Meet Platinum PVers

Introducing our Platinum Priceless Vessels

Name: Dr. Cynthia L. Tarpley McGill

Title: President/CEO, Priceless Vessels, Inc. 
Major Professional Accomplishment: Founded a thriving organization that empowers professional women to achieve excellence --- professionally, spiritually and personally. 
Major Personal Accomplishment: Raised (with my hubby) 2 fantastic, intelligent, caring, beautiful adult daughters. 
Hobbies: Reading and traveling 
Favorite Quote: “Leadership is not about love, it is love. It is loving your mission. It is loving your customers. It is loving your people. It is loving to let others be magnificent.” Margie Blanchard, The Ken Blanchard Companies.

Name: Brenda Aaron

Title: Sales Entrepreneur
Major Professional Accomplishment: I developed my own online sales business. 
Major Personal Accomplishment: Traveled to Italy and was able to enjoy the city of Florence for nearly a month. Developed an entire curriculum for School of Leaders at New Life Fellowship that helps people discover and/or strengthen their leadership capabilities.
Hobbies: Going to estate sales and auctions. Love spending time with my granddaughter, especially riding in my jeep with the top and doors off. 
Favorite Quote: "Your gifts are not about you. Leadership is not about you. Your purpose is not about you. A life of significance is about serving those who need your gifts, your leadership and your purpose." Kevin Hall

Name: Linda Armstrong

Title: Wellness Coordinator
Major Professional Accomplishment: Worked in the corporate arena for 42 years. Returned to school in my 50’s and again in my 60’s. Currently reinventing myself as becoming certified to teach Matter of Balance, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Living Healthy classes at my current workplace at Lifespan.
Major Personal Accomplishment:  Raised three children as a single parent to become successful adults making their own individual contributions to making the world a better place. Being a supportive grandma, Mema and Gma for my four grandchildren as they find their way in this challenging society we currently live in to make a difference.
Hobbies: Reading, politics, watching football and baseball games, writing, mentoring and laughing.
Favorite Quote: If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. Maya Angelou    

Name: Michelle Ashby | Linda Stellman

Title: Tipping Point Communications
Major Professional Accomplishment:  Core Business Verticals are: strategic planning for higher education, health & elder care, and professional services. 
Major Personal Accomplishment: Core Values are: excellence & ownership; learning & sharing; integrity & trust; teamwork.
Hobbies: Volunteer Pro-Bono work: Flower City Habitat for Humanity; Roland Williams; Champion Academy; Willow Domestic Violence; Priceless Vessels, Inc.
Favorite Quote: "Tipping Point - a moment in time when an idea or product catches fire." Malcolm Gladwell

Name: Mary Boland

Title: Vice President, Communications & Community Relations
Major Professional Accomplishment: Successfully advocated for people with HIV/AIDS in Darjeeling, India to receive medical treatment while promoting awareness to decrease the spread of HIV and increase compassion for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Traveled the world solo for 2 years to understand different cultures and traditions. My life will never be the same!
Hobbies: Yoga, biking, reading, travel, cooking.
Favorite Quote: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world". Mahatma Gandhi

Name: Andrea M. Calloway

Title: Practice Manager, RN
Major/Professional Accomplishment: Registered nurse, breast navigator, practice manager, RN and past water aerobics instructor for 15 years.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Single parenthood for 19 years, Breast Cancer survivor 19 years and growing from being a child of an alcoholic.
Hobbies: Reading, exercise, watching and getting to know people and personal growth.
Favorite Quote: "Be still and know that I am God." It has been my foundation for many years.

NAME: Beverly Coleman

TITLE: Ministry Coordinator
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Went back to school after 33 years and graduated with a Master’s Degree from Northeastern Seminary.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Helped to raise some of my nieces and nephews and married a caring, loving man who gave me children, grandchildren and being a role model to all of them.
HOBBIES: I love to travel with my husband, go to the movies with him, sing, dance and put my own spin on recipes.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Number one in your life’s blueprint should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Name: Gina Cuyler, MD FACP 

Title: General Internist/Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Rochester; President and Co-founder of Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester, Inc.
Major Professional Accomplishment:  Being able to fulfill my dream of becoming a physician despite poverty, profound adversity and lack of tangible role models and mentors. 
Major Personal Accomplishment: Being able to use my past experiences, both positive and negative, to help found the Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester, Inc. 
Hobbies: Dedicating time to faith, family and friends as well as traveling and cooking.
Favorite Quote: "He has shown you, O mortal what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

