Fueled by her passion for language, Rebecca Sibaja has served as the owner of the Borealis Language Academy for more than six years. As the daughter of two immigrants from Costa Rica, Ms. Sibaja’s desire to help those who need to learn English as a second language is a cause close to her heart. Her school, the Borealis Language Academy, focuses on teaching English as a second language to adults, and helps with translation from Spanish, Russian, and Arabic. The school’s small class size and private tutoring services contribute to its success. There are currently three locations for the academy; two are in Charlotte, N.C., and the other is in Monroe, N.C. Ms. Sibaja is proud to say she can teach a non-English speaker how to speak English in 40 hours.
Jamalyn Zore brings more than two decades of experience to her position with the USPS. As the BMEU manager, she oversees the Greater Indiana District commercial mailers and assists the entire Greater Indiana District with training, opportunities, new systems, promotions, and Postal Customer Council meetings. Ms. Zore is very proud of her ability to successfully undergo 12 audits in one year. She considers her greatest strengths to be her leadership skills and her ability to make things happen, as well as her organizational skills and determination.
After working in the mental health field for 38 years, Ms. Rinna Flohr decided she needed a change of pace—and in 1991, she decided to re-enter the world of the arts. She went back to school and received the title of interior architect and designer. She has been the director of Expressions Gallery for more than a decade now, and has helped turn it into a nonprofit organization focused on philanthropy opportunities in the artistic community by doing things like providing artistic supplies to the homeless and hosting a gallery show to sell some of the pieces. Expressions Gallery prides itself in bringing a global awareness through art, by, for example, putting on shows displaying artwork that represent hot topic issues in today’s world.
Company: Praxair, Inc.
Location: Tonawanda, NY United States
Susan R. Kelley joined Praxair, Inc. in 1992 as an Operations management trainee at the Theodore, AL facility. She was promoted to plant engineer in 1993, where she was responsible for small projects and day-to-day operation of the facility. During this time, she helped to implement the ISO9000 quality system at several facilities. In 1996, she was transferred to Praxair’s central engineering office in Tonawanda, N.Y., where she began specifying equipment for new production facilities of various sizes. After several years, she was shifted from project work to the revision of global equipment standards. In 2001, she rejoined the U.S. Operations team as a Cost Reduction engineer. In this role, she estimated, solicited funds for, and executed projects of varying complexity to reduce production costs, primarily focusing on reduced power consumption and increased equipment reliability. She also provided non-project technical support for the production facilities. After 10 years in this position, she transferred to her current position as a member of the mechanical integrity team. Continue reading
Irene Dietz always knew she wanted to work in medicine. Now, with 25 years in the medical field and 10 years as the Director of the Comprehensive Care Medical Home Program for the MetroHealth System, her areas of specialization include neuro-developmental disabilities, pediatrics, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, hospice and palliative medicine. She also promotes a holistic approach to preventative care.
In order to prepare for her career, Dr. Dietz participated in an internship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and then completed her residency at the Cincinatti Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As a health care professional, her greatest strengths lie in her love for children and her patience.
Backed by more than two decades of professional experience, Linda Meador is thriving at both Casa Oasis Realty and Mary Kay. Throughout the years, she has been recognized for her extensive knowledge of the real estate and cosmetics industries. On a daily basis, she dedicates herself to her clients, whether they are looking for a new home or new skin care products to improve their well-being.