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 via email or at (708) 974-5602 ext. 2184

Women in Technology Mentor List

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

NameBio
Mentors
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.
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.
Michelle August
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Welcome! I am Michelle August, Professor of Computer Information and Office Technology (CIOT), as well as the Department Chair, at Moraine Valley Community College. The CIOT department includes Computer Science (CSC), Computer Information Systems (CIS), and Office Technology (OFT) which includes all programming, databases, web development and design, and graphics. I also serve on the board of the Common Education Foundation.
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. I am a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I earned an A.A.S, IT Security Specialist from Moraine Valley Community College. 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 for Trinity Health as an Application Analyst. 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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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
Paula DeAnda-Shah
deanda-shahp@morainevalley.edu
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I am a developmental mathematics professor at Moraine Valley. I also serve as Coordinator of Moraine's virtual STEM Center and as the Faculty Advisor for Moraine's STEM Club. I am interested in connecting our students, faculty and the community through cross-disciplinary STEM activities. I organize STEM outreach events like our STEM Expo, where we are always looking to get more faculty, students and community partners involved. You can learn more about our STEM initiatives here: http://www.morainevalley.edu/stem-center.

I have a B.S. in Mathematics and Spanish (UIUC), a M.A. in Education and Mathematics (UW- Madison) and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (University of St. Francis).
Fabie Ezife
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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
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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.
Allison Garza
allison-garza@att.net
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Hi, my name is Allison Garza. I have been a member of the Women in Technology program since 2010, first as a student and then as a mentor. I pursued certifications in 3D Design, Architectural CAD, Autodesk Inventor Specialist and Mechanical Design Technology. I am currently a project manager at HBK Engineering, which is where I started my career as an intern in 2011. I was in a technical role for my first 7 years where I had the opportunity to work on civil, electrical, structural, and subsurface utility engineering designs. In 2018, I started to transition into project management and utility consulting services for real estate developers and general contractors. My primary focus is in electrical distribution infrastructure engineering, more specifically utility vaults for high rise developments and large customer new business and modernization projects. I am an active member of our divisional leadership group, Power Community of Practice and am also the Women in Engineering Chair for the IEEE Power and Energy Society Chicago Chapter Executive Board.
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 recently transitioned from a Help Desk level 2 position to a Cyber Security Analyst. In my new role, I monitor our network systems using IDS/IPS and Research for new threats. I would also like to learn more from others about the Cyber Security field. I am happy to help teach others about the Help Desk role and what to expect on the job. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Monique Golding
moniqueeallison@gmail.com
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Hello, my name is Monique Golding and I am transitioning back into my passion of technology. I have a BA in Business Administration as well as a MS in Management of Information Systems. For the last 8 years, I have worked as an educator in the middle and high school settings teaching various courses such as Microsoft Office programs, entrepreneurship, website design, HTML/CSS, Python, digital citizenship and more. Previous to my journey as an educator, I had the privilege to assist educators with implementation of technology in their curriculums as well as experience as a level 1 help desk/technology coordinator. I am currently pursuing my studies at Moraine Valley for the IT Security Specialist AAS degree in hopes to return full circle to the land of technology and land a secure career that allows me to build, maintain and secure networks, including wireless. I have a natural passion for problem solving and evolving my skill sets. I look forward to sharing my experiences with others with the same passion. I love spending time with my children, singing and performing, attending artistic programs and performances as well as meditation and yoga.
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 President of 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.
Krystyna Kwak
krystynakwak@gmail.com
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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.
Sandra Lewikowski
liscaro73@gmail.com
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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
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My name is Chris Matusek. I am the Coordinator & Assistant Professor of Digital Art & Design AAS Degree and Digital Design Certificate programs at Moraine Valley. With 20 years of experience in the art and design industry I continue to work on collaborative projects with a variety of clients producing designs from conceptualization through delivery. In my personal art practice I utilize an interdisciplinary approach using the media that best suits the specific project. Some of the media I use on a regular basis are Adobe CC applications especially those related to graphic design, as well as Corel Painter, Procreate, and ceramics.
