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Mentorship & Connection > Discovery Mentoring
Our mentorship program provides mentoring and guidance for any female of all ages. The goal for our Mentors and Mentees to fully capitalize on the opportunity and ability to connect, communicate and collaborate with more women and leaders in our community. Our Mentors are committed to meet our Mentee (YOU) at our Mentoring on the Moments (M.o.M) sessions, 6pm to 8pm and a one-on-one meeting each quarter.
We value diversity of age, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, experience, class, size and more- and to find ways to drive this through every element.
We have created spaces where women of many generations can interact and support one another.
We support participatory of exchange knowledge, experiences, and skill to foster unique opportunities for innovation, learning, and accountability.
We nurture the goal of learning from the past and reflecting on the present to create a more just and equitable future.
We also value vulnerability. We have real conversations about where we are and what we need to succeed- and are comfortable with change.
We want to create a new reality where women all ages can make progress from a real advice from real women!
We capitalize on the opportunity and the ability to connect, communicate and collaborate with more women in our community.
We are your Mentors, friends, peer-support and local network that join the movement of local women supporting women.
Meet our Mentors Circle!
Sierra Webb is a Toledo Native with worldly experience, having lived in Germany and California, who believes in her community and is passionate about imparting a positive impact. She received her Associate Degree in Education from Owens Community College and currently attends Bowling Green State University where she will receive her Bachelor's in Management and Technology in Summer 2022. Sierra is the Circulation Supervisor at Kent Branch Library with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL). Outside of TLCPL, she also sits on the Human Relations Commission where she Co-Chairs the Stop the Violence sub-Committee. Sierra devotes herself to servant leadership in and outside of her professional work. She is a mother to three beautiful children and two fur-babies. Sierra enjoys spending time with family and friends, creating, and listening to music, reading, and adventuring.
Toledo Public Library
Christie McKenzie is the Vice President of Operation and Human Relations at Supplemental Staffing. Christie has her Bachler/Master’s Degree in Dietetics and knows the value of health in a person’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects as it pertains to the whole person. She continues to use her education for health and wellness support for family and co-workers. Christie has been a volunteer for Adopt America, Mobile Meals, Toledo Humane Society, Greater Toledo YMCA/JCC. Ohio and local PTA Chapters, Girl Scouts of NW Ohio, Leadership Toledo, Women of Toledo, and more. She was an active Board Member in the implementation of HerHub within Women of Toledo. She led her company, Supplemental Staffing, to become an ISO Certified company, as well as a WBE (national Women-Owned Business) certified company. She started her company’s involvement in the University of Toledo Center for Family Business back in 2000. Christie is the mother of 2 strong and independent teenage daughters. She’s volunteered in almost every sporting and academic program they’ve participated in from Preschool – College. In 2010, she started competing in 5K, 10K, 15k, ½ Marathon, Full Marathon, and Triathlons. Why does she get so involved? Several reasons really, but the 2 most important reasons are: To be a positive role model and leader for her daughters, and to give back to the community she lives in. Christie values the importance of teaching her daughters, her friends, her co-workers, and her community to be productive individuals in our society.
Kristen Ayers is a wife and mom to Monroe and Verona and lives in Columbus, Ohio. She is passionate about investing in others and creating solutions. Having the courage to take the first step, even if you are the one in the room with the least amount of experience or knowledge, is everything. Everyone she meets and every challenge she faces, Kristen approach with integrity, honesty, and humility.
Kristen has a business degree, a law degree, an arts degree, and a real estate license. She started businesses and found with both of her successes and failures that learning from others on what was working and what wasn't and NOT giving up just because it felt uncomfortable or hard was necessary to get to the next level. Kristen is an Ambassador for SCORE, Women of Toledo/Her Hub, E-Seedling-Child, and Founder of the Vision Board Movement, which gives people a look into who they are, who they want to become, and helping them execute that vision with support and motivation. As Mrs. North America Universal, Kristen passionate about embracing the value within people and creating the education, mentorship, training, opportunities for mindset, start-up, and customer exposure for individuals who need a change in their life and are trying to build the support and confidence to be successful.
