Governor Rendell Announces Winners of Annual Best 50 Women in Business

Affirms Commitment to Help Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses

Mar 25, 2008, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    HARRISBURG, Pa., March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CEOs,
 partners-in-charge, and senior vice presidents are among the winners of the
 2008 Best 50 Women in Business Award, Governor Edward G. Rendell said
     "Once again this year, choosing just 50 women out of all the worthy
 nominees we received wasn't easy," Governor Rendell said. "Whether it's the
 founder of a professional development firm, or the partner in charge of a
 global firm, or the president of a bakery, all of the winners have one
 thing in common - they're all hard-working people who are making
 Pennsylvania a better place to live, work, and play."
     An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 candidates based on
 their dedication to business growth, professional and personal
 accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women in business.
 Recipients must also be a female resident of Pennsylvania, be employed in
 the state as an owner, partner, president, chief executive officer, board
 chair, in a senior executive management-level position, or a woman with
 significant authority in decision-making in a business or company.
     Honorees will be invited to several events on May 19, including an
 evening reception at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. Winners will be
 highlighted in special supplements in several business journals throughout
 the commonwealth.
     The Governor noted that as the nation's economy appears to be
 faltering, his administration continues to develop ways to help
 Pennsylvania's businesses weather any downturn and thrive.
     Earlier this month, he launched the Pennsylvania Business Opportunities
 Fund, a $2 million pilot program designed to provide loans and technical
 assistance to minority- and women-owned businesses in 13 counties across
 Pennsylvania. The program is open to businesses in the Community First
 Fund's service area. Based on this pilot, similar funds may be available
 statewide in the future.
     "The Business Opportunities Fund will help entrepreneurs who are
 sometimes shut out of traditional lending programs," the Governor said.
     For additional information on the Best 50 Women in Business, the
 Pennsylvania Business Opportunities Fund, or other funding sources
 available to businesses through DCED, visit or call
     The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public
 education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing
 economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out
 more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly
 newsletter, visit
     EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of the 2008 award winners follows:
     Allegheny County
     Audrey L. Brourman, founder, owner and president, A.L. Brourman
 Associates Inc., Pittsburgh
     Laura E. Ellsworth, partner-in-charge, Jones Day, Pittsburgh
     Diane P. Holder, executive vice president, University of Pittsburgh
 Medical Center, Pittsburgh
     Linda Ruckert, owner, Linda's Imprinted Products, Pittsburgh
     Sharon Scheidemantle, broker of record, Achieve Realty Inc., Wexford
     Sandy E. Simon, owner and artist, Kiln-in-Time Studios, Pittsburgh
     Berks County
     Deborah A. Kintzer, senior vice president, Westlawn Graphics, Reading
     Anne L. Stevens, chairman, president and CEO, Carpenter Technology
 Corporation, Reading
     Blair County
     Bonnie Lee Hand, president, Blair Insurance Services Inc., Altoona
     Amy B. Seltzer, owner, Seltzer Financial Strategies LLC, Altoona
     Bucks County
     Ramila Philip, Ph.D., Immunotope Inc., Doylestown
     Gina F. Rubel, esquire, Furia Rubel Communications Inc., Doylestown
     Donna E. Teitelman, president, Impact Executive Consulting LLC,
     Butler County
     Victoria A. Hinterberger, CEO, Butler County Radio Network Inc., Butler
     Ann F. Morrison, senior vice president, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania,
     Centre County
     Jessica Dolan, owner, Room to Breathe Home and Office Organizing,
     Chester County
     Kimberly J. Brumbaugh, president, Brumbaugh Wealth Management Group,
     Bronwyn L. Martin, financial advisor, Amerprise Financial Service Inc.,
 Kennett Square
     Cumberland County
     Tammy L. Shearer, vice president, Shearer Enterprises d/b/a The Camera
 Box, Camp Hill
     Dauphin County
     Linda Harvey-Burkley, principal, Ardis Communications, Harrisburg
     Rhonda R. Hess, president and CEO, Rhonda Hess Associates LLC, Hershey
     Janice L. Holsinger, owner, founder, and chairperson, U-GRO Learning
 Centres Inc., Harrisburg
     Deborah Saline, principal and COO, PR Works Inc., Harrisburg
     Delaware County
     Mildred E. Bell, president and CEO, Skin Health Solutions, Edgemont
     Mary L. Catona, president and CEO, Retriever Waste Management, Media
     Marlene Weinberg, owner and operator, McDonalds, Villanova
     Erie County
     Misty O'Connor, founder, owner and president, Point Click Learn Inc.,
     Lackawanna County
     Sunita Arora, president and owner, ERA One Source Realty, Clarks Summit
     Lancaster County
     Marilyn Hedge, vice president, Susquehanna Bank, Lancaster
     Sarah Young Fisher, president, Kuntz Lesher Capital LLC, Lancaster
     Lebanon County
     Anna Lynn Skamangas, president, The Baklava Goddess Inc.,
     Montgomery County
     Janet B. Cunningham, president and CEO, JBC Associates Inc., King of
     Patricia H. Imbesi, founder and president, Patriarch Management, North
     Patricia J. Owens, chief strategy officer, Decision Strategies
 International, Conshocken
     Ilyse Shapiro, founder,, Wynnewood
     Bonnie Squires, president, Squires Consulting, Wynnewood
     Philadelphia County
     Autumn Bayles, senior vice president, Tasty Baking Company,
     Leslie Esdaile Banks, author and entrepreneur, Leslie Esdaile Banks
 LLC, Philadelphia
     Deborah M. Fretz, president and CEO, Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.,
     Iola Harper, president, In Good Company LLC, Philadelphia
     Vernoca L. Michael, CEO and president, The Legendary Blue Horizon,
     Keirra Strayhorn White, owner, Copper Desserts LLC, Philadelphia
     Kimberly R. Williams, principal, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia
     Pike County
     Ellen Cabaniss Bawc, owner and president, La Tienda Inc., Milford
     Union County
     Erica L. Shames, editor and publisher, Susquehanna Life Magazine,
     Washington County
     Sherri Hewitt-Laird, president and CEO, The Caring Mission Inc.,
     Westmoreland County
     Carol Boerio Croft, owner and CCO, Cozy Inn Pet Resort, Stahlstown
     Candy D. Valentino, founder and owner, Platinum Salon and Spa,
     York County
     Lynne Grote Briel, president and founder, The Professional Edge, York
     Anne E. Zerbe, attorney, CGA Law Firm, York
     Teresa Candori
     Janel Miller (DCED)

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor