Progressive Grocer Names Top Women in Grocery 2018: Rising Stars

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The grocery industry is no exception, and from the store floor to c-suite, women are leading the charge to keep the industry fresh, relevant and truly consumer-centric. To recognize their efforts, Progressive Grocer has inducted 362 of them into its 2018 Top Women in Grocery class.

Below, we present the names of the newest members in the Rising Stars category.

    2018 Top Women in Grocery: Rising Stars
Amanda King Sales Manager Advantage Solutions
Amanda Reaves Sales Team Leader Advantage Solutions
Amy Knox Account Executive Advantage Solutions
Bethany Schwartz Client Team Leader Advantage Solutions
Brooke Heintz Client Service Manager Advantage Solutions
Crystal Rossel Client Team Leader Advantage Solutions
Danielle Bunch Director of Sales, Enterprise Strategy Advantage Solutions
Jennifer Gruber Senior Director, Analytic Solutions Advantage Solutions
Kelli Ficke Senior Category Manager, Team Leader Advantage Solutions
Kimberly Cowen Regional Manager Advantage Solutions
Marilu Robles Director, Marketing Operations Advantage Solutions/Advantage Marketing Partners
Elena Skaletsky Influencer Marketing Supervisor Advantage Solutions/Advantage Media Solutions
Lindsey Pruitt Director of Business Development Advantage Solutions/Advantage Media Solutions
Samantha Weinstein Director, Media Operations Advantage Solutions/Advantage Media Solutions
Lynn Blasio Senior Director, Operations Ahold Ecommerce Sales, an Affiliate of Peapod
Susan Voelkner Center Store Operations Specialist Albertsons Cos./Acme Division
Angela Moore Director of Shopper Marketing Scale Events Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Bessie Berdusis Director, Managed Care Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Christina Boyle Senior Manager Admin Services & Facilities Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Christy Duncan-Anderson Executive Director Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Darcie Renn Director Sustainability Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Jane Anderson Senior Manager Environmental Compliance Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Kathy Hosek Real Estate Accounting Manager Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Kendal Callender Director of Digital Partnerships & Shopper Innovation Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Kim Hornett Ecommerce Program Manager Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Leti Rodriguez Manager, Payroll Quality Assurance, Regulatory Reporting & Tax Department Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Lisa Roach GM/HBC National Sales Manager Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Louise Gerber Director Ecommerce Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Maryrose Rinella Director Own Brands Product Management Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Mei-Mei Stark Product Management Director, Own Brands Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Sarah Long Senior Product Manager Albertsons Cos./Corporate
Tina Lucero GM Sales Manager Albertsons Cos./Denver Division
Amy Jankauskis Assistant Sales Manager-Deli & Food Service Albertsons Cos./Jewel-Osco
Lindsey Ellingson Bakery Operation Specialist Albertsons Cos./Jewel-Osco
Lynne Barrington Floral Buyer Albertsons Cos./Jewel-Osco
Mary Frances Trucco Communications Manager Albertsons Cos./Jewel-Osco
Melissa Hill Director Community Relations & Government Affairs Albertsons Cos./Jewel-Osco
Mirna Franjul Sales Manager Own Brands Albertsons Cos./Jewel-Osco
Sharee Scopazzo  Bakey Operation Specialist Albertsons Cos./Jewel-Osco
Beth DaCosta Bakery Sales Manager Albertsons Cos./Seattle Division
Leah Giambarresi Division Pharmacy Manager Albertsons Cos./Shaw's Star Market
Sheryl Salazar Produce Assistant Sales Manager Albertsons Cos./SoCal Division
Janet Bishop Rowan Southern Division Bakery Sales Manager Albertsons Cos./Southern Division
Julie Spier Director-Pharmacy Operations-Southern Division Albertsons Cos./Southern Division
Maha Eldabaja Center Store Operations Specialist Albertsons Cos./Southern Division
Katherine Chin Sourcing Director Albertsons Cos./Supply Chain
Rosie Connolly Human Resource Manager Albertsons Cos./Supply Chain
Heather Standifer Category Manager II Associated Wholesale Grocers
Meaghan Tetreault Employee Services Specialist Big Y Foods Inc.
