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Cheryl Hajjar

Andover Chapter Leader 

A serial entrepreneur, Cheryl has started multiple businesses in her career. From the start up phase to the revenue phase, Cheryl has a great understanding of how to grow a company. She has won grant funding in accelerator programs from MIT, EforAll and the University of Southern New Hampshire as well as raised funding from investors. Her children’s toy company, Indigo Pixies is endorsed by Harvard Business School and was also featured in the Mom Invented Handbook. Cheryl also owns Maid Brite Cleaning; a residential and commercial cleaning company that services the Greater Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Her passion to help women thrive in business is one that led her to join Women’s Business League. “To be a part of such an amazing group of women is such an honor and to be able to share my expertise in business building is something I am truly grateful for” Cheryl says. Cheryl is also a former National fitness competitor, published songwriter, children’s book author and public speaker. She lives in Bradford, Ma. with her 16 year old son Dylan and fiance, Jayson.

Back Bay, Boston, MA

Elena Istratescu

Back Bay Chapter Leader

Elena Istratescu, is a financial advisor and head of Business Development for the Vine Brook Group at Morgan Stanley in Wellesley, MA.

Casey Craig

Back Bay Chapter Leader

Casey Craig is a high energy, passionate, and client-focused realtor specializing in buying, selling and leasing residential real estate in the Metro Boston area for Berkshire Hathaway Warren Residential in Boston's Back Bay office. Casey began her real estate career in 2014 and has continued to build her business from referrals. She is dedicated to helping her clients in every aspect of real estate - managing their transaction with care and knowledge from beginning to end. Casey's compassion and commitment help guide clients through this process whether they are a first time home buyer or a seasoned investor. Buying or selling a home can be intimidating but Casey works diligently to educate her clients with the knowledge they need to be confident moving forward with their decision. Using market reports and company tools, she is able to make sure her clients not only understand the micro-market around them but also trends and changes that impact their decision overall. In her first few years in the business, Casey worked in a team structure working with renters, buyers, and sellers before branching out to become a top producing agent at her firm in just her 3rd year in real estate. Casey is thankful for the consistent support of friends, family and colleagues and is excited to partner with the Women's Business League to support other women following their passions and continue to grow her business focusing on residential sales in the Boston and surrounding areas. When she is not with clients, she enjoys traveling, exploring new neighborhoods with friends, trying new restaurants, or binge watching her favorite crime shows!

Monica Leger

Danvers Chapter Leader

Monica's goal is to help her clients navigate the biggest decisions in finding a place that makes them feel the comfort and contentment everyone deserves to enjoy in a home. After spending 20 years in sales and support within the financial services industry, it felt like a natural transition to work with people on the largest investment most will ever make in their lifetime…a home. A native of the Greater Boston area, Monica's family has lived in Middleton for the last several years. She and her husband have two daughters and a Shihpoo puppy. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, planning parties and traveling. In addition to being full-time realtor, Monica is a member of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Board at Masconomet and the Danvers chapter leader for Women’s Business League. Each year, her family also devotes time to planning a fundraising event in support of Dana Farber cancer research which is a very personal and meaningful endeavor for us.

Camay Pascucci

Danvers Chapter VP

Camay Pascucci is a relationship manager at Coastal Capital. Her entire career has focused on advising clients with their personal financial planning needs and she loves empowering people. Camay helps individuals and families develop the confidence and discipline they need as they work toward financial independence. Upon graduating from Bentley College in 1996 with a BS in Finance, She advanced her skills and expertise with roles at BNY/Mellon, Fidelity Investments, and Scudder Investments. She went on to spend a decade at Charles Schwab & Co., first as a Financial Advisor and ultimately as a Branch Manager, overseeing several of the most successful branches. The perspective I gained from running the day-to-day business while also nurturing client relationships was invaluable. In my down time, I enjoy spending time on the beaches of the North Shore and golfing with my husband and two daughters. We recently expanded our family with the addition of Bailey, a Labradoodle pup.

Antonina Prezioso

East Boston Chapter Leader 

Coming soon....

