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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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Lenora McIntyre, CBA®

 Lenora McIntyre is an Operations Manager and Certified Business Advisor (CBA®) for the Minority Business Development Center (MBDC) Incubation program and Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) at The University of Toledo.

Prior to coming to The University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center in September 2017, Lenora spent over 19 years as a Corporate industry accountant, teacher, and successful owner of Peak Electric Inc. an MBE and 8A Electrical Supply Company.  As an early graduate of the MBDC Incubator program, her passion for aiding minority entrepreneurs was borne through a desire to give back and eventually developed into a passion for helping others deal with the sometimes-overwhelming prospect of growing a new business.  Fueling both a personal vocation and MBDC program mission to foster an environment that offers assistance for minority-owned, early-stage firms that will help nurture entrepreneurial and economic development in the Toledo community by providing office space, training, mentoring, and a network of professional advisors.  Located on the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus, the University of Toledo Minority Business Development Center provided an ideal environment to help a selected number of established minority-owned businesses grow.

As a Certified Business Advisor (CBA®) Lenora McIntyre is also a small business coach who helps owners of existing businesses, start-ups, certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), certified Encouraging Diversity Growth and Equity (EDGE), and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses transition from early stage to successful entrepreneur by providing important services that identify emerging businesses and cultivates their growth and sustainability thus strengthening the minority business community, support job creation and further economic growth in Ohio.


Minority Business Development

Minority Business Assistance Center


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


Kendra Bills

Kendra is the owner/designer at In Bloom Flowers & Gifts in Maumee, OH, and has been in business for 10 years. Never dreaming that she would own and run her own shop, she completed her Associate Degree in Applied Business. She began her career as a receptionist for a local accounting firm, but not finding fulfillment doing that, she began to work for a temporary staffing agency to see if she could find the right fit. Finally, landing a position working as assistant to the controller for a small manufacturing company, she was a receptionist, HR assistant and sometimes filled in the Purchasing and Engineering Departments as an Administrative Assistant. Many years later after starting her family, Kendra and her best friend dreamed of building a business together that combined a flower shop and gift shop. Fast forward 10 years and many learning experiences later, Kendra has built her business by unfailing family support, working hard and cultivating great working relationships with many local businesses.


In Bloom Flowers & Gifts

Business Owner


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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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



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



Dr. Brenda Holsey

Brenda Holsey, owner of Shear Innovations beauty and wellness clinic, serving the Toledo community for over 33 years. Main objective is to promote success as a positive role model by sharing her knowledge and skills while continually upgrading education and exposure to up-and-coming salon professionals.

Community Service 

Human Trafficking Coalition

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Paula Birney

Paula Birney, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Arista Home Care, is a Baby Boomer who relocated to Toledo in 1987 where she earned a degree in Medical Assisting. She has since been working in healthcare for over 25 years with the Toledo Clinic, ProMedica and now independently. In 2014, along with her husband, Clayton, Paula founded Arista Home Care Solutions, providing in-home care for the elderly and disabled. Offering personalized, quality care, the growing company currently serves seniors in 5 counties with a staff of over 50 caregivers and office support. Paula is also a member of the Rotary Club of Maumee, Sylvania Chamber of Commerce, Waterville Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Ohio Chapter of Medical Assistants, W.E.N, and Connext Nations. She enjoys teaching Fun & Fit classes to seniors in local facilities and is a certified Cycle and SilverSneakers instructor.

Women in Business

Arista Home Care


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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Physicians and Midwives

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Michelle Pommeranz

Michelle Pommeranz, CFP®, is a Financial Advisor at Lehner Carroll Shope Capital Management. She brings over 19 years of experience in comprehensive financial plans and investment portfolio management to work towards meeting all investment goals. Michelle is a proud Toledo native. After graduating from the University of Toledo in 1999 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, minor in Accounting, she accepted a Financial Advisor position at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Michelle is series 7 and 66 registered and is also Life, Accident, Health and Annuity Insurance Licensed. Michelle also obtained a Certification in Financial Planning from Bowling Green State University Michelle has enjoyed a successful career as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ since 2005. Michelle currently resides in Monclova with her husband Martin, their son Madden, and their happy lab Marx. Michelle has been involved in many charitable and social organizations and volunteers her time with the Make A Wish Foundation and St. John's Lutheran Church. Michelle is involved with the Maumee and Perrysburg Chamber of Commerce, Women of Toledo, and Women's Entrepreneurial Network (WEN).

Investment Advisor

Lehner Carroll Shope Capital Management


Pam Weirauch 

I was a small business owner of a restaurant, Pam's Corner for 16 years and for some family reasons I had to make a transition and that has strengthened my belief that it takes a village. At any age. It made the transition into being coming a person with a boss when I used to be a boss and it's made me an even stronger person than before.