Robin Leatherwood Technical Services Manager Blount Fine Foods
Damaris Hernandez Manager, Customer Service C&S Wholesale Grocers
Danielle McBreairty Manager, S&OP/Demand Planning C&S Wholesale Grocers
Deborah Bailey Senior Manager, Customer Service C&S Wholesale Grocers
Gail Somers Senior Director, Chain Sales C&S Wholesale Grocers
Heather Savant Director, Human Resources C&S Wholesale Grocers
Risa Jenkins Senior Category Manager C&S Wholesale Grocers
Crystal Gonzales Director, Merchandising C&S Wholesale Grocers/Grocers Supply
Danna Cox Director, Customer Development II Coca-Cola Co. Bottling Consolidated
Meghan Pennell Senior Director, Customer Development Coca-Cola Co. Bottling Consolidated
Sara Herring Director, Club Channel Coca-Cola Co. Bottling Consolidated
Tonya Price Customer Development Director II-Publix Super Markets Coca-Cola Co. Bottling Consolidated
Shari Wagner Business Account Manager, Kroger Team Crossmark
Stephanie Clark Director of Client Operations Crossmark
Emma Bryan Senior Director Daymon
Hannah Zipp Director of Client Services Daymon
Lisa St. Germain Senior Manager Daymon
Kristen Baird Senior Director, Analytics & Insights Daymon/Interactions Marketing
Melinda  Wing Senior Manager, Operations Daymon/Interactions Marketing
Misty Fontanini Business Manager Daymon/Interactions Marketing
Annette Taylor Director, Category Management Dean Foods Co.
Crystal LaCourse Transportation Operations Manager Delhaize America Distribution LLC
Jennelle Nystrom Head of Product Farmstead
Brandi Langford Human Resources Business Partner Food Lion
Jamie Osborne Associate Creative Director Food Lion
Leslie Atkinson Director of Brand Communications Food Lion
Hannah Walker Senior Director, Technology & Nutrition Policy Food Marketing Institute
Debbie Gustafson Senior Application Manager (IS) Giant Eagle
Tammy Kampsula Director of Bakery Giant Eagle
Amy McAllister-Flynn District Director Giant Food
Cynthia Volk Category Manager Giant Food
Deanna L. Marion-Wilson District Director Giant Food
Kelli Hall HR Business Partner Giant Food
Melanie Mnich Manager, Digital & Loyalty Strategy Giant Food
Dana Sherwood Design Manager Giant/Martin's 
Jennifer Scott Category Manager Giant/Martin's 
Kim Totaro Finance Director Giant/Martin's 
Kimberly O'Hara Deli/Bakery Field Merchandising Specialist Giant/Martin's 
Summer Monnett Category Manager Giant/Martin's 
Jan Caruthers Training Supervisor Hy-Vee Inc.
Mary Beth Hart Director, State Government Relations Hy-Vee Inc.
Melissa Vogel Assistant VP, Marketing Projects Hy-Vee Inc.
Camille Balfanz Brand Manager Litehouse Inc.
Diana Moravits Director of Sales, San Antonio Division Maher Marketing
Cynthia Carbonaro Team Leader, Market Asset Protection Meijer
Emily Henao Director, Marketing Strategy, Campaign Planning & Development Meijer
Karen Langeland Divisional Merchandise Manager-Soft Home Meijer
Melody Langeland Senior Director, Application Managed Services Meijer
Robyn Afrik Diversity & Inclusion Manager Meijer
Amy Brondyke Specialist, Interactive Sales & Support Peapod LLC, An Ahold Delhaize USA Co.
