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Northeast Berks Chamber, KU Partner on Women’s Panel during Entrepreneurship Week

by Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce

Feb 13, 2020

Kutztown, PA…Kutztown University has presented Entrepreneurship Week annually during the last week of March. In 2020, it is scheduled for the third week of March from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20. A series of presentations, panels, and workshops that involve business leaders and entrepreneurs and student entrepreneurs will be open to the public at no charge. Registration is required.

On the schedule is a Women’s Panel & Networking Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, March 18, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the University’s McFarland Student Union, Room 218. For a fourth consecutive year, Kutztown University has partnered with the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce to organize the event with a focus on women entrepreneurship. Panelists will address strategies, tools, and challenges for business success. Attendance for this event grew to more than 50 last year.

Online registration is open now at:

Contributors to the Panel this year are Sherry Christman, Elite Business Solutions; Jodi L. Bukowski, New York Life; Alyse Mitten, Interlace Communications, Inc.; Anne Timpe, kTown Hall; Ingrid Holder, Merrill Lynch; and Maleeva Epperson, Makeup by Maleeva. Lori B. Donofrio-Galley, Executive Director of the Northeast Berks Chamber, will serve again as Moderator.

Sherry Christman is the owner of Elite Business Solutions, LLC. In 1995, she received her Specialized Associates degree in Accounting from Allentown Business School. In February 2012, when her father passed away suddenly, she lost her job a few months later, and with her husband’s encouragement, she started her own business. Sherry is an active member of the Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Fundraising Committee for years and now chairing the committee in 2020. She was recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award during the Shining Star Event. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of Kutztown Strong and an active member of Moment of Peace Adventures, Inc.

Jodi L. Bukowski is a financial services representative with New York Life who is passionate about empowering women financially. Her background includes 15 years in the world of corporate marketing and 6 years as the owner of a successful events business. While owning her own business allowed her to fulfill a personal dream of entrepreneurship, it was in networking with other female business owners that she discovered her true passion for educating and empowering women financially.

In her less than two years at New York Life she has become an award-winning agent and financial representative. She is a two-time qualifier New York Life’s prestigious Executive Counsel and won “Agent of the Year” in 2018. In addition to these accolades she was recognized for her dedication to her clients by having her name enshrined on the “scroll of honor” which is on display at New York Life’s home office on Madison Avenue in New York City.

Although she spent many years living in places other than Berks County, Ms. Bukowski is a Berks County Native who is happy to be living “back home” with her husband and two children in Wyomissing. Ms. Bukowski is a graduate of Wilson High School, Alvernia University and Drexel University where she earned an MBA.

Alyse Mitten has been in marketing and advertising for her entire career. She started Interlace Communications, Inc, Shoemakersville, over 25 years ago.  She works in all aspects of the business, including sales, building websites, and training. She keeps abreast of the innovative changes happening both with online and print marketing which provides their clients with an edge for marketing their businesses and organizations.

Anne Timpe is the owner and Community Director of kTown Hall, the new coworking space in the former Kutztown Town Hall building. She became convinced of the value of offering a professional environment for small businesses to grow and develop after seeing the impact it had on her family’s own small business, webCemeteries. Anne’s background includes interning at the White House, serving as the Communications Director for a Pennsylvania state representative, and working as project manager for webCemeteries. She is a food lover, overly ambitious amateur chef, runner, do-it-yourselfer, church pianist, serial home renovator, Army brat, and traveler. She currently balances running kTown Hall while staying at home with 3-year-old Lydia and their newest addition, Luke.

Ingrid Holder is working on her MBA with a concentration in Finance at Thomas Edison University. She has worked in the banking and investment industry for the nearly 20 years and is excited to use the skills and knowledge acquired in her new career path.  She is originally from North Miami, Florida, and moved to the Lehigh Valley 15 years ago to be closer to her daughter’s grandparents.  Ingrid enjoys spending quality time with her family, learning something new every day, outdoor activities and spending time with her beagle, Dexter.

Maleeva F. Epperson is a Freelance Makeup Artist for Film & Television and has been working in the beauty industry for over 11 years.  While her passion lies in being on set, she also excels in bridal, boudoir, competition makeup application, and personal beauty consulting.  She firmly believes that every woman should have access to quality cosmetics and a routine that suits their lifestyle, and she’s become extremely passionate about working one-on-one with women, particularly women in business, to ensure just that!  Maleeva is also a proud member of the Northeast Berks Chamber and the co-chair for the women’s networking group Berks Women in Motion.

Entrepreneurship Week launches on March 17 with keynote speaker Jack Gulati. Visit for details and registration.

For more information, visit for membership information.

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