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GEL Breakfast -Maria Dellapina; Purpose and Passion Drove Innovative and Vision

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Specs4Us was founded in 2004, by Maria Dellapina, a single mother of four that included her youngest daughter Erin who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. After years of frustration searching for an eyeglass frame that would fit Erin properly, Maria, with 30 years experience in the optical field, decided to combine her passion as a mother, with her knowledge of eyeglasses to form Specs4Us.  
Join us for the April 7th G.E.L. Breakfast to learn about the journey that earned Maria the "2013 Exceptional Meritorious Service Award" which is presented by the Nation Down Syndrome Congress "for improving lives through the development of specialized eyeglasses for individuals with Down syndrome." She also received Toyota's 2015 Mother of Invention Award and is the the recipient of the Best Company for Innovation by SCORE in Washington DC.

Joining Maria will be Jon Slaybaugh and Dick Coyne, her SCORE mentors who began and conduct their mentoring program out of Kent State Geauga. 

April 7th  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Kent State University at Geauga
14111 Claridon Troy Road, Burton OH  
 Click here to register 
Geauga Ecomonic Leadership (G.E.L.) Breakfasts are held the first Friday of each month -except September due to the fair. 
The breakfast has always been a dynamic opportunity to bring business and industry leaders together with our community to network, learn, and collaborate. 
Free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated. 

Breakfast and networking begin at 7:30 a.m. Program begins at 8 a.m. 
G.E.L. Breakfasts are sponsored by Geauga Growth Partnership and Kent State University at Geauga. For more information contact Denise Milhollan at  or Marcia Owen at

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