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Alumnae Speaker Series

(CURRENTLY POSTPONED)

Join us for our next installment, "Creating Healthy Habits in Times of Change" Wednesday, June 3, 7PM.

Join fellow Gwynedd Mercy alumnae Marissa Simone Costonis ‘87, H.C. and Ava Scarpato ‘17 to discuss how to create healthy habits in an environment filled with constant change. Food and health flexibility is key whether you are headed to college, starting your first job, managing the stresses of new motherhood or transitioning to an empty nester lifestyle. Learn three important strategies to support your “perfect” health in all stages of life!

 

 

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Wednesday, June 17, 7PM

The Power of Positivity: How to Cope During Challenging Times

 

"Creating Healthy Habits in Times of Change" Speakers, June 3, 2020

 

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Marissa Simone Costonis ‘87, H.C. is a Certified Health Coach, guest speaker, and award-winning author of the Amazon bestseller, Change BITES! 5 Change Management Strategies to Transform Your Health.  Marissa spent over a decade in change management consulting with Accenture, leading a variety of business transformation initiatives around the world. After developing chronic neuropathy and a host of other health problems, she decided to take a business approach and break the change process down one bite at a time to transform her diet and health. Marissa has been a guest host on many international podcasts and has been featured in publications such as Mantra Wellness and Gluten-Free Living as well as Forbes and CFO Magazine. She was named People Maven’s Top Nutritionist for the New Year and her book made the list for Top Book on Dieting to Help Achieve Your Goals. She is a graduate of Villanova University (1991) and is a member of the Gwynedd Enrollment Committee.

 

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Ava Scarpato ‘17 is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, studying in the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Bachelor of Science, Master of Science Program with an expected graduation in 2022. Ava has spent her college career focused on gaining experience in the field of dietetics through internships and shadowing experiences with health professionals. Within the University of Pittsburgh’s Student Dietetic Association, Ava acts as the Volunteer Chair, responsible for coordinating volunteer opportunities for her peers within the Pittsburgh community. Ava works as a Dietetic Intern for Rejuvenan Global Health Inc., a virtual platform for healthcare where she writes research-based articles surrounding current dietary topics. Recently, she has created a student-based dietetic platform called Nourish, which highlights the importance of seeking dietary guidance from professionals and encourages research-based conversation surrounding nutrition trends.

 


 

"The Power of Positivity: How to Cope During Challenging Times" Speakers, June 17, 2020

 

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Carmen J. Breen-Lopez Lewis '02 is a Licensed Psychologist. Her career has focused on serving under-served populations, including the Latinx immigrant community through community mental health in Chester County, and those struggling with mental illness and substance abuse in North Philadelphia. More recently, her focus has been on providing those engaged in immigration proceedings with psychological evaluations to include as evidence in their legal cases. Dr. Lewis's training and treatment approaches are trauma-informed and trauma-focused, and her ongoing work as individual therapist in private practice helps her clients identify how to best leverage their strengths in the face of adversity. She is a graduate of the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology and Duke University, and a mother of two.

 

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 Juliet Marciano, MD ’81 is a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, a retired pediatrician, and a mother of four young adults, several with extra needs. Her own experiences as a parent of children with special needs led her to retire from her medical career to find the answers that would help her family, and she was able to develop parenting practices that allowed her family members to thrive as individuals and as a family. As a Certified Parent Coach, she supports parents of children with special needs, high needs, extra needs, and different needs and works with them so that they can have a calmer, more conscious, more connected, and more confident parenting experience. Coaching by phone and video calls, she helps parents around the world reclaim the joy of parenting no matter what challenges they face or struggles they encounter. She has been a featured speaker in the “Revolutionizing Parenthood Conference”, and the “Raising Your Strong-Willed Child Interview Series” and a recent guest on the “Powerful Parenting for Today’s Kids” podcast.

 

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 Suzie Pileggi Pawelski '87 is a well-being writer, producer and consultant specializing in the science of happiness and its effects on relationships and health. Her 2010 Scientific American Mind cover story, "The Happy Couple," was the catalyst for Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Laststhe best-selling book she wrote with her husband James.  Named a best book of 2018 by Business Insider, Success magazine, and The Greater Good Science Center, Happy Together has been featured in numerous top-tier media including Time magazine, Inc. magazine, Oprah magazine, NPRThe Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, and The London Times. Suzie pens a popular blog for Psychology Today and gives Romance and Research™ workshops around the world with James. Together, they are currently collaborating with legendary talk show host Larry King, PositiveVoices.com, and the 92nd Street Y on two interview series featuring world-class researchers in the science of well-being, as well as celebrities (including Philadelphia’s very own Kevin Bacon!) and business leaders who are making a positive difference in the world. 


 

 

"Repositioning Yourself for a Career in the New Normal" Speaker, May 20, 2020

 

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Kristin Kane Ford ’00 is a partner and director of social media with Kane Partners LLC. In 2010, she launched a social media division of her previous advertising firm, which has grown into a boutique digital agency. Kristin and her team  develop brand marketing communications for companies from websites to private events. Kristin has been a special guest on NBC10’s “Survive and Thrive” with Tracy Davidson as a subject matter expert for career and social media advice. She has been featured in Forbes and Glamour magazines, on CBS and KYW, and is a guest speaker at events and conferences across the country. She is a graduate of Fairfield University and is an advisor for the ‘She Is the Future’ initiative as well as the Gwynedd Force platform launch.

 

 

 


 

 

"It's OK to not be OK" Speakers, May 6, 2020

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Kristin Kane Ford ’00 is a partner and director of social media with Kane Partners LLC. In 2010, she launched a social media division of her previous advertising firm, which has grown into a boutique digital agency. Kristin and her team  develop brand marketing communications for companies from websites to private events. Kristin has been a special guest on NBC10’s “Survive and Thrive” with Tracy Davidson as a subject matter expert for career and social media advice. She has been featured in Forbes and Glamour magazines, on CBS and KYW, and is a guest speaker at events and conferences across the country. She is a graduate of Fairfield University and is an advisor for the ‘She Is the Future’ initiative as well as the Gwynedd Force platform launch.

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Kate Toolan Madden ’97 has spent more than 15 years in project management in the pharmaceutical research and development industry. Her career began in meeting planning and then transitioned into clinical operations running clinical studies. During high school, Kate was the editor of the Magnet newspaper, president of the Business Club, and a captain on the swim team. She had no idea what ‘Clinical Operations’ was until she stumbled into it during her first job after college with Wyeth (now Pfizer). Currently, Kate is the senior clinical operations lead for clinical pharmacology at Incyte in Wilmington, DE. She is the co-founder and silent partner of Fresh Start Careers with her classmate Carrie Davis. Kate is a member of the alumnae board and advisor for the ‘She Is the Future’ initiative as well as the Gwynedd Force platform launch. She has a bachelor’s degree from Scranton University and a master’s from Temple University.