Moraine Valley supports women considering careers in technology through its Women in Technology Mentoring Program. The program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The mentoring group allow students entering programs in technology to connect with experienced female students and professionals. These mentors can provide guidance, answer questions and share information about career opportunities. The unique relationship between students and professionals makes the transition from college into the work world smoother and less intimidating.

Program Membership

More than 50 women are active members of the college’s Women in Technology program. They have diverse backgrounds and represent all areas of the technology industry. View the program’s current membership listing below and feel free to contact a member for more information.

If you’re interested in participating in this program, please download the application. For more information, contact Women in Technology Program Coordinator Angela Spyropoulos at (708) 974-5602 ext. 2184

Women in Technology Mentor List

Contact any of the mentors below using the provided email address.

NameBio
Mentors
Carol Antosz
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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.
Florence Appel
appel@sxu.edu
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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.
Michelle August
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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 President of the Common Education Foundation and serve on the IBM Advisory Council (CAAC).
Bridgette Beazley bridgettebeazley@gmail.com
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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.
Kelly Blizzard
kellyblizzard90@gmail.com
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My name is Kelly. I graduated from MVCC with an A.A.S., IT Security Specialist degree in May 2013. I also have a B.A. degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Currently, I am the Senior Director, Business Analytics, at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. I have been at the Chamber for 3.5 years and am responsible for their CRM system, as well as assisting with their website and marketing automation software. It is where I began my recent career in the technology industry as an IT Project Manager. After working for 12 years in Municipal Finance and 8 years in Commercial Real Estate, I wanted a change, and chose Moraine to help me start over. While a student in the IT Security Specialist program, I was selected as one of 27 students in the nation for an internship position as part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary's Honors Program (SHP) Cyber Internship Initiative to gain experience at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) forensics lab. It was a great experience and a perfect stepping stone to my current position. For more details about my professional life, visit my LinkedIn page by clicking my name.
Kimberly Booda
kabooda70@gmail.com
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Hello, my name is Kimberly Booda. I have a B.A., Computer Studies from Saint Xavier University in 2003. In 2012, I became a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I earned an A.A.S, IT Security Specialist from Moraine Valley Community College in 2013. I worked nineteen years at a hospital. A greater portion of this time, I served as the primary IT resource for the Homecare and Hospice clinical documentation and billing applications. I felt that I needed a change. Currently, I work at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center as an Application Analyst located in Chicago, IL. A significant amount of my job is analyzing, creating, modifying databases, and structured query language. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Savitri Boodoosingh
boodoosinghs@morainevalley.edu
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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.
Lori Cesario-Farraj
cesariofarraj@gmail.com
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Hi! I'm Lori. My career path guided me into the fascinating world of design more than 20 years ago. I've taught several classes at MVCC, including Parametric Design and 3D Modeling/Rendering. My BBA is from Loyola University and MBA from St. Xavier University. My experience ranges from Mechanical Designer to Analyst. As both teacher and working student, I am able to offer an extraordinary perspective regarding career and academic decisions.
Kristine Christensen
christensen@morainevalley.edu
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Hello, I'm Kristine, a full-time Information Management Systems instructor at Moraine Valley. I teach computer programming and web design.
Sharon Cipkar
SCipkar@darvin.com
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Hello, my name is Sharon Cipkar. I am the Advertising Assistant in the Advertising Department of Darvin Furniture in Orland Park, Illinois. Our team of designers have much to offer someone new to the advertising, design and marketing fields. We are a small group who work with a national ad agency for tv spots, buyers, print, digital campaigns, photography, instore signage, reputation management and public relations. I am very excited to be a mentor to women who are now just getting started in advertising. If you have any related questions, feel free to reach me by email.
Nancy Collins
collinsN22@morainevalley.edu
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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.