Briana Sachetta

East Boston Chapter Leader

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Dorothy Verani

Exeter Chapter leader

As a Realtor, my goal is to provide a 5-star experience to each and every client. I achieve this by being responsive, passionate, and truly going above and beyond. My tagline is, "There is no place like home." (How could I resist?) And with over 25 years of proven experience in corporate marketing, sales, negotiation, and strategic thinking, I am a true advocate for my clients. I am committed to making sure, whether buying or selling, that everyone feels they are receiving superior personalized service and honest communication throughout the entire process and even after. I love receiving text messages from homebuyers excited to share their home improvements from newly painted rooms to a new kitchen island or the addition of a swing set to the yard. And there is nothing like having a job where you can witness a first-time homebuyer carry his wife over the threshold or see tears of joy on a seller's face when they have received "the offer" and can move on to their new dream home. Real estate is so much more than a transaction, and that is why I love it! Growing up in Westport, a coastal town in Connecticut, I learned at a young age how wonderful it is to reside in an area close to the water. After attending The Carroll School of Management at Boston College with a major in Marketing, I spent time working and living in the Boston area until I moved to New Hampshire to start a family. I currently live on the Seacoast of NH in Stratham with my husband, Dave, who has a background in real estate development and investment, and our two teen daughters and dog, "Hallie". When I am not busy helping clients, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, decorating, skiing, and of course, the beach. Having worked alongside so many incredibly talented and inspiring women over the course of my life, I learned the power of exchanging ideas and information, and that by doing so, it makes us all better! Most importantly, I made friendships and connections that I still have today. This is why I am thrilled to be a part of the Exeter Chapter of the Women’s Business League!

Cindy Khoury

Exeter Chapter Leader

The opportunity to be part of the Exeter WBL is very meaningful to me. It represents the fact that this truly is my home and community! My family and I moved to the NH Seacoast 7 years ago from the DC area, and we couldn’t be happier to finally settle down. Our lifestyle was wonderfully adventurous but extremely mobile. I either joke, cry or look like a deer in headlights when the story comes up of my 4 children born in 4 different states over a span of 2 decades. Extremely exciting is my recently launched social media marketing business See Beauty in Everyone. It has been an amazing, creative outlet for me as a nano-influencer and so much fun to curate authentic, relatable testimonial advertising for businesses. From blogging to posting, it is amazing to contribute to the world of influence marketing. Through it all, I’ve had a partner in my husband, Gary, an Army combat veteran and now tech VP. Our small business ownership of martial arts academies in the Merrimack Valley was the beginning of my entrepreneurial passion. I served in the United States Air Force and maintain careers in dental hygiene, fitness, and real estate. You can imagine the amazing, outstanding women I’ve met along the way. To absorb, marvel, influence and be influenced by such incredible people from different walks of life has been a priceless gift. It is a triumph to see businesses flourish and people connect. And we will get there again. In this time of pandemic recovery, more than ever, I feel that we need to surround ourselves with like-minded women. Women who can lift us up. Who we can lean on, learn from, and trust. Women who will make us look back on these unprecedented times and say, "You were there for me, and we made it through together." This is what I hope you will find in our Exeter Women’s Business League Chapter. I really look forward to meeting you!

Sarah Soutiere

Fort Mill Chapter leader

Sarah Soutiere is a Crystal Executive at Isagenix, a Global Health and Wellness company that provides long term health and wealth solutions addressing issues like weight management, world hunger and financial stress. Sarah grew up in Ipswich, MA. After attending Suffolk University in Boston and finding herself in full time Sales and then Banking, as a mother of two boys she knew there had to be another way. After being introduced and falling in love with the Isagenix products, and culture, Sarah decided to dive deep into the world of helping others transform their lives physically and financially. Hitting the highest rank in the company in a few short months, Sarah knew she could fully embrace Network Marketing full time all while living a life of time freedom embracing collaboration over competition. She is currently living in Tega Cay, SC where she is passionate and determined to help others live life by design and not by default. She offers weight loss, energy, performance and healthy aging solutions. On a higher level, if you want another income stream or to build a full time income from anywhere, Sarah has an incredible work ethic and will show you the way. “I got my life back. My happiness. My energy. I am the best version of myself right now thanks to the product, my dedication and my amazing coach believing in me when I didn’t”- Jessica N.

Erin Mitchell

Fort Mill chapter Leader

Erin Mitchell is a Sales Executive for MONAT and the Co-Leader of the Fort Mill, SC Branch of the Women’s Business League Erin has 13 years of Sales Experience in both Health & Wellness and in the Healthcare Industry. She has held multiple mentoring positions, led many committee meetings, as well as ranked in the top 2 percent of her Medical Company’s sales force growing her territory by 55 percent. Erin has two young sons, and a devoted husband. Their family relocated to South Carolina in 2018. They are really enjoying exploring all of the new East Coast destinations as a family. Erin is thrilled to be expanding her Anti-Aging Hair and Skin Care business into the Carolinas.

