Women In Business 2013


A highly skilled surgeon, an accomplished events planner, a well-known financial advisor, a top-selling Realtor.

Those are just a few of the 27 outstanding local businesswomen we’re proud to feature in this year’s “Women in Business” section, our annual look at a few good business owners, professionals, and company officers who represent the leading role women have taken in the greater Baltimore business community.

As has been the tradition with this special section, these women’s participation in the section has extra significance: Some of the proceeds from the section will go to the Maryland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, more affectionately known as Komen Maryland, to support breast cancer research and awareness.

In the pages that follow, the Women in Business supplement offers business owners and executives a fresh venue to introduce themselves to both our readers and to other entrepreneurs.

Ladies, let the networking begin. It’s for a good cause.

Colleen McDonough

Barks and Blooms
PO Box 391
Phoenix, MD 21131

Barks and Blooms, a dog walking, cat loving company, wants to make your life less stressful. What other services does your company offer? While our top priority is your precious pet, we also water your vegetable garden, plants and keep your home safe while you travel. What awards or industry recognition has your business received? Barks and Blooms was the First Pet Sitting business in the U.S. to win the PAW Award in 2009. In 2010 and 2012, the company was chosen as one of the top five Pet Sitters in the world from Pet Sitters International. Our goal is to bring outstanding professionalism and service to the pet community. Tell us about the growth of your company: Owner Colleen McDonough and her managers, Sandy Kempton and Mary Frances Dael, lead a team of “Fantastically Fabulous Dog Walkers” that serve Baltimore and surrounding counties. They are always looking for Fantastic Pet lovers to join the team to keep up with growing demand. Tell us about any involvement you may have in the community: Barks and Blooms supports and fundraises for the Harford and Baltimore County Humane Societies as well as BARCS. They also volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Homeruns for the Homeless and the Belair Alliance.

Renee Wilson

The Gatehouse at
Green Spring Station
10749 Falls Road
Lutherville, MD 21093

Owned and operated by Renee Wilson, Bijoux is a full-service jewelry boutique offering the largest selection of antique and estate jewelry in the greater Baltimore area, as well as contemporary designer pieces and custom jewelry. How did you decide on this career track? Renee Wilson fell in love with jewelry as a young girl and has had a passion for it ever since. After nearly two decades of working in the retail jewelry business, Renee opened her shop, which is named “Best of Baltimore” year after year. What sets you apart from the competition? “I hand-select each piece,” says Renee. “Exquisite workmanship is our first priority and we pride ourselves on our extraordinary service and extensive knowledge.”

Rita Moore

Colours Salon
2346 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Rita Moore operates a full-service salon and day spa in Timonium with more than 30 employees. How did you decide on this career track? She started styling hair as a child and entered the beauty business as a teenager. Tell us about your involvement outside of work? Moore is active in the community, promoting breast cancer awareness and support over the past decade, work that has earned her recognition from GBMC and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. What is your salon’s guiding principle? Beauty is Rita Moore’s passion, inside and out.

Lynn R. Chincheck, DDS

9475 Deereco Road
Suite 402
Timonium, MD 21093

Lynn Chincheck believes that most people appreciate a beautiful smile, and it’s her goal to make sure that her patients walk out of the office confident and happy that they have had their expectations met or exceeded. What sets you apart from the competition? Dr. Chincheck builds health-centered relationships with her patients. Her strong commitment to continuing education ensures that her patients’ health goals are realized in the most optimum way. What is your educational/training background? A magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, Dr. Chincheck went on to receive her DDS at that institution’s school of dentistry, fulfilling her dream of becoming a medical professional. Tell us about your practice since its founding: Dr. Chincheck established her own private practice in 1990, and employs six team members with a combined total of more than 120 years of dental experience. What is your practice’s guiding principle? “Lasting beauty, she believes, requires care and skill—without sacrificing comfort or good health.” Dr. Chincheck believes in providing each of her patients with “the health they deserve and the beauty they crave.”