Karin Cygan
k.cygan@yahoo.com
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Hello! My name is Karin Cygan; I work for Quantum Crossings, LLC. I received my AutoCAD/Mechanical Design degree from Moraine Valley, which set a great foundation and provided a logical path for me to migrate into my current position as a Project Manager. After MVCC, I attended DePaul University for Project Managing, and then returned to MVCC Cisco Academy for my CCNA. I am currently enrolled in online classes at Fort Hays State University out of Kansas, working towards a degree in Technology Leadership. If I can help in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. Karin
China Dostal
dostalc2@morainevalley.edu
wit_DostalChina
Hello, my name is China. I am a Web Services Manager in the IT department here at Moraine Valley Community College. I have been at the college since 2011. In the IT department, I help manage the SharePoint MVConnect environment. Every spring at Moraine, I teach a class in the Information Management Systems department. The class is called Website Design: WordPress. In this course we learn about this powerful content management system called WordPress. Before coming to Moraine, I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and then worked for 8 years in software development and software testing at a startup telecom company. In 2008 I returned to school to get my Master of Information Science at Indiana University. I enjoy many aspects of website development, and I am especially interested in content management systems like WordPress.
Kristen Edling
kedling@gmail.com
wit_EdlingKristen
Hi, my name is Kristen. I am a 2008 graduate of the LAN Department with degrees in PC & LAN Technology, Information Security, and Networking. I'm currently on contract to the CTA as a Server Engineer, after spending several years as a Field Technician for Desktop Support and the Wireless Mobile Tracking System. I've enjoyed being a member of the Women in Technology Program since 2005, as a little sister to now a corporate member and I look forward to helping others in their journey.
Fabie Ezife
fezife@student.govst.edu
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My name is Fabie Ezife and I recently completed the Computer and Local Area Network Technician A.A.S. at Moraine Valley. I am now working on my Bachelor's in Information Technology at Governors State University. I had a research paper published in 2017 on configuring an effective and efficient DTN (delay tolerant network). Please don't hesitate to e-mail me with any questions! Thank you!
Betty Fabiano
betty.fabiano@yahoo.com
wit_FabianoBetty
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 ecommerce or web development related questions.
Kathy Halm
katehalm@yahoo.com
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Hi, my name is Kathy Halm. I hold a Bachelor degree from Rockford College, and spent almost 40 years working for the federal government prior to retiring a few years ago. As a senior project management specialist my experience was with facilities management, space design, and telecommunications. I hold a certification as a Project Management Professional from PMI.
Pamela Haney
haney@morainevalley.edu
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Dr. Pamela Haney is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Moraine Valley Community College. If you need any mentoring or assistance, feel free to connect with me.
Barbara Harrington
bharrington@darvin.com
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Hello, I am Barbara Harrington. I love the concept of this program. I am very excited to be a mentor to women who are now just getting started in the graphic design world of technology. I am the Advertising Director at Darvin Furniture in Orland Park, Illinois. Our team of designers have much to offer someone new to the advertising, design and marketing fields. We are a small group who work with a national ad agency for tv spots, buyers, print, digital campaigns, photography, instore signage, reputation management and public relations. If you have any related questions, you can reach me by email.
Karen Hoogland
kzhoogland@kzhdesign.com
wit_HooglandKaren
My name is Karen Hoogland. I earned certificates in Website Design and Desktop Publishing & Graphics here at Moraine Valley College. I have owned my company, KZH Design, since 1997. My company provides desktop publishing, graphic design, computer tutoring and virtual assistance 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.
Angelia Johns
johnsamit@hotmail.com
wit_JohnsAngelia
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 Moraine Valley Community College student I focused on: Cisco Routing and Switching, Network Security and Virtualization. I obtained the I.T. Security Specialist, A.A.S. degree, in 2013. 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.
Anita Kursell
email
wit_KursellAnita
Hello, my name is Anita Kursell. I received my Associate in Science from JJC and my Bachelors in Math from U of St. Francis. My Math Masters and Teaching Certification is from UIC. I have had several Information Technology positions such as IVR voice response and call center at Sears to web design at Argonne; as well as Unix at both Nec Technologies and AT&T. I presently teach math at local colleges and universities. Furthermore, I am currently taking CCNA courses at JJC.
