In celebration of Women's History Month, we decided to ask Stacey Biagi of Biagi Brothers about some of the most inspiring women in Sonoma County.
Cheryl Hlebakos' mother, who will be 100 this year, was born and raised in Petaluma is the most inspiring person in Cheryl's life. Her mom taught her to be a lady. Her father asked her if she knew the difference between a woman and a lady. The answer? Every lady is a woman but not every woman is a lady. Her mother taught her by being a shining example of class and being a true lady. "Example is the best teacher of all," Cheryl says. Something I think served her well as a mentor and teacher of our community's youth for so many years.
Cheryl Hlebakos was born and raised in Petaluma and always wanted to be a teacher. She spent her days dreaming and striving to achieve that goal. Cheryl's dream came true and she started her career teaching high school students for 18 years and the next 24 years as a guidance counselor - a total of 41 years in local education. Three years ago she retired from the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District but continues to operate a behind the wheel driving school she started 28 years ago. She enjoys keeping pace with these vibrant teens and being an inspiring influence in their lives.
She has volunteered for the March of Dimes Heart Fund and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. As a two-time cancer survivor, she has learned the motto, "Never pass up an opportunity," something she continues to teach her former students and others in her life.
To download a copy of Cheryl Hlebakos's WOMEN INSPIRING WOMEN story, https://kzst.linkedupradio.com/assets/files/Cheryl_Hlebakose_Profile.pdf
oan Biagi names her mom and dad as the most inspirational people in her life because they taught her how to be humble, happy and hardworking. The greatest thing her folks did for her was to move the family to Santa Rosa in 1940. She is grateful that she later married into a kind-hearted Italian family that continues to gather weekly for a delicious Italian pasta dinner.
At 94, Joan Biagi is still feeling the fun in life. Her family is the best part of her days and her granddaughter Stacey Biagi calls her every morning to make sure she is up and at ‘em! Joan was born and raised in Cazadero and was a Sonoma County Clerk for 23 years. She raised two boys and is very proud of her children and their families, especially her five grandchildren. She enjoyed serving her community many years ago when she would help transport disabled people in Sonoma County.
Her motto is, "Just be happy, which Joan continues to do every day with the help of her caring family.
To download a copy of Joan Biagi's WOMEN INSPIRING WOMEN story, https://kzst.linkedupradio.com/assets/files/Joan_Biagi_Profile.pdf
Stacey Biagi was not born with a silver spoon, nor did she experience a typical upbringing. She attributes her success to taking the struggles and some poor choices that were made as a young adult and realizing that it is never, ever too late to change your life. She is now the Director of Marketing & Public Relations at the family business, Biagi Bros. Stacey was born in Santa Rosa, attended Piner High School and finds great joy and passion in helping others in the community.
She has served on the board of the Red Cross and Catwalk for a Cure, chaired the local Go Red for Women event, and was named Woman of the Year by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society for raising more money than all others combined in 2017. More recently, she is a celebrity waiter for The Cope House, raising money to help keep children and at risk parents together. She has ridden in the Tour de Fox, despite not being much of a cyclist. Her competitive spirit continues to help her raise millions of dollars for local charities.
Stacey selected a few women that she feels inspire her – Joan Biagi, her Noni who is always encouraging, supportive and embodies a deep sense of loyalty to others; and Cheryl Hlebakos who inspires Stacey with her positive spirit and grace as she has battled cancer, not once but twice.
If you are involved in a community fundraising event, Stacey has probably been a part of it. She is an inspiration to other women who may have experienced various kinds of struggles in their lives, and wants them to know, "It is never, ever too late to change."
Nancie Fox finds her inspiration from women in leadership – those that have worked their way up in business, have independence and aren’t afraid to step forward in leaps of faith.
Nancie is a breast cancer survivor and spends some of her spare time helping to raise money for causes like Catwalk for a Cure, Go Red for Women and the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. Nancie’s best advice for women is to respect yourself and always trust your next step, because everything works out as it’s supposed to. She loves to support local businesses and recognizes the struggles they can work on together for greater success.
Nancie was born and raised in Petaluma and always wanted to be a nurse. Upon becoming a Registered Nurse, she started the Kaiser Cosmetic program and then opened her own Med Spa. Nancie currently owns the Aesthetics Office in Santa Rosa. The people in her business is what she loves best, from her clients to her loyal staff, including her longest employee, her daughter Lacie.