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.
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.
Determined and hardworking, Brittany Copponex is thriving as a reliability engineer and preventative maintenance leader at International Paper. She became involved in the company, which provides packaging, paper, and pulp products, because of the many opportunities for growth that a job in the field can offer. Ms. Copponex attributes her success thus far to her effort, time management skills, and ability to adapt to change. She also knows her strengths and weaknesses, and isn’t afraid to ask others for assistance when necessary.
Driven by her desire to own a business, Claudine Adams made a name for herself as an expert in profit and loss management, business development, and strategic operations. Her strong and well-earned reputation paved the way for her to reach her goals, which she did when she became the head of Bravura, Inc. As the board president and CEO, Ms. Adams is responsible for managing day-to-day operations, overseeing company expansion, marketing, supervising the human resources department and 450 employees, negotiating contracts, developing training curricula, and working on government contracts. Throughout her years of leadership, the system engineering and information technology firm has garnered a wealth of experience dealing with the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, and the Intel community.
In 2003, Kelly Tomo received a doctor of pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and moved a step closer to her dream job. She proceeded to complete a residency in pharmaceutical practice at Inova Health System, where she has remained for 13 years as a pharmacist. In her role, she is responsible for entering orders, keeping track of medication and intravenous equipment sales, and making intravenous solutions and clinical decisions.
Title: Associate Professor of Library Services, Assistant Chair of Technical Services
Company: Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library
Location: North Baldwin, NY United States
An educator and an information specialist, Melanie Freese has dedicated more than 45 years to sharing knowledge with others. She started her career as an elementary school teacher on Long Island, NY, in 1967, but found her true calling in the Swirbul Library of Adelphi University in 1972. She served the institution for 11 years in a variety of roles, including assistant to the social work librarian, assistant to the acquisitions librarian and biographical searcher, reserve librarian, and circulation assistant. Currently, Ms. Freese parlays her experience into her positions as an associate professor of library services and assistant chair of technical services at the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library of Hofstra University. There, she uses her expertise in children’s literature and education material to catalog a variety of materials for the curriculum materials center.