Member Spotlight

July 28, 2016 Member Spotlight

Meet NAPW members in Member Spotlight, a monthly column where members highlight their careers and businesses. This week, we feature four accomplished women, so be sure to check out each of their profiles. VIP, Elite and Preferred Members: to be featured in an upcoming issue of the newsletter, contact us at

blog_Shevaun_V_RudkinShevaun Rudkin

Company: PeaceHealth
St. Joseph Medical Center
Industry: Healthcare
Title: Program Manager for
Location: Bellingham, WA

NAPW: What are your biggest strengths/talents in your position?

Rudkin: It’s all in the details. My theory is if we take care of all the little things, there won’t be any big problems. Granted sometimes there are a lot of little things to take care of but if we share the load and become experts in our fields the details, although many, become easier and clearer.

NAPW: What do you feel is your most important business skill?

Rudkin: Thinking “outside the box” has become an important business skill in today’s market. A mentor taught me to look at even the biggest obstacles as opportunities for growth. Turning a negative into a positive changes the environment and everyone’s thinking within it. It empowers people to think for themselves instead of being dependent on one person for the answers. I believe it was this thinking that allowed me to win the Washington State March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award for Innovation and Creativity in 2008.

NAPW: Which online career tools or apps do you use most?

Rudkin: Skype meetings. I wish I had come up with this idea and patented it! Whether you are in the same building, down the street or in another state, being able to talk to each other and share screens has changed the way we work.

NAPW: How have you overcome budget constraints while promoting your business?

Rudkin: In healthcare, budgets have become very tight and we are faced with a no frills, do more with less type of environment. The need to be creative with what we have is unfortunately an everyday occurrence and figuring out a way to make the everyday occurrences, regardless of what heading they may fall under become ‘more’ is a necessity.

NAPW: How do you maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity?

Rudkin: I have two very strong men in my life. My husband, David Kavanagh, a very talented Dentist of over 20 years, here in Bellingham, WA, and an equally talented Orthopedic Surgeon Jim Holstine, DO, who is also the Medical Director of two of the three programs I manage. Between the two of them I can discuss any of the everyday issues that come up and collaboratively work out solutions. We all have different strengths and look at things from different perspectives, which helps in coming up with ideas.

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blog_Shannon_SkevakisShannon Skevakis

Company: Lap of Love
Industry: Veterinary
Title: Owner/Medical Director
Location: Avenel, NJ

NAPW: What tools or processes do you use to stay organized?

Skevakis: I love Apple products as they allow me to stay very organized. I carry both my iPhone and iPad with me on appointments. I use them to keep track of my appointments on my calendar, to print any handouts or receipts with my mobile printer, for my GPS to get where I need to go, to monitor my emails and to keep in touch with my support staff answering phones. Lastly, I use them in conjunction with my MacBook Pro, where I can start working on a pet’s memorial and my paperwork easily.

NAPW: Describe a situation in which you were able to positively influence the actions of others in a desired direction.

Skevakis: When I was working in general practice I worked with a young college student who aspired to enter the veterinary profession. I love to teach, especially to those who will listen, so I took him under my wing. I wanted him to get as much exposure to the “real world” of the profession before he hit veterinary school, because there are a lot of things that can’t be taught in school. When this student was applying to schools, I was honored to write a letter of recommendation for him and I have subsequently helped him in that capacity as he continues through school.

NAPW: What ways have you found to make your job easier or more rewarding?

Skevakis: Find something in your profession that you love to do. I always thought that I would in a general practice clinic. That is where I loved to be. After about four and a half years of working in general practice and starting a family, I realized that it wasn’t for me. I wanted to find a niche where I could help families, their pets and feel good about what I was doing without putting too much stress on my personal life. Lap of Love has created that niche for me. I don’t have compassion fatigue or the pressures of feeling like I am a failure because I couldn’t help a pet. I help families and their ailing geriatric or terminally ill pets in their most vulnerable time of their lives—the end. It’s so rewarding. In addition, I get to make my own schedule, which allows me to be present for my family.

NAPW: Describe your typical day.

