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"Women in Technology"

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If you are a woman considering a career in the exciting technology field, Moraine Valley's mentoring program is just for you! The Women in Technology Mentoring program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, helps women feel more comfortable entering technology careers. Want to become a member? Submit this application to the program coordinator.

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Spring 2014

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Fall 2013

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Fall 2013 Mentors


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Our mentoring groups allow students entering programs in technology to connect with experienced female students who can provide guidance, answer questions, and learn more about career opportunities for females. The unique relationship between students and professionals makes the transition from college into the work world smoother and less intimidating.


Corporate Mentors

Carol Antosz

Hello, my name is Carol. I have my A.A.S. in Office Systems and Applications with concentrations in web design and desktop publishing from Moraine Valley and have my B.A. from Governors State University. I am certified in Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. I work at Moraine Valley in Building B. Feel free to contact me with any related questions; you can reach me at antoszc@morainevalley.edu.

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Carol Antosz
  Florence Appel
Welcome! I am Flo, Professor of Computer Science at Saint Xavier University. I am one of the mentors of the Moraine Valley Women in Technology Mentoring Program. You can view more about me at http://csmaster.sxu.edu/appel. Please feel free to e-mail me with any undergraduate or graduate questions in Computer Science you may have at appel@sxu.edu.

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Florence Appel
  Kelly Arrendondo
Hi, I'm Kelly Arrendondo. I have an A.A.S. degree from Moraine Valley and I currently work in the Engineering Department of Hansen Technologies Corporation as a senior mechanical draftsman/designer. Please feel free to e-mail me at karrendondo@hantech.com with any questions. Remember, I am here to help you in any way I can, so don't hesitate to contact me.

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Kelly Arrendondo
  Michelle August
Welcome! I am Michelle August, Professor of Information Management Systems (IMS), as well as the Department Chair, at Moraine Valley Community College. The IMS department includes Computer Science (CSC), Office Systems and Applications (OSA), and Management Information Systems (MIS) which includes all programming, web development and design, and graphics. I also serve as the Executive Director of the Common Education Foundation and serve on the IBM Advisory Council (CAAC). Feel free to contact me with any related questions at august@morainevalley.edu.

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Michelle August
  Melissa Bailey
Hello, I am Melissa. I have been in the software industry since 1996. My focus has primarily been on implementations, training, and support for companies that develop their own proprietary software. I have also done some programming and report writing, and am very strong in SQL. I have traveled for some of my positions, both nationally and internationally. I currently hold a technical support engineer position for a company that developed a software package used by pharmaceutical companies to track and answer questions regarding medications and medical equipment. I am the lead support rep for Pfizer, one of the most well known pharma companies out there. I truly enjoy implementations, as I love the process of learning a client's business and operations and then configuring a package to meet those needs. I also enjoy the troubleshooting aspect of support, as it allows me to get into the guts of a package to figure out the pieces to a puzzle. You can contact me at mekaba99@comcast.net.

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Melissa Bailey 
Amy Bonsignore
Hello, my name is Amy and I teach in the LAN department here at Moraine Valley.
I have 10 years experience in the IT field, including managing network operating systems. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at amybonsignore@gmail.com.

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Amy Bonsignore
  Kimberly Booda
Hello, my name is Kimberly Booda. I am currently in the IT Security Specialist program here at Moraine Valley and will graduate with honors December 2013. I work at a hospital as an Information Systems Coordinator, Project Leader, and head of Implementation of a newly purchased clinical documentation software system. I have been at this company for seventeen years. I am striving towards finding employment with better salary. Please feel free to contact me at kabooda70@gmail.com.

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Kimberly Booda
  Savitri Boodoosingh
Hello, my name is Savitri. I am a math instructor here at Moraine Valley Community College. Besides teaching math, I also have a strong IT industry experience and background, which includes database development and systems integrations. Please feel free to contact me with any related questions at boodoosinghs@morainevalley.edu.

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Savitri Boodoosingh 
  Joanne Chouinard
Hi! Everyone calls me Jo. I have completed the A.A.S. curriculum in Computer graphics and am near completion of the 3d Animation Certificate here at Moraine Valley. I teach 2d and 3d design fundamentals to traditional media artists including glass fusers, silk painters, and watercolorists who wish to expand their design capabilities with Adobe Creative Suite, Max and Motion. Computer graphics is a fabulous way to combine my interests in art with my science and health professions background. I am currently a pre-release beta tester for Adobe Photoshop CS5.
I can be reached at deepseedigital@gmail.com.

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Jo Chouinard
  Kristine Christensen
Hello, I'm Kristine, a full-time Information Management Systems instructor at Moraine Valley. I teach computer programming and web design. Please feel free to contact me at christensen@morainevalley.edu.

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Kristine Christensen
Nancy Collins
Greetings! My name is Nancy Collins. I am an instructor in Mechanical Drafting and Design/CAD at Moraine Valley. I teach blueprint reading. If you have any architectural questions please feel free to contact me at collinsN22@morainevalley.edu.

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Nancy Collins
  Karin Cygan
Hello! My name is Karin Cygan and currently I am a Project Manager for Quantum Crossings, LLC Telecommunications Company. I received my AutoCAD/Mechanical Design degree from Moraine Valley which set a great foundation and provided a path for me to migrate into my current position of Project Managing. I am currently enrolled in the Cisco Certification classes at Moraine Valley. If you have any questions just send me an e-mail at k.cygan@yahoo.com.

