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Abbott, Shelle .........................................4 Barrett, Jo ..................................................4 Beaumont, Nanette ...............................4 Beckett, Nancy ........................................4 Bennet, Reita ...........................................4 Boland, Diane ..........................................4 Boren, Jean ...............................................5 Bradley, Judy ............................................5 Buller, Melissa ..........................................5 Bulow-Brown, Karina ............................5 Burke, Ginny ............................................5 Caldwell, Mary ........................................5 Cardinale, Carol ......................................6 Casey, Cristi ..............................................6 Childers, Lisa ............................................6 Demeusy, Daisy ......................................6 Demuesy, Karen .....................................6 Driscoll, Anne ..........................................6 Fullmer, Julie ............................................7 George, Carmen .....................................7 Gorman, Krista ........................................7 Graham, Sue ............................................7 Hawksworth, Gail ...................................7 Hinkle, Riealle ..........................................7 Hussain, Judi ............................................8 Jackson, Susan ........................................8 Jones, Margina ........................................8

BUSINESS 2012 Kagawa, Joy .............................................8 Killian, Angel ............................................8 Kurz, Cari ...................................................8 Lee, Sheri ...................................................9 Linn, Betty ................................................9 Loveland, Tammy ...................................9 Malcolm, Sheri ........................................9 McGinnis, BJ .............................................9 Miller, Dorothy ........................................9 Neilson, Lisa .......................................... 10 Niewohner, Michelle .......................... 10 Petrushkin, Shawna ........................... 10 Piper, Vicki ............................................. 10 Pogue, Cindy ........................................ 10 Popejoy, Stacie ..................................... 10 Putnam, Sharon ................................... 11 Rigg, Marilyn ......................................... 11 Salisbury, Rhonda ............................... 11 Sikora, Marilyn ..................................... 11 Smith, Christin ..................................... 11 Taylor ..................................................... 11 Tuell, Tiffany .......................................... 12 Weston, JoAnn ..................................... 12 White, Karen ......................................... 12 Yeatts, Joan ........................................... 12 Zimmerly, Claudia ............................... 12


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my mom,” Gorman said. Previously, Gorman was an AT&T store manager in Mammoth and says working at the small boutique in the hether just starting out or an small community of Oakhurst is a experienced professional, the different experience. Mountain Area community is “I like getting to be a part of it and full of business women working in a getting to know everybody in a way I variety of career paths — from banking wouldn’t be and real estate to boutique management able to and working in a man’s world — each elsewhere,” with their own unique story to tell. Gorman said. Daisy Demeusy began that path at the “It’s fun to be age of 15 when her dad helped her get a able to know job at Wood Chopper’s Supply in all the Oakhurst. It began as a summer janitoricustomers al job, but after graduation she needed a who come in. full-time job It’s like and before hanging out she knew it, all day with she was friends and learning how being able to to repair pick out chainsaws. clothes — it’s Demeusy Krista Gorman cool.” has been at Gorman Wood Choppers for says there are a few key things to keep 15 years now in mind as a businesswoman. One, is to stay involved in your business because and does “nobody loves your business like you everything do.” Another is to always listen to the from bookcustomer. Gorman says they are happy keeping to Daisy Demeusy to take requests and will do their best to chainsaw fill special orders. repairs. She They are currently trying to expand says she enjoys her job that is different from most as well as being able to work their inventory and are offering more with her hands. sizes. All their clothes are hand selected Not used to seeing a woman behind to offer the best quality. the counter of a chainsaw repair shop, Since she began working at the store, Demeusy says she has had to earn the they’ve extended their hours so they’re trust of men that come in to the shop open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a and inquire about repairs. week so that people who work 8 a.m. to “It takes a lot of trust in a small 5 p.m. can still come in after work or on business like this, so it takes them a long the weekends. time to warm up to trusting a woman,” Listening to the customer is someDemeusy said. “I listen to hear what thing that all the Mountain Area busithey need and if I don’t know the nesswomen say is key and something answer, I go and ask so I know better that Shelle Abbott, branch manager at how to answer their questions later on.” Central Valley Community Bank, can’t Demeusy enjoys her job so much, she stress enough. encourages other women to pursue a “You have to have compassion for the similar career, even if it’s a little out of people in the community,” Abbott said. the box. “Knowing my clients really helps me “My advice would be to just go for it because it puts their situation in perspecand don’t let them (people) scare you,” tive and makes it personal.” she said. “If you really want to do it, Abbott has been in banking off and on don’t be afraid to just ask and jump in.” for 35 years. She got her first job when Krista Gorman recently jumped right she was 16 years old at Bank of America into her new role as manager of Simple where she manually pulled credit to Superb, a small clothing boutique near reports. At that time she didn’t have big DiCicco’s in Oakhurst. She moved all the career plans — all she wanted to be was way from Mammoth to help her mom a mother more than anything — but she out who is the store’s owner. stayed in banking and worked at a “I’m just excited to have a reason to number of banks through the years. She move to Oakhurst and work closely with took some time off to be with her


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children, but when they got older she decided to go back to banking. She was hired as Oakhurst branch manager for Central Valley Community Bank, where she has been for nearly eight years. Abbott says she loves banking because, in a small community, she gets to know all her clients on a personal basis, have a real relationship with the community, help the community survive a Shelle Abbott recession and help people keep their businesses open. Banking is a career that Abbott says she would definitely recommend to others. “It’s a great career, a long-term career. Banks usually promote from within, especially community banks, and you can really help people,” Abbott said. Helping out a client by working out every situation, even down to waving a banking fee so a mother can have milk money for her children, and receiving their gratification is what makes it all worth it for Abbott. Joy Kagawa, a physical therapist at Sierra Physical Therapy, can also see that gratification all over town. Even as she buys groceries, she will see a former client wave to her from across the store, illustrating that her work helped rehabilitate their shoulder. “Our tag line is quality of life through motion so getting Joy Kagawa people moving again and back to normal activities is rewarding,” Kagawa said. Kagawa has been working in the community since 1985 and says the key to success is doing the best you can to help those around you.