Name: Debra M Davis 

Title: Retired Teacher/Part-time Nail Technician
Major Professional Accomplishment: I was a High School Art Teacher in Virginia for 30 years.  I maintained residence in the same school and classroom all 30 years.
Major Personal Accomplishment: After retiring and moving to Rochester I entered a nail technician school and completed a rigorous 250 hour program.  I began my certified nail career in 2005 and am still continuing as a part-time technician.
Hobbies: Art, enjoying my dog and time with my sister.  Love Disney World.
Favorite Quote:  “If you can dream it, you can do it.”  Walt Disney

Name: Teri Davis 

Title: Retiree in Training
Major Professional Accomplishment: During my 42 years at Xerox Corporation, I am most proud of being known as approachable. Because of that I was able to make connections that led to mentoring and coaching women, men and especially new college hires.
Major Personal Accomplishment: As a member of the Optimist International Organization, a non profit service organization, for the last 24 years, I was Governor of the New York-New England District last year. I led 33 clubs and 816 members to a year of increased membership, and new club building to become a Distinguished Governor and District.   
Hobbies: Reading, travel and working with youth. 
Favorite Quote: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Helen Keller

Name: Twylla Dillion, MBA, PhD

Title & Company: Director of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Rochester
Major Professional Accomplishment: Completing my MBA and PhD
Major Personal Accomplishment: Sharing the joys of parenthood with my husband, as we raise kids who know that kindness and character are most important.
Hobbies: Travel, volunteering, shopping and hanging out with family and friends
Favorite Quote: "Don't gain the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold."  Bob Marley

Name: Dr. Nana Duffy

Title: Medical Doctor
Major Professional Accomplishment: Being asked to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology for the next 5 years.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Every day that my 2 girls (3 years old and 10 months old) are happy and healthy is an accomplishment...anything else is just icing on the cake. 
Hobbies: Gardening, ballroom dancing, traveling, yoga, Zumba
Favorite Quote: "The questions which one asks oneself begin, at last, to illuminate the world, and become one’s key to the experience of others. One can only face in others what one can face in oneself. On this confrontation depends the measure of our wisdom and compassion." James Baldwin

NAME: Virginia "Ginger" Goyer

Title: Business Owner and CPA
Major Professional Accomplishment: Owning a Certified Public Accounting firm for two decades which served many woman owned businesses.
Major Personal Accomplishment: “Putting myself through college” and earning an MBA degree.
Hobbies: Restoring native species (trees, shrubs, flowers) to our land to provide habitats for birds, bees and butterflies.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Get lost in Nature and you will find yourself."

NAME:  Nicole Heffernan

Title: Sr. Implementation Manager
Major Professional Accomplishment: Over the last 20+ years I've been fortunate and proud to have many professional accomplishments. Rather than mentioning one, I'd like to share one of my favorite mottos (which I strive to live by and attribute to most of my success): Work hard & be nice!
Major Personal Accomplishment: Figuring out how to maintain a healthy balance in my life. As a breast cancer survivor, for me this means prioritizing my own health & fitness while finding joy (rather than stress) in the daily juggle of my life with busy kids, a challenging job, volunteer commitments, etc. (while also making time for date nights w/ my husband and the occasional night out with my girlfriends). Balance is a daily goal of mine, and thankfully I've found strategies to achieve it, most days.
Hobbies: Having fun and making memories with my two kids, yoga, meditation, and traveling, whenever possible.
Favorite Quote: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Albert Einstein

Name:  Pamela D. Hennings

Title: Fitness instructor and Chief Operating Officer of Zion Dominion Global Ministries
Major Professional Accomplishment: Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration
Certified Fitness Instructor
Major Personal Accomplishment: Launching my website for Faith, Food and Fitness in 2018
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, exercising and teaching women about God
Favorite Quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Name: A. Gidget Hopf, Ed.D.

Title: President & CEO, ABVI & Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
Major Professional Accomplishment: Leading a great organization.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Earning my Doctorate in Leadership and organizational studies in my fifties. 
Hobbies: Golf, reading, travel
Favorite Quote: "Nothing changes until the leader changes, and when the leader changes, everything changes."

Name: Michelle A. Hutchinson, Esq.