Ann Y. Fenwick, CFP, MSFS

Fenwick Financial Services
1777 Reisterstown Road,
Suite 280
Pikesville, MD 21208

Ann Y. Fenwick is changing the conversation in today’s uncertain economic times by focusing on more than just money. What is your guiding principle? “My goal is to understand and bring balance to my clients’ professional and personal financial needs,” says Fenwick, whose unique approach involves embracing the values and vision of her clients and helping them work through the tough decisions involved in financial and estate planning. What sets you apart from the competition? “My success is reflected by the long relationships I have with my clients—many for the entire span of my practice,” says Fenwick, who brings more than 28 years of sophisticated financial experience and creative thinking to a variety of client situations. What other industry recognition have you received? “I serve on the Maryland Board of the Financial Planning Association, the Rep Council of NFP Securities, Inc., and the Advisory Board of Fusion Advisors,” says Fenwick. She is also a member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council and the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle.

Lisa Ishii, M.D., M.H.S.

Facial Plastic Surgeon
Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic
& Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Lisa Ishii, a facial plastic surgeon, sees patients at The Johns Hopkins Center for Facial Plastic Surgery at Green Spring Station in Lutherville and The Johns Hopkins Health Care and Surgery Center at White Marsh. What qualities make you stand out among the competition? “As a woman, I understand that cosmetic surgery is more than smoothing a wrinkle or lifting a brow,” says Dr. Ishii. “I help each patient reflect on the outside how they feel on the inside.” What services do you offer? “I focus on facial cosmetic surgery,” says Dr. Ishii, who is an expert in facelifts, eyelid surgery, non-surgical treatment, fillers and hair transplantation. “After receiving specialty training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, I joined the faculty as a clinician-researcher and value the implementation of scientifically proven, cutting-edge technology.” What is your training? “I completed my residency and fellowship at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,” says Dr. Ishii, who is double board-certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Melissa Easterling

Easterling Events
PO Box 1174
Brooklandville, MD 21022

Easterling Events’ motto is “Luxuriously styled—meticulously planned.” How did you decide on this career track? Melissa Easterling has been styling events since she was in high school. What sets you apart from the competition? She researches trends and new technologies, ensuring that her clients are introduced to the finest venues and vendors, while every detail—both visible and behind-the-scenes—is carefully planned. Tell us about industry recognition your firm has received: Recognized by Wedding Wire and Luxurious Wedding, Easterling’s company, which offers complete planning services for all events, has also recently received Event Designer accreditation.

Susan Trombetti

CEO, Exclusive Matchmaking
128 Lubrano Drive
Suite 101
Annapolis, MD 21401

It’s time you enlisted Susan Trombetti, CEO of Exclusive Matchmaking, the premiere matchmaker for upscale, successful singles. Tell us about any involvement you have in the community: Exclusive Matchmaking is committed to charitable giving through donations to The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center at her events and charitable business sponsorships. Whether you’ve been unlucky in love or simply don’t have time to look, Susan will help you find the perfect person. If you had a motto, what would it be? I do have a motto and it is “All the good ones aren’t taken. You just need our help finding the one!”

Mary Anne Barker

Owner, La Chic Boutique
5614 Newbury St.
Baltimore MD 21209

Mary Anne Barker had a vision when she opened La Chic Boutique in the quaint Village of Mount Washington three years ago. What will we find at La Chic Boutique? “La Chic Boutique offers an eclectic collection of women’s and men’s fine fashions, couture handbags, gorgeous shoes, accessories, new jewelry, and gifts—such as diffusers, custom-made wreaths, hand-painted wine glasses, cocktail napkins, and wine stoppers,” says Mary Anne. What sets Chic Boutique apart from the competition? “You’ll find merchandise that is worn once, or not at all, often with the original tags on them. Let’s face it, all of us love feeling and looking our best. In today’s economy, owning pieces from Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Chanel, YSL, and the like can be out of our reach. But La Chic Boutique makes it affordable to everyone!” If you had a motto, what would it be? “We can all look like a million bucks without spending a fortune!”

