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Trailblazers: MetroWest & Worcester

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around MetroWest & Worcester that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Elizabeth Klebart

When I was pregnant with my son in 2011, I was laid off from my teaching job and was in a panic to find employment.  Once my son was born and I held him in my arms, I couldn’t imagine anywhere I would rather be, than with him. I never imagined myself having children, never mind being a stay-at-home-mom,  so this was a huge shock to me.  I decided that I was going to do everything in my power to continue to stay home with him, despite being told that “single mothers” don’t have that option. Read more>>

Cheri Kevane

I have always been a creative, and although I’ve found ways to apply that in my day job, I’ve always needed to design to really feel fulfilled. When my husband and I started building our farmhouse, I wanted a way to document it for ourselves as well as share with friends and family who wanted to stay updated. Read more>>

Chaya Aronson

I began doing the work I do through my own personal healing journey. I lived with Interstitial Cystitis and Chronic Pelvic Pain. I struggled all the way through nursing school as I obtained my RN license. At the recommendation of a friend, I explored Maya Abdominal Massage for my own healing, and immediately recognized that it would make a huge difference for me. Read more>>

Amanda Simonelli

The world I see from my eyes encompasses many other “worlds” and “dimensions” within it, be it certain subcultures or the quantum field. Some are right in front of or inside us but we don’t recognize them right away. Something like the old adage of a dog seeing a rainbow. Read more>>

Sarah Alexander

It is that very same curiosity that has taken me to where I am today. I take in my surroundings, observing, taking mental notes, then process those snippets of thoughts throughout my work. I’ve found a lifestyle and a career doing exactly what got me into trouble as a child. My drawings and paintings are how I attempt to communicate what I see and feel. Read more>>

Tina Fitanides

Enter life coaching! In many ways, I’ve been a coach for a long time. I have always loved having deep conversations with women, listening to their stories, and diving deep into their thoughts and motivations. And it honestly lit a fire in my belly when, as a lawyer, I worked with women to help them learn to advocate for themselves and their children get to a better place in life! Read more>>

Linda Bond

In 1968 I began studying mathematics at Bradley University in Illinois but after one semester, encouraged by friends, I changed my major and entered the College of Art. At 18 years old, I walked into my first art class and found my passion. Since then, this passion has defined my life. Read more>>

Danielle “Yelli” Butler

My journey and experiences in education have heavily influenced my art career. I attended a K-12 charter school in Foxborough, Massachusetts that didn’t have the funding to offer me or my peers more than two art electives during the whole eight years that I attended. That is where I learned to use any materials available to make art. Read more>>

MaryEllen Letarte

After retiring from fundraising at the Fitchburg Art Museum, I turned to writing as a way to share my thoughts and experiences with my children and grandchildren. I had been encouraged by friends and colleagues to pursue my love of poetry. Unfortunately, I had not written many poems. Read more>>

Cortney Puza

In my years as a competitive dancer, I enjoyed many things about the experience. I enjoyed the physical commitment, pushing myself to be the best I could be, performing, learning new material, etc. However, what always stuck with me were the relationships and connections I built along the way. Read more>>

Pamela Ann Lefferts

When I was first asked to do an interview, I wondered what would I say. Who am I? What is my purpose? These are questions I have asked myself all my life. I don’t know if I have the answers yet… but I do know one thing. It’s not over until it is over. Never give up. Read more>>

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