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.

Carol Antosz
Hello, my name is Carol. I have my A.A.S. in Office Systems and Applications with concentrations in web design and desktop publishing from Moraine Valley and have my B.A. from Governors State University. I am certified in Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. I work at Moraine Valley in Building B.
Florence Appel
Welcome! I am Flo, Professor of Computer Science at Saint Xavier University. I am one of the mentors of the Moraine Valley Women in Technology Mentoring Program. You can view more about me at Please feel free to e-mail me with any undergraduate or graduate questions in Computer Science you may have.
Michelle August
Welcome! I am Michelle August, Professor of Information Management Systems (IMS), as well as the Department Chair, at Moraine Valley Community College. The IMS department includes Computer Science (CSC), Office Systems and Applications (OSA), and Management Information Systems (MIS) which includes all programming, web development and design, and graphics. I also serve as the President of the Common Education Foundation and serve on the IBM Advisory Council (CAAC).
Melissa Bailey
Hello, I am Melissa. I have been in the software industry since 1996. My focus has primarily been on implementations, training, and support for companies that develop their own proprietary software. I have also done some programming and report writing, and am very strong in SQL. I have traveled for some of my positions, both nationally and internationally. I currently hold a technical support engineer position for a company that developed a software package used by pharmaceutical companies to track and answer questions regarding medications and medical equipment. I am the lead support rep for Pfizer, one of the most well known pharma companies out there. I truly enjoy implementations, as I love the process of learning a client's business and operations and then configuring a package to meet those needs. I also enjoy the troubleshooting aspect of support, as it allows me to get into the guts of a package to figure out the pieces to a puzzle.
Bridgette Beazley
Hello, my name is Bridgette. I really enjoyed the Women and Technology meeting. It made me very excited to continue on in the Animation Program here at Moraine Valley.
Kelly Blizzard
My name is Kelly. I graduated from Moraine Valley with an A.A.S., IT Security Specialist in May 2013. I am Network+ certified and also have a degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Currently, I am the Director of Business Analysis at Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. This position is the beginning of my new career in the technology industry. 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.
Amy Bonsignore
Hello, my name is Amy and I teach in the LAN department here at Moraine Valley. I have 10 years experience in the IT field, including managing network operating systems. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me by email.
Kimberly Booda
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
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
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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
Hello, I'm Kristine, a full-time Information Management Systems instructor at Moraine Valley. I teach computer programming and web design.
Nancy Collins
Greetings! My name is Nancy Collins. I am an instructor in Mechanical Drafting and Design/CAD at Moraine Valley. I teach blueprint reading. If you have any architectural questions please feel free to contact me.
Karin Cygan
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
Hello, my name is China. I am a Web Developer 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. At Moraine, I teach Microsoft Office application classes in the Information Management Systems department. Once a year, I also teach a web course where we focus on content management systems. 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 masters in Information Science at Indiana University. I enjoy many aspects of website development, and I am especially interested in content management systems like WordPress and Drupal.
Kristen Edling
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 Moble 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.
Nereida Encina
My name is Nereida Encina and I am a Job Resource Specialist with a focus in Non-Traditional Careers, careers where 25% or less of your gender is represented. Through the Perkins grant I focus on bringing awareness to Non-Traditional careers; and technology is definitely a Non-Traditional Career for women. Apart from providing students with job search, resume, cover letter writing, and interviewing strategies, I also support them through the Non-Traditional Careers Student Focus Group; where we discuss strategies to promote Non-Traditional careers and develop events and programs in order to break barriers and stereotypes. I have a passion for empowering women and every spring semester I take a group of students to FermiLab’s STEM Career Expo to meet with engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and professionals in IT fields.
Fabie Ezife
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. Please don't hesitate to e-mail me with any questions! Thank you!
Betty Fabiano
Greetings, I'm Betty Fabiano. I have a B.S. degree from Governors State University (1992). Since then I completed the Web Developer and e-commerce certificates from Moraine Valley. I have worked as a content editor at a travel agency modifying and designing additional websites. Please feel free to contact me with any ecommerce or web development related questions.
Kathy Halm
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
Dr. Pamela Haney is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Moraine Valley Community College. If you need any mentoring or assistance.
Karen Hoogland
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
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
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.
Marissa Langlais
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
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
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.
Christina Martinez
Hello, my name is Christina Martinez, I am currently a Career Advisor at Westwood College. I provide career services for students in various fields including Information Technology. Prior to my current role, I worked in the Computer Integrated Technologies Department at Moraine Valley Community College. For two years, I was part of the TAACCCT/Department of Labor Grant Student Success Team as the Employment Engagement Specialist. This team was dedicated to providing a variety of career services to information technology students at Moraine Valley. I have over fifteen years of experience in the business sector, I have a wealth of knowledge in sales, marketing, management, career services and employer relations. I am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. Feel free to contact me with any related questions at: Technology, I have been coined the "go to person" when it comes to getting jobs in this field. I critique resumes, serve as a liaison between student and employer, and above all, I help change lives every day.
