Women In Profile – Dover April/May 2010
Every week we work with outstanding professional women, and with this issue we have decided to do our part in spotlighting some of these fascinating women. On the front cover are just a few of the many women that we have met, and on the inside you will find short profiles on each of these women. In the future months we will be doing more profiling of women from different walks of life.
A Milford Delaware native, Chrissy Sarro, a five year employee of Nage Restaurant in Rehobeth, DE and in Washington DC, encouraged owners, Kevin Reading and Josh Grapski, to look into a former Milford restaurant location that was available.
Having been in the food and beverage industry for over twenty years, the former owner of the popular Library Square Cafe in Milford, knew there was definitely a niche in the loyal and supportive community of Milford, DE. Taking her up on the suggestion, Abbott’s Grill soon became part of their repertoire and Chrissy became an integral part of the critical transition phase of the opening of Abbott’s Grill in December of 2009. Abbott’s Grill has become the place to meet in Milford.
In addition to owning her own restaurant, Sarro has served in every aspect of the restaurant business. A self-taught accomplished chef in her own right, waiting tables, tending bar, hostessing, catering, management, as well as whole sale food sales are all apart of her resume. Nage’s owners soon realized her charismatic style and talents in marketing and sales equaled her abilities as a caterer. She is currently serving Abbott’s Grill in Milford and Nage Restaurant in Rehoboth with her personalized banquet service, subtle though capable management skills and her energetic, outgoing personality.
The Medical Spa of Delaware
1675 South State Street
Dover, Delaware 19901
Kristen Lieberman was born and raised in New York City and has worked in the advertising industry for the past 12 years in the capacity of Vice President of Sales & Marketing. After getting married and relocating to Delaware in 2006, Kristen continued to work in the advertising field, following her passion for ‘wellness.’ In 2009, Kristen became the founder of the Medical Spa of Delaware. The Medical Spa of Delaware is a state of the art center of excellence specializing in minimally invasive aesthetic procedures. Some of these include laser liposuction, wrinkle reduction, laser hair removal, lip augmentation, and chemical peels. The facility has two Board Certified Physicians, a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Aesthetician. In addition to being a proud member of such a wonderful community, Kristen has brought a little bit of New York City to Dover. She shares her life with her wonderful husband Ron, daughter Ariel and dog Toby.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 N. Dupont Highway
Dover, DE 19903
Jeannine Lahey was raised in the Catskill Mountains and has lived in Baltimore and Ocean City, Maryland. Before moving to Delaware, Jeannine worked as an internet content producer, copy editor, and freelance web and graphic designer in Maryland. She is now employed at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino as assistant to the general manager of hotel operations. Jeannine’s responsibilities at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino include coordinating many of the property’s special events, annual wine festival, chocolate festival, and the bridal show, which was introduced in 2010 and promises to be an exciting addition to the property’s existing activities and attractions. Jeannine has served as a member of the Dover Air Force Base Honorary Commander Program for the 436th Air-wing. She has also volunteered as a therapeutic horseback riding instructor and literacy tutor. In her free time, Jeannine is pursuing her private pilot certificate.
Karen Y. Vicks, Esquire
Law Office of Karen Y. Vicks, LLC
Karen manages a successful law practice in Dover, Delaware. She has been a practicing attorney for 10 years but she recently celebrated the second anniversary of the opening of her own law practice. She represents disabled individuals who have applied for government disability benefits through the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. After graduating from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 1999, she relocated to Delaware.
She volunteers as an Attorney Guardian Ad Litem, representing children in the foster care system. She is also the director and co-founder of her church’s summer camp program. Since charity begins at home and spreads abroad, she started a “Princess Club” within her extended family to foster positive role modeling for young girls. In her spare time, she studies Hebrew and French and when the weather is nice, you will find her outdoors jogging with her dog Joy.
Owner, Ideal Nutrition
and Fitness LLC
P.O. Box 684
Lewes, DE 19958
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Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Harkins’ family moved to Delaware when she was 15, but she had been spending her summers in Rehoboth since she was a little girl. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1993 with a degree in Fashion Merchandising, and worked in marketing for a few local online companies and MBNA America for several years before a trip to Puerto Rico prompted her to rethink her career and life path. Upon her return from that vacation she applied for and was granted admission into the University of Delaware’s Didactic Program of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Ms. Harkins has worked as a community nutritionist with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, as a child nutrition educator with Christiana Care, and as a clinical dietitian with Bayhealth Medical Centers. In addition to owning her own nutritional consulting business, Ideal Nutrition and Fitness, Ms. Harkins is the nutritionist for a local fitness center, Quest Fitness and Kayak, located in Lewes, Delaware.
Ms. Harkins is the volunteer editor for the “MOW Monthly”, a monthly food and nutrition newsletter distributed to the participants of Meals on Wheels of Lewes-Rehoboth. In her spare time, Ms. Harkins enjoys running road races for charity, spinning, cooking, and relaxing
with friends at the beach.
CASA State Director
Delaware Family Court
Christina Harrison- Browder is the State of Delaware Family Court CASA Program Director. She administers the CASA Program statewide, which includes the three local sites. Ms. Harrison is a Human Service Provider with over 15 years of clinical experience working with children & families in child welfare, and the juvenile justice system. A Pioneer in the child advocacy program with CASA, she brings a wide range of experience of dealing with children who have been abused and neglected. Ms. Harrison is known to expose the great works of CASA by presenting at community events, television and radio. Under her leadership the Delaware Family Court CASA Program has increased the number of volunteers and children served substantially. Within all of her duties she managed to previously serve as a CASA Volunteer with one of Pennsylvania’s CASA Programs. Ms. Harrison-Browder is a graduate of Lincoln University with a bachelor degree and Master of Human Service degree. She is a current doctoral student in the Human Service Program at Capella University. She enjoys spending time with her family and helping others.
Royal Photography’s owner, Roy McDowell, brings a wealth of experience, both creative and business, along with an unmatched
ability to put people at ease, to every occasion he photographs. Over the past 18 years, Roy McDowell has captured “that” moment for more than 300 brides and grooms and preserved high school memories too numerous to count. Such exposure has led Roy to become one of the most recognizable photographers in Delaware. He creates a lasting impression, not only of an event, but of himself. The pride, precision, and passion he exudes has compelled brides-to-be to track down, “the photographer who took their senior portrait years before”. Roy exhibits this same commitment and customer service when working with the many schools and businesses with whom he’s managed contracts. “The consumer drives the product I provide; not the other way around”. With the help and support of family, friends, and business associates,
Roy McDowell strives to achieve his goal of providing an unforgettable experience with superior photographs, exceptional customer focus, and lasting relationships.
Owner of J. Christian Studio
7465 Lancaster Pike,
Hair styling & make-up application were provided compliments of J. Christian Studio, where hair and art perform.
J. Christian is a Master Artist with more than 30 years experience in the beauty industry. Together with his wife Marcy, they own and operate J. Christian Studio, an upscale salon located in Hockessin, DE. As an International Platform Artist and Master Educator for Sexy Hair Concepts, J. Christian travels here and abroad teaching other Stylists about hair fashion. He regularly teaches at the Institute of Courage, a hair academy established by Michael O’Rourke, founder of Sexy Hair Concepts located in the Topanga Canyon just outside Los Angeles as well as at the Paul Mitchell School in Delaware.