Sheri Rowen, MD, FACS

Mercy Medical Center
301 St. Paul Place
Suite 514
Baltimore, MD 21202

Dr. Sheri Rowen’s ophthalmology and cosmetic-surgery practice specializes in state-of-the-art techniques. What sets you apart from the competition? In addition to, the relationships and personal customization for treatments for her patients, Dr. Rowen’s office is the only one in Baltimore that offers the new Lipiflow Thermal Pulsation treatment for dry eye. If you had a guiding principle, what would it be? Director of the Mercy Medical Center Department of Ophthamology since 1996, Dr. Rowen has developed strong relationships with her patients, whom she considers family. “I have a passion for helping my patients look great and see well,” she says. Tell us about your background: Dr. Rowen completed her ophthalmology residency and recieved her medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed her surgical internship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a research fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She continues to teach doctors—both locally and internationally—about recent advances in the field. Tell us about your philanthropic involvement: Dr. Rowen has traveled on ophthalmology missions to Columbia and Guyana to treat the underserved and train local residents to perform advanced cataract surgical techniques.

Lori Villegas

First Vice President, Wealth Advisor
Morgan Stanley
650 S. Exeter Street, Suite 1100
Baltimore, MD 21202

As a Morgan Stanley Wealth Advisor, Lori Villegas works with her clients to manage, preserve, and transition their wealth. What services do you offer your clients? Villegas helps clients achieve financial success and security, with a focus on first-generational wealth. She also works with business owners and executives to help them preserve their wealth and assist them in creating individual plans that address their distinct needs. What qualities help you to stand out among the competition? “Being a woman in a male-dominated field gives me a distinct perspective,” says Villegas, who was named as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women 2012 by The Daily Record. Tell us about any involvement you have in the community: Villegas gives back to the community by mentoring other business women, participating in Giving Circles, and working with various charitable organizations. “I hope that my small impact will help Baltimore be a better city,” she says.

©2013 Morgan Stanley LLC. Member SIPC. Source: The Daily Record’s annual “Maryland’s Top 100 Women” winners, May 7, 2012. Factors considered in the ranking include professionalism (achievement in chosen professional field, exercises leadership and has significant contributions to profession), volunteerism (contributes significant time and effort to volunteerism and leadership with the community), and mentorship. Investment performance is not a criterion. Morgan Stanley LLC notes tax laws are complex and subject to change.

Heidi Slacum

Fresh Boutique
10749 Falls Rd.
Lutherville, MD 21093

Heidi Slacum has big news about her popular Greenspring shop, which specializes in what she calls “classic with an edge”—it’s relocating this summer! Where? It’s a secret-but look for the unveiling in an upcoming issue! What changes will we see in the new shop? “We will add to our current mix -handbags, select shoes, men’s accessories/gifts and fine jewelry.” How did you decide on this career track? “I’ve always had a flair for fashion,” says Heidi. “That, plus my love of working with and styling people, inspired me to launch Fresh Boutique eight years ago.” Tell us about your involvement in the community: “I support local charities which focus on helping women and children-at-risk.”

Megan L. Avery, ChFC

Legacy Tax Advisory LLC
1301 York Road #602
Lutherville, MD 21093

For the Last 15 years Ms. Avery has been helping Marylander’s navigate tax and estate planning issues. What awards or industry recognition have you or your practice received? Megan and her tax practice have been asked to speak at many local events. She has been recognized as a Bravo Entrepreneur recipient. You also may have heard her as a guest on WMPR’s midday with Dan Roderick’s.

Michele A. Shermak, M.D.

Plastic Surgeon
The Surgery Center of Maryland
1304 Bellona Avenue
Lutherville, MD 21093

Dr. Shermak is nationally recognized for her technical ability and scholarship in plastic surgery – particularly following breast cancer, childbirth, and significant weight loss – and she authored Body Contouring Surgery published by McGraw Hill, a definitive text in plastic surgery. How did you decide on this career track? In high school, Dr. Shermak viewed a biopic about Paul Tessier, the father of craniofacial surgery, leaving her fascinated with plastic surgery’s positive impact on children, and its perfect collaboration of science with art. Tell us about your educational background: After graduating summa cum laude from Franklin and Marshall College and receiving her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Shermak pursued plastic surgery training at Johns Hopkins, followed by specialized breast and body training in Nashville. What are the hallmarks of your practice: Communication; Patient Care; Safety. What would your motto be? You trust Dr. Shermak to handle the tough cases. Why not go to her for the routine ones?

