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Oct 2006Apr 2008

Owner, President

Salon D' Elegance Plus

- Sole owner of upscale day spa; manage fiduciary responsibilities including general ledger, payroll, accounts receivables, accounts payables and compliance with all appropriate regulations - Since inception, successfully generated positive cash flow while drawing salary - Manage six salon professionals and ensure the highest commitment to and delivery of quality services reflective of client expectations - Successfully sold salon for a profit in 2008 - Client retention levels indicative of superior customer service

Jun 1997Mar 2005

Program manager, Special Assistant, SMO Manager, Environmental Manager, Radar Manager

Federal Aviation Administration

- Managed twenty five specialists in support of Air Traffic Control operations for the Northeastern corridor of the U.S. - Responsible for environmental services for building safety, fire protection, HVAC, boilers, chillers and other building power systems to ensure compliance with EOSH and fuel consumption regulations; results included uninterrupted service to over 400 Air Traffic Controllers in a continuous service capacity - Initiatives resulting in increased and improved efficiency and safety of automated services taken resulted in receipt of numerous recognition and performance awards - As manager, established performance goals, promoted and supported all HR policies and procedures including MWE, EEO, Accountability Board; successfully managed union contract negotiations /Air Traffic Safety of over 400 Air Traffic Controllers - Supported the Vice President of Technical Operations; leveraged technical expertise to identify areas of inefficiency and designed parameters, databases and procedures to optimize operations - Led union negotiations and provided technical expertise for Congressional reports requiring the FAA Administrator’s signature - Asked to take special short-term assignment to oversee all details related to managing Boston Logan Airport air traffic operations after 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as five airports in Connecticut and Massachusetts



Thomas Edison State College

FAA Flying Club, Great Falls Business Association, Community Chess Club Member, Practicing Catholic/Avid runner


Ms. Yanelle Strong-Fischer is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, an experienced leader within the framework of the Federal Aviation Administration, and a pioneering entrepreneur. Between the years of 1982 and 2001, Yanelle Strong-Fischer steadily ascended ranks of increasing responsibility by earning the respect of her peers and superiors within the agencies and departments of the United States Department of Transportation, the United States Air Force, and the Department of Defense’ Department of the Navy. Yanelle Strong-Fischer entered the Federal Aviation Association as an Electronics Technician GS-12, and over the course of her work with the Federal Aviation Administration, Yanelle Strong-Fischer earned several awards. These awards include numerous Letters of Commendation, a number of Special and Superior Achievement Awards, the ARA Award for Business Excellence, and the FAA Administrator’s Award for Superior Performance. Ms. Strong-Fischer’s skills in administration, leadership, and superior performance have been well developed throughout her career with the United States Government. When Yanelle Strong-Fischer exited the FAA to start her own business, she left equipped with an extensive skill set that helped the budding entrepreneur achieve great success in her business career as she had as a member of the Armed Forces and within the Federal Aviation Association. Yanelle Strong-Fischer founded Salon D’Elegance Plus in Great Falls, Virginia in 2006 and served as the salon’s sole owner and President until 2008, when she sold the establishment for a profit. Salon D’Elegance Plus was modeled after D’Elegance Plus, a women’s plus-sized clothing boutique in Los Angeles, California, and Strong-Fischer extended the business model to include both high-end luxuries, like marble floors and crystal chandeliers, and utilitarian amenities, such as complementary wireless internet and in-house laptops, espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos. Yanelle Strong-Fischer’s Salon D’Elegance Plus was so well received in Great Falls, Virginia, one of the nation’s most affluent communities, that it was mentioned three times in Washingtonian Magazine as a celebrated beauty salon of note in 2007.

Professional Organizations

Great Falls, Professional Business Association member, Professional Beauty Association member, People for equal treatment of animals (PETA)