Women & Discovery



Linda Fayerweather

Linda Lucas Fayerweather is a business specialist at the Toledo Lucas County Library where she works with existing business owners, business professionals and prospective entrepreneurs to help them find the data and research to advance their business goals.  She has firsthand experience in the world of small business having owned several businesses including, Changing Lanes in Maumee Ohio; a licensed before and after school day care center in Maryland; counseled over 300 small business owners in Delaware while Director of the Delaware Small Business Development Center; and has spent too many hours doing personal and business taxes. She has a bachelor’s in library science from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA in accounting from Augusta State University where she lettered in cross country, too. She has received the YWCA Milestones award and the Maumee Hometown Hero award. When she is not doing business development and entrepreneurial training, look for her in her Maumee, Ohio garden where she lives with Bill, her husband; one mutt; and one ghost named Aunt Phoebe.  Not far from her home are her two children’s families with two grandsons, Desmond and Lucas and one granddaughter, Valerie.

Economic Success 

Library Technology 

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Toni Shoola -Young Women 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 

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Michelle Quilter

Early on in my career, I discovered that the best way to get to know a person is to ask the appropriate questions, at the appropriate time and then take additional time to actively listen to how those questions are being answered.  The more time taken to get to know a person in the beginning of your relationship, the more you will be looked at as a trustworthy person when it is time to ask for the business.  I am the number one referral source for my company.  It is because I have an extensive knowledge of our business and its products, how they work and I understand in what way our products and or services can benefit the customer.  I have spent my entire career either teaching this concept to staff members or actively using this concept myself to secure and retain business for my employer. 

Relationship Banker 

Genoa Bank 


Debby Peters

Debby has always had high expectations for herself. And she thinks she can accomplish most anything she wants. Her business, Connext Nation (a division of TriNet360) is now in its 18th year. Previous to that she was a high producing sales person within the payroll service industry and then became the sales manager that could turn beginning sales people into champions. Her next challenge is to move the an online education delivery platform for her referral-based training. She is a contributing author to Masters of Sales and Masters of Networking. Additionally she has written a book, "Tell Me Exactly What to Say: 33 Conversations That Will Make a Huge Impact on Your Networking Life", which is in the editing phase currently.

Connext Nation

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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.

Women in Public Sector

City of Toledo


Dr. Hope Mitchell

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Mitchell attended the University of Rochester and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She obtained her doctorate of medicine from The Medical College of Ohio (MCO). She also completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a Pathology Fellowship while at MCO and a residency in Dermatology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Mitchell is certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Mitchell is an Ohio and Michigan board-certified dermatologist and the founder & CEO of Mitchell Dermatology. With over 25 years of experience in the medical field, she is an accomplished, highly qualified dermatologist and entrepreneur. Dr. Mitchell is an advocate for mentorship, education and diversity in medicine. In addition to practicing and overseeing the daily operations of her practice, she creates hands-on shadow experiences for, builds relationships with, and especially encourages female students from middle school through college that have an interest in medicine. Dr. Mitchell’s excitement for mentoring grew into Girls Inspired by Hope. Her belief is that exposure to the medical field at the earliest age will cultivate confidence, opportunities and diversity in medicine.

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Mitchell Dermatology

Founder & CEO

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Carrie Hartman

Carrie Hartman is a political strategist and women’s rights advocate.  She has been working on political campaigns for over ten years.   Carrie works hard to empower more women to become involved in politics and run for office.  She co-hosts a podcast called “We’ve Got Issues, Girl” to help women better understand the issues that matter most to them, because when it comes to politics, women’s issues don’t have to be limited to reproduction and childcare.  After graduating from Iowa State University, she worked for a number of women’s organizations including Planned Parenthood.  She earned a law degree from the University of Toledo and currently works as a Project Manager for the City of Toledo.

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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

Atanya Hayes

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Ramona Collins

I am a retired Personal Employment Consultant for the State of Ohio but have been an entertainer for 52 years. In 2018 I opened for Jennifer Holliday and Gladys Knight, have been voted Best of Toledo in 2015, 2016 and 2018. I currently sit on boards for the Toledo Arts Commission, Central Labor Committee for the AFL-CIOl, former president of the Toledo Jazz Society and former secretary/events chair for the Black Swamp Blues Society.

Women in Music


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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Lori Jacobs

Lori Jacobs is one of the founders and owners of Cake in a Cup, a cupcake shop with two locations in Toledo. In 2011, Lori and her business partner were featured on the Food Network show Cupcake Wars, winning the top prize in the episode that featured Tim Burton inspired creations. Jacobs is a self-taught baker and loves coming up with new flavor combinations. With her daughter grown and having a child of her own now, Lori has now entered a new chapter in her life and loves to take this time to share her story and experiences to help other women grow in their personal and business life.

Cake in a Cup

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