Maggie van Galen

Georgetown Chapter leader

Maggie van Galen is an author, storyteller and writer. Her previous works, The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest children’s book series, have all received the nationally acclaimed Mom’s Choice Awards®. Maggie grew up in northern Michigan and has written from the time she was a young girl. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1991 studying journalism, creative writing and advertising. After the death of her father in 1995, Maggie shifted her focus inwards, moved to Boston and reconnected with the man of her dreams. Writing took the forefront and she began writing for local newspapers and published a book of poetry titled an inside look... . In 2000, Maggie and her husband moved to London, England where she worked at The Economist. After starting her family in 2003, the children’s stories began to flow and her life as an author began. Maggie lives in Georgetown, Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, a cat and their Bernese mountain dog, Koning (Dutch for King!) Website: www.maggievangalen.com ​

Darlene Woodward

Georgetown chapter Leader

I'm Darlene. Dog photographer, canine expert, and people person. This photography business all started with my rescue dog, Kota. Her challenges as a rescue with a difficult start in life inspired me to learn as much as possible about animals. So I became a dog trainer to positively reinforce our bond, after several other dog trainers were convinced she was a hopeless case and could only be trained through harsh punishment methods. Patience and perseverance are interpersonal strengths I developed in two of my former careers as a middle school teacher and flight attendant, and I put these traits straight to work with Kota and my dog training. While there are quite a few obvious differences between children/people and dogs, I learned through it all that some “well timed” treats, such as cookies, can surely make the difference. And if it takes a “coyote caller” to get that perfect head tilt, I’ll be right there to capture that perfect moment with one in hand! My goals with photography aren’t that different from my goals in dog training. My mission is to encourage and reinforce joy, and to celebrate the human-animal connection. I live in Georgetown with my husband and husky-mix, Kota, and I'm excited to be a chapter co-leader with Maggie Van Galen. WBL is an amazing group of inspiring women supporting women, and I'm honored to be a part of it!"

Nicole Johnson

Hamptons Chapter Leader

Building business and building UP woman has always been a passion of mine. I am grateful that I have finally found an outlet like Woman’s Business League for me to help, educate and inform woman on what I have been learning and practicing, and having success with for over 30 years! I am a leader, a full-time licensed MA Realtor since 2004, team operations consultant, principle of “Ruby Slippers Feng Shui” consulting company, A regular guest host on Dana Crypto Mania Radio Show on 104.9 FM, and a loyal FRIEND! I believe in having a great attitude no matter what, and what we believe, we CAN actually receive! Join our chapter and experience the energy when like-minded woman connect and improve their lives and skills! We will grow together- and offer a variety of guest educators and speakers, business and non-business topics like design, clutter clear, tarot cards & numerology, clean eating, fitness, connecting people, mind over matter attitude training, and so much more! I have so much to give back and helping people with their business while improving personal lives, and self-love is what this chapter is all about. I am experienced in buying and selling properties, flipping properties, and negotiating new construction projects. In addition to selling real estate, my background includes managing and recruiting over 400+ industry professionals over the past few years and helping them with the company to company transition. I am a native of Rowley MA, and graduated from Triton High School, where my love for Salisbury and Hampton beaches started. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree of Marketing/ Communication from Arizona State University, which provided me the opportunity to work for Warner Brother Television. I worked in both television and radio sales, bringing in new advertisers, writing creative copy, and being in commercials! But…I missed the beach! After moving back to Boston to get married and start a family, I needed a new career that was conducive to motherhood. I grew up with parents owning their own brokerage, Steve and Judy Horne, so real estate is in my blood, and I have grown to love it. My husband Jeff and I reside in Georgetown (hopefully up to the beach area soon!) with our two daughters and three pets. I am looking forward to networking and ELEVATING ourselves inside and out. This is the mantra that I bring to my work and this chapter, along with dedication, and a true entrepreneurial DESIRE to help us get it done! Woman’s Business League Style!

Kristen Picardi

Hamptons Chapter Leader

Coming soon...

Ellen Roche

Haverhill Chapter Leader

My Name is Ellen Roche. For the past 30 years, as a Mortgage Originator, I have enjoyed helping people finance their home whether it be a first time buyer or a seasoned investor. I currently work at Mortgage Network as a Senior Loan Officer and Branch Manager of the Haverhill Office. I have raised my 3 children in Haverhill with my husband of 32 years and have been very involved in the community. I love to see how happy people are when they reach their goal of owning a home.

Toni Pakus

Haverhill Chapter Leader

I empower people to identify and eliminate the toxins in their life: mind, body, and spirit. Removing toxic people, relationships, thoughts, memories, and even products you use and food you eat every day, will drastically and positively change your life! I've been on a journey of healing for many decades. Throughout my journey I have discovered that to heal from one's trauma history, one must first find her voice. One then must ensure that she is heard. Only when she is heard can she find healing.