Krystyna Kwak
krystynakwak@gmail.com
wit_KwakKrystyna
Hello, my name is Krystyna Kwak. I've graduated from MVCC with my Associates degree in Mechanical Design & Drafting/CAD back in 2001. Then I transferred to University of Illinois at Chicago and received my Bachelors degree in Architecture followed by Masters in Construction Management from Illinois Institute of Technology. I presently teach Revit with Jeff Sliepka in the CAD department here at Moraine Valley and work for HVAC contractor as MEP Designer and BIM Coordinator. I'm very excited to be part of the Women in Technology Program. Feel free to contact me with any Revit, BIM or other related questions.
Marissa Langlais
mlanglais@balibrary.org
wit_LanglaisMarissa
Hello. I am Marissa, a new mentor to the program. My background is in computer networking and programming. I am so happy to know that a program like this exists. It's always such a pleasure to encounter other women in the field, and I'm deeply flattered to be offered a chance to help foster the interests of young technology professionals. Please feel free to contact me.
Sandra Lewikowski
liscaro73@gmail.com
wit_LewikowskiSandra
Hello, my name is Sandra L. Lewikowski. I have a degree in Architecture and Design and I completed the Architectural CAD Certificate at MVCC. I have experience in residential architectural design and engineering design. I am currently working at Middough as an architectural designer.
Dr. Cinta Lorenzo-Martin
lorenzo-martin@anl.gov
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Hello, I am Dr. Cinta Lorenzo-Martin. I received my B.S. in Physics from the University of Seville (Spain). I earned a M.S. and Ph. D. in Solid State Physics - Material Science from the same University. I have conducted research and development work in the areas of materials engineering, lubrication and wear mechanisms for more than 10 years. I am currently a Principal Material Scientist in Tribology at Argonne National Laboratory.
Chris Matusek
matusek@morainevalley.edu
wit_MatusekChris
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 a freelance graphic artist. 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.
Dory Moeller
dorymoeller@gmail.com
wit_MoellerDory
Greetings, I'm Dory. 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 industrial engineering technology. The past few years I was living in the Netherlands where I received my Master's degree in Sustainable Business and Innovation. Now that I am back in the Chicago area, I would like to reach out to the younger women and be a part of this great program again. I worked for four years at an automotive company as a packaging specialist and now I am looking to change my career direction towards sustainability.
Jacqueline Napier
jaxnapier@gmail.com
wit_NapierJacqueline
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.
Tanya Nash
nasht6@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_NashTanya
Greetings, I'm Tanya. I'm a business analyst consultant for small business entrepreneurs and start up projects with experience in facilities maintenance, asset protection and preservation and customer contact centers. I work as a Data Analyst for Aramark currently and I am working towards the Software Programmer certificate and Database Associate certificate here at Moraine Valley. I also have some web-design experience under my belt. Please feel free to contact me with any questions as well as advice on my career change.
Jennifer O'Connor
Jenni@render-art.com
wit_OconnorJennifer
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.
Susan O'Keefe
OKeefe@morainevalley.edu
wit_OKeefeSusan
Hello, my name is Susan O'Keefe; I am an Adjunct Faculty member at Moraine Valley Community College. Though my primary focus has been business courses, I have taught a variety of courses including introductory courses in information management, since 2003. I have a background in health information technology and have been a member of Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), since 2013.

Having been an adult learner, working full-time, and raising a family, I understand the challenges that face many women returning to school. Having left a full-time job to follow my dreams, I understand the difficulties one faces when making that decision. Subsequently, I have been very fortunate in my life to achieve many of the goals that I sought to accomplish; therefore mentoring is my opportunity to give back to the community. Please feel free to contact me with any questions on balancing work life, career change, and health information technology.
Rola Othman
othman@sxu.edu
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Hi, my name is Rola Othman. Currently, I am the Information Technology, Client Services director and an adjunct Instructor at SXU. I teach at the undergrad and grad level. We definitely need more females in the IT field and I would like to support current and future aspirants.
Elaine Pepe
ekpepe@gmail.com
wit_PepeElaine
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.
Elissa Perez
elissa.perez@luhs.org
wit_PerezElissa
Greetings, my name is Elissa Perez and I am a newer member to the Women in Technology group. I am a licensed interior designer and NCIDQ certified. I hold both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Architecture. I have practiced interior and architectural design for over 15 years. I am currently an adjunct faculty member with Moraine Valley teaching non-credit Interior Design classes for adult and children in the Corporate, Community and Continuing Education department. Additionally, I am also with Loyola University Health System. I am the Program Planning Interiors & FFE Specialist on the Planning, Construction and Design team.