Aminta Price Customer Manager Senior Director Costco, Frito-Lay North America Division PepsiCo
Elizabeth "Liz" Gastineau Key Account Manager, Frito-Lay North America Division PepsiCo
Hana Golden Senior Marketing Manager PepsiCo
Jyoti Mujumudar  Senior Category Advisor, Dollar General, Frito-Lay North America Division PepsiCo
Katie Schiavone Senior Director Shopper Marketing-NAN & Gatorade, DX Shopper Marketing PepsiCo
Kaylee Niestrom Key Account Manager, Frito-Lay North America Division PepsiCo
Stephanie Kinney SC Ops Senior Manager PBC PepsiCo
Stephanie Rivera Sales Category Management Senior Manager NA Commercial Category Leadership PepsiCo
Aileen Musselman Senior Account Executive Procter & Gamble
Christina Fuller Category Development Senior Account Executive Procter & Gamble
Jennifer Williams Marketing Manager, Kroger Team Procter & Gamble
LaJeanna Jennings Grocery Supply Chain Leader, Kroger Team Procter & Gamble
Marie Matacia Senior Manager, Consumer & Market Knowledge, Publix & Grocery Omnichannel Procter & Gamble
Thu-Hien Ronas Associate Director, Meijer, HEB and Wegmans Procter & Gamble
Lesley Daniels Director, Sales & Account Development Produce for Kids
Alexis Foreman Director of Employee Relations Redner's Markets
Anne Morrone Manager II Logistics Retail Business Services, an Ahold Delhaize USA Company
Christina Franklin Director of Space Management Rouses Markets
Dianne Graves Assistant General Counsel Save-A-Lot Food Stores
Kendra Shaw Regional Director-Florida East Save-A-Lot Food Stores
Megan Siedlarczyk District Manager Save-A-Lot Food Stores
Giselle Restrepo Senior Manager Consumer Insights & Analytics Schwan's Co.
Jennifer Holmberg Senior Manager Product Development Schwan's Co.
Angela McKeand Director of Strategic Growth Channels Marketing Schwan's Consumer Brands Inc.
Jessica Longshore Director of Field Sales Strategy Schwan's Consumer Brands Inc.
Michelle Delamielleure Director of Consumer Insights & Analytics Schwan's Consumer Brands Inc.
Melissa Van Gheem Human Resources Director Skogen's Festival Foods
Tracy Cleaves  Front End Operations Senior Director Skogen's Festival Foods
Aishia Kindig Human Resource Manager, Supply Chain Smart & Final
Amanda Cuellar Corporate Merchandising Manager Smart & Final
Kim Cook General Manager, Transportation & Traffic Smart & Final
Madelyn Brooks Human Resource Manager, Associate Relations & Compliance Smart & Final
Katrina Peterson Category Manager Southeastern Grocers
Amy Ellis Pharmacy Services Manager SpartanNash
Carlye Cordes Consumer Relations Manager SpartanNash
Carrie Quigley Director of the Project Management Office SpartanNash
Cassandra Nino Grocery Category Manager SpartanNash
Janis Huffman Pharmacy Operations Manager SpartanNash
Karen Calligaris-Rodriguez Pharmacy Procurement Manager & Pharmacy Warehouse Manager SpartanNash
Kenya Phillips MDV Division Inventory Control Manager SpartanNash
Kristie Bohn-Berman Real Estate Manager SpartanNash
Lauren Mills Marketing Analytics Supervisor SpartanNash
Mary Brunsting Director of Network Systems Engineering SpartanNash
Sherry Ferebee MDV Division Controller SpartanNash
Trish Jones MDV Division Customer Service Manager SpartanNash
Evette Smith Grocery Category Manager Sprouts Farmers Market
Kate Gibson Director of Vitamins Sprouts Farmers Market
Kelli Walter Dairy Category Manager Sprouts Farmers Market
Laura Rajchel HR Business Partner II Stop & Shop
Michele Merchant Category Manager Dairy Stop & Shop
Sheila Walton Human Resources Business Partner Stop & Shop
Brandy Dressen Senior Manager Supervalu
Kelley Wedeking Director, HR Project Management & Org Development Supervalu
Kellie Walker Senior Category Manager Supervalu
Liz Micheletti Manager-Retail Integrity Supervalu
Liz Pham Manager, Corporate Communications Supervalu
Mary Vander Leest Manager Supervalu
Melissa Sax Senior Director, Wholesale HR & Talent Acquisition Supervalu
Stacy Boulier Compensation Manager Supervalu
Brenda Dolan Shelf Management Representative Supervalu/Eastern Region
Nadine Parris Senior Manager, Sales & Marketing Supervalu/Professional Services
Jill Davies Business Integration Lead Target
Kristin Kulpinski Campaign Manager TCC Global
Melissa Pulliam Director, U.S. Sales, Costco The Coca-Cola Co.
