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NAPW Forest Hills Chapter Showcase

September 2015 - Showcase

Meet Ilene Cohn Reichman

Ilene has been an attorney for more than 33 years; currently a Principal Law Clerk for a Supreme Court Justice in Queens. Some of her previous job titles include: Assistant District Attorney, Queens County and Inspector General with the New York City Department of Investigation. Prior to entering law school, Ilene held the position of Administrator of the Student Health Insurance Program at S.U.N.Y.- Buffalo, serving as the youngest administrator in the state university system. Ilene is admitted to practice law in multiple jurisdictions, including the United States Supreme Court. She is a member, past president and committee chair for multiple Bar Associations, and is a founding member of the Queens Holistic Chamber of Commerce.

Ilene is a wife, the mother of three sons, a stepson, a proud grandmother and owns a Shih Tzu. Her husband, Randall D. Unger, Esq., is a prominent criminal defense lawyer in Queens.

Ilene received her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law, and a double degree from S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo. She received a degree, and holds a certification in Nutrition and Alternative health. She is presently a doctoral candidate in Natural Health. Ilene has received a state and national ranking in Women's Extemporaneous Speaking.. She has lectured, and authored articles on numerous topics in the area of criminal law and alternative health. Her "salad days" were spent in Queens.

A founding member of Seven Point 2 (www.beyondph.com), the alkaline company co-founded by her brother Dr. Howard Cohn, Ilene feels that just because one's ancestors may have been affected by certain diseases or conditions, no one has an expiration date stamped on the bottom of their foot. Ilene believes that one is never "stuck", and spiritual, mental and physical "shifts" are always possible. To quote the late Dr. Wayne Dyer, "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change." Her goal is to motivate women of all ages, teaching how small shifts can produce magnificent changes.

Ilene can be reached at momster931@aol.com, or at (718) 268-6634.

June 2015 - Showcase

Meet Didi Boyd

Didi Boyd is currently the VP Finance at Valerio 888/Ian and Valery. The company sells the most amazing amber jewelry at Amazon.com and participates in charitable events.

Didi possesses 20+ years of experience in accounting and financial management. She is capable of understanding complex legal documents, coordinating multiple concurrent projects, and executing critical decisions under pressure. She is recognized for positive mindset, exceptional diligence, and high ethical standards.

Didi is committed to continually updating her skills and knowledge. She holds a Ph.D. in economics. She is an IRS Registered Tax Return Preparer, and has Certificates in Bookkeeping and Not-for-Profit Accounting from NYU. Didi is proficient with QuickBooks Pro, TurboTax, and Microsoft Word/Excel. Trilingual: English, Russian, and Bulgarian.

Her hobbies are reading books on spirituality, meditation, reading, writing, traveling, skiing and helping friends. She is a sponsor for child from Africa trough World Vision. She loves Lakewood church, Joel and Victoria Osteen.

Didi believes that we all are divine and God prepares us for something amazing. “Your future is so big that God has to get you ready for what He has in store for you. God has wonderful plans for your life, filled with His incredible blessings and goodness. Open your eyes and you will see," says Didi.

She is single mother. Her 17 year old son graduated from BTHS and he is accepted in Hunter College – 2015 Sage Honors Scholar.

Contact Didi at didiboyd@gmail.com


March 2015 - Showcase

Meet Wilma McClelland

Wilma McClelland is a College Assistant at the City University of New York’s Queens College. As a College Assistant with the New Professionals Program at Queens College, Ms. McClelland works with the Director of the program to recruit and prepare students with 3.5 GPA’s and above for the world of work. The students are taught important skills such as, networking, business etiquette, professional social media presence, presentation and leadership skills. The student are ready for a smooth transition from the world of academia to the world of work. 

Ms. McClelland is also a contracted Field Interviewer and Child Assessor with the Research Training Institute (RTI), located in North Carolina. She recently worked on collecting data for the NYC Health and Nutrition Study (NYC HANES) and the Making Pre-K Count study. Both studies were funded by the Robin Hood Foundation.

It is her mission to empower, encourage, inspire and embrace the under served population of New York City. She serves as Vice President of Girlfriends Pathways to Empowerment, a community based, soon to be nationwide organization geared to uplift and support women, young and old. She is also a NYS Chaplain and Director of Operations with the Prison Ministry at Christ Tabernacle Church. Wilma has the privilege to serve with her husband as they conduct services at a local correctional facility twice a month.

Wilma is also an active member of the National Association of Professional Women. She feeds her entrepreneurial and wellness drive as she partners with a Nutritional Cleansing System company which is only 13 years young, and is #29 in The Direct Selling Global’s 100 List. “It is truly wonderful to work with a company that offers health and wellness product solutions for weight loss, energy, and performance and healthy aging.”

Wilma has been happily married for 33 years and is the mother of 3 wonderful adult children and 3 beautiful grandchildren.


Feb 2015 - Showcase

Meet Babita Trivedi
Babita Trivedi is a Financial Planner at Lighthouse Financial Network LLC, a member of the John Hancock Network, in Jericho, NY. She received her MS in Personal Financial Planning in 2014. 

Babita works with individuals, families, and small businesses to effectively manage their current finances and achieve their financial goals and dreams.

She specializes in helping professional women cultivate a healthy relationship with money and develop the skills and confidence to become financially secure and independent.
Babita lives in Queens, NY with her husband and four year old son. She enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with her family. Her favorite charitable causes include Autism Speaks, Smile Train, and Room to Read.

She can be reached at babitatrivedi@gmail.com


Dec 2014 - Showcase

Meet Lindsay Frankel

Lindsay Frankel is a 23 year old Account Manager for Enterprise Fleet Management. She is a proud graduate of Binghamton University class of 2013. Lindsay started as a Management Trainee for Enterprise Rent-a-Car in August of 2013. She finished a twelve month training program in a six month period and was quickly promoted to Assistant Manager. After great success as an Assistant Manager, Lindsay was promoted to Station Manager of National Car Rental at John F. Kennedy airport. After excelling in customer service and employee development at National, Lindsay was promoted to her current role of Account Manager for Enterprise Rent-a-Car's sister company, Enterprise Fleet Management. Lindsay wants to continue quickly moving up in her company and has no plans of slowing down. Besides her professional career, Lindsay enjoys networking, golfing, reading, and traveling.

Lindsay can be contacted at lindsayt.frankel@gmail.com and is open to any questions or advice that can help her further launch her professional career.


