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Members of the Month

Member of the Year

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Maria Landry

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August

Karen Wall

Karen Wall

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Karen Wall is a Senior Commercial Lender at Home Bank with over 29 years of experience in the field.  In addition Karen is also a member and co-founder of Twilight Band.  Karen is an active member of the community on both sides of the Lake.  She a co-founder of Professional Women of St. Tammany, a member of West St. Tammany Parish Chamber, New Orleans Chamber, Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Commercial Real Estate Women, Hammond Regional Art Center and is a board member and Past President of Children’s Advocacy Center’s Hope House.  Karen is a proud graduate of Leadership St. Tammany class of 2008.  She is also a recent graduate of the School of Retail Banking at Furman University.  In addition to her rolls as banker and singer she is now a Rodan & Fields Personal Consultant.  Karen resides in Hammond with her husband Michael and their 4 dogs, Maggie, Lucy, Gracie and Callie.

 

July

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Debbie Haley

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June

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Maria Landry

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May

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Debbie Callens

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Debbie Callens began her journey with Thirty-one Gifts as an Independent Consultant in July 2011 and was promoted to Independent Director in March of 2012. She loves this company, along with the fact that she can help others grow and develop, give back to her community, and build a successful business. Debbie was drawn to Thirty-one because it is a faith based company, and because of the high quality of their products.  Debbie has a passion about providing her customers with personal service. She enjoys helping them select the right customizable organizational product whether it’s a tote, a thermal, a purse, or jewelry for themselves, or the right product to organize their car, or home, or their family.

Debbie has been consistently rewarded for her individual and team sales with Thirty-one, as well as for growing her team, with bonuses and special trips to exotic places.

She is a current member of the Professional Women of St. Tammany and past member of BNI, Professional Women of Tangipahoa and Professional Women Slidell. She has also volunteered her time on the board of Community Christian Concern and Crisis Pregnancy Help Center of Slidell, as well as, the fundraising chairperson for St. Margaret Mary Food & Fun Fest for 3 years.

She is honored to have been awarded the St. Louis Medallion by the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 2012.
Debbie Founded, Owned, and Operated “Debbie’s Hole In The Wall”, an upscale Women’s Apparel and Accessories Shop in Slidell for over 13 years pre Katrina.

Debbie is married to her husband, Christian, and has a married son and 3 grandchildren and she has a Labradoodle named ‘Morgus’, Gus for short. Being an Independent Director with Thirty-one allows Debbie to do one of her favorite things……….PARTY!


April

Stephanie Miller-Murphy

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Miller Murphy

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Stephanie Miller Murphy spent the first part of her life in northeast Delaware enjoying lazy summers on Rehoboth Beach, boating and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and eating seafood any chance she could get. Her family then moved to Texas when she was a “tween”. She attended Southwest Texas State University and earned a BA in Journalism with a special focus on Advertising and Public Relations. Stephanie enjoyed a 25-year career in the hotel business where her passion for seeing the world grew stronger every year. Today, Stephanie is a Luxury Travel Advisor who uses her past experiences and current interests to cater to her clients’ wishes. She leverages many of her relationships in the hotel industry to better serve her clients in planning their journeys.
Travel has always been an important part of Stephanie’s life. As a child she was fortunate to experience yearly road trips with her family, camping in beautiful parks and forests the majority of the way. Over the course of several years they covered 38 different states! Her love for everything outdoors was cultivated by these experiences and as she grew, so did her passion for travel. In fact, to this day her desire to explore the world is stronger than ever. Her travel style has evolved and although she still enjoys the great outdoors, her passion for the finer things in life has become a motivating factor in her travels. Stephanie started her travel consulting company Travel With Stephanie in January 2013 and is now sharing her passion for seeing the world with her clients. Stephanie resides on the Northshore in Mandeville with her husband David, stepson Matthew, her English Mastiff Athena and a box turtle named Speedy. Her interests include art, cooking, gardening, scuba diving, fishing and traveling every chance she gets.

 

March

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Jerilyn Schmidt

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Jerilyn Schmidt is the owner and operator of Speedway Printing & Copy Center in Mandeville since 1989. For the last 25 years , Speedway Printing has provided St. Tammany businesses and individuals with all of their printing and copying needs. The company’s commitment to customer service and print quality has earned us  Northshore’s Best by Sophisticated Women & 2010 & 2013 Service with a Smile award given by  St. Tammany West Chamber. This past August Jerilyn was featured in Sophisticated Woman Magazine.   Jerilyn is the mother of three children and grandmother of one and lives in Old Mandeville.


February

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Sandy Cedotal

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Sandy Cedotal has been owner/partner for 4 years of The Bunco Association, LLC. This business helps other organizations and non-profits in their fund raising efforts by assisting them in holding Bunco tournaments. Playing Bunco is a fun and amusing dice game that is easy and fun to play.

In addition to her Bunco addiction, Sandy has been a Licensed Insurance Producer with State Farm for 12 years and is now part time allowing her more freedom to focus on her business and volunteer work.

Prior to working in the insurance business, Sandy owned and operated a florist on the Westbank for 20 years. Her creativity and crafting has led to her love of sewing. She loves machine embroidery, making gifts and doing alterations for her family and friends.