Tara Robbe Director of Sales, Warehouse Juice-Walmart US The Coca-Cola Co.
Charlotte Ess Deli Bakery Sales Manager The Kroger Co./Atlanta
Jennifer Barnett District Meat & Seafood Coordinator The Kroger Co./Cincinnati/Dayton
Maria St. Germain Division Deli/Bakery Merchandiser The Kroger Co./Cincinnati/Dayton
Terri Coffey Division Meat & Seafood Merchandiser The Kroger Co./Cincinnati/Dayton
April Markiewitz District Human Resources Manager The Kroger Co./Columbus
Danielle Gordon Operations Specialist The Kroger Co./Columbus
Felicia Delk Division Talent & Development Manager The Kroger Co./Dallas
Rachel Booker Grocery Merchandising Sales Manager The Kroger Co./Delta
Jade Hoefer Deli/Bakery Coordinator The Kroger Co./Dillons
Marcie Wiles Customer 1st Manager The Kroger Co./Dillons
Inshirah Marchan Division Talent & Development Manager The Kroger Co./Food 4 Less
Katie Taylor Division Talent & Development Manager The Kroger Co./Fred Meyer
Rhonda Etnire District Human Resources Manager The Kroger Co./Fred Meyer
Janine Whelan Division Producer Merchandiser The Kroger Co./Fry's
Alicia Pitocco Collaborative Category Optimization Manager The Kroger Co./GO-Cost Management
Anne DiFilippo Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Corporate Digital Marketing The Kroger Co./GO-Digital Marketing
Rebekah Manis Director of Investor Relations (New Title) The Kroger Co./GO-Finance
Rachel Browne Business Owner Deli/Bakery The Kroger Co./GO-Freshness & Standards
Dana Thomas Category Manager of Cosmetics & Nail Care The Kroger Co./GO-HBC
Kim Hryhorchuk Human Resources Manager The Kroger Co./Houston
Cynthia Logan District Manager The Kroger Co./Louisville
Rene Kendrick District Merchandising Manager The Kroger Co./Louisville
Tracy Mobley Plant Manager, Cheese CCE-Center of Excellence Leader The Kroger Co./Manufacturing
Amanda Puck Director of Strategic Brand Development The Kroger Co./Mariano's
Kendall Thomas Ecommerce Specialist The Kroger Co./Mariano's
Marci Reynolds Clinical Sales Manager The Kroger Co./Nashville
Linh Lee Pharmacy Merchandiser The Kroger Co./Ralphs
Francine Wilder Floral Manager The Kroger Co./Roundy's Wisconsin
Aubriana Martindale Division Corporate Affairs Manager The Kroger Co./Smith's
Haritha Reddy Senior Director, Business Intelligence The Kroger Co./VitaCost
Katy Olinski Manager, Regulatory, Nutrition & Scientific Affairs Topco Associates
Jillian Sirica Manager, Digital Marketing Tops Markets LLC
Kathleen Allen Senior Manager of Community Relations Tops Markets LLC
Kathy Romanowski Public & Media Relations Manager Tops Markets LLC
Kanika Sodhi Team Leader, Wakefern Unilever

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