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Karin Cygan
  Kristen Edling
Hi, my name is Kristen. I am back in school after 15 years. I have decided I am going to pursue a degree in IT since all of the classes I’ve taken are very interesting in this field. I shied away from computers for a long time, but being back at Moraine Valley has made me confident in this exciting field. I am going for the Networking CCNA Certificate. I also work at Moraine Valley as a lab aide in the IT/LAN department. I got this job through the Internship program at Moraine Valley. Contact me at kedling@gmail.com.

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Kristen Edling
  Betty Fabiano
Greetings, I'm Betty Fabiano. I have a B.S. degree from Governors State University (1992). Since then I completed the Web Developer and e-commerce certificates from Moraine Valley. I have worked as a content editor at a travel agency modifying and designing additional websites. Please feel free to contact me with any e-commerce or web development related questions at betty.fabiano@yahoo.com.

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Betty Fabiano
  Lori Farraj
Hi! I'm Lori. My career path guided me into the fascinating world of design more than 15 years ago. I have taught several classes at Moraine Valley, including Parametric Design, and 3D Modeling and Rendering. I earned a B.B.A. from Loyola University and an M.B.A. from Saint Xavier University. Currently, I work with a major government research facility as a Data Management Specialist. My experiences as both teacher and working student enable me to offer an extraordinary perspective regarding career and academic decisions. Feel free to contact me at farraj@anl.gov.

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Lori Farraj
  Prof. Mary A. Garcia
I am a Military Veteran with several years in two different branches of the service, US Army, 4166th US Army School and US Air Force, 928th Security Police. My first teaching experience was at Francis Parker H.S. I then went on to teach a variety of Computer Courses for De Paul University, Northwestern University, DeVry University and the US Military. My teaching style is to create a learning environment that is pleasant, positive and enjoyable. I have developed a variety of volunteer projects for students to gain hands on experience. I currently teach A+, Net+ and Cisco Networking classes at DeVry University. I can be reached at mgarcia6@devry.edu.

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Prof. Mary A. Garcia
  Allison Garza
Hi, my name is Allison Garza and I have been a member of the Women in Technology Program since 2010. I completed my Architectural CAD Certificate in 2011 and am currently finishing my last semester of the Mechanical Design Technology A.A.S. Degree and 3-D CAD Specialist Certificate. In the fall, I will be transferring to Purdue University to complete my B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. I'm currently working as a civil, electrical, and subsurface utility engineering designer for HBK Engineering, LLC in Chicago. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at allison-garza@att.net.

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Allison Garza
  Celia Gonzalez
I'm a graduate of Moraine Valley and 2007 graduate of SXU. Since that time, I've returned to Moraine and have received certification in various Microsoft Office applications. I'm presently taking two LAN courses, and testing the waters there. Email me at gonzalezc28@student.morainevalley.edu and I'll try to answer any questions you may have.

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Joyce Gonzalez
  Dr. Pamela Haney, Ph.D.
Dr. Pamela Haney is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Moraine Valley Community College. If you need any mentoring or assistance, please feel free to contact her at haney@morainevalley.edu.

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Dr. Pamela Haney
  Beth Hawthorne
I am a senior professor of computer science at Union County College in Cranford, NJ with several publications on cybersecurity education. I recently had been approached by the ACM's Women's council to head up their community college initiatives. I have worked with Flo Appel intensively on the upcoming ACM curriculum guidelines (the Social & Professional Knowledge Area, specifically) and I am committed in attracting more women into the technology field. I am one of the newest mentors of the Moraine Valley Women in Technology Mentoring Program. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions at hawthorne@ucc.edu.

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Beth Hawthorne
  Kathy Halm
Hello! I'm Kathy Halm, updating my skills in the Architectural CAD Program. I hold a BA from Rockford College, and have worked as a senior project manager for the Department of Housing and Urban Development for about 15 years. With shifting duties, I now require better skills in this area, and have begun a course at a time at Moraine Valley. Please contact me with any questions about project management training or certifications. You can contact me at kathleen.c.halm@hud.gov.

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Kathy Halm
  Sharon Hoffman
Hello, I'm Sharon. I am a returning student pursuing the Management Information Systems AAS. I am also taking courses here at Moraine Valley Community College to become a Database Administrator. You can contact me at shoffman429@gmail.com.
 
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Sharon Hoffman
  Karen Hoogland
My name is Karen Hoogland. I earned certificates in Website Design and Desktop Publishing & Graphics here at Moraine Valley College. I continue to take other computer courses to update my skills. I currently own KZH Design. My company provides a wide range of highly personalized services, from desktop publishing and graphic design to tutoring to virtual assistance for various projects, to small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals. I credit my experiences here at Moraine, in particular the mentorship I have received from many instructors, for helping me turn my volunteer work into a successful business opportunity. I may be reached at kzhoogland@kzhdesign.com.