“It’s certainly a rewarding profession and nice to meet people out there in the community and know that they have gotten better with my help,” Kagawa said. “Treating them in a way you’d like to be treated, like the golden rule, and letting them know that we care and that it is our job, to help them help themselves.” For Melissa Buller, a Century 21 real estate agent, a successful day on the job is being able to help people fulfill their dream of finding and owning their own home. Even before becoming a realtor, Buller learned the secrets to a successful business from owning her own cleaning business for 15 years. However her dream was always to become a realtor so Melissa Buller when her youngest child was a senior in high school, she decided to follow her dream. “I absolutely love my job and it’s important for me to make things happen for clients,” said Buller, who has been in the business for 11 years now. Buller says her favorite thing about her job is handing a young couple the keys to their first house after they worked hard to save money for it or helping a retired couple find a retirement home in the mountains. “Buying a home is the single most important purchase you can make and I still believe in the American dream — home ownership,” Buller said. “I measure my success by my clients happiness and their satisfaction with what I do for them,” And like all the other businesswomen, Buller adds the most important skill she has learned over the years is how to listen to clients. “Listening to your client and what their needs are above my own, paying attention to detail and quality service are really important to me,” Buller said. “I’m a believer in getting a lot farther with sugar than vinegar ... be nice, be kind.”

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Broker, Jo Barrett, Realtor and Associates Jo Barrett-Stines moved to Coarsegold from Fresno, where she was very active in selling Real Estate, New and Used homes alike. She sold new Luxury Homes by 3 different Builders along with other sales. She has had her own Company for 32 years and has received an Honorary Membership for Life from California and National association of Realtors. She still belongs to the Fresno Association of Realtors where she was an officer one year, and she has belonged to Yosemite Gateway Association for the last 10 years. She is very active at Oak Creek Adult Park and has been selling homes in that Park for years and will still be around selling as long as she is in that area. She firmly believes in helping in the best way she can, to every seller or buyer she works with. “Working with and helping clients has made my career in ReaI Estate a total Joy” 46041 Road 415 #30 Coarsegold, Ca • 559-642-2248

40004 Hwy. 41, Suite 101 • www. • (559) 642-2265

NaNcy Beckett

NaNette BeaumoNt


49430 Road 426, Oakhurst • 559-683-2950 •

Reita Bennett Owner

My family moved to Oakhurst to work with my father and mother in a brand new business. They opened Matthews Fine Furniture in March of 1986. My husband David and I worked for them until 1996 and then we took over the family business. Our two sons Casey and Scott started working with us while they were in high school. After leaving for a couple of years Casey decided to move back to Oakhurst and come back to the furniture business. We carry well known brands such as Broyhill, La-Z-Boy, Lane, Pulaski, Serta and Spring Air. We service the entire mountain community, including Mariposa, North Fork and Coarsegold. 42255 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst • 559-683-3998


Attorney at Law

Nanette Beaumont is an attorney at the Law Office of Jamison & Law Office of Chappel, located in Oakhurst and established in 1985. Nanette has Jamison & Chappel been practicing law since 2000 and formed Beaumont Law Firm in 2003. She is an experienced attorney skilled in construction, contract, real estate, estate planning, and civil litigation. She is a member of the Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club, and is president of the Eastern Madera County Bar Association. Nanette obtained her contractor’s license in 1999 and assists her husband Andrew in the operation of Beaumont Construction in Coarsegold. She is an avid runner and a devoted mom to her four young children.


Vice President, Branch Manager Shelle Abbott joined Central Valley Community Bank in February 2005 as Vice President, Branch Manager for the Oakhurst office. She has over 20 years of banking, lending and real estate experience in the Oakhurst area. Shelle has helped enforce the Bank’s 32-year commitment to superior banking service by offering personalized “relationship banking” with friendly, professional customer service for businesses and individuals. In her free time, Shelle enjoys horseback riding, gardening and spending time with her husband of 33 years, Ron. Shelle has lived in Ahwahnee for the past 27 years along with her three daughters, Nicole (30), Lacey (26) and Haily (23). Shelle is now a first time Grandma to “Little Miss Hadley.“ Stop by Central Valley Community Bank’s Oakhurst office to see how Shelle can help you with all your banking needs.

Jo Barrett

This February will start the beginning of my 23rd year of business in Oakhurst. After all these years I feel that I have achieved my dreams of having a busy, clean and successful salon. It’s a pleasure to work with five skilled hairdressers and one fantastic barber; all of whom are independent contractors running their separate business in my salon. Even though we all handle our own business, we all work under one roof and agree that to succeed we must respect each other and take pleasure in working with one another. We also agree that the number one priority at the Beauty Spot is our total commitment to please our clients. We enjoy a casual and inviting atmosphere with our clients. This is a great opportunity to thank our clients who have become in many cases good friends over the years. So many have supported the salon and we thank you! We have received many compliments on the cleanliness of the salon and I’m proud of that fact. Most of all I will continue to strive to make all of my customers, new and old, beautiful from head to toe! The Beauty Spot is located in central Oakhurst on the west side of Highway 41 in the plaza behind McDonalds.



40120 Highway 41 Ste “D” Oakhurst, CA • (559) 658-8740 •

Diane BolanD


Diane Boland and her business partner, Richard, have been co-owners of CoarsegoldHistoricVillagesince1984. The village, a collection of unique shops, is home to a number of merchants and artisans specializing in Fine Art, Crafts and Collectibles. Great food and drink can be had in the village as well. The four-day Coarsegold Antique and Collectibles Show takes place twice each year, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The Tarantula Festival, scheduled for the last weekend in October, has received national recognition. The annual Christmas Faire takes place in December. Diane is also Co-owner of the Coarsegold Professional Center, past board member and chairwomen for CAPA as well as co-founded and served as vice president of the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce. She has sat on the board of directors for both the Oakhurst and Coarsegold Chambers and has also volunteered at the local food bank. Call Diane for vendor or shop information 559-683-3900.

