Lee Ann Pond, Engaging Leadership

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.

Immediate Past President

Deanna Hathaway, Hathaway Adair, PLC 

Founding Partner

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. 

Marketing Chair

Dawn Young, Studio WY

Founder and CEO

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, and the remarkable accessibility she provides to her clients. 

Dawn served as the Director of Account Services and Business Development for a $12 million regional agency specializing in retail, ļ¬nance, and healthcare. Some of her clients included Sonabank (EVB), Mercedes-Benz, Sheltering Arms, Commonwealth Commercial and Bon Secours Health System.


Nancy M. Jansen, Virginia 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. 


Chris Dawson, R. Alliance, LLC and Maple

Managing Partner and Co-Founder

Christine combined her Master of Human Resources Education from Fordham University with more than 20 years of experience in Learning and Development, Change Management and Leadership Development to work as an effective Consultant, Leader, Mentor and Coach.  After scaling the corporate ladder, she started her consulting firm, R. Alliance, LLC, in 2007 most recently focusing on rehabilitating struggling projects.

Reflecting on what she encountered throughout her career she wanted to shift her work to something that made a bigger impact, and to do it by empowering growth and success one person at a time. She and her business partner created Maple, a personal growth app and website designed to support the coaching process and help people identify and internalize their own insights and build deeper Self-connections. 

A native of New York, she now calls Powhatan, Virginia home.

Member At-Large

Debbie Fisher

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.

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