Title: Partner and Co-Founder, Brown & Hutchinson
Major Professional Accomplishment: Co-founding and co-managing the largest wholly African-American owned law firm in New York State. 
Major Personal Accomplishment: Raising, as a single parent, an awesomely wonderful 21 year old daughter. 
Hobbies: Movies, anything athletic, reading 
Favorite Quote: “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” Bill Cosby 

Name: Stephanie Jackman, LMSW

Title: Consultant / Independent Contractor
Major Professional Accomplishment: Achieved a lifelong dream of becoming self-employed as a Mental Health Consultant and Independent Contractor.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Obtaining my Master's Degree.
Hobbies: Enjoy spending time with my husband, traveling and watching movies
Favorite Quote: "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve." Napoleon Hill

Name: Joan E. Lincoln

Title: President of Panache
Major Professional Accomplishment: Opening a small business in the middle of a soft economy in 2010.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Mother of 3 children.
Hobbies: Networking; anything to do with local fashion.
Favorite Quote: As long as I wake up in the morning, everything else is icing on the cake.

Name: Chrisandra Mareus, LMSW

Title: Community Liaison Specialist, Rochester City School District
Major Professional Accomplishment: Returning to college and obtaining my Master's Degree after losing my job of 14 years to downsizing. This provided the opportunity to re-create myself and follow my heart into the helping profession as a Social Worker.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Being recognized with the International Trends Award by LINKS, Inc. for the work I do with Elevate Haiti Ministries as a Board member and working in the organization in Haiti.
Hobbies: Traveling with my husband, quiet time at home, and watching movies.
Favorite Quote: "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9

Name: Patricia Harris Marino, Ph.D.

Title: Founding Director, Pathmark Innovations LLC and Patricia Marino Ministries
Major Professional Accomplishment: Obtaining my Ph.D. and achieving National Board Certification in teaching.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Becoming a Mom.
Hobbies: Travel and Gardening
Favorite Quote: "You have two choices in life: you can dissolve into the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be." Alan Ashley-Pitt

Loretha J. McCullough

Title: Global HR Director/CEO Virtuous Consulting Services, LLC.
Major Professional Accomplishment: Named one of Rochester’s Emerging African American Leaders.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Attaining an Executive MBA while working full-time and raising a family AND pursuing my dream to start my own coaching and consulting business.
Hobbies: cooking, traveling, reading and spending quality time with family.
Favorite Quote: Always keep it real and never sell your soul to the devil.

Name: Maja Milicevic-Klugh

Title: Xerox ROS Manufacturing Engineer/Supervisor 
Really loving and enjoying my job with Xerox Global Manufacturing in Webster, NY. I’m extremely grateful for being able to use my knowledge, expertise and my past work experiences from the restaurant business (which taught me multitasking and people skills) in each and every area of my current job. 
Through community service and modeling, I have been able to touch as many lives as possible while sharing my life experiences. Adapting to the American life style, growing and meeting new friends is a joy. 
Waking up every morning with my kitties in the house on the lake (still feels like a dream). Exploring Rochester for great deals in consignment shops, going to different events, parks, getting involved with new programs, projects and people is terrific.
  • Start each day with a grateful heart. 
  • Never let a bad day make me feel like I have a bad life. 
  • It is never too late to be what YOU might have been!!

Name: Dr. Lesli C. Myers

Title: Superintendent, Brockport Schools
Major Professional Accomplishment: March 2007, Testimony before the United States Congress (House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies) which resulted in a spending bill for Fiscal Year 2008 that included the largest increase ever to the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP) to $61.5 million. This was an increase of 77.5 percent over Fiscal Year 2007, and the largest percentage increase to any education program found in the House LHHS-Ed FY 2008 Appropriations bill. 
Major Personal Accomplishment: Earning my doctorate 
Hobbies: Cooking/baking, Tennis, Softball and traveling 
Favorite Quote: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide, 1947 Nobel Prize for literature

Name: Kathy Nixon

Title: Retired Executive Director, Rundel Library Foundation
Major Professional Accomplishment: Serving as the head of Rundel Library Foundation for 13 years. 
Major Personal Accomplishment: Earning a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in my 40’s; Riding my bike close to 100 miles in 2 days. 
Hobbies: Bike riding, hiking, kayaking, theatre and enjoying the myriad of cultural offerings in Rochester. 
Favorite Quote: N/A 

Name: Barbara K. Osterman

Title: President, Human Solutions, LLC
Major Professional Accomplishment: Starting a business 18 years ago that has made a significant difference for many leaders and organizations.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Partnering with my amazing husband to nurture and grow a relationship of 35 years, and sharing in the development of our 2 twenty-something sons.
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, family time, yoga
Favorite Quote: “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver

Name: Laura Parker

Title: Financial Advisor, Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.
Major Professional Accomplishment: I started in the financial services business as a customer services representative, worked my way up to management and ultimately built my own practice.
Major Personal Accomplishment: My biggest personal accomplishment to date is going to school full time to receive my MBA while working full time.
Hobbies: Going to the Rochester Public Market, entertaining friends and family, yoga, and going for hikes with my pup. 
Favorite Quote: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." Winston Churchill

Name:  Dr. Deana Porterfield

Title: President, Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary
Major Professional Accomplishment: Becoming the first female President of  Roberts and Northeastern.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Completing my doctoral degree. As a first-generation college student and I never could have imagined that I would have graduated college let alone complete a doctorate. 
Hobbies: Biking, walking, music and travel.
Favorite Quote: Everyone wants to be part of a winning team and significant in their own right.

