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  • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Dr. Beth DuPree, Dr. Stacy Krisher, & Dr. Catherine Carruthers to Receive PoWeR Award

    Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR) – will present this year’s PoWeR Award to        
    Dr. Beth DuPree, Dr. Stacy Krisher, and Dr. Catherine D. Carruthers of                  
    Comprehensive Breast Care Surgeons
    and the Healing Consciousness Foundation.

    The doctors’ practice, Comprehensive Breast Surgeons is located in Southampton, Bucks County.  They strongly urge their patients to integrate healing therapies whether it is through clinical psychological therapy, spiritual assistance, grief counseling, exercise programs, reflexology, nutritional counseling, Reiki, Yoga, or massage. Dr. DuPree believes that “whatever it takes to help a person find healing and peace within should be an integral part of their treatment process.”

    Dr. DuPree has received numerous awards for her medical work, as well as, humanitarian endeavors. Dr. DuPree serves as the Medical Director of The Holy Redeemer Breast Health Program, Adjunct Assistant professor of Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania and actively participates in breast fellowship education and training. Because of her strong dedication to patients with cancer, Dr. DuPree established a non-profit organization called The Healing Consciousness Foundation in 2007. The foundation funds holistic and wellness therapies for women and men living with a breast cancer diagnosis. Dr. DuPree, who received her medical degree from

    Hahnemann University in 1987, has written a book entitled The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing. It is the true story of her journey as a surgeon who awakens to the healer that resides within her. The first edition was released in 2006 and in 2008; the second edition printing includes transcribed spiritual messages. Proceeds from the book are donated to The Healing Consciousness Foundation. A native of York, Pennsylvania, Dr. DuPree lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania , with her husband Joe and their two sons. Dr. DuPree credits her accomplishments to her family’s constant support.

    Dr. Krisher returned to her hometown in August of 2001 to begin a successful surgical practice. She provided a broad range of general surgical care; however, due to the growing need for advanced breast care in the

    Bucks County area, she decided to focus her expertise on diseases of the breast. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University and a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Maine Medical Center in 2001, after which she returned home to start her practice. She strives to provide the best, most advanced care for her patients in a timely and compassionate manner. Along with a busy surgical practice, Dr. Krisher finds time to participate in several community service activities and works as a consultant for Ethicon Breast Care. Soon after moving back to Bucks County , Dr. Krisher met her husband Dominic. They are the proud parents to twins, Dominic and Eva.

    Having completed her fellowship training in breast surgery Dr. Catherine D. Carruthers joined the Comprehensive Breast Care Associates in August, 2007. Dr. Carruthers' completed her breast fellowship training from
    Bryn Mawr Medical Center . She is a graduate from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She then completed her five year surgical residency in June, 2006 from the Carraway Methodist Medical Centerin Alabama . She knew coming out of her residency training that she wanted to devote her career to providing the best care possible for women and men on their journey the treatment of their breast cancer. She is a dedicated wife and mother of a beautiful daughter and two sons.

  • Friday, February 08, 2013 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    PHILADELPHIA – February 8, 2013 Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR) – a non-profit providing networking, leadership, educational and personal growth opportunities to a diverse group of women business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region – announced new officers and board members for 2013 - 2014. They are:


    Christie Mills, President

    Mills is the corporate secretary/treasurer for Karr Barth Administrators, Inc., the premiere design and implementation organization in the non-qualified benefits administration industry, specializing in providing innovative solutions for executive benefits. She is involved with other boards in the Greater Philadelphia area, such as the Roxborough Orchestra and Winemaker Enterprises, and is active with her American Red Cross chapter.  She resides in Springfield, PA.

    Heather A. Herrington, Esq., Vice President and Co-Chair, Events

    Herrington is an attorney at Jacobs Law Group, PC, where she handles complex commercial and civil litigation, and labor and employment matters. A current member of the Temple American Inn of Court, she previously served on the Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Herrington lives in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Christine Soares, Esq., Secretary and Co-Chair, Sponsorship

    An attorney with Fox Rothschild LLP, Soares’ practice specializes in helping businesses and law firms minimize the impact of business divorces, law firm breakups and partnership disputes. She is a member of the planning committee for Preakness at the Piazza, an event that raises money for the National MS Society. She is also involved with the planning committee of the South Jersey Young Professionals Association’s Annual Halo Ball. She is a resident of Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital section.

