Change the World for Women Business Owners

National Leadership

I constantly hear success stories, best practices, new ideas for partnerships and new approaches to business from our amazingly talented members.

It’s my honor to be able to work alongside NAWBO leadership in helping women business owners become certified. 

It is such a unique opportunity to be part of the team launching the NAWBO Institute Certification program and I am extremely grateful. Helping to elevate women-owned businesses and assisting them in acquiring the WBE/MWBE certification is a step toward more inclusion and opportunity. 

Becoming a part of the NAWBO HQ team has undoubtedly filled a need I had in my life to be a part of something bigger than me. 

Sertrice is Chief Executive Officers of Plan to Action LLC, a diversity, equity and inclusion consulting firm. Sertrice is passionate about helping organizations use their metrics to create data-backed DEI strategies. 

Working with the membership team at NAWBO HQ is such a great connection to NAWBO. I’m a problem solver by nature and enjoy helping our members and chapters untangle the knots, celebrate the wins and connect the dots. I am super excited to meet each and every one of you and discover your inner smile spot (mine is baby giggle—you can’t not smile when you hear a baby giggle).  

I have worked with adventurous startups to growing small and medium-sized entities in industries that include importing, manufacturing, technology, services and hospitality. These experiences throughout my career have combined to create the seeds of understanding various business backgrounds and leadership needs.

I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the NAWBO HQ team and and support our women business owners.

Communication is the key to healthy relationships and a sustainable business. NAWBO stands as the most valuable organization for women business owners, and for this very reason, everyone should know about NAWBO.

Our team’s hobbies vary from snow skiing, shopping and basketball to spiritual retreats, kayaking and waterskiing. Our kids range from 3 to 29-year-old college graduates and lots of ages in between. 

I’m constantly looking for adventure—in life, business and personal growth. I’m a bit of a loner, a fun fact that is in drastic opposition to my life as a social media advocate/professional. Thankfully, I manage to excel and balance both. I can’t remember the last time I was bored.

I first became part of NAWBO in 2008, handling member services for the NAWBO-LA chapter. I had previously been a general manager of a restaurant chain with three locations where I did a lot of customer service

I am deeply involved in my community and am a cause-driven leader. My personal mission of being an agent of positive change and leading by example has been a driver for me as I have taken on many community projects locally and internationally.

As a member of the NAWBO team, I am able to relay exciting news about events and corporate partnerships and share members’ successes with the entire NAWBO world. 

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NAWBO National Board of Directors

2023-2024 Officers


Lisa Coppola
The Coppola Firm
Buffalo Niagara Chapter
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Megan Patton
Beyond Strategy Partners, Inc.
Cleveland Chapter
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Chair Elect

Dr. Janis Shinkawa
Ohana Pet Hospital
Ventura County Chapter
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Immediate Past Chair

Karen Bennetts
Little Red Bird, LLC
Charlotte Chapter
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Thresette Briggs
Performance 3, LLC (P3)
Indianapolis Chapter
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Chair, Presidents Assembly

Sherrie Barr Mack
The MackBarr Group LLC
Buffalo Niagara Chapter
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Jacqueline Hayes
Crayons & Marketers
Nashville Chapter
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Krista M. Martinez
Krista M. Consulting
New Mexico Chapter
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Lesa Seibert
Kentucky Chapter
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NAWBO Institute of Entrepreneurial Development

2023-2024 Board of Directors


Jeanette Armbrust
Greenlight Leadership Consulting Group, LLC
Pacific Palisades, CA
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Chair Elect

Shauna Huntington
Olathe, KS
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Immediate Past Chair

Kelly Scanlon
Interrobang Solutions, LLC
Overland Park, KS
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Deanna Novak
The Write Journeys
Orlando, FL
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Dr. Theresa Ashby
Kaleidoscope Media Services
Long Beach, CA
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Lisa Brunet
DLPZ Group
Richmond, TX
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Wendy Goldstein
Studio Creative LLC
Columbus, OH
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Lena Graham-Morris
HORUS Construction Services, Inc.
Orlando, FL
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Lisa Coppola – Ex Officio
The Coppola Firm
Buffalo, NY
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Jen Earle – Executive Director
Washington, D.C.
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2023-2024 National Advisory Council

Corporate Partners


Cultivate Advisors

Stephanie Guerre
Chicago, IL


Bank of America

Jill Calabrese Bain
Charlotte, NC


Diana Doukas
Washington, DC


Dell Technologies

Amy Henry
Dallas, TX


Stephen Hewitt
Atlanta, GA



Emilio Gonzalez
Washington, D.C.

Master Your Card

Mercedes Garcia
Purchase, NY


Wells Fargo Bank

Val Jones
Charlotte, NC

Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Kandi Hidde
Indianapolis, IN


Southwest Airlines

Melanie Obrien
Dallas, TX


Community Partners

Darla Beggs

Abba Staffing and Consulting LLC
Bedford, TX 

Monica Smiley

Enterprising Women
Cary, NC

Bill Sorenson

Heritage Capital Group
Jacksonville, FL

Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg

Public Private Strategies
Washington, DC

2023-2024 Presidents Assembly Steering Committee

The Presidents Assembly Steering Committee is responsible for serving as “voice of the chapters” on the National Board and facilitating communications between National and the chapters, facilitating chapter collaboration/information sharing via webinars, creating a community of chapter leaders and helping chapter leaders with strategic planning, problem resolution, etc.

