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A Celebration of Herstory

Women quite literally bring life to future generations. Their contributions and achievements clear paths and open doors on every plane. By standing up for what’s right, breaking down barriers, and lifting others, they have advanced our society from the  beginning of time. Without asking for permission, women continue to forge through business, science, art, education, politics, entertainment and more. They leave in their paths, both hope and opportunities for those that are up next.  

 

In celebration of Women’s History Month and the 2021 National Women’s Day theme, we applaud women worldwide that “Choose to Challenge”. Every women uses her voice, talents, and resources to challenge in different ways and for different reasons.  We recognize and thank the extraordinary women in our own ranks. We Honor Herstory today and every day.

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Paying tribute to Price Chopper/Market 32 Women

Contest Winners Announced – March 29 2021

Price Chopper/Market 32 teammates were invited to nominate female co-workers who have encouraged, uplifted, mentored, empowered and/or supported her female teammates.
One nominated teammate and their nominator were chosen from each of our operating states to be highlighted on our web site and receive a $100 gift card.

New York (Tie – 2 Winners)

Miranda

Miranda Siek

Miranda currently serves as a Zone Director and is a role model for female teammates. She works to recognize high potential individuals and is committed to helping them advance.

Miranda has been described by her peers as smart, direct, and supportive. She is known for creating environments where hardworking teammates can thrive.

Nominated by Nicole Jacobson, Harold Pettengill and Meyka Albright.

Antonia Asa Thomas

Antonia is 77 years old and works as Team Leader Floral in our Lake Placid store. She sets a positive example when training new teammates and is a great listener.

Antonia was a top marathon runner for many years and has also worked with Alzheimer patients, those with special needs and the Special Olympics.

Nominated by Store Manager Emily Schwartz.

Massachusetts

Amanda

Amanda Terencio

Amanda currently serves as a Senior Product Specialist for Zones 5 and 6. She leads by example showing her female peers that building a successful career

and being a loving and attentive mother to 3 boys is possible. She is known as a hard worker, team player, problem solver, mentor and trusted advisor.

She has always taken an interest in identifying female talent and working with them to advance their careers. 

Nominated by Crystal Bird and Scott Sabatino.

Connecticut

Alicia

Alicia Napomocemo

Alicia currently serves as Store Manager of Market 32 in Southington, Connecticut. She not only runs the store with ease – but is equally focused on

raising her two young sons. She motivates people to go above and beyond, do their best and will always take the time to answer any questions she is asked.

Alicia is also known for creating a friendly and participative work environment and has been described by her peers as an inspiration. 

Nominated by Michelle Dionne and Wendi Johnston.

Vermont

Ella Midenjack

Ella currently serves as a Staffing and Development Professional in Vermont. She consistently reaches out to offer encouragement, direction and validation

to those fortunate enough to be within her professional space and always leaves people feeling heard and hopeful. Ella has overcome many challenges in her

own life – and is determined to leave our world a better place then she found it. She has been described as genuine, sincere and uplifting.  

Nominated by Barbara Kessler.

New Hampshire

Francine

Francine Fararr

Francine currently serves as Store Manager in Lebanon, New Hampshire. She is known as someone who ‘Walks the Talk’  and is always willing to jump in to help

wherever she is needed – sometimes running register for hours. Francine is an inspiration to women; earning her Master’s degree in Accounting (4.0 GPA)

while running two stores, mentoring diamonds in the rough and fostering dogs in her home. She is not only successful in her career – but also in developing lasting working relationships. 

Nominated by Pat Iannotti and Nancy Nolet.

Pennsylvania

Kendra

Kendra Krolick

Kendra currently serves as a Front-End Supervisor in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. She is a hard worker committed to helping women at PC/M32 advance in their careers.

She trains many of the new cashiers and encourages them to broaden their horizons by becoming cross-trained in other departments. Kendra is a role-model for her teammates

and is always willing to share her knowledge to help others succeed. She is a superstar! 

Nominated by Peter Gagliardi.

Remembering Jane Golub

Many of us knew Jane as the Director of In-store Marketing Programs, including Samples and Sales and vendor marketing.

 

Before her career in the grocery business, Jane was an educator at Hillside Elementary School in Niskayuna, NY. In the mid 1980’s she developed the “A World of Difference” anti-bias curriculum, which was adopted by the NYS Department of Education, and used to train thousands of educators and students.

 

Beyond her contributions to the company and education system, Jane was known and loved for her philanthropy and tireless volunteer work in service to the community. She helped to raise millions of dollars for hundreds of charitable organizations.

 

Those of us who interacted with Jane directly knew her as a smart, scrappy, sophisticated, witty woman of indomitable spirit who desired to contribute to the improvement of lives. Her small stature belied the gigantic heart that lied within.

