Rochester Business Journal announces 2021 Women of Excellence Honorees

US Ceiling Corp President Melissa Geska to be inducted into Circle of Excellence on May 25, 2021

Rochester, N.Y., April 2, 2021 — Rochester Business Journal has selected Melissa Geska, president of US Ceiling Corp as a Circle of Excellence honoree.

Established in 2018, the Women of Excellence awards recognize high-achieving women for their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring. Forty winners were selected by a panel of judges comprised of previous Women of Excellence and Circle of Excellence honorees.

In addition, 10 women will be inducted into the Circle of Excellence. The Circle of Excellence recognizes women of longstanding, notable success in the community who are leading the way for other women. These honorees were selected by Rochester Business Journal editors from among previous Women of Excellence winners.

“The 2021 Women of Excellence honorees are blazing trails professionally and personally. Their leadership, accomplishments and commitment to mentoring are extraordinary,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of the Rochester Business Journal. “These high-achieving women are breaking barriers and lifting up the Greater Rochester community. We at the Rochester Business Journal are pleased to honor them.”

The Women of Excellence awards will be presented at an online celebration at 5:30 p.m. May 25. Each of the winners will be celebrated for their achievements through video storytelling. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the program with their congratulations and cheers using social media platforms from their homes or offices. For tickets, visit The event hashtag is #RBJevents.

Winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the May 28 issue of Rochester Business Journal and will be available online at

For information about sponsorships and tickets for the Rochester Business Journal’s Women of Excellence awards, visit or email Suzanne Fischer-Huettner at opens in a new windowshuettner@bridgetowermedia.comcreate new email.

About the Rochester Business Journal

For 34 years, the Rochester Business Journal has served as the leading source of business news and information in Rochester, N.Y. In addition to its website,  opens in a new, and weekly print publication, the Rochester Business Journal publishes more than 25 special products a year including Book of Lists, Explore Greater Rochester, RBJ 75 and Schools Report Card. The Rochester Business Journal also honors leading Rochesterians through 11 annual awards events including Forty Under 40, Icon Honors, Women of Excellence and Reader Rankings. Its Digital Marketing Solutions helps customers with social media, search engine marketing and optimization, retargeting, email marketing and more. Rochester Business Journal is part of BridgeTower Media, one of the country’s leading business-to-business media companies with more than 40 print and digital publications in more than 25 U.S. markets.

2021 Circle of Excellence Honorees

Mary Walsh Boatfield, Ability Partners

Marisa Geitner, Heritage Christian Services

Melissa Geska, US Ceiling Corp

Cindy Langston, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Colleen Matteson, Bank of America

Diane Cooney Miner, St. John Fisher College

Lesli Myers-Small, Rochester City School District

Deana Porterfield, Roberts Wesleyan College

Karen Zandi, Mary Cariola Center

Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, Rochester Downtown Development Center

2021 Women of Excellence Honorees

Anne Babcock-Stiner, PathStone Corporation

Yolanda Benitez, Wegmans Food Markets

Jennyrae Brongo, Homesteads for Hope, Inc.

Myra Brown, Spiritus Christi Church

Lisa Butt, Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC)

Laura M. Cooney, Bergmann

Providence Crowder, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Terri Cubiotti, Mason Marketing, LLC

Annika D’Andrea, Tender Loving Family Care, Inc

Nadine General, Dixon Schwabl

Tracie Glazer, Hillel Community Day School

Edith Grannum, Family Medicine Practice of Edith Grannum MD

Christina Gullo, Villa of Hope

Erica Harper, Harper Danesh LLC

Lisa Harris, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Kimberly Jones, Butler/Till

Diana Kurty, Wayside Technology Group

Lorisa LaRocca, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Cait Loury, Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts

Kimberly McKinsey-Mabry, Monroe Community College

Linda Moroney, Low to the Ground Productions

Carolyn G. Nussbaum, Nixon Peabody LLP

Tina Paradiso, Ampie Enterprises Inc dba Imprintable Solutions Ink

Lindsay Prichard-Fox, Tiver Built LLC

Laura Purcell, Harris Beach PLLC

Sujatha Ramanujan, Luminate Accelerator

Jennifer Rodriguez, Livingston County

Natalie Rogers-Cropper, Garth Fagan Dance

Jennifer Schwartzott, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

Carrie Starr, Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College

Kaye Stone-Gansz, LaGasse Machine & Fabrication and Stone Goose Enterprises

Cicely Strickland-Ruiz, United Way of Greater Rochester

Julia Tedesco, Foodlink

Elizabeth Thorley, Thorley Wealth Management

Michelle Trott, CPL

Ellen Wayne, Wayne County Department of Social Services

Karen Webber, Webber CPA, PLLC

Stephanie Wells, Person Centered Services

Anne Wilder, Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI)

Maureen Wolfe, ESL Federal Credit Union


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