DSN honors top women in retail

David Salazar
Managing Editor
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Drug Store News is shining a spotlight on women in the mass retail industry making a difference with its Top Women in Health, Wellness and Beauty Awards, honoring winners with a two-day event held in Chicago in November. 
The event, Top Women in Health, Wellness and Beauty, will honor more than 140 women who are making a difference in the mass retail industry. These women were selected by their peers at retail chains, distributors and suppliers across the country. 
The event will be held on Nov. 20 and 21 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. It will kick off with an evening networking reception that is followed by the award dinner at the Fairmont. 
The next morning there is a networking breakfast that is followed by the keynote address given by Kelly McDonald, a marketing and advertising specialist and considered one of the nation’s top experts in consumer trends, generational differences and leveraging the customer experience. She is the founder of McDonald Marketing, which has twice been named one of the “Top Ad Agencies in the U.S.” by Advertising Age magazine and ranked as one of the fastest-growing independently-owned companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine.
After McDonald’s keynote address, a panel discussion on “Battles Fought, Lost and How We Won,” will discuss how far women have come, what they did to get here and what is needed to reach the next level. Panelist include Judy Sansone of CVS, Lisa Paley of GlaxoSmithKline and Lori Flees of Sam’s Club,
Sarah Alter, the CEO of the Network of Executive Women (NEW), will be presenting “Kicking Glass” research. That will be followed by a panel on “Forming Alliances, Finding Sponsors and Learning from Mentors. Panelists will include Sue Smith of Emerson Group, Rina Shah of Walgreens, Alison Castillo of Unilever, Kim Vigliante of Piping Rock and Melissa Myles Edwards of Ulta. 
The event will close with a discussion at 11 a.m. with Kristin Shane, senior vice president of merchandising for PetSmart. From corporate life to startup life, Kristin Shane has lead multi-billion dollar businesses at major retailers like Target and PetSmart as well as started an innovative fitness studio concept called Fly Feet Running. Through those experiences she shares the rules of the road to find your authentic voice, be the best version of yourself, live your purpose, and manage a successful career with raising kids and family. 
Winners were selected in four categories: Career Achievement, Business Excellence, Commitment to Care and Rising Stars. 
Full list of winners below, listed alphabetically by company. 

Career Achievement

  • Judy Sansone, senior vice president of front-store business and chief merchant, CVS Health
  • Mary Reno, CEO of Innovation