Amy Mika
Amy.Mika@ecolab.com
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Amy Mika is a Global Audit Program Manager with Ecolab, a world leader in chemical manufacturing. Her career contributions include launching and managing two successful landfill free and ISO 1400.1 programs in the food industry and establishing and managing a global remote compliance program in the chemical industry during the pandemic. Amy specializes in multilevel stakeholder engagement and program management. Amy holds a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University in Environmental Health, a master's degree from Harvard University in Sustainability, and has recently obtained her CSP. Amy's volunteer work includes participating on Ecolab's International Women's Day committee, mentorship of college students through the company's internship program and local college programs, and leading an internal networking group.
Kirsten Miller
krcooper102@gmail.com
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Hey! I am Kirsten (k-ear-sten). I got my BA in Computer Studies in 2016 from SXU. I am currently working at Cars.com as a Systems Administrator over their Atlassian products. I worked in Front end engineering for a number of years. From there I got into being a Scrum Master. From there I went to more of an Agile practitioner role. And now I work as a System Designer over Atlassian products! Connect with me on LinkedIn! https://www.linkedin.com/in/kirsten-miller-0ab19b55
Dory Moeller
dorymoeller@gmail.com
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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
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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.
Bridget Nee
bridgetnee429@yahoo.com
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Hello, my name is Bridget Nee. I am a former student of Moraine Valley. I have my A.A.S. in IT Security Specialist and my A.S. I am presently in my last semester at Governors State University for my B.S. in Information Technology. I currently hold A+ and Security + certifications. I am a published researcher and currently looking for a job in IT. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Jennifer O'Connor
Jenni@render-art.com
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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. I recently accepted a job offer from NVIDIA as a Technical Program Manager on the Omniverse platform. I will be leading a team of 3D artists in creating Omniverse assets for internal use on everything from self-driving cars to factory simulation and more.
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.
Susie Othman
susieothman3@yahoo.com
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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.
Stephanie Owens
sowens@darvin.com
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Hello. I am Stephanie, a new mentor to the program and one of Darvin's newest staff members. As the Advertising and Marketing assistant at Darvin Furniture, I am responsible for assisting in all facets of the marketing department.
Claudia Parker
authorclaudiaparker@yahoo.com
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Claudia Parker is an author, journalist, photographer, and videographer. She owns and operates Claudia Parker Portraits, which specializes in corporate headshots, corporate events and conferences, as well as video marketing and faith based documentaries. Claudia has a BA in management from Benedictine University and an MBA from St. Xavier University. She is currently taking advanced editing classes at Moraine Valley to maintain a creative edge in her business.
Elaine Pepe
elainekpepe@gmail.com
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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.perez1@abbott.com
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Greetings, my name is Elissa Perez, I hold both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Architecture. I have practiced interior and architectural design and construction management for over 20 years. I am currently a Sr. Project Manager with Abbott Laboratories. I am in Global Engineering Services, part of our Corporate Engineering Division. Our function is as an internal Architectural/Engineering firm that supports our domestic and global construction projects for manufacturing, R&D, and corporate facilities. My husband Ric and I have 3 children - Jesse (25), Jaden (22), Niela (13), and our dog, Kai. We enjoy hiking, camping, playing music, and traveling. As part of MVCC WIT, I look forward to meeting you and learning about your career goals, journeys, and interests.
Maria Power
dmpower11@comcast.net
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I am a Sr. Engineering Manager with Lucidworks which is a search technology platform used by many companies and well knowns brands to provide internal and public website search services. 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 and Women in Technology organizations.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariapower
Maria Rodriguez
rodriguez.malu@gmail.com
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Hello, I'm Maria. My background has revolved around the travel industry. I was a travel consultant for 11 years and I decided to change my career. I was enrolled in the Architectural CAD program and pursued the Associate in Mechanical CAD and other related certificates. I also looked into the Mechatronics Technology degree.