Nov 2014 - Showcase

Meet Jacqueline R Alston – Gordon

Jacqueline is the proud mother of two, Rufus and Jasmine. She is the Founder/Executive Director of Carl’s Butterflies a charitable nonprofit organization that helps children who experience the trauma of separation from a family member in a hospice either because of a critical medical condition, or death.
Carl’s Butterflies was conceived after her husband, Carl, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She watched her children grieve as their father went through two biopsies, chemotherapy, in-home hospice, and ultimately died.

“While speaking to my daughter,” says Jacqueline, “I found she was feeling emotionally isolated because her friends could not understand what she was going through. I realized that children need peer support and that’s how Carl’s Butterflies was born.”

Jacqueline further adds, “The effect of bereavement may lead to post traumatic symptoms and behavioral problems. Carl’s Butterflies creates a safe and supportive environment. The organization offers ‘Talking Circles’ where they share with others, their thoughts and plan of action. Everyone has an opportunity to express their fears, tears, anger and loneliness without feeling judged. The children get to enjoy free food and field trips. The non-profit invites guest speakers to educate children on various aspects of life. Carl’s Butterflies’ goal is to foster a sense of commitment among young adults, thereby promoting a pro-social friendship, strong interpersonal skills, and a sense of hope for future.”

website: www.carlsbutterflies.vpweb.com


Sep 2014 - Showcase

Meet Jaye Corvino – Winner of Women’s Achievement Award 2014.

Sharing below the excerpts from the nominations received for Jaye Corvino. Let’s see what the members have to say about this young, beautiful and talented woman -                                                                                             

Excerpt - 1
“Two years ago I met a lovely, petite woman who impressed me with her upbeat spirit, enthusiasm and pure zest for life. Naturally, a lot of our conversation centered on the work we do. I discovered that for the past 17 years she had been working for a major corporate entity.
She loves her job as a Senior Specialist, Philanthropy with the Toyota USA Foundation/Giving. After all, it provides the income necessary for her home and it is a platform for her to help people. Yet, her biggest challenge and concern mirrored that of most working women – balancing career and fulfilling the roles of wife and mother.
To prepare for that time when she’s able to leave the corporate environment, she’d returned to school to study and qualify as a Certified Life Balance & Personal Development Coach. She was confident that this training would allow her to impact the lives of more people.
But, she added, her most important role was to be the best wife to her husband, and mother to daughter Ashley, aged 9! It’s been two years since we’ve had this conversation, and we’ve talked many times since, but that first one stands out in my mind. What an impact it has had on me.
Wonderful things do come in small packages and JAYE CORVINO is living proof.

Excerpt - 2
"Jaye gives of herself in countless ways; she truly cares and loves people and goes all out to help in whatever ways she can. I’ve watched her grow in her personal life, marriage, how she manages her household, as a parent of a lovely daughter, Ashley whom she adores, and also in her personal and workforce endeavors and goals.
At work, Jaye demonstrates leadership skills in decency and order. She is a great time manager and is a leader in our team. As a Senior Philanthropy Specialist, she manages Toyota’s USA Foundation giving and other corporate functions.
Jaye’s natural gift of problem-solving and mediation is beyond her years. So it was no surprise that she would aspire to a second career of Coaching and is also a Certified Life Coach, helping folks, including me, realize and achieve the best life they can live.
If you’ve met Jaye then you know in spirit and truth what has been written. She lives a life worth living that epitomizes love and humility and its’ been an honor to know her.”

Jaye can be reached at –


Aug 2014 - Showcase

Meet Aixa Cruz 

Aixa works as a Secretary at New York City Housing Authority, an organization that specializes in providing affordable housing for low and moderate income residents. Her area of expertise is computers & software systems. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare and Business Administration from American Intercontinental University. She plans to go back to college very soon for enrolling in a media related program. Entertainment industry has always fascinated her since her childhood days. Aixa believes that it’s never too late to do what you always wanted to.

In her spare time she likes to bake cakes. For her, extracurricular activities include traveling or going for a swim whenever she gets an opportunity. “A of splash of water once in a while is good for health, especially muscles and joints,” says Aixa.

Her hobbies and interests include traveling, swimming and spending time with her family. She is drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army & JP HRO, a Haitian organization dedicated to the cause of Haitian population.

The most inspiring words that Aixa wants to share with everyone –
“I want to say to every woman of NAPW that despite all the obstacles and challenges that your life throws at you, never quit…never think that you cannot achieve your dreams. No matter how hard my life has been, I have always continued to move on with courage and grace.”

Contact Aixa at acruzsteph@yahoo.com

July 2014 - Showcase

Meet Angelica Harris

Human Rights activist Angelica Harris is a successful author, entrepreneur, advocate, and speaker. She uses her personal story to build a community of conquerors that will together fight domestic violence and help others–and one another–find healing.

With a lifelong passion for medieval history, especially Arthurian lore, Angelica is the author of three fantasy novels: The Quest for Excalibur, Excalibur and the Holy Grail, and Excalibur Reclaims Her King. From these books was born the Excalibur Reading Program, a non-profit program that brings the importance of reading, writing, and the arts to all children, as well as to organizations dedicated to children with special needs. The Excalibur Reading Program is the new pilot program in designated public schools in Queens, New York, and Angelica continues to work with community leaders to better her program and community.

Writing Living With Rage has opened a new chapter in Angelica’s life. Angelica partnered with organizations such as Amnesty International and the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (IVAT) and the Center for the Women of New York (CWNY) and Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), to raise awareness of domestic violence and support healing through story, and the National Association of Professional Women (NAFW). Angelica is also a member of the Queens Council for the Arts, and a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers.

Angelica Harris is part of District Attorney Richard A. Brown’s Second Chance Program directed by Assistant District Attorney Gail Giordano, located in Queens Borough Hall. The program is geared to helping ‘At Risk Youths’. Second Chance partners with community leaders in Queens, New York aiding them with educational services and new pathways to stay out of the system. Eventually helping them find employment, attain their High School diplomas and or their GED. Many have gone on to college, joined the military, and have come back to mentor others in Second Chance. Angelica works closely with these young citizens teaching them creative writing at the Queens Public Library and mentoring those selected in her own Excalibur Reading Program-Unicorn Project-Raven’s Hope.
As a member of her Kiwanis Club of Glendale, she works with Kiwanis International for the betterment of the lives of children globally. In September, 2012, Assemblyman Mike Miller awarded Angelica the Everyday Heroes’ Award for her work in her community and in domestic violence she also received Citations from State Senator Joseph Addabbo and Council Member Elizabeth Crowley for her programs.

On December 14th 2013, Angelica, was awarded the City Council Citation Community Service Award by the Royal People Group from Councilmember Ruben Wills, and the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Gregory W. Meeks, Member of Congress.
She has been interviewed in depth by the media-Channel 34, 54-Channel 67-Channel 1; Rocco Vertuccio of NY 1 made a personal visit to her center for his Queens Person of the Week.