Maria Power
dmpower11@comcast.net
wit_PowerMaria
I am a software engineer working in downtown Chicago at Signal, Inc. I have an M.S. in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and have worked in many areas of Computer Science. 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 feel it is very important to encourage women to pursue opportunities in technology and I support several STEM outreach activities.
Kelly Ruffolo
karrendondo@hantech.com
wit_RuffoloKelly
Hi, I'm Kelly. 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 with any questions. Remember, I am here to help you in any way I can.
Cheryl Sajewski
CSajewski@darvin.com
wit_SajewskiCheryl
Hi, my name is Cheryl Sajewski. I am the Graphic Designer and Social Media/Website Coordinator at Darvin Furniture in Orland Park, Illinois. Our team of designers have much to offer someone new to the advertising, design and marketing fields. We are a small group who work with a national ad agency for tv spots, buyers, print, digital campaigns, photography, instore signage, reputation management and public relations. I am very excited to be a mentor to women who are now just getting started in the social media and website aspect of technology. If you have any related questions, please connect with me by email.
Tina Sawa
sawat@morainevalley.edu
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My name is Tina Sawa. I am a Secretary in the Computer Integrated Technology (CIT) Department at Moraine Valley Community College. I am currently working on a few grants in our department. My main focus is to collect and keep track of Grant information. I help keep the team on track and moving forward to meet all Grant requirements. I look forward to seeing our students take advantage of all of the technical advances that we are able to offer. I have worked at Moraine Valley Community College for a number of years and have held several different positions around campus. I have my Associates Degree from Joliet Junior College, but I came back to Moraine to update my skills. I earned the Administrative Assistant Certificate and the Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate, as well as Data Entry. I started my career at Moraine as a Student Aide and as an intern for the school. In that position, I had the honor of being selected as the Intern of the Year. Currently, I am attending Governors State University to complete my bachelor's degree.
Margaret Semmer
msemmer1@ivytech.edu
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Hi, my name is Margaret Semmer. I have been affiliated with the Women in Technology mentoring program at Moraine Valley Community College since 2007. Currently I am the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest and North Central. Take a look at a recent project of mine related to women in STEM https://www.ivytech.edu/15555.html. 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 where I was integral in the start-up for the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurances. I completed 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 very committed to the advancement of women in STEM careers and hope I am assistance to you too.
Denise Ayaleanos Skiadopoulos
skiadopoulos@morainevalley.edu
wit_SkiadopoulosDenise
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.
Angela Spyropoulos
email
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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.
Sara Starzyk
sara.starzyk@gmail.com
wit_StarzykSara
Hi, I am Sara! I became 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 was planning a career in architecture, before switching my major to Genetics. I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in May 2014 with my Bachelor's degree in Genetics and Psychology. After college, I began working at CSL Behring, a manufacturing pharmaceutical company. Currently, I am the supervisor for the KN-Fractionation department at CSL Behring. If you have any questions about the Women in Science and Technology, my career path, or anything else, please feel free to contact me.
Katerzyna Truty
katarzyna.truty@gmail.com
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Katarzyna (Kathy) Truty is a Senior Engineering Technician at Focal Point Lights where she is part of cross-functional Existing Products Support Team (EPS). As an EPS team member, Kathy supports custom design team, manufacturing, purchasing and regulatory. Kathy graduated from Purdue University Northwest with B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2016. Before transferring and graduating from Purdue University Northwest, she attended Moraine Valley Community College where she completed Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) and Mechanical Design Technology AAS in addition to a number of certificates such as the Autodesk Inventor Specialist, 3-D CAD Specialist, and Architectural CAD Certificate. Before coming to Focal Point Lights, Kathy was a CAD Drafter/Engineer Assistant at Cozzini LLC, a small food equipment design and manufacturing company at Chicago, IL. For four years assisted and supported the Corporate Director of Product Development and Commercialization/ R&D in development of new product design and design of existing products.