Erin Lane

Ipswich Chapter Leader

Erin is a full-time North Shore Realtor who earned “Rookie of the Year” her first year in the business. Erin brings passion, knowledge and intense attention to detail to help buyers find their dream home and sellers get the most value for the sale of their home. She provides highly personalized services to ensure each client has a seamless and successful experience. A hard worker whose dedication to professionalism and fun is top-notch – Erin stops at nothing to ensure her clients receive the best. Prior to real estate Erin earned her Bachelors Degree from Quinnipiac University and spent many years in the insurance and finance industries. In addition helping her clients with their real estate goals, Erin is a wife to Chris and mom to Barrett and Aubrey, world traveler, hostess, party planner, and friend. Her favorite days are spent on the water enjoying her Ipswich hometown beaches.

Nichole Addario DiModica

Lynnfield Chapter Leader

Nichole is a licensed real estate agent in Massachusetts and owner of Find Your Way Home with Nichole, specializing in first time home buying, upgrading to your forever home and downsizing when the time is right. After successful legal and business careers in Boston and Los Angeles running worldwide operations and finance for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, she decided she wanted more. Nichole, recognizing the need for C-Level talent at the small business level without the high salary price tag, she ventured out on her own with Perfection Consulting providing marketing, operations and finance support to small businesses in need . Her entrepreneurial spirit sets her apart from the rest. Nichole has worn many professional hats and has such a broad scope of experience that clients find her to be a wealth of knowledge in so many areas that they need. She is an expert in your pocket who is meticulous about client service, sees every obstacle as an opportunity, ensures personal service and is someone who really hears what you want and need no matter where you find yourself in life!

Sharon McEntee

Lynnfield Chapter Leader

Sharon McEntee is a leading licensed medical aesthetician and the owner of Embody MedSpa in North Reading, which she opened in February 2013. She has over 23 years of extensive experience working in medical spas and with prominent dermatology practices in both Miami and New England. As an expert in the skin care industry, she treats clients of all ages, skin types and conditions. Her passion for health and beauty has enabled her to develop superior skincare regimens and industry-leading skincare and body image solutions. Sharon received her aesthetic training at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Aesthetics in Woburn, MA. She graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a concentration in pre-medical education. While earning her degree, she trained with Dr. Manjula Jegasothy, owner of the Miami Skin Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Miami. She holds several advanced certifications, including MicroNeedling, PRP Hair Restoration, Laser Hair Removal, Laser Removal of Pigmented Lesions and Tattoos, Ultherapy, Advanced Chemical Peels, Medical Microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacials, Jane Iredale Cosmetics, Body FX Body Contouring, CoolSculpting, CoolTone, Skin Tightening, and Aviva AirBrush Tanning. Sharon McEntee currently lives in North Reading with her husband and 3 beautiful children.

Sara Bee

Manchester Chapter Leader

Sara helps her clients live their lives the way they envision successfully. It is her mission to understand her clients and their priorities and to help them make educated decisions through the ups and downs of the markets and life. By asking hard, smart questions and carefully listening, Sara works with her clients to design and implement a customized wealth management plan. Sara also educates her clients on Impact Investing, helping them to align their investment portfolio with their core beliefs and values. Sara works diligently to understand all aspects of her clients’ financial lives and, with the help of the vast resources available at Merrill Lynch and Bank of America, strives to ensure they have the means to pursue the goals that matter the most to them. Sara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is a New Hampshire native and currently lives in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sara is passionate about working with Manchester's youth and serves on the Board of Directors of Manchester Police Athletic League and volunteers as a girls lacrosse coach with the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester. Sara enjoys being active in the community and serves on committees for New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, Queen City Rotary, New Hampshire Tech Alliance, Building on Hope and Manchester Young Professionals Network. Sara loves skiing, live music and Lake Winnipesaukee.

Elizabeth Brooks

Manchester Chapter Leader

Liz Brooks is a 30 year southern NH resident. She lives in Bedford, NH with her husband, Steve, and her 4 kids; Anthony (19), Whitney (9), Blakely (7), and Teddy (7). She attended UNHM and earned a degree in Business Administration. Liz spent 13 years in various roles at Merrill Lynch, until last November. Now, she is the proud owner of two Allstate Insurance Agencies, and is the CEO of The Brooks Insurance Agency LLC. She loves helping people, connecting and protecting the community! Liz stays very busy with her business and her family!

