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NAWBO-OC 2017/2018 Board of Directors Bios

Executive Board

Theresa Ashby, President

Dr.Theresa Ashby_About PageTheresa Ashby, Ph.D., MBA is the CEO of Dynam Consulting. She is by nature a strategist, advisor, and thought partner who motivates professionalism and helps clients create a culture of empowerment by delivering groundbreaking strategic plans and processes. Theresa’s success lies in her talent for assisting individuals in developing their potential and uniting coworkers around a common vision. Drawing on her experience of 30 years in a variety of leadership roles, including serving as vice president of one of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations, Theresa is known for her strong track record of building and directing successful teams, thus enabling companies to gain prominence in their industries. She is living her passion by inspiring the cultivation, enrichment, and acceleration of greatness.

Katie Farrell, President-Elect

Elisabeth Camaur, Past-President

Liz CamaurElisabeth Camaur (“Liz”) founded Camaur Crampton Family Law, PC as a resource to help clients through divorce and child custody turmoil with a focus on the future. “Instead of regretfully looking back and affixing blame, I like to look forward. I like to turn divorce into an opportunity to change people’s lives for the better.” Liz is a certified family law specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. That means she has the training and experience to understand all aspects divorce – both financial and emotional. “People come to me in extreme pain, and I take that responsibility very seriously,” she says. “My job is to help them through the transition. I want to help them plan their future.” Liz started practicing law in 1993 and soon after began focusing on family law. “In the middle of the chaos and pain, there is an opportunity for a better life.” “I’m looking for solutions.” Liz is a top notch litigator well known for her courtroom presence. She offers tenacious, aggressive and strong representation. Outside of court, clients enjoy Camaur’s creative solutions and bedside manner, complete with an ever-present box of tissues and candy treats on her desk. “Once the tears dry at the initial consultation, we focus on the client’s future,” she notes. After that, the conversation centers on how clients can use divorce to plan the rest of their life.”

“I help people find a strategy for their future and dreams through the chaos and pain of their divorce.” Liz is originally from Virginia (just outside of Washington, DC). She has lived in Southern California since 1990. She currently resides in Irvine with her two children, David and Aleks. Liz has completed the Los Angeles Marathon 5 times, numerous 5k races and a handful of half marathons.

Katy Triefenbach, Treasurer

Katy Triefenbach, along with her husband Jeremy is the founder of Stage 1 Financial, providing young and emerging brands the people, processes and systems to quickly and sustainably grow their business, all within their specific business requirements.

Katy, CEO, manages Business and Marketing Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Operations, and Human Resources. Katy has spent more than 30 years in a variety of roles in and outside of the United States. Katy began her career as a nurse in Intensive Care Units. Nursing allowed Katy to transition into a new career in Medical Sales and Marketing for companies such as GE Healthcare and CareFusion, in which she continued to work for over 10 years before transitioning into Stage 1 Financial. Katy partnered with Jeremy to help develop and brand a new concept to bring a local, fully outsourced Accounting and Finance solution to young, fast-growing organizations that affordably enables clients to have access to the best talent.

The goal for Stage 1 Financial is to provide a dynamic fast-paced “family-friendly” environment for their team that allows flexibility, while providing outstanding service for their clients.

JJ San Jose, Secretary

JJ San Jose - AppreciatingRE President, www.AppreciatingRE.comJJ San Jose is a native Californian who enjoys various aspects in real estate. This entrepreneur takes pride in helping people build their nest egg: IRA, 401k or increase their passive income by investing in real estate. She also enjoys working with sellers, Realtors and other real estate professionals looking to off load their properties quickly and seamlessly. As President of Appreciating RE, JJ’s comprehension of business structure at a departmental and corporate level has helped her build a successful system that manages a growing business with local and “virtual” team members. She currently presents at several organizations on how systems can benefit in their businesses usually in the real estate field and shares her experience as a real estate investor. She also co-founded Women’s Investment Network (WIN), an educational forum specializing in giving a hand-UP to ladies seeking financial freedom through real estate investing.

Trina Fleming, Strategic Development

Trina-FlemingTrina is the Chief Operating Officer for the nonprofit organization, WHW, its mission to provide the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job. Since 1993, WHW has served over 70,000 job seekers at no charge.