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Karen Hoogland
  Angelia Johns
I have been a programmer/analyst/developer in telecommunications, retail, and academia. I have designed, developed, coded, implemented, and monitored financial, web-based, applications. I currently facilitate online MS Office 2013 applications courses at another junior college. As a former Moraine Valley Community College student, I have taken Object-Oriented Programming courses and have recently met the Local Area Network(LAN) department's requirements for the I.T. Security Specialist, A.A.S. degree. I have been confirmed as the first African-American woman to be conferred this degree at Moraine Valley Community College. I plan to work in the government sector and can be reached at  johnsamit@hotmail.com.

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Angelia Johns
  Donna Lauritzen
Hello. I’m Donna, an adjunct instructor at Moraine Valley teaching in the IMS/OSA department. I feel right at home here at Moraine Valley. The students and staff are very nice and very helpful. I am more than happy to provide support for a new student with regard to general academic information. Let me know if you have any questions on Moraine Valley itself. Don’t hesitate to contact me at donnalauritzen@comcast.net.

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Donna Lauritzen
  Sandra Lewikowski
My name is Sandra. I am a student at Moraine Valley Community College. One of the classes I am currently taking is in 3DS Max. I have a bachelors degree in Architecture and Design and I'm pursuing the Architectural CAD Certificate at Moraine Valley. You can contact me at liscaro@sbcglobal.net.

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Sandra Lewikowski
  Mary Jane Mannella
Hello, my name is Mary Jane Mannella. I am a returning student. I have a BS in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University and worked in MIS for 7 years. I have been out of IT for 20 years and am looking forward to returning to my first love! I have spent the past 7 years in the insurance industry, my last position being a District Sales Manager for Mutual of Omaha. I look forward to any advice on how to facilitate my path back into IT. I can be reached at maryjane.mannella@gmail.com. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible.

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Mary Jane Mannella
  Christina Martinez
On September 23, 2013, I joined the Computer Integrated Technologies Department at Moraine Valley Community College as an experienced yet refined Employment Engagement Specialist. With over fifteen years of experience in the business sector, I have a wealth of knowledge in sales, marketing, management and employer relations. With a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry and a soon to be Master’s degree, I have put my skills to good use. I currently serve as the Illinois Technology Foundation representative at Moraine Valley Community College and I am considered a true woman in technology to my colleagues. Specifically, I have helped pave the way for prospective and current students to not only get involved in Information Technology, but to become leaders in the field. Under the direction of the Department of Labor Grant in Information Technology, I have been coined the "go to person" when it comes to getting jobs in this field. I critique resumes, serve as a liaison between student and employer, and above all, I help change lives every day. Feel free to contact me with any related questions at martinezc234@morainevalley.edu.

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Christina Martinez
  Anne Marvak
My name is Anne. I completed my A.A. degree from Moraine Valley, a B.S. in Industrial Technology from NIU, a M.S. in Industrial Management/Safety from NIU and a certificate in 3D CAD from Moraine Valley. Currently, I own Kinetic Design, Inc. a Mechanical Engineering Corporation. Feel free to contact me with any related questions at KDIdesign@aol.com.

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Anne Marvak
  Chris Matusek, M.F.A.
My name is Chris Matusek. I am an adjunct instructor in the Digital Art/Design program at Moraine Valley. I work in the design industry as part of the Communications and Marketing Team for a local non-profit as their In-house Designer doing both graphics and web. I also work as a fine artist in the areas of digital, ceramics, and installation. You can see more of my work at chrismatusek.com. I have experience in: Adobe Creative Suite including Bridge, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects and a bit of Premiere; Corel Painter; Apple iLife, and some audio editing. Please do not hesitate to contact me at matusek@morainevalley.edu.

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Chris Matusek
  Irene McCauley, M.F.A.
Hello I'm Irene, a professor in Digital Art and Design. My background is as a fine artist specializing in digital photography and imaging and a print designer. I have been a full-time faculty member at Moraine Valley since 1997 and have coordinated the A.A.S. in Computer Graphics—Digital Art/Design since 1998.
Feel free to contact me with any related questions at mccauleyi@morainevalley.edu.

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Irene McCauley
  Ruth Miller
Hello, my name is Ruth Miller. I have completed my A.A.S. degree here at Moraine Valley along with the Website Designer Certificate and Website Developer Certificate. I am also the 2011 winner of the Terry O'Banion award. I completed my internship here at Moraine Valley as a Web/Graphic designer in the Marketing and Publication services department. I am also the VP of PR for the Orland Park Toastmasters Club, and the web master for the club. You can contact me at miller.ruth@comcast.net.

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Ruth Miller
  Dorothea Moeller
Greetings, I'm Dorothea. I completed the A.A.S. degree here at Moraine Valley. I transferred to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology. Please contact me with any related questions at dorymoeller@hotmail.com.

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Dorothea Moeller
  Jacqueline Napier
Hello, my name is Jacqueline Napier. I own my own business, Napier Communications. We provide documentation and training services to form the bridge between the technical community and the end user. Our broad focus includes change management, system development, help desk, and end users. I am a six-time award winning technical communicator recognized by Training Magazine and the Society for Technical Communication. I look forward to learning from you as well as helping you in any way I can. Please do not hesitate to contact me at jaxnapier@aol.com.