For more information contact Kristen Westberg at kris@roundtablecompanies.com Round Table Companies. Or contact Angelica, directly at 917-704-4905 or info@excaliburreadingprogram.org

June 2014 - Showcase

Meet Gem Moriah

Gem Moriah was born and raised in Guyana, South America. Throughout her educational career she had several professional designations. She was a primary school teacher, examination scorer and writer, lecturer, early childhood teacher and education director.Gem taught in several public schools and culminated her elementary, classroom teaching career at the St. Margaret’s Primary School in Georgetown, Guyana. Her most rewarding experience was preparing the children for the Annual Grade 6 Assessment Examinations. For several years the children maintained excellent performance in the top 100 in the country

As a lecturer in the School of Education and Humanities at the University of Guyana, she did seminar presentations to faculty members and facilitated learning of freshmen student teachers in Science, English and classroom practicum.

When Gem migrated to New York with her husband and three children, she immediately pursued the requirements to continue functioning as a competent educator. She holds a professional license in childhood education (grades 1 – 6) and early childhood education (birth – grade 2). She was a teacher in an afterschool program and also taught in an early childhood center. She is currently an educator director and a consultant.

Gem is certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as a Level 3 Credentialed Trainer and has completed several ‘Train the Trainer’ workshops related to early childhood development and assessment. She is currently working on her portfolio to receive the Child Program Administrator Credential from NAEYC. Gem is certified as reliable to use the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) to observe and coach teachers by TEACHSTONE. She is also an Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) certified Health and Safety as well as Child Abuse and Maltreatment Trainer. As an education director of an early learn program with multiple funding sources such as head start, administration for children services and universal pre-kindergarten;

Gem is extremely passionate about improving the outcomes of children from low income families, through empowering teachers and working with families. Teachers must be able to optimize the potential of each child by meeting their unique needs.

Gem joined the NAPW so that she could network, share her skills and learn how to establish a successful business.

“Each one of us has a gift and a purpose in life”

Contact Gem:
Cell: 516-304-2593
E-mail: gem_almor@hotmail.com

May 2014 - Showcase

Meet Jennifer Logan

Having a passion for helping others, Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph’s College. Her path in healthcare includes training as a cardiac technician and testing specialist. Currently she is a certified medical assistant who is committed to putting the patient first; their comfort and healing always her main priorities. Her goal is to continue learning, an endeavor she embraces daily and looks forward to returning to school to become certified as a Dialysis Technician.

Jennifer is extremely active with her church and has travelled all around the world as a Christian missionary. Visits to China, Jamaica, and Syria have broadened her perspective on worldwide issues. Australia's New South Wales was impressive for its diverse beauty and culture, and her mission to villages in Uganda showed her the graciousness and gratitude of its beautiful people.

As she continues her works within the church as a lay minister, assisting with weekly services, seeking ordination has a potential place in her future plans.

Previously in her career, she held a Marketing Coordinator position within a major Long Island Corporation. During her twelve plus years of tenure there, advertising and legal customer communications were two of her many responsibilities.

Recently a new member to the NAPW, she is excited to meet and network with many other members.

April 2014 - Showcase

Meet Eugenia Chavez


Eugenia Chavez is a franchise consultant helping others realize the dream of franchise or business opportunity ownership. After 17 years working in Asset Management in Corporate America, she finally decided to start her own company. Her passion for helping others has helped her down the road of her current career.

She is married with two young boys who are her drive and daily motivation to succeed and show them that parents are the most important role models. She considers herself to be a life student, already attaining degrees in Early Childhood Education, Forensic Psychology, Finance & Investments, and Business Administration. She is now currently working on attaining her last and final degree in Management. Eugenia believes that learning is a lifelong event and it should never stop. She hopes to write at least two books in her lifetime.

Eugenia is a proud member of the Franchise Broker Association and the NAPW and is a certified Franchise Immigration Specialist. She is currently working on other certifications in her field.

You can contact Eugenia at echavez@franchisehelpersinc.com

Visit her website http://franchisehelpersinc.com/

March 2014 - Showcase

Meet Cindy Francis

Cindy Francis is a certified esthetician / online radio host/ executive producer for "Face and Fashion with Cindy Francis"  She wants to educate the public about Skin Care and chooses to do so in her private office in Midtown NYC. Her clientele include models, actors, stylist, directors, and those who are serious about the skin care.

Cindy has taken on the task of male groomer, product broker for Skin Care line: cellular laboratories, timeless prescription, Skintelligence, Lumiere and makeup line called Motives just to name a few. She has had a Passion for Skin Care for 15 years and as a highly sought after esthetician, potential clients await her touch due to her expertise in peels, brow shaping, makeup applications, eye treatments and numerous other esthetic treatments.

Cindy is both highly skilled in all the technical aspects of esthetics as well as exceptionally creative to provide her clients with unparalleled service and quality. She is an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils.

Tune in to her radio talk show every Tuesday at Talkzone.

 Her Website - http://allskincaretips.net/

February 2014 - Showcase

Meet Ruth Milstein

Born and raised in Israel, Ruth Milstein graduated from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, with a Master degree in Art and Journalism. She studied Jewelry Design in Israel and later in the United States. Upon coming to New York she made a career in designing jewelry; however, her real passion and hobby was painting, food and cooking. Ruth was always looking for ways to improve and experiment with different dishes from various cultures and ethnicities. Since then, her extensive travel in Europe and the U.S., combined with original family recipes has brought forth "New Israeli Cuisine". Her Mediterranean-French cookbook "Cooking With Love" has been awarded "best Mediterranean cookbook" in the country by the 'GOURMAND World Cookbook Awards' in Paris.
Ruth Milstein is in the midst of finishing her next cookbook. The book will be family oriented and include new original recipes, articles and cooking tips. Wine and Food pairing will be an essential part of this new book.

Ruth is currently a monthly featured guest and contributing editor for "Big Blend Magazine and Radio" which is heard and read around the world via internet. Her specialty spans all types of food and cooking tips with an expertise on gourmet and healthy cooking.

Ruth is passionate about charitable organizations such St. Jude children's hospital, cancer research hospital and the kids wish organization.

Ruth Milstein
Website: www.ruthmilstein.com
Contact: ruth@ruthmilstein.com

December 2013 - Showcase

Meet Juliet B. Williams

Dynamic, sincere, creative, friendly, energetic, faithful, devoted to God, family and community are among the adjectives used to describe Juliet B. Williams by those in her circle of friends. She’s earned many titles such as Mother, Wife, Corporate Executive, Mentor, Stylist, Fashionista and Entrepreneur.

