Debbie Sestokas, President and Co-founder
Peggy Matzen, Vice President and Co-founder
Doctor Elizabeth A. Babin, MD. MS. FACOG, FPMRS, ACGE is the Medical Director of Athena Women’s Institute for Pelvic Health in Blackwood, New Jersey. She is an assistant professor of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia dedicated to educating the next generation of female healthcare providers. Dr. Babin has been dedicated to the care of women through all stages of life since the inception of her career more than 15 year ago. She has been recognized several years running as one of the “Top Docs for Women” in her area. She volunteers her time and skills in Africa at fistula clinics for women who have experienced severe trauma during childbirth. Dr. Babin has been involved in cancer treatment and cancer research over the years. She understands the toll cancer diagnoses and treatments take on woman and their families and is excited to be a member of Diva for a Day’s board of directors.
Peter D. Fitzpatrick
Peter Fitzpatrick is president of Allied Management, Ltd., a real estate and restaurant management holding company based in New York City. A driven and results-oriented businessman, Peter possesses a proven record of both growth and success.
Peter was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1983 earning the distinction of “Honor Graduate.” Shortly after leaving the Corps, Peter began his career as a bartender at McGee’s Pub, where he tirelessly worked his way to co-owner by 1984. By the age of 30 in 1993, ownership expanded to include three (3) restaurants and diversified into real estate holdings shortly thereafter. Today, Peter’s role and main scope of responsibilities consists of overseeing the operations, profitability and business developments of eleven (11) restaurants and eight (8) commercial properties in New York City. Peter’s latest venture has been the creation and marketing of a carbonated citrus beverage designed to hydrate and prevent hangovers. Peter has also diversified into the hotel industry, having opened up a boutique hotel which has become a home away from home for many Military personnel and their families.
Always aware of the needs of others, Peter’s philanthropic deeds have helped a wide variety of causes over the years including the Fisher House Foundation, Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, Marine Corps University Foundation and the Navy Seal Warrior Fund. Peter currently gives of his time and sits on the boards of Equity Prep Charter School of Newark, which looks to give under privileged children an education they deserve, St. Malachy’s Encore House which serves over 1000 meals a day to people in need, Diva for a Day which is an organization devoted to women with cancer, No Greater Sacrifice (NGS) which gives educational money to children of our wounded military and the 34th Street Partnership which is the business improvement district
Peter’s greatest love is that of Eileen Shea, his wife of over 20 years and children, Shea, Murphy and Kelly.
Roseann OKeefe is currently a full time Realtor, partner at Your Tech Team LLC, mother of 2 and Green Brook resident. Roseann OKeefe was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and moved to New Jersey in 1999 to start a family. Her early career was in the financial industry. Roseann worked in the high yield operations department at Drexel Burnham Lambert in the mid to late 1980’s right out of college. In 2001 she left her position as Pricing and Corporate Actions manager at Lord, Abbett and Company to raise her youngest son, Nicholas. In 2007 she embarked on her real estate career specializing in Somerset County. In March of 2011 she was diagnosed with early stage Her2 positive, estrogen positive breast cancer and is cancer free today after undergoing surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. She was a recipient of a fabulous “Diva Day” leading her to become an advocate, saloncoordinator and board member of the Diva for a Day Foundation. “My amazing Diva Day marked the first day of the rest of my life”
Charities: Board Member and Salon Coordinator Diva for a Day Foundation
Partner: Your Tech Team, LLC
Realtor: ReMax Premier
Education: B.A Finance St John’s University 1986
From an early age, Kerry has been involved in helping women succeed and feel beautiful. Kerry spent the first ten years of her career working for Calvin Klein Cosmetics and the past 16 years as a Managing Partner with Image Dynamics. She inspires audiences to take action in the areas of leadership, communication, presence, personal branding, strategic planning, time management and professionalism. Together with Kim Zoller, she is the co-author of the three books, You Did What? The Biggest Mistakes Professionals Make, “You Said What?” (Career Press) and Enhancing Your Executive Edge: How to Develop the Skills to Lead and Succeed.
Kerry lives in NJ with her husband Tim and their three children, Luke, Wes & Nate.
Kristina Sestokas is a Senior Loan Officer at Banknet Mortgage Services located in Warren, New Jersey, where she is extremely passionate and dedicated to educating consumers regarding all aspects of the home financing process. Kristina attended the University of Delaware, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Leadership and Consumer Economics. While at the University of Delaware, Kristina discovered her interest in volunteering and giving back to various charities, primarily effecting women. Kristina and her husband Andrew reside in Warren, New Jersey. In her spare time Kristina enjoys traveling, running and spending time with her family.
Kara Sheffel started her career in the health care industry in 2001 and has spent the past 8 years in financial services. She earned her M.B.A and B.S in Finance from Kean University. Kara is a native to New Jersey and currently resides in Bridgewater, NJ with her husband Dave. In her spare time she enjoys playing golf, tennis and snowboarding. Here are two of her favorite quotes:
Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. –Kevin Kruse
Nothing is impossible; the word itself says I’M POSSIBLE.-Audrey Hepburn.
Bryan is a Senior Vice President for CSI Leasing and is responsible for the sales and business development for the Northeast. Bryan is a graduate of Boston College where he received a BS in Finance and Marketing, and was a 4 year member of the Boston College lacrosse team. In his spare time, Bryan is a volunteer youth coach and enjoys playing golf and tennis. Bryan and wife Kelly live in Lebanon, NJ and have four children.
Kelly is a Registered Nurse having worked in Surgica/Trauma ICU and in the Home Care field. Currently acting as the Salon Coordinator for Refine Day Spa and Panache Hair Salon. Kelly is a graduate of Boston College. She enjoys tennis and volunteer opportunities while raising four children with husband Bryan.
Laura (Laurie) M. Wolfe, CPA
Laurie joined Lassus Wherley in September, 1995. As a Certified Public Accountant she is responsible for tax preparation, research and tax compliance for business entities and tax preparation and compliance for individuals. Additionally, Laurie’s responsibilities involve responding to IRS and state notices and audits, as well as reviewing and assisting clients with bookkeeping.
Education – Bachelor of Science, Fairfield University (1986)
Licenses/Degrees/ Designations – Certified Public Accountant (1988)
Professional Affiliations – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) Associate