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Jacqueline Napier
  Cindy Nugent
Moving back to the Chicago area after eleven years in Sedona, Arizona, I returned to Moraine Valley to update my website and design skills. After taking several weekend Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver “marathon” sessions with Angela, I bit the bullet and purchased the creative software suite, and enrolled in the courses necessary to complete my website design certificate in order to advance my career as a self-employed web designer.

With help from many of the Women in Technology group, including Angela, Carol Antosz, my “Big Sister” and Kristine Christensen, my mentor and instructor, I was able to pull it all together and finish my certificate! Since then I continue to work with Julie Keaty of JFK Business Solutions, specializing in Content Management Website Design and development for many local businesses including the Village of Evergreen Park, the Chicago Ridge Public Library, the QuickBooks Queen – a fellow Women in Technology member - and the Sisters of St. Francis of Immaculate Mary in Joliet, among many others. I also started in a fantastic full-time position with Moraine Valley Fine and Performing Arts Center a few months ago.

Continuing my association with Moraine allows me to continue to pursue my higher education goals while working with many wonderful people in a field I continue to love – technology! Feel free to contact me at nugentc4@morainevalley.edu.

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 Cindy Nugent
  Jennifer O'Connor
I am president of 4D Artists, Inc, a 3D design visualization and animation firm in Lake County, IL, an adjunct instructor of 3ds Max, CAD and Architectural Illustration at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL and run the Chicago area 3ds Max user's group. I am the author of the book, "Mastering Mental Ray", and provide 3d training to companies and individuals around the country. I also have created for commercials. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jenni@mastering-mentalray.com.

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Jennifer O'Connor
  Susie Othman
Hi, my name is Susie Othman. I have been a member of the Women in Technology Program since 2009. I completed my Architectural CAD certificate and completed
3-D CAD classes. I am currently working as a civil, electrical, utility engineering designer at HBK Engineering, LLC. If you have any related questions, please feel free to contact me at susieothman3@yahoo.com.

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Susie Othman
  Rosemarie Pavilonis
Hello, I am Rosemarie. I am a Microsoft Reseller. Please feel free to contact me at Rpavilonis@hotmail.com.

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Rosemarie Pavlonis
  Elaine Pepe (Kenny)
My name is Elaine Pepe. I started at Moraine Valley and got an Associates in Science. I transferred to UIUC where I got my BS in Mechanical Engineering. I returned to Moraine Valley to get my CAD Associates in Applied Science and 3-D CAD, Mechanical Design & Drafting and Architectural CAD Certificates. I am the CAD Operator for Red Hawk Fire & Security in Burr Ridge. If you have any questions, please contact me at epepe5@gmail.com.

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Elaine Pepe (Kenny)
  Dorene Perez
I am Dorene Perez. I began working in the industry 21 years ago before I started my career as a CAD professor at Illinois Valley Community College. I also serve as the program coordinator for the computer aided design degree and certificates. About 17 years ago I was part of a group of teachers who developed a program called MIMIC (Making Industry Meaningful In College). This program teams students from different disciplines together to form "companies" on campus that design, market and sell products. I also was privileged to work with Moraine Valley on a National Science Foundation grant and shortly thereafter became the principal investigator of our own NSF grant. Please contact me at dorene_perez@ivcc.edu.

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Dorene Perez
  Liubov Petersen
Hello, my name is Liubov. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I have worked in the past as a Mechanical Design Engineer for Telecommunication and Film Industries. I graduated from Moraine Valley with a 3D Certificate in December, 2008. Currently, I am a CAD Operator with Advanced Fire and Security Systems, Inc. Feel free to contact me with any related questions at lovelyn_peter@yahoo.com.

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Liubov Petersen
  Maria Power
I have a M.S. Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and work at Argonne in the Physics Division as a Control Systems engineer on the ATLAS Accelerator. I have also taken a few classes at MVCC when I was preparing to return to the work force after being home with my children for 5 years. I am involved in organizing STEM outreach at Argonne and feel it is very important to encourage women to pursue opportunities in technology. I can be reached at mpower@anl.gov.

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Maria Power
  Angela Robinson
Hi, my name is Angela. I am very excited to be a mentor to women who are now just getting started in the technology field. I have more than 14 years of experience in IT ranging from PC technician, network administrator to managing help centers. I am a technical instructor at ITT Technical Institute. My main focus of instruction deals with operating systems, network systems management and design, in addition to project management. Please feel free to contact me at am_robinson1@yahoo.com.

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Angela Robinson
  Kelley Scott
Hi, my name is Kelley Scott. I am pursuing a CAD certificate from Moraine Valley and a proud member of the Women in Technology Program. If you would like to contact me my e-mail address is mrsscottie@sbcglobal.net.

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Kelley Scott
  Margaret Semmer
Hi, my name is Margaret Semmer. I have been affiliated with the Women in Technology mentoring program at Moraine Valley Community College for 8 years. Currently I am the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest. In this capacity I am directly responsible and involved with policy making and curriculum development for all academic programs. I have also recently been named to a statewide project focused on the recruitment and retention of women in STEM. Prior to Ivy Tech I worked as the Dean of Career and Technical Education at Joliet Junior College. At JJC I started a Girls Exploring Technology camp that exposed young women (middle school aged) to careers considered non-traditional for girls. I formerly held the position of Assistant Dean of Science, Business and Computer Technology at Moraine Valley Community College. I continue a close affiliation with Moraine Valley through the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurances as I continue to pursue and provide leadership on grant projects that address gender equity. I received my Doctorate in Education from Northern Illinois University in 2006. My dissertation is entitled: Women's Participation in Advanced and Emerging Technology Programs: Stories of Confidence and Determination. I am here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions and concerns at msemmer1@ivytech.edu.

