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Celebrating Women in Business

We celebrate these amazing, accomplished women who are leaders in every industry.

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

Rosemary Allison opens the door to your dream home. Among the nation’s Top 250 Producing Agents, Rosemary strives to create lifetime relationships with her clients by putting their needs first. Her experience and expertise in Ventura County’s housing market have established Rosemary as the go-to realtor for generations of families looking to buy or sell a home. Specializing in residential real estate throughout Ventura County, Rosemary masterfully unites sellers of the finest homes with quality buyers from across the globe. If you are thinking about selling your home, Rosemary can give you advice on improvements that will highlight your home's strengths and appeal to the greatest possible pool of prospective buyers. 805.479.7653 |

Alison Burks, Second Chance Hearing

Second Chance Hearing’s staff has the expertise, commitment and technical tools to change your world of sound. With the mission to give each patient the chance to live the life they deserve—in a world full of sounds—Dr. Alison Burks and her team of four Doctors of Audiology and two Doctorate externs administer quality treatment that starts with listening to patients’ needs and a thorough diagnostic assessment, followed by education and a personalized treatment plan. Schedule an appointment to learn about the hearing evaluations, treatment options and a diverse collection of today’s top hearing technologies! 805.870.4498 |


Linda Braunschweiger, CEO, Housing Trust Fund Ventura County

Linda Braunschweiger is driven by a fundamental desire to house everyone. She passionately led Housing Trust Fund Ventura County from a startup to the leading nonprofit lender in the community. As housing insecurity affects too many families and individuals, the Housing Trust Fund has funded $22.5M in loans creating 910 affordable homes. Her 35+ year career spans through finance, affordable housing development, nonprofit management, challenging public affairs and lobbying work at the federal, state and local level, and even working for the White House, U.S. Senate and a California Governor. 805.407.2455 |

Bianca Christopher, Owner, Bellacures Westlake Village

Bellacures is a luxury nail salon that was founded on the 5 C’s: Cleanliness, Comfort, Care, Consistency, Communication. We pride ourselves on upholding the highest standard of quality, cleanliness and customer service for every one of our customers. We take cleanliness very seriously; we carry single-use supplies, which means that we never reuse any nail files, buffers or any other products on our customers and we sterilize our tools multiple times a day in a medical grade sterilizer. We are excited to finally open a location in the 805 and we look forward to pampering the Conejo Valley community! 805.367.4130

Maria Cowell, Director of Marketing and Communications, Oaks Christian School

As a former reporter and editor and current marketing professional, Maria has written in many formats; she most enjoys writing about the human condition and culture, be it humorous or contemplative. She is supportive of organizations fighting human trafficking and those that uplift women in developing countries. Born in Colombia, she has traveled to Mexico, Tunisia, Morocco and Spain to serve, and she speaks on various topics at women's conferences.  

“I love to give women a voice to tell their stories. Modern women often feel alone in their struggles, but as we share our experiences, we realize we aren’t the only ones going through X, Y or Z and that’s when true community happens.” Her work has appeared in national publications on issues such as parenting, self-image, social media and women's addictions. 818.575.9268 |


Brynne DesMarteau-Ray, CFO/Escrow Operations Manager, Affirmative Escrow Corporation

Brynne loves the feeling of accomplishment that comes from handling a challenging escrow.

“I enjoy troubleshooting and resolving issues that arise and knowing that I can truly make a difference,” she says. “Success comes from truly loving what you do for a living and caring about how you affect others with your actions. I keep that in mind in all that I do.” 

She advises women to “take pride in your work and expect the same from your team and always ask yourself, ‘Can I do better?’”

The secret to her success: “I always treat others the way I want to be treated and give the benefit of the doubt.” 805.496.7254 | 

Lori Donnelly, Wolf Creek Wellness

Specializing in trauma work, Lori applies a unique blend of Hypnotherapy, NLP, IEMT and Brain Heath Solutions to guide clients and provide lasting tools for change, literally taking an old memory and neutralizing the present-day effects. Lori’s team at Wolf Creek Wellness offer a variety of healing modalities, including Reiki, Thai massage, cupping, EFT, sound healing and more. Convenient locations in Santa Rosa Valley, Tarzana and virtually via Zoom allow clients to customize their healing experience. 

Janet Garufis, Chairman and CEO, Montecito Bank & Trust

MB&T is the oldest and largest, locally owned community bank on the Central Coast. Offering competitive consumer and business deposit, lending and wealth management, they are well-known for unwavering corporate philanthropy, annually donating $1.5 million and volunteering 5,400+ 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 23 Best Bank awards, plus Best Mortgage Company and Best Investment/Financial Services Firm. 805.963.7511 | Montecito.Bank

Carrie Hastings, Sport Psychologist

Carrie Hastings is a clinical and sport psychologist, and the team psychologist for the Los Angeles Rams. She founded Sport Psychology in Westlake Village to support the total wellness of athletes in our community. Dr. Hastings felt that a space was needed for athletes to process life in and out of sport. Sport Psychology provides mental health and mental performance support for athletes of all ages and abilities. Trained consultants help athletes apply mental skills to mechanics within the Mental Skills Lab. The facility also houses a sport psychology library and hosts workshops, guest speakers, and other special events. 805.242.5771 |