Mrs. North America Universal
Dr. Erin Marten, DNP, CNM
Dr. Erin Marten is a doctoral prepared certified nurse midwife, providing full scope obstetric and gynecologic care in Toledo. After falling in love with the midwifery model of care, she made a career change in 2007 and began attending nursing school with the intention of becoming a midwife. She graduated from Frontier Nursing University with a Doctor of Nursing Practice with a specialty in nurse midwifery in 2016. She is currently pursuing a master’s in public health in Maternal and Child Health as well as a graduate certificate in Human Sexuality from The University of Minnesota. She has given lectures at many learning conferences in and around the Toledo area and her practice was recently voted Favorite Midwives in Toledo in Toledo Parent Magazine.Erin is committed to being an active participant in the changing landscape of reproductive health and the push for equality for all birthing people. She plans to utilize her education in midwifery and maternal and child health to create meaningful and measurable change in how we care for vulnerable mothers and birthing people. Born and raised in Bowling Green, Erin remembers a trip to Toledo being an all day, special event. Having spent the last 20 years living in and loving all that is Toledo, Erin now lives in Maumee with her beautiful, blended family.
Mercy Women's Health
Physicians and Midwives
Angela Lucas is a personal branding strategist who teaches women how to find the reason they exist so they can live the life they crave. A native of Toledo, OH, Angela helps women find their purpose and exchange their jobs for dreams.
As the former executive assistant to the Mayor of the City of Toledo, former co-manager of the City of Toledo Human Relations Commission, former director on the Cherry Street Mission board of directors and the University of Toledo’s Eberly Center community board, Angela is a 2018 20 Under 40 winner, and a speaker on topics of personal purpose, leadership, and branding. She has spoken for the Women Who Lead conference as well as the Northwest Ohio Health Information Management Association annual symposium, among many others.
She and her husband live in Toledo, Ohio and have 3 children.
Made with Purpose Co.
Toni Shoola -Youth Mentor
A feminist activist and educator with more than a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a bachelor of international studies and a Master of Public administration, Toni Shoola has more than 7 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has worked for both local and national organizations in various capacities from managing programs to overseeing programmatic evaluation to providing technical assistance to nonprofits and governments across the country.
Rachel Wixey is a lifetime native of Northwest Ohio, where she raises her family and teaches meditation from her Wellness Center in Maumee. Rachel has been a member of the business and school communities in Ohio for over 20 years. From 2010-2020, Rachel founded, operated, and served as President of Rachel Wixey & Associates, a privately held organization providing recruiting and professional human resource services to school organizations throughout Ohio. Her time in this field brought her to work directly with hundreds of school districts and thousands of school employees, providing insight into the day-to-day stress and demands involved in public sector education.
Before forming her business, Rachel worked from 1996-2010, to identify and fulfill staffing needs for local businesses and schools. This exposure to multiple businesses and organization leaders gave her a well-rounded understanding of workplace challenges and management expectations in a variety of industries
Today, Rachel is the Founder and Director of Wixey Center for Wellness, a meditation studio located in Northwest Ohio. Wixey Center for Wellness provides secular teachings, meditations, and other wellness services, designed to serve all races, cultures, gender identities, religions, non-religious, and communities of people. Rachel loves spending time both in the Center and out the field, working with business and school organizations to establish mindfulness and meditation practices, in support of overall health and wellness.
Rachel is primarily informed by her contemplative meditation practice established in 2008, when she took to “the cushion”, knowing there must be a better way of living with day-to-day stress and circumstances. Her meditation practice has directly affected all parts of her life – improving work, marriage, parenting, friendships … and creating true contentment and joy in everyday activities, including work.
Rachel’s love and enthusiasm for meditation and mindfulness come from her clear understanding that there is a direct correlation between her practice and her increased joy and well-being in all aspects of life.
The formal training Rachel is most proud of is Mindful Schools Teacher Certification, which has prepared her to teach mindfulness curriculum to K-12 Youth. Rachel is also certified through Mindful Leader as Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator, and is a trained Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), bringing trauma-informed sensitivity to her work.
Rachel is a Member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA), and holds a BA in English/Writing, from the University of Toledo.
