For the past six years, Women Making a Difference has proudly shined a spotlight on women whose tireless work provides the bedrock of a strong community.

As always, the 36 women featured this year were selected from nominations sent in from our readers. After being collected, the nominations were submitted to the St. Francis University Business Development Center for the final selection of the candidates. We then notified each candidate of their honor and worked with them to develop their profile.

Women in Business would like to thank the selection committee at St. Francis University for once again lending their expertise to the process of selecting which women deserve to be featured.

This year, we asked each selectee “What is one quote or piece of advice that always seems to affect your decision making?” We believe each quote gives a definition of what motivates these women to continue to push forward.

October 13, 2017 RSS feed / WMD

2017 SELECTION COMMITTEE

DR. RANDY L. FRYE Dr. Randy L. Frye is the founding dean of the School of Business, director of the Graduate School of Business and Human Resource Management, and professor of business administration at Saint Francis University. More...

Michele Steinbugl Conklin

Vice President of Business Lending

Penn State Federal Credit Union   In 1988, Michele Steinbugl Conklin began working part-time in banking while still in high school. In 1994, she graduated from Saint Francis College with a B.S. Degree in accounting. More...

Kathleen M. Wallace, CPA

Senior Vice President and Retirement Services Manager

AmeriServ Trust and Financial Services Company   At Ameriserv, Kathleen Wallace provides leadership to the retirement services division, while delivering expert financial advice to clients and building relationships that lead to enduring financi More...

Amy Hancock

CEO

AdvantageCare Rehabilitation, LLC, / Advantage Home Health Services, LLC   More...

Jayne Korenoski

Director of Advertising and Sales

Johnstown Convention and Visitors Bureau   Jayne Korenoski has been employed as Director of Advertising and Sales for the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Cambria County’s designated tourism promotion More...

Shannon Munro

Vice President for Workforce Development

Pennsylvania College of Technology   With more than 20 years’ experience in workforce development leadership, Shannon Munro enjoys collaborating with people on projects that make Central Pennsylvania a great place to work and live.  More...

Judy L. Loy

CEO

Nestlerode & Loy, Inc.   Judy L. Loy started as a receptionist in 1992 at Nestlerode & Co., Inc. and worked her way up to owner, registered investment advisor and CEO of Nestlerode & Loy, Inc. in 2008.  More...

Amy H. Marshall

Shareholder

Babst Calland, P.C. More...

Rhonda S. Moore

Executive Director

Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce   More...

Kate Alward

Human Resources

Ben Franklin Transformation Business Services Network   Kate Alward’s role is to provide human resource management support to the tech start-ups and small manufacturers in the Ben Franklin investment portfolio.  More...

Brandi J. Hershey

Attorney

Law office of Brandi J. Hershey   Brandi Hershey received her juris doctor from the Dickinson School of Law and has been an attorney for 18 years.  More...

Jamie Bails Richardson

President, Owner

Bails & Associates, LLC.   Jamie Bails Richardson current position as the owner and president of Bails & Associates has been the highlight of her career. More...

Jenifer Cushman

Chancellor

Penn State Beaver   At Penn State Beaver, Jenifer Cushman facilitates educational opportunities for students, and contributes to the cultural and economic development of the Pittsburgh region.  After high school in West Virginia, Cushman ea More...

Lauren Bowen

Provost

Juniata College   More...

Coleen M. Terry

President

ECON partners, inc.   More...

Dr. Sally Mounts

Chief Development Officer

Washington City Mission   More...

Jessica Hickman Fresch

Marketing Director

Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring   Jessica Hickman Fresch studied international business and spanish at Westminster College.  Her current role as marketing director for Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring is a far cry from her first jo More...

Becky Stapleton

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer

S&T Bank   More...

Frances Vaughn

Vice President–Human Resources

Mutual Benefit Group   More...

Amy Mearkle

Director of Marketing/Events

DelGrosso’s Park / DelGrosso Family of Companies   Prior to joining the DelGrosso Family of Companies, Amy Mearkle was a reporter and news anchor for WTAJ-TV for 13 years. More...

Amanda Laucher

co-founder/president

Mined Minds Foundation   Amanda Laucher is co-founder and president of Mined Minds Foundation, an organization that develops tech hubs in areas that have been impacted by the decline in the energy sector, mainly coal and gas.  More...

Jane Sheffield

Executive Director

Allegheny Ridge Corporation   Jane Sheffield has an undergraduate degree from Duke University in economics and psychology and a master’s in landscape architecture from North Carolina State.  More...

Melissa Cisney Foster

Co-Owner

Cisney & O’Donnell Builders and Remodelers   Melissa Cisney Foster is the marketing director at Cisney & O’Donnell and managing partner with D&F Realty.  More...

Janie Christner

Vice President Home Health

Home Nursing Agency & Visiting Nurse Association (part of UPMC)   As vice president of Home Nursing Agency, Janie Christner is responsible for ensuring that the home health program meets all regulatory requirements and quality of care expect More...

Ann S. Pepperman

Partner

McCormick Law Firm   Ann S. Pepperman is a native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Gettysburg College and Georgetown University Law Center. More...

Teresa Irvin McCurdy

President/CEO

TD Connections, Inc.   More...

Elizabeth Ebling

Church Planter in Residence and Local Missionary

Overflow Church and Backyard Ministries   Elizabeth Ebling’s very first paid job was working in the corn fields as a detasseler in Iowa when she was in junior high. More...

Heidi Wrights

Financial Center Community Manager

PSECU   Heidi Wrights has been the financial center community manager for Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union’s (PSECU) downtown State College location for over two years. More...

Lisa N Hann

Executive Director

Family Services Incorporated   Lisa Hann’s career path includes 27 years in behavioral health, beginning in direct care and progressing to management with Home Nursing Agency, Northwestern Human Services, County of Blair and J.C. More...

Colleen E Fritz

CEO/President/ Founder

Heritage Springs Memory Care   Colleen Fritz is the president and CEO of Heritage Springs Memory Care.  Fritz first job in healthcare was at Maria Joseph Manor in Danville as a CNA. More...

Sarah Lorei, D.M.D.

General Dentist/Owner

Millennium Way Dental Studio   Dr. Sarah Lorei is a general dentist and owner of a new, state-of-the-art dental facility called Millennium Way Dental Studio. More...

Debra Dellaposta

President/CEO

Doing Better Business, Inc.   Debra Dellaposta first started her career in accounting with her mother at 15. She then worked for several family-owned businesses in Baltimore and Los Angeles before returning home to Altoona 25 years ago.  More...

Brenda Nichols

Chief Financial Officer and Chairperson

Larson Design Group   Brenda Nichols graduated with a B.S. in accounting from Bloomsburg University in 1985. In 1993, she joined Larson Design Group, an architecture, engineering and surveying firm based in Williamsport.  More...

Donna Schuck

Associate Vice President/Chief Development Officer

Evangelical Community Hospital   As the associate vice president/chief development officer at Evangelical Community Hospital, Donna Schuck nurtures valuable community relationships and cultivates charitable gifts that support the future of the H More...

Wendy Belinda

Through, Inc

Clinic Director, Co-Founder   More...

LaKeshia Knarr

Outreach Specialist

PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc.   More...

Alison Kurtz

President

Ameron Construction Co., Inc.   More...

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