NEPA Business Journal Names Top 25 Women in Business


Top 25 Women in Business for 2016

Joanne D. Arduino surrounds herself with positive and creative individuals. She believes that people come into your life for a reason and the energy you surround yourself with influences your life’s path. Joanne is the srtistic director of the Ballet Theater of Scranton and owner of the Dance Studio.

Donna Mascelli Barbetti, has had at least two careers in her life. She was corporate dietitian for Allied Services and is now office manager with her husband at Michael A Barbetti LLC Certified Public Accountants. The favorite part of her job is interacting with the the clients and the people in her business. She also gets great satisfaction in observing the great work ethic and kindness her husband exhibits in managing the firm.

Brenda Bistocchi managed her family restaurant, is an instructor in hospitality management at Keystone College and works as the beverage manager at LaBuona Vita Catering in Dunmore. Her career foundation is rooted in customer service taught by the example of her late father and founder of the former Angela Bistocchi’s Restaurant in Dunmore.

As Lori Bogedin recognizes needs in her own life, she fills those needs with her businesses. One of those businesses, Twigs Cafe Restaurant, is well known in downtown Tunkhannock and towns beyond. She is concerned with wellness of mind, body and spirit and is a published author. Self motivation she says, is the force behind social, emotional or biological action.

Rebecca Brominski jokingly says that she has many moving parts and that’s what helps her get the job done as director of the Wilkes-Barre Center and Educational Conference Center at Luzerne County Community College. She appreciates the culture and family tradition of the region and points to the value of teamwork which can create and implement great changes.

As senior director of admissions and marketing at Willowbrook Senior Living, Tammy Connor puts customer service at the top of her agenda. She ensures that the Willowbrook’s residents and their families receive the highest quality of care and compassion in a home-like setting. As for her philosophy: she says, you only get one life and you are responsible for your own happiness.

Kelly Gaughan says you shouldn’t let anything stand in the way of your dreams. Kelly is an attorney and vice president of Levy Stieh and Gaughan. She and her husband fell in love with Pike County and the small town general law firm where she practices. In her practice, she gets to know her clients and makes them feel comfortable. She says it is imperative to support valuable community organizations.

Donna Hansbury, president and chief operating officer of Ideaworks Marketing in Wyoming, has a natural curiosity, thrives on a good challenge and takes great satisfaction in solving problems. She has been fortunate to find a passion for her work. She has followed one career path in her working life and until the company’s recent move has arrived in the same office every morning for 32 years.

Susan E Hazelton is an engineer at PennDot, responsible for a staff of 89 professionals who develop highway and bridge projects In 2005, she received PennDots highest honor, the Secretary of Transportation’s Star of Excellence Award. She strives to perform beyond expectation, loves her work and enjoys what everyone on her team brings to the job.

Cindi Telesca Heyen tries to see the best in people and treats them as she wants to be treated. As president and CFO of JED Pool Tools, doing business as Northeastern Plastics, she manages a multimillion dollar company and despite the challenges, hires many people who are struggling to find work. She says, It is satisfying when we give people a second chance to start again on the right path.

Jennifer Hilla is a realtor at Century 21 Signature Properties and director of new business development at A Pickett Construction and Pickett Facilities Maintenance. Jennifer lives by her philosophy: Do the right thing even when no one is watching. She believes in networking and has attained multi million dollar status consecutively over the years

Diane Insalaco, the owner of Vive Health and Fitness Club in Kingston, believes we need to be the change we want to see in the world. She says that no matter how much power one develops in life and business, never forget where you come from and remain appreciative for all opportunities.

Marlyn Linski Kissner‘s philosophy is to live a life of gratefulness. She is executive director of the Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development Corp. and vice president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber. She finds great value in networking and has passion for her work. She loves what she does and does what she loves.

Evie Rafalko McNulty has been an advocate for women and a political activist since 1977. As Recorder of Deeds for Lackawanna County she is responsible for protecting home ownership and other real property. The favorite part of her job is the contact she has with people who need assistance in some aspect of government. Find the goodness in people and be kind to others as well as yourself, she says.

Laura Gillette Mills is the only female partner at the firm of hemmler + camayd Architects. Smart men they are for recognizing her confidence, skills and abilities. Laura is a project manager on project types ranging from higher education, health care and corporate.

Deborah Moran Peterson is open to new experiences, skills and friendships. Her position as executive director of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple affords her those very rewards. Deb loves that her job is different every day. Creativity, community interest and historic preservation, all wrapped up in one is the perfect mix of opportunity and challenge, she says.

Having grown up in a family business, Preno’s Restaurant, Mary Jo Preno Yanusauskas says she learned that the customer always comes first. As vice president of communications at Toyota of Scranton, she heeds the lessons she learned early on, to go above and beyond for the customer. She is grateful to work with talented individuals in a diverse business community

For Alice Scotchlas, an optimistic outlook helps her manage the communications and evaluation of hospital services among the physicians, administration and department leaders at Regional Hospital of Scranton. Alice is also a registered nurse and licensed funeral director and she is co-owner, with her husband Joseph, of two funeral homes; one in Carbondale and one in Simpson.

Mary Alice Trainor is co-owner and vice president of SOVA Inc., a telecommunications sales company. She says she surrounds herself with good people and attributes a great part of the success of her company to working with a great support team. She was taught early on to always be fair, have a positive outlook and most of all to value family.

Civil engineer Christine Troxell has always listened to the counsel and experiences of her advisers and colleagues and keeps in close contact with the women engineers that have mentored her over the years. As senior project manager at Barry Isett & Associates she manages municipal and land development projects. In all areas Christine strives for perfection.

Elaine Walker says that everything in life that is worth it requires hard work, dedication and passion. Elaine directs and manages the daily operations of cardiac doagnostic testing and the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation service lines at Regional Hospital. Elaine values the great working relationships she has with her staff, peers and executive leaders.

Ashley Walsh is a lifelong learner. As secretary/treasurer at Pocono Raceway and executive director of both the Village at Pocono and the Pocono Raceway Campground she hit the ground running when her grandfather asked her to take the reins of the businesses. Ashley finds great enjoyment in creating, constructing and building. It’s exercise for my brains she says.

Kirsten Wentworth lives by the Jesuit philosophy, to whom much is given, much is expected. She says one can incorporate a service mindset in the business world by behaving ethically and respectfully. Kirsten is vice president of Wentworth and Associates. She is also president of NAWBO Northeastern Pennsylvania which brings you this award show.

Tracy Nelson Wescott is a project manager at Highland Associates in Clarks Summit. The favorite part of her job is solving a challenge, whether it be design, budget or personality. She said she is blessed to work with very talented individuals who are experts in their fields.

As a communicator and listener, Elizabeth Zygmunt is in the perfect position as director of media and public relations for The Commonwealth Medical College. Liz is responsible for communicating to the public the asset it has in TCMC. She also served as editor of the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal for 15 years.