Sharon M. Vetsch
Quickbooksqueen1@aol.com
wit_VetschSharon
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 Quickbooks 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 Quickbooks Enterprise.
Jenny Villanueva-Ortiz
jennyj_30@yahoo.com
wit_Villanueva-OrtizJenny
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.
Maria Vlamakis
vlamakis@morainevalley.edu
wit_VlamakisMaria
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.
B. Marie Webb
bmw1009@msn.com
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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.
Kimberlee Wilkens
harteliu@uic.edu
wit_WilkensKimberlee
Hello, my name is Kimberlee Wilkens; I currently teach and am the director of undergraduate studies at UIC, in Industrial Design. I own and operate a product development firm (5by5 design lab) and I am a member of the FitRec program. I have spoken at Leyden High School's Women in Technology discussion in 2017, as well as provided content to IDSA Women in Design Summits. I'd love to give back to our local college, and raise awareness to my field - especially for women!
Emily Zvolanek
e.a.zvolanek@gmail.com
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I am currently a Senior GIS analyst in the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. I am also a GIS contractor for the Village of Burr Ridge and I am an adjunct instructor for the new GIS Certificate Program at Moraine Valley Community College. I have a Bachelor's degree in environmental science with a minor in biology and a Master's degree in geographic information systems. Professional interests include STEM outreach, teaching people all about GIS, environmental GIS and ecosystem services.
Students
Maria Alamillo
alamillom3@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hello, my name is Maria Alamillo. I completed my A.S. in December 2017. I am currently enrolled at Moraine Valley working towards the A.A.S. IT Security Specialist. I plan to also get CCNA certified and continue my education at GSU.
Meena Anand
manand918@gmail.com
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Hello, my name is Meena Anand. I have a B.S. Degree in Computer Science from Aurora University. I returned back to school to Moraine Valley in 2014 to refresh my computer programming skills after being away from this field since 2001. I am currently a full time computer programmer for a logistics software development company using RPGLE and web design. I am pursuing the C# certification program and plan to complete the software developers certification program from Moraine Valley.
Cathy Antony
antonyc4@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hello, my name is Cathy Antony. I am a full-time student at Moraine Valley and I am pursuing the Management Information Systems A.A.S degree, concentrating on database management.
Kimberly Banuelos
banuelosk@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_BanuelosKimberly
Hello, my name is Kimberly Banuelos. I am currently seeking to obtain my degree in Management Information Systems, as well as a Microsoft Application Developer.
Christina Boorazanes
Christina.Boorazanes@gmail.com
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My name is Christina Boorazanes and I have completed 2 certificates in 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 currently work for a food forming and depositing company where I am the tooling engineer. I enjoy working with AutoCAD and the Adobe product; and I also love to paint and be creative. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Hanadi Bsul
hanadibsul@gmail.com
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Hello, my name is Hanadi Bsul. I have a 5 year Bachelor degree in Architecture from Jordan; I had gotten my degree accredited through NAAB back in 2008. I started the IDP program through NCARB to try to get my architect's license while I was working as an architectural designer at SSOE INC. I used AutoCAD as well as TriForma and MicroStation on several projects. After three years of working in the automotive and industrial department on various projects from automotive plants like BMW and VW, industrial like P&G, and healthcare like Abbott laboratories, I was unfortunately laid off at the end of 2009. After I was laid off I tried to find some kind of work in architecture, but it was hard so I became a stay at home mom. Now, I've decided to take Revit classes to try to get back into the work field. I would love to find an architectural drafting position using Revit once I am done with my second Revit class in May.
Kelly Cox
kelly.cox3@verizonwireless.com
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Hello my name in Kelly Cox and I am an Engineer Tier III Specialist, Network System Assurance for Verizon Wireless. I am a former student of MVCC, who started down the path that led me to Network Engineering with a few classes at MVCC. These classes mapped to the following certifications: A+, N+ and CCNA. I went on to DeVry University where I received my B.A. in Technical Management. This profession requires you to continually sharpen your skills and learn new ones; which has had me return to take more classes at MVCC over the past few years. I look forward to supporting women in technology in any way I can. I leave you with my favorite quote "Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one's courage". Be Brave Ladies!!!
