December 2010—Stacey Asaro & Shalea Asaro Madorin
While most little girls were playing dolls and dress-up, Shalea Asaro Madorin and her sister Stacey Asaro spent their childhoods immersed in real-life fairy tale weddings. Southern Oaks Plantation is not just the family business; it is where the girls and their parents spent countless hours together, while unexpectedly becoming familiar faces in the New Orleans wedding industry. There, they mastered this unique niche of the customer service business from the ground up. More importantly, Southern Oaks Plantation is the place where they formed the tightly woven familial bond they still have today. “It was great for us because it was our second home,” says Stacey. “We spent so much time here together. My first memories are of cooking gumbo with my Mom in the kitchen at Southern Oaks.”
Dr. Kelly Gilthorpe Burkenstock—Dr. Burkenstock’s Skin·Body·Health
Describing herself as a “free spirit who stays true to her values,” Dr. Kelly Burkenstock radiates warmth and energy true to these words. “I am passionate about my kids, my work, my family and friends,” she says. “Sometimes I forget how rewarding my life is—my artistry, my creativity that I express in my work. I am a perfectionist.” She is internationally trained in the latest skin and body revitalization techniques, so what she does is rewarding for her patients as well.
Dr. Patricia Braly—Women’s Cancer Care
Dr. Patricia Braly is a nationally recognized expert in the area of women’s cancer. During her thirty year career, she has distinguished herself as an academic physician, as a gifted surgeon and over the past few years as a robotic surgeon. This all culminated in her induction last year into the prestigious Society of Pelvic Surgeons, a group of 125 of the top surgeons of this type in the world.
Laura Favret Tobin— Gallinghouse & Associates
For people who subscribe to a strict “left brain/right brain” theory of human psychology, Laura Tobin is an enigma. Whether it’s developing a grocery list and shopping for the perfect ingredients for a particular recipe, or researching a company’s competitive set and assessing statistics for a client, Laura thrives on information. But she’s also just as likely to tinker with that recipe or contribute copy to an advertising campaign.
Sue & Abby Jackson—Suzanne’s Gift Boutique
Like many young people Suzanne Marie Dutel disliked her name. As a result, she grew up as “Sue” and prefers to be called Sue to this day. Eventually, she became more comfortable with her given name. When she opened her new gift shop she wanted to name it something unique, something New Orleans, something French so that’s when “Suzanne’s” was created.
Diane Kimbell & Kandyl Domangue—AloraCleanse
When Diane Kimbell and Kandyl Domangue first met, though they were both in the medical field, they had no idea that they would one day be professional partners. Diane was working in the field issuing medical credentials, and Kandyl was about to open her own occupational therapy clinic.
Adriana R. Nagy, MD, FCAA—St. Tammany Heart & Vascular Institute
Board certified cardiologist, Adriana Nagy, came to the U.S. nearly twenty years ago and immediately observed that the medical advancements being made here, differed greatly from those of her native country, Romania. She is grateful for the traditional education she received there and the solid foundation that it helped her establish. “What I learned there,” says Adriana “was to really listen to the patients and form a diagnosis based on a thorough physical exam.”
Liz Copeland—Continues Al Copeland Sr.’s Legacy of Food, Family and Fun
Liz Copeland may not have been born into the Copeland dynasty, but when you talk with her about her passion for the restaurant business, you get the feeling that it was destiny just the same. Liz was introduced to the food industry at an early age, with family members owning grocery stores and restaurants. She knew she enjoyed the hospitality aspect, but never could have guessed the path she would take to become a successful restaurant owner and business woman.
Jeanine O’Neill-Blackwell—4Mat 4Business & Beauty Basics
If there is one thing Jeanine O’Neill-Blackwell wants her daughters to remember as they travel through life, it is that the life they create is a product of how they think and the choices they make. She teaches them to have a strong awareness of their strengths and knowledge of what brings them joy. She wants to bring that same sense of self-awareness to the corporate world, as well.
Belinda Janecke—Pinnacle Mortgage Group, LLC
Dedicated, loyal, determined, independent, passionate, trustworthy, committed and enthusiastic are just some of the adjectives used by friends, family and business associates to describe Belinda Janecke. As the managing partner in Pinnacle Mortgage Group, LLC, a company she built from the ground up in only three years, Belinda is all this and more.
Jessica Perkins, DDS—Mandeville Dental Care
Jessica Perkins is an amazing woman. At 30 years old, she has already crossed many things off her “bucket list” that most of us mere mortals only dream about. In high school, she was head cheerleader, graduated second in her class, voted wittiest, most intellectual and most likely to succeed, and was the student body president.