Terri Hilliard, Law Office of Terri Hilliard

Terri E. Hilliard, Esq. is the founder of Terri Hilliard, P.C., in Westlake Village. With more than 25 years’ experience, Hillard's practice centers on advanced estate and business succession planning, special needs trusts, and family protection planning for seniors. As a trust and estate attorney, Hilliard works closely with her clients to ensure their trust and estate plans provide the protection and security their families deserve. Hilliard also assists with long-term care planning for individuals with special needs and assembles and works collaboratively with a specialized team of advisors. 805.201.2552 |

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 our 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 |

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 | 


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. | 805.495.6494

Kim Maselli, Artistic Director of Pacific Festival Ballet

Kim guides this nonprofit ballet company back to the stage after a 2-year pandemic shut down. Remaining positive and forward thinking was key as the resident company at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center found innovative ways to keep their patrons, performers and staff engaged. Keeping a vision for the future PFB launched into pre-production for “The Nutcracker 2021” before theatres had officially reopened their doors. This step of faith proved successful with audiences returning in full force for their holiday tradition. Keeping the performing arts alive is an ongoing passion for Kim and Pacific Festival Ballet!

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

Since 1991 Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB) 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 2021 CSCVVSB served 2,755 cancer patients, survivors and their families through over 7,400 visits and providing almost 10,000 service hours. 805.379.4777 |

Kim Pagano, Business and Media Coach/Radio Host

Bringing listeners “The Brighter Side of Life” for more than 16 years

I have been interviewing and learning about what makes people feel their best in Business and in life and how they succeed. Sixteen years ago I was fortunate enough to be asked to be a host on the “Kim Pagano Radio show” on, where I have a voice to help the community and have the opportunity to dig deeper with guests from all over the world and share their life lesson throughout my radio shows and podcasts and in my business coaching. 805.419.0008 |


Cindy Pavin, Owner, CycleBar

CycleBar is an indoor cycling experience that offers a fun, high-octane workout for all ages and body types. CycleBar fitness is not just a workout, it's a total full-body experience. Offering rhythm-based rides, CycleBar workouts are all-inclusive, regardless of your fitness level. The best part of this workout is that anyone can do it. The CycleStats system measures riders’ six key metrics of their daily record and historical performance and emails the results after each ride to help people track their fitness goals, resulting in an excellent ride for everyone. CycleBar strives to build a community of riders who use these workouts to clear their headspace, escape the stress in life and feel empowered. 805.358.8350 |

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 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, “The reason that Ginger Rogers was a better dancer than Fred Astaire is because she did everything he did, but backwards and in heels!”  805.494.0236 |


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 Skinmedica skin care products and services, including medical skin care, permanent makeup and the latest and greatest to reverse aging—Morpheus8 and EvolveX for the body. From Botox, Jeuveau or Dysport 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. 805.413.1023 |


Natalia Staneva, Chief Executive Officer of the New West Symphony

Natalia’s passion for music and the arts began as a child, when she studied music history, solfeggio, choral music and piano. She believes that every student has the right to music education, and she spearheaded the Laby Harmony Project, a flagship youth development program which serves a diverse group of underserved students. She is proud to be a part of a professional orchestra led by award-winning Music and Artistic Director Michael Christie. New West Symphony also performs with world-class international guest artists who record with the most prestigious labels in classical music. Natalia is accountable for all aspects of the organization and for implementing policies set by the board of directors and serves as a liaison between New West and the world. 805.497.5800 |

Bethany Vaudrey, PsyD, Sunlight Psychological Services

Bethany founded Sunlight Psychological Services in 2019 with a mission to foster relational wellness in local families. She specializes in working with children ages 2-7, using Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a scientist-developed therapy that equips parents with skills to manage the big feelings (and big behaviors) of their young children. Dr. Lauren Ahlquist specializes in working with young women dealing with anxiety and life changes. They also offer comprehensive psychological evaluations to provide diagnoses and deep insights into the cognitive, emotional, and developmental functioning of kids and young adults. Schedule a free phone consultation! 818.918.5393 |

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 |

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 her patients leave Novus truly revitalized. 310.954.1450 | 

Lisa Zonder, Attorney/Owner, Zonder Family Law Group

The expert legal team at Zonder Family Law Group provide thought leadership for clients who worked hard to build wealth by protecting privacy, preserving wealth, deploying top negotiation strategies and creativity without expensive court battles.Meeting clients where they are is important to Lisa, who provides support to help clients achieve clarity, resolution and security as they move on to the next chapter of their lives. She believes that “Hard work, constant learning, creative thinking and a commitment to your clientele will take you much farther than cutthroat competition (and make you happier too!).” 805.777.7740 |

  • Bethany Vaudrey
  • Alison Burks
  • Christine Wilson
  • Cristina Markiewicz
  • Carrie Hastings
  • Kim Maselli Photo Credit: Jean Lubin
  • Kristina Jones
  • Stephanie Wolff
  • Monica Merryman
  • Lori Donnelly
  • Bianca Christopher
  • Janet Garufis
  • Rosemary Allison Photo Credit: Judi Bumstead
  • Terri Hilliard
  • Brynne DesMarteau
  • Laura Raulinaitis
  • Linda Braunshweiger
  • Kim Pagano
  • Linda Zonder
  • Cindy Pavin
  • Donna Sollima and Staff
  • Maria Cowell
  • Natalia Staneva Photo Credit: Eugene Yankevich
  • Maggie Marschner