Renee Dampier
dampierr7@morainevalley.edu
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Hi, my name is Renee Dampier. I am currently a student here at Moraine Valley Community College and I am pursuing the Graphics and Desktop Publishing Certificate.
Melanie Davenport
davenportm5@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_DavenportMelanie
Hello, I'm Melanie. I am pursuing the Computer Graphics Imagery AAS here at Moraine Valley Community College. I anticipate to graduate this year.
Vivian De La Cruz
delacruzv5@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hi, my name is Vivian. This is my first year at Moraine Valley. I am a Mechanical Engineering Student. I plan to transfer to UIUC.
Gabriela DiFilippo
gdifilipo@gmail.com
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Hello, my name is Gabriela. I am a student here at Moraine Valley and I am pursuing the Office Systems and Applications AAS. I have a BS in Computer Science, and I am certified in SAP System in a Logistics Module MM. I have twenty years of experience in oil, food, and beer companies as a process engineer consultant. At this moment I am studying ESL at Moraine Valley and I am working in a Logistic Company programming a TMS system in RPG and HTML. I appreciate this opportunity to belong to this group, so rich in acknowledge; please contact me if you need any support.
Melody Dooley
ntmellie@gmail.com
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My name is Melody Dooley. I am a student at Moraine Valley currently in MIS 105 Programming Principles and OSA 125 Website Design & Development. I am creative and I like to "think outside the box." I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and I am one class away from obtaining the Web Design Assistant Certificate.
Olga Drozdova
o.drozdova81@gmail.com
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My name is Olga, and I am a big technology lover! Currently, I am a student at MVCC; I will be graduating from the Health Information Technology program in May 2018. In the future, I would love to further advance my education in HIT and complement it with a degree in Computer Science/IT.
Angela Ehrlicher
ehrlichera@student.morainevalley.edu
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My name is Angela Ehrlicher. I am a student in the CGI department at Moraine Valley. I have taken Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator classes, as well as 3DS Max classes. I am currently enrolled in a video integration class which uses Adobe After Effects. I am pursuing the AAS in Computer Graphics Imagery. I have a twin sister Natasha who is also taking CGI classes with me.
Natasha Ehrlicher
ehrlicern@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hello, my name is Natasha Ehrlicher. I am a student in the CGI department at Moraine Valley. I have taken Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator classes, as well as 3DS Max classes. I am currently enrolled in the Adobe After Effects video integration class with my twin sister Angela.
Melanie Eloiza
eloizam@student.morainevalley.edu
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My name is Melanie Eloiza. I am currently attending Moraine Valley in the IT Security Specialist program. Being able to be a part of the Women in Technology mentoring program has provided me with insight about the field, as well as encouragement to pursue a heavily male-dominated study.
Brenda Escobedo
escobedob3@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hello, I'm Brenda Escobedo and I am interested in Engineering. I am currently pursuing my Associate in General Studies at Moraine Valley Community College.
Angelina Garcia
anjy.garcia68@gmail.com
wit_GarciaAngelina
Hello, my name is Angelina. I am first generation and the first child of my parents to attend college. My interest in technology started my junior year in high school; I found myself wanting to build my skills in technology, seeing how technology is a fast growing field. Movies and books build my interest in IT Security. I have no prior practice or exposure. I am pursuing the IT Security Specialist degree.
Alison Gardner
gardnera@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hello, my name is Alison Gardner. I am currently an engineering student at Moraine Valley Community College.
Amy Gil
gil_amy@yahoo.com
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Hello, my name is Amy Gil. I have a Bachelor's degree in Computer Networking. 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 Local Area Network Technician. I currently work as a help desk technician; I help manage a safe and reliable network. I also fix laptops and desktop PCs, as well as forklift computers and PDA's. I am looking to gain more experience from a mentor and contribute my skills and positive attitude to the group.
Massara Haseeb
haseebm@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hello, I'm Massara. I am a second semester student at Moraine Valley. I am pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree and I plan to transfer to IIT. I want to pursue a career in roller coaster design. I really enjoy meeting people, experiencing new opportunities and learning new things.
Christina Hernandez
hernandezm394@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_HernandezChristina
Hello, my name is Christina. I am a student at Moraine Valley Community College currently taking classes is Graphic Design.