Business Excellence

    • Amy Estes, division vice president, Advantage Consumer Healthcare
    • Tami Tollefson, vice president of merchandising for beauty, Albertsons
    • Vicki Mangus, executive director of sales, Anda
    • Claire Levine, senior manager of trade marketing, BD
    • Naomi Duvall, vice president of consumer health and manufacturer services, Cardinal Health
    • Preety Sidhu, vice president of marketing, Cardinal Health at-Home Solutions
    • Laura Kellly, national account manager for CVS Health, Coca-Cola
    • Liz Picariello, director of customer solutions for the drug channel, Coca-Cola
    • Keech Combe Shetty co-CEO, Combe
    • Ellen Slicklen, senior vice president/general manager of Conair HBA/Allegro, Conair
    • Kim Wailor, OTC buyer, Costco
    • Teresa Thompson, vitamins and supplements buyer, Costco
    • Emily Comroe, Walgreens national account manager for CoverGirl, Coty
    • Maly Bernstein, vice president of beauty and personal care, CVS Health
    • Kim Shafer, CEO, Daily Body Restore
    • Marsha Garcia, vice president, Doctor Easy Medical Products
    • Emily Taylor, senior vice president/GMM for non-consumables and health and beauty care, Dollar General
    • Michele Muhammad, vice president of marketing, DSE
    • Rebecca Brown, vice president of marketing, ET Browne
    • Sue Smith, partner and business manager,  Emerson Group
    • Elyse Dickerson, CEO and co-founder, Eosera
    • Tawanna Burnett, global group lead, Facebook
    • Debbie Krasnow, senior director of managed care, Giant Eagle
    • Leigh Shirley, director of pharmacy operations, Giant Food Stores
    • Laura Fuentes, CEO and co-founder, Green Roads
    • Deborah Monahan, director of shopper insights and capabilities, GSK Consumer Healthcare
    • Jennifer Nadelson, brand director, GSK Consumer Healthcare
    • Lisa Paley, general manager for U.S. and Puerto Rico, GSK Consumer Healthcare
    • Amy McAnarney, VP/GM Key Accounts & Business Development, Hallmark
    • Dawn Vogelsang, president, Hamacher Resource Group
    • Tracy Bliss, business unit director of beauty, H-E-B
    • Kim Sines, senior vice president of sales, Hello 
    • Tina Jackse, vice president of sales, Henkel
    • Donna Tweeten, executive vice president, chief marketing officer and chief customer officer, Hy-Vee
    • Angie Nelson, group vice president of retail pharmacy,  Hy-Vee
    • Lisa Lanham, vice president of global regions, i-Health
    • Lari Harding, vice president of strategy and marketing,  Inmar
    • Joahne Carter, senior director of specialty sales, Johnson & Johnson
    • Kelli Rodriguez, U.S. sales and marketing leader, Kamedis Dermatology
    • Ann Boyles, director of sales, Kao
    • Colleen Lindholz, president, Kroger Health
    • Brandyn Muegge,vice president of U.S. sales, MAV Beauty Brands
    • Lynette Ackley, vice president of beauty, GM, OTC, cards, and party, Meijer
    • Deborah Levy Abreu,vice president of marketing, Navajo
    • Carol Carrozza, marketing manager, Okamoto USA
    • Debbie Adams Alsup ,vice president of sales, Walmart team, Paris Presents
    • Kimberly Vigliante, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Piping Rock Health Products
    • Clare Campbell, senior account executive, Walgreens eam, Procter & Gamble
    • Michelle Battello, director, CVS Pharmacy team, Procter & Gamble
    • Judi Kletz, managing director of North America industry affairs, Procter & Gamble
    • Mariana Eagen, senior manager of CVS Pharmacy team analytics and insights, Procter & Gamble
    • Ruthie Apple, senior account executive for hair care, CVS Pharmacy team, Procter & Gamble
    • Keris Clark,  North America national category sales manager for Olay, Procter & Gamble
    • Stephanie Robertson, brand director, Olay North America, Procter & Gamble
    • Donda Mullis, co-founder and chief marketing officer, Raw Sugar Living
    • Summer Kerley, vice president of clinical services and business development, Rite Aid
    • Jocelyn Konrad, chief pharmacy officer, Rite Aid
    • Stacey Roberts, vice president of merchandising, Rite Aid
    • Laura Shaw, vice president of strategic initiative management and lean engineering, Rite Aid
    • Karen Staniforth, senior vice president of pharmacy, Rite Aid
    • Kimberly Frazier, senior associate counsel, Sam’s Club  
    • Lori Flees, senior vice president of health and wellness, Sam’s Club
    • Christina Hennington, senior vice president/general merchandise manager of essentials, beauty, hardlines and services, Target
    • Sandra Canally, founder and CEO, The Compliance Team
    • Courtney Adeleye, founder, The Mane Choice
    • Nancy Duitch , founder, president and CEO, Sera Labs
    • Kristen Hanson, vice president of merchandising, Tops Markets
    • Monica Arnaudo, senior vice president of merchandising, Ulta Beauty
    • Alison Castillo, industry relations and sustainable living, Unilever
    • Rina Shah, group vice president of specialty and retail pharmacy operations, Walgreens
    • Lauren Brindley, group vice president and general merchandise manager of beauty and personal care, Walgreens
    • Helayna Minsk, group vice president of Walgreens retail brands, Walgreens
    • Jody Pinson,vice president of beauty, Walmart
    • Latriece Watkins, senior vice president, Walmart
    • Karen Shadders, vice president of health and beauty care, wellness, home and entertaining, Wegmans

Commitment to Care

    • Janis Levit, director of pharmacy operations for ACME Division, Albertsons
    • Julie Spier, pharmacy director for the Southern division, Albertsons
    • Tonya Shackelford, vice president of clinical services, Benzer Pharmacy
    • Nicole Harrington, senior director of pharmacy professional services, CVS Health
    • Ann Hamlin, director of training and science, DisposeRx
    • Grace Fisher, Regional Pharmacy Manager, Giant Food Stores
    • Donna Montemayor, Senior Director, Pharmacy Professional Services, marketing and Strategic Initiatives, H-E-B
    • Mary Wise, owner and pharmacist-in-charge, Herold's Pharmacy
    • Stacia Schaeffer, pharmacy team leader, Store #254, Meijer
    • Amanda McIntosh, pharmacy team leader, Store #288, Meijer
    • Heather Schultz, Pharmacy Team Lead Store #42, Meijer
    • Shannon Blair, COO of RediClinic, Rite Aid
    • Mary Miller, Manager, clinical and pharmacy services, Rite Aid
    • April Hopper, manager, drug information center, Rite Aid
    • Shannon Buhl, regional business director, IDN, hospitals and clinics, Southwest, Sandoz
    • Gayle Shields, vice president of pharmacy and grocery non-food, Southeastern Grocers

