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Incredible Women in Business

We celebrate these extraordinary women for their business acumen, leadership, vision and expertise. 

 

Rosemary Allison Real Estate, Director of Estates, Coldwell Banker Realty #00545184

One of the country’s most successful Realtors, Rosemary set the standard for excellence throughout her career. REAL Trends ranked Rosemary No. 181 of Top 250 real estate agents in the U.S. based on closed sales volume. Her vision and reputation in the science of marketing the finest estates established her as the most innovative leader in real estate. Rosemary was recognized as “Woman of the Year 2020” and Ventura County’s Best Real Estate Agent by the Daily News. 805.479.7653 | CallRosemary.com

Cathy Blumel, Owner, Cat ‘N Twiggs

Cathy Blumel’s love and passion for unique gifts led her to create Cat ‘N Twiggs Boutique in Westlake Village. Drawing on her love of cooking, travel, photography, hosting and celebrating with friends and family, Cathy strives to populate the store with unique gifts, small batch merchandise and handmade items. She aims to promote sustainable brands and independent artists as often as possible. Cathy’s selection of curated items make finding the perfect vintage or modern gift for anyone and any occasion an experience to enjoy. CatNTwiggs.com | 818.825.2721

 

Cici Bo, Founder and Owner of Harmony Family Yoga.

Cici is a trauma-informed yoga Instructor, mindfulness meditation facilitator and therapy harp healer. She has dedicated herself to yoga and incorporating its philosophy into her family life since discovering its joys and benefits. “Our focus is to bring yoga to the people who really need yoga, such as women in transition, prenatal, teenagers and seniors,” says Cici. As a boutique yoga studio, Harmony offers wellness yoga, breathwork, meditation and sound baths in a nonheated, noncompetitive and nurturing environment. The team at Harmony is committed to supporting people who want to release stress in their life, feel balanced in their body and feel calm in their mind. 805.558.3634 | HarmonyFamilyYoga.com

 

Linda Braunschweiger, Chief Executive Officer, Housing Trust Fund Ventura County/Housing Land Trust Ventura County

Linda is driven by a fundamental desire to house everyone. She passionately led Housing Trust Fund Ventura County from being a new organization as its founding contract CEO to the community’s leading nonprofit lender. As housing insecurity affects too many families and individuals, Housing Trust Fund VC has funded $26M in loans, creating 1,120 affordable homes. Most recently, Linda is the driving force behind the supporting nonprofit, Housing Land Trust Ventura County, whose purpose is to identify and receive donated land for the development of affordable housing. Her 35+ year career spans through finance, affordable housing development, nonprofit management, federal, state and local public affairs and lobbying, and even working for the White House, US Senate and a California Governor. HousingTrustFundvc.org | linda@housingtrustfundvc.org

 

Lynnette Coverly, Founder Coverly Professional Services

Lynnette founded Coverly Professional Services, Inc. in 2010 as a full-service marketing project management firm based in Ventura. Applying her 30+ years of marketing leadership experience, she has created a thriving company that authentically cares about its clients, crafting ideas and implementing them with stories that demonstrate thoughtful marketing leadership to amplify brands and the champions behind them. CoverlyPro’s clients include Housing Trust Fund Ventura County, Ohana Pet Hospital, Gold Coast Transit District, Museum of Ventura County and many others. A longstanding leader in the National Association of Women Business Owners, Lynnette lives with her husband, Scott, in Ventura, their home for 30 years. She enjoys being surrounded by her two adult children who continue to build their lives in Ventura County.

CoverlyPro.com | lynnette@coverlypro.com

 

Denise Everson, Westlake Body Contouring 

Since 2015, Westlake Body Contouring has provided the opportunity for hundreds of people to experience the amazing power of LED light therapy to essentially “melt” fat and dissolve inches. Those who have undergone this body-sculpting technology include local celebrities and professional athletes. The instant gratification of losing 3 to 6 inches after their first treatment is a fabulous kickstart for anyone looking to improve their health. In addition to the fat loss results, patients experience relief from various health conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis and joint issues. Westlake Body Contouring’s caring and skilled staff take pride in helping to improve the quality of life for so many patients.  WestlakeBodyContouring.com | 818.852.7352