She and her husband of 43 years reside in Slidell and have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Sandy has served as Scholarship Chair of Professional Women of St Tammany for the past 2 years.


February

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Linda Larkin


December

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Betty Bruce

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Betty Motichek Bruce has been the Director of Operations for SYGNVS Integrated Solutions, Inc. (SIS) since 1988. She manages the Professional Services team at SYGNVS and oversees all hardware and software sales.

In addition to her software expertise with SAGE software solutions, Betty’s background includes a 35 year history in the accounting field. During this time, she has held the titles of data processing manager and controller.

Betty is certified in SAGE software Fund accounting and MAS ERP 100 products. She regularly attends SAGE training and leadership programs. Her latest certification is the Laserfiche document management software.

Betty was the 2012 Board President of the St Tammany Professional Women Association. She and her husband, Rickey, live in Mandeville, LA with her two children.


November

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Jeanette Richardson

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With 20 + years of sales and marketing experience and over 10 years in the digital imaging business, Jeanette Richardson is employed as a Digital Imaging Specialist with WJS Enterprises.

WJS Enterprises experience in office automation began over 47 years ago and has grown into a multi- million dollar corporation serving over 9000 businesses. To accomplish this kind of growth in a highly competitive industry, WJS Enterprises provides outstanding products backed by excellent service.

WJS Enterprises offers a complete line of Canon and LexMark copiers, printers, scanners, large image press, and wide format (plotters) from highly efficient compact and automated high volume equipment to full color digital systems to satisfy even the most sophisticated user.  Our digital systems successfully combine the power and flexibility of digital copying technology with printer, fax and scanning capability.

WJS Enterprises Believe our customers are responsible for their past and future growth. We strive to offer the quickest and most efficient service and support in the industry. Our technicians are factory trained and have extensive product knowledge to ensure that downtime is kept to an absolute minimum. If a problem occurs, our customers are assured of prompt professional treatment.

Jeanette attended Southeastern Louisiana and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She is a three year member of Professional Women of St. Tammany serving on the membership committee. She is also a member of both St. Tammany East and West Chamber of Commerce and Tangipahoa Chamber of Commerce. If you need a copier or printer for your business needs contact Jeanette, and make sure you let her know you are from Professional Women of St Tammany. She can be reached by email: jrichardson@wjsenterprises.com or phone: 985-516-0751.

 

October

Sharon Bilbe

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September

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August

 

Karen Wall

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Karen Wall is a Senior Commercial Lender at Home Bank with over 29 years of experience in the field.  In addition Karen is also a member and co-founder of Twilight Band.  Karen is an active member of the community on both sides of the Lake.  She a co-founder of Professional Women of St. Tammany, a member of West St. Tammany Parish Chamber, New Orleans Chamber, Hammond Chamber of Commerce, Commercial Real Estate Women, Hammond Regional Art Center and is a board member and Past President of Children’s Advocacy Center’s Hope House.  Karen is a proud graduate of Leadership St. Tammany class of 2008.  She is also a recent graduate of the School of Retail Banking at Furman University.  In addition to her rolls as banker and singer she is now a Rodan & Fields Personal Consultant.  Karen resides in Hammond with her husband Michael and their 4 dogs, Maggie, Lucy, Gracie and Callie.


July

Michele Echols

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Michele M. Echols – Michele Echols is a Board Certified Tax Law Specialist through the Louisiana State Bar Association. She graduated from Loyola School of Law in New Orleans and received a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola in 1998. Ms. Echols received an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida School of Law in 1999. She also received her Bachelors of Business Administration from Loyola, majoring in accounting and finance (cum laude). Ms. Echols concentrates her practice in the areas of federal, state and local taxation; trusts, wills, successions and probate; and all business transactions involving corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. Ms. Echols is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Covington Bar Association, Northshore Estate Planning Council, and The Rising Phoenix, a local business networking organization. Ms. Echols is a Past President of Professional Women of St. Tammany and currently on the Advisory Board where she volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and raises thousands of dollars for scholarships.

While attending Loyola Law, Ms. Echols was a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. She was a past board member for Hope House. In October 2012, Ms. Echols’ firm was awarded the Southeast Legal Services North Shore Pro Bono Project award by assisting individuals in the community with legal matters. Furthermore, on May 20, 2014, Ms. Echols was awarded the Louisiana State Bar Association 2014 Publico award for outstanding pro bono service to Louisiana Indigents. Ms. Echols is currently on the board of the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival. Additionally, the National Association of Professional Women recognized Ms. Echols as Woman of the Year for 2012/2013.

Ms. Echols is the sole member of the law firm, Echols & Associates, L.L.C. currently located at 522 N. New Hampshire Street, Suite B, Covington, Louisiana 70433. For more information, please visit the website www.echolsandassociates.com. If you would like to reach Ms. Echols by phone, her telephone number is 985-400-5354; or by fax, the fax number is 985-400-5194. Ms. Echols’ email address is mechols@echolsandassociates.com. Echols & Associates, L.L.C. is relocating to a newly renovated, more spacious facility on August 4, 2014 at 816 Columbia Street, Covington, Louisiana 70433. Ms. Echols’ email and telephone numbers will remain the same.