Skevakis: My typical day varies. I wake up in the morning and spend time with my one-and-a-half-year-old son for a few hours before I drop him off at daycare. Once he is dropped off, I will either get ready for scheduled appointments, work in my office, run errands or go on marketing runs to get the word out about my service. I cover a large area in New Jersey and if I have no appointments and the family is willing, I will travel as far as an hour and a half away.

NAPW: In what ways has technology changed your business / industry?

Skevakis: In addition to my favorite Apple products, the Internet and social media are huge for my business. In the beginning, most of my appointments are derived from the Internet and owners searching for end-of-life care for their pets. Our company spends a lot of time and money on Google ads and Internet marketing for this major reason. We also use social media to bring attention to the company and the many families we have helped.

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blog_DiAnn_Stasik_vipDiAnn Stasik

Company: Home Fitness & W.O.W.–
Women Only
Workout, LLC
Industry: Health, Fitness & Wellness
Title: Owner/Manager/
Master Trainer
Location: Greendale, WI

NAPW: How do you reduce stress while experiencing continuous pressure?

Stasik: There are three main ways that I reduce stress. Exercising would be the first, followed by stretching and diaphragmatic breathing and lastly, hot baths with sea salts and aromatherapy.

NAPW: How do you maintain the networking relationships you’ve established?

Stasik: Relationships I’ve developed by networking are maintained with personal visits, Facebook posts and events, attending training seminars, phone calls and emails. When I offer a course, I create a Facebook event which then is linked to my Events page on my company website. Therefore, when clients are notified of a Facebook post, they will visit my website as well.

NAPW: Describe a time when setting aside personal time from work was the healthiest choice for you.

Stasik: Last year after my mother was hospitalized, I significantly reduced my community classes so I could attend to family matters. Over the course of one year, I reduced my workload by approximately 75%. This decision has allowed me time to get a larger perspective on life and some peace and quiet.

NAPW: Has your career choice positively influenced other areas of your life?

Stasik: I am happiest when I am helpful in establishing safety and health for others. So yes, career choice is positively enriching for my well-being and spirit.

NAPW: How do you get more clients/customers for your business?

Stasik: Customer feedback is crucial in order to to know what they like and what they want. The gathering of feedback helps provide direction to other clients. Diversity—as well as not remaining stagnant in offering new classes/methods in new venues—necessitates new marketing tactics and produces new customers.

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blog_Faye_Thompson_vipFaye Thompson

Company: Blog: Don’t Sit on
Your Fabulous
Industry: Publishing
Title: Author
Location: Jamaica, NY

NAPW: What are your biggest strengths/talents in your position?

Thompson: My creativity fuels my passion to write female-centric, drama-drenched romance novels. Turbulence and chaos ultimately steer my characters in hope’s direction. My purpose for writing is always the same. If I can get my readers to truly identify and connect with my characters, flaws and all, perhaps I can encourage them to step into their hope too. Words are power. As a self-proclaimed ambassador for hope, I utilize the written word for empowerment.

NAPW: What do you feel is your most important business skill?

Thompson: Strong written communication skills.

NAPW: Over the course of your career, do you feel anyone has purposely held you back? What did you do to maintain your career path?

Thompson: No one has deliberately impeded my progress. I am part of a great network that encourages and propels me forward. Negativity will always exist, but I choose not to marinate in it.

NAPW: What is the biggest career obstacle you have ever faced? How did you overcome it?

Thompson: I wrestled with writing books and moving forward with merchandising my trademarked mantra, Don’t Sit on Your Fabulous. My indecisiveness led to a standstill. After attending Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Success 2016 Conference, I gained the clarity I sought. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

NAPW: How do you maintain a positive attitude in the face of adversity?

Thompson: I rely on my faith in God and His Word. I draw upon the power of prayer. No matter what I am going through, there’s an app for that—God. In the face of adversity I remind myself that, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 KJV. I also create my own empowerment statements such as Don’t Sit on Your Fabulous. This mantra reminds me that we have all been given gifts from God. These gifts are to be shared with the world for His divine purpose, not hidden under a bushel. Therefore, I cannot afford to be stagnant. I must move, grow and evolve.

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