The Richmond NAWBO Foundation is composed of volunteer board members. Members of the Foundation serve for a full term of one year, beginning at the start of NAWBO Richmond’s fiscal year. The Foundation is responsible for building partnerships, while conducting and supporting various charitable and educational activities of the NAWBO Richmond Chapter.
One of the largest events that the Foundation sponsors, in hand with other corporate partners, is the Women of Excellence Awards. This annual event honors local women entrepreneurs and their hard work within the Richmond community building businesses and volunteering. This anticipated event also raises funds to provide qualified speakers at our monthly programs, and support the continued efforts of the NAWBO Richmond Chapter Board.
The Foundation is certified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Companies and individuals wishing to make tax-deductible contributions to the Foundation may do so with credit card payment via PayPal, or by sending checks, payable to the Richmond NAWBO Foundation, to: P.O.Box 3211, Glen Allen, VA 23058
"I was first exposed to NAWBO in 1994 while organizing the White House Conference on Small Business. I was so impressed with the members’ passion and commitment that I not only joined NAWBO, but started two chapters over the years in West Virginia and Delaware. I have made it my mission to collaborate with NAWBO on everything related to women business owners."
Jayne Armstrong, The U.S. Small Business Administration
Carolyn Hawthorne, Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems of Richmond & Charlottesville
For over 30 years Carolyn was a teacher with Henrico County Schools. This background prepared her to educate entrepreneurs wanting to start a commercial cleaning business. She and her husband Paul purchased their Jan-Pro franchise in 2002. Since then Carolyn and her team have converted her dedication to learning into an extremely high return rate of customers, with a ten-year average of 98%. She maintains that educating unit franchisees is the key to developing this strong customer base. In addition to mandatory training before entering the field, she offers on-going education in all aspects of the business, including ownership and employee management. Jan-Pro International has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as the #1 Commercial Cleaning Franchise, #1 Fastest Growing Franchise, #1 Home-Based Franchise, and # 1 Low Cost Franchise. Carolyn graduated from Mary Washington College and earned her MEd from Virginia Commonwealth University. While teaching she was recognized as Virginia’s Outstanding Earth Science Teacher, Teacher of the Year, and received the REB Award for Teaching Excellence. She was named NAWBO Richmond’s Rookie of the Year and serves on its Enterprising Women of Excellence committee 2012-2015. She has served as the Secretary of the NAWBO Foundation Board and is currently its President-Elect.
Katie Schexnayder, Network Data Security Experts, Inc.Katie Schexnayder, is the Executive Director at Gavin Law Offices. As executive director, Katie oversees the firm’s finance, information technology, marketing and business development, human resources and administrative functions. She also assists with developing and implementing the firm’s strategic plans. Katie brings with her 10 years of previous supervisor and customer service experience. This experience, along with a strong work ethic and drive for a collaborative approach, has proven to be an invaluable resource for customers and the business community alike. Katie received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Bridgewater College. Katie is also very involved in our business community and specifically NAWBO Richmond. Katie has previously served as Foundation Board President Elect 2016-2017, Foundation Treasurer from 2013-2016, and Membership committee from 2014-2016.
Sarah Williams, Senior Vice President at Village Bank
Sarah Williams is a Senior Vice President at Village Bank where she specializes in access to capital for growing businesses. She was the Director of the Women’s Business Center for the SBA and has always focused on working with women owned businesses. She started and owned a business that placed nannies with families and understands the risk and rewards of small business ownership. Sarah is Chairman of the Board of UnBoundRVA, a local nonprofit that works with individuals from low income backgrounds to start business changing the trajectory of their life. In her spare time, she reviews business plans and creates connections for Richmond area entrepreneurs. And, as a NAWBO member, Sarah s a passionate advocate for women owned businesses. She has her MBA and BBA from The College of William and Mary.
Susan Campbell, President of More than Moving Inc.
Susan Campbell started her senior move management business in 1998 after helping her father move from the family home of 46 years. More Than Moving is a full-service moving company with a specialty in working with seniors and Susan’s Selections is an internet auction company and consignment store. Susan served as the President of the National Association of Senior Move Managers in 2008, helping to define the standards and ethics of the senior move management industry.
Chapter Past President
CEO, Transformation Consulting, LLC
Lee is President & CEO of Transformation Consulting LLC, a firm that specializes in organizational development, research, consulting and human capital investment. She has twenty years of management consulting and organizational leadership experience, and has worked with all aspects of business development and supply chain management. She is the former Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Richmond, where she designed programs and developed business opportunities and career paths for women and adults. She is a Consultant for MGT of America for Disparity, Educational and Evaluations Divisions nationally. Lee has served on numerous state, local government, business and nonprofit boards.
Amye Brunette, Richmond Weddings
Amye Brunette, along with her husband Scott Brunette own Richmond Weddings, RVA’s most trusted resource for engaged couples to plan their wedding via their magazine, website and twice yearly wedding shows. www.richmondweddings.com
Corporate and Table Sponsor Co-Chair
Tracy Lewis, BDO
Tracy is an assurance director with BDO with over 14 years of public accounting experience, serving a range of publicly and privately held clients in many industries. Primary services provided are audit, accounting consultation, and employee benefits plans, including assisting clients with SEC and financial reporting, evaluation of internal controls. Tracy’s professional affiliations include: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants and William & Mary Mason Accounting Programs Board Member. She holds a B.S. in Accounting and Economics from Emory & Henry College and a Masters of Accounting from the College of William & Mary.
Consumer & Small Business Bankruptcy
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.
Silent Auction Chair
Gwen Hurt, CEO and Founder of Shoe Crazy Wine
Gwen Hurt is the CEO and Founder of Shoe Crazy Wine, a private label wine company based in Chesterfield Virginia. Shoe Crazy Wine is currently sold in VA, NC, DC, MD and Singapore.