Mentorship > Discovery Mentoring

DISCOVERY

MENTORING PROGRAM

If you'd like to become a mentor, please contact Nina Corder at nina@womenoftoledo.org.

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Discovery Mentoring
Our mentorship program provides mentoring and guidance for any female of all ages. The goal for our Mentors and Mentees is 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 meeting our Mentee (YOU) at our Mentoring Circle sessions and/or scheduling a one-on-one session today.

Local and National Options

Mentees can choose Local or National Mentors, and join in Mentoring on the Moment (M.o.M) speed mentoring sessions to meet briefly with several mentors to consider them for one-to-one mentoring.

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 419Mentors Circle!

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Sierra Webb

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.

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Supervisor

Toledo Public Library 

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Christie McKenzie

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.

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Vice President

Supplemental Staffing

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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

Agent

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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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Rachel Wixey

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.

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Wixey Center for Wellness

Wellness Guru

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Jennifer Panczyszyn

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.

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Financial Advisor

Edward Jones

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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

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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.

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Health & Wellness

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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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Engineering

The University of Toledo

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Sara Dastagir

Sara Dastagir joined the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo in February 2021 as the Executive Director of the Center, working in collaboration with Council and reporting to the Council president. Sara is a dedicated leader in her community with experience working in government management and community building. Over the past three years, she served as the Assistant to the mayor of Toledo and most recently Deputy Director of the Human Relations Commission (HRC) for the City of Toledo. During her time at the City, Sara was instrumental in creating language access policies and procedures, working in collaboration with the legislative director to establish the HRC, and overseeing community-building initiatives. In 2018, Sara joined the ICGT Council as the youngest member elected to the Council. She oversaw the redevelopment of the masjid’s website, redesigned the Center’s social media platforms, and led the online creative content team during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sara and her family are long-standing members of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo. She is the daughter of the late Ghulam Dastagir and Saadat Dastagir, granddaughter of the late Hajji Ghulam Sediqe Ziaratjaie and the late Khadija Sediqe. Sara serves the community on the Toledo Opera Community Engagement advisory board, Welcome Toledo-Lucas County Steering Committee, and EPIC Toledo advisory board.

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Islamic Center of Greater Toledo

Executive Director

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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.

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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 

Meet our National Mentors Circle

Our mentorship program provides mentoring and guidance for any female of all ages. The goal for our Mentors and Mentees is to fully capitalize on the opportunity and ability to connect, communicate and collaborate with more women and leaders nationally. Meet our National Mentors Circle one every quarter via our virtual Speed Mentoring to establish the first point of contact! 

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Katy Crosby

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.

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Women in Public Sector

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Maggie Bahler Rizzio

Maggie Bahler Rizzio has been a marketing and communications professional for close to 30 years, cutting her teeth at small agencies after she graduated from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) She quickly realized customer service was her forte and she worked hard for her clients in banking, auto parts, and eventually healthcare/pharma. Helping those clients craft messages and finding the right way to reach their key customers provided the challenge that has kept Maggie motivated for most of her career. She also spent time in retail marketing, working on well-known brands like Home Depot and Whole Foods Market.

 

About eight years ago, she veered off the corporate path and joined a small non-profit organization that focuses on providing support to anyone impacted by cancer. Gilda’s Club Chicago is part of a larger organization called the “Cancer Support Community,” which includes a network of 50 affiliates across the US and Canada. Named for comedienne Gilda Radner, the organization supports anyone diagnosed with or caring for someone with cancer – men, women, teens, and children – through a variety of activities, support groups, and events. In early 2020, Maggie brought her marketing and communications expertise to the Archdiocese of Chicago. She leads communication efforts for the structural and spiritual renewal of the Catholic church in Chicago, a movement known as “Renew My Church.”

 

Maggie got the travel bug early when she lived in Australia as a young girl. Trips back to the U.S. to visit family included stops in places like Tokyo, Moscow, and Manila. Since then, she has traveled extensively and also lived in Toronto, Canada for 11 years prior to her move to Chicago in 2004. On summer weekends you will usually find her on her bike and year-round you will likely find her with her nose in a good book.

 

She belongs to a few networking groups which keep her connected with strong women and strong marketers in Chicago. PINKK is one of those groups and she is grateful for the friendships that have developed there, as well as all the interesting events that are offered like cooking demos and self-care webinars. She is an active member who inspires us all with all her contributions and involvement.

Maggie is also on the Board of Directors of the Chicago chapter of the American Marketing Association and focuses on member engagement – from New Member Orientation to attendance at events to recruiting volunteers.

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Leadership 

The Archdiocese of Chicago

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Judith M. Myers

Judith M.Myers with JMMyers Marketing is an Ally for Equality and Warrior for Social Justice. Throughout an accomplished career in marketing that gave voice to prominent commercial brands, Judith Myers always kept a foothold in serving those without one.

 

As a communications expert, Judith transforms corporate storytelling and content into shared experiences that engage “consumers with merchandisers;” “buyers with sellers;” and most importantly “advocates with causes.” Her craft results in resilient customer loyalty, strong bottom-line gains, and passionate allyship for charitable and civic service. For the last decade, Judith works with a variety of clients through her private consultancy, JMMyers Marketing.

 

Judith is a dynamic leader in areas of marketing, branding, nonprofit and organizational change management. She has strategically guided Fortune 500s, national and global nonprofits, and associations to succeed with their customers, clients, and constituents. She is skilled in writing and design production across multi-channel formats and a variety of industries, including healthcare, professional services, technology, manufacturing, education, and humanitarian aid. Keeping her professional trade sharp, Judith had a long tenure with American Marketing Association Chicago as a Board Director, where she provided leadership and mentorship.


