Women In Profile – Chester June/July 2010
Owner/Innkeeper of Faunbrook B & B
699 West Rosedale Avenue • West Chester, PA 19382-5321 www.faunbrook.com • 610-436-5788
Lori Zytkowicz is living her dreams as the Owner/Innkeeper of Faunbrook B&B in West Chester, PA, and a PA licensed Auctioneer with Briggs Auction, Inc. of Garnet Valley, PA.
The B&B started with a passion, and became a reality in March 2008. Having spent nearly 20 years in the publishing and education fields, Lori followed her dream and now spends countless hours entertaining guests, preparing gourmet breakfasts and hosting weddings, meetings and many other life celebrations.
“I always wanted a B&B,” Zytkowicz says. Zytkowicz believes that things always happen for a reason. “A good friend of mine was married here years ago and stayed for an anniversary. We wanted to buy, the owners wanted to sell, and if it wasn’t for sharing my dream along the way, we never would have known that purchasing the property was an option. I am in love with the house!”
Faunbrook is an 1860’s Victorian mansion with a prominent West Chester history. Owned by the Darlington family for nearly 100 years, the house stands with much of its original architecture and splendor. With seven warmly decorated guest rooms, five fireplaces and two acres of gardens and fountains, Faunbrook is the ideal setting for local getaways and special occasions for 2 to 85 guests.
As for the auction business, it is in her blood, as her father has been an auctioneer for nearly thirty years. Lori worked with her dad and a family friend in the auction business starting at a young age, and obtained her PA auctioneer’s license in 2007, starting the Real Estate division of Briggs Auction, Inc. in January of 2008.
Whether it be through hosting a non-profit event, donating an overnight stay or calling for bidders at a benefit auction, Lori believes strongly in giving back to the community. Some local charities that have benefited from these services include ACHIEVE-Ability, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, Mommy’s Light, Bridge of Hope, United Way, Safe Harbor of Greater West Chester. KW Cares, Alzheimer’s Association and Adopt A Pig.
Sharing her daily tasks is her husband, Steve, who is the B&B’s bookkeeper, and an incredible cook and handyman. Never far behind is her loyal companion, SPCA adopted Rottweiler mix, Draven, who follows her every step of the way.
Lori is very grateful for the family, friends and colleagues who have given their time, finances and support for her new endeavor. Her motto is to Live one moment at a time, but always to its fullest!
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
Master Colorist/ Master Stylist
Salon Secrets Spa
Kennett Square, PA
Allison Piser has been a Hairstylist since1992 when she graduated from Schilling Douglas School of Hair Design in Newark, DE. Allison has been working at Salon Secrets Spa for almost 18 years, working her way up from an Assistant to a Master Stylist/Colorist. She is the Salon Color Educator, helping to train up and coming Colorists, as well as the Salon Team Leader.
Allison went through an extensive study program in order to take a grueling 8-hour exam to make her an American Board Certified Hair Colorist. This certification is national and she joins less than 2000 ABCH’s throughout the country.
Being in the beauty industry is very satisfying to Allison, because when she goes home, she is in an all-male world. Allison has been married to Pete for 16 years and has 2 sons Ben, 14 and Eli, 10.
Director of Business Development
uFinancial, a general agency of Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company (Mass Mutual)
747 Constitution Drive
Eagleview Corporate Center
Carol Sexton changed careers almost three years ago after spending 26 years in the hospitality industry managing high profile corporate accounts for Sodexo and high volume catering events for Radisson Hotels and Longwood Gardens. Her passion for connecting people came through the corporate sector of her career when her position encompassed recruiting and human resources. Life had changed, it was time to make a move, and she was ready to take on new challenges…and in fact, a completely new industry. She settled into her new role in the Exton office in Eagleview and is excited and motivated to make uFinancial a household name in Chester County.
Carol is the Director of Business Development for uFinancial, formerly Wienken & Associates, a growing financial planning firm with 110 financial planners across the state of PA. Carol and her team are successfully expanding the firm in Chester County by recruiting financial services professionals that have a passion to help businesses and families build a solid financial future.
A native of the area, Carol and her two teenage children live in West Chester and love being part of the community. Carol serves on the Board for the Hickman Retirement Community, is an Ambassador for the Exton Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, WIFS (Women in Insurance and Financial Services) and WIM (Women in Motion).
