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Shari VanderGast

Shari VanderGast Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer  Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries  Since joining the Diakon team about seven years ago, Shari VanderGast has had an enormous impact on the organization, according to her boss. Nominator Scott Habecker, president and CEO of Diakon, says VanderGast leads nearly all operational initiatives for the organization, holding responsibility for the Child & ...

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Amy Steigerwalt

Amy Steigerwalt Senior Vice President, Human Resources  OraSure Technologies  As the senior vice president for human resources at OraSure Technologies, Amy Steigerwalt led the organization’s people effort throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on the health and wellness of essential employees. Her efforts helped OraSure record no facility outbreaks and ensured the safety of all individuals on site. In a recent ...

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Tara S. Silfies

Tara S. Silfies Chief Operating Officer HMK Insurance Tara S. Silfies is approaching her third decade as an employee of HMK Insurance. Hired as a customer service representative in the early 90s, she assumed the role of chief operating officer in 2013. “Our agency has received many awards based on its performance and relationship with our insurance carriers and community ...

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Rebecca Shugar

Rebecca Shugar Vice President, Business Banking Senior Relationship Manager M&T Bank Throughout her career, Rebecca Shugar has tried to use her standing in the banking industry to make sure everyone gets full access to the tools they need to build their business. “Becky is one of M&T Bank’s top business bankers for Lehigh Valley. She is leading the bank’s important ...

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Dinoli Rowlands

Dinoli Rowlands Regional Relationship Manager PNC Bank Throughout her career, and especially since joining PNC Bank in October 2020, Dinoli Rowlands has made it a point to pay it forward and help the next generation. “Dinoli inspires others by encouraging them and [helping] female-owned business grow. She makes it a point to include them in her network,” Elaine Pivinski, owner ...

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Rayne Reitnauer

Rayne Reitnauer Owner Cold Nose Lodge Rayne Reitnauer’s career path originally saw her dabble in the communications industry. However, beginning in 2003, she decided to use her love of dogs as a means to an end, earning an associate veterinary degree and opening Cold Nose Lodge in 2008. Today, Reitnauer employs 28 people and the luxury dog center continues to ...

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Julie Profilet-Saucier

Julie Profilet-Saucier Business Manager KCBA Architects Through her career, Julie Profilet-Saucier has been a longtime steward of the accounting industry. As Carmen Flosdorf says in her nomination letter, “She has demonstrated professional competency and has had a very successful career to date.” That might be stating the obvious, of course. Profilet-Saucier has been the business manager at KCBA Architects for ...

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Christine Prantow

Christine Prantow Director of Catering and Events Hyatt Place Hyatt House Allentown / Aster Event Center  As the director of catering for the Hyatt Allentown and the Aster Event Center, Christine Prantow has found perhaps the best vehicle for her skillset. “She is someone who is truly dedicated to creating exceptional events for whomever she meets,”General Manager Scott Craver says ...

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Deborah Perini

Deborah Perini Relationship Manager Members 1st Federal Credit Union Deborah Perini’s 20-year-plus career in bank management has taken her throughout the Lehigh Valley and multiple banks. But the throughline, no matter the bank, has been an ability to connect with her wider community. “Deborah’s commitment to providing financial resources and literacy access to folks throughout the region, as well as ...

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Marybeth Olree

Marybeth Olree Partner Herbein + Company, Inc. Marybeth Olree joined Herbein + Company 10 years ago, and in that time, she’s focused on the many nonprofits in and around the Lehigh Valley. Olree is currently a partner for the Reading-based firm, and communications director Jennifer Goldsmith Cerra praises her work ethic in her nomination letter. “Marybeth is deserving of this ...

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