Courtney McLellan – Driven to Design a Successful Life

Posted by on Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Courtney McLellan has always had a strong drive and an unwavering self-discipline. After years of training, she danced with a professional ballet company for some time but decided to pursue a different career path and eventually earned a Master’s degree. She went on to have a successful career as a stock trader. However, in 2009, she realized that she needed to do something more to stay ahead at her job. Pregnant with her second child, Courtney enrolled in another graduate-level program ... Continue Reading


Shanalee Richins Dombrosky – Embracing a New Tomorrow

Posted by on Monday, November 24th, 2014

Shanalee Richins Dombrosky’s passion for helping others led her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and venture into pediatric oncology. While the experience was often challenging and heart-wrenching, she always felt it was worthwhile. “I learned a lot of valuable lessons and it changed my life in many ways. I know now that even a bad day as a parent is still a wonderful day, because there are parents out there who no longer have their children.” Although Shanalee enjoyed ... Continue Reading


Aleesha McDonald – Providing for Family

Posted by on Friday, November 21st, 2014

Aleesha McDonald's priority has always been to provide the best opportunities for her daughters. As a hair stylist for over nine years, Aleesha and her husband were doing well for themselves until last year when her husband was laid off from his job in sales. Suddenly, they found themselves struggling to make ends meet. Behind on bills, Aleesha started to look for another avenue that would generate income for upcoming private school tuition while not taking her away from her three-year-old ... Continue Reading


Laura Bangar – Making the Most of Your Time

Posted by on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Her entire life, Laura Bangar was determined to have a full-time, professional career. At the age of 18, she left home, hoping to venture into the corporate world. She got a job at a bank, while starting her college career, and loved her work there. She was convinced being a stay at home mom wasn’t for her, until three and a half years later when she had her first child. At that point, Laura wanted nothing more than to stay ... Continue Reading


Brooke Patterson – Searching for More

Posted by on Monday, November 17th, 2014

For ten years, Brooke Patterson has been practicing law as a tax attorney. She never anticipated adding more to her professional life, especially with three small children at home. Brooke’s experiences, however, have taught her that all circumstances have the potential to change. “No one should ever feel like their current job is the best they could hope for in life or the most they could ever desire to earn.” And with that mentality, Brooke remained open to opportunities that ... Continue Reading


Lauren Myers – Balancing Family, Community, and Personal Development

Posted by on Friday, November 14th, 2014

A former pilot in the Air Force, Lauren Myers transitioned from Active Duty to the Reserves when she and her husband decided to have children. She didn’t think she would ever find another professional opportunity that satisfied her the way the military had, especially after her family’s situation changed and required much more of her time and attention. Lauren became the primary caregiver for her husband, a veteran with disabilities, and her two daughters, the eldest born with autism, while ... Continue Reading


LeAnne Lynch – Find Your Passion

Posted by on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

LeAnne Lynch tends to center her goals on those in need. In the summer of 2012, LeAnne went on a mission trip to Haiti with her friend Crystal. They had been acquaintances on social media, but it wasn’t until Haiti that they met in person. On the way home, they were separated from the rest of the group and finally had some time to connect and get to know each other one on one. As they spoke, Crystal shared with ... Continue Reading


Megan Denney – The Best of Both Worlds

Posted by on Monday, November 10th, 2014

Although Megan Denney never experienced the desire to stop working, the birth of her first daughter in 2009 left her feeling torn between her home life and her desire to succeed as a professional in the business world. Each time she drove to work, crying and upset that she was leaving her daughter, she would assure herself she was doing the right thing. “I knew I had to work because that was something I needed for me, but I’d always ... Continue Reading


Linda Kowalski – New Beginnings

Posted by on Friday, November 7th, 2014

Linda Kowalski has always focused her energy on others. In 1996, Linda experienced life-threatening complications after giving birth to her one-pound premature baby boy. When she beat the odds of survival without long-term health problems, she and her husband knew their baby would need 100 percent of her focus and the road ahead meant it was time for a change. She left her job in corporate customer service in order to stay home, and devoted herself to caring for her ... Continue Reading


Sarah Sollar – An Accomplishment Worth Recognizing

Posted by on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

A Realtor for over 12 years, Sarah Sollar has always enjoyed feeling like she’s making a difference, whether in her profession or by improving her family’s life. In 2011, after the birth of her son, Landry, Sarah decided to make real estate a part-time career so she could spend more time at home. The inconsistency of the real estate industry meant that there would often be several months in a row with no closings. Sarah became frustrated that she wasn’t ... Continue Reading