Sylvia Sarkisyan

Marblehead Chapter Leader

After working for years in the IT industry, I decided to follow my true passion by helping individuals and families buy and sell property in the incomparable North Shore region of Massachusetts and Greater Boston. My passion and knowledge evolved through purchasing several homes and investment properties along with my husband. Being a contractor, he focuses on the renovations while I analyze the financials to determine our return on investment. Each purchase has exposed us to many challenges and roller-coaster of emotions that often arise for many throughout the process. However, there is no greater sense of accomplishment than giving the keys to your new home or passing your keys to a new owner! At Ebb & Flow, it is not just about transactions but more about the relationships we develop with our clients that last long after the closing. Our utmost priority is to understand your unique needs, serve as your dedicated advisor and advocate, and find creative, strategic solutions that exceed your expectations. Know that we will always celebrate your future milestones and appreciate any business that is referred. When our clients succeed, we succeed as well. As small business owners, we know the importance of supporting other local businesses and non-profits. We donate at the end of every transaction to give back to our community, and as we grow as a business, our ability to give will grow as well.

Alana Colombo

Melrose Chapter Leader

Meet Alana Colombo, the young gun of your real estate team. Alana worked as a personal assistant and marketing manager for four years where she fell in love with the fast-paced, high-risk, and high-reward industry. Although she may have been eager to begin her career as an agent, she took the time to observe the day to day hustle and bustle of real estate from a different lens. Her understanding of the importance of preparation and training has allowed her to fully develop all the skills needed in being a top agent in this super competitive field. She is relationship-driven in her business and strives to accommodate any and all client’s needs. Whether that means helping first time buyers or working with buyers and sellers at any price point, Alana establishes an honest and loyal connection with every person involved. She brings her tenacious commitment and quick-thinking feet wherever her clients require her. Do not mistake her youth for inexperience, she is resolute in her goal of helping her generation build wealth through homeownership. Alana provides comfort and assurance during an otherwise stressful time. If she and her clients have a little fun along the way, she considers the transaction a job well done.

Metro-West, Boston, MA

Peace Nguyen

Metro-West Chapter Leader

Peace Nguyen is a Licensed Realtor® & Luxury Properties Specialist serving Boston and the western suburbs. A graduate of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, she holds a Certificate in Negotiation and Leadership, as well as a degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut. With over 20 years of wealth management experience, Peace is uniquely- able to advise clients on how to build and protect wealth, particularly as it relates to real estate. Her passion and commitment to helping others is evident through her work and community involvement. Peace’s number one priority is to advocate for her clients. Her effective negotiation skills, ability to create and claim value, and deal with difficult people and problems, provides a distinct advantage for those she represents. Peace’s professionalism and commitment to excellence has earned her numer- ous awards and accolades, including recognition in Who’s Who in Financial Services and Who's Who Among Executive & Professional Women. Peace resides in Wayland, MA with her husband and two school-aged children. Her local knowledge and exceptional insight into Massachusetts schools, town government, public safety, recreational activities, and general lifestyle stems from her leadership roles in local nonprofits. She serves on the Board of Directors for Wayland Public Schools Foundation & Wayland PTO, as well as numerous other charities supporting underserved communities. As a co-founder of Wayland Bulletin Board and Wayland MA Sitter Find, Peace endeavors to build a sense of community through local children & parent associations, youth athletics, and dog owner communities. Peace is a highly qualified real estate professional, providing specialized advice and assistance through every stage of the process. To take advantage of her valuable local market knowledge, strong business acumen, global network, and consultative approach, contact Peace today at peace.nguyen@evrealestate.com

Yara Olser

Metro-West Chapter Leader

As a small business owner of Osler Accounting Associates, I understand the pain points of managing and growing businesses and how to leverage banking solutions to solve business problems. After many years of working with many banks, both as a business owner and for my clients, I joined Capital One to support businesses from the banking side. At Capital One, I am able to develop deep relationships with local business owners to understand their business, cash flow, market dynamics, and more—and ultimately provide them with the best guidance to fit their needs. I regularly meet with my clients to discuss their unique pain points and concerns and work with them on growth and profitability through cash management and lending. Specialties: Escrow Account Management, Treasury Services, Payments, Business Lending including SBA 504, 7A & Express.

Regina L. Henry

Montclair Chapter Leader

Regina L. Henry is a multi-faceted coach, trainer, and speaker with a commitment to inspiring and equipping every person she connects with to "unearth their unique genius." Trained at the nation's leading school of education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Regina's perspective on human capacity & potential and out of the box approaches have consistently made her classrooms successful environments for EVERY learner. Having spent most of her professional life in a variety of educational settings, Regina has turned her own "box" inside out to step into entrepreneurship with a commitment to supporting a different "classroom" of learners, the professional woman. Regina applies her expertise in human & brain development, savvy business instincts, technological acuity, and a passion to equip others and see them succeed to create individualized strategies and practical outlines for professionals & entrepreneurs and their businesses. Her unique perspective and approach to personal development empowers each person to discover and express their “genius” in the marketplace and also, cultivate alignment between their professional & personal lives. @rlhenryglobal on social