Lionville Natural Pharmacy
& Health Food Store
Joyce Bay was born and raised in the Kennett Square area. She was a scholar athlete who graduated from York College in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After college, she held many business positions for Exxon and for The Pillsbury Company. After starting a family she worked for several area pharmacies as a technician. She was hired by Lionville Natural Pharmacy & Health Food Store in September of 1997 as a pharmacy technician. Due to exceptional performance, she was promoted to pharmacy technician manager in 2001. Her role expanded in 2004 when she was promoted to business manager due to the pharmacy’s rapidly expanding private consultation practice. Her duties now include oversight of all pharmacy technician activities, screening and scheduling all clients for private consultations, daily interactions with a variety of healthcare practitioners, and ordering for all professional line supplements.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, who are both scholarship athletes at Bloomsburg University and Washington College, respectively.
Sally Miller, owner of Sally Miller ~ Soul Stylist, helps women look and feel great by matching inner beauty and energy to outer style. Specifically, she provides life and style coaching to help women live and dress with intention.
Sally has 26 years of experience in beauty, fashion and design and is an accredited Life Coach through Fast Track Coaching Academy. She has studied Law of Attraction, and Fashion Fung Shui and continues to pursue related courses and training in spirituality and energy work.
Her supportive and affirming guidance, positive energy and creativity blended with an intuitive gift for seeing the “whole person” separates her from other life coaches and fashion consultants. Her expert style recommendations reflect an individual’s true self.
As a life coach, Sally helps clients ranging from teens to adults map out their lives, discover their strengths, prepare for challenges, and attract abundance. As a soul stylist, she creates looks that flatter the body as well as the mind and spirit. Clients can choose life coaching services, soul styling services, or a combination. She is also working on a series of books to help women discover and dress their authentic style.
When your spirit is in sync with your style, you look and feel great. Contact Sally to learn how to leverage your strengths and gifts to attract a positive, purposeful, and stylish life.
Shweta Soni, MD.
Brandywine Family Practice of Exton (Commons at Oaklands)
790 W Lincoln Highway,
Exton, PA, 19341
Dr. Shweta Soni joined the staff at Brandywine Hospital and started working at the newly opened outpatient Family Practice office in Exton in 2009.
Dr. Soni was born and raised in the metropolitan city of Delhi, India.
She went to a medical school there and got residency training in the OBGYN specialty. After marrying, she moved to the US where she made a decision to go for training in Family Medicine. The concept of “Whole Family Care” including women’s health was new and fascinating for her. She finished her training at St Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem (Lehigh Valley), PA and served as Chief Resident of the program which delivered additional responsibilities towards residents, faculty, the hospital, and its patients. She received the “Art of Medicine” award at the end of her training for her excellent rapport with both patients and staff. Dr. Soni is Board Certified and has a special interest in women’s health, adult care, and preventative health through the holistic approach. She is open to all age groups starting as early as two years of age. She is comfortable with office procedures and a variety of medical conditions.
When not working Dr. Soni works with oil paints and travels with her husband. She has an interest in cultures, civilizations and world history.
Dr. Soni lives with her husband, Aashish Ranjan, in Chester County. She is happy and thankful to God for everything she has been able to achieve and pledges to deliver the best of care to her patients.
Wendi L. Wasik
Wasik Consulting, LLC
Wendi’s energetic personality and goal-driven mindset are contagious! With over ten years experience as an executive coach and personal branding consultant to executives and entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries, she has enabled her clients to achieve breakthrough results in their job performance and careers.
Wendi began in marketing and public relations, where she learned the ins and outs of brand promotion and creative ways to solve problems. But she knew she had another calling, and launched her own executive coaching and personal branding business. She works with clients to overcome obstacles and achieve their professional goals. Wendi also applies her savvy marketing talents by showing individuals how to stand out and create a powerful personal brand. With individuals and groups, she supports the transformation of visions into specific and measurable results.
Wendi received a B.S. degree from Rosemont College in Psychology, and an M.S. degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She also attended international economic and organizational management seminars at Oxford University and The University of London. When she is not providing executive coaching and personal branding consulting to her clients, Wendi and her husband enjoy cycling, cooking, and travel.
Back: Joyce Bay, Wendi L. Wasik, Carol Sexton Front: Lori Zytkowicz, Allison Piser, Shweta Soni, Sally Miller