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

First NameLast NameEmailBio
CarolAntoszantoszc@morainevalley.eduHello, my name is Carol. I have my A.A.S. in Office Systems and Applications with concentrations in web design and desktop publishing from Moraine Valley and have my B.A. from Governors State University. I am certified in Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. I work at Moraine Valley in Building B. Feel free to contact me with any related questions.
FlorenceAppelappel@sxu.edu.Welcome! I am Flo, Professor of Computer Science at Saint Xavier University. I am one of the mentors of the Moraine Valley Women in Technology Mentoring Program. You can view more about me at http://csmaster.sxu.edu/appel. Please feel free to e-mail me with any undergraduate or graduate questionsin Computer Science you may have.
MichelleAugustaugust@morainevalley.eduWelcome! I am Michelle August, Professor of Information Management Systems (IMS), as well as the Department Chair, at Moraine Valley Community College. The IMS department includes Computer Science (CSC), Office Systems and Applications (OSA), and Management Information Systems (MIS) which includes all programming, web development and design, and graphics. I also serve as the Executive Director of the Common Education Foundation and serve on the IBM Advisory Council (CAAC). Feel free to contact me with any related questions.
MelissaBaileymekaba99@comcast.netHello, I am Melissa. I have been in the software industry since1996. My focus has primarily been on implementations, training, and support for companies that develop their own proprietary software. I have also done some programming and report writing, and am very strong in SQL. I have traveled for some of my positions, both nationally and internationally. I currently hold a technical support engineer position for a company that developed a software package used by pharmaceutical companies to track and answer questions regarding medications and medical equipment. I am the lead support rep for Pfizer, one of the most well known pharma companies out there. I truly enjoy implementations, as I love the process of learning a client's business and operations and then configuring a package to meet those needs. I also enjoy the troubleshooting aspect of support, as it allows me to get into the guts of a package to figure out the pieces to a puzzle. You can contact me by email.
KellyBlizzardkellyblizzard90@gmail.comMy 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 at www.linkedin.com/in/kellyblizzard. Also, feel free to email me if you have any questions or want any guidance.
AmyBonsignoreat amybonsignore@gmail.comHello, 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.
KimberlyBoodakabooda70@gmail.comHello, my name is Kimberly Booda. I am a MVCC alumni, IT Security Specialist and a Phi Theta Kappa member. I work at Franciscan Ministries Corporate Office as an Applications Analyst located in Lemont, IL. I support and troubleshoot the Enterprise Software System Applications for all clinical andfinancial systems. I am striving towards finding employment with better salary. Please feel free to contact me.
SavitriBoodoosinghboodoosinghs@morainevalley.eduHello, my name is Savitri. I am a math instructor here at Moraine Valley Community College. Besides teaching math, I also have a strong IT industry experience and background, which includes database development and systems integrations. Please feel free to contact me with any related questions.
JoanneChouinarddeepseedigital@gmail.comHi! Everyone calls me Jo. I have completed the A.A.S. curriculum in Computer graphics and am near completion of the 3d Animation Certificate here at Moraine Valley. I teach 2d and 3d design fundamentals to traditional media artists including glass fusers, silk painters, and watercolorists who
wish to expand their design capabilities with Adobe Creative Suite, Max and Motion. Computer graphics is a fabulous way to combine my interests in art with my science and health professions background. I am currently a pre-release beta tester for Adobe Photoshop CS5. I can be reached by email.
KristineChristensenchristensen@morainevalley.eduHello, I'm Kristine, a full-time Information Management Systems instructor at Moraine Valley. I teach computer programming and web design. Please feel free to contact me.
NancyCollinscollinsN22@morainevalley.eduGreetings! 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.
KarinCygank.cygan@yahoo.comHello! My name is Karin Cygan and currently I am a Project Manager for Quantum Crossings, LLC Telecommunications Company. I received my AutoCAD/Mechanical Design degree from Moraine Valley which set a great foundation and provided a path for me to migrate into my current position of Project Managing. I am currently enrolled in the Cisco Certification classes at Moraine Valley. If you have any questions just send me an e-mail.
