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​Cheryl Pastor

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IT Coordinator, PennDOT District 1

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

Mentoring other women allows me to give back and pay forward the knowledge and support I received from other strong women in the workforce. I gain so much pride in seeing a woman grow and gain strength in herself, which benefits her not only professionally but also in her personal life.


Kim Poretta

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ITC Division Chief, PennDOT Bureau of Infrastructure and Operations

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

I am always looking to make a difference, and if I can share that passion with other women, and help them strive to do the same, we all succeed.

Anita Wasko

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Director, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, PennDOT Driver & Vehicle Services

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

PennDOT has been good to me. This is a way for me to give back.

Denise Gross

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Human Resource Analyst, PennDOT Bureau of Human Resources

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

It has been my personal experience that a mentor provides an opportunity to receive candid feedback and advice without the fear of retribution. I began my career in the Army Reserve Officer's Training Corp (ROTC), the first year women were accepted as cadets. Since very few military women had leadership roles, finding a female mentor was not an available option at the start of my career. Eventually, I was fortunate to have had male and female mentors who were instrumental in helping me achieve the rank of colonel in the Army Reserve. Male or female, a good mentor promotes growth and an understanding of what it takes to be a leader.


Angela Saunders

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Transportation Planning Manager, PennDOT District 12

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

The LEAD (PennDOT's mentoring program for women in the department) program has been the most beneficial program I have participated in during my career; I gained so much from my time as a protégé. The LEAD program becomes part of your legacy and you belong to a long line of successful women. I want to help make sure other women have a similar experience and get the most they can. Being a mentor gives you a chance to pass on experiences from your career as well as help other women know that no one's career is perfect no matter how it looks on the outside.

Marla Fannin

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Community Relations Coordinator, PennDOT District 2

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

Mentoring other women in the department is important to me because it helps them realize we all face the same kinds of personal and work-related challenges, and that there are any number of ways to meet those challenges and succeed. Mentoring also helps them to learn our business and gets them thinking more specifically about what path they want to follow in their careers.

Cheryl Moon-Sirianni

District Executive, PennDOT District 11

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

When I started at PennDOT I was one of only two female engineers in District 10 (that is where I started). It was not a very comfortable place for a young educated woman to work because most of the men in the office looked at women as either housewives or clerks. It has evolved over the years, but the number of female professionals in the offices is still at a very low number, and many of the women work very hard (some much harder than their counterparts) to get recognized and promoted. I also don't like when a woman is finally promoted it is considered the "token" promotion when they have worked extremely hard most of the time to get there. I could go on and on about this subject, but I have a 20-year-old daughter who is an industrial engineer at PSU. I want her and all of the other young ladies to be given better opportunities than when I came out of school.

Wanita Lynch

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Assistant County Maintenance Manager, PennDOT District 2 — McKean and Elk Counties

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

I have been blessed in my career with a series of good managers and leaders, both male and female, who have encouraged and advised me throughout my years of service to the department. This is my way to give back and share the knowledge that I have gained.

Melissa Matchock

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Human Resource Officer, PennDOT District 9

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

I have been a mentor for the LEAD program since 2010. Mentoring is a great career development and networking tool and a way for women to share experiences and insights with each other.

Andrea Bahoric

Planning Division Manager, PennDOT Bureau of Planning and Research

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

Mentoring is important to me because I was provided with the opportunity to participate in the mentoring program and it helped to improve my leadership and communication skills. I want to be able to provide the same opportunity to other future leaders.


Leslie McCoy

Senior Civil Engineer — Traffic Operations, PennDOT Bureau of Maintenance and Operations

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

  • Presents an excellent opportunity to share real working experiences and knowledge I have experienced and attained beyond college courses and in the transportation commu
  • Reminds me to listen and learn from other perspectives from other age groups and in different phases of employment.
  • Offers personal satisfaction to inspire protégés to excel in their lives.

Kristi Smith

Human Resource Analyst, PennDOT Bureau of Human Resources

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

As a former LEAD program manager and a current mentor, I have had the opportunity to witness women in PennDOT flourish and build self-confidence through women mentoring other women. By women being able to feel secure in acknowledging their vulnerabilities and expressing their self-doubts, it has opened opportunities to share resources, develop strategies to accomplish goals, and build an incredible supportive network of women for women.

Beth Bonini

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Director of Penn PORTS and Rail, PennDOT Multimodal Transportation

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

Mentoring other women is important because it provides a mechanism to voice my experiences and potentially help the next generation of women coming up in a transportation career.

Laurita Povilavicius

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IT Project Manager, PennDOT Bureau of IT Project Development and Delivery

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

I personally had and still have great mentors who helped me develop my skills and discover my strengths. Having their guidance really helped me prepare for the IT Project Manager 2 position that I hold now, and helped me grow as a person, too. I enjoy learning and view the role of a mentor as another learning and growth opportunity. I believe in giving back, so I am very open to sharing my experience and knowledge to help others. My mentoring relationships for the most part have formed informally, but I really appreciate that PennDOT has a formal program like LEAD to emphasize and facilitate the mentoring process.

Debbie Reihart

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Systems Management Chief, PennDOT Bureau of Project Delivery

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

I know from experience that navigating a successful path in Commonwealth employment can be overwhelming, so if I can ease some of this angst by acting as a mentor, I am certainly proud to do so. The time I spend in this work is well worth it if it allows another woman in the department to feel more comfortable in their new role or to act confidently in a professional environment or just to have a confidential sounding board.

Danielle Klinger-Grumbine

Division Chief, PennDOT Bureau of Innovations

Why is mentoring other women important to you?

I have been blessed with some phenomenal mentors throughout my career with the Commonwealth, particularly in my nearly 12 years with PennDOT. I would not be where I am today without their guidance and support. I feel it is my responsibility to give back in some small way by mentoring others and providing them with the same guidance and support that I received, while passing along some of the lessons I have personally learned along the way. Mentoring is so important, especially to those looking to advance within an organization, and is crucial to the overall success of any organization.