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Dec 08 2015
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Crystal Vazquez

Crystal Vazquez didn’t start out wanting to be a make-up artist. In fact, she didn’t see herself as being any kind of artist at all. What she did dream of being was a nurse. While she was in college, however, she began selling Mary Kay® cosmetics. She didn’t care much for doing sales, but she discovered that she liked experimenting with makeup – that she had an unexpected talent for it. Upon graduation, she took a job as a medical assistant at Noble Hospital in Westfield,...

Sep 22 2015
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For eight years, Patricia Parker-Flores has made an impact on the future of countless students, devoting herself to guiding them on the path to success. She is the Cooperative Education Coordinator for The Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative (LPVEC), an organization that seeks to expand the quality of education in the school districts it serves through various services. LPVEC pools the resources and students from the seven school districts bound together under the collaborative...

Sep 19 2015
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Keri Regnier
Mama Galloni’s

Top Woman in Culinary Arts Keri Regnier Mama Galloni’s For Keri Regnier, what began as a dream for her mom Betty, has become a gourmet food business with a beautiful storefront in Feeding Hills: Mama Galloni’s Authentic Gourmet Foods which opened officially March 2013.   Keri learned her skills the old school way, by cooking side by side with these phenomenal woman chefs in her family.  It’s not so much about the food itself but that “food is memories”, Keri said,...

Sep 19 2015
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Diane Sabato
Springfield Technical Community College

Top Woman in Education Diane SabatoSTCC Diane Sabato has eight years experience in entrepreneurship education and real world application specializing in Entrepreneurship Concept to Commercialization. She is a graduate of Framingham University and University of Manitoba holding a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology. Diane has been in education at STCC as Director of the Entrepreneurial Institute and presently as Assistant Director of Business. She has completed Tina...

Sep 19 2015
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Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman
Hand to Paw Reiki

Top Woman in New Business Carleen Eve Fischer Hoffman Hand to Paw Reiki When you think of Carleen Eve Fischer-Hoffman, you may think of the Clutter Doctor—the company she began sixteen years ago.  However, a few years ago, she was introduced to a new experience—Reiki, the ancient form of energy healing that combines “Rei” (spirit) and “Ki” (energy).  She went on to receive her training as a Reiki Master Practitioner and embarked on a new business called Hand to Paw...

Sep 19 2015
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Denise Hurst
Member Springfield School Committee At Large

Top Woman of Spirit Denise Hurst Member Springfield School Committee At Large Human Rights Coordinator for the Commonwealth, Adjunct Professor in Human Services and Counseling Psychology, Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, and more, Denise Hurst exemplifies the spirit of service coupled with humility and grace. A tireless advocate for children, women, and families for over a decade, she currently serves on the Executive Board of MotherWoman,...

Sep 19 2015
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Juli McDonald
WWLP Channel 22

Top Woman in TelevisionJuli McDonaldChannel 22 – WWLP Juli McDonald has worked for WWLP since April 2012, though she got her start in Bismarck, North Dakota. An Emerson College graduate, Juli found herself closer to home after two years in the Midwest. Her love for the communications field grew at the Ursuline Academy in Dedham, where teacher Fran Lahey opened her eyes to her passion for writing, researching, and storytelling. Most importantly Juli said, Fran made her believe...

Sep 19 2015
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Maureen Sullivan
Maureen Sullivan Media Group

Top Woman in Professional WritingMaureen Sullivan Maureen Sullivan Media Group Over the years, Maureen Sullivan has played a key role in the local media landscape.  She began her newspaper career at the Transcript-Telegram in Holyoke in 1980, and was then a Project Leader in the Marketing Services department of The Hartford Courant.  From there she moved on to the Republican in 1989 as a Promotion Manager, being promoted to Marketing Director 10 years later. During her...

Sep 19 2015
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Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts
Elizabeth Barajas-Román, CEO

Top Women’s Group/Non Profit Women’s Fund of Western Mass. Elizabeth Barajas-Román, CEO Elizabeth Barajas-Román is passionate about community outreach among the disenfranchised and has been a grassroots advocate for women and girls her entire career. A recipient of multiple honors for her work around community improvement, Elizabeth is often invited to speak to groups across our region and was recently appointed to the state advisory committee on wage equity. For the last...

Sep 19 2015
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Melissa Richter
Peoples Bank

Top Woman in Banking Melissa RichterPeoplesBank Melissa has been the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of Peoples Bank West Springfield since 2008.The business banking center serves the Agawam and West Springfield community.  In addition to managing the branch, her role involves building strong community relations by participating in numerous clubs and as a board member.   One board Melissa is especially proud to be a part of is the Parent Advisory Council for Baystate...

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