KristenEdlingkedling@gmail.comHi, my name is Kristen. I am back in school after 15 years. I have decided I am going to pursue a degree in IT since all of the classes I’ve taken are very interesting in this field. I shied away from computers for a long time, but being back at Moraine Valley has made me confident in this exciting field. I am going for the Networking CCNA Certificate. I also work at Moraine Valley as a lab aide in the IT/LAN department. I got this job through the Internship program at Moraine Valley. Contact me by email.
BettyFabianobetty.fabiano@yahoo.comGreetings, I'm Betty Fabiano. I have a B.S. degree from Governors State University (1992). Since then I completed the Web Developer and e-commerce certificates from Moraine Valley. I have worked as a content editor at a travel agency modifying and designing additional websites. Please feel free to contact me with any e-commerce or web development related questions.
LoriFarrajfarraj@anl.govHi! I'm Lori. My career path guided me into the fascinating world of design more than 15 years ago. I have taught several classes at Moraine Valley, including Parametric Design, and 3D Modeling and Rendering. I earned a B.B.A. from Loyola University and an M.B.A. from Saint Xavier University. Currently, I work with a major government research facility as a Data Management Specialist. My experiences as both teacher and working student enable me to offer an extraordinary perspective regarding career and academic decisions. Feel free to contact me.
Mary A.Garciamgarcia6@devry.eduI am a Military Veteran with several years in two different branches of the service, US Army, 4166th US Army School and US Air Force, 928th Security Police. My first teaching experience was at Francis Parker H.S. I then went on to teach a variety of Computer Courses for De Paul University,
Northwestern University, DeVry University and the US Military. My teaching style is to create a learning environment that is pleasant, positive and enjoyable. I have developed a variety of volunteer projects for students to gain hands on experience. I currently teach A+, Net+ and Cisco Networking classes at DeVry University. I can be reached by email.
AllisonGarzaallison-garza@att.netHi, my name is Allison Garza and I have been a member of the Women in Technology Program since 2010. I completed my Architectural CAD Certificate in 2011 and am currently finishing my last semester of the Mechanical Design Technology A.A.S. Degree and 3-D CAD Specialist Certificate. In the fall, I will be transferring to Purdue University to complete my B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. I'm currently working as a civil, electrical, and subsurface utility engineering designer for HBK Engineering, LLC in Chicago. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.
CeliaGonzalezgonzalezc28@student.morainevalley.eduI'm a graduate of Moraine Valley and 2007 graduate of SXU. Since that time, I've returned to Moraine and have received certification in various Microsoft Office applications. I'm presently taking two LAN courses, and testing the waters there. Email me and I'll try to answer any questions you may have.
PamelaHaneyhaney@morainevalley.eduDr. Pamela Haney is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Moraine Valley Community College. If you need any mentoring or assistance, please feel free to contact her by email.
BethHawthornehawthorne@ucc.eduI am a senior professor of computer science at Union County College in Cranford, NJ with several publications on cybersecurity education. I recently had been approached by the ACM's Women's council to head up their community college initiatives. I have worked with Flo Appel intensively on the upcoming ACM curriculum guidelines (the Social &
Professional Knowledge Area, specifically) and I am committed in attracting more women into the technology field. I am one of the newest mentors of the Moraine Valley Women in Technology Mentoring Program. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions.
SharonHoffmanshoffman429@gmail.comHello, I'm Sharon. I am a returning student pursuing the Management Information Systems AAS. I am lso taking courses here at Moraine Valley Community College to become a Database Administrator. You can contact me by email.
KarenHooglandkzhoogland@kzhdesign.comMy 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. I may be reached by email.
