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The 2013 New Jersey Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners

Barbara Schmidt-Kemp is Board President of Dress for Success Morris County and Managing Director of North Star Consultants. She provides strategic growth and human resources consulting services to for-profit and non-profit organizations. DFS Morris County gets women working in 8 NJ counties by providing professional attire and important career support. Christiana Foglio founder and CEO of Community Investment Strategies, is an industry veteran with more than 30 years experience in the private and public sectors. CIS has been recognized for its award-winning portfolio of multi-family housing, mixed-use redevelopment, market-rate, and affordable housing. Dr. Beverly Friedlander MD is a plastic surgeon that understands that appearance conveys an inner sense of beauty and self esteem. Dr. Friedlander has committed herself to the science of beauty, new technology, and promoting health and well being to her patients. Amy Gonzales of AK Environmental is a nationally certified woman-owned business enterprise that provides support to the energy, water, and construction industries.  Amy has excelled in providing an environment that not only encourages independent thinking but also social responsibility. Céline Greffard is co-founder of OneCall Manage, an award-winning mobility solutions provider that offers breakthrough technology for reducing roaming costs. Céline also helped lead other tech start-ups to profitable acquisition. Her community involvement includes Super Storm Sandy Relief and Catholic Charities. She is active in the Women’s Presidents Organization and WBENC. Eileen Huntington is the co-founder of Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. and a pioneer in the forprofit education industry. Over the years she has helped to grow the business to include hundreds of learning centers throughout the US. She attributes her success to always putting the needs of the student first. Lynne Katzmann is Founder, CEO of Juniper Communities, a privately held, owner-operator of longterm care communities. Ranked #12 on Crain’s NY Business list of women-owned businesses for the triState area, Juniper is the only woman-owned company among the largest 40 US assisted living companies, with revenues at $62 million. Poonam Khubani is President of International Edge, an infomercial company that creates and sells products in over 100 countries globally. She is also VP of Telebrands International, which specializes in direct response television marketing and created the familiar “As Seen on TV” logo. Poonam has excelled in leadership, global marketing, and community involvement.

Recipient in Non-profit Category

Caryn Kopp is the Chief Door Opener® at Kopp Consulting whose Door Opener® Service has helped thousands of business owners and salespeople secure initial meetings with highlevel decision makers in almost every major Fortune 500 company including P&G, Pfizer, GE, Merck, Verizon, Time Warner, Kraft, Target, and the list goes on. Thai Lee is President and CEO of SHI International Corp, which is a global provider of computer software, hardware, peripherals, networking products, accessories and a broad range of IT lifecycle services. With over 2000+ employees, SHI has grown internationally with no mergers and acquisitions and is one of the largest Minority Women Owned Enterprises (MWBE) in the US. Beatriz Manetta is the Founder of Argent Associates which specializes in offering innovative supply chain solutions that deliver real-time information, and high quality products and services to their customers while protecting the environment. Beatriz has excelled in leadership and being able to conduct business internationally in the telecommunications sector in the Middle East and Latin America. Margaret Marcucci CEO of Coranet, supplies and services a broad range of technology needs- from discrete technology implementations to fully integrated solutions as telepresence. Margaret has excelled in financial strength, marketing strategies and employee development. Elisabete Miranda is President of CQ fluency, a communications company that translates meaning and feeling of content for global organizations. Among her awards are the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Winning Women, the NMSDC Regional Supplier of the Year, and the SBA New Jersey Minority Person of the Year. Christine Nichlos of People Science and Options Employment Resources solves business challenges by connecting the right jobs to the right people. Recruitment and the study of employment is her life’s work. Christine’s company, Options Employment Resources operates three divisions of recruitment solutions: Talent Acquisition design, RPO- Recruitment Process Outsourcing and traditional staffing.

A 20-year veteran, Katherine O’Hara is President of The O’Hara Project (oharaproject.com), a marketing, public relations and social media firm in Morristown, NJ. Her career has earned her experience with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and non-profits. She says the best measurements of her success are the people that surround her. As President of Star Bright Services Inc. and CFO of Odyssey IP, Melissa Persia Oliver provides the overall vision, strategy and leadership for the growth for both companies. She is an Entrepreneur, Community leader and Philanthropist, with over a decade of experience in starting, managing, and aggressively growing multiple businesses. Tara Seager is the Managing Partner of Ally Solutions Group; an Organizational Change Management consulting firm headquartered in Central NJ. She is President of the NJOD Learning Community, Co-leader of the HIMSS National Change Management Task Force, Co-Chair of Parish/Pastor Relations, and on the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. Sharon Olzerowicz is the President and CEO of Hired By Matrix which has grown from an IT consulting firm to a full service staffing firm. Matrix employs over 200 people with an enviable client list that includes numerous Fortune 100 companies. Sharon is also a premiere supplier of Social Media Staffing. Bari Weinberger, founding partner of Weinberger Law Group, LLC, is a New Jersey Divorce and Family Law attorney. Ms. Weinberger has been featured as an expert commentator regarding divorce issues on ABC, CBS, and 101.5, News 12, Forbes.com, WSJ. com, Star Ledger, Lawyers.com, Huffington Post, Alternative Press, Digital Journal, and NJBIZ. Avis Yates Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, an information technology solutions provider and full-service equipment leasing firm. She is a staunch advocate for increasing girls’ participation in IT and serves as the Director of the National Center for Women and IT. Avis was recently honored as a White House Champion of Change in STEM. Jude Connally Zimmerman from Jude Connally Clothing brings a unique passion to her designs. Her classic silhouettes are enriched with vibrant colors, exuberant prints, and performance fabrics for clothes that are expressive and comfortable as the woman who wears them.

Lisa Ballerini is President of Montana Construction of Lodi, a family owned heavy construction business specializing in Sewer and Water Construction. The company recently celebrated 20 years in business, with Lisa at the helm for the past 15. Lisa continues to strive for excellence in the future of Montana Construction. Nancy Bray is the CEO and Founder of Shelby Mechanical, Inc.; one of the fastest growing Mechanical contracting firms in the Mid Atlantic region of the U.S. They are a provider of boilmaking, electrical contracting, rigging, millwrighting and piping to some many companies. Shelby has been a recipient for the Inc. 5000 award and a plethora of safety awards. Elizabeth Corrigan, Founder of The Complete Package, is a self-made entrepreneur, and named as one of the 2012 Thought Leaders by Colgate and received The 2001 Tribute to Women Award. Elizabeth made her mark in the beauty industry over 20 years by leading some of the biggest brands in beauty. Joan Cozzoli Rooney is CEO of Cozzoli Machine Company, a manufacturer of state-of-the-art packaging machinery for pharmaceutical, food, beverage, cosmetics, paint, industrial and personal care industries. Joan is a member of the PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Institute) Global Marketing Committee and has been featured as a PMMI Export Success Story. Nathalie Doobin is the owner and CEO of Harvard Services Group (Janitorial Services) and Harvard Enterprise Risk Solutions (Consultative Security Services). She is on the Board of Directors for New Destiny Housing, contributes to Step Up Women’s Network, a member of Women’s President Organization and EWNJ.

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