Wixey Center for Wellness
As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I want to understand what is important to
you. I have an established process to help you build personalized strategies to
achieve your goals, and I'm committed to partnering with you and your family
throughout your life to keep you on track. After serving in the financial services
industry for over 20 years, I am fortunate to have partnered with a company that
puts the client's needs first.
I live in Monclova, OH and I am married to my husband, Brian. I have two adult
children, Kelsie and Brock, an 11-year-old daughter, Ellie, and two grandchildren,
Eli and Emma.
Having grown up in Fulton County, I understand the importance of the local
community. I am the founder of JJ Safehouse, which is a domestic violence shelter
specifically for Fulton County residents. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to
give back to the community that helped raise me. In addition to giving back to the community in Fulton County, I also volunteer my time to several other causes.
Because I am passionate about the Edward Jones opportunity, I currently serve as the Recruiting Leader for my region. I am a member of the Women's Entrepreneur Network (WEN) and I am on the board for the Oswald Foundation.
Natasha Reinhart is an agent for RBI Insurance. She is a domestic violence survivor, a teen mom who grew up in a poverty area as a minority. She has also struggled with weight and self-worth most of her life and has overcome many adversities in life. Now, this mother of 3, married to an amazing, loving, and supportive husband while continuing her professional career in insurance since she was 17 years old. Natasha added, “I’ve experienced many things that you wouldn’t necessarily expect until you’ve heard the story. Whatever it is you have in front of you, you will get through it. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”." Therefore, Natasha is passionate about letting other women know they are not alone and their voice matters.
Catherine “Katy” Crosby is the fifth town manager for the town of Apex, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh. In this capacity, she serves as the chief executive officer of the town and oversees day-to-day operations, a staff of over 500, and a budget of more than $162M. She is the first woman and African American to serve in this capacity. Prior to that role, she served as the chief of staff to Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and the City of Toledo. In this capacity, she had delegated responsibility as the chief administrative officer providing leadership to approximately 2700 employees and overseeing day-to-day operations which included administering a budget of more than $800M. Catherine has an extensive background inequitable community and economic development. She serves as board chair for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and on the board of the Higher Learning Commission. She also serves on Fifth Third Bank’s National Community Advisory Forum and is a member of the Root Cause Coalition’s advisory board. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she holds a bachelor of science in accounting and a master of public administration.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she holds a BS in accounting from Wilberforce University and an MPA from Wright State University. A credential manager candidate, she is a member of the International and Ohio City/County Manager’s Association. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. While she has many accomplishments, her most important is her daughter Eryn is a senior attending Alabama A&M University and mentoring young women and people of color.
Women in Public Sector
Town Manager Apex, NC
Atanya L. Hayes
Atanya L. Hayes is owner and CEO of Pro Vision Consulting, Ltd. a small business consulting firm located here in Toledo, Ohio. She is also employed full time for Promedica. She currently serves on the school board for Imagine School Hill Avenue. Atanya was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. She grew up the daughter of a pastor. She has an undying love for people and was taught at an early age to have compassion, and to help others. Atanya has earned academic credentials in Organizational Management, Applied Business e Business Technology. She has applied life lessons to her many entrepreneurial and employment endeavors. She has held various leadership positions most of her adult life. She lives to serve others and help women and young ladies find and embrace the best in and of themselves. Atanya leads a blessed and fortunate life, to say the least. She is now poised and ready to use more of her God given abilities to build and empower women to achieve the highest level of their capabilities.
Vision Consulting, Ltd
Karen has 18 years in the field of historic preservation assisting others in restoring private and public historic structures, speaking to various groups & governments agencies on the benefits of historic, and helping communities to form local non-profit groups. For the last 11 years, Karen has worked in the field of Health & Wellness to assist women in releasing old, unhealthy beliefs and emotional issues to allow them to live life fully.
Health & Wellness
Dr. Anju Gupta - STEM Mentor
Dr. Anju Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering and director of Interfacial Thermal and Transport lab (IITL). Dr. Gupta has received funding from National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society. Dr. Gupta has co-authored nearly 30 peer-reviewed scientific and education journals, and her work has been featured on the journal covers. She is an active member of various professional societies. Her outreach activities center on recruiting female students in STEM by aligning opportunities. She is currently advocating for equitable treatment for female graduate students. Through her participation in WOT, she wants to empower women through education and financial independence. Dr. Gupta enjoys spending her free time crocheting, taking care of her house plants, and self-learning ikebana.