Most recently, Judith has shifted her focus from big business to allyship in support of public service, social justice, and diversity-inclusion-equity advocacy to give voice to under-represented, vulnerable, and at-risk populations. She is a Deputy Registrar and has registered hundreds of high school student voters in the greater Chicago area. She has been involved in political campaigns for local, state and federal candidates and also served as an Election Judge in the 2020 General Election. She served on a citywide community service project developing a database of resources to provide wellness aid to the elderly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Judith is active in organizations addressing racial bias.

 

Judith is a practitioner of mindfulness and compassionate healing.

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Aly for Equality

JMMyers Marketing

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Athena Golianis

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. 

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CEO & Founder PINKK

PINKK

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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

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Stephanie Douglas - Navy Executive

Ms. Douglas currently serves as the Executive Director for Cyber Engineering & Digital Transformation Directorate (SEA03), at the Naval Sea Systems Command-. She provides Executive Leadership for the execution of a unified effort to ensure afloat and ashore systems are cyber resilient, the execution of a digital transformation, Logistics Information Technology sustainment, and Information Technology services.

 

Ms. Douglas was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service in April 2016. She previously served as the Executive Director for Industrial Operations. She was responsible for policy development, mission direction, program execution, information systems, and corporate leadership of the Naval Shipyards; Supervisors of Shipbuilding Conversion, and Repair; Trident Refit Facility, Bangor; and Ship Repair Facility, Yokosuka, Japan.   She also served as the Executive Director for Navy Regional Maintenance Center from 2016 to 2019 where she oversaw the operations and management of all Regional Maintenance Centers in private sector repair, intermediate level, and fleet technical support for surface ships.

 

She has six years of civil service experience as Deputy Director for Fleet Maintenance at

U.S. Fleet Forces Command. In this role, she was responsible for fleet maintenance policy and budget in support of two Naval Shipyards; three Regional Maintenance Centers; Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay; and Readiness Support Group, New London, to deliver mission-ready ships to combatant commanders and achieve the expected service life for fleet ships.

 

Ms. Douglas served as a naval officer from 1981 to 2010, retiring as a Captain with 29 years of service. She was an Engineering Duty Officer and served on USS Emory S Land (AS-39) as Electrical Repair Officer and at numerous maintenance activities. Her tours included Charleston Naval Shipyard as nuclear and non-nuclear ship superintendent for submarines; Portsmouth Naval Shipyard; Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Portsmouth (now a portion of Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center); and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility as Production Resources Officer. During this tour, she led the damage removal efforts in Guam for USS San Francisco (SSN 711) following the ship’s collision with an undersea mountain. She served two tours at Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center, Japan; her second tour as Commanding Officer, where she made all preparations for the arrival of USS George Washington (CVN 73), the first nuclear-powered warship to be home-ported overseas and which made its first forward-deployed Naval Forces availability at the facility. Her staff assignments include Commander, Navy Surface Forces, Atlantic, as Surface Type Desk Coordinator, and at Naval Sea Systems Command, as the Deputy Director of the Shipyard Management Group. Her final active-duty tour was as Surface Ship Program Director in the Fleet Maintenance Directorate of U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

 

Ms. Douglas graduated from Auburn University where she earned a bachelor’s of science in Chemical Engineering and her commission from the NROTC program in 1981. She earned a Naval Engineers Degree, a master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and a master’s of science in Ocean Systems Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992.

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Senior Executive Service (U.S.)

The Naval Sea Systems Command

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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

Entrepreuner 

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Lieutenant Jill Brown 

A U.S. Navy Reserves Public Affairs Officer, a Flight Attendant – United Airlines and Global Project Manager – Conference Direct. Lt. Jill Brown is a Public Affairs Officer assigned to the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) in Millington, Tennessee. She is the Social Media and Emerging Trends Department Head. She arrived at NAVCO in 2020, and previously served with United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF). While serving with USFF for five years, she participated in several high-profile exercises worldwide, supported hurricane relief efforts, and oversaw the public affairs desk in the Maritime Operations Center. She prepared daily briefs for the USFF Commander, a 4-Star Admiral that was critical to operational analysis and influencing the decision-making process. Lt. Brown was selected as a Media Relations Officer assigned to Joint Task ForceNational Capital Region supporting both the 58th and 59th Presidential Inaugurations. She facilitated numerous media engagements, a media roundtable event, and a press conference that was nationally televised.

 

She was selected as a direct commission public affairs officer in August 2013 and completed Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland, in 2014. Brown began her Naval Reserve career in 1992 as an enlisted naval aircrewman assigned to VR-56 at Naval Air Station Dallas, Texas. She continued her flying career for more than 20 years transporting military members and cargo all over the world. She supported humanitarian missions to New Orleans immediately following Hurricane Katrina.

 

Her personal awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medals (six awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal Silver Star, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 

Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Saint Leo University and has earned certifications in event and program management from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She also holds the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) certification. She recently completed a Project Management Certification Course in 2021 to help prepare for the PMP certification. As a civilian, Jill Brown is a Flight Attendant for United Airlines based at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia for more than 20 years. She was previously a management employee for United Airlines in Chicago, working in the employee engagement department. She recently affiliated with Conference Direct as a Global Project Manager with the conference management team.

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Engineering

The U.S. Reserve Navy Officer

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Pat Nowak

Pat Nowak has 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 remembers how her first mentor 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.

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Toledo Opera Guild

President

 
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