People | NAWBO

National Leadership

Margaret Brown, NAWBO National Social Media Strategist

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.

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NAWBO National Communications Team

Our team’s hobbies vary from snow skiing, shopping and softball to spiritual retreats, kayaking and waterskiing. Our kids range from soon-to-be newborns to 23-year-old college graduates and lots of ages in between. 

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Elle Patout, NAWBO National Director of Public Relations

“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.

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Lori Lemmon, NAWBO Regional Director

I couldn’t be more excited to join the NAWBO team and work on membership with Deborah Snyder to continue to help NAWBO grow and expand its footprint in the U.S. and support even more women business owners.

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Won Lee, NAWBO National IT Director

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.

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Jen Earle, NAWBO National CEO

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

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Becky Ragan, NAWBO National Director of Stakeholder Engagement

“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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Lynda Bishop, NAWBO Institute National Program Director

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.

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Deb Snyder

Deborah Snyder, NAWBO National VP of Membership & Community Outreach

“My official title is VP of Membership and Community Outreach, however, my role is to help with all things when it comes to NAWBO! I believe NAWBO is the premiere organization to join 

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Joyce Lee, NAWBO National Vice President of Operations

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

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2020-2021 Officers

Chair 

Cristina Morales Heaney
U.S. Safety Services
San Antonio, TX
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Chair Elect

Susan L. Dawson
Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC
Rolling Meadows, IL
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Secretary/Treasurer

Karen Bennetts
Little Red Bird, LLC
Charlotte, NC
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Immediate Past Chair

Jeanette Armbrust
Skyline Greater LA
Los Angeles, CA
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Directors

Lisa Coppola
The Coppola Firm
Amherst, NY
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Jacqueline Hayes
Crayons & Marketers
Nashville, TN 

Tanya R. Hill
Forever Fresh
Detroit, MI
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Lesa Seibert
Mightily
Louisville, KY
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Chair, Presidents Assembly

Megan Patton
ODA Strategy
Cleveland, OH
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2020-2021 National Advisory Council

Corporate Partners

Gold

Bank of America
Jill Calabrese Bain
Charlotte, NC

Silver

UPS
Amie R, Search
Atlanta, GA
 

Bronze

Master Your Card
Mercedes Garcia
Purchase, NY  

Copper

Wells Fargo Bank
Regina O. Heyward
Charlotte, NC

Regional

Southwest Airlines
Karen Price Ward
Mitchellville, MD 

Community Partners

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Oakton, VA

Monica Smiley
Editor-in-Chief
Enterprising Women
Cary, NC

Bill Sorenson
Heritage Capital Group
Jacksonville, FL

Lorin Beller
Lorin Beller, Inc.
Cardiff by the Sea, CA

Kara Cenar
Bryan Cave, LLP
Chicago, IL

Billie Dragoo
RepuCare
Indianapolis, IN

Kandi Hidde
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Indianapolis, IN

Darla Beggs
Abba Staffing and Consulting LLC
Bedford, TX 


2020-2021 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.