    Elizabeth E. Willis

    Willis is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, with clients including musicians, entertainers, CEOs, and LGBT families. She is an active board member of Equality Forum and Musicopia/Dancing Classrooms Philly and serves as the art gallery curator at the William Way Center.  She resides in Center City Philadelphia.

    Melissa Dietrich, Chair, Board Development

    As director of business development for Fernley & Fernley, Inc., Dietrich is responsible for generating expansion of the firm’s three distinct brands:  association management for non-profit trade associations and professional societies; provision of member administration services; and meeting site selection and planning. Active in the community, she is past president of PWR. She received two significant awards in 2012: The Forum of Executive Women’s Emerging Women Leaders Award and The Star Developer Award by The Professional Development Group. She resides in East Coventry, PA.



    Ashley E. Anders, Chair, Alliance Relations

    Anders is president of Ashley Anders Consulting, Inc., and serves as an organizational development consultant and executive coach. Partnering with Fortune 50 companies, she focuses on building high-performing teams, developing comprehensive executive leadership programs, providing executive coaching, and creating organizational effectiveness.   She resides in the Rittenhouse area of Philadelphia.

    Peg Calvario, Co-Chair, Membership

    As an ICF (International Coach Federation) credentialed coach for executives and business owners, Calvario is president of Peg Calvario, LLC, and leads CEO advisory boards for Vistage International, the world’s leading chief executive organization. She is an active member and treasurer of the International Coach Federation, Philadelphia chapter. She resides in Lower Pottsgrove Township, PA.

    Lisa Coleman, Co-Chair, Membership

    Coleman is a managerial professional who has experience with IT strategy, process improvement, client relationship management, and project management in business with a specialization in the healthcare industry. She is actively on a variety of business, technology, and healthcare-related boards throughout the Greater Delaware Valley, including the Family Planning Council, Pierce College, and the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. She is a resident of Philadelphia.

    Larisa Golodner, Co-Chair, Events

    As a senior financial analyst within IT Finance at ACE Group with CMA and AIAF certifications, Golodner has significant experience in financial planning and analysis, budgets, and financial reporting. She is involved in the ACE Women’s Forum, a group that promotes networking and mentoring.  She is a resident of Philadelphia.

    Deneatra Harmon, Co-Chair, Public Relations

    Harmon is an editorial professional whose recent work includes writing and copy editing for CopyPress, and proofreading for The BOSS Group. She has more than 10 years of experience in the fields of journalism and publishing. She is also a member of the American Copy Editors Society, the Editorial Freelancers Association and the International Association of Business Communicators, Philadelphia chapter. She lives in Upper Chichester, PA.

    Lisa Hanson, Co-Chair, Events

    A financial and investment advisor with Firstrust Financial Resources, Hanson focuses on “holistic financial planning” with an emphasis on working with high-net worth individuals and business owners.

    A lifelong Philadelphia-area resident, she believes in giving back to her community.  Hanson’s involvement includes volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a mentor and serving as a board member of the Community Outreach Partnership, a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to working with the homeless and elderly in the city of Philadelphia.

    Doreen Mosher, Co-Chair, Sponsorship

    Mosher is a career transition specialist with Innovational Services. She is dedicated to helping others find joy and fulfillment in their work, creating a transformational experience for her cross-industry clients, resulting in unlimited growth and possibility. She serves on the Board of Equality Forum and also enjoys volunteering for organizations that empower women to live up to their true potential. She lives in Philadelphia.

    Karen Moustafellos, Co-Chair, Ambassadors

    Moustafellos is co-founder and CEO of EnA/Elements and Alloys Inc. EnA is a designer and manufacturer of fine jewelry.  The collection is proudly handmade in the United States using precious metals and gemstones to achieve a modern elegance. She serves on the board of the Philadelphia chapter of DOCOMOMO, an international organization dedicated to the preservation of modern buildings. She resides in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill section.