As a corporate executive, Juliet is currently a Specialist of Philanthropy at Toyota Motor North America where she manages the Local Giving Portfolio and Non-Profit Partners, Employee Volunteer Engagement and Matching Gifts Programs. She also managed for four years Toyota’s Diversity Advisory Board, which was established in 2001. “I’m truly blessed to have a job that enables me to provide non-profit organizations with funds that help sustain their programs and make a difference in the lives of people in the community.”

As an entrepreneur, Juliet is the Founder and Owner of JulesJewlz Inc., a retail Fashion Accessories company which she incorporated in 2013. www.JulesJewlz.com is an online store which is a culmination of her years of passion for high fashion costume jewelry. What started as a trunk show fun-style retailing of beautifully selected high-fashion costume jewelry to women has now evolved into an online store offering not only exquisite accessories but fine gift items and all-natural beauty products.

“ I want to use JulesJewlz as an outlet for women to indulge and feel permitted to pamper themselves with fun and affordable high fashion costume jewelry and beauty products that help to make them look and feel fabulous… even for a fleeting moment… and why not?” says Juliet.

The ultimate long-term vision for JulesJewlz lies in the collaboration opportunities that are possible. “I would like to explore using this platform as a ‘tool for good’ and societal impact in the spirit of giving back……chic philanthropic accessories that support a cause…. Help me do this” !!!

Juliet remains committed and driven by the motto “if I can help somebody along the way, then my living shall not be in vain”, something she aspires to every day!

Juliet B. Williams
E-mail: Juliet.b.williams@gmail.com or info@julesjewlz.com

November 2013 - Showcase

Meet Werlyne Dorval Siantus


Werlyne N Dorval Saintus is a devoted and successful entrepreneur. Mother of a 6 year old daughter, she has been working in the accounting and tax industry for the past 9 years. In 2012 she incorporated her firm, WND Accounting Inc, the office of which is located in Queens Village, NY. Her firm helps small and medium-sized companies to have a better control of their finance and reach their yearly goals. She is also a Certified QuickBooks Pro-Advisor, and trains business owners and their employees on how to process financial data in QuickBooks.

Werlyne is also a Licensed Real Estate Agent. She is the top producer in her real estate brokerage and has received an award as a Team player. She is serving as one of JCQC (Jamaica Central Queens Charter Libor) Director in the Real Estate Industry.

In a 17-year career, she has had the opportunity to work in different areas such as marketing, accounting, finance, tax, and payroll. Werlyne has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Penn Foster College and is pursuing her Bachelors in Accounting at Devry University. She is an EA (Enrolled Agent) candidate.

“I believe that everyone can attain success in different areas in life and you just have to know your purpose in life,” says Werlyne. “My big inspiration is Oprah Winfrey for her devotion to help others grow, and for her tenacity to not succumb to failures,” she further adds.

Quoting Oprah Winfrey, Werlyne says, “There is no such thing as failure. Learn from every mistake, because every experience, particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more of who you are.”

Her sense of helping others pushed her to join last year, the TNJH, a Haitian-American non-profit that have for objective to promote health, education, economic and knowledge to the Haitian community in Haiti and United State. Due to her leadership skills, Werlyne got to be the new Vice-President of the Executive Council. Her role is to execute the TNJH projects.

Werlyne is proud member of the National Association for Profession Women, National Association of Realtors, New York State Association of Realtor, American Institute of professional Bookkeepers, National Association of Notary Public, and National Association of Enrolled Agents.

Werlyne N Dorval Saintus
WND Accounting Inc.
9049 Springfield Blvd Suite 206
Queens Village, NY 11428

September 2013 - Showcase

Meet Carol Slotkin

 Carol Slotkin has a BA in anthropology with a minor in non-Western art, and MA in museum science with a concentration in anthropology and a paralegal certificate. With this education, she has been a museum curator, an administrative assistant, a school secretary, a real estate administrator where she was responsible for a $35 million rent and utility budget and the executive director of a synagogue. Carol’s skill set translated into different fields and each job gave her a different perspective on how organizations function. All these experiences prepared her to be a business owner.

“I wasn’t looking for a business when I received a phone message for someone else”, says Carol. “I was intrigued so I called back and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. Little did I know that the company would develop innovative and unique anti-aging products that use gene expression science (epigenetics) to help people look and feel younger.”

“The next product, available for only one day in October, is a weight management and body shaping system that uses the patented technology ageLOC. So now, I get great joy from assisting people to age gracefully and healthfully, and also make money.” Adds Carol.

She joined the National Association of Professional Woman to expand her network and connect with successful women and exchange ideas and share information.

Carol Slotkin

August 2013 - Showcase

Meet Paulette Vabrinskas

Paulette Vabrinskas is the Regional Marketing Director at Marsh and McLennan Agency in NYC. Her skills and areas of expertise include commercial lines insurance for Real Estate owners and managers, Financial Institutions and various other large US and multinational companies. She was promoted to Regional Director, Marketing after the firm was acquired by Marsh USA. Paulette’s duties now entail a great deal of interaction with the Marsh marketing team in NYC and abroad. This interaction allows Paulettte and her associates to collaborate on various projects, coordinate marketing efforts and assist each other in daily functions.

Paulette’s professional designations include CPCU, CIC and AAI. She is currently involved with the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriting Association and Million Trees NYC. Her hobbies and interests include running, hiking, gardening, boating and reading. She is drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as St Jude's Hospital and The Humane Society.

“I joined the National Association of Professional Women to broaden my horizons by meeting other successful women and learning about the industries they work in,” says Paulette.

She looks forward to reviewing the classes that are offered and getting more involved with local charities. In her spare time, Paulette enjoys getting outdoors and spending time with family, especially her grandson.

July 2013 - Showcase

Meet Margaret Thomas

Margaret Thomas was born and raised in New York. She has a professional background of more than 35 years in Consumer Banking/Sales Relationship Management. Margaret has turned her experience into opportunities and in the second quarter of this year, has launched her Online International Business. As an Independent Business Owner, Margaret decided to “Go Big” and bring to the consumer amazing products such as Homecare Products, Artistry Skin Care, Nutrilite Vitamins and Gift Collections. 

Margaret’s next level of potential is to unleash this excitement to others who are looking to explore their opportunities and watch it catch on! She takes pride in her hard work and instill positive energy and enthusiasm whenever interacting with others. Her relentless passion for quality and service as well as her pleasing personality have earned her a strong reputation from both clients and industry professionals.

Favorite Saying: “Live your Life while you have it”….