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Margaret Semmer
  Denise Ayaleanos Skiadopoulos
Hi, my name is Denise. I received my A.A.S. degree from Moraine Valley in 2002. I received the 3D CAD certificate as well as the Architectural CAD certificate from Moraine Valley. I am a mechanical designer at Argonne National Lab. I have my own mechanical design and drafting business and I also teach Autodesk Inventor at Moraine Valley. Feel free to contact me at skiadopoulos@morainevalley.edu.

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Denise Skiadopoulos
  Angela S.(Program Coordinator)
Welcome! My name is Angela. I am the Women in Technology (WIT) Program coordinator. I have been involved with this program since its inception in 2002. I have received the Desktop Publishing Certificate from Moraine Valley, as well as the Web Design and Development Certificate and the 3D Animation Certificate. I am an Autodesk Certified Professional in 3DS Max Design. I teach Computer Graphics, Web Design and Development, 3D Animation and Video. I recently worked together with CORD on a project in Gender Equity in Emerging Technologies, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. As Subject Matter Expert (SME), I assisted in developing a manual and online Web site that enables other high schools and colleges to create a successful Women in Technology program. Feel free to contact me on any questions you might have at spyropoulosa@morainevalley.edu.

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Angela Coordinator
  Khallai Taylor
I am a Professor in the Computer Information Systems department at Triton College. My areas of interest include mobile application development and ubiquitous computing. I am passionate about exposing women and under-represented minorities to the art of programming through creative and unique approaches to teaching, such as the use of visual programming and social media. I am a member of the Illinois NCWIT planning committee for the Illinois NCWIT Aspirations Awards that recognizes female high school students who aspire to go into a STEM field. You can reach me at ktaylor3@triton.edu.

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Khallai Taylor 
  Sharon M. Vetsch
Hello, my name is Sharon and I am an Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. I own my own business called “The QuickBooks Queen”. My business consists of doing bookkeeping for small to mid size businesses, QuickBooks training at businesses and teaching QB’s here at Moraine Valley Community College. I have been on Intuit’s Advisory Council, am currently on their Trainer/Network Speaker’s Bureau, just had my first article published by Intuit and co-hosted a live webinar on QB’s Enterprise. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at Quickbooksqueen1@aol.com.

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Sharon Vetsch
  Jenny Villanueva-Ortiz (Jaso)
Hi, I'm Jenny. In May 2007, I graduated from Moraine Valley with my associates degree in Mechanical Design & Drafting/CAD. Then transferred to Purdue Calumet and received my bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering of Technology in May 2009. I am currently working in Bensenville as a layout engineer. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions related to MVCC, Purdue or drafting in general at jennyj_30@yahoo.com.

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Jenny Villanueva-Ortiz (Jaso)
  Maria Vlamakis, M.S.M.E.
Hello, I am Maria and a professor in Mechanical Drafting and Design/CAD. My background is in mechanical engineering and I have been a faculty member at Moraine Valley since 1991. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at vlamakis@morainevalley.edu.

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Maria Vlamakis
  Penny Wand
Hello, my name is Penny Wand. I am the Vice President of Pariveda Solutions. I have over 20 years of experience in business and technical leadership within multiple industries. I have knowledge in the world of consulting and IT; which has led me to successfully implement IT strategies to further the efficiency of my clients, while growing their organization. I understand the way a business should run and know how to find the technology to help run it efficiently. If you have any related questions, please feel free to contact me at penny.wand@parivedasolutions.com.

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Penny Wand 
  Eileen Westerkamp
Hello, I am Eileen Westerkamp. I am the Director in Advanced Services at Cisco Systems. You can reach me at ewesterk@cisco.com.

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Eileen Westerkamp

Students

Sara Abdelmajid
Hello, I am Sara Abdelmajid. I like this program. I am studying Mechanical design and drafting at Moraine valley. You can contact me at abdelmajids@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Sara Abdelmajid

Fatima Alrayyan
Hi, my name is Fatima. I am pursuing the Local Area Network degree. It is my pleasure to be part of this group. I feel in the meetings, we are all equals. Last meeting I sat next to the Dean of Science and Computer Technology. I told her how I was having a problem finding any tutoring at Moraine Valley, especially in the LAN dept. I tried many areas at Moraine Valley with no luck. After speaking to the Dean about this, she called me the next day and she helped me. She found me two LAN students for tutoring assistance, and one of the students was in my class. There is now tutoring available in the LAN dept. I am so happy I found the Women in Technology mentoring group. The program coordinator directed me to a mentor, Kristen Edling, who met with me 5-6 times at the library until I started understanding some of the LAN topics. She guided me into the right path. I am trilled to have found this program and its members who gave me assistance and direction. You can contact me at fatimaalrayyan@yahoo.com.

