Progressive Grocer Presents 2013 Top Women in Grocery Winners

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Finalists include 97 Rising Stars, 81 Senior Execs, 57 Store Managers

Progressive Grocer has named 235 Top Women in Grocery award winners, all of whom will be prominently featured in the leading supermarket industry trade publication’s June 2013 issue.

Now in its seventh year, PG’s Top Women in Grocery awards program recognizes the integral role women play across all areas of the dynamic retail food industry within the retailer and supplier communities in three sectors: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers.

“Building on great strides made in recent years, women continue to swell the ranks of key leadership positions, and it’s truly an honor to see this program grow to such prominence,” said Jeff Friedman, VP/group publisher, Stagnito Media.

“The continuing proliferation of women across all sectors of the industry mirrors the evolutionary growth in the quantity of eligible applicants we received this year, which ultimately resulted in a final tally of 97 Rising Stars, 81 Senior-Level Executives and 57 Store Managers,” noted Meg Major, PG editorial director. “The total body of work exhibited by our new slate of honorees is a true testament to the range of talent residing in all pockets of the all-important supermarket business,” not only in such traditionally female niches as store managers and marketing positions, but also in nontraditional roles previously held only by men, including construction, information technology, transportation and warehouse facilities management.

All Top Women in Grocery winners will be recognized in PG’s June 2013 issue, and will also be honored at a gala awards celebration that will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Westin Chicago North Shore, Wheeling, Ill., including dinner, an after-dinner dessert party, and a first-ever networking and mentoring program. More information will be forthcoming on the 2013 Top Women in Grocery celebration, including continuing updates and program details, all of which promise to make this year’s event shine as brightly as those to whom it’s dedicated.

As the voice of the retail food industry for 91 years, Progressive Grocer serves the largest audience in the retail food channel, including top management at supermarket headquarters and top decision-makers at store level. From chain supermarkets to independent supermarkets, supercenters, wholesalers and food brokers, PG’s national readership relies on the publication and website for its authoritative, relevant, research-based editorial coverage, news and analysis. Progressive Grocer is owned by Deerfield, Ill-based Stagnito Media.

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The full list of PG’s 2013 Top Women in Grocery recipients appears below.


Andrea Young
Experiential Marketing, IN Marketing Services
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Jill Griffin
President, IN Marketing Services
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Lisa Klauser
Integrated Marketing Services, Consumer and Shopper Marketing
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Melissa Oesterreich
VP, Client Services
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Tania King
VP, General Counsel
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Tanya Domier
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Andrea Eldridge
VP, Associate Engagement & Development
Ahold USA

Gail Scavetta
VP of Division Human Resources
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-New England

Rebecca B. Kane
VP, Customer Specific and Brand Management
Ahold USA

Stacy Wiggins
Regional VP, Operations
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-NY Metro

Stephanie Plaines
VP, Business Planning and Performance
Ahold USA

Ronda Aurand
Regional VP –West
Atkins Nutritionals Inc.

Lynna Truong
Atlantic Supermarket

Karena Niblett
Regional VP

Anita Dahlstrom
SVP of Human Resources

Stacey Couch
VP of Meat and Seafood

Kimberly Kessler
Bronson's SuperValu Inc.

Becky Foster
VP of Construction and Maintenance
Buehler's Fresh Foods

Jan DeLyser
VP of Marketing
California Avocado Commission

Irene Chang Britt
President, Pepperidge Farm; SVP, Global Baking & Snacking
Campbell Soup Co.

Sarah Schloemer
CommonKindness Inc.

Christine Mefford
SVP/CEO, Retail Technologies

Sheila Gamble
SVP of Client Services

Joyce B. Chandler
Chief of Perishable Division
Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)

Renee Barch-Niles
Emilia Personal Care

Susan T. Borra
SVP of Communications
Food Marketing Institute

Jenna Schafer
VP Technology
Gordy’s Market

Donna Tweeten
VP, Brand Image

Laura Fulton
President, Perishable Distributors of Iowa; VP
Hy-Vee Inc.

Linda Sharp
EVP, Secretary & Treasurer, Perishable Distributors of Iowa

Paula Correy
Chief Customer Officer, SVP

Brenda Lightfoot
Director of Retail Operations
Kroger/Southwest Div.