Liz Hiley
hileye@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hi, my name is Liz. I am part of this program with my mom, Kristen Edling. I am an artist by nature. I would like to study art and computer graphics/computer art design. I am a paleo artist; someone who reconstructs or depicts prehistoric life such as dinosaurs.
Kristen Holding
holdingk@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hello, I am Kristen Holding. I am a student here at Moraine Valley studying graphic design and I currently work at the Orland Park Library as a graphic designer.
Sophie Kesek
keseks2@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hi! My name is Sophie Kesek. I am currently taking LAN classes at Moraine Valley pursuing a degree as an IT Security Specialist.
Kait Kolodziejski
kaitenight@gmail.com
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Hello, my name is Kait. I began my enrollment at Moraine Valley in 2013, in the radiology program. One dead body later, and with an entire year of medical classes under my belt, I met Maria Vlamakis; and in 2014, I began my Mechanical Design/Drafting A.A.S. I've been a Phi Theta Kappa since enrolling and I am due to graduate in May, 2017. From there, I'll begin my Bachelors at Purdue-Calumet. My plan is to stick around Moraine Valley long enough to finish my desired certificates; which include 3D CAD, 3D Parametric Drawing, and the Architectural CAD certificate.
Ruth Koziol
koziolcnmt@gmail.com
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My name is Ruth. I am a Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Insurance Underwriter, Professional Baker and Photographer. I have an Associate in Science and a Bachelor's in International Business and Marketing with emphasis in French. I am a life member in the American Association of University Women.
Martha Lagunas
mlagunas@live.com
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Hello, my name is Martha. I am in my third semester at Moraine Valley pursuing my A.A.S degree in Management Information Systems. I plan to focus on Application Development in order to become an Android Developer.
Shana Lawson
s_ilawson@yahoo.com
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Hello, My name is Shana. I am interested in pursuing the Network Security Specialist Certificate program at Moraine Valley. After attending my first Women in Technology Mentoring Program dinner/meeting; it has totally changed my game plan and I needed more guidance than I realized. I cannot thank the mentors enough for the information I received that night at the dinner/meeting. It was nice to feel like there is a support system for me.
Kelcy Lemme
lemmek@student.morainevalley.edu
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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.
Adrienne Lewandowski
lewandowskia@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hi, my name is Adrienne Lewandowski. I am a returning student new to the technology program. I have been taking Networking classes, working toward an associate degree in Computer and Local Area Network or Cloud Networking and Virtualization Specialist.
Desiree Madrigal
desiree070477@gmail.com
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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.
Kelly Mager
magerk4@student.morainevalley.edu
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My name is Kelly. I am a part time student working on an AS and MIS certificates. I work full time for a foundation of a hospital in the south suburbs as an administrative assistant , but I am moving into working on and maintaining the website.
Kirsten Miller
krcooper102@gmail.com
wit_MillerKirsten
Hi! My name is Kirsten Miller, I graduated SXU with a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Studies in 2016 and currently work in web development.
Maria Moncada
moncadam4@student.morainevalley.edu
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My name is Maria Moncada. I am currently taking LAN classes at Moraine Valley specializing in Cyber Security. I am pursing degrees as an IT Security Specialist, Cisco Network Associate & Professional, Computer Technician, LAN Technician, as well as a Network Security Specialist.
Bridget Nee
bridgetnee429@yahoo.com
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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 president 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.
Debi Nicoue
nicouevictoire@yahoo.com
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Hi, my name is Debi Nicoue. I am currently exploring various technology fields, trying to decide which one I'm well suited for.
Sharon Ovando-Gomez
ovando-gomezs@student.morainevalley.edu
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My name is Sharon; I am an honors student at Moraine Valley studying Computer Science. I have experience with HTML, CSS, and C++. I have also volunteered and interned at the Adler Planetarium for two years.
Michaela Petrusevski
twinb526@gmail.com
wit_PetrusevskiMichaela
Hello, my name is Michaela. I am currently a student at Moraine Valley Community College. I am hoping to pursue a degree in post-production in regards to film. I am also expecting to complete the Multimedia Designer Certificate while at Moraine Valley.
