2007 Emerging Leader Finalists

Jenny Baker
Sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter

Jenny Baker is an Investment Advisor at Cox Financial. Jenny’s involvement in several school-age children’s programs has created a passion for helping parents and students understand the importance of building a strong financial foundation. In addition to her work at Cox Financial, Jenny serves as the President for Ohio’s Jump$tart Financial Literacy Coalition. This group seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of young adults.

Amie Bossi
Sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter

From St. Louis, MO, Amie earned her Masters in Public Policy and Graduate Certification in Non-Profit Management from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She enjoys her career in the non-profit field where she works as the Program Manager for Dress for Success Midwest. Her spare time is dedicated to the community theater group KTK and the Coalition for Children of Offenders (CCO), a pilot project aiming to curb the effects on children of parental incarceration.

Anna Choi
Sponsored by the Seattle Chapter

Born in Ohio, Anna was raised in Georgia and lives in Seattle, Washington. At age 20, Anna founded InsideOut, a non-profit organization providing leadership training to the community. Graduating from University of Washington, Anna launched her own financial planning practice as a Financial Advisor specializing in women business owners and philanthropists.

Fiona Elam
Sponsored by the Seattle Chapter

Fiona was raised in Gig Harbor, WA. She attended Seattle University, where she graduated in three years and started her company, Newlywed University, soon after. Newlywed and engaged couples can learn how to budget together, buy a home, invest and prepare legally for marriage through Newlywed University’s educational events and online resources. Fiona is passionate about marriage and is excited to have a hand in helping marriages of the future be more successful.

Laila Fields
Sponsored by the San Jose Chapter

Born in Oregon and raised in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA, Laila made the short move to San Jose six years ago to begin her career in real estate. Her emphasis has been on residential sales and she is now excited to expand into the areas of investment and development. With a heart for children, she spends time volunteering with Future Families, an organization that helps and serves foster children.

Bridget Frewer
Sponsored by the Victoria Chapter

Bridget grew up living in Victoria, BC and graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Communication program with a Bachelor of Arts. She currently works as a travel media specialist for a public relations agency where she manages a number of key accounts and travel itineraries for media from all over the world. She is a dedicated member of the steering committee of the YMCA-YWCA Young Women’s Leadership Conference and an advocate for media literacy in schools.

Heather Fritzler
Sponsored by the Greenly Chapter

Her smile, warmth and willingness to help draws people in abundance to the Heather Fritzler Agency. Heather is fully licensed to sell life, home, auto, commercial, and health insurance. She believes in getting to know her clients’ needs to provide the BEST coverage possible. Her sincerity and personal touches will help her new agency gain success quickly. She is eager to learn and share her knowledge to benefit others. Heather believes in giving back to her community.

Brandie Hollinger
Sponsored by the Orlando Chapter

Brandie was born and raised in Pensacola, FL. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Florida. Brandie was recently elected student body president by her fellow students making her the first female to serve in that capacity in UCF’s history. She is a strong proponent of servant leadership and believes in helping others. Brandie aspires to become the chief executive officer of a children’s hospital.

Jenni Isaac
Sponsored by the Rocklin/Granite Bay Chapter

A California native and AmeriCorps alumna, Jenni holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Fort Hays State University and is currently earning an MBA in marketing. She is a former editor and writer for Christian Music Planet magazine and now works in research and publicity for the K-LOVE and Air 1 radio networks. Jenni currently volunteers at her church, leads a small group for college women and is a member of Ladies Who Launch.

Charisse McAuliffe
Sponsored by the Northern Front Range Chapter

Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., Charisse received a BA in Mass Media from College of Charleston in S.C. While in school she started her college TV station, after graduation she moved to LA and worked for Warner Brothers. She later went to work in advertising in Ohio creating commercials. She currently works with MDA, living in Colorado with her husband and two daughters. She has recently started up a non-profit GenGreen, which encompasses all aspects of “green” living.

Kelly McElroy
Sponsored by the Longmont Chapter

Kelly was born and raised in Loveland, CO. She now lives in Longmont, CO with her husband and two children. She owns and operates Be Well BodyWorks, a massage therapy clinic that specializes in Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. She is an active member of her community as a church and school volunteer and her company offers massage therapy to the community at many local and charity events.

Jennifer Medeiros
Sponsored by the Orlando Chapter

Jennifer graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Advertising & Public Relations and currently works as a Program Coordinator for myregion.org, a regional development program, based out of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce. She will soon be attending the University of North Carolina - Charlotte to pursue her Masters in International Public Relations and is passionate about her community and serving as a positive role model for women.