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Ella Midenjak

Staffing and Development Professional, RMA Graduate, Croatian Immigrant 

Ella and her family are from Croatia – and she spent 4 years of her childhood in a Serbian Refugee Camp after her family fled Croatia before coming to the states. She has also been homeless. Ella joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 2003 while in high school, as a Customer Service Teammate. She worked in the Pharmacy while attending college and was accepted into the RMA in 2012. Ella loved learning about other departments and working on special projects including building our Webster store in Massachusetts. After RMA she became a Co-Manager and then temporary Store Manager. She then had to make a choice between getting a store of her own or moving into Human Resources – she chose HR and loves it.

 

The career accomplishment that Ella is most proud of is becoming a Store Manager before the age of 30 and earning the chance to choose her own career path. A major personal accomplishment was paying off her mortgage in just 14 months!

 

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?
“Always work hard and gain mentors on your journey that will inspire and motivate you. Be kind and never put yourself above anyone or anything. Support, help, and uplift others, as that will fulfill you not only as a person, but eventually as a leader as well. ” 

Santia Lind

Sales and Service Team Lead, Mentor, Mother of 3

Santia joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 1986 when she was 16, as a Cashier in the Watervliet store. In January 2000 she became a full-time Customer Service Teammate which led to a promotion to Office Supervisor. From there – Santia accepted a Front-End Supervisor position in Malta. She was promoted to Customer Service Manager (CSM) in Mechanicville in 2014. In 2017, she moved to Glenville for the Market 32 remodel and in 2020 she arrived in Wilton as CSM and was promoted to Sales and Service Team Lead.

Santia’s greatest personal accomplishment is raising her three children into strong, compassionate human beings. She said that being a mother taught her to be more understanding and built her skills as a manager. She works with young adults and what she has learned from raising her own children gives her the ability to communicate to them at a level they can understand.

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

“Always have self-confidence. I took my time advancing through my career, allowing myself to shine as I always do. Although sometimes I have my doubts about myself, I am always able to build myself back up by learning from my mistakes. My last piece of advice would be to hold your head high and walk with a smile.” 

 

Addy Jennings

Addy Jennings

Sales and Service Leader, Floral Manager of the Year, Mother

Addy joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 2002 as a part-time Floral Clerk in Newburgh. She quickly became full-time and then Assistant Team Leader Floral. She was promoted to Team Lead Floral and then wanted to explore other opportunities. Addy then completed a 16-week Center Store Training program and became a Grocery Manager in Warwick. She then returned “home” to Newburgh as TL Floral – and was soon promoted to Sales and Service Leader. My goals are and have always been to continue progressing. I always say that I grew up with Price Chopper. This company has always been my second family. Like the encouraging Mom always pushing me to do more and be more, or the compassionate Grandmother saying that everything is going to be alright… Or even sometimes, the crazy Aunt who always finds ways to turn my world upside down, but in the end it was all for the right reasons. 

 

Her biggest career accomplishment so far was being named Floral Manager of the Year at the Fall Show. I remember attending my first fall show as a floral manager, and during the ceremonies I would watch the nominations for “manager of the year”. They would pop up on these huge screens that would run across the stage. Name after name of my peers from stores that always did so well. I became inspired! I looked at the person sitting next to me and said “in less than 5 years, my name will be up there”. The following year I returned to the fall show and watched my name and picture light up that screen. My very first nomination! The year after, I won! It was such a proud moment for me. It was one of those moments where I knew that this is what perseverance and hard work looks and feels like. I committed to this goal I set for myself, and surpassed my expectations.

 

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

“Knowledge fuels growth. Go to school, ask questions and apply what you learn. Raise your hand, volunteer and say ‘show me’. Know that making mistakes is a way to learn and grow, so don’t be discouraged when you make them. Don’t be afraid to try something new – you may love it! ”

Pam Cerone

Director of Community Relations, Mentor, Single Mother

Pam joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 1985 and has held various positions during her tenure including; Layout Artist, Creative Supervisor, Advertising Specialist, Manager of Creative Marketing Services, Manager of Promotions and Special Events and Manager of Community Relations. Pam currently serves as Director of Community Relations.

Pam was a single mom with a busy career during her two sons’ young adult years and although it was challenging, she found it to be empowering. I achieved a lot during this time- from maintaining a home and supporting my sons’ education and activities, to taking on new roles and responsibilities in the workplace. It was a very dynamic period, and looking back on it, I can see that so much was accomplished. My sons are now college graduates who have traveled the world and are settled into careers, and I was promoted to director. I am grateful for the support and encouragement I received from my boss, Mona Golub. Without it, I’m sure my path would have been more difficult.