Brandi Lilly McLean

Montclair Chapter Leader

Brandi Lilly McLean is the owner of Chez Bébé, a for kids by kids brand of children’s bedding inspired by French quality and style. Designs are inspired by her Kidpreneur daughter, India Jolie. Brandi is from Spanish Harlem, studied French in school and traveled around the world as a college student and as part of her career in retail product development where she worked with overseas factories to develop bedding for retailers like Macy’s, Brylane Home and Ross stores. As a mom of 3 young children, Brandi decided to combine her experience in textiles and entrepreneurial spirit with her family's need for quality bedding that reflected their multicultural diversity and sense of style. Brandi loves encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of young people and believes in hands on experience and travel as the best way to learn. She enjoys creating with her daughter India and exploring around NYC and the world with her family.

Tina Tzortzis

Newburyport Chapter Leader

Tina’s love for what she does as a Realtor, WBL member, and friend stems from her passion for helping people. She is a champion for small business owners and female entrepreneurs and believes that the best way to give back and make a difference in our world is to get involved at the local level. Tina has enjoyed working as a residential real estate professional for close to 10 years serving many families in the communities north of Boston Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. More than helping people buy and sell, she considers herself a knowledge broker in helping her clients make informed decisions that will benefit them for years to come. To Tina, her clients are like family, and family comes first! Tina loves living in the Greater Newburyport area in the small North Shore town of Rowley with her husband and two young boys, Andreas and Manoli. She is active in her local community and is currently serving her second term on the Triton Regional School Committee which represents the towns of Rowley, Newbury, and Salisbury. Tina is a big believer in collaboration over competition and values her relationships above all. Communication is everything, and with that mindset, she is excited to co-lead the WBL chapter of Newburyport and continue to collaborate and support all the members.

Sonya Ferreira-Cunha

Newburyport chapter vp

Sonya is so excited to be a part of the Women’s Business League as the Vice President of the Newburyport Chapter! She feels incredibly blessed to be among such a talented group of female entrepreneurs. A few fun facts about Sonya, she is an avid dog lover (especially rescue pups), LOVES to travel, is obsessed with sea salt caramel and chocolate, and could literally watch HGTV all day. Her proudest accomplishments include becoming a mom and making a major career change in her late 30s. After several years as a child therapist, Sonya took time off to start her family. Once her son was a toddler, she decided to pursue her passion for interior design. In 2014, she launched Maverick Home Design and Staging, an accredited home staging and redesign company serving all areas north of Boston. Sonya loves to help homeowners prepare their homes for the market, so they sell quickly and for top dollar. The best compliment is when a former client hires her to design their new home. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rivier University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling / specialization in Art Therapy from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She earned her training in home staging from the International Association of Home Staging Professionals® founded by Barb Schwarz (the creator of Home Staging®) as well as certification from Home Staging Resource. She also earned an Interior Design Certificate from the New York Institute of Art and Design. She is a current member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA®) and the American Society of Home Stagers and Redesigners (ASHR). Sonya lives in Rowley, MA with her husband Steve, her son Dean, and their two rescue dogs, Shelby and Milo.

Julie Chechik

Peabody Chapter Leader

“As a WBL Chapter Leader, I’m committed to helping other business women grow their businesses and achieve their life goals to live their best lives.” “One of the reasons I chose a career in real estate is to help people manage one of the largest decisions and purchases of their lives. Throughout the years, I’ve always been drawn to jobs and industries that are “client service” and “care giver” focused. I’m passionate about coming from a place of contribution in whatever I’m doing!” ​ Julie is going into her sixth year of real estate and contributes her success to getting out of her comfort zone to meet wonderful contacts through networking and having a strong, supportive manager and company when starting her journey. She feels very strongly about helping other new agents attain their goals and recently has been involved with coaching and training them. Before working in Real Estate, Julie gained a wealth experience in sales and marketing as a recruiter in the accounting & finance industry working with both large corporations and job seekers matching talent to jobs. She also has years of experience in the health and wellness field in management, training and customer service. She lives on the North Shore with her husband David and their dog Ricky. Please feel free to contact Julie with any questions you have about WBL and the North Shore Chapter.

Natasha Ragusa

Peabody Chapter VP

Coming soon....