Ruth Pardue
Sponsored by the Eastbay/ Oakland Chapter

Ruth earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and went on to earn a Master of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Univ. of St. Augustine. She has worked as a volunteer for numerous outreach and charitable organizations. Ruth’s passion is to help others regain and achieve optimal health which she does through treating patients at Kindred Hospital and teaching the importance of nutritional cleansing as an Isagenix Distributor.

Christy Rice
Sponsored by the Seattle Chapter
Christy was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Washington. While receiving her B.A. in Psychology and African Studies, she helped raise three tons of donations for orphanages in Nairobi, Kenya. While there, Christy helped start an HIV/AIDS Orphanage and Women’s Clinic in Takaungu village. Today, women there are taught how to open small businesses.

Tara Russell
Sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter

Originally from the Boston area, Tara attended Tulane University and traveled extensively before settling in San Francisco. Channeling her passion for the global community into a business, Tara graduated from the prestigious Coaches Training Institute and founded Three Month Visa Coaching and Consulting. As a “Travel Coach,” Tara ’s mission is to empower her clients to change their lives (and ultimately the world at large) through meaningful international travel and volunteer opportunities.

Linda Sargent-Brown
Sponsored by the Phoenix Chapter

Linda grew up in Phoenix, AZ and moved to San Diego in 2000 where she studied Electronic Music at UC, San Diego. She produced her first record at the Disney Studios and has had her music in several feature films. She currently has her own multimedia company, Tonic Media, and also is Professor of Media Arts at Palomar College. She works actively in the San Diego school district to promote music and multimedia.

Lisa Scarbrough
Sponsored by the Savannah Chapter

At the age of only 24, Savannah, GA resident Lisa Scarbrough founded Coastal Pet Rescue, a non-profit group committed to finding homes for orphaned animals. Since 2003, Lisa’s organization has rescued over 700 animals. She has received national recognition from various organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, Jiffy Lube, and Purina Pro Plan. Lisa works full time as a web programmer for eMarketSouth, and part time as an Animal Care Assistant for Animal Control.

Kelly Schneider
Sponsored by the St. Charles Chapter

Kelly was born and raised in Washington, MO. Kelly graduated from the University of Missouri with a double bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Family Studies. She continued her education by earning her Masters of Social Work in 2006. Currently she provides counseling to victims of sexual violence. She also works with youth in efforts to prevent dating and sexual violence. Kelly has committed herself to empowering women and advocating on their behalf.

Anjuli Sherin
Sponsored by the Plano Chapter

Anjuli spent the first eighteen years of her life in Pakistan, and left home to pursue her education and career in the U.S. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mary Washington College and went on to receive her Masters in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. Anjuli has devoted her time in the U.S. to working with under-served teens, and currently works as a Child Parent Psychotherapy Coordinator for teen mothers. She is also the owner of a Reiki healing arts business, Urmila.

The 2007 Emerging Leader
of the Year


Alexandria Spence
Sponsored by the Elk Grove Chapter

Alexandria was born and raised in California’s capital. For four years, Alex has been an active leader for a non-profit Christian teen program called Young Life. Alex is a senior at the University of California, Davis majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She aspires to be a high school psychologist with a long-term goal in reducing the number of teen suicides each year.

Karen Strejnowski
Sponsored by the Cleveland Chapter

Karen graduated with honors from Ohio University with two degrees - a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is currently a Manufacturer’s Representative for several of the most prominent companies in the security industry. Within the next few years, she will take ownership of Charles & Associates Marketing, Inc.

Kacie Starr Triplett
Sponsored by the Detroit Chapter

Kacie Starr Triplett, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hampton University, and Masters Degree from Webster University. At age 26, Kacie Starr is the youngest legislator in the City of St. Louis and serves on the city’s legislative body, known as the St. Louis Board of Alderman. Kacie is passionate about the inclusion of minorities and women in public service and devotes her time to programs dedicated to political inclusiveness.

Crystal Vilkaitis
Sponsored by the Northern Front Range Chapter

Born and raised in Loveland, CO, Crystal attended DeVry University year round and graduated with honors receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Sales and Marketing at just 20 years old. She is a member of Sigma Beta Delta which is an International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration. Crystal is devoted to being an inspiration and role model to business women of all ages through her determination and passion to help others.

Van H. Vong
Sponsored by the Seattle Chapter

Van grew up in Sacramento, CA and graduated from Seattle University. She is a Commercial Insurance Broker, serving as a Trusted Business Advisor. Outside of insurance, she serves and volunteers for the Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce Board. She is the Secretary and Chair of the Chamber’s Ambassador Program. This program selects and grows 20-29 year olds into having a sense of community, become community advocates, and serve as leaders in all aspects.



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