Carin Fike
Director and Assistant Treasurer

Denise Osterhues
Director, Associate Communications

Erin Sharp
SVP, Manufacturing Operations

Kathleen Barclay
SVP, Human Resources

Lisa Chenney
VP of Operations
Kroger/QFC Division

Lisa Holsclaw
Corporate VP of HBC/GM and Pharmacy

Martha Sarra
VP and Chief Compliance Officer, Corporate Law

Sukanya Madlinger
Kroger/Cincinnati/Dayton Division

Susan Ramsay
Director, Creative Services, Customer Comm. & Marketing

Jodi Zema
Kuhn's Quality Foods

Peggy Davies
VP Vegetable Business Unit and Industrial Sales
McCain Foods USA

Subriana Pierce
Managing Partner
Navigator Sales & Marketing

Deborah Dory
Newport Avenue Market

Sally Genster Robling
EVP, Pinnacle Foods/President, Birds Eye Frozen Division
Pinnacle Foods

Barbara Walker
SVP, Consumer Communications and Integrated Marketing

Carrie Rasmussen
VP, IT, Customer Service and Support

Cathy Lord
VP, Compensation and Relocation

Deb Fifles
VP, Consumer and Shopper Insights

Diane Dietz

Elizabeth Shoemaker
VP, Integrated Marketing

Jewel Hunt
Group VP, Pharmacy Health and Wellness

Kristen Heiden
VP, Labor Relations, Collectively Bargained Benefits

Larree Renda
EVP and Safeway Foundation Chairwoman

Laura Peters
VP Retail Operations, Vons

Leslie Nelson
VP of Finance and CFO, Texas Division

Lori Raya
President of Vons

Melissa Plaisance
SVP, Finance and Investor Relations/Executive Officer

Michele Silva
VP, Human Resources

Monica McCombs
VP, Supply Chain Operations

Nancy Cota
VP, Consumer Brands, Innovation

Shawn Lovering
VP, Business and Development, Safeway Health

Toby Noiles
SVP of Merchandising-Beverages, Snacks, Main Meal and Meals and Ingredients

Tonya Herring
VP, Category Development Consumer Brands

Debbie Benning
Sendik's Food Markets

Rosie Squieri
VP of Operations Support
Smart & Final

Diana Godfrey
Group VP of Sales and Marketing
Smart & Final

Jeanne Norcross
VP, Corporate Affairs
Spartan Stores

Bekah Swan
VP, Deli and Bakery

Janel Haugarth
EVP/President, Independent Business & Supply Chain Services

Karla Robertson
VP, Law, Employment, Compensation and Benefits

Kimberly Myrdahl
VP, Litigation, Regulatory and Compliance

Michele Murphy
EVP, Human Resources and Corporate Communications

Michelle "Micky" Nye
VP of Banner Operations
Supervalu/Shoppers Food & Pharmacy

Patty Fishman
VP, Merchandising

Shawn Moren
VP, Human Resources

Cathy Shifflett
VP, Center Store Merchandising and Marketing
Tops Markets LLC

Diane Colgan
VP, Sales & Marketing
Tops Markets LLC

Christine Neal
SVP, Finance and Treasurer
Unified Grocers

Kathy Loftus
Global Leader of Sustainable Engineering and Energy Mgmt.
Whole Foods Market

Carol May
Wisdom Natural Brands


Mary Washinko
Deli Sales and Merchandising Manager
Acme Markets Inc.

Melinda Kellams
Client Team Leader
Advantage Sales & Marketing

Allison Goldstein
Director of Human Resources
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-New England

Catherine Moses
Manager of Customer Service
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-New England

Christine Aziz
District Director
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-New England

Christine Nickerson
Director, Labor Law
Ahold USA

Gayle Shields
Director of Pharmacy Operations
Ahold USA/Giant-Landover

Joél Johnston
Senior Director Compliance
Ahold USA

Katy Mitrani
Human Resources Manager
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-NY Metro

Kimberly Cannon
Director Internal Communications
Ahold USA

Stefanie Cain
District Director
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-NY Metro

Susan Eveland
Customer Service Director
Ahold USA/Giant-Carlisle

Susan Sanville
Director of Human Resources/Labor Relations
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop- New England

Taunya Williams-Garrett
Senior Director Corporate Human Resources
Ahold USA

Wendy Maclay
Senior Director, Merchandising Services
Ahold USA

Kristin Sutton
Front End and Guest Satisfaction Manager

Candice St. Pierre
Southeast Region Manager
Atkins Nutritionals Inc.

Jennifer Keane
Human Resources Manager
Balducci's Holdings LLC

Angela Gordon-Somers
Distribution Center Manager

Jennifer Short
Regional Sales Manager

Pam Rains
National Sales and Marketing Director
Brookshire Grocery Co./Mfg Div.

Cristy Scott
Director of Management Talent

Julia Hunt
Division Manager

Kallie Millar
Director of Field Operations

Lisa Hazen
Senior Director of Human Resources

Sue Sedberry
Senior Director, Business Insights

Inbar Feller
Director of New Business Development
Emilia Personal Care

Jennifer Jorgensen
Business Unit Director
General Mills

K.C. Danzansky
Trade Marketing Director, Mill City Division
General Mills

Gloria Bray
POS Auditor/Trainer
Gerland Corp.

