Listee Features — Management

Karen West


Karen E. West celebrates nearly five decades of trailblazing work in the financial services industry, including becoming the first female vice president of the Vanguard Group. Ms. West began her career in 1966, when she completed an Associate of Arts in accounting and business administration at Goldey-Beacom University. As she was preparing to graduate, she told an adviser that she found the field boring and no longer wanted to pursue it. After being asked if she enjoyed any aspect of it at all, Ms. West realized that she was drawn to the investment industry, and decided to focus her efforts exclusively on building a career in investment. Ms. West began her professional career with Sears Roebuck’s acceptance department, working as

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Laura Lofaro


Laura J. Lofaro is the founder and chief executive officer of Sterling Resources International LLC, an international management consulting firm specializing in executive recruitment and compensation since 1988. Before beginning her career in business and finance, Ms. Lofaro attended the College of New Rochelle, graduating cum laude with both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art history and a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Her philosophy is that life affords many opportunities to learn from experience and from other people and that “people are like the most interesting book and that getting to know them opens your eyes to new things.” Ms. Lofaro completed one year of doctoral coursework before becoming an associate of Hawkes, Randolph, & Associates in

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Dr. Barbara Ann Woods is a business and management expert with more than five decades of entrepreneurial and human resources experience. Since 1999, she has been a project manager for SVR Inc., LLC, where she handles general operations and employee oversight for a team that monitors and supervises the dissertation process for students at various colleges and universities. Dr. Woods has been the founder and leader of numerous businesses since the early 1970s, and describes building a successful company as one of her major callings in life. Born into a family of nine children, Dr. Woods was an exceptional student with big dreams who found limited family support for her ambitions. After graduating high school as a straight-A student, she

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Pamela Mankoff is an instructional designer, manager, and technical writer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency with more than 15 years of expertise in disaster and emergency medical preparedness and leadership development. Since 2016, she has overseen mandatory training completion for FEMA employees and contractors, including ensuring employee engagement, editing department newsletters and other communiques, and participating in working groups for FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security to create and assess training curricula. She credits her career to her upbringing and background as much as her tenacity and sense of humor. Raised in a large family by parents who often struggled to put all of their children through school, Ms. Mankoff was inspired by the hard work and consistency

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Catherine E. Minarik celebrates a career in quality management and data processing for major manufacturers spanning nearly four decades of innovation. A talented student, Ms. Minarik was both analytical and creative from a young age, and developed an interest in food science and cooking by the time she had entered high school. Aware of the developments happening in nutrition and the manufacturing industry as a result of changing technologies, Ms. Minarik was inspired to explore the opportunities that would be available to her through a career in the field. She attended Washburn University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in home economics, and continued her education at Kansas State University, where she was awarded a Master of Science in food science.

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Cynthia Cuyjet


Cynthia K. Cuyjet, MA, is the president and managing director of Cuyjet Management Consultants, Inc., where she has empowered individual and corporate clients to identify their goals and develop the leadership skills and structure necessary to achieve them for more than 25 years. An expert in business and talent development, strategic planning, and implementing organizational change, Ms. Cuyjet has worked with educational institutions, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies across a broad range of industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology from Marymount College of Fordham University and earned a Master of Arts in counseling from New Jersey University in 1974. Her passion for consulting was born after attending a workshop for people of color in the

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With over two decades of experience in business recruiting and management, Dawn Marie Herlocher was inspired early on by her mother, Sandra Kline, to pursue a career that allowed her to help others. Earning her Associate of Science in business management from the Penn College of Technology in 1998, she then began her career as an office manager for Wynn Sport and an accountant for Nicholas Meets. In 2000, she joined Liberty Workforce, a staffing company, where she worked doing payroll. Ms. Herlocher became the business executive for Liberty Workforce in 2006, having taken over management of the company after the owner moved to Florida and retired not long after. She has since opened a second staffing company, Reliable Valley

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Paula Vail


Holding considerable expertise in restaurant management, interviewing for TV and radio, writing, and reiki training, Paula A. Vail has worked in a number of varying fields over the course of her career. After earning her Associate of Arts in accounting from Grays Harbor College in 1979, she became the manager and owner of Lorenzo’s Restaurant, roles she held until she sold the restaurant in 2007. Following this, she became inspired to learn reiki after someone suggested that it might be a way to help her dog, who was old and having trouble walking. She opened her own reiki practice, Wellness Inspired, in 2008, where she works as a reiki master, both practicing the art and training other professionals. Alongside her

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Attributing much of her success to hard work and being considerate of others, Jacqueline Fakler holds considerable expertise in property management and maintenance supervising. She began her career following the receipt of her high school diploma, and went on to spend many years working for businesses that provided no benefits to their employees. This led to her wanting to work for herself and she eventually became the manager of a mobile home park from 1994 to 2011. Following this position, Ms. Fakler, alongside her husband, purchased her own company and became owner of RJR Maintenance & Management in 2011. Starting with just three units, the company has now grown to service and manage roughly 2,000 units and has 48 employees.

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Earning an associate degree from Robeson Community College in 2011, Lee Scott became involved in her profession out of a love of serving others. Presently, she serves as the general manager of the Village Station 1893 Restaurant and Arnold’s Restaurant, where she has been since 2019 and 2015, respectively. In these roles, she is responsible for overseeing over 100 employees along with staffing, quality control, marketing, payroll, scheduling, and ordering and inventory. She has become a well-known figure in her small town and takes great pride in getting to know the people who come to her restaurants and helping the community grow. Prior to her work in the restaurant industry, she spent time in the medical field and was certified

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