Trina oversees all back office operations of WHW, helping the organization to deliver measurable and cost-effective results that make vision a reality. Her wide range of responsibilities include Human Resources, the shaping of WHW’s brand message, development and implementation of WHW’s strategic marketing and communication activities, purchasing, organizational policies and management of WHW’s technology infrastructure and facilities, management of WHW’s Retail Store, Deja New, as well as special projects designed to increase the organization’s capacity, efficiency and awareness in the community.

Trina brings her wisdom as Strategic Board Development to the National Association of Women Business Owners Orange County chapter, and serves on the board of the Women’s Business Institute. She was voted member of the year in 2009. Trina is the Communications Chair of Marketplace Women of Orange County, an organization that inspires women to integrate their professional, personal and spiritual lives and is on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Business Institute, a non-profit organization that supports the education of women entrepreneurs. Trina is also on the Advisory Council of Leadership In Heels,a women’s speaker series designed to motivate, inspire, educate and equip women to see themselves as leaders and pivot their lives forward personally,professionally and in the community.

In 2011,Trina was selected by Farmers and Merchants Bank as one of their Women of Courage. And in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Trina was nominated for the prestigious Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. Also in 2015,Trina was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Regional Conference of Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) where she presented on “The Business of Nonprofits.”

Anne Mulhearn, Membership Chair

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Vice Presidents

Laura Dewey, Programs

Laura Dewey is the founder of the Self-Leadership Lab, offering the formula for an exceptional life & workplace through coaching and highly experiential training, both inside and outside of businesses.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in education, life took a detour when Laura realized she had a gift for running restaurants. She went on to break glass ceilings by becoming the first female general manager, multi-unit leader, then partner of a leading restaurant company once considered the Nordstrom of casual dining. Her ability to create effective training and operations systems made her a key player in growing the company from six regional restaurants to 145, nationwide.

Always considered a leader and developer of people, Dewey knows first-hand that the easiest road to growing long-term sales and profit is through cultivating a happy, aligned and invested team.

While receiving her Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology, Laura discovered her remarkable gift for working with others to grow and transform their lives. She eventually left restaurants to touch lives in a more direct way and went on to found Laura Dewey Coaching, LLC, serving businesses and individuals; specializing in the skills of emotional intelligence and self-leadership.

Her first book, Shine Your Light…Illuminate Your Love is available on Amazon.com.

Donna Watson, Marketing/Graphic Art

DonnaWebsitePortraitDonna Watson is “the mouse” of Designer Mouse Graphic Design, a creative services firm. Established in 1994, Designer Mouse is celebrating its 22 nd anniversary. Providing creative concept development, Donna assists her clients in promoting their products and services online and in print. Specialties include website design/development, brand development, marketing collateral, event and business promotion, photo editing and photo restoration.

Donna has been a proud member of NAWBO-OC since August, 2012. She has recently completed two terms as Board Secretary and has served on the Marketing and Business Development teams.

Favorite Quote: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

Pauline Francis, Corporate Partners

A results-oriented finance & accounting professional with 25 years in practice, Pauline works with small and mid-sized privately held companies as a CFO on an as-needed, consulting basis. As a Partner at B2B CFO®, Pauline delivers the full range of services and solutions that a full-time CFO would typically provide – from tailored accounting and finance services to operations optimization and business valuation, planning and decision-making. She is passionate about helping founders of companies and business owners achieve their goals by providing guidance and direction for growth, enhancing cash flow, profitability and business value.

Pauline’s career began when she was a teenager and took over the family business, manufacturing heavy industrial machinery. As an entrepreneur, she oversaw all aspects of the business, including operations, procurement, sales, distribution, tax compliance and workforce management. Having owned, managed, grown and successfully sold her own multi-generational business, she understands what it takes to innovate, compete, operate, manage and transition ownership. Business leaders trust her experience, judgment, and perspective on a wide range of issues. Pauline works closely with CEOs and business owners to streamline processes and put the right procedures in place – with proper checks and balances – so the business operates at optimal efficiency.

