WBO-MC Leadership 2016 - 2017


Jamie Hamelburg, President 

 Jamie Kent Hamelburg is an attorney and member of the law firm Press, Dozier & Hamelburg LLC.  She is experienced in business formations and start-ups, general corporate and transactional law, and commercial real estate and finance.  She has also focuses on assisting small and medium-sized businesses with the wide variety of issues they face, from start-up to business operation issues including employment matters and tailored business succession planning.  Jamie is a long-time resident of Rockville.  She is a graduate of The University of Michigan Law School and The State University of New York at Buffalo. 
Jamie can be reached at jhamelburg@pressdozierlaw.com and (301)913-5200.

Ayda Sanver, Vice-President

Ayda Sanver is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), nonprofit consultant, trainer, coach and university instructor with over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Ayda is also a small business marketing consultant, working with a variety of businesses writing blog posts, providing e-mail marketing services, and social media content management.   Ayda is a Licensed Fundraising Counsel in the State of Maryland and holds an MBA in Finance from The American University.  Ayda can be reached at ayda@aydasanver.com and  240-423-2647.

Julia Pitkin-Shantz, Treasurer

Whether speaking to individuals about retirement income planning, corporations about succession planning, or to non-profit boards about planned giving, Julia Pitkin-Shantz, CFP® RICP® CAP® steps people through complex issues with ease.  She helps clients create and refine their goals, discover opportunities and challenges, then implements solutions so they can reach their goals. Using world-class investment and insurance products, Julia helps businesses and individuals accumulate, protect, and use their wealth to impact the world in ways important to them.

Julia holds a MBA cum laude from George Washington University and a BA in Economics from University of Michigan. She is a member of the Washington DC Estate Planning Council. Julia can be reached at treasurer@wbo-mc.com.

Marcela Kogan, Secretary 

 Marcela Kogan is a freelance writer in the Washington D.C., Metropolitan Area, and writes conference reports, newsletters, feature stories, web content and other publications for publishers, small businesses and government agencies. She is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Beating the Blues and a Mom’s Guide to Your Kids’ Nutrition. The topics she writes about include real estate, communication, psychology, transportation, housing and other topics of human interest. She is currently ghostwriting a memoir.  You can reach Marcela at 301-318-7397 or email her at marcykog@gmail.com. Marcela's website is www.marcelakogan.com


Hillary Coggeshall, Communications


Hello. Hillary is a creative process expert and graphic design/printing consultant. She specializes in budget-stretching and dollar maximization, scheduling miracles, graphic design emergencies, and print shop terminology clarification (what exactly is a PMS number?!?). Hillary provides a comprehensive creative partnership process for small business owners and communication and marketing decision-makers at non-profits, universities, consulting firms, and trade associations, working hand-in-hand with communication consultants, freelance designers and area printers to assemble a creative team uniquely qualified to work its collective magic, and help clients embrace the creative experience. She has close to 20 years experience in communications, marketing, design and printing. Hillary is president of Hello. Hillary R. Coggeshall, LLC and can be reached at 301.908.6803 or hillaryraec@me.com.

Doris Barber, Publicity

Doris Barber is owner of Blessed Baskets, a gift solutions company located in Gaithersburg. Doris is a gift specialist and has over 10 years of experience in helping business owners express appreciation to their valued customers, clients and business associates. Doris has been a member of WBO since 2003 and can be reached at (240) 449-GIFT (4438) or dabwbo@blessedbaskets.com.

Laura Rhode, Programs

Laura is Head Promo-ista at BrandMarket.  With over twenty years experience as a wedding/event planner and 12 years in corporate branding and marketing, Laura assists businesses build and expand their Brand. BrandMarket helps businesses and non-profits large and small in successfully attracting new clients/members, retaining existing ones, develop referral appreciation and employee recognition programs, and provide development and  support for business and social events.  In our apparel division we work with corporate, school, team and social clients, with no minimums required. Screen-printing and embroidery is done on site, in house.  For your social events, we are your party back office. We work "behind the scenes" for you and for many marketing companies and meeting/wedding planners, providing swag bags to trade show incentives and beyond. BrandMarket  is a member of  Promotional Products International and the Chesapeake Promotional Products Association.  Take a look at all Laura has to offer at www.brandmkt.biz, or contact her at 301-938-3775 and laura@brandmkt.biz.


Lizabeth Wagger, Membership Chair


Amy Harbison, Member-at-Large

Amy K. Harbison, CPCC, ACC is a certified coach in private practice at Open Window Coaching. She helps her clients navigate personal and professional transitions and change, including retirement planning. She is also principal of Open Window Creative Strategies LLC, a communications/design consultancy that helps nonprofits and socially responsible institutions communicate their brand stories more effectively to reach their goals and drive audiences to action.

She has more than twenty-five years' experience working in strategic communications, donor communications, leadership positioning, speech and copywriting, institutional storytelling and branding.  Amy has headed communications and marketing for large and small institutions in the performing arts, higher education, philanthropy, and health.

She is a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington class of 2010. In 2015 she received the Special President’s Award from the Greater Olney Civic Association and recently served on the communications committee for the International Coaching Federation Metro DC Conference. She is a member of the Greater Olney Toastmasters and serves as a club mentor. For six years she has been a reviewer for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement’s AIM Award (formerly Washington Post Award for Nonprofit Excellence) Learn more at openwindowcomm.com and openwindowcoaching.com. Follow her at @akharbs. 

Wendy Howard, Immediate Past-President

Wendy Howard of WH Consulting has over 25 years of experience working in the Information Technology field.  She specializes in streamlining IT systems to conserve natural resources and increase productivity.  A native Washingtonian, Ms. Howard is the owner of WH Consulting based in Wheaton, Maryland.  For the past 6 years, her practice has focused on bringing “green technology” to Washington metro area customers.  Ms. Howard has been an ardent volunteer in Montgomery County for 10 years, participating as a volunteer and project coordinator during community service week and other volunteer efforts.  Wendy is also president of the GreenWheaton (www.greenwheaton.org) board which is dedicated to outreach and education to promote Wheaton, Maryland as a model sustainable community.









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