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Karen O’Hollaren – An Individualized Journey to Leave a Lasting Impact

Posted by on Monday, July 27th, 2015

Sometimes it’s as simple as a smile from a stranger, or a thoughtful card from a childhood friend. Whatever it is, Karen O'Hollaren has always been fascinated by the countless ways in which our lives are positively impacted by others. Sometimes we don’t even realize the effect we’re having, while other times, we deliberately go out of our way to brighten someone’s day. But in the end, we are all connected, and our actions link us to one another. Karen is ... Continue Reading

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Stacy Morris – The Change Starts Within

Posted by on Friday, July 24th, 2015

Commotion is all-pervading as preparations are made for the weekend buffet rush. Trucks deliver food and inventory is taken. Property maintenance, landscaping, and of course, home-style cooking, are pending on to-do lists. The tasks are seemingly endless, and someone needs to take charge and organize a plan to set the wheels in motion. That someone is Stacy Morris. She hadn’t always been in charge of operations, but when she and her husband took over his family’s restaurant, Stacy needed to ... Continue Reading

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Cheryl Dacey – The Strength to Rebuild and the Belief to Achieve

Posted by on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

She walked confidently into the unfamiliar building filled with unrecognizable faces. It was all foreign to her now, but she knew that eventually she would learn everyone’s name, and strangers would become new friends. It’s always a bit intimidating to be the new person in any situation, but for Cheryl Dacey, transition has never been an obstacle too big to overcome. Throughout several professional reroutes and even entire career shifts, she’s always maintained a strong belief in herself and her ... Continue Reading

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Kendra Andree – Transforming her Career and Supplementing her Passion   

Posted by on Monday, July 20th, 2015

Some snips, a few highlights, and a blowout can do amazing things—a trip to the salon can drastically transform someone’s appearance. Whether it’s just a trim or a complete makeover, updating one’s style can also have an incredibly positive effect on self-esteem. Even after 30 years as a cosmetologist, Kendra Andree still loved her job and found great fulfillment from being able to help others feel good about themselves. She never expected to find that same sense of satisfaction from ... Continue Reading

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Miriam and Randy Steketee – Achieving a Better Tomorrow

Posted by on Friday, July 17th, 2015

Miriam and Randy Steketee began their life together with big dreams. Having met at Skidmore College, even though they came from very different backgrounds, they both were dreamers and shared a passion for living a life full of adventure and laughter. After they each spent time pursuing their dreams—Miriam a professional dancer in New York and Randy playing soccer in Germany—they came back together in 2008 and got married. As a first-generation Russian American, Miriam was taught from the beginning that the American ... Continue Reading

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Christa Turner – Cultivating Abundance while Building a Business Around Her Life

Posted by on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

There was always someone to help—an athlete who needed to build strength after a sports-related injury or a post-surgical patient who’d lost their range of motion and wanted to regain flexibility. As a physical therapist, Christa Turner loved the satisfaction she got from assisting people with their rehabilitation. She enjoyed encouraging their progress and sharing in their sense of achievement when they saw the evidence of their own recovery. As rewarding as this process was, she eventually determined that spending ... Continue Reading

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Stephanie Young – Living and Giving on Her Own Terms

Posted by on Monday, July 13th, 2015

The innocent faces alone were enough to move her, but coupled with sniffling noses and feverish tears, Stephanie Young’s heartstrings were sufficiently tugged. So small and helpless, each sick child gained her sympathies—she wanted so much to cure whatever was ailing them and to make it all better. Whether the little ones were coming in for checkups, vaccinations, or to treat various illnesses, Stephanie always did her best to make sure that each child left the doctor’s office feeling better ... Continue Reading

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Sandra Rosa – Owning the Life she Dreamed

Posted by on Friday, July 10th, 2015

Tired after a long day teaching rowdy high schoolers, Sandra Rosa hurried home to do her own homework. She reread sophomore English books, taking quick breaks to cook dinner and get her two young children ready for bed. She then began preparing the next day’s math lesson—until she was interrupted by her newborn crying. After feeding and rocking him back to sleep, she taught herself one last formation to demonstrate to the cheerleading squad before attempting to get a few ... Continue Reading

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Maria Myers – Leveraging a Busy Life

Posted by on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

“I’ve always said that busy people get things done.” True to her word, Maria Myers’ lifestyle certainly reflects that mentality. While balancing a career that required 60 hours of work a week, caring for two young children (one a preemie who wasn’t yet sleeping through the night), and attending classes to earn her MBA—all with a husband who traveled often for work—one could suggest that Maria shouldn’t have been looking to start a business. Yet, when offered the opportunity, she was ... Continue Reading

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Elizabeth Siravo – Challenging Herself to Push the Limits

Posted by on Monday, July 6th, 2015

Needles, thread, and scissors were strewn across one side of the table—patterns and fabric piled on the other. Amid all the crafting supplies, several finished products were ready for purchase—baby clothes, tiny booties, women’s hairpieces, and elaborate wedding accessories—all intricately handmade. Shortly after her third child was born, Elizabeth Siravo began sewing; and what started out as a hobby quickly developed into a web-based business. For three years, she sold her creations, but found that the endeavor was too stressful ... Continue Reading