of her life, the support of her husband Andrew, and their children inspire her daily to be her best. She would not be able to do what she does without the love and support of her entire family.

Ann Plazek

Ann Plazek is the Outreach Services Manager for the Medina County District Library where she thrives on the opportunity to take the library beyond the walls. Ann supervises the bookmobile and oversees a team providing personalized home delivery for over 160 Medina County residents. Fueled by Ann’s passion and drive for early literacy, the library resumed story time visits to 27 daycares and head start programs where over 1,000 children are reached each month. Ann also secured grant funding from United Way to expand the Brunswick ROCKS program, and from the Office of Criminal Justice Services for Project READ: Inside to Outside which provides early literacy education to incarcerated parents and records them reading a book, they have selected for their child.   She is a member of Leadership Medina County Class of 2014, a recipient of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers Award, and the Ohio Library Council’s John Philip Award. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services and has presented at several state and national library conferences.

Cathy Posner

Cathy Posner is the owner of Transition Consulting and Coaching, a career coaching and small business/organization development firm that helps individuals and organizations improve processes and achieve goals. Cathy has strived to make coaching and mentoring the core of her work. To stay true to that belief, Cathy is involved in multiple organizations as a volunteer, board member, and occasional consultant. She is past President and a current member of Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, actively serving on MCWEF’s grants review committee for ten years. Cathy also currently serves as a board member with Feeding Medina County, a member of the Farmers Market Advisory Committee, a member of Main Street Medina, a member of Medina City Schools PTO, a member of the Medina Diversity Project, PR Chair for Kids First Medina, a member of Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, 100+ Women Who Care and the Medina Chamber of Commerce, where she serves on the EmpowHER committee. Cathy believes that everyone has gifts to share with the world and is passionate about helping others identify and grow them!

Michelle Powell

Michelle Powell is the founder and director of Let’s Make a Difference, a summer program for underprivileged kids in Medina and ACE, an after-school mentoring /tutoring program at Claggett Middle School. Michelle was born and raised in Medina by a single mother of five and graduated from Medina High School. She has remained active in her community where she also serves as a licensed minister. In 2000, Michelle, a single mother of two, began a journey that would change her life and positively impact the lives of many children in need. Michelle’s first vision for Let’s Make a Difference was formed using only her limited resources – a simple meal and a game of kickball at the park, but the positive feedback from the children inspired her to realize her vision.   Michelle has persevered in overcoming obstacles. She has organized a board of directors, oversees a volunteer team that provides daily summer activities, and remains the caring inspiration for Medina’s underprivileged kids. Michelle has received numerous awards including induction into the Medina Hall of Fame.

Denise “Nisi” Pozderac

Denise “Nisi” Pozderac is President/Administrator of Transitional Living Centers (TLC), providing homes for developmental and intellectually disabled residents in Northern Medina County. Growing up in a family dedicated to providing long-term care services, Nisi has more than 40 years’ experience in the healthcare field. She and her late husband, Patrick, envisioned a way to provide a better quality of life for individuals with disabilities by creating small, personalized group homes. They founded TLC in 1990, and later she initiated the TLC “Riverside Habilitation Center” to provide day programming to their clients. Nisi is a 2013 Ohio Health Care Association Honoree receiving the “Pioneer Award” and has served as chairperson on the OHCA’s (Ohio Health Care Association) DD/ID constituency. Nisi’s commitment to her local community shows in the various organizations she volunteers; Chairman of the Buckeye Education Foundation, board member of the Valley City Community Group, board member of the NMCCA, member of Leadership Medina County, past Board member of the Westfield Bank advisory board, to name a few. Nisi’s philosophy, “Do the right thing, always, regardless of the consequences” sums up her successful career and life path.

Krista Wasowski

Serving as the Medina County Health Commissioner since 2012, Krista Wasowski has been in public service her entire professional career. An awareness of emerging needs led her to create a newly designed health center to serve the needs of low to moderate income residents and has led her efforts as the co-chair and founder of the Medina County Trauma Informed Care Collaborative and the Medina County Opiate Task Force. Krista is a member of the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, 100+ Women Who Care Medina, the Medina County Economic Development Corporation, and is a Class of 2014 graduate of Leadership Medina County. Krista was recognized as the 2015 Medina Noon Kiwanian of the Year for her service to children and she was actively involved with both E4 Youth Summits for Medina County. Krista serves on the Medina County Job and Family Services Advisory Board, the Medina County Career Center Advisory Council, and the SHC Board. She also serves as the weekend coordinator for Operation Homes at St. Francis Xavier. In addition to being a leader in her field, Krista has actively encouraged other women to pursue advanced careers in public health management.

2018 ATHENA Young Professional Nominees

Kristin Baum

Kristin is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management. Kristin is an Associate Broker at RE/MAX Omega and resides in Brunswick with her husband Trace. She has completed additional training and has obtained certifications in pricing strategy, negotiation, and property staging to better serve her clients. She has a passion for running and volunteers her time with Girls on the Run, the Special Olympics and the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Nicole Perch

Nicole is an entrepreneur, starting her own business, Party N’ With Plants in 2015. She is a graduate of Akron University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Her business has grown beyond expectations and she has helped over 3,500 people create fairy gardens and has two franchises. Nicole has partnered with Akron Children’s Hospital to provide patients and their families the opportunity to make fairy gardens. She also volunteers her time as a Legal Volunteer Guardian for the elderly. She resides in Wadsworth with her husband and two young children.

YP Award Sponsored by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce

“We are honored to sponsor the ATHENA YP Award. The recipient is a rising leader that demonstrates initiative and dedication in their profession and serves as role model for young women in our community. I look forward to presenting the award to one of the nominees at the dinner program ~ Jaclyn Ringstmeier, Executive Director

Register at www.Womens-Journal.com/athena or call 888-749-5994 to reserve your seat to attend and support these fabulous women! 

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