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Fatima Alrayyan

Nicole Anderson
Hi, my name is Nicole. I am a current student at Moraine Valley. I will be graduating this May of 2014. I will have an Associate in Science. I will be transferring to Governors State University as a Special Education Teacher, with a minor in Mathematics. You can contact me at nanderson146@yahoo.com.

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Nicole Anderson

Peggy Anderson
Hello, my name is Peggy. I am Nicole's mother (above). I am studying Computer Animation here at Moraine Valley. You can reach me at andersonp@student.morainevalley.edu with any questions.

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Peggy Anderson

Caitlin Ball
Hello, my name is Caitlin Ball. I have a Civil Engineering Degree. I am taking CAD classes here at Moraine Valley. Please feel free to contact me at catkow910@aol.com.

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Caitlin Ball

Bridgette Beazley
Hello, my name is Bridgette. I really enjoyed The Women and Technology meeting. It made me very excited to continue on in the Animation Program here at Moraine Valley. I couldn't be happier with my mentors that were assigned to me. I can be reached at bridgettebeazley@gmail.com.

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Bridgette Beazley

Lissete Benavides
Hello, my name is Lissete. This is my first year here with the Women in Technology. I have an Associate in Graphic Arts and I am really interested in logo design and branding. I also love concept art, as in art for video games, movies, etc. I love art in general. I'd love to be able to work for a graphic design company or even freelance. Feel free to get in touch! I can be reached at blissetebenavides@gmail.com.

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Lissete Benavides

Kelly Blizzard
My name is Kelly. I am a returning student (after 20 years in the workforce) currently taking Network Security classes; trying to obtain a Certificate as a Network Security Specialist. You can reach me at blizzardk@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Kelly Blizzard

Chrissy Boorazanes
Hello, my name is Chrissy Boorazanes. I’m an Interior/ Graphic Designer. I have completed 2 certificates for 3D CAD and 3D Parametric Modeling at Moraine Valley. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from The Illinois Institute of Art. I am working on some freelance projects for clients; custom build outs, interior remodeling, and print communications. I am also looking for a full time job with interior or graphic design. Please feel free to contact me at Christina.Boorazanes@gmail.com.

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Chrissy Boorazanes

Marcolina Brenecki
Hello, my name is Marcolina. I am back in school after 14 years, taking classes in CISCO and Security through the college's Internship Program. I am going for my two-year degree. I also work here at Moraine Valley as a lab aide in the IT/LAN department, I received a job through the Internship program at Moraine Valley. Please feel free to contact me at brenecki_m@yahoo.com.

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Marco Brenecki

Sue Buenger
My name is Sue Buenger. I am a student in the Digital Art/Design program at Moraine Valley. After a 6 year break, I am back in the program to attain my degree. Currently, I work as a fine artist, art instructor and a paraeducator. I would like to hone my technical skills, combine them with my past experience, and move in the direction of a new career. I'm excited about joining the dynamic group of women who are part of the Women in Technology mentoring program. I look forward to learning from their wealth of knowledge and experience and in turn becoming a mentor in the future. You can contact me at usansay37@hotmail.com.

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Sue Buenger

Maria Castrejon
My name is Maria Castrejon. My interest is photography, web design, film and video. I have a Bachelor Degree from Columbia College. I worked for several television stations in Chicago. I am a student part-time at Moraine Valley. You can contact me at castrejonm4@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Maria Castrejon

Cathy Cho
My name is Cathy Cho. I am a student at Moraine Valley. I am interested in the Network Security Specialist degree. You can contact me at cathycho3@gmail.com.

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Cathy Cho

Margaret Cicuto
My name is Margaret Cicuto. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from Regent University. Just last semester I took Computer Literacy for IC3 with Michelle August. She actually guided me toward taking that class because I needed to be better in my computer skills. It was a lot of work! I completed all my degree work online. I am planning on taking the three tests so I can be certified. I need help with additional schooling and direction. I also need a job! You can contact me at magrit007@aol.com.

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Margaret Cicuto

Kirsten Cooper
Hi! My name is Kirsten Cooper. I am finishing my A.S. for Computer Science, and I am currently attending SXU to pursue my BCS. I have been a huge computer fan as long as I can remember, embracing all things technology. Feel free to contact me at krcooper102@gmail.com.

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Kirsten Cooper

Sarah Cuvala
Hello! My name is Sarah. I am pursuing the Architectural CAD Certificate and CAD Programming/Management Certificate here at Moraine Valley. Feel free to contact me at cuvalas@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Sarah Cuvala

Stacy Deluca
Hello, my name is Stacy. I am currently pursuing a 2 year degree in Graphic Design at Moraine Valley. I also work as a lab aid in the Fine and Performing Arts Center for Moraine Valley. Please contact me at sdeluca487@comcast.net.

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Stacy Deluca

Melody Dooley
My name is Melody. I am pursuing a degree in Desktop Publishing and Computer Graphics. So far I am enjoying and doing well in my Adobe Creative Suite class! You can contact me at ntmellie@gmail.com.

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Melody Dooley

Monica Gailus
Hello, my name is Monica. I am currently a student in the OSA Department at Moraine Valley taking Graphic Design Courses.If you have any related questions, feel free to e-mail me at gailusm@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Monica Gailus

Amy Gil
Hello, my name is Amy Gil. I am a part-time student at Moraine Valley. I graduated from Robert Morris with my Bachelors in Computer Networking. I am currently going back to Moraine Valley in order to obtain my certificate for Network Administrator and my A+ certificate.

