Brittany Nicole Copponex, MBA

Title: Reliability Engineer, Preventative Maintenance Leader
Company: International Paper
Location: Stillwater, OK United States

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.

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Claudine Adams

Title: Board President, Chief Executive Officer
Company: Bravura, Inc.
Location: Aberdeen, MD United States

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.

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Kelly A. Tomo, Pharm.D.

Tomo, KellyTitle: Pharmacist
Company: Inova
Location: Falls Church, VA United States

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.

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Melanie Freese

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.

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Kristen Toepfer

Title: Industrial Engineer
Company: UPS
Location: Hackettstown, NJ United States

Renowned as an industrial engineering expert, Kristen Toepfer parlays nearly two decades of experience into her role with UPS. She has served the package delivery company in a variety of positions over the years, but ultimately found her niche as an industrial engineer. Ms. Toepfer prepared for these endeavors by completing numerous training courses. She looks to further her career through her current pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts in business administration.

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