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

“Believe that you are worthy, and own the value that you bring to the table; be authentically you and trust your instincts; muster up your courage; know that perfection is consuming and that mistakes are part of life and powerful learning opportunities; ask questions; speak your truth and have the facts to back it up; observe, value, and cheer on the women around you; steer clear of people who exude negative energy; find humor in the mundane and laugh; self-care is important.

get enough sleep; every little thing is gonna’ be alright. 

Toni Clark

Toni Clark has been with Price Chopper/Market 32 for 40 years, holding various store department positions.

She started in 1981 on the Front-End and then served as Front-End Supervisor, PAC teammate, Produce Clerk and Bulk Manager. She was then promoted to Deli Assistant Team Leader and then Food Service Team Leader. Her hard work and experience earned her a Co-Manager position. In 2012 – Toni was promoted to Store Manager.

Her greatest career accomplishment was leading the Glenville store’s transition to Market 32. She was one of our first M32 Store Managers, had a very successful grand opening and led the Glenville Market 32 to Store of the Year in 2019.

She is just as proud of being a mom to four grown daughters and grandmother to five grandchildren.

Svetlana (Lana) Albanese

Manager of Treasury Services

Lana immigrated to the United States from Russia alone at the age of 19 in 2001. Since 2001 she has held various positions including Sales Associate at JC Penney, Payroll Specialist with Rayben Enterprises and Controller at Solomon and Solomon, PC.

After failing the first course she took at SUNY Oneonta, because her English wasn’t good – she was determined to succeed and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Economics.

She joined PC/M32 in 2012 as a Check Collections  Supervisor. In 2013, she was promoted to Business Analyst – in 2016, Finance Project Manager and in 2020, Manager of Treasury Services.

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

Know that you are unique, able and worthy. Allow yourself to dream. Write them down because things that are written down get done. Then be prepared every day for your dreams to come true. Be prepared, (however that might mean to you) – neat nails, wrinkleless clothes, lip stick (if that’s your thing), and, most importantly, a smile and a positive disposition.  Stay inquisitive.  When you feel like you can’t go any further, take two more steps and note how much you are capable of. When you commit to something, do it well, don’t waste your time. Above all, invest time in yourself – move, breathe, learn, rest, create.

Auriela Forrester

Aurelia Forrester

Store Manager at Market 32 in Sutton, Massachusetts

Aurelia joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 2003 and it was her very first job! Her parents both worked for PC.  Aurelia started as a part-time teammate and worked her way up – working as Team Lead Guest Services and Office Supervisor before becoming a Customer Service Manager. After 2 years as a CSM – Aurelia applied and was accepted into the very intense RMA (Retail Management Academy). After successful completion of RMA – she became a Co-Manager. And after about a year in that position was promoted to Temporary Store Manager. Aurelia became a Store Manager before she was 30!

She is now the Store Manager at Market 32 in Sutton – which is her proudest career accomplishment – she really  enjoys the fast pace and rapid growth of this special store!

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

“My advice to other women looking to start or progress in a career would be to constantly set small goals for yourself. By setting small goals, you are always working toward putting yourself in a better situation and it feels amazing when you accomplish them. Never give up!!”

Leanne Muir

Co-Manager – Bennington VT

First Clerk ADP Graduate, Co-Manager, Team Player, Mother

 

She believed she could, and so she did.”  — R.S. Grey

 

Leanne joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 2009 working part-time in the North Adams store. She worked in various departments including; Produce, Bakery, Seafood,

Front-End, Grocery and even did a little meat wrapping!

 

She then entered the First Clerk ADP program and after completion became a Bakery Assistant Team Leader. She was promoted to Patisserie Team Leader during the

Market 32 remodel in Pittsfield. She also worked as a Sales and Service Leader and calls it the most rewarding job she has ever had.

 

Leanne is currently a Co-Manager in Bennington, Vermont and loves her job. She is very proud of her family, calls children, Autumn (8) and Owen (3), her greatest

accomplishment and is thankful that she has been able to grow her career while raising her children.

 

My fondest accomplishment in my career is the work relationships that I have built with all the teams I have worked with over the years.

I hope to leave a lasting impression with each team I work with. I never ever want to be a manager, I want to be known as a leader. 

 

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

“My advice is to never be afraid to take the next step. I never thought I would make it this far and I am so proud of where I stand today.

Believe in yourself and you will go far.”

Phyllis DeVonish

GM Department Manager, Category Manager Clerk, Mother/Grandmother

Phyllis joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 1990 and has held various retail positions including; Cashier and General Merchandise Team Leader. She currently serves

as a Category Manager Clerk in the Main Office.

