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Julie Chapus is a licensed Master Social Worker, 2001. She has worked in the Rochester Psychiatric Center, Park Ridge Chemical Dependency Unit, and Westfall Associates as the Dual Diagnostic Therapist treating chemically dependent and mental health diagnoses.

She saw a need for human trafficked survivors to have a stable and lucrative income through state licensure. She went to cosmetology school in 2016 in order to open up Miss Julie’s School of Beauty.  And in 2021 gained her cosmetology instructor license.

Julie has taken her knowledge from the social work field and blended it with her training in cosmetology to create an in-depth class for a wide variety of professionals covering what trafficking is, what it looks like in our area, and what we can do about it.  


Julie’s training was reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts including some from FBI child exploitation task force and domestic violence experts Stop Abuse Campaign, coalitions against trafficking, the medical field and has been given the green light across the board. In addition to training local salon professionals, Julie has provided training to the Global Public Health Association at RIT,  and at Nazareth college to psychology students, social workers, and  nurses.

Additionally, Julie is working to combine resources across the county to support victims and create a permanent means of escape from trafficking through the first school of its kind in the USA.

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Author & Business Mentor

During the past 25 years, David has started seven businesses from scratch and now uses those experiences to help others with their entrepreneurial dreams.

David is a three-time Inc. Magazine 5000 Growth Company winner, a two time TEDx speaker, an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester, and the author of business and college planning books.

David is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and of the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s Program, an executive education program offered through the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

David is also a board member for the Western NY Make-A-Wish Foundation and a local board member for Junior Achievement.

His most recent book “Crash and Learn: Lessons in Business” quickly rose to the top of the Amazon best seller lists. Other books include “Make Love in the Workplace” and “101 Things You Can Do to Become an Outstanding Young Adult.”

He has been a podcaster since 2016 and my impressive guest list includes Grant Cardone, Sharon Lechter, Mark Victor Hansen, Ellen Latham, Kevin Harrington, Verne Harnish, Ed Mylett and many more!


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President of Goldwell, NY

Steven Neumaier is President and Founder of Goldwell of NY, Inc. a professional beauty products wholesaler headquartered in Rochester, New York. Steven along with his parents Hans and Erika Neumaier started the business in 1976 and have since grown the company to be one of the largest, independently-owned distributorships in the Northeast.

Since 2007, Steven has also served on the Board of the Professional Beauty Association, the beauty industry trade association uniting manufacturers, distributors and salons for the purpose of industry growth. Steven has also worked as an advisor for Junior Achievement, working with high schools students to better their understanding of business.

Steven holds an MBA in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BS in Management from St John Fisher College.


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Director of Finance, EWASTE+
Owner, Richard J. Doe, Esq. Tax & Legal Services

Rick is the Director of Finance for the Victor, NY-based electronics recycling company. The company is a leading provider of end-of-life electronics recycling and asset management services throughout New
York State. He is also the owner of Richard J. Doe, Esq. Tax & Legal Services, specializing in small to mid-size personal and corporate tax return preparation, estate planning and general legal services.

Rick has .a BS in Finance from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and a JD from Suffolk Law School in Boston, MA. He is also a licensed NYS attorney. Since 2019, Rick has also served on the Board of the Rochester Chapter of Financial Executive Institute (FEI).

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Over a forty-year career, Ralph has developed a broad-based background and record of accomplishment in international banking and finance. Ralph has served as guest lecturer on the subject of international trade for various trade organizations and has authored several articles on this subject that were published in local, regional, and national publications.

In his present position at Valley National Bank, he is responsible for sales and business development the C&I, retail and international banking industry. With career accomplishments in product development and sales team building, Ralph fosters external relationships to develop key accounts, expand market reach, and maximize performance and profitability, achieving organizational objectives and customer satisfaction.


Key areas of skill include:
Sales • Training and Development • Key Account Management • Product Development • Trade Shows • Business Development • Market Research • Client Relationship Management • Portfolio Management • Effective Communication • Collaboration • Negotiation

Co-Owner Need Salon + Spa

During the past 12 years Jordan has developed a voice in the small-business circle of Upstate New York as an entrepreneur, educator, and street-level community advocate. She has traveled internationally volunteering in the cosmetology industry, as well as community development and education.


With a focus on empowering women to find their voice in business, Jordan looks forward to growing and building with Miss Julie’s School of Beauty. She sits on the visionary board with Rochester's Bossy, a group for women and non-binary business owners and is a public speaker inspiring harmony between business and life for entrepreneurs and management professionals.


She co-owns Need + Co. in Downtown Rochester. Need + Co offers education to help providers create successful businesses in authentic harmony with their lifestyles. Learning with Need is a choice to be part of a growing community that’s invested in cultivating good energy in the styling chair and the overall beauty industry. +Co cultivates a cooperative style business structure merging the beauty industry with education, local makers, and artists.

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Fundraising Chair/Volunteer Coordinator

Melissa Hartwig is a microscope scientist, mold department manager, and assistant laboratory manager at EMSL Analytical. Previously the Fundraising Chair at QUEST Horsemanship, Melissa is applying her skillset and passion to help others by coordinating our volunteers and creating fundraisers for MJSB.


Melissa's personal interests include physics, geology, crafting, quilting, needlepoint, and baking.

Survivor Leader Expert

Alexandra is an expert on survivor leadership and trauma-informed practices. She also works closely with Brightstar Community and holds a monitor position at Project Haven, helping women on their road to healing.

Alexandra has offered invaluable insight on our cosmetology program development, as well as reviewing our awareness training program. She enjoys spending her time with her daughter and family, as well as reading and learning skills she can use to better her community. Alexandra's current personal goal is to master public speaking so she can educate global audiences on the issues of sex trafficking and substance addiction.

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