P.O. Box 1514 • Coarsegold • Phone: 559-683-3900 • Fax: 559-683-0756


WOMEN Shelle Abbott


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Judy Bradley

Jean Boren has lived in the Oakhurst area for 23 years and enjoys the friendly people and beautiful scenery. Jean began working for Indian Springs Children’s Center, a preschool/daycare, when she got here and has been the owner of that business for 21 years. Half and full day programs are available for ages 2-12 years, Mon. – Fri.

40088 Indian Springs Rd., Oakhurst • 559-683-7654 • State Licensed


Jean says, “I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to share in so many young children’s lives. Their laughter and eagerness to learn continually amazes me and fills me with joy. I want to thank the community for sharing their children with me.”

H & B Drilling has been a family-owned and operated business for 30+ years and offers the community quality products and excellent service. They specialize in water well drilling, pump and storage installation and repair, but have the equipment to assist you in tractor work, brushing and trenching.

Melissa Buller


“I want to thank all my clients. I genuinely care about each and every one of you. Call me with any questions or concerns you may have with your Real Estate needs. Visit my website at”

Yosemite Brokerage • 40055 Highway 41, Oakhurst • Phone 559-683-5500

Ginny Burke

Mary Caldwell


Owner Ginny Burke, Esthetician, opened Dream Faces in 2006 in Oakhurst to provide holistic, anti-aging services to women and men seeking healthy, dynamic treatments for achieving beautiful skin and toned bodies. Using medical grade microcurrent and LED light treatments for your face and body, your optimal health is insured with no down time and no side effects – all in a spa setting.

40761 Hwy. 41, Suite 6 • Oakhurst • 559-760-2415

Karina’s first priority when it comes to her work is to ensure that her clients get the best customer service possible. It is very important for her to make sure that each NMLS # 212876 loan is tailor made for each individual client and that her clients get the loan that DRE #01271218 will be best for them. Karina is a Senior Loan Officer @ Yosemite Brokerage, a locally owned mortgage company which has been around since 1991. Yosemite Brokerage works closely with the area’s Realtors to provide home buyers the best possible experience when shopping for a home. Yosemite Brokerage offer a wide range of loan products, not just for first time home buyers but also if you are considering a refinance of your current home or wish to purchase another property.Yosemite Brokerage offers 100% financing and a range of other mortgage products for qualified borrowers.

Call Karina for a FREE mortgage consultation.

Realtor – DRE #01341375 • (Direct) 559-642-1609 • (Cell) 559-641-8585 • email:

Please visit her website: and learn the “Secret of the Stars.”

41655 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst • 559-683-4086

Karina has been working in the loan industry since 2000. She has been living in the community Real Estate Financing with her husband, Jason, and son, Cody, for more than a Sr. Loan Officer • NMLS # 332204 decade. She has been a licensed DRE #01380796 real estate agent and loan officer since 2003 and is also licensed by the National Mortgage Licensing System.

“I’ve been part of this wonderful community since moving to Bass Lake in 1968. I provide my clients with professional quality service; paying attention to detail and listening to their needs. I know the single most important purchase anyone can make is buying a home. Whether looking for your first home, your dream home or investment property, call me!”

Organic facials and retail skin care products along with natural peels, waxing and Ginny’s latest technology Dermakinetics transdermal delivery system are also on her menu of services. Now with two locations: Fresno at Muses Spa and Wellness and Oakhurst.

Solar Pump Systems now available.

Karina Bulow-Brown Yosemite Brokerage

Living & working in your community

“When selling your home, I’m committed to providing you with the highest level of service possible. I promise to follow through on all transactions and help you with the process from beginning to end.”


Co-owner H & B Drilling has served the Mountain Area Community since 1976. Judy has been working with the business since that time as bookkeeper,officemanager,sales rep and all-around‚ “girl Friday.”




We are fully trained and qualified to help you with your tax matters. Our staff includes three Enrolled Agents who will be happy to assist you with your most complicated tax matters whether or not we prepared the original returns. Our offices are staffed with Registered Tax Return Preparers who are qualified to prepare Individual Returns, Corporate, Partnerships, Estate, Trust and Gift Tax Returns. We also offer Payroll and Accounting Services. The Oakhurst Office is located in the Von’s Shopping Center (just around the corner from Radio Shack). The Coarsegold Office is located next to Roberts Frosty. The Mariposa Office is located at the corner of 8th St. and Highway 140. Mary and her partner, Marty Ryniewicz, look forward to providing year round tax service to the Foothill Communities for years to come.

Oakhurst Office • 40050 Hwy 49 Ste. 10, Oakhurst • 559-683-5450 Mariposa Office • 3875 S Hwy 140, Mariposa • 209-966-2882 Coarsegold Office • Hwy 41 Next to Roses Frosty • 559-683-7550



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BUSINESS 2012 Cristi Casey Owner

Cristi has lived in the Oakhurst area for the past 20 years. Cosmetology was a career shift from Design Staging in the early 90’s. She has had the pleasure of serving the mountain community at two upscale salons, and now is delighted to be the owner/operator of Upstairs Downtown Salon in Oakhurst. Her salon is full service, offering complete hair-care and nail service in a relaxed spa-like environment. Cristi specializes in Redken color, cutting, styling, and pursues continued education to stay current with the trends in the industry. She invites you to visit the Salon’s web site at: or contact the salon at 559-641-6500.