Rising Stars

    • Jessica Covaci, manager drug information center, Albertsons 
    • Nikki Price, pharmacy director, Denver/Intermountain Division, Albertsons
    • Erin Shaal, group director specialty pharmacy, Albertsons 
    • Amanda Sicvol, country manager, USA, Alliance Pharma
    • Audrey McCarthy, senior category manager, AmerisourceBergen
    • April Coudriet, category manager, consumer products, AmerisourceBergen
    • Meghann Chilcott, former chief technology and marketing officer, Benzer Pharmacy
    • Gina VonEye, former vice president of marketing, Benzer Pharmacy
    • Emily Majkowski, team lead, Walgreens, Beiersdorf
    • Jessica Adams, manager of regulatory affairs, Cardinal Health
    • Stephanie Trachtenberg, marketing Director, Clio
    • Kim Garner, national account executive for the still portfolio-Walgreens, Coca-Cola
    • Becky Dant, director professional services, Costco
    • Lauren Bowers, buyer, healthcare, Dollar General
    • Elizabeth Karvonen, CVS co-lead and NSM store brands, Emerson Group
    • Lauren Wittenberg, director of sales, team leader, Target, Emerson Group
    • Kristin Frantz, category manager of beauty and baby, Giant Food Stores 
    • Emily Steinkamp, brand manager of health and wellness, Giant Food Stores
    • Miki Stephens, director of operations, Harmony Hemp
    • Crystal Lennartz, vice president of pharmacy performance, Health Mart
    • Annie Iles, director, customer development, beauty and personal care, J&J
    • Stephane Hillman, national account manager, Markwins
    • Brianna McCrae, national account manager, Markwins
    • Jenn Martin, director of OTC healthcare, Meijer
    • Jessica Arman, CEO, My Magic Mud
    • Chikako Amendola, Director of Channel Strategy, Nature's Bounty 
    • Amy Alt, director of sales oral care, Procter & Gamble
    • Anna Finke, feminine care category account executive, Procter & Gamble
    • Jamie Connell, senior account executive, hair care, CVS Team, Procter & Gamble
    • Elisa Eobstel, personal care end to end business leader + native sales leader, Procter & Gamble
    • Katie Petti, director central and specialty pharmacy, Publix Super Markets
    • Shelly Boyle, regional vice president, Rite Aid
    • Teri Schanck, vice president of talent management, Rite Aid
    • Caroline Riogi, director, corporate compliance health and wellness, Sam’s Club
    • Michelle Roszel, senior manager clinical services programs of health and wellness, Sam’s Club
    • Prathibha Rajashekhar, vice president and department merchandise manager of OTC, Sam’s Club
    • Vallery Huston, director of specialty pharmacy and clinical services, Southeastern Grocers
    • Amy Ellis, manager of pharmacy services, Spartan Nash
    • Nicole Bernabe, consultant, customer service operations at TelePharm, a Cardinal Health Company
    • Courtney Henecke, senior product manager, product and solutions marketing at TelePharm, a Cardinal Health Company
    • Beatrice Dixon, founder, The Honey Pot Company
    • Melissa Myles Edwards, divisional merchandise manager, mass skincare, bath and body and Suncare, Ulta Beauty
    • Sarah Malinski, director of customer development health and beauty channel, Unilever
    • Psyche Terry , founder, Urban Hydration
    • Emily Shafer, manager at office of clinical integrity, Walgreens
    • Sarah Freedman, senior manager of specialty pharmacy operations, Walgreens
    • Lauren Adams, healthcare supervisor, Walgreens
    • Megan Mistarz, senior director of payer analytics and operations, Walgreens
    • Staci Cochran, senior buying manager of OTC, Walmart

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