Johanna Bathurst

Steinhardt Financial
1777 Resiterstown Road
Suite 285
Baltimore MD 21208

Johanna Bathurst has been providing sound investment advice to her clients for more than 15 years. What services do you offer your clients? “I specialize in investing with both traditional and alternative options, retirement and estate planning, college savings plans and insurance,” says Johanna, who works with both individuals and businesses, guiding them through the complexities of financial planning. What is your guiding principle? “Each and every client receives customized advice and planning based on their personal situations,” says Johnanna. “Everyone who walks through my door has a unique situation, therefore no two financial plans are ever alike.” What is your educational background? “I’m a graduate of Towson University where I earned a BA in International Business and Finance,” says Johanna, who also received an Executive International MBA from the EMLYON Business School in Lyon, France.

Brenda Richardson, DDS

Towson Endodontics
515 East Joppa Road, Suite 106
Towson, MD 21286
410-321-5700 • Fax 410-321-9573

Towson Endodontics has a state-of-the-art facility that offers microsurgery, bone grafts, and root canal therapy. How did you decide on this career track? “I was inspired to pursue endodontics by my own orthodontist, when I was 12 years old,” says Dr. Richardson. What is your educational background? “I received my B.A. at UMBC and both my D.D.S. and Post-Doc Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Maryland College of Dental Surgery.” What industry recognition have you received? Towson Endodontics has consistently received Best Dentist awards from Baltimore magazine, and Dr. Richardson is a past Vice President and active member of the Maryland State Dental Association, a past President of Baltimore County Dental Association, as well as a member of the American Association of Endodontics and the American Dental Association. If you had a motto, what would it be? Our motto is “to treat every patient as if it were us in need of care.”

Alyson Wells, MD

Valley Plastic Surgery and Medi-Spa
10151 York Rd, Suites 112-114
Hunt Valley, MD 21030

Aboard-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, as well as clinical instructor of plastic surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Alyson Wells has built a thriving practice at Valley Plastic Surgery and Medi-Spa. What is your training background? Dr. Wells attended some of the most prestigious institutions in the country for her medical and surgical credentials— Washington University in St. Louis, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the University of Miami--prior to establishing her practice. Her academic achievements reflect the skill, dedication, and professional discipline that define her approach to the art and science of plastic surgery. What services do you offer? Valley Plastic Surgery focuses on facelifts and other facial aesthetic procedures, breast surgery, abdominoplasty, and body contouring with the unique goals and needs of each patient in mind. The medi-spa provides personalized treatments that combine organic skin products with medical-grade ingredients to produce superior results. What are your personal or professional goals for the future? A wife and mother of two, Dr. Wells balances family, career, and community as she focuses on exceeding the expectations of her patients. Her mission is to continue as the premier choice for plastic and cosmetic surgery in the Baltimore region.

Jennifer Bayne,

Realtor®, ABR, CDPE
Lifetime Member of the Real
Estate Million Dollar Association

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209

For Jennifer Bayne, being a Realtor means more than selling homes—it’s about people and their hopes and dreams. Client review: “Jennifer’s knowledge of the local real estate market and her dedication to client service is second to none.” Tell us about your philanthropic involvement: “In 2011, my 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer,” says Jennifer, who has since become actively involved in raising awareness and funds for early detection of ovarian cancer.

Pamela Peacher & Lyndsie Barlow

pamella & rose home collections
2101A Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093

With a style that mixes East Coast refinement and relaxed Southern living, pamella & rose provides a magical mix of home goods as well as in-house designer advice. What services does your company offer? The goal of pamella & rose is to provide a vibrant, inviting atmosphere, where you can shop, place custom orders, and receive professional advice—with some whimsy thrown in for fun. If you had a motto, what would it be? “Dwell in the possibility.” – Emily Dickinson.