(559) 641-7721 Salon • (559) 307-8063 Cell •

49063 Road 426, Suite A • Oakhurst • 559-641-6500

Daisy Demeusy

Lisa ChiLders Owner

Being strictly mobile, they will come out to your residence or place of business saving you valuable time and money. They repair all types of rock chips along with short cracks and guarantee their repairs. They accept qualifying insurance so the repair may be no cost to you. They also accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards. At this time they are not doing windshield replacements, but are planning to offer that service in the future.

40451 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst • 559-683-7621

Anne Driscoll

Karen Demeusy


40441 Hwy 41, Oakhurst • (559) 683-5265

Wood Choppers Supply is a sales and service center, established in 1957, offering a full line of power equipment including chainsaws, blowers, line trimmers, generators, splitters, mowers and more. It has been independently owned and operated, since 1980, by Bill Reetz. “My heart-felt thanks to a great boss who had the faith to teach a Woman a Man’s business!”

P.O. Box 1902, Coarsegold CA 93614 • 559-907-9582

Owner - Build Media Marketing


We are now in our fifteenth year. We want to thank all of our loyal customers for supporting us during this time! We are a family-owned business, with my husband, Mike, of thirty-seven years and our oldest of four boys, Michael, working together to provide the only dry cleaning service in the Mountain Area that processes all items on site. Yes, we offer “same-day service” at no extra charge. We also provide linen rental service to many local businesses. This service includes rental of towels, aprons, table linens, uniforms, entrance mats, rest room service, etc. We employ a wonderful staff which has more than doubled since we took over in 1997. Ask about our “Express Service”. You can “drop and go” with your personal express bags. We take Visa, MasterCard & American Express. We are honored to clean and press all military uniforms and American flags at no cost to our customers.

“My career at Wood Choppers began over 15 years ago. At that time, I did everything from scrubbing floors to answering phones. Bill has always had complete confidence in me, and immediately began teaching me the fundamentals of the business. As I gained the expertise to answer technical questions, to diagnose, to repair and to service equipment, I was able to build relationships with vendors. My customers know and appreciate my ability to serve them well in this community.”


Lisa started this business with her husband Darrin in early 2011 after noticing there weren’t many mobile windshield repair companies in the mountain area. K35658_SO

Sierra View Mobile Windshield Repair


Carol Cardinale is a nationally acclaimed artist recognized for her unique talents in cut, color, design and specifically in the highfashion world of special event “couture upstyles.” She has perfected her special talent through years of professional training and competing among the elite in the world of high fashion hair shows/competitions. Carol’s work has been recognized the world over, where she has won 50+ national and international awards. Her designs can also be seen in such publications as Modern Bride, RealWeddings Sacramento, Modern Salon and American Salon. Coming from L.A./Beverly Hills, Carol enjoys living and serving the Oakhurst/Yosemite areas. She has been a professional for over 25 years Bellissimo is an on-location bridal hair and makeup business which works with small or large wedding parties. Carol also works in salon at The Beauty Spot. Contact her or visit her web site at


Carol Cardinale


Anne Driscoll is an award-winning marketer and retail strategist whose company, Build Media Marketing began as a small event planning business in 1997. With the marketing sector rapidly changing and social media, blogging and content creation becoming more crucial to the success of small businesses, Build Media Marketing has stepped in to assist businesses with day-to-day social media management services, planning and execution. Build Media Marketing assists clients both locally & nationally. Clients can decide what their business needs are: creation and management of social media sites, press release services, résumé writing, professional blogging services, website design and content creation or social media training for entire business teams. “I love working with businesses to address their needs, their clients needs and most importantly the best way to positively and successfully promote their small business. Please contact me for a FREE consultation and learn how Build Media Marketing can help you BUILD your business today!” 559-443-9167 • Email: • •




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BUSINESS 2012 Carmen GeorGe


Julie moved to Oakhurst in 2007 from her home state of Nebraska and soon started working for Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau. She is currently the Director of Sales working with U.S. and International tourism organizations. When Julie is not working to promote Madera County, she enjoys weekends sightseeing with her husband and soaking up the beauty of the West. Please stop by Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau to see what they have to offer … you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Carmen won the 2011 McClatchy President’s Award, first place for best news reporting throughout the McClatchy Company’s community newspapers nationwide for her reporting on tribal disenrollments at Chukchansi. In the 2011 California Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspapers Contest, she won first place in the categories of Best Feature Story and Best Art/Nature Photo, and second place in the categories of Best Writing, Best Investigative Reporting and Best Local Breaking News in her newspaper’s division. “It’s been a blessing to be back home, learning and growing from everyone I meet,” Carmen said. “I feel it’s a real privilege to be a journalist. I am continually grateful for what is shared with me and am always striving to do people’s stories justice with my writing.”

49165 Road 426, P.O. Box 305, Oakhurst • 559-683-4464 •

40637 Hwy. 41 • Oakhurst • 559-683-4636

Sue Graham

Krista Gorman


Store Manager

Besides working, Krista enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and precious dog, Alice. Her passions are decorating, working in her yard and anything outdoors.

Fourth of July 1982 saw us moving into this newly rebuilt Raintree Building…it was a two-story building before the fire…Sheer terror kept me going at that point and here we are a few years later. As many remember back then, the Frameworks/Giftworks was one. Annie spent her first year on the counter with her momma helping to frame. Randy took over framing; Casey was born in ‘86 and here we are. We have a great selection of country gifts, cards, books, scrapbooking supplies, antiques, Jim Shore, Willow Tree Angels, Lang paper goods, Yankee candles, Colonial, great teapots, teas, Mariposa Coffees, kitchen gadgets, bling jewelry, purses & scarves. The Frameworks Custom Framing & Frame Shop has it’s own location next to Sierra Star, across from Sierra Telephone. Randy (FRAMEWORKS) and I invite you to stop by and say hello. Browse both our locations. We thank all our customers for their loyal support of our family over the years…the best thing about being in business in Oakhurst is the people we meet…thank you all. (Proud member of the Soroptimis of the Sierras. Incoming President!)

