Epiphany 2014: Connecticut Honorees

Epiphany 2014: Connecticut Honorees

Carol Heins

Carol Heins was born in New Haven, CT to Vincent and Susan Testa. Married to Optician Gary Heins, Carol and her husband now reside in Wallingford, Connecticut. In 1983, with a desire to bring something fresh and new to the fashion industry, Carol and her mother, working from her home, began to design jewelry. They sold their first creations via home parties and to local boutiques. Due to the overwhelming response to her unique designs, Carol went on to complete her gemological jewelry degree so as to include precious stones in her line of costume jewelry.  Carol opened her first boutique in 1985, after countless hours of hard work and dedication. Soon word spread about her stylish, fashionable clothing and unique jewelry. After outgrowing her second and third locations, today Carol’s flagship store, Carol’s Creations, can be found on Washington Avenue in North Haven, CT. In 2005, Carol opened her second store in beautiful downtown Guilford. A long time community advocate, Carol contributes her time and resources to many organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), BH Care, Aces, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), local scholastic interests and several personal challenges that have affected families in need. Carol recently accepted the MADD Corporate award for her generosity over the years hosting fashion show fund raisers and is delighted to be honored by the Connecticut Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women as one of their Three Wise Women this year.


Jeralyn Fantarella, D.M.D.

Dr. Jeralyn Fantarella practices the science and art of Dentistry in private practice at Jeralyn Fantarella, D.M.D., P.C., a general and family dentistry practice in Hamden, CT. Recognized in the New Haven Advocate’s Best Of New HavenTM readers’ polls, she specializes in preventative, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dental care for more than twenty years. Dr. Fantarella takes pride in her artistry as a dental practitioner who not only works with her hands but also with her brain and her heart. Jeralyn received a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed her residency at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven and the Veterans’ Memorial Hospital in West Haven, CT. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science from Fairfield University. A member of the New Haven Connecticut Dental Society, American Dental Association, American Dental Society, Jeralyn has also served as a state representative for the Connecticut State Dental Society. She has a passion for mentoring new dentists and dental students; has participated in the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and Boston University School of Dental Medicine mentoring programs; and has helped to launch the careers of many dentists locally and throughout the state. A keen awareness of the connection of oral care to overall body health guides Dr. Fantarella’s approach to dentistry on a daily basis as she collaborates with patients to establish their overall health and well-being. Serving as a professional mentor to the study, Type II Diabetes, Osteoarthritis and Inflammatory Diet Correlate with Poor Periodontal Health, published in The Journal of Experimental Secondary Science, Volume 1, Issue 4, April 2012, she guided students in their research on the correlation between poor periodontal health and Type II Diabetes, osteoarthritis, and inflammation throughout body systems, with a particular focus on the connection between diet and periodontal health. Dr. Fantarella also authored the chapter on The Art of Listening and Healing from the medical student textbook, Essential Paths to Life After Residency, Plural Publishing, September 2012. Always active in her community, Dr. Fantarella is the creator of Silver Moon Smiles, an intergenerational program that fosters friendships between senior citizens and children. Prior to dental school, she taught biology at Fairfield College Preparatory High School from 1983-1985. She resides in Hamden, CT with her son William.


Mary Barneby

Mary Barneby has demonstrated leadership and a strong commitment to the advancement of others through her successful career in the financial services industry where she has held senior roles for more than 30 years. She has also been an active and enthusiastic volunteer leader in a number of community-based and national not-for-profit organizations throughout her business career, with an emphasis on the advancement of girls and women. She was a Girl Scout in Brooklyn, NY and attributes the challenge of earning badges to her drive for achievement of tangible results in her personal and professional lives as an adult. Most recently the Head of UBS’ Private Wealth Management office in Stamford, CT, Mary’s team there oversees more than $6.5 billion in clients’ investment portfolios.  During her ten years at UBS, Mary held several leadership roles in the wealth management business, but also was active in the UBS women’s network where she served as national chair for 3 years. During this time, Mary also held volunteer Board positions at Interval House, a Hartford-based charity, DOMUS in Stamford CT, the Stamford YMCA and the University of New Haven Board of Governors, where she is Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. She also was elected recently as Vice President of the Connecticut Women’s Forum, an affiliate of the International Women’s Forum, and serves as its Membership Chair. She is a former member of the CT Council for Education Reform, a group dedicated to closing the State’s educational achievement gap in grades K-12. She is currently an Independent Trustee of the First Investor Mutual Funds, a mutual fund company with nearly $10 billion in investor assets.

Mary began her financial services career at Merrill Lynch and held senior level positions there. During her tenure at Merrill Lynch, she was one of 30 young executives selected nationwide by the White House to participate in the President’s Executive Exchange Program in Washington, DC. A pioneer in the defined contribution plan arena, Mary was responsible subsequently for business start-ups at 3 mutual fund companies and was a founding member and first President of the Defined Contribution Council, an industry wide professional advocacy group. Mary is a graduate of New York University and holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Fordham University. She completed postgraduate coursework at the Wharton School. She has served as both a Director and the President of the Financial Women’s Association of New York, a professional organization with more than 1200 members, and remains a committed member of the FWA. From 1992-1996, she was Chair of the Board of the American Heart Association’s New York City Affiliate and served as National Chair of the AHA’s Investment Subcommittee during that time. 

In 2008, she was a recipient of the Women’s Venture Fund’s “Highest Leaf Award” for her efforts as a mentor and role model to other women. She was also recognized by the YWCA of New York in their 37th Annual Women Achiever’s Awards.

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