Nahomi Pinto
pinton5@student.morainevalley.edu
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My name is Nahomi Pinto. This is my first year at Moraine Valley. I have a two year old daughter. I am pursuing the Computer and Local Area Network Technician AAS; then I plan to come back to complete the IT Security Specialist degree, including many certifications.
Ayah Razick
razicka3@student.morainevalley.edu
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My name is Ayah Razick. I am an animation student in the CGI program at Moraine Valley.
Sherry Rodriguez
rodriguezs83@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_RodriguezSherry
Hello, my name is Sherry. I am a student here at Moraine Valley. I am pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Information technology at GSU in the transfer degree program offered at MVCC.
Amy Roush
amriley16@aol.com
wit_RoushAmy
Hello, my name is Amy. I am a student here at Moraine Valley. I am pursuing the Computer Animation Certificate.
Stefanie Salonis
stefanie.salonis@gmail.com
wit_SalonisStefanie
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.
Meghan Sheridan
sheridanm26@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hi, my name is Meghan Sheridan and this is my first semester at Moraine Valley Community College. I am currently enrolled in the Office Systems and Applications AAS program. I am very excited to be back in school after being out for the last 4 years while I was a hair stylist. I hope to become an administrative assistant and one day I hope to possibly complete my Bachelor's degree.
Liz Simon
seasonswitch2@yahoo.com
wit_SimonLiz
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 bachelor's degree program and possibly a master's 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.
Pam Sisto
psangelou@yahoo.com
wit_SistoPam
Hello, my name is Pam. I am currently a student at MVCC trying to “break-in” to IT Security. I am presently taking IT Security classes pursuing the IT Security Specialist degree. In my past life I owned a restaurant, sold real estate and worked for major law firms as an administrative secretary.
Laura Slonskis
lauraslonskis@gmail.com
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My name is Laura Slonskis. I have a BS in Graphic Design from Saint Xavier University. Most of my career has been at the Beverly Arts Center as their Graphic Designer (since 2005). I have done several freelance projects for a variety of clients and businesses and hope to move into freelance exclusively. I have 3 boys and most of my focus and motivation stems from family and being a mother.
Jacqueline Smith
scolib2001@yahoo.com
wit_SmithJacqueline
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.
Jen Smith
smith.jen1995@gmail.com wit_SmithJen
Hi, my name is Jen. I graduated from Moraine Valley in Spring 2017 with my Mechanical Design & Drafting AAS, as well as the Autodesk Inventor Specialist Certificate, AutoCAD Specialist Certificate, and Mechanical Drafting Associate Certificate. I am going to graduate with my Mechatronics Technology AAS in the Fall of 2017. I have been a member of Phi Theta Kappa since 2014; I really enjoy 3D printing and robotics. Feel free to reach me via email or text me anytime!
Michaele Strauch
email
wit_StrauchMichaele
Hello, I am Michaele Strauch. I am currently taking graphic design courses in the OSA department at Moraine Valley Community College.
Lauryn Thomas
thomasl228@student.morainevalley.edu
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My name is Lauryn and I am a first year who wants to be an animator. I found out about this program through my career planning class and emails; mostly I'm absorbing as much information as possible in order to plan my next four years. I know hardly anything about tech and art, but I'm willing to try. I'm trying to be as proactive as possible, so everything can be smoother later on.
Vanessa Villarruel
villaruel_vanesa_3@hotmail.com
wit_VillarruelVanessa
Hello, my name is Vanessa. I will be graduating Spring 2017 with an AAS in CGI and returning in the summer for one science course to complete the AGS. I currently am a graphic design intern at the Royal Group with a full time position offer upon graduation. I'm still unsure, because I want to transfer and pursue a Bachelors in Graphic Design.
Leena Yassin
yassinl@student.morainevalley.edu
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My name is Leena. I am a student in the OSA Department at Moraine Valley currently taking classes in both Graphic Design and Web Design & Development. I am interested in an internship in Web Design.
Braelyn Zavala
zavalab4@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_ZavalaBraelyn
Hello, my name is Braelyn; I am currently pursuing the Mechatronics Technology AAS degree here at Moraine Valley Community College.