(559) 641-2222 • • Hwy. 41 and Road 426 Oakhurst • 559-683-7845


Krista grew up in Bakersfield and then with her zest for life, packed and moved to attend college in Santa Monica, CA. Her first passion was to attend the Fashion Institute of art, but soon moved back to Bakersfield realizing LA was too fast paced. Krista yearned for that small town feel and found herself moving away from family and friends to Mammoth Lakes, CA where she attended college classes while working at Vons in their floral department. Krista was able to show her side of the arts by the beautiful arrangements she made. Her talent would shine through here. With high goals for herself, Krista soon found herself at age 21 landing an AT&T manager position for two years. Changes were made and a grand re-opening was held in August for her mom, Diane Valadon’s local boutique. She had been thinking of making a change and felt this was a great opportunity to help her mom and Oakhurst is the perfect community as she has camped here with family and friends every single year for over 20 years. Krista is now managing Simple to Superb Local Boutique and has made many positive changes in the store. Krista will become co-owner of Simple to Superb Local Boutique.

Gail HawkswortH

Riealle Hinkle

Gail is best known as the mountain community’s local Dog Whisperer. Her calm, knowledgeable approach has helped a multitude of canines and their companions. She holds training, socialization and agility classes at Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply and will care for your pet when you are gone.

Her “Cruiser” is America’s #1 Irish Wolfhound AND 1st Grand Champion for 2010 and is an active registered Therapy Dog. New Champion “Aslan” is #3 for 2012.

P.O. Box 504, Ahwahnee, CA 93601 • (559) 658-7122

Riealle Hinkle is an aspiring new hair stylist, and living proof that you really can do it all. She got her cosmetology license at Fredrico’s Career College in 2010. She became a creative color specialist working with Scruples hair products and Pivot Point techniques. She currently works at Coarsegold Salon, where she focuses on building her clientele and refining her color and cutting skills.


Gail is a certified evaluator for T.D.I. (Therapy Dog International) and CGC (Canine Good Citizenship). She trains, breeds and shows Irish Wolfhounds and her “kids” have won multiple AKC, National and International awards. She belongs to, and is active in, the following associations and clubs: TDI, CGC, Oakhurst Mountain Lions Club, Lions Project Canine Companions for Independence, AKC, numerous Irish Wolfhound clubs, Associated Pet Dog Training, Yosemite Kennel Club and the Better Business Bureau.


After growing up in Coarsegold and graduating from Yosemite High School, Carmen attended the University of Montana, Missoula to stay close to the wild, beautiful world while majoring in print journalism. In Montana, she worked as a reporter for a newspaper and two online news sources. She was hired as a reporter for the Sierra Star in the fall of 2010.


Director of Sales


In her spare time Riealle is raising a family, building up a website called REL Allure, and selling Lia Sopia jewelry. To be versatile is her ultimate goal and since she was a little girl she has ALWAYS been doing hair! She wants each cut or color to leave a sense of class and elegance. It’s her dream! And after studying and doing the legwork to obtain her license, Riealle strongly believes, “ the more I learned about beauty, the more I fell in love with doing hair.” For an appointment call (559) 760-5676 or Coarsegold Salon (559) 683-3003 ext 21


WOMEN Julie Fullmer

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Sierra Star, Oakhurst, California

Visitor Services Manager


BUSINESS 2012 SuSan JackSon

Visitor Center Coordinator Judi Hussain became a Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau volunteer in May 2009 and immediately realized it fed her passion for both Madera County and Yosemite. When a job opportunity opened up, she grabbed it. She adores working with Visitors Bureau volunteers and visitors to our area. After 21 years in North Fork, she moved to Oakhurst in 2011 along with canine best friend, Foxy. She loves spending time with her two daughters and favorite (only) grandson.

Physical Therapist

Sue Jackson has been practicing Physical Therapy for 24 years. She has been the Clinic Site Coordinator at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Oakhurst Outpatient for 18 years. The clinic now has 5 P.T.’s with a one on one therapist to patient ratio. Sue has expertise in orthopedic, neurologic, neuromuscular, vestibular, pain management and rehabilitation for adults and pediatric patients. Most insurance is accepted at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation, including Medicare/Medical and Worker’s Compensation. As a local resident, Sue finds great personal and professional rewards in helping people of our Mountain Community achieve their highest physical potential. SJVR is exempt from Medicare caps and is nationally accredited.


WOMEN Judi Hussain


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40232 Junction Dr. Oakhurst, CA 93644 • (559) 658-6490 •

40637 Hwy. 41 • Oakhurst • 559-683-4636

Joy Kagawa, pt, mtc Owner

Wellness Consultant, Herbalist

“Margina Jones has been the owner and operator of Nature’s for over five years. Nature’s Nutrients is a small vitamin and herb store that has been in Oakhurst since 1994. Margina is a certified herbalist and pranic healing practitioner and offers private wellness consultations by appointment.

Joy has received certification in Manual Therapy which uses hands on techniques such as joint and soft tissue mobilization to help her patients get better. She continues her post graduate education to help you regain your Quality of Life Through Motion.

Group Classes are in the works to be starting in January. Margina’s hopes for Nature’s Nutrients are to provide a place for healing, wellness and a dash of herbal knowledge to our Oakhurst community. Feel free to wander into Nature’s Nutrients anytime even if only for a cup of herbal tea.”

Joy is an active member of Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary. She can be seen volunteering to help our mountain community and schools.