Janet P. Woodyard, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon
20 Crossroads Drive
Suite 12
Owings Mills, MD 21117

As one of the region’s most respected plastic surgeons, Dr. Janet Woodyard feels fortunate to have been able to help thousands of patients achieve their personal goals. What services does your practice provide? Dr. Woodyard masterfully utilizes a comprehensive repertoire of both surgical and nonsurgical techniques to consistently provide beautiful results. What is your educational background? Dr. Woodyard is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and completed her plastic surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Woodyard has been in practice over 18 years in the Owings Mills area. “My goal is to provide natural results with the safest, most advanced techniques available and to always do so with care and compassion,” says Dr. Woodyard, whose practice focuses on cosmetic surgery of both the face and body.

Patty Ehoff

Razorback’s Raw Bar & Grill
Dulaney Plaza
Shopping Center
826 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204

Patty Ehoff has been working in restaurants since she was a teenager, and has held positions as a server, bartender and manager, expertise that she brings to Razorback’s, a family-owned bar and grill in Towson. What has led to your success as a business owner? “The key to success is knowing your business inside and out—from the front of the house to the back,” says Patty. What sets you apart from the competition? “It’s knowing your community,” she says. “I was born and raised in Baltimore, so I know just what my clientele is looking for: consistency, quality, value, and—most of all—fun.”

Karen Weiner

Studio of Make-up
9143 Reisterstown Road
Owings MIlls, MD 21117

Karen Weiner created Studio of Make-up in 1997, specializing in professional make-up and European skin techniques. Tell us about your training: “I’m a former instructor and graduate of Von Lee International, am Westmore-certified, and certified by Nova Lash Corporation, as well as by Edge Corporation in HydraFacial Technology™. “I am also a certified airbrush artist.” What sets you apart from the competition? Says Karen, who was a member of the artist team to the 2006 Miss U.S.A. Pageant and was voted Baltimore’s Best Make-up Artist in 2009 and 2010, “That would be the cutting-edge services and products offered by Studio of Make-up.”

Elizabeth B. Spannhake, DDS, MS, MPH

Towson Orthodontic
7801 York Road
Suite 315
Towson, MD 21204

Dr. Spannhake is dedicated to providing patients with a smile that boosts confidence and opens doors. What services does your practice offer? My orthodontic specialty practice provides treatment modalities including Invisalign, Incognito (lingual braces), Traditional Stainless Steel and Ceramic brackets as well as Zoom Tooth Whitening. What sets you apart from the competition? Utilizing state-of-the art technology as well as an outstanding and educated staff; my practice ensures outstanding orthodontic results. What other professional pursuits are you engaged in? I am a Clinical Associate Professor at the Temple University School of Dentistry teaching in the Department of Orthodontics on a biweekly basis throughout the year.

Jennifer Rowland Small

Financial Planner and Jockey
Lady Legends Race for the Cure
P.O. Box 142
Upperco, MD 21155

Once a professional jockey and 2012 winner of the Black-Eyed Susan Lady Legends Race for the Cure at Pimlico, Jennifer Rowland Small has reinvented herself several times—most recently as a financial planner since 1991. How long have you been involved with the Lady Legends Race for the Cure? “I have been honored to be a part of this race since its inception four years ago,” says Jennifer, “when Georganne Hale, Pimlico’s Director of Racing and Racing Secretary, asked me to ride in the race as one of the first licensed women riders.” What makes this race special? “Most people have been touched in some way by cancer,” says Jennifer. “The event has raised funds and awareness about the hardships that breast cancer patients and their families face—as well as their incredible courage to live their lives with grace and dignity. Pimlico and the Lady Legends Race has supported the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the community in supporting this overwhelmingly popular day when everyone turns out in pink, including some of the horses, to celebrate life.” If you had a motto, what would it be? “When challenges knock you down, you have to pick yourself up and keep trying.”

Save the Date: See Jennifer and many other female jockeys at Black-Eyed Susan Day on Friday, May 17, 2013. Visit blackeyedsusanday.com for additional information and tickets.

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