 

Andrea Gallagher, President, Senior Concerns

Andrea has provided strong leadership to Senior Concerns for the past 16 years. As a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®), she has found her passion helping seniors age in the most fulfilling way possible, while also assisting family caregivers in the process. “The challenges our community’s seniors face are growing. When it comes to nutrition, the food stamp program for low-income seniors saw a steep decline recently and it comes at a time when the cost of groceries, housing and energy is sharply increasing. Good nutrition is at the foundation of senior’s health and well-being. I am proud that Senior Concerns Meals On Wheels program is serving more meals than ever to keep up with demand.” 805.497.0189 | SeniorConcerns.org

 

Janet Garufis, Chairman and CEO, Montecito Bank & Trust

Celebrating her 50th year in banking, Janet has led MB&T for 17 years. The oldest and largest locally owned community bank on the Central Coast offers competitive consumer and business deposits, lending and wealth management and is well-known for unwavering corporate philanthropy, annually donating $1.6 million and volunteering 6,000+ hours to nonprofits. Modeling the way, Janet actively contributes her time and talent to local nonprofits, currently serving as Chair of the Santa Barbara Symphony Board, in addition to serving on numerous boards and industry associations. Under Janet’s leadership their exceptional customer service has earned them 25 Best Bank awards, plus Best Mortgage Company and Best Investment/Financial Services Firm.

 

Terri Hilliard Olson, Law Office of Terri Hilliard

Terri E. Hilliard Olson, Esq. is the founder of Terri Hilliard, P.C. Estate Law, in Westlake Village. With more than 25 years’ experience, Hilliard Olson's practice centers on advanced estate and business succession planning, special needs trusts and family protection planning for seniors and veterans. As a trust and estate attorney, Hilliard Olson works closely with her clients to ensure their trust and estate plans provide the protection and security their families deserve. Hilliard Olson supports families with their advisors with longevity estate planning for them and their loved ones. 805.201.2552 | TerriHilliard.com

Kristina Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Cat in a Hammock, Inc.

Kristina is the founder, CEO and principal designer, serving clients across Conejo Valley and transforming their outdoor living spaces. “We focus on empowering women, who often get left out of the design and building process. Construction can be intimidating with its technical language and engineering requirements,” says Kristina. As a woman contractor, Kristina dissolves the mystery of construction. The process becomes easy to understand and participate in, leaving clients with an amazing outdoor living space. The whole team at Cat in a Hammock is committed to providing an outstanding design and build experience. 805.263.4200 | CatInAHammock.com

 

Kristin Karst, Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Executive Vice President of AmaWaterways

A native of Dresden, Germany, Kristin has become one of the leading executives in the travel industry. In 2002, together with Rudi Schreiner and Jimmy Murphy, she co-founded AmaWaterways. Through her leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation, Kristin continues to leverage her European heritage and commitment to personalized customer service to successfully shape the products and services of the company. A strong advocate of the travel advisor community, she has received the prestigious “Travel Vanguard Award” by AFAR Media, the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Travel Weekly and was named one of the Top 100 Female Founders by Inc. Magazine in 2020. 800.626.0126 | AmaWaterways.com

 

Cristina Markiewicz, DDS, Family and Cosmetic Dentist, Newbury Park Dental Arts

At Newbury Park Dental Arts, Dr. Markiewicz and her committed team make your care their top priority. Dedicated to providing the very best dental care in a professional, courteous and efficient manner, the staff ensures patient comfort, safety and satisfaction. Offering a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of the whole family, Dr. Markiewicz takes an integrative approach to care, working with individuals to achieve oral health and provide patient-centered, comprehensive and minimally invasive care using state-of-the-art techniques and technology. Combining art and science, Dr. Markiewicz helps create confidence and self-esteem in her patients via long-term dental health and a beautiful smile. 805.498.0400 | NewburyParkDentalArts.com 

Maggie Marschner, MEd Principal, La Reina High School and Middle School

Principal Marschner is a nationally recognized leader in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an educational framework that ensures the learning environment is accessible and challenging for all students. Prior to her work at La Reina, an all-girls Catholic school, she served diverse populations of students in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas as an assistant principal, instructional coach, district project facilitator and teacher. Recognized for her outstanding teaching and teacher-mentoring ability, she was Co-Chair of the Nevada Governor’s Teachers and Leaders Council. LaReina.com | 805.495.6494

