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MaDonna A. Awotwi

MaDonna Awotwi lives by the adage, “Leave people better than you found them,” as an advocate for minority-owned businesses and her lifelong home of Harrisburg.    She is most proud of partnering with the Harrisburg School District to host an entrepreneurship summer camp for middle school students, where students learned how to develop a business. ...

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Catherine Azeles

Catherine Azeles’ passion for finance started at a young age after witnessing her parents struggle with managing their money.    “I saw first-hand the pressure that finances can put on an individual and their families,” she says. “I now realize that my education and experience uniquely position me to help other families.”   “A staple ...

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Amber Billet

Amber Billet took on the role as WellSpan’s Emergency Medicine residency program director less than four years after graduating from residency herself, becoming the program’s first female director in 30 years.   “When patients and their families from the community come to the emergency department, they are in their most vulnerable state, scared and are ...

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Amber Crawford-Wagman

For 16 years, Amber Crawford-Wagman has worn a bracelet inscribed with Mahatma Gandhi’s iconic mantra, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It’s her guiding philosophy.   “As a survivor of sexual violence, I work to educate, advocate, and counsel all survivors of sexual violence,” she says. “In addition to leading a ...

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Michael Eby

As a CPA and business advisor, Michael Eby’s job focuses on facts and figures, but that’s just the start.    “I build relationships with my clients and earn their trust by going the extra mile to address their needs and achieve their goals,” he says. “I’m humbled that many consider me an extension of their ...

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Rebecca Howell Foote

Rebecca Howell Foote earned her first dollar at age 5, sweeping the floors at her parents’ Harley-Davidson dealership.    “(My parents) taught me the value of hard work,” she says. “Nothing was ever given to me as a child. If I wanted to go to the movies or buy the yearbook, I had to pay ...

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Nicholas V. Fox

Nicholas V. Fox attributes his success to his focus on people and his ability to relate to and empathize with individuals.    “Rarely do I find myself in a situation where I cannot find some common interest shared with another person,” he says. “When that common interest is identified and the connection is made, I ...

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Derick Fritchey

During Derek Fritchey’s time at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the organization has increased its distribution from 12 million pounds to nearly 70 million pounds per year, pivoting to meet the community’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.    He negotiated use of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex to use as the food bank’s COVID-19 packing ...

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Kate Harmon

Kate Harmon is dedicated to the York community for a living.    “Whether it’s supporting early childhood education, theater, hosting events, it all comes down to bringing people to the table to improve York and show off what I love about this community,” she says.   Through CrocodileDog Marketing events, Harmon helps organize area wine ...

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John Z. Havas

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have relied on the Paycheck Protection Program this year, and John Z. Havas rose to the challenge to help his customers.    “This money has been vital for many businesses to help keep them afloat while their doors have closed and sales have stopped,” he says. “Being a ...

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Ryan Hayman

Rising from photographer in 2002 to president in 2013, Ryan Hayman helped transition his family’s 70-year-old business from the second to third generation of ownership.    “I orchestrate a team of incredibly talented creative professionals that execute over 200 projects annually,” he says. “We listen to our clients, help them identify and understand their needs, ...

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Mary Kate Holder Grimes

Mary Kate Holder Grimes leads the personnel side of Hershey’s Ice Cream human resources team, assisting with recruiting and welcoming new hires, as well as coordinating the Creamery’s Community Outreach initiatives.    Passionate about community and connection, she takes pride in the accomplishments she achieved during her first year with Harrisburg Young Professionals.    “As ...

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Ashley M. Hershey

Ashley M. Hershey developed her work ethic during shifts at Dairy Queen in high school.   “When a baseball team came in for ice cream, it was an all-hands-on-deck effort,” she says. “If a co-worker made a mess while preparing a dish, there were other hands that should help clean up while the customer was ...

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Tucker R. Hull

Tucker R. Hull loves being his own boss and serving his community of Annville.   “My job today is so much more rewarding because the services I provide have a more direct impact on my friends, family and neighbors — I can help them with their zoning issues, draft estate planning documents when a new ...

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Kim Kamowski

Through her leadership of The Sentinel, Kim Kamowski drives relationships and communication in her hometown.   “By becoming publisher, I was able to reconnect and strengthen the relationship between The Sentinel and the local community that had dwindled over the years,” she says. “Through these relationships, we have developed an editorial board with local community ...

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