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COVER STORIES

CLAUDIA HOYSER: following her heart all the way to becoming a country music sensation

You may recognize the name Claudia Hoyser as an American country music singer, songwriter and social influencer. Now, Rochester Woman Online is excited to have her as our latest cover woman.

As a local girl with dreams of being on the country music stage, she can now be seen opening for country music superstars such as Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert, Ryan Bingham, Whiskey Myers and Mitchell Tenpenny. 2022 brought on shows with Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan, Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Justin Moore, LOCASH, Jessie James Decker, Chase Rice and more!

In our interview with Claudia, we got to talk about her plans for the future, her incredible coffee and whiskey brands (which are pretty amazing), and so much more we hope you will enjoy. Did I mention she is not only incredible talented with an amazing voice, but she is as sweet as they come.Continue reading

COVER STORIES

FROM STUDENT TO PRINCIPAL: DR SHERYLANNE DIODATO

PHOTOS BY JULIE OLDFIELD

In our June 2023 edition of Rochester Woman Online, we thought it fitting, as the school year draws to a close, to feature Dr. Sherylanne Diodato, the new principal for Our Lady of Mercy (all women’s) Middle and High School as our latest cover woman.

Sherylanne not only graduated from OLM 30 years ago herself, but she now is leading the next generations of women and empowering them to build their own personal and academic confidence. She is not just a principal, but a true role model for these young ladies.

We were excited to talk with Sherylanne about her background, influencing the younger generation, what the future entails and more. We hope you enjoy what we discussed.Continue reading

COVER STORIES

THE “QUEEN’ OF CANNABIS – BRITNI TANTALO

PHOTOS BY JULIE OLDFIELD

Who is Britni Tantalo? Well, Rochester Woman Online has had the opportunity to follow this Rochester native, mother of two small children ages 3 and 5, a wife and owner of multiple businesses within the cannabis industry for over a year now. We have had the pleasure of not only watching her grow professionally, but also as joining her as she is breaking the glass ceilings of the cannabis world to become one of the “Power Women in Cannabis”.Continue reading

The Influential Woman

THE INFLUENTIAL WOMAN: JENNIFER SAVASTINO

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. Who is Jennifer Savastino?
I was born and raised in Syracuse NY, and I am a graduate of West Genesee High in 1990 and received my Bachelor of Science and my MBA from Lemoyne College. I’m a mom of three boys, one biological and two bonus and are all grown men now. Colin is one of our lead technicians at Gannon Pest Control, Daniel is Autistic and living his best life at home with me, and Joshua (my baby), is enjoying life in the US Navy out in California. I enjoy spending time with my family, my longtime partner Greg, and the many amazing people I am blessed to call friends. I am a Director with Syracuse Challenger Baseball, the largest Special Needs Baseball league in the country, on the Board of 100 Women Who Care of CNY and provide help and assistance with many other amazing not for profits in the Syracuse area.Continue reading

COVER STORIES

SAYEH RIVAZFAR: MORE THAN JUST A “SURVIVOR”

PHOTOS BY MAKENNA RIVAZFAR PHOTOGRAPHY

A survivor and a ‘fighter,’ our latest cover woman for Rochester Woman Online is the oldest of six children, has been employed with the New York State Police since 2003, promoted to Investigator in 2016, and has been a board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children since 1996.

Sayeh’s story of survival as a young girl has been publicized throughout the media when on September 22, 1988, Sayeh, then age 8 and her sister Sara, age 6, were kidnapped from their home during the late night by a man known as Raymond Warfield Wike, one of their mother’s boyfriends. She survived the brutal attack, identified the man who had committed these horrific crimes, and because of her experience began a journey of becoming the voice for other victims.Continue reading

COVER STORIES

COVER STORY: BEHIND THE LENS WITH MAKENNA RIVAZFAR

PHOTOS BY JULIE OLDFIELD & MAKENNA RIVASFAR PHOTOGRAPHY

For 2023 we are excited to be able to bring a fresh, talented and inspiring young woman on board with the Rochester Woman Online team, and as our January/Fenruary cover woman. Please welcome Makenna Rivazfar!

Let us take you behind the lens as we dig into her incredible background, family, and what inspires her on her life’s journey both personally and professionally. You will see, just as we did, that she is more than just a pretty face!Continue reading

COVER STORIES

BETHANY STEVENS: A WOMAN WHO WEARS MANY “CROWNS”

PHOTOS BY NORTH GLOW PHOTOGRAPHY

For the latest edition of Rochester Woman Online, we are pleased to be able to feature Bethany Stevens as our latest cover woman. She is a woman who truly wear many “crowns”. She is a wife, mother, entrepreneur, and the current reigning Mrs New York America.

We hope you enjoy our conversation with Bethany and a little glimpse of what it is like to be a modern day woman who can do it all.Continue reading

COVER STORIES, SHE HUSTLES TALKS

PLANNING FOR A SUCCESSFUL LIFE: MONIQUE CHATMAN

PHOTOS BY L SHOT PHOTOGRAPHY

Our latest She Hustles Talks cover woman, is a lady boss creating the first Minority/ Black owned Day Spa dedicated solely to Men’s health and wellness in Rochester. She is a female, take charge in a man’s industry and creating an empire.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who is Monique Chatman?
I am a warrior. I believe I was born to lead and motivate. I may have a strong exterior, but my core is soft, giving and caring. Born a matriarch of 16 siblings, I have lived, suffered and succeeded past levels my imagination could have never afforded me to believe.Continue reading

COVER STORIES

DR MYRA HENRY: on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women

Can you tell us a little bit about the YWCA, and its mission. How did the YWCA get started?
A brief history of YWCA Rochester and our commitment to serve women in this community is best described as. A Legacy of Women Helping Women.

In 1883, eleven empowering women saw a need to provide housing for young women moving into the city for the first time to find work. They founded a women’s association that years later would vote to become a member of the national organization known as the YWCA and opened a small boarding house. Employment services were offered, as well as classes in arithmetic and English since educational opportunities for women were extremely limited.Continue reading

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