Margaret Thomas
Cell: 917 656-2615
E-mail: m.thomas139@verizon.net
Website: www.mtime-ny.com

June 2013 - Showcase

Meet Anna Marie Francis

Anna Marie Francis is a renaissance woman – a successful professional and a mother of a beautiful 15 year old daughter, Rose. Anna has been happily married to “Sonny” her childhood sweetheart for over 35 years. “Growing up, my parents were my greatest role models,” she says. "They were hard working, respected in the community, caring, loving, respectful of others, and most of all, Family meant the World to them”. 

Anna Marie is driven to succeed through hard work and determination. She worked full time, while attending college, graduating with a B.B.A in Accounting. Her strong work ethic paid off when she was recruited by McKinsey & Company – one of the Nation’s premier Management/Consultancy firms. This opportunity lasted 33 years and provided her with the skills she needed to establish a strong business and professional profile. 

Presently, she’s on a new journey to locate her next professional career. Noting the challenges of finding work in a very competitive environment, Anna Marie remains optimistic. She says, “As a true people person it has been a real eye opener and learning curve to reinvent myself in this new world of technology. I have faith, and truly believe that there is something new and interesting awaiting me.”

May 2013 - Showcase

Meet Susan Meyers

Our Showcase member this month is Susan Meyers. Susan is busy building a paralegal practice that embraces all areas of law. Her ideal clients are small and medium-sized law firms that need her expertise and experience to ensure “efficient outcomes without any hassles”.

In addition, she satisfies her creative passions in a variety of ways. As owner of Designer Invitations Plus, (www.designerinvitationsplus.com) she customizes wedding invitations, accessories and favors for her clients. In addition, she designs educational soft toys for toddlers and children as well as doll dresses for the ‘American Girl’.

Susan always wanted to be a lawyer and she pursued her dream by entering Hofstra Law School. Unforeseen family issues forced her to leave school, but her passion for the legal profession never wavered. She returned to school and earned her Paralegal training from Adelphi University. Susan continued to hone her skills until she became a specialist in Real Estate and Franchising. The work was so stimulating that she abandoned the thought of going back to Law School.

Susan also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and graduated Cum Laude.

Contact Susan at: (516) 361-4184 or (718) 263-0337
Email: ssrsny@aol.com

March 2013 - Showcase

Meet Jaye Corvino

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Jaye Corvino currently works for Toyota USA Foundation. In her 16 year long career, Jaye has had the opportunity to work in areas such as Corporate Advertising, Diversity, Media Relations, Investor Relations and Philanthropy.

Apart from having an overly demanding job at Toyota, she loves to help people as a professionally trained coach and a certified Life Coach. She helps women to find balance, daily achievement and enjoyment in managing every area of their lives such as their health, work, family, friends and, most importantly, themselves.

“Quite often we have a goal that we would like to achieve – B.B. (Basic or Big),” Says Jaye.  We spend endless time and energy focusing on why we can’t fulfill our goals.  Perhaps we keep convincing ourselves that it’s not the right time… or it’s simply too late.  We begin to accept that it just wasn’t meant to be,” She further adds.  
“Instead of living with unfulfilled dreams, and goals that we believe impossible to achieve, how wonderful it would be if, with little help,  we could realize our dreams and see our goals through.  Imagine  being able to replace the words I can’t with I CAN?”  Says Jaye.

Her top priority is her family – (husband, daughter and Pomeranian). She believes nothing is more important than the time, memories and experiences that she creates with them. 

Her hobbies and interests include volunteering with seniors and children, and simply giving back to the community. She is drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Ronald McDonald House, the Girl Scouts & my daughter’s local school. Also, she enjoys cooking and entertaining.

Jaye is a proud member of the National Association for Professional Women, Long Island Coaching Association and Coach Training Alliance.

Feb 2013 - Showcase

Meet Camelia Pruteanu. 

Camelia has been working in the commercial real estate industry for the past twelve years with a focus in property management.  Known for having one of the highest property performance goals in the industry, Camelia, has a proven track record of success. She consistently helps with tenant-relations, motivates team members and keeps track of various projects.

Camelia says she believes that in her line of work being able to identify is important to emotions, particularly through evaluating people’s actions, choices, obligations and ideals. She feels inspired by Xenophon, a Greek historian and philosopher.

“It is said that he had all the qualities of leadership which a man of his sort could have,”  says Camelia. “Even though I may not have all the qualities or be consistent in my behavior- simply because life is too complex and our minds can’t always handle all the implications, I am hoping that my leadership skills will always help me emerge from the crowd, assume command and inspire others,”  she adds.
According to her, if an individual cannot distinguish between self-interest and common interest, he can’t see, hear or feel beyond his self-infatuation and will always be unable to recognize suggestions and recommendations from other team members.
Camelia has an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from SUNY and a Bachelors of Science in Real Estate Investments from Marylhurst University.

(Camelia was interviewed by Dana Linton - Chair Media Relations)

December 2012 - Showcase

The Toy Drive

The NAPW Forest Hills Chapter hosted its last meeting of the year with a Holiday get-together and Toy Drive on Thursday, December 20, 2012.  The event was held at Jade Eatery and Lounge, a popular Asian Fusion restaurant in Forest Hills.  We’re grateful to Manager, Raymond Taylor for all he did to make us welcome, including roping off a specific area that allowed privacy.

Members wanting to bring some cheer to children in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy donated a number of toys.  We thank Board Member Janice Rimler for her efforts in obtaining a generous donation of stuffed animals and Star War books from Royal Collectibles.  This company is located at 96-01 Metropolitan Avenue.

Board Member, Gwyneth Anderson delivered the toys to the office of Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz for distribution.  They indicated that the distribution would be completed by FEMA or a charity specifically working with Hurricane Sandy outreach efforts.

Chapter President Anjali Chugh welcomed guests letting them know that the Board was planning a full slate of meetings and events that would be helpful in helping us reach our professional and life goals.  She invited the Committee Chairs to expand on their particular areas of responsibility.

Janice Rimler, Chair – Fundraising Committee thanked everyone for their response to the toy outreach effort.  She said this was the preparation for a larger fundraising effort being planned to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.  “It’s Not Over ‘til it’s Over” scheduled for April 2013 is designed to keep the effects of this terrible disaster “top of mind”.  Janice encouraged everyone to participate to ensure the effort is a “huge success.”

Gwyneth Anderson, Chair – Mentoring Committee alerted attendees of a Survey they’ll receive early in the New Year.  She urged everyone to respond quickly since the Board will use the provided information to craft programs and events that address members’ needs and interests.  She added that originally the Mentoring and Communications Committee were linked, and it was decided to separate them.  As such, Chermerdene Jordan will assume the role of Communications Chair.

