Ethnic Gem: Jocelyn Maminta
Title: WTHN Channel 8 “Medical Reporter”, Co-Host WTHN “Connecticut Style”, Frangi Pangi President and CEO
By: Kamilah Kennedy
In Southeast Asia, the frangipani, a beautiful tropical flower, is more commonly known as plumeria. Although it appears fragile and exotic, the frangipani is one of the world’s most robust flowers, growing easily from clippings and even in drought conditions.
It’s a perfect representation of journalist Jocelyn Maminta. Born in Cebu City in the Philippines, Jocelyn immigrated to the United States as a young girl, where her family settled in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri, Jocelyn wanted to begin her media career as a sportscaster because of her love of all sports. As an entree into that field, she began in news. “News stuck, and sports did not,” says Jocelyn, and thus began her more than 20 year career in journalism.
Having anchored and reported for television stations in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Texas, Jocelyn returned to Connecticut in 2002. She currently is the medical reporter and co-host of “Connecticut Style” for WTNH in New Haven. Married to Gary Doyens, an entrepreneur and business consultant, Jocelyn is the mother of three children, son Jordan, and daughters Campbell and Caroline.
Caroline was premature, born at just 30 weeks, and had to undergo significant surgery and treatment at birth. At two months and one day old, Caroline passed away. This life experience is what inspired Jocelyn and Gary to create Caroline’s Room. According to their website, the mission of Caroline’s Room is to “ease the trauma of families with children in neonatal intensive care by providing a safe haven for families meet in privacy with caregivers”. In hospitals all across the country, Jocelyn and her team have created a calming, safe place for families dealing with experiences similar to her own. It provides a place to pray, meet with family, and to strategize treatment with care givers. “Giving birth prematurely underscores the fact — the miracle of life is indeed a healthy baby,” says Jocelyn.
In addition to Caroline’s Room, Jocelyn works with many not-for-profits, including the National Multiple Sclerosis CT Chapter, Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House of CT. She is a member of the Junior League of Greater New Haven and serves on the boards of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
Jocelyn has expanded her titles of philanthropist, journalist and now, is also an entrepreneur. Her newest business venture is a line of hosiery for women of all colors, aptly called Frangi Pangi. As President and CEO of Frangi Pangi, Jocelyn brings world class comfort and world colors to women’s hosiery, while celebrating the varying skin tones of the many nationalities we find in America and across the globe, with 10 shades of color plus black.
Throughout her career, Jocelyn has had many mentors whom she credits with providing her with advice and life lessons. Her first boss, Ursula Meese, and female news directors like Jill Geisler at WITI at Fox 6 in Milwaukee taught her lot about the news business. Ron Shaw, former CEO of Pilot Pen, was a close advisor as she developed Frangi Pangi.
And Jocelyn isn’t done yet. She intends to develop more products for Frangi Pangi. “I hope to keep the company small enough to be responsive to niche changes in the market place,” says Jocelyn. “But at the same time, large enough to have sales in excess of $5M so we can fund more Caroline’s Rooms. I also advocate a return to using American manufactured products, materials and workers so Frangi Pangi is made 100% in the U.S.A. — yard, packaging, printing and retail displays are all made here.”
Beautiful and unique, Jocelyn is a frangipani, full of love in the great absence of Caroline, and strong as an advocate and volunteer for others.