Chris Matusek
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 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.
Natalie McCoy
Hello, I'm Natalie. I am pursuing the Web Development/Designer, Software Developer and Mobile App Certificates here at Moraine Valley Community College.
Dory Moeller
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Elaine Pepe
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
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.
Liubov Petersen
Hello, my name is Liubov. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I have worked in the past as a Mechanical Design Engineer for Telecommunication and Film Industries. I graduated from Moraine Valley with a 3D Certificate in December, 2008. Currently, I am a CAD Operator with Advanced Fire and Security Systems, Inc.
Maria Power
I have a M.S. Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and work at Argonne in the Physics Division as a Control Systems engineer on the ATLAS Accelerator. I have also taken a few classes at MVCC when I was preparing to return to the work force after being home with my children for 5 years. I am involved in organizing STEM outreach at Argonne and feel it is very important to encourage women to pursue opportunities in technology.
Angela Robinson
Hi, my name is Angela. I am very excited to be a mentor to women who are now just getting started in the technology field. I have more than 14 years of experience in IT ranging from PC technician, network administrator to managing help centers. I am a technical instructor at ITT Technical Institute. My main focus of instruction deals with operating systems, network systems management and design, in addition to project management.
Kelly Ruffolo
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.
Tina Sawa
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
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 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
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
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
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.
Sharon M. Vetsch
Hello, my name is Sharon and I am an Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. I own my own business called The QuickBooks Queen. My business consists of doing bookkeeping for small to mid size businesses, QuickBooks training at businesses and teaching 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
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
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
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.
Emily Zvolanek
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.
Meena Anand
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
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.
Lissete Benavides
Hello, my name is Lissete. This is my first year here with the Women in Technology. I have an Associate in Graphic Arts and I am really interested in logo design and branding. I also love concept art, as in art for video games, movies, etc. I love art in general. I'd love to be able to work for a graphic design company or even freelance.
Chrissy Boorazanes
Hello, my name is Chrissy Boorazanes. I'm a Designer and I have completed 2 certificates for 3D CAD and 3D Parametric Modeling at Moraine Valley. I have my Bachelor's degree in Interior Design from The Illinois Institute of Art. I am working on some freelance projects for clients in my spare time; custom build outs, interior remodeling, and print communications. I have a full time job as a tooling engineer for a food forming company. I design mold plates and the accompanying parts for numerous clients and custom situations.
Maria Castrejon
My name is Maria Castrejon. My interest is photography, web design, film and video. I have a Bachelor Degree from Columbia College. I worked for several television stations in Chicago. I am a student part-time at Moraine Valley.
Kirsten Cooper
Hi! My name is Kirsten Cooper. I am finishing my A.S. for Computer Science, and I am currently attending SXU to pursue my BCS. I have been a huge computer fan as long as I can remember, embracing all things technology.
Renee Dampier
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.
Angela Dombrowski
Hello, my name is Angela. I have a bachelor's in Fine Arts and I am currently pursuing the graphics and desktop publishing degree program here at Moraine Valley. I am also interested in learning web development and design. I am an aunt to a 4 year old girl and love teaching her new things and think becoming a mentor would fit me. Outside of my career goals at Moraine Valley, I love to practice yoga and I am a music nerd.
Melody Dooley
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
My name is Olga. I am a returning student at MVCC and I am currently in the Health Information Technology Program. However, I am considering changing my current program to the dual degree program in Computer Science; I am thinking of pursuing the LAN Technician A.A.S. to eventually transfer to Governors State University for a Computer Science B.S. I don’t have much knowledge or experience with computers; nonetheless, I am good at math and have an interest in developing necessary skills for the field. I am also very artistic and have previously attended a few courses in the Graphic Design Program.
Raven Faulkner
My name is Raven Faulkner. I am a student in the CAD department at Moraine Valley.
Nancy Gacki
Hello, my name is Nancy Gacki. I am a student here at Moraine Valley taking courses in Local Area Networking, Web Development and Design, and Graphics and Desktop Publishing. I have a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Angelina Garcia
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
Hello, my name is Alison Gardner. I am currently an engineering student at Moraine Valley Community College.
Amy Gil
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.
Amanda Golembiewski
Hello, my name is Amanda. I am a student here at Moraine Valley and I am looking into doing internet security. While I'm going to school, I'm also working part-time. I love Disney and music. I'm a Scorpio (I promise I'm nice.).
Jessica Haisten
My name is Jessica Haisten. I am a student in the CGI department at Moraine Valley. I have taken Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator classes.
Massara Haseeb
Hello, I'm Massara. I am a second semester student at Moraine Valley. I am persuing a Mechanical Engineering degree and I plan to transfer to IIT. I want to persue a career in roller coaster design. I really enjoy meeting people, experiencing new opportunities and learning new things.
Shanaveen Haywood
Hi, my name is Shanaveen. I am a returning student seeking the Computer and Local Area Network Technician AAS degree, as well as a degree to be an IT Security Specialist, LAN Technician and Network Administrator.