Pauline is actively involved with the advancement of economic empowerment in society. She serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization WHW, and is also part of the Leadership Team at The Peace Exchange, a non-profit that provides sustainable employment to at-risk women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pauline earned her MBA with a major in Entrepreneurial Management and a joint major in Marketing & Operations, and graduated with Honors from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lucinda Salinas, Community Affairs

Julie Lopiccolo, Program Development, MOM's

JULIE_CKLHJulie Lopiccolo is a Partner at Cottle Keen Lopiccolo & Heyde, a boutique law firm in Orange, California. Julie Lopiccolo is passionate about advising and advocating on behalf of families and their businesses in the areas of Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate. Julie Lopiccolo also routinely assists small business owners in resolving disputes through negotiation and where necessary, litigation. She believes trust and communication with clients is essential to obtain optimal results and will aggressively pursue the best interests of her clients at every turn. Julie Lopiccolo is dedicated to the safety of children and is the Co-Founder and President of the Jasper Ray Foundation for Drowning Prevention and Child Safety. She is also Vice Chair of the Orange County Task Force on Drowning Prevention. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange Chamber of Commerce. Julie Lopiccolo is the 2016-2017 Vice President of Community Involvement for the National Association of Women Business Owners – Orange County.

Aneeta Kumar, Advocacy

Aneeta KumarAneeta Kumar is an attorney and partner at Kumar & Gerchick, where she represents policyholders in a wide range of insurance coverage disputes and insurance recovery matters. Kumar & Gerchick has helped clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars from insurance companies to pay for litigation expenses and settlements, environmental and pollution losses, general liability claims, natural disaster losses, products liability claims, advertising liabilities, business interruption and extra expense claims, employment, discrimination and harassment claims, directors’ and officers’ liabilities, errors and omissions claims, and crime losses. Kumar & Gerchick also advises clients regarding general risk management concerns, insurance program audits, insurance policy reviews, and policy placement/renewal negotiations.

Prior to forming Kumar & Gerchick in 2005, Aneeta was part of the Insurance Recovery Department at Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP and the Insurance Coverage Group at Troop Steuber Pasich Reddick & Tobey LLP. Aneeta received her Juris Doctor from UC Davis School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College, where she received the Benjamin H. Culley Phi Beta Kappa Prize.

Aneeta joined the Orange County chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2013 and served on its Board as VP of Community Relations from July 2014 to June 2016. Currently, she sits on NAWBO-OC’s Board as Vice President of Public Policy.

Trez Ibrahim, Professional Development, Mentoring

Trez Ibrahim is a powerful and effective Business and Personal Coach, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Life Mastery Strategist empowering men and women to Live A Life By Design and stepping into their full Power. Whether your desire is to create more money, time, freedom, a fulfilling career, better relationships, health, a lifestyle you love, or all of the above, she can show you a simple, proven system of unlocking the power within you to create anything you desire in life.

She has worked with thousands of clients as a Transformational Consultant leveraging decades of training and a track record of proven results. Trez has put together the most cutting edge program for breakthrough results you simply cannot find elsewhere. Highly intuitive and insightful, she has been bringing guidance and clarity to clients from all over the world with her keen ability to create the quickest, most substantial and long lasting results. Trez is both dedicated and highly invested in supporting you in creating an exponential leap in your results, at an accelerated rate, with extraordinary ease.

Trez has been working with clients and leading workshops on Personal and Organizational Development for over 25 years, dedicating her life to empowering individuals to lead more fulfilling and productive lives. Her expert topics include “Increased Productivity Through Energy Management”, “Principles for Success”, “Life Mastery Training”, “Master Keys To Exceptional Leadership”, “Moving from Stress to Success” and “The Power of Character, Creativity and Connection in the Workplace”.

She draws from teachings of Great Masters, past and present, as well as her own life experiences giving participants a foundation for evoking wholeness from within and creating a life of their dreams. She is ready to stand beside you and walk with you every step of the way as you create The Life You Love Living.

Kimberly Anderson, Professional Development, Education

What a blessing it has been to open Sweeet Repeeet Consignment in my home town of San Clemente. I feel so blessed to have the support of my husband Bruce and my darling 21 year old twin daughters Kinsley & Kaleigh who help at the store in-between their very busy schedules. I’m often asked how I got into the business, or if I owned other retail stores in the past. This is my first retail store, but I’ve held many jobs on my journey to get where I am today, both in retail as a Personal Shopper/Stylist and in the corporate arena as well as teaching and training Corporate Image, Etiquette and Public Speaking workshops.

In 1985, after traveling several years throughout the United States leading business etiquette and corporate image workshops, I founded First Impressions, Orange County’s first finishing school for adults and children. First Impressions was dedicated to enhancing the lives of others by helping them find their true image potential through various workshops, seminars and one-on-one consultations.

