Leading Women Entrepreneurs announces 2017 honorees

NJBIZ STAFF//May 30, 2017//

Leading Women Entrepreneurs announces 2017 honorees

NJBIZ STAFF//May 30, 2017//

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Leading Women Entrepreneurs continued its efforts to recognize the top females in the workforce in New Jersey with the announcement of 75 honorees last week.

Leading Women Entrepreneurs continued its efforts to recognize the top females in the workforce in New Jersey with the announcement of 75 honorees last week.

The women were selected in three main categories: entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and brand builders. In addition, another honoree was selected as the first socialpreneur.

The selections were made from hundreds of nominations, according to LWE founder and CEO Linda Wellbrock.

“This prestigious group of women was selected out of hundreds of impressive nominations based on their strong business acumen and ability to both influence and inspire within their respective industries,” Wellbrock said.

“The women we recognize are amazing role models for women in entrepreneurship and business everywhere. Their tremendous accomplishments are representative of the increasing impact women are making in the world of business. Every year, we continue to be blown away by how many successful women are nominated for the Top 25.”

The women will be honored at three separate events in the fall: brand builders (Sept. 22 at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club in Bedminster), intrapreneurs (Oct. 16 at the Liberty House in Jersey City) and entrepreneurs (Nov. 13 at the Liberty House).

“These recognition events are a part of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Initiative, an honor open to women who have, through their hard work and resulting success, helped make significant strides in advancing our economy,” Wellbrock said.

The 2017 honorees:


  1. Valerie Ablaza, The Plastic Surgery Group
  2. Lisa Chowansky, HC Constructors Inc.
  3. Rachel Cyzner, Cyzner Properties
  4. Karen Davis-Farage, Pole Position Raceway
  5. Rosanne DeTorres, DeTorres & DeGeorge Family Law
  6. Jo-Anne Dressendofer, Slice
  7. Yanina Fleysher, Yanina & Company 
  8. Elizabeth Gearhart, Gearhart Law
  9. Cheryl Gentry, Glow Global Events
  10. Andrea Giordano, Like Brand News
  11. Vedrana Gjivoje, Bernardsville Animal Hospital LLC
  12. Christina Lombardi, Christina Lombardi; Nicole Lombardi, Mutt’s On Main; Gabriella Lombardi, Sorellina
  13. Ana Lucas, Starlite Electric
  14. Dee C. Marshall, Raise The Bar LLC
  15. Ann Mazza, Vito Mazza Salon & Spa / Hair & Scalp Wellness
  16. Donnica Moore, Sapphire Women’s Health Group LLC
  17. Michelle Pais, Signature Realty NJ
  18. Jaime Raskulinecz, Next Generation TS LLC
  19. Caroline Shelly, HF Planners, LLC
  20. Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, Drawbridge
  21. Sheri Spiro, Ad Magic
  22. Ann Tardy, Life Moxie Mentoring & Leadership
  23. Terry Tateossian, Socialfix Media
  24. Diane Turton, Diane Turton Realtors
  25. Shante Williams, Rogers Williams Capital Partners


  1. Karen Barnes, Woodbridge Metro Chamber Of Commerce
  2. Mary Ann Beltz, Valley National Bank
  3. Alexis Breslin, Solidia Technologies
  4. Allison Colantuoni, Maser Consulting
  5. Linda Corso, Turner Construction Company
  6. Chris Costello, AT&T
  7. Michellene Davis, RWJBarnabas Health
  8. Helen Flores, Metro YMCA of the Oranges, West Essex YMCA Branch
  9. Kim Fox, Johnson & Johnson
  10. Sylvie Gadant, Citrin Cooperman
  11. Anna Marie Gewirtz, State Theater New Jersey 
  12. Sally Glick, Sobel & Co.
  13. Regina Hartley, UPS
  14. Ana Kaplun, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
  15. Lynn Killien, HUB 
  16. Michelle Lifschitz, CohnReznick
  17. Elena Polansky, Pfizer
  18. Michelle Schaap, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
  19. Suzanne Midlige, Coughlin Duffy
  20. Bernadette Sohler, Middlesex Water Company
  21. Angela Stelle, Dun & Bradstreet
  22. Lizzy Straus, CareOne
  23. Rose Suriano, Brach Eichler LLC
  24. Jessica Viotto, PNC Bank
  25. Ronnie Weyl, Raritan Valley Community College

Brand builders

  1. Kari Abrahamson, McCarter & English
  2. Kim Alvarez, NJ Advance Media
  3. Elizabeth Barry, Elizabeth Barry Consulting 
  4. Linda Cutler, Empire Valuation Consultants
  5. Kim De Rienzo, Tailored Image
  6. Jill Draper, Marketsmith
  7. Rachel Durkan, Paradigm Marketing and Design
  8. Veronica Fielding, Digital Brand Expressions
  9. Susan Frech, Social Media Link
  10. Meg Fry, NJBIZ
  11. Tara Gilvar, Believe Inspire Grow – B.I.G.
  12. Pam Golden, GLA Communications
  13. Marcia Jeffers, Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
  14. Carrie Kane, CI-Group
  15. Jessica Levin, Seven Degrees Communications
  16. Victoria Llerena, Social Vibes Media
  17. Kitta MacPherson, Rutgers 
  18. Joan McGeough, The DAK Group
  19. Noreen McNicholas, Affinity Health Plan
  20. Katherine O’Hara, The O’Hara Project
  21. Jeanne Rice, Rice Associates PR Inc.
  22. Sheila Robinson-Kiss, SRK Consulting and Educational Services
  23. Marlene Waldock, 1st Impression Communications LLC
  24. Sharon Waters, Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship, Montclair State
  25. Nancy Witt, Sweetwater Construction Corp.


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