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WOMEN IN INSURANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCES 2019 CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE QUALIFIERS ALBANY, NY – Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS) has announced the 2019 Circle of Excellence qualifiers.

Qualifiers will be recognized for their high achievements on October 15 during the 2019 WIFS National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. WIFS Circle of Excellence is a voluntary recognition program for members who achieve significant income levels in the insurance and financial services industry. This prestigious recognition is based on annual production for the previous year. This year, 128 members submitted qualification for this distinction with reported combined income of $43 million. “I am so proud of this year’s prestigious group of Circle of Excellence qualifiers and thrilled to see many new names on this year’s list,” said National President Michelle Harm. “This initiative is so much more than an awards program, it presents a collective opportunity for us to celebrate the success of our members while simultaneously showing the industry what women in the profession are capable of achieving.”

Following is the list of 2019 Circle of Excellence qualifiers who opted to be recognized publicly:

Number of Qualifiers by Level:

Tanzanite | $2,000,000+ Karen DeRose

Diamond | $1,000,000 - $2,000,000 Susan Anthony, Linda Corujo-Ramsey, Ellie Mills, Karen Poore

Emerald | $750,000 - $1,000,000 Regina Beatty, Lisa Sappenfield Boyer, Kathleen Godfrey, Raeann Kusch, Kari Jo Thomann Bear, Nancy Wolfe-Smith

Sapphire | $500,000 - $750,000 Eileen Cioe, Susan Combs, Betty Custer, Jeanmarie Deliso, Cynthia Diccianni, Lin Edwards, Tara Garvin Clark, Charlotte Geletka, Michele Greene, Diane Hack Gould, Gail Hill, Kelly Hoff, Sherri Rush, Cheryl Whitney

Ruby | $250,000 - $500,000 Christina Aleckson, Melissa Barnickel, Carri Berger, Cindy Bohn, Carol Brian, Sarah Cicero, Ellen Donahue, Susan Ellis, Caroline Emswiler, Sheri Hoble, Melissa Larson, Manda Lewis, Juli McNeely, Pamela Middleton, Christy Neill, Kathie Okun, Brenda Oldham, Tanya Patzner, Jill Pietrusinski, Lisa Ryerson, Melanie Shanty, Sheila Stith, Alice Tang, Karin Tyson, Lucila Williams, April Wilson, Hawley Woods Gray, Carey Yukich

Pearl | $125,000 - $250,000 Lilia Arandela, Jennifer Bacarella, Karry Ballinger, Monica Brown, Cynthia Buno, Ashley Churchill, Anne Clayton, Avigail Curry, Melanie Dahl, Laura Davis, Harriet Doherty, Laurie Dubow, Thera Engle, Mindy Helfrich, Carolyn Humphrey, Lisa Jones, Jeanmarie Kricher, Elizabeth Kuhns, Jennifer Lyndsey, Yuka Nakahara-Goven, Lori Niermann, Kathleen Owings, Jeanne Peterson, Elisa Pezzolla, Melissa Reed, Angie Ribuffo, Sonja Rogers, Ashleigh Rothhammer, Toni Sova-Corfee, Janet Spector, Linda Straw, Irene SurmoninsThompson, Sheryl Tully, Constance Urbanek, Leanne Via, Stacy Wasserman, Beverly White, Renee Williams

Topaz | $75,000 - $125,000 Catherine Beck, Colleen Blum, Alyson Burkett, Sarah Caruso, Rosetta Conigliaro, Margaret Crossland, Courtney Cuykendall, Marcy David, Ginny Fallon, Jennie Fowler, Kate Frank, Andrea Gellert, Brittney Golden, Lynn Hill, Yanira Hoyos, Katherine Kimball, Tammy Lafata, Meredith Langus, Cristina Mills, Crystal Nguyen, Jessica Porter, Stephanie Roof, Taren Sartler, Marielena Scanlon, Grace Staten, Jennifer Stover, Jenny Po Wah Yu

About WIFS More than 80 years strong, Women in Insurance & Financial Services, headquartered in Albany, NY, is an association of financial services professionals working together to attract, develop and advance women. They champion career opportunities, provide professional development and represent women's interests to the profession. Membership is composed of industry leaders, client facing and allied professionals who benefit from National and local chapter services. Their vision is to be the global change leader inspiring women to achieve their dreams. WIFS members receive value from monthly education programs, local chapters across the country, an annual national conference, professional development and corporate partnerships.

For more information about WIFS and upcoming programs, visit or contact Kelly Cartwright, Deputy Executive Director, at 866-264-9437. 

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