Officers

Chair

Megan Patton
ODA Strategy
Cleveland, OH

Chair Elect

Janie Stubblefield
Mobile Counseling, LLC.
Dallas, TX

Immediate Past Chair

Michele Schina
TMS II
Philadelphia, PA

Committee Members

Sherrie Barr Mack
The MackBarr Group
Buffalo, NY

Sandra Clitter
Your Tech Tamer
Media, PA

Brenda Harris
BPN Staffing Solutions
Charlotte, NC

DJ Heckes
EXHIB-IT!
Albuquerque, NM

Gina Hitchens
GHG Financial Planning
Mobile, AL

Diana Hoff
Hoff Arboriculture 
Lake Oswego, OR

Pam Goble
Ability Home Care
San Antonio, TX

Ellen Linares
HF Financial
Charlotte, NC

Malee Ojua
Sacred Fire Creative
McMinnville, OR

Wendy Lyn Phillips
Wendy Lyn Unlimited, Inc.
Orlando, FL

Liz Radivoyevitch
Rad Graphics
Cleveland Heights, OH

Janie Stubblefield
Mobile Counseling, LLC.
Dallas, TX

Julie Towner
Towner Communications
Mission, KS

Valerie Vaughn
Apex Business Advisors
Overland Park, KS


Past Chairs & Presidents

2019 -2020

Jeanette Armbrust
Skyline Exhibits Greater LA
Los Angeles, CA

2018 -2019

Molly Gimmel
Design to Delivery
Bethesda, MD

2017 -2018

Kathy Warnick
Warnick Consulting
Powell, OH

2016 - 2017

Teresa Meares
DGG Uniform & Work Apparel
Jacksonville, FL

2015 - 2016

Crystal Arredondo
MPACT Financial Group
Dallas / Ft. Worth Chapter

2014-2015

Darla Beggs
Abba Staffing
Dallas / Ft. Worth Chapter

2013-2014

Billie Dragoo
RepuCare Inc.
Indianapolis Chapter

2012-2013

Laura Yamanaka
Team CFO
Los Angeles Chapter

2011-2012

Evelyn Strange
AES Advanced Electrical Systems, Inc.
Louisville Chapter

2010-2011

Kelly Scanlon
Thinking Bigger Business Media, Inc
Kansas City Chapter

2009-2010

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

2008-2009

Cynthia McClain-Hill
Strategic Counsel PLC
Los Angeles Chapter

2007-2008

Lisa Kaiser Hickey
Douglass Screen Printers
Lakeland Metro Chapter

2006-2007

Carol Kuc
Complete Conference Coordinators, Inc.
Chicago Chapter

2005-2006

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

2004-2005

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

2003-2004

Suzanne Pease
Ampersand Graphics
Central Jersey Chapter

2002-2003

Mary MacRae
MJM Enterprises
Nashville Chapter

2001-2002

Sandra Hernandez Adams
Strategic Micro Partners
Greater Miami Chapter

2000-2001

Barbara G. Stanbridge
Change – HRD
Greater Detroit Chapter

1999-2000

Whitney Johns Martin
Capital Across America
Nashville Chapter

1998-1999

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

1997-1998

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

1996-1997

Suzanne F. Taylor
Safety Alert
Orange County Chapter

1995-1996

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

1994-1995

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

1993-1994

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

1992-1993

Grace McGartland
GM Consultants
Greater Pittsburgh Chapter

1991-1992

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

1990-1991

Terry Neese
Terry Neese Personnel Services
Oklahoma City Chapter

1989-1990

Carey I. Stacey (Deceased)
Raleigh Chapter

1988-1989

Peggy M. Leonard
Peggy Leonard & Associates
Chicago Chapter

1987-1988

Gillian Rudd (Deceased)
Capital Area Chapter

1986-1987

Mary Del Brady
Tissue Informatics, Inc.
Pittsburgh Chapter

1985-1986

Mary E. Kelley
Sovereign Financial Services
Denver Chapter

1984-1985

Virginia Littlejohn
Exponentials.com
Capital Area Chapter

1983-1984

Sharon Poindexter (Deceased)
Kansas City Chapter

1982-1983

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

1981-1982

Marlene Johnson
Minnesota Chapter

1980-1981

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

1979-1980

Marge Rossman
Minnesota Chapter

1976-1979

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

1975-1976

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

1974-1975

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

 


Institute Board of Directors

Kathy Warnick

Kathy Warnick
NAWBO Institute for Entreprenuerial Development Chair
President
Warnick Consultants, LLC

Kathy Warnick has established a reputation as professional, honest, knowledgeable, innovative and practical. Through over 30 years of business and leadership experience, she has an expansive understanding of the unique needs of a variety of businesses.  She built Warnick Consultants on the core principle of refusing to believe that one size fits all and that every business has a unique set of needs for its financial and operational systems.

In 2005, Warnick was honored as Woman to Watch by Columbus Business First. She was selected as an Outstanding Woman in Technology finalist by Rev1 Ventures in central Ohio in 2009. In 2016, Warnick Consultants was honored to be a finalist for the Business First Corporate Caring Award. Kathy Warnick received the Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Nonprofit Board Executive of the Year for community service for her work in NAWBO, the Women’s Small Business Accelerator and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy.

Warnick has utilized her extensive business knowledge in leadership roles within her professional and civic communities. Warnick’s leadership expanded to the national level on the National Presidents Assembly Steering Committee and the Nominating Committee. Additionally, Warnick was Treasurer on the board for the Women’s Small Business Accelerator in Westerville, Ohio and instrumental in bringing the Young Entrepreneurs Academy to the Columbus area.  Warnick is a Past National Chair of the board of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

kelly scanlon

Kelly Scanlon
NAWBO Institute for Entreprenuerial Development Chair Elect
President & CEO
Interrobang Solutions LLC

Kelly Scanlon is a business owner, publisher, podcast host, past chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners and lifelong small business and entrepreneur advocate.

She currently owns Interrobang Solutions, a company that provides writing, editing and other professional publishing services for companies. Interrobang Solutions is also the producer of Kelly’s podcast, “Talking Business Now.”

For more than 20 years, Kelly owned Thinking Bigger Business Media, Inc., a company that publishes and produces a variety of publications, products and events that connect growth-minded business owners with practical strategies, resources and information that will take them to the next level of success. She sold Thinking Bigger in March 2018.

Kelly serves on a variety of local, regional and national boards designed to advocate and assist small businesses. She currently serves on the board of directors for the NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development, is a co-chair of the Women’s Foundation Patron Committee, and is a director on Country Club Bank’s metro advisory board.

In the past, Kelly has been involved with numerous local and national boards and committees, including a 5-year term on the national board of directors for the National Association of Women Business Owners, serving as board chair in 2010-2011. Kelly was recognized in August 2011 on a list published by Forbes as one of the “Top 25 Women Tweeting About Entrepreneurship.” Some of the other awards she has won include the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners; U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2009 Region VII Women’s Business Advocate (for Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska); and numerous others.