Paula Baxley

Portsmouth Chapter Leader

I decided to launch the Portsmouth chapter of WBL because of the unexpected beneficial impact of the women I've met, become friends with, and worked with over the last 3 years. I am on a mission to recreate that for every woman who is interested. I help women start saving, a do-over, grow or preserve everything they've worked for so that they can be their best selves for the families and communities that they love. I believe that if you know you are on track to achieve your financial goals, then you can take the day off - whether to clean up the beach, help the homeless, assist veterans, work a food-pantry. Basically, to manage the balance between self-care (what IS THAT?!?) and family. I came to Merrill to empower myself and then found a great deal of satisfaction encouraging and strategizing with other women by being open, loyal, and showing up. I prefer working with other involved, heart-centered, proactive, engaged, giving women and businesses.

Linda Porter

Portsmouth Chapter VP

I think I was destined to be a Realtor! As the wife of a military veteran, I have experienced a minimum of 16 household moves locally, nationally and overseas. Relocating as often as I have, has given me a truly complete and compassionate understanding of my client’s buying or selling experience, and the stresses that can come with it. Additionally, I am a former Banking Professional with over 25 years experience in Consumer and Small Business Banking, Product and Project Management, contributing to the thoroughness and attention to detail that my clients experience with every transaction. These experiences have contributed to the fully rounded Real Estate Professional that I am today. I have strong, negotiation, problem-solving and communication skills, and will help you navigate the opportunities that await! I am active in the community, recently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for TEDx Portsmouth 2019. I value the importance of family and juggling a busy schedule, earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Granite State College, at night, while working full time and running a busy household as a mother of two. I connect with women, and naturally promote others, not because I have to because I want to help them grow their business, helping each other is good business! As VP of the Portsmouth Chapter of Women’s Business League, and working with Paula Baxley, I see this as the venue to build a network of women that promote each other and grow because of it. At the end of the day, I want us all to succeed and thrive and I see WBL as a means to make that happen!

Dianne Debs

Reading Chapter Leader

Dianne Debs is originally from Methuen, MA, moved to Beirut, Lebanon where she has been living for the past 36 years! She raised her 5 children there and has recently returned to Massachusetts and has joined The Nancy Dowling Team at Leading Edge Real Estate in Andover. She has mastered the Real Estate market and has been building a strong business for almost 5 years. She works hand in hand with her sister, Nancy Dowling and Mike Dowling, Nancy’s ex, both highly seasoned agents. She gets fired up every day for the chance to help buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals. Dianne works extensively throughout the Merrimack valley and beyond. Buying and selling a home can be a lot of work! She is ready to walk her clients through the process as smoothly as possible. Her attentiveness and passionate nature toward others gives her a keen eye about what will make her clients happy and satisfied in their journey of finding a home. She is willing to listen and make sure everything goes as stress- free as possible. She takes pride in holding to the Realtor Code of ethics. Dianne is fluent in Arabic and loves to cook, paint and travel. When she’s not working, Dianne can be found spending time volunteering or participating in many events including Methuen Day, community projects in Methuen, the Winning Opportunities for Woman (WOW) Conference, the American Lebanese Awareness Association and the Psychological Center's Annual Gala". She is also a member of the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

Katherine Debs

Reading Chapter Leader

Katherine has redefined the word “normal”. Born in Lebanon in the mid-80s, has taught her a thing or two about survival and living every moment of her life to the fullest. Her father being Lebanese and her mother American, gave her a chance to explore different sides of the world. She has since lived in Montreal and Boston. Katherine has a passion for helping others change their life. She went to school and studied International Affairs hoping to one day become a philanthropist and give back to women and children all over the world. Her passion is also to inspire people to thrive and flourish. For years Katherine struggled with various health issues, but it wasn’t till the age of 21 till she discovered healing through holistic medicine. And she vowed to spread the word so that she could inspire others to live a healthier lifestyle. When the Arbonne opportunity was presented to her, it had everything she was looking for; a way to inspire others to make healthier choices every day, to empower men and women to take action, follow their dream, and live their best life, and a way to give back to communities that were near and dear to her heart. Today she is filled with overflowing love and appreciation for all the abundance she has received. She hopes that her young daughters will one day tag along on mommy’s mission trips around the globe. She’s a mother, a wife, an entrepreneur, an inspirational leader, a mentor, and an amazing cook. And she loves every role she plays. She currently resides in Methuen, MA with her husband and daughters Zelda and Jade.