AngeliaJohnsjohnsamit@hotmail.comI have been a programmer/analyst/developer in telecommunications, retail, and academia. I have designed, developed, coded, implemented, and monitored financial, web-based, applications. I currently facilitate online MS Office 2013 applications courses at another junior college. As a former Moraine Valley Community College student, I have taken Object-Oriented Programming courses and have recently met the Local Area Network (LAN) department's requirements for the I.T. Security Specialist, A.A.S. degree. I have been confirmed as the first African-American woman to be conferred this degree at Moraine Valley Community College. I plan to work in the government sector and can be
reached by email.
DonnaLauritzendonnalauritzen@comcast.netHello. I’m Donna, an adjunct instructor at Moraine Valley teaching in the IMS/OSA department. I feel right at home here at Moraine Valley. The students and staff are very nice and very helpful. I am more than happy to provide support for a new student with regard to general academic information. Let me know if you have any questions on Moraine Valley itself. Don’t hesitate to contact me.
SandraLewikowskiliscaro@sbcglobal.netMy name is Sandra. I am a student at Moraine Valley Community College. One of the classes I am currently taking is in 3DS Max. I have a bachelors degree in Architecture and Design and I'm pursuing the Architectural CAD Certificate at Moraine Valley. You can contact me by email.
Mary JaneMannellamaryjane.mannella@gmail.comHello, my name is Mary Jane Mannella. I am a returning student. I have a BS in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University and worked in MIS for 7 years. I have been out of IT for 20 years and am looking forward to returning to my first love! I have spent the past 7 years in the insurance industry, my last position being a District Sales Manager for Mutual of Omaha. I look forward to any advice on how to facilitate my path back into IT. I can be reached by email. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible.
ChristinaMartinezmartinezc234@morainevalley.eduOn September 23, 2013, I joined the Computer Integrated Technologies Department at Moraine Valley Community College as an experienced yet refined Employment Engagement Specialist. With over fifteen years of experience in the business sector, I have a wealth of knowledge in sales, marketing, management and employer relations. With a
Bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry and a soon to be Master’s degree, I have put my skills to good use. I currently serve as the Illinois Technology Foundation representative at Moraine Valley Community College and I am considered a true woman in technology to my colleagues. Specifically, I have helped pave the way for prospective and current students to not only get involved in Information Technology, but to become leaders in the field. Under the direction of the Department of Labor Grant in Information
Technology, I have been coined the "go to person" when it comes to getting jobs in this field. I critique resumes, serve as a liaison between student and employer, and above all, I help change lives every day. Feel free to contact me with any related questions.
AnneMarvakKDIdesign@aol.comMy name is Anne. I completed my A.A. degree from Moraine Valley, a B.S. in Industrial Technology from NIU, a M.S. in Industrial Management/Safety from NIU and a certificate in 3D CAD from Moraine Valley. Currently, I own Kinetic Design, Inc. a Mechanical Engineering Corporation. Feel free to contact me with any related questions.
ChrisMatusekmatusek@morainevalley.eduMy name is Chris Matusek. I am an adjunct instructor in the Digital Art/Design program at Moraine Valley. I work in the design industry as a freelance graphic artist. I also work as a fine artist in the areas of digital, ceramics, and installation. You can see more of my work at chrismatusek.com. I have experience in: Adobe Creative Suite including Bridge, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects and a bit of Premiere; Corel Painter; Apple iLife, and some audio editing. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
IreneMcCauleymccauleyi@morainevalley.eduHello I'm Irene, a professor in Digital Art and Design. My background is as a fine artist specializing in digital photography and imaging and a print designer. I have been a full-time faculty member at Moraine Valley since 1997 and have coordinated the A.A.S. in Computer Graphics—Digital Art/Design since 1998. Feel free to contact me with any related questions.
RuthMillermiller.ruth@comcast.netHello, my name is Ruth Miller. I have completed my A.A.S. degree here at Moraine Valley along with the Website Designer Certificate and Website Developer Certificate. I am also the 2011 winner of the Terry O'Banion award. I completed my internship here at Moraine Valley as a Web/Graphic designer in the Marketing and Publication services department. I am also the VP of PR for the Orland Park Toastmasters Club, and the web master for the club. You can contact me.