The University of Toledo
Athena Golianis: CEO, Creator PINKK LLC and President, Founder of AGW Idea Group, Inc. She has worked on venerable blue-chip brands like Arthur Andersen, Sears, Kraft Foods, Wal-Mart Sam’s Club, Hillshire Farms, Sara Lee, Midas, Alberto Culver haircare brands, (Unilever) Beltone, the City of Chicago in addition to name a few for many formative years. In 2005 she became a dedicated entrepreneur and opened her own agency AGW Idea Group and has successfully run her marketing consulting and branding agency for over 15 years and continues to do so. She has launched start-ups and helped to grow and rebrand others like VENeffect, BreatheAmerica, Precision HealthCare, Citadel Healthcare, Kiva Recovery, Diamond Bank (now Wintrust) amongst others. At this time as she is also taking her understanding of building brands to create PINKK and use her experience and knowledge to empower and inspire coaches and mentors and provide resources for women with this brand experience and platform.
CEO & Founder PINKK
Tonya Rider - Youth Mentor
Tonya Rider has over 27 years of experience in law enforcement, most notably her time spent working as a Detective for the Toledo Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit. Tonya Rider is the Title IX Investigator at Bowling Green State University where she investigates complaints of discrimination based on sex, dating violence, and sexual assault. Tonya began at BGSU in 2016 as a full-time faculty member. In that role, she created a curriculum for the Forensic Investigations specialty and taught undergraduate and graduate courses. As an educator, Tonya has been able to impact the lives of many students by bringing her "real life" perspective to the classroom from her previous career as a detective. Tonya currently appears on the Oxygen Channel’s Cold Justice as one of a team of investigators who travel across the country to assist in the investigation of cold homicide cases. Tonya earned her Master's degree in Organizational Leadership at Lourdes University and currently resides in Sylvania, Ohio with her husband.
Goals Setting and Education
Title IX Coordinator-Investigator
Dr. Angie Fitzpatrick
Dr. Angie Fitzpatrick is a feminist activist and educator with more than a decade of experience in higher education. She currently serves as Director of the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women where she develops programs that uplift women, build community, and mobilize changemakers. The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women advances gender equity at The University of Toledo and in the community. Since 2015, Fitzpatrick was director of the Women’s Center and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to that, she served as assistant director and lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., and was an instructor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Bowling Green State University. Fitzpatrick was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success while at Coastal Carolina University. At the University of Cincinnati, she received the Equity and Inclusion Award from the Division of Student Affairs. She received a bachelor of arts degree in honors and anthropology from the University of North Dakota and continued her education at Bowling Green State University, where she received master and doctoral degrees in American culture studies.“I have benefited from the energy and wisdom of many Women throughout my life and I feel inspired to invest my energy and wisdom in the women of Toledo” – Angie
Eberly Center for Women
The University of Toledo
Pat Nowak have mentored women for over 30 years. She believes that every woman will soar with the assistance of someone who has been there before. To this day, Pat still remember how her first mentor have shaped her life and made her very successful. Pat’s mission in life is to engage and empower women to succeed. Pat’s areas of expertise include Marketing, Public Relations and Events Management. She is the current President of the Toledo Opera Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Toledo Opera. She is also the Editor of MLiving Magazine and owner of Pat Nowak & Associates. Pat’s career has also included the Executive Director of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce of nine years and the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Seaway Food Town . Author of The ABC's of Widowhood, a practical and easy to read self-help book for those undergoing a loss from a death or divorce provides help that women need to get their emotional and financial world in balance.
Toledo Opera Guild
Liz Thees was born in England and moved here with her family when she was 4 years old. Liz had been searching for her life purpose and discovered that her life purpose was to help women find their life purpose. She is now a Certified Life Coach that specializes in helping women of all ages find their life purpose. She has studied under Mark Nicholson, Vishen Lakhiani, Neale Donald Walsch, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols and more. Liz adds to her coaching practice; Spirituality, The Evolutionary Woman, Consciousness Engineering and the 6 Phase Meditation
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