Board Candidates

Name: Amanda Misilo 

Current Position, Employer: Assistant Vice President/ Customer Care Manager          

Brief Bio (Hometown, Education, Work Experience, Family, etc…):

I currently reside in Sterling with my husband and fur babies.  I was raised in Holden and graduated from Wachusett Regional High School. I am a graduate of the New England School for Financial Studies and currently a student at Worcester State University. In addition, I also was awarded a certificate in contact center management by Benchmark Portal in 2015.

I joined Commerce Bank in 2003 and have had a rapidly progressing career track at the Bank from that point on:

  • Assistant Vice President/Customer Care Manager 2015-present
  • Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager 2009-2015
  • Branch Manager- 2006-2009
  • Assistant Branch Manger- 2005-2006
  • Personal Banker 2003-2005

 

Most recently at Commerce Bank, I have lead the transformation to create a center of excellence in the contact center space. This has enabled the Bank to create over 11,000 fast-paced, high quality phone and virtual experiences per month.  I have experience in fundraising, social media, marketing via Constant Contact, event planning, and project management.

Brief statement on your interest in being on the YPWA Board:

I am a mentor and strong business leader dedicated to the betterment of people’s lives.  I have chosen to be involved with high-touch organizations with a direct impact to Worcester and the surrounding towns. I would love to take my commitment to the community to the next level by joining the YPWA Board. I believe that my drive to succeed and my willingness to help others, coupled with a consistent desire for improvement of myself and my soundings would be a fit on the YPWA leadership team

 Three fun or interesting facts about you:

  1. 2016 Worcester Business Journal 40 Under 40 award recipient.
  2. Rescuing animals is my passion. I currently have 3 dogs and a cat.
  3. I come from a huge Brady Bunch style family. There are 12 kids including me!

 

Name: Lisa Casillo

Current Position, Employer: Financial Advisor with Edward Jones

Brief Bio (Hometown, Education, Work Experience, Family, etc…):

I moved here from Titusville Florida. I went to college at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  I was a Clerk to the Court in Florida and a Speech Pathologist.  I have been on many teams planning events and fundraisers. I am also the founder of the Ladies Networking Lunch and the Sorority Beta Tau.

Brief statement on your interest in being on the YPWA Board:

I became interested in the YPWA because after my first experience with the members I found them to be a dynamic, strong and accepting women.  My interest in the board is due to the desire to keep the current message and style of the group.  I like the general message they are sending to fellow members of unity and inclusion. 

Three fun or interesting facts about you:

  1. I speak French, Italian and sign language
  2. I love everything Disney
  3. I like to throw pottery

 

Name: Jennifer Sherry

Current Position, Employer: Hairstylist at Salon Exquisite

Brief Bio (Hometown, Education, Work Experience, Family, etc…):

I am 28 years old, born and raised in Rhode Island!  I am one of 4 children. I attended UMASS Amherst, where I was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. My degree is in legal studies with a minor in sociology. How am I a hairstylist you ask? After living in Boston for a year and getting accepted into Law school I took a good long look at my goals for my future and decided law school was not for me. I enrolled in cosmetology school and graduated a year later! I have been working at Salon Exquisite for two years. I could not have made a better decision! 

Brief statement on your interest in being on the YPWA Board:

My interest in being on the board comes from my passion to build up the community. Being a Worcester transplant I have tried very hard to become involved in the community on all different levels. I am a member of the Worcester Chamber, member of Business Networking International, and I have been member of the YPWA for about a year now. I love networking and giving back! I would love to help the YPWA grow as a chapter. I meet many women who are looking for this type of organization to join when moving to the area! I love planning events, and attending them! I am on the board of my BNI group, I also serve on the advisory board as the membership advisor for Sigma Kappa. I believe I could bring some fresh ideas to the chapter. I am a very committed and dynamic person. I would be honored to serve on the next YPWA board. 