40359 Hwy 41 • Oakhurst, CA 93644, in Oakhurst Plazza • 559-683-2293 • 48677 Victoria Ln. below Erna’s Elderberry House, Oakhurst • 559-683-4444 •

Angel lepley KilliAn

Cari Kurz

Contact Us or find us on Facebook 559-877-3662

Co-owner Cari Kurz and her husband Eric have worked for other Round Table Pizza owners for over 20 years before their dream came true and they bought their own restaurant here in Oakhurst. They love all the great activities and community events that happen in our area. Having two children in the school system here in Oakhurst has given them the opportunity to get involved with the community in numerous ways. From supplying pizzas for the children at the local Boys and Girls Club to offering morning tours of the restaurant to classes that are interested. They are also the first ones to step up when a local group needs some fundraising help, donating 20% of that night’s sales to the group. If you happen to be in the area, stop in to say hi. Chances are, one, if not both of them will probably be at the restaurant working. 40034 Hwy. 49, in the Vons Center • Oakhurst • 559-683-7472



C.M.T Owner/Operator Since 1998 I have come along way since I started my Massage business“Touched by an Angel” back in 1998, I had a pickup truck that said Mobile Massage Therapy on the side of it and I would travel all over the mountain community offering my services. I have worked at Spa at the Pines in Bass Lake and Spa du Sureau at Chateau Sureau in Oakhurst. Fifteen years later and my fourth North Fork Business location Im still as passionate about giving Massages as the day I started. Diane Ortmann of Nature’s Path and I have been sharing a space for 6 years and we recently welcomed Karen McAleece of Time to Align to Center for Harmony. Together we offer Massage, Structural Integration, and Holistic Personalized Programs. Center for Harmony is a space where you can become Balanced, Grounded, Relaxed, and Aware. Start enjoying the benefits of Massage and Bodywork today!


Joy brings many years of expertise to our Mountain Area as Physical Therapist and Owner of Sierra Physical Therapy. She has a reputation for providing great quality of care to her patients.

Sierra Star, Oakhurst, California •

BUSINESS 2012 Betty Linn

located in the Raley’s shopping center in the Bank of America Bldg. • 559-683-4411 email: • Website: • License 0722322


49165 Road 426, P.O. Box 305, Oakhurst • 559-683-4464 •

Sheri MalcolM

Tammy LoveLand

Classified, A/R & Circulation Manager

This is a family run business, with her husband Ty, that offers a comfortable environment free of judgment and competition which makes fitness fun.



Tammy Loveland is the owner of Fitness 41 a new fitness center in Coarsegold located next to Community Dance and Theater, Coarsegold Salon and Nails, and Mountain Aire.

Membership provides for a basic fitness plan with instruction on the very best in fitness equipment that designs a routine based on your goals, fitness level and ability. She is also excited about the various fitness classes offered which are included in the membership. Some childcare options are available. Please call to inquire, 559-683-5545 or visit at 35686 Hwy 41 Suite D, Coarsegold. Hours are Mon-Thurs 5:30am to 8:00pm, Fridays 5:30am - 7pm, Saturdays 8am - 12pm and Closed on Sundays.

Dorothy Miller Realtor


Administrative Assistant

49165 Road 426, P.O. Box 305, Oakhurst • 559-683-4464 •

Sheri began her career with the Sierra Star at the front desk, selling and scheduling classified advertising. Her responsibilities have increased over the 10+ years she has been with the company and she now manages the Classified, Circulation and Accounts Receivable Departments. Working with the public continues to be one of the best parts of her job. 49165 Road 426, P.O. Box 305, Oakhurst • 559-683-4464 •

B. J. McGinnis B.J. has worked for several small businesses during thelast37yearsshehaslivedintheMountainArea. Sheraised two children, and as a single parent, always appreciated the family atmosphere her employers provided. Experienced in a variety of general office duties, B.J. wears many different hats at the Sierra Star. The staff counts on her to oversee duties concerning everything from circulation to payroll. She is always willing to tackle a new challenge and enjoys the chance to learn something new. B.J. has one granddaughter. In her spare time she enjoys reading and gardening.

Betty was a past president of the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce and Soroptimist International of the Sierras. She also belongs to the California Newspapers Publishers Association (CNPA). and is a member of National Newspapers Association and the Inland Press Association.


Betty Linn began her career at the Star in 1978 and was promoted to publisher in 1995. She serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.


Sheri and her husband, Jim, moved to Oakhurst in 1988. She became employed with Dave Kraft Insurance Agency in 1988. In 1994 she became a part owner with Dave and then in 2000 Colleen Ham and Sheri purchased the agency and changed the name to Kraft and Lee Insurance Agency, Inc. Sheri is active in the community, she is a member of the Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Club, a member of the Mountain Network Group and on the board for El Capitan Educational Foundation. The agency has seven licensed agents plus to help you with your insurance needs and they have been in business for over 30 years. They write home, auto, life, health, workers’ compensation, business insurance, bonds, etc. Stop by or give us a call.

As a resident of the Yosemite Foothills for 12 years, I have had the privilege of serving our community in as many ways as I can – Member of the Service Organization of the Sierras, supporting local charities & providing scholarships for high school seniors; Member of Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church singing in the choir; and Realtor for 8 of those years. Coming from the Bay Area and So. Cal., I have an extra appreciation for the beauty and serenity of our mountain lifestyle and the wonderful people who live here. Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate • 40044 Hwy 49, Ste E-1, Oakhurst CA 93644 559/760-9034 •





WOMEN Sheri Lee

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Thursday, November 1, 2012 • Sierra Star, Oakhurst, California

Lisa has owned Coarsegold Salon for twelve years. With ten technicians offering hair, nail and skin care services, the salon is still going strong! An entrepreneur at heart, Lisa is the heart and soul behind her candle businesses.Years of research and development have enabled her to produce high quality products. Lisa has grown into six websites where she offers her products she has developed. Purchasing her commercial building in 2003 as allowed Lisa to grow as a business person and artist. Located at the north end of town, businesses include Coarsegold Salon, Chic Nail Spa, Community Dance & Theater and Fitness 41. A building dedicated to your well being! Why not stop by today?