Karen Booker, Chair – Event Committee indicated that a number of speakers are already booked for a number of meetings in the New Year.  All are experts in their respective areas of expertise and she encouraged her listeners to attend and bring their colleagues.  She reiterated the importance of the Survey because it allows the Board to build a pipeline of interesting topics and speakers that we can confirm in a timely manner.   “Our goal is to attract new members build a strong and dynamic Chapter in Forest Hills,” she added.  We can only do this if everyone participates.

The ladies gathered around the toy display for photographs.  Gwyneth Anderson submitted one of them to a local newspaper, the Queens Chronicle with a view that the Editor will consider it for publication.

Members who attended:

Anjali Chugh, Gwyneth Anderson, Janice Rimler, Karen Booker, Chermerdene Jordan, Cassandra J. Greene, Catherine Arnow, Camelia Pruteanu, Karen Gerstman, Leah Chase, Lyson Basile, Shauna Saul, Katie Kuo Hwa and Asha Wahab.

 Prepared by Chermerdene Jordan, Chairperson Communications & Networking committee.                                   

November 2012 - Showcase

Forest Hills Chapter members met for a professional networking meeting at an exquisite Italian restaurant at 6pm on November 26, 2012.           
While enjoying a delicious array of Italian appetizers, the members embarked on a networking session. President Anjali Chugh welcomed the attendees and introduced the board members to the group. She made a few announcements regarding the upcoming meetings, social media pages and the venue for future meetings. Anjali thanked the members for their participation and significant contribution without which the Chapter would not have shown such impressive growth. She expressed her gratitude to Jamaica & Bayside Chapters for collaborating with Forest Hills Chapter on several occasions.

Addressing the group, Anjali said, “We want to serve our diverse membership as sincerely as we can and for this we need your input and communication. In order for us to best serve our membership, we will be sending out a survey shortly asking you for your opinions, thoughts and suggestions about meeting topics and areas of interest.  We look forward to your responses and thoughts.

It was brought to the notice of the members that Forest Hills Chapter would hold future meetings at Kew Gardens community center w.e.f. January 2013. It was a significant breakthrough as finding an appropriate conference space in the area had been a challenge for the board members. Having a permanent place for meetings would afford an opportunity to the members for participating in mentoring sessions and rewarding discussions.

Shortly after the announcements, Anjali introduced to the group, Ms. Karen Booker, the speaker for the evening.
Ms. Booker is a certified business & executive coach, certified independent ‘color code’ trainer and certified Instructional Technologist. 
She has enjoyed an impressive career in city government in several leadership roles with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development where she has been the leader and driving force behind HPD Housing Education Services’ (HES) long-standing history of developing and implementing complex and collaborative programs aimed at improving the housing conditions, health and quality of life for City residents.  In 2000, she founded the BeBe Group (www.thebebegroup.com), a full-service business development firm based in New York City.  Karen has a Masters in Professional Management and Policy Analysis from New School University and is presently pursuing her Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change.

The subject of Karen’s presentation was ‘Color Code’ (www.colorcode.com), an assessment that helps in identifying ones personality “color” or type, from which “Core Motive” can be deciphered. This awareness helps a person better comprehend his/her strengths and limitations in order to be able to effectively relate to others in one’s life, both at home and at work.
The presentation was in the form of an interactive workshop in which each participant completed a two-page multiple choice survey (each answer representing a color) and then matched the score with the relevant color code.  Karen then walked the group through the results and discussed the particular traits / significance of each color. She helped members to identify the areas of strengths and limitations according to their personality type.  The discussion was lively and informative for the participants.
At the end of the presentation, Anjali thanked Karen Booker for the time and effort she put in to keep the members engaged.

Those who attended were:
Chinasa Okafor Ezeadichie ( Accountant @ Nasa Accounting Services); Chineze Okafor, (Accountant); Karen Booker (President Bebe Group); Karen Gerstman (Voice Actor); Gwyneth J. Anderson (President Anderson Research); Catherine Arnow (Interior Designer), Cassandra (Retired Assistant Director at SUNY Downstate); Janice Rimler (Owner, All Hands in Motion Professional Sign Language Interpreters LLC), Dana Linton (CEO Hogland Variety LLC), Chermerdene Jordan (Reliv Distributor), Celestina Akbar  (Consultant RHI), Gia Cheeks (Special Education Teacher)  Camelia Pruteanu ( Property coordinator, Rentar Dev Corp), Tanisha Adjokatcher (Adjokatcher Global LLC), Delia Nelson (Accounting Manager Pivot Inc.), Debra Turner (Paralegal Titan Business Resources) and Anjali Chugh (Counselor).

Prepared by Gwyneth J. Anderson (President Anderson Research) – Chairperson Mentoring committee. 

October 2012 - Showcase

The NAPW Forest Hills Chapter met at the restaurant Biu Bella and enjoyed wonderful brick oven pizza, season salad and chicken platter during the networking session. After a brief time of chatting and enjoying appetizers, the Chapter President, Anjali Chugh, welcomed everyone and introduced Leah Chase to the group.  Leah is the President and Founder of “Excelsior You”, a personal shopper and coach who has been in business for 20 years.  Leah Chase gave the group a really wonderful presentation on ‘how to create a look that is fashionable and comfortable’. The focus of Leah’s presentation was on transforming ourselves (and consequently changing the way we are seen by others) by making small but meaningful changes to our wardrobe and to start learning organizing our wardrobe, in the first place. 
Leah’s presentation was engaging and very positive.  Leah made it clear that creating our own personal style is important because how we see ourselves is how we present ourselves to the world.  She began by asking us all if we know what our personal style is (some of us did, some of us didn’t) and suggested that we identify our “signature style” and then get a little creative with it.  She also noted that our “signature” tends to change as we get older.

Some notable fashion tips from Leah included:  “Fashion is an attitude.”  “Don’t wear that isn’t comfortable because it will quickly ruin your, and your attitude.”  “Create balance in what you wear.”

Leah made it a point to highlight the importance of  handbags in defining our fashion statement. She said, “Heavy bags are detrimental to your heart and your posture.  Large bags take away the glamour from your outfit, so lighten up your bags. Be conscious of where you are putting your bag.” She suggested that women should use a table purse hanger as an alternative to the floor or lap for placing their handbag(s) while they are at the table.

“Shoes!  Select your shoes with care.” Leah said. She demonstrated the use of a nifty box and went on to say, “Select shoes that are comfortable.  But then make sure you are caring for that investment.  When storing your shoes consider shoe socks or nifty shoe boxes that can be stacked in your closet and are accessible and easy to view.”

