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 years of working for other people, Janie Burnett finally decided to step out on her own. Inspired by her husband, a great source of support throughout the business-building process, she opened JNB Consulting and hasn’t looked back since. The full-service management consultancy focuses on property management and evaluation, real estate sales and service, and commercial mortgage brokerage services. Ms. Burnett is proud of the fact that she has managed to stay in business, despite the ups and downs, and is committed to continued growth.
After years of professional excellence, Katrina West has garnered a stellar reputation for her availability, reliability, trustworthiness, hard work, and great ideas. She carries those traits with her as she heads Katrina’s Debt Relief, Inc., and Kat’s Art and Daycare, and considers them the catalyst for her success. Ms. West started the former company because of her own journey with debt and her desire to help others in similar situations, and the latter after she saw a need for around-the-clock child care services. Since then, she has remained committed to growing her businesses and providing the best possible service for her clients. In her role with Kat’s Art and Daycare, she uses her expertise in hand-drawn portraiture to teach art to the children she oversees.
Title: Senior Managment Consultant
Company: Berkeley Research Group, LLC
Location: Eldersburg, MD United States
Driven by a passion for the field, Brenda Watson has become well-known as an expert on project management, audits, re-reimbursement, compliance, and the HIM revenue cycle world. She is currently using her talents as a senior management consultant at Berkeley Research Group, LLC, which serves real estate and facilities management clients within corporate, institutional and government sectors. Their mission is to help design and implement integrated workplace management software to help solve complex issues.
A registered financial consultant, Jennifer Calandra has thrived as the president of Turning Point Wealth Advisors. She prides herself on more than a decade of service, and attributes her success and longevity to her commitment to going above and beyond for her clients. Ms. Calandra pushes the boundaries of her industry, and as a result, has earned the Women’s Choice Award for Financial Advisors since 2013. She also co-authored the best-selling book, “Dare to Succeed,” with Jack Canfield and other leading experts from around the country.
Title: Owner, Tax Preparation Manager
Company: Alpha Tax & Business Accounting System
Location: Weatherford, TX United States
Marie Elena Clemenger’s connection to accounting runs deep, tracing back to her first job of keeping records and books for her father’s trucking company. Crunching numbers had always come easily to her, and her position enhanced her desire to pursue the field further. Ms. Clemenger proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science in accounting, and later on earned a master’s degree in accounting and credit. She also became a registered tax professional with the IRS and a member of the National Society of Tax Professionals.