A comment made by a girlfriend at the age of 17 left quite an impression on the February Spotlight, Mary Kaye Johnson! (Find out at the end of this article!) This comment was the impetus to start her own business, A Delicate Touch. “I am a Certified Professional Electrologist performing both cosmetic and medically necessary permanent hair removal. My clients range in age from nine to eighty plus. The largest percentage of my work is facial but I treat all areas. I also serve on the Executive Committee of the American Electrology Association as the 1st Vice President and director of the Council on Education. Electrolysis has been around since 1875 and is still the only method of hair removal endorsed as permanent for all hair on all skin types by both the AMA and FDA.”
Mary Kaye received her certification and began her business in 2005 after spending over twenty years in construction and real estate. What she likes best about her job includes the following: “I love most everything about the work I do! As the unwanted hair disappears my clients grow in either confidence, comfort or both. Learning is my passion and I partner with my clients that have endocrine disorders to help them understand what to expect from treatment by me and what they can do to improve their own health.”
Some inspiring thoughts for PWF members Mary Kaye would like to share are these: “Life is a precious gift and it is never too late to improve your attitude and routine to unwrap the best each day has to offer.”
When Mary Kaye isn’t working in her business she enjoys a variety of activities. “My hobbies fall prey to the fact that I have too many interests and too little time! I love curling up with a good book or crocheting fun hats for my grandsons, but all of that comes behind spending time with my family and friends. Nothing beats a long chat with a cup of hazelnut coffee in the rocker on my front porch!”
“My husband, Bill, and I will celebrate 34 years of marriage this summer. We have one daughter, Samantha, the dessert chef at Cole’s On Main, one son-in-law, Brock, owner of multiple Emmy winning Oculus Studios and two grandsons, Cooper and Carter. Life is full and blessed beyond what I could ever have imagined.”
Here’s that comment! “When my girlfriend commented on my mustache at age 17 I had no idea that my trip to the local electrologist would be such a positive experience that I would begin a whole new career one day. In my late twenties I had my eyebrows permanently shaped and threw away my tweezers forever! For anyone dealing with the embarrassment of unwanted hair or simply the nuisance of daily hair maintenance, electrolysis is the solution.”
Contact Mary Kaye Johnson at (859) 312-7397, email@example.com, www.mkjelectrolysis.com
Balancing a professional life with having a family can be difficult at times, but Susan B. Jones has found a way to do a job she loves and enjoy a personal life. Susan B. Jones is an attorney at her own company, Susan B. Jones, Attorney at Law. “I am a Family Law attorney and I have concentrated my practice in Family Law for over 22 years. My clients seek assistance with divorce, custody matters, pre and post nuptial agreements, adoption, domestic violence, child support and guardianship matters. I also serve as a Guardian ad Litem in Dependency, Neglect, Abuse Court in Fayette and Scott Counties. At my office we strive to assist our clients through difficult times in a manner that will be the least stressful path down a sometimes troublesome road. With the exception of far western Kentucky, I practice cases in most counties of Kentucky. The majority of Family Law matters negotiate to settlement rather than proceed to a final contested hearing, thus the preferred method of resolution is to attempt mediation prior to trial when possible.”
What Susan likes best about her job is the opportunity to meet many interesting people in her practice. “I have been fortunate to practice cases involving people in a wide variety of careers and with a vast array of life experiences.”
Some inspiring thoughts for other PWF members include the following: “As a sole proprietor I would encourage anyone who is seeking to own her own business to pursue that dream. As a business owner and a mother I find that sole proprietorship is a great avenue toward achieving a balanced life.”
In her time off Susan practices Tai Chi and attends hot yoga and Pilates classes. “I have also recently returned to hiking and my daughter and I hiked Mount Baldy in November. (She made it to the summit, but I topped out at about 9,500 feet because I do not like the word ‘treacherous’ to describe a path.) In addition I am in the process of winding up a horse farm that we have operated for 14 years. My husband, Gabriel, is an architect at Sherman Carter Barnhart. My daughter, Ashley, is heading to Colorado to pursue a career with Vail Resorts and my son, Austin, has partnered with a friend to develop a recording studio and pursue music production.”
“Prior to attending law school I obtained my Masters in counseling, and I find that my background as a mental health professional is beneficial to my work as a Family Law attorney.”
Contact Susan B. Jones at (859) 258-2555 and firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sbjoneslaw.com
John Peterman, founder of the J. Peterman apparel company, known for its iconic catalog and famous for being parodied on TV’s “Seinfeld,” spoke Dec. 7 at the Professional Women’s Forum in Lexington. Dresses from the current catalog were on display at a mini fashion show.
“I’m not much of a speech giver, but I’m a great storyteller,” Peterman told the crowd. And he wasn’t kidding. The Lexington businessman founded his company in the late 1980s and offered clothing and accessories inspired by historic pieces, including a horseman’s duster.
Peterman told of discovering the original coat in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and wearing it around New York. People were constantly complimenting it, so he added the piece to the the catalog.
“We’re constantly striving to break all the rules,” said Peterman of his company. “I’m talking about breaking all the creative rules.”
Through the years, the company went through both extreme success and at one point bankruptcy, and then it was sold. Peterman eventually bought back the name, and the catalog survived.