JacquelineNapierjaxnapier@aol.comHello, 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 communicatorrecognized by Training Magazine and the Society for Technical Communication. I look forward to learning from you as well as helping you in any way I can. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
TanyaNashnasht6@student.morainevalley.eduGreetings, 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.
CindyNugentnugentc4@morainevalley.eduMoving back to the Chicago area after eleven years in Sedona, Arizona, I returned to Moraine Valley to update my website and design skills. After taking several weekend Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver “marathon” sessions with Angela, I bit the bullet and purchased the creative software suite, and enrolled in the courses necessary to complete my website design certificate in order to advance my career as a self-employed web designer.With help from many of the Women in Technology group, including Angela, Carol Antosz, my “Big Sister” and Kristine Christensen, my mentor and instructor, I was able to pull it all together and finish my certificate! Since then I continue to work with Julie Keaty of JFK Business Solutions, specializing in Content Management Website Design and development for many local businesses including the Village of Evergreen Park, the Chicago Ridge Public Library, the QuickBooks Queen – a fellow Women in Technology member - and the Sisters of St. Francis of Immaculate Mary in Joliet, among many others. I also started in a fantastic full-time position with Moraine Valley Fine and Performing Arts Center a few months ago.
Continuing my association with Moraine allows me to continue to pursue my higher education goals while working with many wonderful people in a field I continue to love – technology! Feel free to contact me.
JenniferO'Connorjenni@mastering-mentalray.comI am president of 4D Artists, Inc, a 3D design visualization and animation firm in Lake County, IL, an adjunct instructor of 3ds Max, CAD and Architectural Illustration at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL and run the Chicago area 3ds Max user's group. I am the author of the book, "Mastering Mental Ray", and provide 3d training to companies and individuals around the country. I also have created for commercials. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
SusieOthmansusieothman3@yahoo.comHi, my name is Susie Othman. I have been a member of the Women in Technology Program since 2009. I completed my Architectural CAD certificate and completed 3-D CAD classes. I am currently working as a civil, electrical, utility engineering designer at HBK Engineering, LLC. If you have any related questions, please feel free to contact me.
RosemariePavilonisRpavilonis@hotmail.comHello, I am Rosemarie. I am a Microsoft Reseller. Please feel free to contact me.
ElainePepeekpepe@gmail.comMy name is Elaine Pepe. I started at Moraine Valley and got an Associates in Science. I transferred to UIUC where Igot my BS in Mechanical Engineering. I returned to Moraine Valley to get my CAD Associates in Applied Science and 3-D CAD, Mechanical Design & Drafting and Architectural CAD Certificates. I am the CAD Operator for Red Hawk Fire & Security in Burr Ridge. If you have any questions, please contact me.
LiubovPetersenloubapeters@yahoo.comHello, my name is Liubov. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I have worked in the past as a Mechanical Design Engineer for Telecommunication and Film Industries. I graduated from Moraine Valley with a 3D Certificate in December, 2008. Currently, I am a CAD Operator with Advanced Fire and Security Systems, Inc. Feel free to contact me with any related questions.
MariaPowermpower@anl.govI have a M.S. Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology and work at Argonne in the Physics Division as a Control Systems engineer on the ATLAS Accelerator. I have also taken a few classes at MVCC when I was preparing to return to the work force after being home with my children for 5 years. I am involved in organizing STEM outreach at Argonne and feel it is very important to encourage women to pursue opportunities in technology. I can be reached by email.
AngelaRobinsonam_robinson1@yahoo.comHi, my name is Angela. I am very excited to be a mentor to women who are now just getting started in the technology field. I have more than 14 years of experience in IT ranging from PC technician, network administrator to managing help centers. I am a technical instructor at ITT Technical Institute. My main focus of instruction deals with operating systems, network systems management and design, in addition to project management. Please feel free to contact me.