Cheryl Sajewski
CSajewski@darvin.com
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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.
Margaret Semmer
msemmer66@gmail.com
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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. Most recently, I was the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest and North Central. 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.
Jacqueline Smith
scolib2001@yahoo.com
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I am Jacqueline! I received my A+ Certification here at Moraine Valley Community College. I also pursued a career in the Help Desk field.
Jen Smith
smith.jen1995@gmail.com
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My name is Jen. I am currently a full time Electrical Engineer and pursuing my Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University at West Lafayette. I am also a Moraine Valley Alumni. By 2018, I received my Mechanical Design & Drafting AAS, Mechatronics Technology AAS, Associates of Science, as well as my Autodesk Inventor Specialist Certificate, AutoCAD Specialist Certificate, and Mechanical Drafting Associate Certificate. After MVCC, I went to UIC and received my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In addition to this, I really enjoy 3D printing, MEMS technology, and crafts.
Denise Ayaleanos Skiadopoulos
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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.
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
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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. I received the Insightful Accountant QuickBooks "Top 100" award in 2014, 2015 and 2016. There currently are 500,000 QuickBooks Pro Advisors in the U.S. and I'm honored and humbled to have received this award again in 2020.
Jenny Villanueva-Ortiz
email
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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
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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
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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 a Senior GIS analyst in the Environmental Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. 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 cartography, python programming for GIS, geospatial analysis in environmental science and cultural resources, STEM outreach, and teaching people all about GIS, both formally and informally.
Students
Deja Anderson
andersond373@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hi, my name is Deja Anderson. I am currently working on my Digital Design Certificate and expected to complete it in Spring of 2024.
Julie Andrist
julie.andrist18@gmail.com
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Hello, this is Julie Andrist. I am studying Plant engineering for UPS to become a tech at the Hodgkin's facility. I love working with my hands and seeing the stuff I put together work! Great feeling right there.
Kimberly Banuelos
k.banuelos_08@yahoo.com
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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.
Alyssa Barakat
barakata32@student.morainevalley.edu
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Hello, my name is Alyssa Barakat. I am studying Electrical Engineering and Robotics. I am pursuing a career in Electric/Computer Controls Tech and Integrated Systems Tech.
Thea Bronowski
theajeanb888@gmail.com
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Welcome! I'm Thea Bronowski, and being part of this WIT mentoring program is a true pleasure. My foundation in Healthcare and Early Childhood Education and my passion for lifelong learning and innovation led me to become a certified Yoga Instructor and venture into Digital Marketing and Graphic and Web Design. I hold Certifications in GoogleAds and Google Analytics and am a Microsoft Office Specialist focusing on Adobe Creative Suite, CSS, HTML, SEO, and WordPress. I am also eager to venture into AI research.

As a female entrepreneur, it is my mission to collaborate with Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBEs), Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs), and Non- Profit Organizations (NPOs) to create growth and thriving businesses through unique marketing insights, strategies, and artistic web design. I am a champion for inclusivity and enriching the communities we serve, both personally and professionally. Beyond my studies and yoga practice, I'm designing my wellness website and blog, goddesswellness.blog, volunteering with various community organizations, and exploring and experiencing local nature spots, culinary delights, live music, musical theatre, and other community events with loved ones.

I'm excited to learn and grow together in this ever-evolving tech world while celebrating our diverse knowledge and backgrounds. No matter our age or stage in life, we have something valuable to share, and we can all learn from each other. In the words of Sonia Sotomayor, "Remember that no one succeeds alone. Never walk alone in your future paths."
Amelia Brycelea
abrycelea@gmail.com
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Hi. I am a new transfer student at Moraine Valley. I started my college education at the University of New Mexico in a Media Arts Program. Unfortunately, the program was not what I was looking for, so I entered the workforce in retail. Years later, I returned back to school to work on a Computer Science degree, in which I wanted to learn programming and software databases. Again, I found this wasn't quite my niche, but luckily, in my job working for Tesla, I became interested in engineering. I have been working with AutoCAD for a couple of years and enjoy it very much. During my time as a drafter for a facility planning company for cannabis manufacturing, I was turned on to cGMP facility designs. Now I plan to use my time at Moraine to hone on my skills and broaden my education.
