Mentorship & Connection > Discovery Mentoring 

Mentorship Circle


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 is committed to meet our Mentees (YOU) at our monthly Mentoring on the Moments (M.o.M) sessions, 6pm to 8pm and a one-on-one meeting each quarter.

Fall 2019 M.o.M dates: August 27 | September 24 | October 29 | November 26

Spring 2020 M.o.M dates: January 23 | February 27 | March 26 | April 23 | May 2

Our Philosophy


  • 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!

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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.  

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The University of Toledo

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.

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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

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Eberly Center for Women

The University of Toledo

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Pat Nowak

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

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


Life Coaching

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Kristen Ayers 

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.  

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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.

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Mercy Women's Health 

Physicians and Midwives


Angela Lucas

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.

Angela Lucas

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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.

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Social Justice

ShoLove Consulting 


Natasha Reinhart

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.

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RBI Insurance


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Katy Crosby

Catherine “Katy” Crosby serves as the chief of staff for the city of Toledo where she works with a team to oversee the city operations and advance Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz’s policy


Prior to this role, she served as the executive director of the city of Dayton Human

Relations Council reporting directly to the mayor and city commission. Her experience includes civil rights enforcement in the areas of housing, employment, public accommodation and credit;

capacity building for small businesses to include diversity and inclusion programs with a focus on compliance; community relations programs that focus on immigrant integration, reducing violence, and improving the relationship between the community and police.

Katy is a native of Cleveland. She holds a BS in accounting from Wilberforce University and a MPA from Wright State University. Her daughter Eryn attends Alabama A&M, where she studies business administration with a minor in marketing.

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Women in Public Sector

City of Toledo


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.

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Vision Consulting, Ltd

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Karen Kiemnec

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

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Mentor-Mentee Progress Report

Please fill out this form as soon as you meet with your Mentor/Mentee for a one-on-one connection beyond  our  monthly Speed mentoring sessions. Thank you!