Leah handed out a flyer highlighting ‘Ten Pocket Tips’ for ‘women on the run’ and encouraged the members to ask questions relating to those tips. Some of the interesting tips were: A signature piece can be a focal point (a scarf paired with a nice broach or pin for instance); Try not to focus too much on size – look for pieces that can be used in different ways or for different occasions;  recognize what body shape you have and don’t dress to turn yourself into someone you are not;  don’t buy what a salesperson tells you to; Make sure you have a good range of classics in your closet – black dress, herringbone or tweed jackets, etc.  These items are “multi-taskers” and can be worn in many ways.  Additionally those same pieces can be updated with jewelry, a scarf, etc.

Leah demonstrated some of fashion styles with the help of  wonderful women from our group. The members that volunteered were: Chineze Okafor, Cassandra Greene and Karen Gerstman.

The members who attended were:

Wanda Philips - Owner Wanda Philips Signature Events , Chinasa Okafor Ezeadichie - Accountant @ Nasa Accounting Services, Chineze Okafor – Accountant, Dartanya Straughn- Graphic Designer, Karen Booker - President Bebe Group, Ericka Williams - IT Specialist at FDA, Lyson Basile - Business Analyst, Karen Gerstman - Voice Actor, Gwyneth J. Anderson - President Anderson Research, Katherine Arnow - Interior Designer, Cassandra (Retd Asstt Director at SUNY Downstate), Shauna Saul - Program Admin at SUNY Downstate, and  Anjali Chugh (Grief Counselor).

Prepared by Gwyneth J Anderson, President Anderson Research (Chairperson Communications & Networking Forest Hills Chapter).

                   September 2012- Showcase

Forest Hills Chapter members met at 104-60 Parker Towers, Forest Hills, NY on Sep 20, 2012. It was an event jointly organized by Forest Hills & Jamaica Chapter board members. The members spent a great evening, enjoying the cocktail hour (organized by Janice Rimler, Chairperson fundraising committee FH Chapter) with Fradel Barber who was the guest speaker at the event. Fradel is the Executive Director of World Financial Group. She educated the members about the necessity of managing finances and the ways to make secure investments. Fradel's presentation was so informative and motivational that the members were compelled to present her with an unending list of questions at the end of the presentation. 

Highlights of the Presentation by Fradel Barber:

Being in control of her own future was a big draw for Fradel. "I've always been a very independent child," she said. "I'm coachable, but I'm not good at being told what to do. I am very independent by nature and I wanted freedom of time, freedom to go anywhere, and I wanted freedom to have multiple businesses."
Her parents had 12 children and no life insurance and she was using credit cards "like they were going out of style." She took her passion for helping families such as her own and came onboard with the company full-time in 2003. In 2007 she moved back to Brooklyn to open her second WFG office to help families in the neighborhood where she grew up. "Once I made the decision (to go into business), I never really looked back," she said.
Fradel believes that World Financial Group (WFG) is an extraordinary opportunity for people from all walks of life. The Company helps people realize their dreams. WFG is a business platform that empowers people from all walks of life to create lucrative and lasting financial services businesses.  “Through WFG, our associates provide clients across the United States and Canada with the finest financial strategies and products available today. Right now having a business can be more secure than having a job because you get to decide if you stay there or not. Our opportunity allows people to start part-time, so they can still have their jobs and have a back-up career and eventually make this their full-time career.” She said.
Fradel captured everyone’s attention by focusing on ‘independence’ aspect of business. She said, “Today, I can't imagine what it would be like to go to someone to ask for a day off. At the end of the day, that's what having your own business can afford you, if you build it right. You can have that independence and not have to answer to anyone or be limited by how much money you can earn. You're only limited by yourself." She further said, “To have a positive impact on the people I come in contact with, I lead and inspire them to do great things and in the future that will go on to affect other people for generations to come.”

As per Fradel, WFG associates have the ability to offer products and services from a broad array of financial services providers which allows the associates to find the very best solution for their clients. These solutions can come in many different forms, including insurance protection, retirement strategies, college planning, estate planning, business solutions, financial planning and more.
World Financial Group offers people an uncommon opportunity to change careers and be in business for themselves but not by themselves. The Company offers a variety of support functions through its Executive Headquarters, located in Duluth, Ga., as well as powerful industry relationships, innovative training programs and hands-on field mentoring, as well as a business model that can put a willing individual on the path to a brighter future.

Those who attended were: Fradel Barber (guest speaker), Janice Rimler (Owner All Hands in Motion Professional Sign Language Interpreters LLC), Karron Franklin (Pvt Investigator), Dana Linton (CEO Hogland Variety LLC), Lyson Basile (Project Mgr & Business Analyst), Cassandra J. Greene (Contd Medical Education Expert), Karen Gerstman (Voice Actor), Karen L. Booker (Sr. Consultant BeBe Group LLC) and Anjali Chugh (Grief Counselor). 

                               August 2012 - Showcase

The Forest Hills NAPW Chapter met at the offices of All Hands In Motion Professional Sign Language Interpreters LLC, located in Parker Towers on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. The comfortable office and meeting space provided our members a relaxed environment to speak and converse. Janice Rimler’s hospitality was greatly appreciated!!

After a brief time of chatting and enjoying appetizers and wine, the Chapter President, Anjali Chugh, welcomed everyone and introduced Janice Rimler. Janice is the President of All Hands In Motion, a communication services provider for the deaf community throughout the NY metropolitan area. Janice shared with the audience the challenges she’s faced and successes she’s enjoyed since establishing her business in 2006. Janice made it clear that following ones passion is the key, to not only being successful, but enjoying ones work as well. Prior to establishing her firm (which today represents 65 interpreters), she was the coordinator of Interpreter Services for NY City College of Technology. Currently, Janice is very active in the deaf community and is constantly creating events and opportunities for the deaf community to come together and get all the help they need. 

Established by Janice B. Rimler, a nationally certified sign language interpreter and nationally certified American Sign Language (ASL) instructor, ALL HANDS IN MOTION represents the best interests of Deaf/Hard of Hearing people, the companies for which they work, the universities they attend, the doctor's visited, the every day situations faced. Conversely, ALL HANDS IN MOTION provides communication access for those Hearing indivduals who can not directly communicate with their Deaf colleague, patient, friend, student, client. The professionals represented: Interpreters and Transcribers, work in their respective teams on assignments that complement experience, competency, and interest. Janice B. Rimler has been involved in the New York City Deaf Community since 1981, socially and professionally. She has been an Executive Board member of New York Deaf Theatre, held several Board positions in the local chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (NYC METRO R.I.D.) including President; Board member of the New York City chapter of American Sign Language Teachers Association, and has volunteered in other areas of the Community.