Front Desk Clerk

I have been with the Sierra Star Family for a little over a year now and have very much enjoyed my time here, working with a great group of people and a fabulous community. I work the Front Desk- Customer Service, Classified Ads, Legals, Subscriptions and any other little jobs I can assist my co-workers with. I really enjoy the variety this position brings and the people I work with.

35686 Hwy 41 Next to Mountain Aire Coarsegold • 559-642-6065

49105 Road 426, P.O. Box 305, Oakhurst • 559-683-4464 •

Vikki PiPer

Shawna M. PetruShkin K35657_SO

Certified Financial Planner™

My mission as a financial planner is to help each woman achieve her goals and dreams by helping her to structure her finances. Women face unique financial challenges, as they juggle multiple commitments to family, career and personal growth. Because I have worked in the financial planning industry for 20 years, I can provide multiple tools, resources and suggestions to help each client develop a plan which focuses on her goals and gives her confidence in her financial future.

I have been a mountain resident for over 33 years, moving to the area as a child. I married a local boy 25 years ago and we have a wonderful daughter, who is 6 and loves karate and soccer. My husband and I love living here. We feel Blessed that we can live, work and raise our daughter in such an amazing and beautiful place with a great group of people surrounding us.

Vikki Piper is the Oakhurst Campus Coordinator and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Oakhurst College Center, a campus of Reedly College. The center currently serves over 500 students pursuing higher education. She, along with her husband, Mike, teach, several classes at the Oakhurst Campus. Vikki earned a BA in Economics and an MBA from Cal State, Northridge.

I have been working in Oakhurst for many years, and have been living here full time for the past seven years. Outside of work, I enjoy playing golf and spending time with my family, including my husband, three teen-aged daughters, and 7 month old baby boy.

Prior to relocating to the Oakhurst area in 2001, Vikki worked in private industry, most recently as a Chief Operations Officer for a large e-commerce company. Vikki is a member of the Soroptimist International of the Sierras and in her spare time, loves classic cars and cooking.

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. • 40291 Stagecoach Rd. Oakhurst, CA 93644 Office: 559.683.3600 •

40241 Hwy 41 Bldg. G Oakhurst, CA 93644 • Office(559)683-3940 • Fax 683-4193

Cindy Pogue

Stacie PoPejoy

Owner For almost 30 years now, Cindy aka “the Candy Queen” has looked forward to coming to work everyday.

If you haven’t been in lately, stop in, say Hi, and sample something sweet! Delivery & Shipping Available 40315 Junction Dr., Oakhurst Ca 93644 Next to the Bowling Alley 559-683-3773 •



Competing and showing her dogs originally sparked owner Stacie Popejoy’s interest in the dog grooming business. Educated as a trainer and animal behaviorist, she groomed for 15 years prior to opening her business.


Mountain Candies is known for its beautiful and unique gift baskets as well as delicious candies. Cindy works in a fun atmosphere and is surrounded with fun merchandise like Over the Hill, Balloons, Candies, Sugar Free Candies, Fine Chocolates, Jewlery, Bath Products, Candy Making Supplies, and Pinatãs.


O wner Coarsegold S alon Chic Nail Spa

BUSINESS 2012 Michelle NiewohNer


Lisa NeiLsoN


It’s been more than three years since Waggin’ Tails Grooming opened. Stacie still loves the variety each day presents, especially with the new baby. In addition to grooming services for dogs and cats, she offers teeth cleaning, microchipping, supplements, vaccinations and boarding. She also offers FREE microchip scanning for lost pets! The ongoing friendship and support of her clients allows Stacie to continue to do what she loves! She is also an independent consultant for Scentsy (wickless candles). For more information 28420 Yosemite Springs Parkway, #F • Coarsegold • 559-683-TAIL (8245)





Sierra Star, Oakhurst, California


BUSINESS 2012 Marilyn rigg Agent

State farm inSurance

Marilyn has lived in Oakhurst for over 42 years. She is past President of both Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce and Soroptomist International of the Sierra. She and her husband Doug Reeves, are active in many community activities. Marilyn holds both the ChFC (chartered financial consultant) and the CASL Chartered Advisor for Senior Living Designations.

Sharon would like to invite you to try the great Holiday Buffets and the very fun and casual New Years Eve Party!

Marilyn Rigg State Farm offers a full compliment of insurance services and financial needs including car, home, life, health and business insurance. Marilyn is also licensed in security products including investments, mutual funds and variable products. Marilyn Rigg State Farm also offers a full range of banking products from State Farm Bank including checking accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, savings accounts, individual retirement accounts, car loans, home equity loans, lines of credit and home mortgage loans. Check with Marilyn for all your family and financial needs. Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender. Lic OB03539

40530 Hwy 41 Oakhurst, CA • (559) 683-2378 or 760-6822 •

40315 Junction Drive, Suite A, Oakhurst • 559-683-3467 • Fax 559-683-3410

Her favorite part of the job is being her own boss. She is in charge of day to day operations of the restaurant, kitchen & banquet facilities. Sharon has realized that she is a take charge person and loves to see her pre-planning allow everything to move smoothly.

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Rhonda SaliSbuRy Director of Marketing

I have been active in the Eastern Madera County real estate market for over 32 years. I joined the Coldwell Banker franchise in 1986. Prior to that Premier Real Estate I was located in North Fork, where I once owned North Fork Realty. Coldwell Banker has had different broker/owners, and we are now under the brokerage of George Murphy and Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate. Our Murphy Home Loan Specialist is here to help Qualify you for the Loan you may Need. K35589_SO

Rhonda has lived in the Oakhurst area for 25 years. She moved here from the Bay Area and immediately fell in love with mountain life and the community. She is the Director of Marketing for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, a job she absolutely loves. She’s actively involved in many charity organizations and local events. When she’s not promoting tourism she spends her time with her husband and her cat. She is an avid traveler, loves wine tasting and spending time with the Bunco girls.