Hanadi Bsul
hanadibsul@gmail.com
wit_BsulHanadi
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.
Priscilla Candelas
candelas.cartoons@gmail.com
wit_CandelasPriscilla
Hello, I'm Priscilla Candelas and I'm an animator/storyboard artist. I took my first animation class in Argo High School. I feel it's what I've been put on this earth to do. I love doing it so much. I've animated for YouTubers and for the Video Game Development Association. I've done traditional, Flash, 3D and even stop motion animation. I want to dedicate my life to this medium and use it to express my perspective of the world.
Kayla Cole
kaylaocole@aol.com
wit_ColeKayla
Hello, my name is Kayla and I am pursuing an Applied Associate of Science in Integrated Systems Technology which teaches electrical and mechanical theory and foundational knowledge on how to install, maintain, repair, calibrate, and troubleshoot industrial equipment. I have taken classes including but not limited to: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Mechanical Systems, AutoCAD, Welding, Managing A+ and Industrial Controls. Certifications include: OSHA 10 General Industry and First Aid/CPR. With a degree in Integrated Systems Technology I can pursue a career in engineering technology. I enjoy the complexity of what I am doing. Current projects: synchronizing a robotic arm and various sensors using Scratch programming, conducting scientific experiments and technically revising Physics lab manual, creating electrical circuits using breadboards. There is a great need in the STEM field and countless opportunities to make a positive difference in the world. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if further information is needed.
Rebecca Crivellone
crivelloner@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_CrivelloneRebecca
Hello, my name is Rebecca. I am a student seeking an associate in Digital Art & Design. I am a lifelong artist, and I am focusing on obtaining a career that includes what I am passionate about. My portfolio focuses on healthy living and environmental issues. I seek to obtain balance between my love of family, art, and career.
Jamie Crosby
crosbyj22@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_CrosbyJamie
Hi, my name is Jamie Crosby. I have previously worked in the Banking and Insurance industry. I currently hold licenses in Property, Casualty, Life, Health and Annuities. I recently completed my Associate in General Studies at Moraine Valley. I am currently completing an Associate in Information Technology Security Specialist and I have earned the following certificates at Moraine Valley Community College: Computer Technician, Computer Support Associate, and Network Security Associate. I am also the President of the Cybersecurity Club at Moraine Valley Community College.
Stefanie DaCosta
dacostastefanie@yahoo.com
wit_DaCostaStefanie
Hello, I am Stefanie DaCosta. I am excited about the innovation in technology. I am currently enrolled at MVCC pursing a Medical Coding degree, but I am also interested in starting my own business to become a Web Designer and help start-up businesses design websites that will attract their target customers. I joined the group as a little sister and potentially want to become a big sister to pay it forward. I am hungry for knowledge and growth, especially concerning technology and all that it encompasses.
Renee Dampier
dampierr7@morainevalley.edu
wit_DampierRenee
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
melaniekdc19@gmail.com
wit_DavenportMelanie
Hello, my name is Melanie! I finished my schooling at Moraine Valley in December of 2018. I graduated with an A.A.S. in Graphic Design. I love designing digitally (specifically drawing, stories, and comic art). Check out my instagram @keeperscomics.
Vivian De La Cruz
viviancruz1901@gmail.com
wit_DeLaCruzVivian
Hi, my name is Vivian. I am currently a full-time Mechanical Engineering student. I am looking to get an internship and get more hands-on experience. I am hoping to graduate from Moraine Valley in Spring 2021 and continue my education at UIC.
Gabriela DiFilippo
gdifilipo@gmail.com
wit_DifilippoGabriela
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.
Brenda Escobedo
escobedob3@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_EscobedoBrenda
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.