Three fun or interesting facts about you:

  1. I went to college for pre law then went to cosmetology school after getting accepted into law school.
  2. I have three tattoos 
  3. I was a cheerleader at UMASS Amherst 

 

Name: Samantha Smith

Current Position, Employer: Instructional Assistant/Wilson Reading Instructor, Worcester Public Schools

Brief Bio (Hometown, Education, Work Experience, Family, etc…):

Originally from West Brookfield, MA, Sam grew-up with a love of creativity and in 2006 was accepted to Bridgewater State University for Graphic Design. She graduated in 2010 with her bachelors and immediately began working in a bakery as a cake decorator where she could utilize her creative outlet. Shortly after this, Sam had the opportunity to begin working in the Worcester Public Schools and worked with children with behavioral issues. From there, she moved to working with children with autism in the pre-school setting and now currently holds a position at a Worcester Public Middle School where she works with children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. In order to better help her students, Sam became Wilson Reading certified and now helps her students on a one-on-one basis to help them become better readers and writers. Sam is currently going to school for her Master’s Degree in Moderate Disabilities.

On top of helping her students succeed, the love of dogs is a huge part of Sam’s life. About two years ago, Sam and her husband began fostering dogs for Last Hope K9, an all-breed rescue dedicated to saving abandoned, neglected and abused dogs from high-kill shelters throughout the United States. Last Hope K9 relies 100% on their volunteers. Sam and Jon tend to take on the more difficult cases of dogs many of which have aggressive issues and pride themselves in training and helping these dogs find permanent homes. Fostering dogs has become a way of life for my Sam and her husband, being able to show them what a loving home means has become the most rewarding experience they have ever had.

Never losing her creative touch, in 2012 Sam went back to school and received a certificate in Event Management. Throughout the years she decided to turn her creativity into a personal business called Splash of Ideas. Sam can provide services from event planning, graphic design, photography, cake design and glassware/crafts. Sam enjoys using her talents to bring joy to others.

Sam recently bought her first house in Worcester where she lives with her husband Jon and beloved dog Copper.

Brief statement on your interest in being on the YPWA Board:

As much as I would love any position on the YPWA, I think my assets would be best utilized in a marketing position.  I have an extensive background in graphic design and marketing and even event planning!  I love that the YPWA provides social and networking opportunities to so many women throughout Massachusetts! The YPWA constantly finds new and creative ways to bring so many different women together in new environments and provide new experiences.  I would love to be part of a team whose mission is to empower women and provide them with opportunities to improve themselves and the community around them.

Three fun or interesting facts about you:

  1. My dream job would to someday be able to own a bakery/dog daycare…yes, in the same building!
  2. I prefer being barefoot to anything else, and if it were socially acceptable, I would walk around that way.
  3. I think breakfast is totally acceptable at any point in the day!

 

Name: Emily Batt

Current Position, Employer: Estimator, Kaloutas & Co. since 2015

Brief Bio (Hometown, Education, Work Experience, Family, etc…):

I was born in Vancouver, BC (yes, I’m half Canadian, but try not to hold it against me).  I grew up in Buffalo, NY, spent most of my life there, and consider that to be my hometown.  Most of my family is there and I visit several times a year to see my little sister, niece, nephew and parents.  I’ve also lived in San Diego (while in AmeriCorps NCCC); Minnesota (while being a Lamaze coach for a friend); and (briefly) in a tent in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico (while helping to build a house for some friends of my mom) then it snowed and it was time for me to go home.  Great times!

I hold two Associates Degrees (in Construction Management Technology and Fine Arts), and have been doing construction estimating and project management since 2003.  I’d be a good addition to any team – I think I’d be especially helpful in Project Management or Assistant Project Management roles – Give me the plans and specs and I will work to make it happen.  I could also do whatever needs to get done.  I’m not competitive, I have a positive attitude, and I get along well with just about anybody (except mean people, mean people suck).  Also, you should not put me in charge of writing important things.  Because run-ons (are my jam), tangents, and “short story longs.” And Grammar/punctuation.

