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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The 4th Annual Women of Our Community and ATHENA Awards Dinner

The Medina County Women’s Journal will be hosting The Fourth Annual Women of Our Community and ATHENA Awards Dinner at Williams on the Lake
on October 5, 2016

In its thirteenth year of print, the mission of The Medina County Women’s Journal is to Educate, Energize, and Empower Women Through Knowledge.  ATHENA International and our organization have such a similar mission that it was natural for us to bring the ATHENA Awards to Medina County in 2013 to acknowledge these remarkable women leaders.

The ATHENA International was founded in 1982 and the mission is to support, develop, and honor women leaders, and is reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.”  This quote has inspired our program’s format, as we will be honoring ALL nominated women who are improving the quality of life for others in our community with an award of a “Women of Our Community.” We also present the ATHENA Young Professional to one young emerging leader.  Following the dinner program, one woman will be honored with the ATHENA Leadership Award.

MEET THE WOMEN of OUR COMMUNITY…

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.55.50 AMCarrie Beegle FINALIST

Carrie Beegle is a lunch lady and she loves it! She is the food service director for Cloverleaf and Mapleton school districts and has been in school food service for 19 years. Her passion for giving our children healthy, nutritious and great tasting food has received national attention. Carrie was recently asked to be a guest speaker at a Congressional hearing in Washington DC and is a team leader for Congressman Tim Ryan’s “Salad Bars in Ohio Schools” initiative. She also assisted in a webinar series for the Institute of Child Nutrition for the University of Mississippi. Carrie was invited to host a series of lectures at the annual conferences for both the Ohio School Board Association and the Ohio Association for School Business Officials. She is a mentor, consultant and chef trainer for the Ohio Department of Education and the USDA. She consults on nutrition programs and mentors school food service directors, majority women, across the United States. Carrie’s motto is “We Fortify the Future” and believes she makes a difference one child at a time.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.57.52 AM“Sam” Boyer

For most of her 77 years, “Sam” Boyer has worked for local newspapers. In 1959, she began working with the Leader Post, writing a column since 1964. She began volunteering when she moved to Brunswick. In 1965, she served on the Brunswick Sesquicentennial Committee and the Bicentennial committee in 2015. In 1972, she became a member of the Brunswick Jaycees. She was the producer of the local Miss America pageant for 20 years and was Brunswick Woman of the Year in 1972, Citizen of the Year in 2015 (Brunswick Summer Celebration), Brunswick-Medina Business and Professional Women Woman of the Year for 1985-86, and presented the “Friend of Education” award by the Brunswick Education Association. Sam was the first woman Brunswick Chamber of Commerce president in 1979-80 and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2000. She served on the inaugural boards of the Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame and Brunswick High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, the board of Leadership Medina County, and is now vice president of the Brunswick Area Historical Society.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 8.59.04 AMJani Groza FINALIST

As community investment leader of Westfield Insurance, Jani oversees Westfield Insurance Foundation, strategic philanthropy initiatives, and employee volunteerism. Working with a team, they align philanthropy with Westfield’s core values, distributing $3 million primarily supporting safety, disaster recovery, and family stability. Jani spent 15 years in leadership positions at the American Cancer Society and United Way of Medina County. She sought Westfield because of its commitment to corporate citizenship. She enjoys working on projects that involve collaborations and seeks to help those new to roles or the community. Dedicated to mentoring and actively taking strides to lead women within Westfield’s organization and outside, has truly had a profound impacted on Medina County. Jani serves on the boards of Fund for Our Economic Future, Habitat for Humanity of Ohio, and Medina County Police Activities League. She is past president of Leadership Medina County and past board member of Hospice of Medina County, Greater Medina Area Chamber of Commerce, and Medina Lacrosse Association.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.00.09 AMTerri Hradek FINALIST