I heard about this program through the Moraine Valley CIT website. I am passionate about computer technology and enjoy meeting new people with the same interests. I am looking for guidance on becoming a successful Computer and Network Technician. I have entry level experience with repairing laptops, desktops, and troubleshooting networks. I am looking to gain more experience from a mentor and contribute my skills and positive attitude to the group. If you have any related questions, feel free to e-mail me at gil_amy@yahoo.com.

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Amy Gil

Adriana Gomez
Hello, I'm Adriana. I am studying 3D animation. I am a Columbia College Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Traditional Animation in Film and Video. I am taking classes here at Moraine Valley to improve my skills. You can contact me at adriana.gomez.hikari@gmail.com.

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Adriana Gomez

Katya Hervatin
Hello, I'm Katya. I am pursuing a Fine Art major here at Moraine Valley Community College. I am also looking into the Computer Animation Certificate. You can contact me at katya@hervatin.com.

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Kat Hervatin

Karina Junco
Hi, my name is Karina. I am a Science Transfer Major and I am currently pursuing the Architectural CAD Certificate at Moraine Valley Community College. Please feel free to reach me at juncok@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Karina Junco

Anita Koziol
Hello, I'm Anita. I have 35+ years experience in data processing, primarily as a database analyst. I have experience with mainframe (IDMS) and SQL server platforms. I am pursuing the AutoCAD Professional Certificate. You can contact me at A.Koziol@comcast.net.

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Anita Koziol

Kamila Krauze
Hello, My name is Kamila. I'm a Graphic Designer and Illustrator. At Moraine Valley I'm studying Web Design (among other things). Please feel free to contact me at krauzek@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Kamila Krauze 

Kelcy Lemme
Hi, I am Kelcy. I am interested in Computer Maintenance and repair. I am getting all of the certificates I can such as A+, and Network+. I already have the security one. The closest job I can think of to what I want is like a geek squad or similar, where I actually repair computers and install software on a daily basis. Don't hesitate to contact me with any related questions at lemmek@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Kelcy Lemme

Desiree Madrigal
Hello, I'm Desiree. I've loved computers since the day I bought my first one in 1999. It was with Windows 95. I then became interested in how to pull them apart and put them back together, adding memory, fans, heat sinks, new programs, etc. While going to school for networking, I still fixed computers and learned web design. I helped maintain a few sites back then and produced a couple of my own. In 2006, I ended up landing a job in computer consulting where we would maintain business networks, set up new networks, fix servers and client computers, add programs, maintain the hardware, etc. I'm an addict of computers, but now I've realized that I enjoy web design, coding, the whole nine yards. You can contact me at desiree070477@gmail.com.

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Desiree Madrigal

Bridget Nee
Hello, my name is Bridget Nee. I am presently enrolled at Moraine Valley and my major is in IT Security Specialist. I am also the treasurer and only female member of the Cyber Security Club at Moraine Valley. Our club would like to get some more female membership. If you are interested in the Cyber Security club or want to contact me on any other related questions, you can reach me at neeb@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Bridget Nee

Kelly Paleczny
Hello, I'm Kelly. I am a graduated networking student. I also earned my bachelor's degree in film and video from SIU, but the job market here for film was rather lacking. So, I chose to do something about it! I knew I was good at computers, but didn't know how to work that into a career, until I found the networking program at Moraine Valley. Because of this awesome program, I am currently employed in the VoIP department of Convergence Technologies. I'm very excited to be here and can't wait to meet new people! You can contact me at kelly.paleczny@gmail.com.

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Kelly Paleczny

Elissa Perez
Greetings, my name is Elissa Perez and I am a new member to the Women in Technology group. I really enjoyed the evening's activities and focus. I am a licensed interior designer and NCIDQ certified. I hold both a Master's and Bachelor's in Architecture. I have practiced interior and architectural designer for over 15 years. I am currently an adjunct faculty with Moraine Valley teaching non-credit Interior Design classes for adult and children in the Corporate, Community and Continuing Education department. I am taking Introduction to Adobe Creative Suite as a way to enhance my computer graphics skills and find new ways to apply it to my profession. I can be contacted at ltlwings3@gmail.com.

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Elissa Perez

Maria Rodriguez
Hello, I'm Maria. My background has revolved around the travel industry. I was a travel consultant for the past 11 years and I decided to change my career. I am enrolled in the Architectural CAD program and I am looking to pursue the Associate in Mechanical CAD and other related certificates. I am also looking into the new Mechatronics Technology degree. You can contact me at rodriguezm296@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Maria Rodriguez

Amy Roush
Hello, My name is Amy. I am a student here at Moraine Valley. I am pursuing the Computer Animation Certificate. Don't hesitate to contact me with any related questions at amriley16@aol.com.

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Amy Roush

Stefanie Salonis
Hello, my name is Stefanie Salonis. I received my Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of IL at Chicago in 2005. I am currently working for the Illinois Tollway Authority as an Information Technology intern, as well as, pursuing my Masters in Information Systems Management. I am excited to have found such a great group of women who are thriving in the technology and design sectors. I’m inspired and excited about the wealth of experience and information that was shared in my first mentoring meeting. Please feel free to contact me at stefanie.salonis@gmail.com with any other assistance and/or guidance.