I am a Native Californian, ranch girl from Strathmore and a graduate of the University of the pacific in Stockton. Eastern Madera County has been my home since 1961. Although I have held elective and appointive offices in Madera County, my most important achievement has been to raise my three sons into successful professionals and good parents.

Coldwell Banker Premier Real Estate • 40044 Hwy. 49, Ste E-1, Oakhurst (559)683-2427 direct (559) 658-7599 home•(559) 642-2100 business•

40637 Hwy. 41• Oakhurst • 559-683-4636


Christin smith Owner

Are You a Big City Girl

“My clients are family and mean everything to me. Thank you to my customers for the support and loyalty you’ve shown me and my husband.”

For the “Big City Look and Low In a Small Town? Maintenance Care” that today’s busy life-style demands, call Taylor! Her “Parametric Cuts” at once, make your hair easier for you to do, and express your most sophisticated self. For a FREE 1 hour consultation, call 559-970-9546. Shop located next to Todd’s BBQ. Visit

40359 Hwy. 41, Suite 4 • Oakhurst • 559-658-7676

Hwy. 41 in Oakhurst


Christin Smith is not just a business woman; as a groomer with 15 years experience, she is an artist! Her business, open for five years, is going strong. She tries to make a personal connection with all her clients, going above and beyond expectations. She cares about the dogs and cats she grooms, and with over 1,000 clients, who book over a year in advance, her reputation is impeccable. Her positive-reinforcement shop is available to all. When people walk in they find a comfortable atmosphere and a welcoming environment to people and pets alike.


Sharon is no stranger Yosemite Gateway to the hospitality food/ Restaurant & Lounge beverage industry. Originally from Banning, she relocated here when her husband Bill was offered the GM position at Yosemite Gateway Best Western. Shortly thereafter she took over as the Food & Beverage Director at the restaurant. Sharon’s biggest inspiration is her husband, “He inspired me to realize my potential and strive for success”


Food & Beverage Director



WOMEN Sharon Putnam

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Thursday, November 1, 2012 • Sierra Star, Oakhurst, California



BUSINESS 2012 Jo ann Weston


“Tiffany spent most of her growing up years in the Coarsegoldarea,butmoved away after high school. With a zest for travel, she visited many European countries while living in France and later took a slightly scary camel ride while visiting Egypt on a study tour. After graduating from college with a bachelor of arts in communication and a minor in Fench, she moved to S. Korea to teach English.

In her free time, she enjoys collecting books - from antiques to bestsellers - and readingthem while enjoying a good mug of coffee.”

The Intermediate Care Center has a physician on duty from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for your immediate needs. Our second floor Rural Health Clinic includes Mental Health Services, Podiatry and OB-GYN Services. Our Family Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Physicians see our Clinic Patients starting at 8 a.m. The Radiology Department includes digital mammography and routine x-rays. K35668_SO

Afterwards, she returned to her hometown and soon after gained employment at the Sierra Star where she has been working for 3.5 years. She loves meeting new people, seeing old friends, and hearing the stories they have to tell.

Jo Ann has been the Director of our Oakhurst Services since 1988.

49165 Road 426, P.O. Box 305, Oakhurst • 559-683-4464 •

Our goal is to expand services, hours, programs and specialty groups. Community Medical Centers has been here since 1979 to help care for the medical needs of this Community.

48677 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst • (559) 683-2992

Joan Yeatts

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“THIRTY YEARS and still going strong! And it’s all thanks to you, our Quality Sales & Service Since 1982 loyal customers. We appreciate you so much!” That’s the message Joan (and Joe) want to pass on. “Made in America products are a high priority for us, as evidenced by the huge number of American-made items we stock, including our best selling White Lightnin’ that eliminates rusty toilet bowl stains and our hard-working Riccar Vacuums. Stop by the bright yellow sign on Hwy. 49 to see even more.” Vacuum and sewing machine sales and repairs.Bags,belts,filters,and accessories, sewing machine notions, cabinets, cleaning products, carpet cleaner rentals.We sharpen scissors and repair lamps, too.

Joe’s seW & VAC


Karen is entering her thirteenth tax season with the firm of Miller & White, A Certified Public Accounting Firm. Karen is the partner-in-charge of technology and oversees accounting and payroll engagements and tax preparation. She is a former president of Soroptimist International of the Sierras, member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the current treasurer of the Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Miller & White specializes in accounting and tax engagements including individuals, business entities, non-profit organizations, trusts and estates. Miller & White was the first firm in the foothills to offer advanced technology including client portals and services available through the website at

Enterprise Center • Hwy 49 • Oakhurst • 559-683-5101

49260 Chapel Hill Drive, Suite 201, Oakhurst, CA 93644 • (559) 683-3440 • Fax 683-0598 •

Claudia Zimmerly

Advertising Representative

Claudia has over 25 years experience in marketing and advertising. She has lived in Oakhurst for over 18 years, however until she was hired as an Advertising Representative for the Sierra Star in May 2011, she has never had the opportunity to work in Oakhurst. She now enjoys meeting the local business owners, getting to know their business needs and goals, and learning what’s going on in the community. This enables her to help customers make good advertising choices with an effective message, especially in their local hometown newspaper.

49165 Road 426, P.O. Box 305, Oakhurst • 559-683-4464 •

I think the key for women is not to set any limits. Maria Navratilova K35664_SO

Claudia enjoys living in the Mountain Area, and on the weekends during the winter she loves skiing at China Peak, where she is a member of the volunteer ski patrol and the NSP.


WOMEN Tiffany Tuell



Women in Business 2012  

Whether just starting out or an experienced professional, the Mountain Area community is full of business women working in a variety of care...