My speaking engagements and personal shopping clientele include Fortune 500 companies, executives, doctors, lawyers, college professors, and private institutions. As a former “Personal Shopper” and Corporate Image trainer for Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, I also conducted many of their outside workshops and continue to work closely with Nordstrom today. I have been on both radio and television, and have held various beauty pageant titles during my journey.

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Trina Fleming, Women Business Institute President

Trina is the Chief Operating Officer for the nonprofit organization, WHW, its mission to provide the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job. Since 1993, WHW has served over 70,000 job seekers at no charge.

Trina oversees all back office operations of WHW, helping the organization to deliver measurable and cost-effective results that make vision a reality. Her wide range of responsibilities include Human Resources, the shaping of WHW’s brand message, development and implementation of WHW’s strategic marketing and communication activities, purchasing, organizational policies and management of WHW’s technology infrastructure and facilities, management of WHW’s Retail Store, Deja New, as well as special projects designed to increase the organization’s capacity, efficiency and awareness in the community.

Trina brings her wisdom as Strategic Board Development to the National Association of Women Business Owners Orange County chapter, and serves on the board of the Women’s Business Institute. She was voted member of the year in 2009. Trina is the Communications Chair of Marketplace Women of Orange County, an organization that inspires women to integrate their professional, personal and spiritual lives and is on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Business Institute, a non-profit organization that supports the education of women entrepreneurs. Trina is also on the Advisory Council of Leadership In Heels,a women’s speaker series designed to motivate, inspire, educate and equip women to see themselves as leaders and pivot their lives forward personally,professionally and in the community.

In 2011,Trina was selected by Farmers and Merchants Bank as one of their Women of Courage. And in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Trina was nominated for the prestigious Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award. Also in 2015,Trina was invited to be the keynote speaker at the Regional Conference of Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations (SCNO) where she presented on “The Business of Nonprofits.”

Mahyar Ghassemian, Legal Counsel

Headshot, IIIMahyar Ghassemian is the founder and principal attorney of Ghassemian Law Group, APC, a boutique law firm that focuses on Construction, Business and Personal Injury Law. She has a Masters’ Degree in Physics and spent a year as a faculty member at California State University, Long Beach where she taught Physics and Electronics laboratory courses. Afterwards, she became involved in the corporate world prior to deciding to pursue a legal education.

Ms. Ghassemian has been an associate and then a partner in various size firms with the largest being Ford Walker, Haggerty and Behar with 55 attorneys in Long Beach, California. Since 1999, she has litigated numerous cases involving large companies. Some of her clients include national construction companies and builders such as Turner Construction, Whiting Turner Contracting Company, and ACCO Engineering, as well as local companies such as A.J. Kirkwood, the Patterson Company, and Charge Bliss California Construction Company.

Her Physics background uniquely qualifies her to deal with complex scientific issues of large size construction matters which are heavily dependent upon expert analysis and testimony; while her business experience gives her insight for proper analysis of business issues. Out of the combination of both, her niche was born where she advises construction companies on their unique business issues. Her mission is to prevent litigation through proper planning and early resolution of disputes for small to medium size businesses. The Firm’s clients include construction companies and other businesses with contractual and structural needs, as well as those who are involved in a construction project and need advice navigating the process.

Past Presidents

Past Presidents

NAWBO-OC thanks these talented and generous members for their years of service as our past presidents. Our organization has thrived thanks to their dedication and passion.

PAST PRESIDENT DATES OF SERVICE
Penny M. Fox, CPA 2015-2016
Dee Elliott 2014-2015
Laura Neubauer 2013-2014
Loreen Gilbert 2012-2013
Maureen Rhyne 2011-2012
Kathy Dawson 2010-2011
Karen Gifford 2009-2010
Cassie Hoag 2008-2009
Barri Carian 2007-2008
Camille Jayne 2006-2007
Cathy Daugherty 2005-2006
Rochelle Schneider 2004-2005
Alice Lei 2003-2004
Beth Adkisson 2002-2003
Susan Johnson 2001-2002
Diedre Kelly 2000-2001
Iris McCammon 1999-2000
Cristi Cristich 1998-1999
Nancy Montoya 1997-1998
Karen Herb 1995-1997
Rachel Owens 1994-1995
Judee Slack 1993-1994
Linda Pinson 1992-1993
Nita Busby 1991-1992

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