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Stefanie Salonis

Sam Sarli
My name is Sam Sarli. I am a student at Stagg High School. I plan on pursuing classes in CAD, Chemical Engineering & Welding. My email address is samsarli97@sbcglobal.net.

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Sam Sarli

Liz Simon
Hello, I'm Liz. I have been in school for about 4-5 years. I have my certificate in Computer Animation and an Associate of Liberal Arts from Moraine Valley Community College. I plan on going into graphic design and web design/development. Right now I am working on a certificate in web design/development. I am trying to find a bachelors degree program and possibly a masters degree. I would like to teach graphic design or at least something in art. Currently, I am out of a job and looking for one in these fields. This program is an excellent way to meet women in the industry, receive guidance and get answers to any questions on career opportunities. Feel free to contact me at seasonswitch2@yahoo.com.

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Liz Simon

Jacqueline Smith
I am Jacqueline! I am pursuing the A+ Certification here at Moraine Valley Community College. I am also interested in pursuing a career in the Help Desk field. Please feel free to contact me at scolib2001@yahoo.com.

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Jacqueline Smith

Sara Starzyk
Hi, I am Sara! I become a part of the Women in Science and Technology at Moraine Valley Community College through the Dual Enrollment program established between Moraine and my high school. I received credit for MDT-101: Intro to Drafting and MDT-145: Intro to Computer Aided Graphics. I won 2nd place in the 2010 IDEA Regional Competition in Architecture/Engineering. I am graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University in May 2014 with my bachelor's degree in Genetics and Psychology. If you have any questions about the Dual Enrollment, Women in Science and Technology, or anything else, please feel free to contact me at sara.starzyk@gmail.com.

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Sara Starzyk

Brittany Stevens
Hi, I am Brittany. I am currently a double major at St. Xavier University (Math and Computer Science). I also have taken photography classes in high school and at Moraine Valley. I am interested in Cryptography and Animation Technology. Please feel free to contact me at bjstevens6225@gmail.com.

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Brittany Stevens

Cathy Sullivan
I have been working for construction/ engineering/ design-build/ architectural/ mechanical companies for over 20 years. Three of the large companies I worked for closed their offices. I have worked as a Project Manager's Assistant in almost every one of my jobs. For instance, when I was on projects, whether in an office or in the field, I helped with sales, estimating, billing, subcontracts, change orders, certificates of insurance, and other miscellaneous functions. I have in the past been taught by engineers to work in AutoCAD 13 & Microstation 5.0 for electrical and some mechanical drawings. On an AT&T project for wireless communications, I worked as an Engineering Tech and helped direct utility companies to the monopole sites that they were told to work on. After being laid-off from my last employment I decided to take classes in AutoCAD 2010 to further my education and to get out of the admin role. I’m presently taking classes at Moraine Valley Community College. Contact me at sullivanc92@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Cathy Sullivan

Kathy Szczechowicz
Hello, I am Kathy. I am pursuing the Architectural CAD certificate here at Moraine Valley Community College. I am also studying Mechanical. I will continue my studies at University of Illinois at Chicago to get my bachelor's degree. You can contact me at kathy247@sbcglobal.net.

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Kathy Szczechowicz

Jessica Tello
My name is Jessica and I am studying towards the 3D CAD Certificate here at Moraine Valley Community College. I took a class in Design Visualization using 3DS Max Design and I discovered I enjoy working in 3D Animation. I am also looking into the Web Development/Design Certificate. You can contact me at jessicatelloa11@hotmail.com.

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Jessica Tello

Vida Vaiciulyte
My name is Vida Vaiciulyte. I hold an Associates Degree in Arts from my home country Lithuania. Currently I am in the process of obtaining website designer's and website developer's certificates here at Moraine Valley Community College. I build websites as well as create some graphic design artwork on a freelance basis. If you are interested please check out my portfolio website at www.vidartdesign.com. Please feel free to contact me at vaivida1@yahoo.com.

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Vida Vaiciulyte

Brenda Webb
My name is Brenda and I am a true urban girl who has been running the track to technology for several miles. I have a B.A. in business administration and am A+ certified. I am transitioning from correctional healthcare where I worked for 8 years. Having completed the online Health Information Technology program at Moraine Valley, I am certified as a Health Care Technology Professional with the role of a Workflow Process and Redesign Specialist. This certification is designed to guide medical practices and facilities through the integration and meaningful use of technology into their healthcare systems. I am excited over stepping into free-standing healthcare facilities and participate in the implementation, utilization and redesign of their Electronic Medical Records systems. Contact me freely at bmw1009@msn.com.

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Brenda Webb 

Anna Wojtyczka
My name is Anna. I am in the Microsoft Professional Certificate Program and I am currently taking LAN 260, an internship class. This is my last class to take for the certificate and in December I can graduate. You can contact me at wojtyczkaa@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Anna Wojtyczka

Kristin Zavala
Hello, my name is Kristin. I am a helicopter pilot and a returning student. You can contact me at zavalak2@student.morainevalley.edu.

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Kristin Zavala