    Lynn Mueller, Co-Chair, Public Relations

    Mueller is senior director of program management for Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. She is an experienced information technology practice leader and management consultant. Mueller is a member of Project Management Institute (PMI) and Women in Technology International (WITI), and a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of the Delaware Valley. She is a resident of Philadelphia.

    Sherry Spinnraker, Co-Chair, Events

    Spinnraker is the assistant controller for the University City Science Center, the oldest and largest urban research park in the United States. The Science Center supports technology commercialization and technology-based economic development throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. She also devotes time and resources on behalf of her local borough as chair of the Lansdowne Park and Recreation Board. Spinnraker lives in Lansdowne, PA.

    Founded in 2002, PWR seeks to enhance business development and other professional development skills. For more information on PWR and its networking/leadership programs, visit, or contact Seamless Events at or 267-287-8497.


    Editor’s Note:

    Christie Mills earned her undergraduate degree (B.A., dual degree in Business Organizational Management and Human Performance Management, Summa Cum Laude) from Immaculata University and her master’s (M.S., Financial Services) from St. Joseph’s University.

    Heather A. Herrington earned her undergraduate degree (B.S, Criminal Justice, Cum Laude, 2000) from Marist College and her law degree (J.D., 2004) from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

    Christine Soares earned her undergraduate degree (B.A., English, 1995) from LaSalle University and her law degree (J.D., 2006) from Villanova University School of Law.

    Elizabeth E. Willis earned her undergraduate degree (B.A. Russian Literature & Philosophy, 2009) from Smith College and her master’s (M.S., Education, 2010) from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Melissa Dietrich earned her undergraduate degree (B.S., Food Service Management, 1997) from Johnson & Wales University.

    Ashley E. Anders earned her undergraduate degree (B.A., Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 1997) from West Chester University and her master’s (M.S., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 1999) from the University of Baltimore.

    Peg Calvario earned her undergraduate degree (B.S., Business Administration, 1980) from Kutztown University.

    Lisa Coleman earned her undergraduate degree (B.A.) from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s (M.B.A., Healthcare and Finance) from St. Joseph’s University.

    Larisa Golodner earned her undergraduate degree (B.S., Finance, 2002) from Drexel University and her master’s (M.B.A., Finance and MIS, 2004) from Drexel University.

    Deneatra Harmon earned her undergraduate degree (B.A., English, 2000) from the University of Delaware.

    Lisa Hanson attended Temple University and Gwynedd-Mercy College.

    Doreen Mosher earned her undergraduate degree (B.S., Public Administration, 1990) from Shippensburg University.

    Karen Moustafellos earned her undergraduate degree (B.A., English Literature, 1990) from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s (M.A., Architecture, 1994) from Princeton University.

    Lynn Mueller earned her undergraduate degree (B.A., dual degree in Computer Science and German) from LaSalle University and her master’s (M.B.A., Finance) from LaSalle University.

    Sherry Spinnraker earned her undergraduate degree (B.S., Business Administration, 2003) from Gwynedd-Mercy College and her master’s (M.B.A., Tax and Investment Management, 2006) from Drexel University.


  • Monday, October 08, 2012 4:43 PM | Anonymous

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – When it comes to innovative design no one comes close to the avant-garde and sometimes surprising combinations that Mother Nature seems to create every season. This recognition of nature as the quintessential designer was the inspiration for “SURFACE,” a collaborative cultural exchange by visual artists supporting the VIADUCTgreene project. VIADUCTgreene is a non-profit organization advocating for the creation of a three-mile linear greenspace using a section of the former Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.

                SURFACE, an exhibition of wallpaper, panel and tile by Julia Blaukopf, is presented as part of the 2012 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, in partnership with The University of the Arts. The 8th annual city-wide celebration of all things design will run for five-days from October 10 to 14 in unique venues and spaces throughout the city.             SURFACE will open Thursday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Cityspace, 2200 Walnut Street. The exhibition is free and open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. through Sunday, October 14. SURFACE is presented by Michael Garden of Cityspace and The Callahan Ward Companies with the idea management and collaboration of Octo Design Group and Brands Imaging.                