Stuff I like to do for fun?  The Cliché of “spend time with family and friends” is 100% true for me.  Living far from my loved ones in Buffalo makes me appreciate the ones I have here in Worcester even more. What I’m doing doesn’t matter very much to me.  I like to play volleyball, go camping, and take my dog to the park to play…. Oh! And I’m hoping to learn how to golf soon, that should be a blast! I’m definitely going to get the highest score ever, it’s going to be awesome!

Brief statement on your interest in being on the YPWA Board:

I’m very interested in what the YPWA does, not just the “fun” activities but in the ways they give back.  I enjoy everything that the YPWA does for the community and the opportunities they provide to be involved in things that I might not know about (or know how to become involved with).  Being a member of this group has given me the chance to meet a lot of fun, friendly, generous, and wonderful human beings.

The YPWA has helped me in several ways in just the brief time that I’ve been a member. The social stuff is great, but so are the educational and professional growth opportunities like the Working Women Panel and the networking events.  Being a member of the YPWA has also helped me be more out-going (it may surprise you, but I’m a bit of an introvert, usually).  I would love the chance to give back and help this organization grow.

Three fun or interesting facts about you

  1. I learned to play the banjo in the 8th grade (and have since forgotten just about everything except how to play “You Are My Sunshine”)
  2. Dogs are definitely my spirit animal (if you’ve ever read Dog Diary vs. Cat Diary, you know what I’m saying).
  3. What, the thing about the banjo wasn’t enough? That should count as 2 …Alright, um, someday I’d love to travel through North and South America in a RV and just see it all.  Then Europe.  (and maybe Russia; if they ever get their heads out of their butts and realize that gay people are fun to have around).

 

Name: Tasha Hayden-Stub

Current Position, Employer: Associate Director, RSU Operational Excellent, Project Leadership, QuintilesIMS

Brief Bio (Hometown, Education, Work Experience, Family, etc…):

I am 35. Born in Montreal, mostly grew up in Shrewsbury, until the tail end of adolescence when I teetered between the US and Montreal. I spent 13 years in Montreal raising my son and building my career at Quintiles where I mostly project manage (non-clinical) but have recently forayed into the change management arena. I don’t have a college degree but that has never stopped me from working for it while I raised my son for twelve years as a single mom; until I got married in 2012 and gave up my Canadian life to move down here and be with my husband. It’s been an interesting transition but I remain positive and optimistic for the future. I will graduate from UMass with a BA (concentration in Leadership studies) at the end of 2018.

I write well even though I am dyslexic. When I retire from my career, I hope to write full time. Most of my career has included a training and communications component to it. I do well with software, that’s the only way that I can describe it really. My project management experience is based on being the intermediary between the business and the IT technical team to develop new systems. I do not do math, in any way shape or form. I still count with my fingers but I have mastered excel basics to the extent that I recently leveraged that skill set into completing a forensic accounting of my husband’s business. Excel and I were able to reduce his tax liability from $23,000 to $3000. I am not tactile. Don’t ask me to build anything… as evidenced by the swing set.

Brief statement on your interest in being on the YPWA Board:

My workload makes me hesitant to be on the board if I am honest. However, after deep reflection I believe that I can make the commitment. I have been extremely impressed with the organization of the events and the overall energy of the group. I feel like my skills sets in leadership, communication and my general ability to be a team player makes me a good fit!

Three fun or interesting facts about you:

  1. I watch documentaries every Sunday. Seriously, every Sunday, by myself, cause I’m a nerd like that and no one in my house will watch them with me.
  2. My mom is French Canadian and people constantly tell us that we look alike even though she’s white and I’m adopted.
  3. I spent 20 years afraid of dogs and now I have two of them who have a combined weight of 200lbs. Thank you for your consideration ladies!