Amy Allison
Category Manager
Giant Eagle

Cecilia Ottenweller
C-store Specialist
Giant Eagle

Corinne Deasy
Floral Director
Giant Eagle

Denise Dolgos
Senior Mgr, In-store Communications & Print Procurement
Giant Eagle

Karen Andelmo
Energy and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator
Giant Eagle

Brooke Barnes
Director, Restaurant Development

Lindsay Knoop
Assistant Director, Financial Reporting

Noreen Otto
Director, State Government Relations

Ruth Comer
Assistant VP, Media Relations

Sara Canady
Director, Brand Image

Karen Roche
Director of Digital and Loyalty Marketing
Kings Food Markets

Amy Stevens
Senior Manager, Logistics

Angie Herman
District Manager

Bettina Hall
Grocery Sales Manager

Christy Greenway
District Manager

Cynthia Malen
District Manager
Kroger/Fred Meyer Stores

Danna Edwards
District Coordinator
Kroger/King Soopers Div.

Dawn Gilmore
Senior Manager of Talent Development

Elizabeth "Liz" Wilson
Merchandiser Service Deli and Bakery

Janet Ausdenmoore
Manager, Cause Marketing, Philanthropy and
The Kroger Co. Foundation

Janice Walker
District Manager
Kroger/Southwest Div.

Joella Comstock
Winning in Each Store Deep Dive Division Coordinator
Kroger/Mid-South Div.

Karen Shanks
Kroger/Atlanta Div.

Kathy Wagenknecht
Talent Manager
Kroger/Columbus Div.

Laura Raney
Manager, Pharmacy Regulatory Compliance & Gov. Relations

Leticia Trinidad
Multicultural Specialist

Lisa Byrd
IS&S/Solutions Delivery Manager 3

Lisa McQueary
Senior Manager of Enterprise Labor Scheduling

Mary Ann Bokenkotter
Grocery Merchandiser
Kroger/Cincinnati/Dayton Div.

Mary Baugher
Drug GM Merchandiser
Kroger/Southwest Div.

Natalie Collier
General Manager, Tara Foods

Rana Schiff
Senior Risk & AML Compliance Manager, Kroger Personal Finance

Rocio Indacochea
Hispanic Category Manager

Rose Mary "Rosie" Meyer
Manager-Strategic Sourcing & Procurement

Sally Ray
District Manager

Sara Shelton
Head of Money Services, Kroger Personal Finance

Staci Thompson-Hock
Drug/GM Merchandiser
Kroger/Columbus Div.

Stephanie Herbert
Senior Category Manager

Jennifer Autry
Director of Sales-Kroger

Karen B. Durfee
Director, Space Management-Kroger

Lisa Christianson
Senior Director Strategy and Insights-Kroger

Michelle Bellah
Director-Chilled Juices and Drinks-PepsiCo

Toby Johnson
Senior Director of Sales

Jane Pixley
Bakery Business Development Director
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Shelly Carroll
Business Development Director of Meals
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Skyla Lowe
Retail Improvement Specialist
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Barbara Van Dine
Director of Training and Development
Smart & Final

Clare Cruz
Regional Human Resources Manager
Smart & Final

Janet Ray
Senior Counsel
Smart & Final

Karen Lobue
Director of Pricing and Data Integrity
Smart & Final

Kassandra Garibay
Category Manager
Smart & Final

Katie Markofski
Category Manager
Smart & Final

Deb Thurston
Manager, Computer Support Center
Spartan Stores

Karen Bakewell
GM/HBC Merchandising Director
Spartan Stores

Marti Hitchings
Marketing Manager
Spartan Stores

Tammy Hurley
Corporate Accounting and Analysis Director
Spartan Stores

Lauren Rosenblum
Communications Manager
Sprouts Farmers Market

Lisa Echard
General Manager, Distribution Center

Carol Gilgunn
Category Manager, Health Beauty & Wellness
Tops Markets LLC

Charlene Craven
District Manager
Tops Markets LLC

Janet Perc
Director of Remarkable Customer Service
Tops Markets LLC

Katie McKenna
Manager of Communications and Public Relations
Tops Markets LLC

Kristine Wydro
Director, Human Resources
Tops Markets LLC

Susan Durfee
Category Manager Dairy/Frozen Foods
Tops Markets LLC

Marie Lopez
Director, Consumer Insights
Unified Grocers

Staci Webber
Director, Distribution, Seattle
Unified Grocers


Kim Trincia
Store Director, Store #7828, Hockessin, Del.
Acme Markets Inc.