                “As a professional graphic designer, I know that visual media is the great equalizer. It links gender, religion, and economic status,” says Wendy Verna, president of Octo Design Group. “For that reason choosing VIADUCTgreene as the subject of our 2012 DesignPhiladelphia exhibit made a lot of sense. Philadelphia is the proverbial melting pot and this green space project will run through and link several neighborhoods in the city and will re-purpose a historical railroad line,” she adds.

                Now in its 21st year, Octo Design Group, 803 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, is a strategic graphic design firm specializing in marketing and advertising, online and in print. Octo helps clients develop a distinct and recognizable identity to serve as the platform for their brand. The firm is driven by the belief that each piece of marketing collateral, both traditional print and digital media, should have a look and feel that is unique to the brand, but recognizable from one medium to another. Wendy Verna, president of Octo Design Group, is a graduate of Moore College of Art, and a member of the National Association of Professional Women and Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR).

                Julia Blaukopf is a Philadelphia photographer, artist and designer. She creates social art and focuses on visual storytelling through photographs, mixed media works, jewelry and large-scale fabric installations. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally, in Munich and Copenhagen, as well as nationally, in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Portland, Oregon.

                For more information on the exhibition, contact Octo Design Group at (215) 925-8280 or visit

    ~ PWR Member, Wendy Verna


  • Friday, July 06, 2012 9:34 AM | Anonymous

    PWR 10th Anniversary in the News...

    Read/listen to two interviews with Melissa Dietrich on KYW-AM and WOGL's Philadelphia Agenda   (excerpt)

  • Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    PHILADELPHIA – May 10, 2012 Professional Women’s Roundtable (PWR) – a non-profit providing networking, leadership, educational and personal growth opportunities to a diverse group of emerging women business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region – expands its board with new members:

    Ashley E. Anders, M.S. PHR, Chair, Alliance Relations

    • Anders, who is an organizational and leadership development consultant and executive coach, is president of Ashley Anders Consulting, Inc.  Active in the community, she is on the Executive Board for non-profit Need in Deed, which focuses on community service learning, and on the Corporate Solutions Advisory Board for the Philadelphia Community College. Anders is a resident of Center City Philadelphia.

    Peg Calvario, Co-Chair, Membership Committee

    • A business, life and healthcare coach, Calvario is president of PEGCALVARIO, LLC. She serves as leader, trainer and facilitator of PWR’s monthly Core Discussions focusing on revenue generation and family matters, in addition to sitting on the Patient Family Centered Care Advisory Council for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Calvario resides in Lower Pottsgrove, Pa.

    Heather A. Herrington, Esq., Co-Chair, Events Committee

    • Herrington is an attorney at Jacobs Law Group, PC, where she handles complex commercial and civil litigation, and labor and employment matters.  A current member of the Temple American Inn of Court, she previously served on the Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  Herrington lives in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Christine Soares, Esq., Co-Chair, Sponsorship Committee

    • Focusing on commercial, bankruptcy and real estate litigation for clients ranging from private individuals to Fortune 1000 companies, Soares practices in the Litigation Department at Fox Rothschild LLP. She sits on the WOMEN’S WAY’s Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize Committee and on the Sponsorship Committee for the South Jersey Young Professional Association’s Annual Halo Ball. Soares is a resident of Philadelphia’s Graduate Hospital section.

    Elizabeth E. Willis, Co-Chair, Events Committee

    • Willis is a wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, with clients including non-profits, individuals, and trust and estates. Active in the Philadelphia community, she serves as the art gallery curator for The William Way Community Center. Willis is a participant in United Way’s Young Leadership Program. She resides in Center City Philadelphia.

    Founded in 2002, PWR seeks to enhance business development and other professional development skills. For more information on PWR and its networking/leadership programs, visit, or contact Seamless Events at


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