NAME: Cynthia L Rivera

TITLE: Lead Generator/ Student
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: My accomplishment will be returning to college after many years and obtaining my BSW at the College of Brockport in May of 2018.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raising 3 beautiful kids all under the age of 13 as a single mother while working towards my degree in social work as a full time student.
HOBBIES: Enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, watching movies and listening to music
FAVORITE QUOTE: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Name: Denise Roberts

Title: Product Development Specialist
Major/Professional Accomplishment: Award of Excellence in 2014 Human Resources Specialist
Major Personal Accomplishment: Working full time and attending Roberts Wesleyn College graduating with honors.
Hobbies: Shopping and traveling
Favorite Quote: "Be still and know that I am God."

Name: Hilda Rosario-Escher

Title: President & CEO, Ibero-Amercian Action League, Inc.
Major Professional Accomplishment: Under Ibero's Foster Care Program, we have provided supportive homes for numerous children --- one of whom, more than 20 years after being placed in a foster home is now a high school teacher, currently studying for a Ph.D. He called to thank me and Ibero for our role in changing his life. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to turn a traumatic experience into a positive one. We have many other similar success stories like this.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Seeing the success of my two children and their roles in giving back to the community.  
Hobbies: Spending time with family, especially my grandchildren; helping people in need and traveling.
Favorite Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

Name: Jeannie Slaughter

Title: Program Manager
Major Professional Accomplishment: Ability to retire from Xerox after 32 years and follow my desire to work in the Rochester City School District. 
Major Personal Accomplishment: Returned to school after 20 years to get my MBA while working fulltime and raising two wonderful children.
Hobbies: Reading; movies; working with youth.
Favorite Quote: "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Nelson Mandela

Name: Aisha Stephens

TITLE: Operations Leader
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: In partnership with senior leadership, successfully implemented a new health plan and critical enrollment function in less nine months. Led the sourcing and selection of talent to ensure the delivery of necessary results.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Raised a caring, intelligent, and handsome young man despite the statistics that warred against his life; child of a teenage and single mom. Served as Youth Director/Minister and poured into dozens of young people’s lives, encouraging them to never give up on themselves, their dreams, and rise up to their full potential.
HOBBIES: In my spare time I can be found spending time with my husband and loved ones, cooking, writing, traveling, and serving those that are in need.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Dare to maintain your uniqueness and divine originality. Set the standard, be an example, raise the bar—when you do, you give others permission to do the same.” Dr. Cindy Trimm

Name: Sharon Taylor

Title: Community Health Engagement Program Administrator
Major Professional Accomplishment: Current position was created for me due to my involvement with the faith-based community focus on changing health disparities within our community.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Instrumental is assisting local churches in creating their health ministries while aiding them in receiving the necessary funding to run health programs.
Hobbies: Coloring, shopping, quality time with my family, travelling.
Favorite Quote: "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." Arthur Ashe

Name: Sally Ward

TITLE: President, Ward Leadership
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Celebrating 25 years of business ownership in 2017.
MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: A long, mutually supportive partnership with my husband, helping him raise his two children and hatching two more together.
HOBBIES: Hiking, reading, learning about other cultures and countries, restoring a farmhouse that's been in my family since 1820.
FAVORITE QUOTE: "Enthusiasm is contagious. Be a carrier." Susan Rabin

Name: Mayor Lovely Warren, Esq.

Title: Mayor
Major Professional Accomplishment: Being elected by the people of Rochester to serve as their Mayor.
Major Personal Accomplishment: Being the wife of Tim Granison and the mother of Taylor Granison.
Hobbies: Reading   
Favorite Quote: "It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Frederick Douglass 

Name: Mary A. Worboys-Turner

Title: Philanthropist
Major Professional Accomplishment: Helped lead the repositioning of the Brockport Foundation from local to a national board. 
Major Personal Accomplishment: Overcame fear of heights by climbing the Adirondack high peaks. 
Hobbies: Working on becoming an Adirondacks 46er 
Favorite Quote: “All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have equal opportunity to develop our talent.” John F. Kennedy, 35th President