Kim Maselli, Artistic Director, Pacific Festival Ballet

Pacific Festival Ballet, founded in 1992, fulfilled a vision of bringing a regional ballet company to the Conejo Valley. Under the artistic direction of Kim Maselli, a former member of American Ballet Theater II and “FAME” TV series regular, PFB’s repertoire includes classical ballets such as “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty,” as well as innovative world premieres, including “Noah’s Ark,” “The Sea Princess” and “Camelot.” Today, PFB continues to give aspiring dancers trained at its official school, California Dance Theatre, an opportunity to perform on stage with world-class professionals. Since its inception, Pacific Festival Ballet has worked to create a strong tradition of civic support through public performances, local outreach and children’s educational programs. Kim is committed to continue a long-lasting legacy of dance and performing arts in our community! PacFestBallet.org

Monica Murrietta, Executive Director, Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara

Since 1991, Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara has ensured that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. CSCVVSB provides people impacted by cancer with support groups led by licensed therapists, counseling sessions, educational workshops, social events and healthy lifestyle classes. People in our community have a safe, comforting place to find support and essential information during their battle with cancer. In 2022, Cancer Support Community served 1,855 cancer patients, survivors and their families through 6,812 visits and provided over 9,000 service hours. 805.379.4777 | CancerSupportVVSB.org

 

Kim Pagano, Radio Host/Personality, Business and Media Coach

Bringing listeners “The Brighter Side of Life” for more than 17 years, Kim has been interviewing and learning about what makes people feel their best in business and in life and how they succeed. Seventeen years ago, she was fortunate enough to be asked to host the “Kim Pagano Radio Show” on KVTA.com. “What I love the most is having a voice to hopefully make a positive impact in our community and also have the opportunity to dig deeper and talk with guests from all over the world and share their life lessons on my radio shows and podcasts. Everything I’ve learned in owning my business and all the tips I pick up is what I share in my business coaching. If you are looking for guidance in any area of your life, I would be honored to work with you. I have learned that the way we run our life is the way we run our business. Let me help you make it your best!” 805.419.0008 | KimPaganoShow.com 

 

Laura Raulinaitis, CFP®, Senior Vice President, Lake Avenue Group Morgan Stanley

Laura loves “being a trusted part of family discussions” and “building and maintaining those lifelong relationships,” noting that the secret to her success lies in the fact that “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” She advises women, “You spend all your life taking care of others—your kids, your work, your parents, your friends, your charity— let me help you take care of you… and your financial future. I can be your financial partner.” 805.494.0236 | Advisor.MorganStanley.com/The-Lake-Avenue-Group

 

Kristine Smith, Co-owner and Chief of Everything but Product, STS Kraftworks

After 25+ years in corporate marketing, Kristine is now the co-owner of STS Kraftworks, maker of premium kitchen cutting boards. One might question why Kristine made such a pivot given her generally risk-averse nature. “The opportunity to share such high design, handcrafted boards that add a different level of enjoyment to the home chef enthusiast experience was too much to pass up.” Kristine believes the cutting board should be a culinary workhorse, but there’s no reason why it can’t be fine furnishing for your countertop too. STS boards combine practical function not found anywhere else in unique forms that celebrate the beauty of wood and showcase the food we prepare. Kristine loves the idea of creating richer home cooking and entertaining experiences that bring food, family and friends together. stskraftworks.com | info@stskraftworks.com

 

Donna Sollima, Bedford Skincare Clinic

With over 30 years of experience, Donna and her staff work to ensure every patient leaves feeling great about their results and their complete experience. Bedford offers a complete line of Alastin Skincare products and services, including Medical Grade Skincare, VI Peels, Permanent Makeup and the latest and greatest to reverse aging—Morpheus8, EvolveX and Evoke for a complete head to toe transformation. From Botox, Jeuveau, Dysport or Xeomin to prevent wrinkles, to a complete line of injectable fillers, including Juvederm, Restylane and the latest technology in dermal fillers, Revance RHA, Donna and her staff, under the tutelage of Dr. Athleo Cambre, show an attention to detail and commitment to patient comfort that sets them apart from the rest. Give us a call to book a complimentary consultation! 805.413.1023 | BedfordSkinCare.com