Christina Hernandez
Hello, my name is Christina. I am a student at Moraine Valley Community College currently taking classes is Graphic Design.
Liz Hiley
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
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.
Karina Junco
Hi, my name is Karina. I was a science transfer major and I finished my Associate in Science Degree here at Moraine Valley. I am currently pursuing the Architectural CAD Certificate. I am looking for internship jobs; anything really to get my foot in the door. I am planning on attending the Architect Program at UIC.
Kait Kolodziejski
Hello, my name is Kait. I began my enrollment at Moraine Valley in 2012, 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.
Jessica Kubacka
Hi! My name is Jessica, an aspiring artist interested in the different platforms of digital technology. I am a beginning student here at Moraine Valley studying for my Associates in Fine Arts with a certificate in Graphic Design. Although my methods for creations involve more traditional mediums, I enjoy making art and graphics off computers as well. Having only recently began to develop my skills in the Adobe Creative Suites, I aspire to max out my skills and open my own online freelance design business. I admire the accessibility to the public graphic design can provide and the amount of visual aesthetic needed to provoke consumers. I believe I have an eye for style and aesthetics; and I will keep working to further develop it.
Martha Lagunas
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
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
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.
Emma Lovinge
Hello, my name is Emma. I am a returning student taking IT classes towards the IT Security Specialist degree at Moraine Valley.
Desiree Madrigal
Hello, I'm Desiree. I've loved computers since the day I bought my first one in 1999. It was with Windows 95. I then became interested in how to pull them apart and put them back together, adding memory, fans, heat sinks, new programs, etc. While going to school for networking, I still fixed computers and learned web design. I helped maintain a few sites back then and produced a couple of my own. In 2006, I ended up landing a job in computer consulting where we would maintain business networks, set up new networks, fix servers and client computers, add programs, maintain the hardware, etc. I'm an addict of computers, but now I've realized that I enjoy web design, coding, the whole nine yards.
Bridget Nee
Hello, my name is Bridget Nee. I am presently enrolled at Moraine Valley and my major is in IT Security Specialist. I am also the 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.
Sharon Ovando-Gomez
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
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
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
My name is Ayah Razick. I am an animation student in the CGI program at Moraine Valley.
Lucy Reyes
Hello, I'm Lucy. I am a returning student pursuing the Web Development/Designer and Software Developer Certificates at Moraine Valley Community College. I am also looking into Programming, Visual Basic, C#, and Java.
Sherry Rodriguez
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
Hello, my name is Amy. I am a student here at Moraine Valley. I am pursuing the Computer Animation Certificate.
Mithal Salameh
Hi, my name is Mithal. I am currently enrolled in the MIS Associate Degree program. I have experience in Microsoft Office programs, management experience and I am currently taking courses in PHP. I am in need of an internship for the MIS Degree program, either for this semester or next semester so that I can graduate in May of 2017.
Stefanie Salonis
Hello, my name is Stefanie Salonis. I received my Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of IL at Chicago in 2005. I am currently working for the Illinois Tollway Authority as an Information Technology intern, as well as, pursuing my Masters in Information Systems Management. I am excited to have found such a great group of women who are thriving in the technology and design sectors. I'm inspired and excited about the wealth of experience and information that was shared in my first mentoring meeting.
Liz Simon
Hello, I'm Liz. I have been in school for about 4-5 years. I have my certificate in Computer Animation and an Associate of Liberal Arts from Moraine Valley Community College. I plan on going into graphic design and web design/development. Right now I am working on a certificate in web design/development. I am trying to find a 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.
Laura Slonskis
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.
Neringa Smilgyte
My name is Neringa. I am a student at Moraine Valley. I am interested in studying ecommerce.
Jacqueline Smith
I am Jacqueline! I am pursuing the A+ Certification here at Moraine Valley Community College. I am also interested in pursuing a career in the Help Desk field.
Jen Smith 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
Hello, I am Michaele Strauch. I am currently taking graphic design courses in the OSA department at Moraine Valley Community College.
Jessica Tello
My name is Jessica and I am studying towards the 3D CAD Certificate here at Moraine Valley Community College. I took a class in Design Visualization using 3DS Max Design and I discovered I enjoy working in 3D Animation. I am also looking into the Web Development/Design Certificate.
Katerzyna Truty
Katarzyna (Kathy) Truty is an Engineering Technician at Focal Point Lights and student at Purdue Calumet University majoring in B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology since transferring from Moraine Valley Community College in 2014, after completing the Mechanical Design Technology AAS and 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 Corporate Director of Product Development and Commercialization/ R&D in development of new product design and redesign of existing products.
Vida Vaiciulyta
My name is Vida Vaiciulyte. I hold an Associates Degree in Arts from my home country Lithuania. Currently I am in the process of obtaining website designer's and website developer's certificates here at Moraine Valley Community College. I build websites as well as create some graphic design artwork on a freelance basis. If you are interested please check out my portfolio website at
Vanessa Villarruel
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
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
Hello, my name is Braelyn; I am currently pursuing the Mechatronics Technology AAS degree here at Moraine Valley Community College.