Presidents Assembly Steering Committee

Committee Chair

Sherrie Barr Mack

The BarrMack Group
Buffalo Niagara Chapter

Immediate Past Chair

Ellen Linares

HF Financial
Charlotte Chapter

Committee Members

Trisha Barita

Barita Law Firm
Houston Chapter

Paula D’Amico

Paula Damico Productions
and Blessings by Nature
Buffalo Niagara Chapter

Ana Fernandez-Parmet

Parmetech, Inc.
Philadelphia Chapter

Brenda Harris

BPN Staffing Solutions
Charlotte Chapter

Mindy Hinson

M3 Real Estate Group
Charlotte Chapter

Jo Ann Kirby

Communication Coaching and Consulting LLC
North & Central Jersey Chapter

Andrea Schillaci

Hurwitz & Fine
Buffalo Niagara Chapter

Victoria Stevenson

Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter

Amber Wallace

Dowitcher Designs
Santa Barbara Chapter

Past Chairs & Presidents


Karen Bennetts
Little Red Bird, LLC
Charlotte Chapter


Cristina Morales Heaney
U.S. Safety Services
San Antonio Chapter

2019 -2020

Jeanette Armbrust
Greenlight Leadership Consulting Group, LLC
Los Angeles Chapter

2018 -2019

Molly Gimmel
Design to Delivery
Greater DC Chapter

2017 -2018

Kathy Warnick
Warnick Consulting
Columbus Chapter

2016 – 2017

Teresa Meares
Cass Information Systems, Inc.
Virtual Chapter

2015 – 2016

Crystal Arredondo
MPACT Financial Group
Dallas / Ft. Worth Chapter


Darla Beggs
Abba Staffing
Dallas / Ft. Worth Chapter


Billie Dragoo
RepuCare Inc.
Indianapolis Chapter


Laura Yamanaka
Team CFO
Los Angeles Chapter


Evelyn Strange
AES Advanced Electrical Systems, Inc.
Louisville Chapter


Kelly Scanlon
Interrobang Solutions, LLC
Kansas City Chapter


Wendy A. Lopez, P.E.
URS Corporation
Dallas / Ft. Worth Chapter


Cynthia McClain-Hill
Strategic Counsel PLC
Los Angeles Chapter


Lisa Kaiser Hickey
Douglass Screen Printers
Lakeland Metro Chapter


Carol Kuc
Complete Conference Coordinators, Inc.
Chicago Chapter


Gayle Watson
Performance Solutions, Inc.
Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter


Beverly Inman-Ebel
TLC, Talk Listen Communicate, LLC
Chattanooga Chapter


Suzanne Pease
Ampersand Graphics
Central Jersey Chapter


Mary MacRae
MJM Enterprises
Nashville Chapter


Sandra Hernandez Adams
Strategic Micro Partners
Greater Miami Chapter


Barbara G. Stanbridge
Change – HRD
Greater Detroit Chapter


Whitney Johns Martin
Capital Across America
Nashville Chapter


Diahann W. Lassus, CFP, CPA
Lassus Wherley
North Central Jersey Chapter


Phyllis Hill Slater
Hill Slater Group, Inc.
Long Island Chapter


Suzanne F. Taylor
Safety Alert
Orange County Chapter


Margaret A. Smith
Domus Contempo, Inc.
Silicon Valley Chapter


Patty L. DeDominic
PDQ Personnel Service, Inc.
Los Angeles Chapter


Joyce M. McLaughlin (Deceased)
Global Enterprise Group
At Large


Grace McGartland
GM Consultants
Greater Pittsburgh Chapter


Janet E. Harris-Lange
Agenda Dynamics, Inc.
Boca Raton/Ft Lauderdale Chapter


Terry Neese
Terry Neese Personnel Services
Oklahoma City Chapter


Carey I. Stacey (Deceased)
Raleigh Chapter


Peggy M. Leonard
Peggy Leonard & Associates
Chicago Chapter


Gillian Rudd (Deceased)
Capital Area Chapter


Mary Del Brady
Tissue Informatics, Inc.
Pittsburgh Chapter


Mary E. Kelley
Sovereign Financial Services
Denver Chapter


Virginia Littlejohn
Capital Area Chapter


Sharon Poindexter (Deceased)
Kansas City Chapter


Lourdes R. Miranda
Miranda Associates, Inc.
Capital Area Chapter


Marlene Johnson
Minnesota Chapter


Denise E. Cavanaugh
Cavanaugh, Hagan, & Pierson
Capital Area Chapter


Marge Rossman
Minnesota Chapter


Dona O’Bannon
O’Bannon & Company, Ltd.
Capital Area Chapter


Mary E. King
Global Action, Inc.
Capital Area Chapter


Susan K. Hager (Deceased)
Hager Sharp, Inc.
Capital Area Chapter
Susan Hager Tribute Book

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