Brandi Petway
Store Manager, Store #316, Greenbelt, Md.
Ahold USA/Giant-Landover

Joni Martino
Store Manager, Store #787 Northampton, Mass.
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-New England

Karen Lima
Store Manager, Store #2607, Stonington, Conn.
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-New England

Kimberly Cordeiro
Store Manager, Store #444, Whitman, Mass.
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-New England

Margaret Pelser
Store Manager, Store #96, Woburn, Mass.
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-New England

Mary McEvoy
Store Manager, Store #442, Edgartown, Mass.
Ahold USA/Stop & Shop-New England

Michelle Rex
Store Manager Store #6457, Trexlertown, Pa.
Ahold USA/Giant-Carlisle

Monica Mazzini
Store Manager Level 2, Store #799, Leesburg, Va.
Ahold USA/Giant-Landover

Sonya Brown
Store Manager, Store #373, District Heights, Md.
Ahold USA/Giant-Landover

Kathi Swift
Store Director #156, Boise, Idaho

Nicole Barrow
Store Director #711, Spring Hill, Fla.

Tammy Outlaw
Store Director #110, Leesburg, Ga.

Tina West
Store Director #526, Northport, Ala.

Courtney Hunter
Store Director, Store #136, Bowie, Texas
Brookshire Grocery Co.

Georgia Habit
Store Manager, Store #2203, Charlotte, N.C.
Food Lion

Dana Gress
Store Leader, Store #47, Pittsburgh
Giant Eagle/Market District

Pati Gastaldo
Store Leader, Store #4133, Middlefield, Ohio
Giant Eagle

Renee Dawson-Pilat
Store Leader, Store #6381, Willoughby, Ohio
Giant Eagle

Shelly Ferrier
Senior Store Leader, Store #4601, Wadsworth, Ohio
Giant Eagle

Jeri Maher
Store Manager, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Gordy’s County Market

Debra Riedel
Store Director, Store #1, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Ginny Ward
Store Director, Store #2, Omaha, Neb.

Jennifer Knesel
Store Director, Winona, Minn.

Susan Jones
Store Director, Shawnee Kan.

Suzi Sundholm
Store Director, Store #3, Davenport, Iowa

Tonia Petterson
Store Director, Humboldt, Iowa

Sandy Kraft
Store Director, Aberdeen, S.D.

Bobbie Marshall
Store Manager, Store #520, Arlington, Texas
Kroger/Southwest Div.

Christi Hodge
Store Manager, Store #544, Clarksville, Tenn.
Kroger/Mid-South Div.

Deborah Hilton
Store Manager, Store #343, Pearland, Texas
Kroger/Southwest Div.

Lisa Scholl
Store Manager, Store #857, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
Kroger/QFC Div.

Marty Irwin
Store Manager, Store #525, Knoxville, Tenn.
Kroger/Atlanta Div.

Misty Herman
Store Manager, Store #440, Montrose, Colo.
Kroger/King Soopers/City Market Div.

Tami Stargel
Store Manager, Store #901, Erlanger, Ky.
Kroger/Cincinnati/Dayton Div.    

Bernadette Viens
Store Manager, Store #541, Atlanta
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Bobbi Jean Sherry
Store Manager, Store #123, Nashville, Tenn.
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Christiana Nelson
Store Manager, Store #386, Clearwater, Fla.
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Denise Murray
Store Manager, Store #752, Lithonia, Ga.
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Heather Strickland
Store Manager, Store #662, Orlando, Fla.
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Kimberly Koennemann
Store Manager, Store #266, Punta Gorda, Fla.
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Michelle Nygren
Store Manager, Store #1383, Lexington, S.C.
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Natalie Diel
Store Manager, Store #383, South Walton Beach, Fla.
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Stacie Bradham
Store Manager, Store #1324, Tampa, Fla.
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Talla McGahee
Store Manager, Store #1006, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Publix Super Markets Inc.

Erin Pichee
Store Manager, Store #407, Alton, Ill.

Kelly Conner
Store Manager, Store #526, San Rafael, Calif.
Smart & Final

Maria Serrano
Store Manager, Store #598, Lakewood, Calif.
Smart & Final

Toni Munkres
Store Manager, Store #525, Moorpark, Calif.
Smart & Final

Lisa Landis
Store Director, Davison, Mich.
Spartan Stores/VG’s Grocery

Cary Saladino
Store Director, Store #3502, Woodstock, Ill.

Rosemary Castillo
Store Director, Store #3154, Countryside, Ill.

Kristin Goetz
Store Manager, Store #224, Williamsville, N.Y.
Tops Markets LLC

Laura Charron
Store Manager, Store #415, Henrietta, N.Y.
Tops Markets LLC

Lori Farmer
Store Manager, Store #38, Wrights Corners, N.Y.
Tops Markets LLC

Melissa Dillon
Store Manager, Store #403, Gates, N.Y.
Tops Markets LLC

Patty Bianco
Store Manager, Store #119, Grand Island, N.Y.
Tops Markets LLC

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