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NAWBO Richmond Chapter Board is composed of volunteer board members. Members of the Board serve a full term of one year, beginning at the start of NAWBO Richmond’s fiscal year. The Board is responsible for carrying out NAWBO's mission, building partnerships, conducting and supporting various educational and networking events, governance and public policy throughout the year.
Julie Hill is the Senior Vice President and Director of P.O.W.E.R. at Sonabank, where she works to provide financial tools, business resources and networking opportunities to women business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Virginia. Prior to joining Sonabank, Julie served 19 years as the Vice President of Business Development for the Retail Merchants Association. In addition to her role as Director of P.O.W.E.R., Julie serves as the Chair for the National Kidney Foundation of Central Virginia and is the Secretary/Treasurer for NAWBO (National Association Women Business Owners). Julie, her husband Rich and her two children, Quinn and Emilee reside in Fredericksburg, VA.
Immediate Past President
Deanna H. Hathaway is a graduate of the University of Richmond and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. She is a founding partner of Hathaway Adair, P.C., a boutique law firm that focuses on consumer and small business bankruptcy with particular emphasis on improving the client’s financial health going forward. Deanna is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is admitted to practice before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Laura's love for building and strengthening brands is evident in her 20+ years of award-winning work. Bringing strategic and creative thinking together, Laura has helped big brands like Sears, Circuit City, Mercedes-Benz, and more, improve market share, fulfill business objectives and tell their brand story in smart, compelling ways. Throughout her career she has worked on both the client and agency side, and she has successfully created and launched numerous local and national brands.
In 2016, she and her business partner started STUDIO WY, born from their passion to share their experience and expertise with other women entrepreneurs like themselves, by helping them build their brand and share their unique "why" story with the world.
Dawn has been connecting people and brands for over 20 years. Her ability to understand your needs and the needs of your customers is unmatched. Her commitment to your success is evident in her incredible attention to detail, the research and strategic insights she brings to the table and the remarkable accessibility she provides to her clients.
Prior to starting STUDIO WY with her business partner, Dawn served as the Director of Account Services and Business Development for a $12 million regional agency specializing in retail, ﬁnance, and healthcare. Some of her clients included Sonabank (EVB), Mercedes-Benz, Sheltering Arms, Commonwealth Commercial and Bon Secours Health System.
Nancy M. JansenVirginia Asset Management
Nancy M. Jansen has been a lifetime resident of Richmond Virginia and has 3 children. She is a graduate of the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business, University of Richmond, where she received a finance/marketing degree. Since graduating, she has been involved in many women’s groups and philanthropic activities. She was an active participant in creating Noah’s Children, the first pediatric hospice in central Virginia. She was an 18 year member of the Bon Air Junior Woman’s Club; serving as a past President, and held several committee chairs, and officer positions. She has also been a Sunday school, Pre-School, and Kindergarten teacher. Through these roles, she became keenly aware of women’s challenges, concerns, and goals. This along with her desire to educate and the need to provide for her family, led her into the professional marketplace.
Nancy started her career at Altria and worked there for 11 years becoming a top salesperson in the frozen foods division. From there she created a financial services practice at one of the top providers in the industry. She has received many industry awards, including being a Million Dollar Round Table member for the past 12 years, and rising to the level of Court of the Table. She has frequently been recognized as performing at the top levels in the financial services field. Her educational style and awareness of the unique concerns of women and women business owners has led her to focus her practice where her passion is, women and women business owners.
Lee Ann Pond
Founder and CEO
Lee Ann Pond is the founder and CEO of Engaging Leadership. Offering leadership development workshops, online courses, leadership coaching and employee engagement programs and surveys, Engaging Leadership helps organizations create high performing leadership teams.
Lee Ann has an MBA, is a certified executive coach and is an IPMA-HR Senior Certified Professional. She is also co-founder and treasurer of The Road to Parenthood non-profit, which provides education and grants for couples struggling with infertility.
Lee Ann lives in the Richmond area with her husband, Steve, and rescue dog, Mr. Pickles, and enjoys traveling and spending time with her granddaughters.
Robins School of Business, University of Richmond
Debbie is the Associate Director of the MBA Program for the Robins School of Business. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education operations and enjoys building strategic relationships through knowledge sharing and collaborating. Debbie has responsibility for strategic corporate and employer engagement and relationship development, MBA student and alumni co-curricular program development and administration, MBA alumni and student career advising and coaching, the MBA Capstone Course, and MBA student and alumni services. She provides full-time MBA program amenities and excellence for the Richmond MBA’s part-time program.
Prior to coming to Richmond in June 2008, Debbie worked for the UVA Darden Graduate Business School where she was associate director of The Batten Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership and director of the Batten Fellows Program where she was responsible for bringing in thought leaders from around the world to work on intellectual projects with the school. Debbie is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She and her husband live in Powhatan, Virginia.
Katie Hellebush, NAWBO Chapter Administrator
Katie Hellebush founded Hellebush Consulting, LLC to provide innovative solutions for association management and government affairs for profit and not-for-profit organizations across industry sectors.
Her work is rooted in her experience in association management and government relations, successfully advocating on a wide array of legislative and regulatory policy issues at the local, state and federal level.
Outside her work, Katie is an active member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Katie enjoys spending time in her garden, running, cooking and exploring all things Richmond. A graduate of the University of Richmond and a native of North Carolina, Katie has made her home Richmond, Virginia.
Caley White Crawford, NAWBO Richmond Project Manager
Caley Crawford brings almost fifteen years of experience in the federal government relations and project management space to Hellebush Consulting, LLC.
Originally from Georgia, Caley has a deep passion for the University of Georgia Bulldogs and all things red and black. Majoring in agriculture economics opened the door to a career in public policy and a deep love for U.S. agriculture.
Outside of work, Caley is married to Andrew and is a mom to three rambunctious kids – Harry, Annie and Palmer. When not working or “mom-ing”, she loves spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis, and reading books of all kinds. Even though born and raised in Georgia, she is proud to call Richmond home and looks forward to raising a family in the Commonwealth.