Pieces on display during last week’s fashion show included the “Grecian Goddess Dress,” which is in the current catalog.
The description that runs alongside it is pure J. Peterman: ‘The Agean Sea is a mere backdrop. You are in an even more mysterious shade of red. Enveloped in a long, flowing silhouette coupled with a certain bearing that has managed to intimidate everyone except that persistent shipping magnate who has followed you onto the wraparound terrace. It’s not easy being a Greek goddess these days, but you’ll manage.”
Who is The Nest and What is the Reindeer Express?
The Nest – Center for Women, Children & Families’ 39 th Annual Reindeer Express event assists families with children five years-of-age and younger who have received services from The Nest in 2016. These families are provided new toys, coats, hats, scarves, gloves, books, and art supplies, as well as a food box for their holiday celebrations! This is the only time of year that they ask for new items to ensure that the children have a Happy Holiday. This year, they estimate that they will have approximately 725 children in need of new gifts and winter wear. That is over 430 families that will be helped this holiday season!
For 2016 The Nest has asked if PWF could help with the following donations:
* Rolls of Christmas wrapping paper – Each family receives a roll of wrap for the gifts they select from the donated toys for their children
*Board games for families with children 5 yrs and under – Each family receives a board game in addition to the age appropriate toys that the parent selects
*Winter Coat for boys and girls sizes 4T to 6X – Each child receives a winter coat in addition to the toys
The PWF Dreambuilders’ Goal for this collection: 39 rolls of holiday wrap; 20 board games; and 10 new coats
Please bring donated items to the December 7 PWF meeting.
As you are out and about shopping for Thanksgiving festivities, please take a moment and put an item in your cart for The Reindeer Express.
They will be delivered to The Nest in time for this annual event. If you would like to support this festive project but skip the shopping, then your cash donation or a check to The Nest would be much appreciated.
Thank you from Melissa Bright and the Dreambuilders’ Committee
Hazel Teichen is the Provider Liaison for Hospice of the Bluegrass. “My primary responsibility is to connect with physicians, clinicians, healthcare providers/partners and residents in the community to share information and educate on the many services available through Hospice of the Bluegrass and Palliative Care. I had the privilege to work for a hospice provider for 8 years in Chicago and I have been blessed to be on the team of professionals at Hospice of the Bluegrass for just over one year.”
What Hazel likes best about her job includes the following: “I have the highest job satisfaction when I am representing Hospice of the Bluegrass and presenting to a professional or community group to educate on hospice services. As an advocate for quality of life, personal dignity, and the compassionate care that is the core of hospice, I strive to correct misinformation about what hospice is or is not and to highlight the benefits that can be realized for patients, families, and caregivers at a most intimate time in their lives.”
“Having relocated from Illinois to Kentucky at the age of 60, what I value and hold dear about being a member of PWF is the variety of dynamic women I have had the pleasure to get to know. A traveler always welcomes a hospitable heart and I have been fortunate to meet many warm welcoming women in the past months. These friendships have silently aided me as I have transitioned to my new home in Lexington. Truly priceless!”
In her spare time Hazel enjoys walking in the woods and being in nature with her dog, birdwatching, and visiting Civil War battlefields to immerse in history. “I enjoy all things related to decorating, redecorating and repurposing environments. I have a passion for historic restoration and watching educational programming on all topics.”
“I am single. I am a proud Mom of my daughter, Renee, who lives in Connecticut and my son, Billy, who lives in Brooklyn, New York. I have a beautiful Collie mix dog named Annie who rescued me 11 years ago. She brings joy and calm to my life. I got my motorcycle license and my Masters’ Degree at the age of 58.”
“I am very grateful to be a member of PWF!”
Contact Hazel Teichen at (859) 699-0773 or email@example.com
A fairly new member to Professional Women’s Forum, Leslie Rion brings many years of experience in the financial services industry. Leslie is a Wealth Management Advisor for Meridian Wealth Management, LLC. “I partner with clients to solve challenges in their financial lives by creating custom financial plans and investment strategies that are meaningful and achievable.”
Leslie has been in the financial services industry for 30 plus years. “I started as a student intern at Hilliard Lyons while studying business at the University of Kentucky. My previous firms include Morgan Keegan, Lexington Investment Company, and TIAA-CREF.”
In her own words Leslie explains what she likes best about her job. “Being in the industry long enough to have the opportunity to work with multiple generations of clients has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my career. It is very satisfying knowing that I’m a key resource in planning for a lot of life’s milestone events. Seeing a client reach a well-deserved retirement or a child be able to attend a dream college is a lot of fun.”
Leslie would like to share this inspiring thought to other PWF members: “Investing time and resources into your dreams is empowering.”
When Leslie isn’t helping her clients make their dreams come true she enjoys attending spin classes, traveling, gardening, and sitting in her hot tub! “I am married to Scott Rion, a real estate professional, TV producer, and drummer. I am also the proud mother and stepmother of four young adults, Kelsey, Natalie, Bo, and Ben.
Leslie Rion’s contact information is: (859) 721-2469, firstname.lastname@example.org, and website is www.meridianwealthllc.com