Terri Hradek, director of Cuyahoga Community College’s Brunswick University Center (BUC), has been responsible for BUC’s administrative operations since its opening in January 2011. Terri seeks out the opportunity to mentor her students, as well as encourages community involvement and leadership development in her staff. Hradek serves as the chairperson for the newly merged Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance, sits on the “Business at the Barn Business Showcase” planning committee, and chairs the Community/Business/Schools Committee. She is also a member of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Medina County Economic Development Corporation and its newly formed Workforce Alliance Resource Committee, which plans the annual Made in Medina County and High School Manufacturing Road Shows. She has served on fundraising planning committees for the Medina County Red Cross and Medina County Community Fund. A 2013 graduate of the Mandel Leadership program and 2012 graduate of Leadership Medina County, she has served on the Education Day and Selection Committee for Leadership Medina County.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.01.03 AMJennifer Gill Frisby

Jennifer Gill Frisby is owner of Anytime Fitness Wadsworth, a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer, who actively engages and mentors women in her gym to become their best offering instruction, education, and hope. She is an active member in Wadsworth with a dedicated commitment as President of Wadsworth Lions Club, Past Chairman of Wadsworth High School Alumni Association and current Board Member-at-Large, and a board member of First Christian Church and the FCC Women’s Ministry Team. Jennifer is a member of Chambers of Commerce in Wadsworth, Seville, and Rittman, a member of the Ohio University Alumni Association, and an inductee and board member of Wadsworth High School Sports Hall of Fame Committee. As Past President of Wadsworth Chapter of Working Women Connection, Jennifer supports her local women business leaders with community involvement and leadership. She supports non-profit organizations such as Ormaco, Feeding Medina County, Salvation Army, Medina Creative Housing, and Wadsworth Youth Football/Cheerleading. Jennifer and husband were awarded the 2016 Rosie Award as Entrepreneurs of the Year from Wadsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.01.38 AMLinda Loveless FINALIST

Linda Loveless has been organizing and promoting professional craft shows and events for over 25 years. Starting as a simple PTA fundraiser developed into a successful business, which currently runs An Affair on the Square, Christmas Around the World, Mrs. Claus’ Closet, and the MC Home & Garden Show. Linda has long been involved with local non-profits and willingly takes on leadership roles. She has served on the Medina County Fair Board as Advertising Director, President of the Board for Medina YWCA, Board member and President of Medina City Schools Foundation, and Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Linda served on the Board for Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund for nine years, president for three years. Linda is an active member and one of the founders of 100+ Women Who Care Medina, raising funds for local non-profits and promoting women as philanthropist, and also serves as secretary of the board for Medina County Arts Council. Recently, a founding board member of a new non-profit, First Impression, Inc. provides business appropriate apparel to disadvantaged women for job interviews.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.02.16 AMWendy Mirrotto

Wendy Mirrotto is the Founder and Executive Director of Kitten Krazy, Inc. and Quick Fix Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic for cats and dogs in Medina. With 18 years of experience in animal rescue, she took her passion for cats and started a humble 20’x 8′ shelter in her garage. In the past five years, she has built two 4,000 square foot facilities in the City of Medina to house the ever-growing Kitten Krazy Cat Shelter and Quick Fix Clinic. Since May 2004, Kitten Krazy has placed over 4,200 fully vetted cats and kittens. Quick Fix opened on July 1, 2011 and has spayed/neutered over 32,200 cats and dogs. Quick Fix has also administered over 36,000 vaccines, 6,914 nail trims, 977 microchips, and 414 Medina County dog licenses, amongst other wellness services. Wendy has held the big vision since the beginning and continues to develop and coordinate all projects and programs. She is always mindful of addressing the growing community need for affordable care for both owned and shelter cats and dogs.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.02.59 AMRhonda McClelland

Rhonda McClelland has been a community leader and volunteer for Brunswick Youth for over a decade. For the past three years, Rhonda has been the Treasurer of the BHS Cheer Parent’s Club. Her commitment to the school and students went past the financials in 2012 when Rhonda created an annual community service project for the cheerleaders to provide hand-made blankets and other items in need to Akron Children’s Hospital. In addition to her volunteer time with the high school, Rhonda is a dedicated volunteer for Brunswick Youth Sports. For the past 11 years, Rhonda has been a dedicated softball coach and has looked out for our youngest female athletes as the Commissioner for the 7 and 8-year-old Girls Softball League. She provides support for over 1,400 Brunswick youth and their families as the BYS League Secretary. Rhonda McClelland’s leadership continues in her profession as a Lead Process Analyst with Progressive Insurance where she has been employed for 17 years.