KellyRuffolo
Arrendondo
karrendondo@hantech.comHi, 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, so don't hesitate to contact me.
AngelaS.skiadopoulos@morainevalley.eduWelcome! My name is Angela. I am the Women in Technology (WIT) Program coordinator. I have been involved with this program since its inception in 2002. I have received the Desktop Publishing Certificate from Moraine Valley, as well as the Web Design and Development Certificate and the 3D Animation Certificate. I am an Autodesk Certified Professional in 3DS Max Design. I teach Computer Graphics, Web Design and Development, 3D Animation and Video. I recently worked together with CORD on a project in Gender Equity in Emerging Technologies, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. As Subject Matter Expert (SME), I assisted in developing a manual and online Web site that enables other high schools and colleges to create a successful Women in Technology program. Feel free to contact me on any questions you might have.
KelleyScottmrsscottie@sbcglobal.netHi, my name is Kelley Scott. I am pursuing a CAD certificate from Moraine Valley and a proud member of the Women in Technology Program. Contact me by e-mail.
MargaretSemmermsemmer1@ivytech.eduHi, my name is Margaret Semmer. I have been affiliated with the Women in Technology mentoring program at Moraine Valley Community College for 8 years. Currently I am the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest. In this capacity I am directly responsible and involved with policy making and curriculum development for all academic programs. I have also recently been named to a statewide project focused on the recruitment and retention of women in STEM. Prior to Ivy Tech I worked as the Dean of Career and Technical Education at Joliet Junior College. At JJC I started a Girls Exploring Technology camp that exposed young women (middle school aged) to careers considered non-traditional for girls. I formerly held the position of Assistant Dean of Science, Business and Computer Technology at Moraine Valley Community College. I continue a close affiliation with Moraine Valley through the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurances as I continue to pursue and provide leadership on grant projects that address gender equity. I received my Doctorate in Education from Northern Illinois University in 2006. My dissertation is entitled: Women's Participationin Advanced and Emerging Technology Programs: Stories of Confidence and Determination. I am here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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Skiadopoulosskiadopoulos@morainevalley.eduHi, my name is Denise. I received my A.A.S. degree from Moraine Valley in 2002. I received the 3D CAD certificate as well as the Architectural CAD certificate from Moraine Valley. I am a mechanical designer at Argonne National Lab. I have my own mechanical design and drafting business and I also teach Autodesk Inventor at Moraine Valley. Feel free to contact me.
Sharon M.VetschQuickbooksqueen1@aol.comHello, my name is Sharon and I am an Advanced Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. I own my own business called “The QuickBooks Queen”. My business consists of doing bookkeeping for small to mid size businesses, QuickBooks training at businesses and teaching QB’s here at Moraine Valley Community College. I have been on Intuit’s Advisory Council, am currently on their Trainer/Network Speaker’s Bureau, just had my first article published by Intuit and co-hosted a live webinar on QB’s Enterprise. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
JennyVillanueva-
Ortiz
jennyj_30@yahoo.comHi, 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.
MariaVlamakisvlamakis@morainevalley.eduHello, I am Maria and a professor in Mechanical Drafting and Design/CAD. My background is in mechanical engineering and I have been a faculty member at Moraine Valley since 1991. Should you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me by email.
PennyWandpenny.wand@parivedasolutions.comHello, my name is Penny Wand. I am the Vice President of Pariveda Solutions. I have over 20 years of experience in business and technical leadership within multiple industries. I have knowledge in the world of consulting and IT; which has led me to successfully implement IT strategies to further the efficiency of my clients, while growing their organization. I understand the way a business should run and know how to find the technology to help run it efficiently. If you have any related questions, please feel free to contact me.
EileenWesterkampewesterk@cisco.comHello, I am Eileen Westerkamp. I am the Director in Advanced Services at Cisco Systems. You can reach me by email.