Jamie Kent 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 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.


Kristin Michel Rodriguez, Vice-President

Kristin is an independent financial planner with Symphony Financial.  She specializes in personal and business financial advising, with a special focus on women and women-owned businesses.  Kristin is a graduate of Hope College and the University of Delaware (Master of Science, Economics).  She resides with her family in Rockville.

Kristin is a Registered Representative.  Securities offered through Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., a Broker Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory Services offered through Investment Advisor Representatives of Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Federally Registered Investment Adviser. Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. and Symphony Financial are not affiliated.


Jackie Kindall, Secretary

Jackie Kindall, CPC, is a gifted executive coach, leadership and organization development executive with over 27 years of experience. She is currently the CEO of Kindall Evolve Consulting, LLC where she works with leaders and organizations who are deeply committed to achieving their strategic vision.  She helps them shine as leaders, build high-performing teams and get results.

Ms. Kindall holds a MS in Organization Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. She is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the College of Executive Coaching, an International Coach Federation affiliate.

She is certified in the Hay Group Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®), CPI 260®, FIRO-B®, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI®), Strong Interest Inventory®, and a host of other assessments.


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.


Ayda Sanver, Communications

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


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

Lizabeth Wagger is a Financial Representative with First Financial Group in Bethesda.  She works with clients throughout their financial lives in the areas of financial balance, saving and investing, retirement income planning and understanding financial products and services, including insurance and annuities.

In addition to serving on the board of WBO, Liz serves on the board of her synagogue, Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase.  In addition, she is a volunteer mentor with Cornerstone Montgomery, and was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2016.  When not working, volunteering or spending time with her family, Liz can be found on a dance floor, swing dancing.  You can reach Liz at 240-235-1331 or at lizabeth.wagger@ffgadvisors.com.

Lizabeth Wagger, Registered Representative and Financial Advisor of Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS). 7101 Wisconsin Ave. #1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Securities products/services and advisory services are offered through PAS, a registered broker-dealer, (301) 907-9030. Financial Representative, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. PAS is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. First Financial Group is not an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. PAS is a member of FINRA, SIPC. 2017-49752 Exp 11/2019


Susan Commander Samakow, Member-at-Large

Susan Commander Samakow, a recent Past-President of the International Coach Federation D.C. Chapter, is a Certified Professional Coach, Speaker, and Facilitator. Susan’s coaching pulls together her broad experience in business and leadership, life and career transition, relationships, and health and wellness. Susan helps business owners develop and grow their businesses, as well as reaching their professional and personal goals. She highlights how to cultivate fruitful relationships with colleagues and clients for your growth personally and professionally.

At the foundation of Susan’s coaching are confidence/positive self-talk (our inner dialogue) strategies and resilience techniques, all supported by the latest neuroscience research. This results in people building productive, positive lives and mindsets, both professionally and personally. Susan believes that building healthy relationships in our lives results in leading a more fulfilling, satisfying and well-balanced life. Whether you are a business owner or employee, or looking for your life purpose Susan can guide you to “what’s next” in your life! You can also see Susan on WUSA9 TV and read her column on Digital Communities Forum (formerly the Washington Times Communities).


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 One Montgomery Green (www.onemontgomerygreen.org) board which is dedicated to outreach and education to promote Wheaton, Maryland as a model sustainable community.