 

When Phyllis was 39, she returned to college and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology – a major life accomplishment.

 

One of her career goals was to secure a Main Office position and her hard work earned her a position in

Merchandising as a Category Management Clerk.

 

She is also very proud of her children and grandchildren – and the example she has worked hard to set in their lives.

 

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

“This is our time. Be who you were meant to be and NEVER let anyone dull your shine.”

Tammie Sullivan

Tammie Sullivan

HR Business Partner

Tammie joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 1995 when Price Chopper/Market 32 acquired Big D – the company she was working for. Tammie served as Co-Manager from 1995 -96; HR Department Manager from 1996-1999;

Co-Manager again 1999 – 2002 after the HRDM position was eliminated; Store Manager from 2002-2012 and now serves as an HR Business Partner.

 

The career accomplishment that Tammie is most proud of is winning the President’s Award in 2011 for her financial and team building results when she worked to open Store

#229 – New Shrewsbury,  MA – far exceeding all budgeted numbers.

 

Her greatest personal accomplishment was becoming a mom in 2016 to her daughter Teagan.

 

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

“My advice for other woman in this industry is; set your goals and don’t look back! Anything is possible in our company if you set your mind to it!”

Alicia Ramirez

Alicia Ramirez

Operations Project Manager

Alicia joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 2006 as an RMA program candidate. After successful completion of the program, she joined the Main Office team as a temp

Analyst for the Centralized CGO program. She then worked as a Labor Analyst in Store Labor and Expense. Next she moved to Merchandising and became a Jr. Category

Manager for Ethnic Categories. After a year in that position, Alicia returned to Operations as a Labor Analyst – a position she held until being promoted to Project Manager.

 

Alicia came to the US to pursue an MBA and while working at Price Chopper,  Alicia became a US citizen,  met and married her husband who had two daughters and then had 2 sons. Her greatest achievement is her family – she is very proud of her husband who works for PC and is also growing a landscaping business, her stepdaughters who also work for PC and are pursuing careers and her sons who both play baseball and do well in school.

 

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

“It is possible to achieve your career goals while raising a family. Dream big and then work toward that dream, setting goals and working slowly but steadily to achieve them.”

Kayla

Kayla Freitag

Front-End Specialist, Wife, Mother of four children

Kayla joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 2005 as a part-time bagger (Customer Service Teammate) when

she was 15. She has held various store positions including: Office back-up, Office Supervisor and

Customer Service Manager (CSM).

 

The career accomplishment that Kayla is most proud of is achieving her goal of becoming a Front-End Specialist.

She said that she has always wanted to make a difference and working in this position gives her the opportunity to

reach a wider range of people.

 

The personal accomplishment that Kayla is most proud of is raising her four children with her beautiful wife.

 

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?

“Never lose sight of your dreams. Your time may not come right away but it will come one day.”

Caroline Onyango

Native of Kenya, First Clerk ADP Graduate, Office Assistant Team Leader

Kayla joined Caroline joined Price Chopper/Market 32 in 2018 as a Customer Service teammate/Cashier. She entered into the First Clerk ADP for Front-End/Office/PAC and now serves as Assistant Team Leader in the office in our Chenango store. Before joining PC/M32, she served as a Front-End Coordinator for TJ Maxx/Marshalls. She also graduated with a degree in Video Production and worked as a Video Producer/Editor for a  Kenyan national television show.

Caroline’s greatest career accomplishment is becoming an Assistant Team Leader because she wanted to be a leader from the moment she joined the company and believes she is capable of a whole lot more. She would like to be a Store Manager someday!

Her advice to other women on how to succeed?
Before you start your career, ANALYZE everything and know exactly what you want, then FOCUS and don’t be DISTRACTED by side shows. Always try to know the right thing to do and give it your best. Even though it’s not a smooth drive all the way, because there may be unexpected bumps and slippery roads on snowy or rainy days, there’s always light at the end of the Tunnel because THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.”

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Price Chopper and Market 32 proudly support local chapters of these organizations, 
and we encourage you to do the same.

Culinary Icons and Other Notable Women to Celebrate

  • Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.  – Julia Child
  • If you’re not in a good mood, the only thing you should make is a reservation.  — Carla Hall
  • I really hope that I’ve given women and gay people a role model. . . . I think there’s so much change to be done. I think women aren’t pushed and don’t push themselves. And the other part is we’re not given opportunity to be included . . .  — Anita Lo
  • Work hard. Laugh when you feel like crying. Keep an open mind, open eyes and an open spirit.  — Rachael Ray
  • Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.   — Ina Garten
  • Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.   — Harriet Van Horne
  • I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.  — Maya Angelou
  • One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.   — Virginia Woolf