Dr. Marlaina Palmeri


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Palmeri, Marlaina 178407Title: CEO and President Superintendent

Company: Believe to Achieve International LLC

Location: Honeoye Falls, NY, United States

Honeoye Falls, NY, United States, July 19, 2016, Marlaina Palmeri, CEO and President Superintendent of Believe to Achieve International LLC, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in education management.

With an impressive professional history dating back nearly 50 years, Dr. Palmeri has a long-standing connection with education and enriching thousands of student’s lives. In her current role, she brings this experience to working on school turnarounds and transformation systems and processes. In order for schools to achieve, Dr. Palmeri creates leadership development programs, budget management tools and enhances school performance rubrics and CTQ standards that ensure academic, operational and cultural excellence. Furthermore, she is responsible for the accountability and compliance to state departments of education and charter school authorizers. Her work helps develop charter schools, and the management of these establishments fiscal, academic and operational management. Continue reading

Samantha Inesta


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Inesta, Samantha 1964392Title: Founder, Executive Director

Company: BeaSister2aSister

Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States

Brooklyn, NY, United States, July 19, 2016Samantha Inesta, Founder and Executive Director of BeaSister2aSiter, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in mentoring services for women.

Ms. Inesta believes when women stand together, they can be a unified force that can bring an end to such human atrocities as trafficking. As a dedicated and passionate human rights fighter, she has traveled the world to aid survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and trafficking. She has run her nonprofit organization for more than four years, but has more than a decade of experience in working for nonprofits. She works toward connecting women all over the world in forming an international sisterhood to tackle societal and cultural divisions. For her work, she has traveled to places such as Egypt and Nigeria. Continue reading

Wanessa Pence


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Title: Owner, President

Company: Wanessa-Sue, Inc.

Location: Kingsman, AZ, United States

Kingsman, AZ, United States, July 18, 2016, Wanessa Pence, Owner and Presidents of Wanessa-Sue, Inc., has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in construction, building and home improvement.

After serving four years in the United States Navy, Ms. Pence entered the construction field upon returning to civilian life. She started out digging ditch for foundations in the beginning, but it became evident through her attention to detail that she was destined for higher-level work. After working in architectural drafting for many years, she came to head her own company, which builds a green housing product. The Airlight Building Panels, which are mold and termite resistant, are also energy efficient, due to being constructed with steel-framed polystyrene. This product also contains no heat or cold transfer, resulting in 50-60 percent in energy savings.  Continue reading

Beverly Aplikowski


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Aplikowski, Beverly 2044257Title: Chief Executive Officer, President

Company: Lakeside Homes, Inc.

Location: Arden Hills, MN, United States

Arden Hills, MN, United States, July 15, 2016, Beverly Aplikowski, Chief Executive Officer and President of Lakeside Homes, Inc., has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in real estate.

Lakeside Homes, Inc. has been a part of Ms. Aplikowski’s life since 1962, when she opened it with her husband Richard. Providing manufactured homes that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and floor plans, these homes are transportable, and can be placed on residential plots, in a rental community or a planned subdivision. Not only does the company sell purchasable homes, but also offers rentable sections of land to place a home on. Ms. Aplikowski has helped create a strong close-knot community and continues to work on estate planning. Continue reading

Norma Jackson-Snow


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Jackson-Snow, Norma 1663153Title: Workplace Health and Safety Advisor

Company: Salvation Army Aged Care Plus Services

Location: Drummoyne, NSW, Australia

Drummoyne, NSW, Australia, July 17, 2016, Norma Jackson-Snow, Workplace Health and Safety Advisor at Salvation Army Aged Care Plus Services, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in humanitarian work.

For Ms. Jackson-Snow, providing humanitarian care is one of the most rewarding jobs a person could have. As someone who has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to helping others, she has been responsible for people’s health, safety and protection on numerous occasions. As a workplace health and safety advisor, Ms. Jackson-Snow does all this and more. She consults on the Aged Care Plus Division, which includes safety auditing, risk assessing, unveiling improvement plans, developing training and safety awareness programs and working with stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes. Continue reading

Melanie J. Wong


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Wong, Melanie 1973507Title: Managing Director

Company: BNY Mellon

Location: New York, NY

New York, NY, July 15, 2016, Melanie Wong, Managing Director of BNY Mellon, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in sales and relationship management.

Ms. Wong was drawn to the excitement of the finance world and the trading floor. She began her career trading for BNY, and enjoyed the fast-changing pace of the floor, how news shaped trading in an instant. After some time in that position, she moved into the institutional sales department, and then was directed to grow business in Asian markets. She spent nearly seven years growing Asian markets before returning to the United States to repeat her specialty in turning profits. As the managing director in sales and relationship management markets, she oversees the multi-asset sales initiative. This position requires her to work with the newly structured and consolidated group of collateral services, securities financing, foreign exchange and capital markets. Continue reading

Alice V. Finnegan


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Title: Chairman

Company: Saco Food Pantry

Location: Saco, ME, United States

Saco, ME, United States, July 15, 2016, Alice Finnegan, Chairman of Saco Food Pantry, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in nonprofit.

As the chairman of a food pantry, Ms. Finnegan uses all of her education, skills and talents to help her local community. Known for her cordiality and sense of humor, she strives to make everyone’s day infinitely better. In her position, Ms. Finnegan helps provide food for more than 8,000 people a year, summing up to 96,000 individual meals. The Saco Food Pantry uses dry, frozen and refrigerated goods to help those in need. Continue reading


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