Kassandra Fabara
kasfabara@gmail.com
wit_FabaraKassie
Hi, I'm Kassie, a returning student to Moraine. I graduated with an A.A. back in 2014. Then I transferred to NIU and enrolled in their Illustration program and graduated with a BFA in 2016. I did some in-house design gigs and somehow found my way into screen print & embroidery. After feeling like this wasn't the direction I wanted to continue, I re-enrolled and entered the Digital Design Program. After meeting Chris Matusek, I became interested in working with non-profits. I still love to create, just exploring different ways to communicate.
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.
Liz Gomez
gomezlizbetth@gmail.com
wit_GomezLiz
Hi, I'm Liz and I am a student at Moraine Valley. I am really excited to be back in school after being out for the last 5 years working as a medical social worker. I am currently taking database design classes and plan to pursue a career in data science.
Genae Grabowski
grabowskig5@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_GrabowskiGanae
Hello! My name is Genae Grabowski and I am a Digital Art & Design student at Moraine Valley Community College. I am currently working on getting my Digital Art & Design Associates degree here then transfer to Saint Xavier University for my bachelors is Graphic Design. I am in the process of being hired as a Graphic Designer for National Van Lines in Broadview Illinois. I consider myself a Mixed Media designer and work with all sorts of art and design mediums.
Chrissy Gromala
cgromala@comcast.net
wit_GromalaChrissy
Hi, my name is Chrissy Gromala. I recently returned to Moraine for a specialized degree in Digital Art and Design. Eventually, I would like to work creating product labels and packaging for cannabis or liquor companies, mostly because of the wide variety of design aesthetics that are applicable to those kinds of companies.
Olivia Henderson
henderson03@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_HendersonOlivia
Hello, I am Olivia and I am a pharmacy tech who is passionate about technology. I hope to get a Bachelor's in Cybersecurity.
Aubrey Klimala
klimalaa@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_KlimalaAubrey
Hello, my name is Aubrey Klimala. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and International Studies from Saint Louis University, and upon graduating I worked in sales and logistics in the audio visual sector of the live event industry. During the beginning of Covid, I decided to make a career change, and so I enrolled in the Computer Information Systems A.A.S. at Moraine Valley. I hope to begin a new career as a web developer upon the completion of my degree.
Kait Kolodziejski
kaitenight@gmail.com
wit_KolodziejskiKait
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.
Taylor Krzos
101taylor@comcast.net
wit_KrzosTaylor
Hi, I'm Taylor Krzos. I am currently pursuing an Associate Degree for IT Security Specialist. I have competed in the National Cyber League Competition, which gave me great experience in security. I originally wanted to be a Disney animator, but saw a greater future in computers/technology. Moraine is a wonderful place and I look forward to continuing my education here!
Shana Lawson
s_ilawson@yahoo.com
wit_LawsonShana
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.
Melissa Lyons
lyonsmelissa647@gmail.com
wit_LyonsMelissa
Hi, I am Melissa. I have been a part of the WIT mentor program for 5 years. After long period of working in arts education I decided to change career paths to cyber security. Currently I have an apprenticeship through the Department of Labor. I have my CompTIA Security + certification and course hour completions in: Intro to IT Security Policy, Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Architecture, and End User Cyber Fundamentals. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, traveling, and watching sports.
Desiree Madrigal
desiree070477@gmail.com
wit_MadrigalDesiree
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
KELLY.MAGER@GMAIL.COM
wit_MagerKelly
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.
Emily Meraz
emilymeraz17@gmail.com
wit_MerazEmily
Hi, my name is Emily Meraz. I am planning to graduate with an Associate in Digital Art and Design by Spring 2024.
Maria Moncada-Garza
moncadam4@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_MoncadaMaria
My name is Maria Moncada-Garza. 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.
Elizabeth Montei
elizabethmontei@yahoo.com
wit_MonteiLiz
My name is Elizabeth (Liz) Montei. I have a son, Joshua! I graduated from MVCC May 2018 with an A.A.S. in Office Systems and Applications. I enjoy working with Microsoft Office products. I am even MOS certified. In the past, I have worked multiple positions at MVCC and loved the campus, students, and staff.