Natalia Staneva, Chief Executive Officer of the New West Symphony

Natalia recently celebrated her 15th anniversary with the Symphony. During her tenure, the orchestra expanded its reach in the community and spearheaded several artistic and educational programs.  Natalia is working on launching New West Symphony’s first multi-genre Summerfest June 24-25 at Moorpark College, the home of the future outdoor amphitheater for students and the community. The inaugural festival will feature country, rock and jazz headliners performing with the orchestra, as well as a screening of a movie performed live by the orchestra. Natalia believes that every student has the right to music education, and she is especially proud of the Laby Harmony Project, a flagship youth development program which serves a diverse group of underserved students. NewWestSymphony.org

Desiré Stephens, Owner/Operator, Mosquito Shield of Northwest Los Angeles

Desiré is the owner and operator of Mosquito Shield of Northwest Los Angeles, serving clients across Conejo Valley and San Fernando Valley. “When treating properties we think like a mosquito not like a pest control company,” Desiré says. Mosquito Shield treats the exterior of your home using a proprietary blend of all-natural materials and a small amount of control material to keep you from getting bit! As a woman in pest control, she is not only breaking barriers in the industry, but is focused on bringing back outstanding customer service. The Mosquito Shield team is committed to providing exceptional service, controlling mosquitoes and giving you back your backyard this summer—and they have a money back guarantee. 818.332.8798 | Moshield.com

 

Ilene Stern, Owner, Ilene's Boutique

Offering boutique clothing for every taste, style and personality, Ilene’s Boutique is a treasure trove of fashion, where Ilene and her dedicated style posse have been specializing in making their customers look and feel great for more than 31 years and counting! From jewelry, handbags, pajamas and hats to formal bling, tie dye dresses, t-shirts, jeans, blazers and everything in between, Ilene helps women curate a wardrobe full of favorite, feel-good pieces culled from world-class designers. “We want to make you feel magical because when you look good, you feel good,” says Ilene. With daily shipments of new clothing and jewelry, Ilene’s Boutique is a fashionista’s candy store, where clients can easily spend hours exploring the impressive range of stylish, colorful clothing, vintage handbags—including Louis Vuitton and Chanel—and beautiful jewelry. 805.373.6633 

Jill Waters, Senior Choice Care Connections

Having years of experience as a senior living consultant, Jill also has experienced firsthand the challenges of navigating the senior living resources maze when her mother developed dementia a few years ago. “I began the search to find the absolute best care option for her so I could rest easy, knowing she was being well-taken care of while I went to work each day.” Jill founded Senior Choice Care Connections to help families make the best decisions for their loved ones. “I look forward to lovingly providing the support and trusted counseling to families in and around Ventura County. Please give me a call if I can be of service to your family!” 805.896.9855 | jillw@seniorchoice.care

Christine Wilson, Owner/Audiologist, Conejo Hearing Center

Taking pride in developing long-term relationships based on unsurpassed personal service with patients, Christine is committed to educating her patients and improving their quality of life through better hearing. A licensed Audiologist with a BS in Business Administration, an MS in Communication Disorders and Sciences in Audiology and a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, Christine uses state-of-the art technology to help people of all ages retain or recover their ability to communicate so they can lead full, confident and productive lives. 818.991.3800 | ConejoHearingCenter.com

Stephanie Wolff, CEO and Owner, Novus Anti-Aging Center

Stephanie believes in healing the body from within and wants people to take control of their own health, becoming "proactive" rather than "reactive." Stephanie has been practicing medicine for nearly two decades and is beloved by her patients for providing a full look at their health and educating them on WHY her tailor-made treatments will work for them. The level of individual care Stephanie provides is unheard of in medicine today. With personalized Hormone Optimization Plans, innovative Regenerative Medicine treatments and a caring heart, Stephanie ensures her patients leave Novus truly revitalized. 310.954.1450 | TheNovusCenter.com 

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