TOP 25 WOMEN A friend in need
risten Huff devotes herself to people in need. “You never know when something might happen and you may need help. I only hope that if I am in need, there’ll be someone there to help me,” she says. As executive director of the Wyoming County United Way, she certainly helps a lot of people. In charge of a small office, she is hands on with every aspect. She runs the UW annual campaign, a top priority; is in charge of accounting work; and oversees the fund distribution process. “We have a very generous community and our campaign continues to grow — it’s gone from $556,421 in 2012 to $700,690 in 2014.” She began her first job in her field at United Way of Wyoming Valley in 1998. She held several
positions there, subsequently accepting the position of vice president of resource development. In this role, Huff oversaw the annual campaign, which at the time raised $4 million a year. In 2012, she accepted the position of executive director and returned to work in her hometown of Tunkhannock. “I couldn’t think of anything better then helping to give back to the community I love,” she says. Raised by two loving parents who taught her to be the best she could be, she says she is also very fortunate to have a very supportive husband. “The best encouragement comes to me through the eyes of my 10-year-old daughter. Not only is she my No. 1 helper, she has also grown into a truly compassionate person who always wants to help others.”
Hard work is easier in a great pair of shoes Kearney
atalie Kearney knows that to achieve great things in life you have to work hard. As the owner and buyer of Runway Luxury Boutique in Scranton, Kearney loves every minute of every day. Responsible for seasonal buying and ordering, inventory and budgeting, bill payment and much more, she also regards herself as a permanent fixture of the store when it comes to sales. “My customers, who have been shopping with us from the day we opened, look to me for advice when it comes to their wardrobe. I style many of my customers from head to toe,” she says. Having graduated from King’s College as a physician assistant studies, she continues to use her degree and works part-time as a PA-C with Northeast Rehab two days a week.
On the days that Kearney is busy with her other job, her mother — her mentor and one of the people she admires most — is another “permanent fixture” of the store. Her parents have been instrumental in her success since the boutique opened in September of 2006. “My father is also one of the hardest working people I know and I go to him for all of my advice. I have become the woman I am because of my parents’ dedication, not to mention their good eye for fashion,” she says. Her “loving and devoted” husband has been her rock, confidant and greatest supporter. Her sister has also played a huge role. She has no “favorite” part of the day — she loves it all. “I am truly blessed to be alive, therefore, I’m happy all day long,” she says.
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Published on Mar 3, 2015