Esmahan Muthana
esmahanmmuthana@gmail.com
wit_MuthanaEsmahan
My name is Esmahan Muthana. This is my first year at MVCC after graduating from high school. I took a couple classes here before graduating from high school. My major is Architectural and Civil Engineering. I am planning to transfer to IIT for a four year degree. Currently, I am taking classes to get the Architectural CAD certificate, and I'm thinking of getting more certificates. I did an internship at a manufacturing company, Pioneer Service Inc., for five months.
Halima Muthana
hmuthana94@gmail.com
wit_MuthanaHalima
Hello, my name is Halima. I am glad to finally be back in school after being out for four years. I recently completed the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Moraine Valley, and I will be transferring to a four-year university to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. I also plan to complement my Bachelor with a minor in Computer Science.
Steph Penman
penmans@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_PenmanSteph
Hi, my name is Steph Penman, and I am a returning student pursuing the Associate of Engineering. I am also interested in moving more towards software and IT Security.
Sumeja Porcic
porcics@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_PorcicSumeja
Hello, my name is Sumeja! I am a student at Moraine Valley Community College currently working towards earning my liberal arts transfer degree. After completing my transfer degree at Moraine, I will be moving to a 4-year university where I will major in Web Design. I am passionate about design and excited to learn about creating and designing websites.
Juana Quiroz Rodriguez
juana.quiroz1998@gmail.com
wit_QuirozJuana
Hello, my name is Juana. I am working towards my Associates in Integrated Systems Technology; currently I have certificates as an Industrial Control Technician and Mechanical Drive Technician. I work for UPS and I have always been curious about mechanical work. I enjoy working with my hands and love learning new skills.
Stefana Sas-Pawlik
pawlik.stefana@gmail.com
wit_Sas-PawlikStefana
My name is Stefana Sas-Pawlik, and I am pursuing my degree in Automation and Engineering Technology. Currently, I am taking robotics and I plan on graduating in May 2023.
Jennifer Shapiro
shapiroj2@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_ShapiroJennifer
My name is Jennifer Shapiro, but most people call me Jenny! I am currently attending Moraine Valley in hopes of obtaining my associate degree in Management Information Systems – now known as Computer Information Systems. Along with that, I hope to become certified in the following areas: web development, web design, and data entry. I feel this field allows us to constantly learn something new, as technology is always changing. That is what constantly sparks my interest! Technology has always been something I’ve been passionate in, so I am excited to be a part of something so wonderful and inspiring for women in technology!
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.
Kade Slusnys
i.k.slusnys@gmail.com
wit_SlusnysKade
Hello, my name is Kade Slusnys and I am a graphic design student and illustrator that focuses on branding and UI/UX design.
Tiffany Smith
smithtiff1590@gmail.com
wit_SmithTiffany
Hey, I'm Tiffany Smith and I'm currently studying mechanical engineering.
Nicole Wagner
nwags19@gmail.com
wit_WagnerNicole
My name is Nicole and I am a full-time student at Moraine Valley, graduating this Spring with the Automation and Engineering Technology degree. I am on the MVCC softball team. I have a passion for AutoCAD and Inventor, and I love robots.
Stella Ward
wards43@student.morainevalley.edu
wit_WardStella
Hello, I'm Stella. I have been a student at MVCC since 2010. I studied medical assisting and phlebotomy and currently work as a medical assistant. I've decided to make a career switch; cybersecurity has always been an interest and I'm currently enrolled in IT Security. I've learned so much so far and I'm eager to learn more. The curriculum at MVCC prepares students with the skills needed to work in the real world and I'm confident that I will be prepared for my first IT Security position.
Wendy Way
wendycals@comcast.net
wit_WayWendy
My name is Wendy Way. I am starting my path to a degree in graphic design at Moraine Valley.