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.03.37 AMValerie Rapp FINALIST

Valerie Rapp graduated from BGSU with a BS in Education. Valerie met Rob (husband) while attending BGSU, married and relocated to Medina in 1975. She works at Homestead Insurance Agency in Brunswick. Valerie’s first volunteer work started as a board member for the Medina County YWCA, but expanded her interests in the Medina community after participating in Leadership Medina County in 2003. The class project was the development of the pilot program for Jr. LMC and in 2004 it was adopted permanently by Leadership. She serves as the program’s historian and photographer and supports the mission shaping the future of high school students by promoting teamwork, developing leadership skills, fostering self-confidence and personal growth, and respect for diversity. She encourages emerging leaders to become involved and persuaded others to take a leadership role in the community. In 2012, Valerie served as chairperson of Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce board, and presently serves as an ex-officio, participating on its Business Advocacy committee. In July 2016, she became president of Leadership Medina County’s board of trustees.

ATHENA Young Professional Award Recipient

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 9.04.19 AMAshley Powell

Presently employed at the Medina County Health Department, Ashley is a team leader, member of the Quality Improvement Council and chair of the joint clerical staff involving nursing, dental and the billing staff. She recently completed Six Sigma LEAN training, which has led to leadership roles within the Health Department as well as becoming Vice President on The Board of Directors for Sister Circle and President and Founder of the youth organization, “So Now What?” Ashley strives to make a difference in the lives of others, especially young women and children. Ashley volunteers for AAUW, Sister 2 Sister Conference and Tech Savvy Conference as a workshop facilitator. She also works with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Medina County and is a Youth Director at Second Baptist Church in Medina. Ashley quickly earns the trust and respect of the girls she mentors. Her guidance and dedication has a lasting impact on both the youth and the community.

YP Award Sponsored by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce

ATHENA Young Professional Nominees

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Chelsea Pozderac – Transitional Living Centers, Inc
Jaclyn Von Hoch – Westfield Insurance
Ashley Powell – Medina County Health Dept. / So Now What
Michelle Reese – Day Ketterer, Attorneys-at-Law, LTD
Kelly Harrison – Brunswick City Schools- Willetts Middle School
(Left to Right)

Screen Shot 2016-08-26 at 10.05.44 AMA.I. Root Candles
Westfield Insurance
Brunswick University Center

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The 2015 Medina County ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient is…

ANN REUSCH

Congratulations to Ann Reusch the 2015 Medina County ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient!

On October 7, 2015, The Medina County Women’s Journal presented the prestigious
Women of Our Community Award to ten outstanding women. (See previous post for bios) [Pictured Left to Right from Back to Front Row: Sandy Frommeyer, Ann Reusch, Cindie Schneider, Melanie Kasten-Krause, Kelly Rose Stallard, Leigh Anne Best, Alberta Skraba, Theresa Laffey, Melanie Hillebrand and Tracey Ruffin].

Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 7.05.13 AM At this signature event, The ATHENA Leadership Award® in affiliation with Athena International, was presented to Ann Reusch, Vice President, Business Banking of Westfield Bank, as an exemplary leader from our community who is helping to bring along the next generation of women leaders. She joins more than 7,000 Athena Award recipients from more than 500 communities all over the world.

All these women are setting a gold standard in business and community leadership,
making Medina County a better place to live and work.

Thank you to our Sponsors: Root CandlesWestfield InsuranceArmstrongBrunswick University CenterMeaden & MoorePro TouchClear Path

Thank you to our Community Supporters: Williams on the Lake • C&C Video Productions • Beth Dangelo, Shoot For the Moon Photography • Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce • Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston • INSYTE Consulting Group • Life Care Center of Medina • Working Women Connection

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