Joeen Ciannella

JOEEN MOORE CIANNELLA

Supported by more than 45 years of practiced industry experiences, Joeen Moore Ciannella has been serving as senior executive assistant with PERMA (Public Entity Risk Management Administration) Inc. since 2011. PERMA serves as risk management insurance to over two thirds of the municipalities in the State of New Jersey. Ms. Ciannella started her career in public service from 1971 to 1975, where she worked for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee in Washington as a member of the professional staff. After volunteering for local government boards in Park Ridge, New Jersey, Ms. Ciannella joined the staff of Congresswoman Margaret “Marge” Roukema (R-SNJ) in the U.S. House of Representatives, volunteering on her campaign in 1984 and then joining the staff from

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Kitty Calhoun

KITTY CALHOUN

Skilled in ice, rock and alpine climbing, Kitty Calhoun always wanted to live like it was her last day on Earth. She wanted to be able to experience things she hasn’t experienced before and overcome her fear of heights. Therefore, Ms. Calhoun became the co-owner, director and a guide for Chick with Picks and Chicks Rock Events, which she has continued to do since 2000. Since 1999, Chicks Climbing & Skiing has been welcoming and empowering women through life-changing experiences in the outdoors, including rock climbing, ice climbing and backcountry skiing. The company’s women-specific, women-only instruction is designed to help women become confident, self-sufficient climbers and skiers and connect with one another to strengthen their outdoor women’s community. They proudly

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Victoria Kurtz

VICTORIA WATSON KURTZ

Having aspired to be a lawyer since she was 12 years old, Victoria Watson Kurtz, Esq., serves as an associate attorney with Johnston Law, with which she specializes in all areas of employment and labor law, contract law, and general medical malpractice and complex personal injury practice. Since 2018, she has also worked as a yoga instructor. Prior to obtaining her current positions, she found success as the associate general counsel for Hire Quest, LLC from 2017 until 2018, a law clerk for the Steinberg Law Firm and a student research assistant for Prof. Jorge R. Roig of the Charleston School of Law from 2016 until 2017. Earlier, she was active as a clerk for the Akim Anastopoulo Law Firm

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JEANNIE DAVID

A Reiki master teacher and shamanic practitioner, who lives and practices in Gilroy, California, Jeannie David utilizes her talents in order to heal people on an emotional, mental and spiritual level. In addition, she also performs attunements by channeling energy into her clients during a sacred ritual. This ritual includes a ceremony, which requires her to open the flow of energy within the body to allow the qi, or life force, to flow freely. When performing her craft with clients, Ms. David first utilizes her spirit guides to determine whether they require a clearing, card reading, crystal healing or, her specialty, soul retrieval, which is when she returns a part of the soul that was lost due to trauma. Since

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Dorothy Chappell

DOROTHY FIELD CHAPPELL

Dorothy Field Chappell, PhD, is a biologist and educator with more than 40 years of service to her discipline. Inspired by her passion for helping others develop and grow, she initially pursued an education at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, graduating in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science. She continued her studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, earning a Master of Science in 1973. Dr. Chappell concluded her academic efforts with a PhD at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1977. From 1977 to 1994, Dr. Chappell excelled as a professor of biology and the chair of the Department of Biology at Wheaton College in Illinois. She subsequently found success at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, serving as

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Evelyn Torres-Gomez

EVELYN TORRES-GOMEZ

Adept in understanding problems and coming up with solutions, Evelyn Torres-Gomez wanted to be able to do something different and make a change. She has always been attracted to technology. She did not have any experience or examples growing up, but she was the first in her family to try. In the end, it paid off for her. Since 2010, Ms. Torres-Gomez has been the chief executive officer of Solaris Technologies Services in Irving, Texas. Solaris Technologies, Inc., partners with organizations by leveraging their portfolio of telecommunications products to lower the cost of ownership and increasing the equipment life cycle. Additionally, she has served as CEO and interim head of operations since 2019, in which role she serves as an

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Claudia Stangle

CLAUDIA W. STANGLE

An artist during the early years of her career, Claudia W. Stangle now serves as a shareholder and a partner with Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. in Chicago. Since 1999, she has channeled her expertise in the arts into her work in representing clients in IP asset management and licensing, IP litigation, trade secrets and unfair competition cases, and trademark and copyright law. Additionally, she flourishes as the chair of the firm’s diversity committee and the vice chair of the recruiting committee. Backed by two decades of legal experience, Ms. Stangle has participated in inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, represented clients in federal courts all over the country and obtained judgments for more than 50

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SONIA K. HAN LEVOVITZ

An expert in sales and trading, asset and wealth management, Sonia K. Han Levovitz has been on the path to become a lawyer since college. Today, she is very happy where she is, and loves the firm and wants to continue to do her job as well as she can every day. Since 2006, Ms. Levovitz has been the managing director/senior vice president and of general counsel of equity derivatives at Jefferies Group LLC in New York, as well as a secretary for Jefferies Investment Advisers LLC since 2010. Her company is an American multinational independent investment bank and financial services company, which provides clients with capital markets and financial advisory services, institutional brokerage, securities research and asset management. This

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Nellie Derise

NELLIE L. DERISE

Having accrued a career spanning three decades, Nellie L. Derise, PhD, retired from her post as a home economics professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1994. Before affiliating in the aforementioned position, she worked at the university as an associate professor from 1973 to 1981. Previously, she excelled as an assistant professor at Iowa State University of Science and Technology and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette between 1964 and 1970. She initially embarked on her professional journey at the University of Alabama in 1962, where she found success as a graduate assistant. Additionally, Dr. Derise served as the chairman of the Louisiana Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition from 1977 to 1978. Dr. Derise always

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Charleen Kavleski

CHARLEEN VERENA KAVLESKI

Charleen Verena Kavleski is a prolific artist in the State of New York, whose expertise stems from her early family mentorship and her extensive New York City gallery and museum exposure, as well as her college education. Serving as an art teacher for the Monticello Central School District for more than 30 years beginning in 1968, she retired from her position in 1999 to commit herself full-time to artistic endeavors. During her educational tenure, she also served Robert J. Kaiser Middle School as an art advisor and editor of the literary and art magazine. From 1983 to 2009, she was an antiques and art dealer at Brockmann’s Antique Center in Milford, New York. Since departing from Brockmann’s, Ms. Kavleski has

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