Kristin Michel Rodriguez, 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.
Doris Barber, Vice-President
Doris Barber is a relationship marketing consultant and CEO of The Mikayla Group, LLC. The Mikayla Group, is a family of brands providing holistic marketing solutions to help companies create and maintain strong business relationships. From website design to customer retention strategy, we provide creative marketing tools and support to build your company’s know, like, and trust factor. Doris has been a member of WBO-MC since 2003 and can be reached at (240) 780-8322.
Cathy Bamji, Secretary
Cathy Bamji, BCC, is a dedicated systems-thinker whose professional career spans nearly thirty years, starting with her time in the banking industry where she quickly made her mark in the Quality Management arena. As a seasoned OD consultant and facilitator, Cathy provides her clients with tailored organizational development initiatives to enhance and enable the work they do. She brings with her a specialty in process improvement techniques, strong facilitation skills and the ability to cut through the noise to see the patterns others miss.
As a Board Certified Coach, Cathy guides individuals and groups through a tailored process of reflection, clarification and achievement of personal goals. Her blend of big-picture thinking, observation skills and compassionate heart create a unique environment where clients gain insight into how they fit into the world. She provides a safe space to explore the unasked questions, rekindle talents and pursue a life of purpose and intention.
Barbara Freedenberg, Treasurer
Barbara Freedenberg is a daily money manager and the owner of Files In Order, LLC. For 17 years she managed the finances for her husband’s dental practice, where she built an expertise in billing, budgeting and health insurance claims processing.
In 2013, Barbara decided to start a business to help others who may be experiencing a temporary or permanent lifestyle change which prevents them from managing their daily finances. Her services include organization of financial and health care records, bill pay, budgeting, insurance claims processing, and reconciling financial statements.
Barbara is a proud member of the American Association of Daily Money Managers and is an active member of The Maryland-DC Regional Group of Daily Money Managers.
Ellen Davis, Membership
Ellen Davis has been a top insurance executive for many years and works to consistently uncover the best possible plans for her clients who desire to protect their families, their incomes, their futures and all that they have achieved in their lives. Possessing an extensive knowledge of the insurance industry, she offers something no ordinary company can; a plan truly customized to your individual or corporate needs and goals with the most comprehensive service in the industry. You can reach Ellen directly at (301) 728-5505 or by visiting the website at www.LifeHealthHome.com
In her spare time Ellen creates beautifully handcrafted woodturned bowls, pens, bottle stoppers, key chains and hand carved spoons. You can view some of her work at www.TwistedTreeDesign.com. She is a member of and the current President of the Montgomery County Woodturners Association (MCW), as well as being a member of the Montgomery County Carvers (MCC), Capital Area Woodturners (CAW), Women In Turning (WIT), and the American Association of Woodturners (AAW).
Ellen resides in Potomac with her wife, two sons, one rescue dog and two rescue cats.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and 240-423-2647
Laura Rhode, Publicity
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 email@example.com.
Gurvinder Ravery, Programs
Stop searching the web and allow Gurvinder Ravery, Personal Travel Advisor with Gurvy Travel, to customize a unique vacation for you! Gurvinder’s years of traveling abroad have inspired her to share her experiences and create lasting memories for you and your loved ones. Gurvy Travel is an independent affiliate of Montrose Travel, one of the Top 50 Travel Agencies in the country. We will arrange domestic and international travel, from air and ground transportation to hotel and resort accommodations, including tour packages. Gurvinder will provide assistance with travel insurance, passport, visa, and other foreign travel requirements. She travels internationally several times a year to maintain relationships within her networks globally and have first hand experiences. Gurvinder specializes in Turks and Caicos vacations as she lives on island once a month every year, as well as Sandals and Beaches Resorts.*
Over twenty years of management experience has led to Gurvinder’s attention to detail, and high level of customer relations. Gurvy Travel’s goal is to provide impeccable service to clients while creating a memorable trip. She is a fully accredited travel agency and proud member of IATAN, Virtuoso and CLIA. So let’s get you flying and onto your barefoot escape to an island, a romantic trip to Paris, enjoying a glass of wine in Italy, climbing Machu Picchu or swinging from treetops in Costa Rica ; whatever you’ve always dreamt of; Gurvinder can customize your trip for you. Please visit www.gurvytravel.com or contact (240)461-8361.
Miriam Paska, Member-at-Large
Jamie Kent Hamelburg, Immediate Past-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.