Janice’s presentation reinforced the idea that having the knowledge in the first place, and the skills to implement that ‘know-how’ in the work that one loves to do, is critical to establishing a successful and thriving business. These are the components that ultimately become the driving force for doing and enjoying the work one does every day. 

Towards the end of the meeting, President Anjali Chugh spoke about several issues that are critical to the successful development of the Forest Hills Chapter. Chief among the concerns expressed was, the need for proper meeting space that 1) provides an ample space for members to attend comfortably and 2) is conducive to a professional meeting. Second, there was a discussion about future meeting topics and the expectations that the chapter members have from NAPW, and the help they need as they continue to strive for achieving their professional goals. Anjali also brought to the attention of the attending members, the areas of support available for the members within the group. She made the attendees understand that NAPW, apart from being a professional networking organization, can also be a resource for personal support for those who need it. Anjali also announced that the next meeting would be held in collaboration with Jamaica Chapter and the members could look forward to interacting with a larger networking group. The idea was greatly appreciated by all.

Attendees: Janice Rimler (Owner -All Hands in Motion Professional Sign Language Interpreters LLC), Shauna Saul (Program Admin Suny Downstate, Silvia D'Avila (Owner- Iza by Silvia D'Avila), Angelique E Brown (Math Teacher PS 164), Catherine Arnow (Interior decorator), Karen Gerstman (Voice Actor), Lyson Basile (Project Mgr & Business Analyst), Kaleena Ma (Co-owner MK Vision Center), Gwyneth J. Anderson (President Anderson Research) and Anjali Chugh (Grief Counselor & Energy Healer).

Prepared by Gwyneth J. Anderson (President Anderson Research), Co-Chair Communications & Networking - Forest Hills Chapter.

                                       July 2012 -Showcase

The Forest Hills NAPW Chapter met at Dee’s restaurant (Metropolitan Avenue) on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.  The family-style bistro provided an intimate atmosphere for the members – some of whom were attending Chapter meeting for the first time.
In the first segment, the members connected with each other while enjoying Dee’s special Italian cuisine. The Chapter President, Anjali Chugh, welcomed the ladies and outlined the agenda for the evening.  She introduced Chermerdene Jordan, a new Chapter member, as the guest speaker for the evening. The presentation was designed to showcase her business of marketing nutritional products, in addition to providing a business opportunity for other members.

Those attending were:  Gwyneth J. Anderson, President Anderson Research; Cassandra Greene, Assistant Director Continuing Medical Education at SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Sylvia D’Avila, owner of IZA By Silvia D’Avila jewelry; Karen Gerstman, Voice-Over Artist; Janice B. Rimler, CEO-All Hands in Motion Professional Sign Language Interpreters LLC; Aixa Cruz, Secretary at New York City Housing Authority; Chermerdene Jordan and Sarah Smiklee, Independent Distributors, Reliv International; Linda Villa Passione, Violence Prevention Facilitator at United Federation of Teachers and Anjali Chugh, Grief counselor & Reiki Therapist.
Chermerdene Jordan brought everyone’s attention to issues that many of us struggle with, in our daily lives e.g. our concerns about retirement, health and financial security, the ability to spend quality time with our families, and the need to take control of our lives.  Ms. Jordan’s presentation was compelling enough to arouse the interest of the attendees in Reliv nutritional products and they could see Reliv as a tremendous business opportunity that had the potential to change peoples’ lives in US and around the world.   In a Q/A session, following the presentation, Chermerdene informed the members that the products, as per policy, are distributed by a network of independent distributors who’ve had life changing results and are now making sure that others with health challenges reap the same benefits.  She added that the Company’s mission is to ‘Nourish the World’ and that the mission is accomplished through the dedicated efforts of distributors and the Kalogoris Foundation, feeding over 42,000 children around the world everyday with patented & balanced nutritional products.

Chermerdene put Bill Perrin on a conference call, during the presentation, and he shared his own experience with Reliv products. He told the members how ‘Reliv’ had changed his life and that of his wife Patty.   The couple, after using Reliv products and experiencing great health benefits, joined the business and became independent distributors. Bill was honest in admitting that both he and his wife are living a life that they could have never imagined, had they not joined Reliv.
Towards the end of the meeting, President Anjali Chugh verbalized her vision for the Chapter and asked the members to assist the Chairpersons of various Committees that were previously announced during the launch meeting on June 13, 2012.  The Board now constitutes of the following committees and Chairpersons:

Chair Communications & Networking – Chremedene Jordan
Co-Chair Communications & Networking - Gwyneth J. Anderson
Chair Social Media – Silvia D’Avila
Chair Event Planning – Aixa Cruz
Chair Fundraising – Janice Rimler

In the end, there was a brief discussion about finding more convenient locations for upcoming meetings and the Expo / Event proposed to be held in the month of August 2012.

Prepared by:  Chermerdene Jordan (Chairperson Communications – Forest Hills Chapter)  Independent Distributor, Reliv International.

                          June 2012 -Showcase

Forest Hills Chapter celebrated the 'launch' in Tuscan Hills, a quaint little Italian restaurant on Queens Blvd. It turned out to be a fun evening for the members who were attending the meeting for the first time. Everyone enjoyed the Italian platter consisting of Pizza margherita, Pizza 4 stagioni, Rustico bruschetta &Tomato bruschetta. One of our members, Monica Rossi, sponsored the wine tasting event the same evening. She offered the members incredibly valuable information regarding different types of wines, techniques to identify them by their aroma, process involved in manufacturing, the reason behind difference in wine colors, and major differences between white and red wines. The members immensely enjoyed the wine tasting session along with the Italian cuisine. 

Post networking session, the members briefly introduced themselves to the group. The President, Anjali Chugh, announced the objectives of the Chapter and the agenda for the upcoming monthly meetings. She asked the members to volunteer for different committees in order for the Chapter to meet the preset agenda. The committees that were proposed to be set up were for -- Communications, Fundraising, Event Planning & Social Media. The members were requested to email their consent to the President if they wished to volunteer their time & expertise for the growth & success of the Chapter. 

Towards the closing, each member was offered a small token of appreciation (NAPW diaries, pins, writing pads & brochures). Those who attended were: Anjali Chugh, Monica Rossi, Janice Rimler, Maxine Seemungal, Shauna Saul-Morian, Lyson Basile, Tamiko Benjamin, Aixa Cruz, Catherine Arnow, Celestina Akbar and Silvia D'Avila. 

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