Laura Yamanaka

Laura Yamanaka
NAWBO Institute for Entreprenuerial Development Immediate Past Chair
President and Co-Founder
teamCFO Inc.

Laura Yamanaka is President and co-founder of teamCFO Inc., a financial and accounting firm offering CFO/Controller services to businesses and nonprofits. teamCFO was founded to improve performance and support the growth of the private business community.

Today, teamCFO has a dynamic group of professionals focusing on both growth issues and turnaround operations for its clients and offers a wide variety of operational accounting services to their clients including remote office support as well as onsite services.

Since its inception in 2000, Laura and teamCFO have received several national and regional awards including the NAWBO Gillian Rudd Business Leadership Award, NAWBO-LA Leadership award, Asian Business Leadership Award by Wells Fargo/US Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce and the Women in Business and Accountant Advocate Award by the SBA.

Laura’s career began with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young where she managed a diverse portfolio of clients and provided services including audit, mergers & acquisitions, litigation support, IPO and SEC projects and filings. Her extensive private industry experience includes tenures with GE Capital, Zenith Insurance, Quaker State Corporation and the Heritage Insurance Group where she served in various senior financial and operational capacities. Laura’s participation with numerous acquisitions in various roles including responsibilities for the financial assessment and integration to company-wide integration of all operations has given her the opportunity to drive strategic planning, assess business risks, integrate and streamline systems and processes.

A passion for education, helping others, and serving the community locally as well as nationally has also led to various volunteer efforts. Laura was also appointed to serve as a member of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, Council Member of the National Women’s Business Council, a non-partisan advisory council to the President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners. Laura also has significant service with the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) serving as Chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners – National Board as well as serving on the Leadership Advisory board of NAWBO-LA.

As a long-time champion of financial literacy for women business owners, Laura has lectured on the subject to diverse audiences, including young girls who are aspiring business women. Laura also has developed school-based programs to teach teamwork and facilitation skills to students – bringing effective business skills to the classroom. Laura has been featured in various national publications and locally in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Los Angeles Times and is an expert for the Los Angeles Times Small Business makeover series.

crystal arredondo

Crystal Arredondo
Partner
MPACT Financial Group

Crystal Arredondo is a Partner at MPACT Financial Group and a Retirement Planning Specialist. After obtaining her MBA in Finance at the University of North Texas, she began her career as a financial advisor. She realized that her parents could have avoided many difficult obstacles in running their own small family business for years with financial guidance and trusted advice. As a result, her passion is working with people to provide a “total strategy” for a successful retirement. Another area of focus is helping owners of closely held businesses plan for succession and transition out of their businesses.

Teresa Meares

Teresa Meares
President
Audibelle Clothing

Teresa has 20 years of law enforcement experience and is the president of Audibelle Clothing. She is a past president of the Women’s Business Owners of North Florida, past chair of NAWBO National, past chair for the NAWBO Institute, the foundation supporting women’s education, and recently she received an appointment on the international steering committee for Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises

Suzanne Pease

Suzanne Pease 
Owner
Ampersand Graphics 

Suzanne Pease is the owner of Ampersand Graphics, a design firm specializing in brand management, Suzanne has also developed a designer line of wearable art. Her two passions attract attention for people and their businesses, making them look good in person and on paper. A 30-year NAWBO member, she has held numerous chapter and national board positions, including national president in 2003-2004. She now volunteers as a resource and coach for chapter presidents..

Cristina Morales Heaney

Cristina Morales Heaney
NAWBO National Board Chair
CEO
U.S. Safety Services

Cristina’s U.S. Safety Services team has been providing medical first responder services since 2005 in Central and South Texas. Using her corporate and nonprofit development experience, she has grown her company from 25 to 90 employees who provide services to sports and entertainment facilities, corporate, manufacturing/distribution centers and retail companies. Cristina has been recognized with San Antonio Business Journal Business Growth, Women’s Leadership and “40 under 40” Awards, NAWBO-San Antonio’s Inspirational and Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards and North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Leader Award. Currently, Cristina serves as chair of the NAWBO National Board. 

Jen Earle

Jen Earle
Institute Executive Director
NAWBO CEO


Jen Earle has had the honor and delight of working with NAWBO since 2008. Utilizing her institutional knowledge and consistent drive for advancing the mission of NAWBO, Jen has worked collaboratively with National Boards of Directors and past CEOs to help carry out the Board’s vision for the organization and navigate NAWBO to where it is today. Jen brings to the table more than a decade of multi-disciplinary, high-level experience in operational and project management development, support, and execution for a broad range of boards, business groups, entrepreneurs, CEOs and executives. Jen has successfully established operational infrastructures for her clients. She serves at the executive level, working with nonprofit boards, meeting and event strategy and planning, partner outreach and relationship building.