Sara Janes Hoag

Salem Chapter Leader

Sara Janes began her career in the financial services industry in 2012. She has several years of experience in Human Resources and is now an Investment Advisor Representative of Primerica Advisors. She currently holds her Series 6, 63, 26, 65 and Life & Annuities licenses, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a focus in Mathematics. Her office is in New Hampshire; however, she offers her Financial Wellness Workshops to the entire greater New Hampshire and Massachusetts areas. Sara Janes teaches these principles in a simple and interesting way, taking the focus off of products and placing it on fundamental strategies. Her educative approach empowers each client to reach a deeper understanding of their financial decisions, moving them past the numbers to measurable objectives and creative wealth building strategies. She enjoys teaching people how money works in their lives, and aspires to be known as someone who can help people get from where they are to where they want to be financially. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, Tracy of 23 years and her 4 children, Kayla, Casey, Keegan and Coriann.

Jessica Provencher

Salem Chapter Leader

Jessica Provencher was born and raised right here in New Hampshire. She studied Psychology and Business at the University of New Hampshire, and moved to Northern California just days after graduation, where her now husband, David, was stationed with the Air Force. While in California, Jessica earned her teaching license, and through her work in schools, for a local non-profit, and with the military base, she developed her skills in listening, and working with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Returning to New Hampshire in 2005, Jessica continued to work in private education, applying her client focused approach to assist individuals, from children to adults, in achieving their academic goals. Always looking for new opportunities to help others make their dreams a reality, Jessica made the move to Real Estate in 2017. As an agent Jessica is passionate, dedicated, and communicative. When Jessica isn’t watching her daughter, Nadia, play volleyball, or skiing with her son, Cole, you’ll find her running with friends. She completed her first half and full marathons in 2012, and her 2nd half marathon in 2017. Jessica is also an avid reader and loves being curled up with a good book and her pets, Maggie, Odin & Lily. Jessica loves all her clients but particularly enjoys working with first time buyers as well as Veterans utilizing their VA benefits. Committed to helping her clients find their New Hampshire dream homes and making the entire process of home ownership as easy and enjoyable as possible, Jessica is grateful to be part of the amazing group of professionals at LAER Realty Partners, and is looking forward to bringing together incredible women in her role as Co-Leader of WBL’s Greater Salem Chapter.

Debbie Fulton

Sarasota Chapter Leader

I am about friends in general but I LOVE my friendships with other women. Love connecting through business, riding my motorcycle or just in the day to day life. I am a Floridian and have lived in Sarasota for the last 20 years after moving from Miami where I had a fabulous childhood and loved growing up there. I have been in Association management for 20 years and represent Neora as an entrepreneur. I am The Go-To for anti-aging and wellness. I enjoy helping women to look and feel better as well as just growing the connections with them. I can't wait to meet and connect with you. is an expert at trendspotting and promoting the best products for women that are...Sexy, Healthy and Smart!

Tri-Town, Boston North Shore, MA

Callie Umenhofer

Tri-Town Chapter Leader

Callie is a full-time North Shore Realtor with a passion for navigating the complexities of real estate and making the process of buying or selling a home a positive experience for her clients. Prior to real estate, she earned her Bachelors degree in Management from Bentley University and spent many years in software & services sales. With her professional background in sales and over twelve years of personal real estate investment experience, Callie brings fierce negotiating skills, industry knowledge, attention to detail and compassion to help sellers get the most for their property and buyers find the home of their dreams. Realizing that this can be an emotional process for most, her top priority is to protect & promote her clients’ interests and provide a highly personalized service with results that all parties can feel great about. A North Shore native, raised in Topsfield, Callie has lived in Georgetown with her husband and two children for twenty years. She has enjoyed volunteering as the Preschool Parents Group President, PTA President and has led the Danvers BNI chapter. When she is not helping her clients realize their real estate goals, Callie enjoys family time, fitness, music, planning events, traveling and growing the Tri-Town Chapter of the Women’s Business League.

Carmelina Bernazani

Wilmington Chapter Leader

Carmelina is a Personal Risk Specialist with USI Insurance Services. She has been in the Property and Casualty industry for personal lines insurance for over 20 years and has worked in service, sales, and training areas for both local and large agents, as well as a direct carrier. Carmelina’s expertise is to educate and work with clients to complete a personal risk assessment to help identify risk exposures and apply insurance and non-insurance solutions through a consultative and proactive approach. Carmelina understands many insurance markets and through her experience and expertise delivers insurance programs that best meet her client’s needs. Product knowledge includes, homeowners, renters, personal condo, auto, flood, boat, recreational vehicles, domestic workers comp and umbrella/excess liability insurance. She also has expertise in the high net worth arena understanding critical components to complex placement of insurance programs. Carmelina holds a bachelor’s from Salem State College in Business Management, she is a Certified Insurance Counselor with the National Alliance and a Chartered Private Risk Insurance Advisor. In her spare time, Carmelina enjoys spending time with her husband and children Alyssa and Christopher, as well as friends and other family members. She is very active and enjoys skiing, running, boating and golfing.

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