About FNEW

Founded in 1982, Fairfield Network of Executive Women (FNEW) is dedicated to providing professional development and networking opportunities to its members. Our mission is to share knowledge, exchange ideas and provide support to women in business.

Sharon Arena
Sharon ArenaPresident
Sharon joined FNEW in 2014 as the groups Marketing & PR board. Her professional background includes almost two decades of experience working in executive roles such as marketing, operations management, finance, and sales. As a 3rd generation business owner, she understands the importance and dedication business owners need to be able to focus on their clients and sales.

Sharon is a Marketing Strategist where she helps provide services that business owners and CEO’s need in today’s virtual world that will not only help them get more exposure online but bring in more leads.

Sharon is very passionate and detailed about what she does and dedicates the time to get to know each and every one of her clients. She is an active member of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce and Gold Coast BNI, and currently sits on the board of Network of Executive Women in Milford, CT and Post University Marketing Committee.

In her spare time, she writes business interviews for Gold Coast Connect, and spending time with her boyfriend and her dog Danny.

Michele Dreiding
Michele DreidingVice President
After 15 years of working in technology sales, Michele decided to combine her love for travel and desire to bring back customer service for people who are too busy or frustrated going through everything online to plan their travel. She wanted to bring back the opportunity to talk live with a specialized agent, not a call center, and to use technology for support, but not the only way to do business. She is the owner of Here to the Moon Travel and also Destination Weddings Unlimited. Michele specializes in world travel for corporate incentive travel, groups, honeymooners, destination weddings, families and more.

Being her own boss has also afforded her the opportunity to also explore her other passion for entrepreneurship and helping others succeed. Through her web-based business, she’s able to connect customers and health professionals with cutting edge wellness, beauty, children’s care, home-care products and more. She also is able to teach people how to save and earn money by purchasing their everyday items at their favorite name brand stores online in a unique and simple way while creating an annuity for themselves for things they are already doing every day.

Michele enjoys traveling (obviously), dancing, golfing, art, games, being active, networking, and animals.

She has spent the last 2 years as our program director, bringing in some wonderful speakers for the last few years. This year, she will be our VP, helping coordinate this new team of directors and providing a supporting role.

Monica Chusid
Monica ChusidProgram Director
Monica is a peak forming and multifaceted Project Manager and Business Analyst with a stellar career in program/project management for corporate/mid-size companies and non-profit organizations. She is highly instrumental in cultivating key domestic and international client relationships and enhancing customer retention/satisfaction across multiple industries.

Monica is a trained strategic thinker with a creative mindset in developing tactical programs/projects that strengthen company growth and generate profitability. She excels in solving complex problems and managing projects to completion within stressed timelines.

Monica is a new member of FNEW and we’re happy to have her.

Liz LaForte
Liz LaForteProgram Director
You may remember Liz from our March meeting, where she spoke about how to get what you want in your career. Liz is a strategic, yet hands-on Human Resources professional with 20+ years of experience in the areas: of Executive Coaching, recruitment, onboarding, performance training, employee relations, benefits planning, and policy development. She is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and lives in Ridgefield, CT.
Judith Evans
Judith EvansMembership
Long-time member Judith Evans is an author, lecturer and coach on career management issues and life transformations. She’s coached and held seminars for participants from a broad array of industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals, media and publishing, technology and professional services (law, medicine and accounting.)

Judith founded New Career Ventures to assist clients at all stages of their careers from new graduates, mid-career professionals to retired executives returning to the workforce. Judith has been a great mentor to all of us and we are so happy to have her continue her services to FNEW.

Jeanine Narita
Jeanine NaritaManaging Director
Jeanine is a graduate of both The Hockaday School in Dallas, TX and Hofstra University, on Long Island, NY.

Upon graduating from college, Jeanine laid down roots in San Francisco and focused on making a difference relative to inner-city education and public policy through thousands of hours of volunteer work.

Jeanine attended Prudential’s Real Estate School where she’s helped her clients understand the supply and demand, buying angles, laws, and the overall process of buying fine homes.

Liane Bernard
Liane BernardWebsite Director
Liane is a new FNEW member. She is a technology professional formerly with Save the Children for 10 years heading up their digital development team, and currently working for Alexion Biopharmaceuticals leading projects for their Global IT Cybersecurity division. Liane has an M.B.A. from Babson Graduate School of Business and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Project Management Professional.

Liane lives in Redding with her significant other and teenage daughter and likes to ski and craft in her spare time.

Elizabeth Tichenor
Elizabeth TichenorMarketing Director
Elizabeth Tichenor (pronounced Tishner) is a Marketing Executive/Wellness Educator with Melaleuca.com. She would like to help others find better health and extra income with her company’s scientifically researched/patented products.

Prior to Melaleuca, she worked for a pharmaceutical company for 17 years and before that worked in television production. Her professional experience includes sales training, national event planning, marketing and product/brand management. Elizabeth holds an M.B.A. in Leadership and Business Management from Sacred Heart University.

Fran Charlip
Fran CharlipTreasurer Director
Fran has over 10+ years of experience in accounting, in addition to a background in corporate and personal financial management. She is a trusted accountant to CEO’s and CFO’s of small and mid-size companies seeking rapid financial turn-arounds.
Fran has an extensive track record in finance, as well as proven business management skills and problem-solving ability.

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