Gov. Rendell Names ‘Best 50 Women in Business’
Fifty Pennsylvania women who own the companies they created, direct their companies’ communications and marketing strategies, guide their firms through challenging legal issues, and significantly impact their communities can now add a new accomplishment to their resume: they are now one of the state’s best in business.
Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” calling them terrific examples of Pennsylvania’s brightest business minds and role models for anyone who aspires to succeed.
“Some of the winners this year volunteer their time to show a new generation of lawyers and entrepreneurs the ins-and-outs of the business world, or to work on worthy causes in their communities,” the Governor said. “Others, as part of their job, help protect the environment, ensure people’s health and safety, or otherwise help their friends and neighbors in a variety of ways.
“Pennsylvania and the communities in which these award winners work are better because of them, and I encourage Pennsylvania’s young people to follow their lead.”
An independent panel of judges selected this year’s award winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women in business.
“Best 50” entries are open to women who live and work in Pennsylvania as an owner, partner or other senior executive management-level position with significant decision-making authority.
This year’s honorees will be invited to several events on May 11, including an evening reception at the Harrisburg Hilton, and they will be featured in business journals throughout the state.
The contest, in its 14th year, is coordinated by the Department of Community and Economic Development in cooperation with five regional Pennsylvania business journals.
The Governor said Pennsylvania is committed to providing new opportunities for the state’s entrepreneurs and community leaders.
“Our economic situation is better than that of other states because of the investments we’ve made over the past six years in our businesses and communities,” Governor Rendell said. “The budget I proposed and the federal stimulus plan will build on this, as they will also help Pennsylvania achieve energy independence, lower the cost of health care, improve public schools, and make the state better prepared for the economic recovery.”
For additional information on the Best 50 Women in Business and DCED, visit www.newPA.com or call 1-866-466-3972. More details of the Governor’s proposed budget are available at www.pa.gov; more information about the impact of federal economic recovery funds, including how the money will be used to help Pennsylvania residents and businesses, is at www.recovery.pa.gov.
The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell’s initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit www.governor.state.pa.us.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This year’s Best 50 Women in Business winners follow:
Denise DeSimone, CEO, Advanticom, Pittsburgh
Shelley L. Fant Uku, president/CEO, FCG Solutions Inc., Pittsburgh
Amy Hancock, president/owner, Advantage Care Rehabilitation Services, Pittsburgh
Carol R. Hurley, CEO/owner/founder, Hurley Associates, Pittsburgh
Kimberly J. Kisner, esquire, Kisner Law Firm, Pittsburgh
Diane Mead, president/CEO/executive director, Bethany Hospice Services of Western PA LLC, Pittsburgh
Marcia D. O’Rear, president, StelTek Graphics Inc., Bedford
CJ Rhoads, CEO, ETM Associates Inc., Douglassville
Judith G. Archibald, director of public affairs, Waste Management of Pennsylvania, Fairless Hills
Donna M. Blaszcyk, CEO/owner, Blasz Construction LLC, Feasterville
Kathy B. Allen, owner/president, Armstrong Farms Bed & Breakfast Inc., Saxonburg
Morreen Rukin Bayles, president/founder, Creative Restaurant Solutions Inc., Exton
Joan Doktor, executive vice president of sales, Prudential Fox and Roach Realtors, Devon
Mariah Fendon Gladis, clinical director, Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy, Malvern
Donna L. Urian, owner/vice president, Fischer Cunnane & Associates Ltd., West Chester
Monica Gould, president, Strategic Consulting Partners, Mechanicsburg
Jennifer S. Schwalm, principal, Parente Randolph LLC, Mechanicsburg
Cynthia S. Washburn, owner, Oxford Hall Celtic Shop, New Cumberland
Deborah Abel, president, Abel Personnel Inc., Harrisburg
Patricia M. Bosma, senior vice president, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg
Beverlee L. DeLuca, executive vice president, J.J. Deluca Company Inc., Springfield
Susan Watson McCoy, president, IMPACT Marketing & PR Inc., Chadds Ford
Leah Humphries, president, Apple Creative Group, Erie
Beth Zimmer, director of talent acquisition, J.L. Nick & Associates Inc., Erie
Jennifer K. Engle, principal/owner, jke marketing & communications, Lancaster
Bobbi Hartlove-Froncze, president/owner, Infinite Solutions with Marketing, Mount Joy
Elizabeth H. Martin, president/owner, Martin Insurance Agency, Millersville
Mary Lynn Jimm, owner, Diane’s Boutique, New Castle
Mimi S. Griffin, president/owner, MSG Promotions Inc., Bethlehem
Merry N. Landis, owner, Fine Art Resources, Allentown
Jane P. Long, shareholder, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba P.C., Center Valley
Maria Rodale, chairman of the board, Rodale Inc., Emmaus
Candy Tingley, owner/manager, Graham Florist, Bradford
Lisa Marcucci, president, Premier HR Services LLC, West Middlesex
Randee D. Janiszewki, agent/owner, Janiszewski State Farm Insurance Agency, Horsham
Robin Neifield, chief executive officer, NetPlus Marketing Inc., Conshohocken
Marcia Zaruba O’Connor, founder/president, The O’Connor Group, King of Prussia
Leza Raffel, president, The Communications Solutions Group, Jenkintown
Sandra Schultz Newman, chair, Cozen O’Connor, West Conshohocken
Karen Doughtery Bucholz, vice president of administration, Comcast Corporation, Philadelphia
Jacqueline Buhn, president, Athenian Properties LLC, Philadelphia
Kate Kinslow, executive director, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia
Antoinette Leatherberry, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, Philadelphia
Debra Malinics, owner, Debra Malinics Advertising, Philadelphia
Lynn E. Rzonca, managing partner, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP, Philadelphia
Pat Hess, owner, Colonial Candlecrafters, Lewisburg
Leslie Eisner Bell, founder/president, Eisner Bell & Associates LLC, York
Kimberly Kennedy Graffin, president, Graffin Associates PC, York
Julie Lando, president/owner, Moxie, York
Ann K. Luciani, CEO, First Capital Engineering Inc., York
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor/PRNewswire-USNewswire/WLOX 13