WIPP Board of Directors:
Jennifer Bisceglie, Interos Solutions, McLean, VA; Chair, WIPP BOD
Barbara Kasoff, Women Impacting Public Policy, Washington, DC; WIPP President
Nicolina Stewart, Capital Management Advisors, Sarasota, FL; Vice President & Treasurer, WIPP BOD
Lynne Marie Finn, Superior Workforce Solutions, Williamsville, NY; Secretary, WIPP BOD
Lisa Firestone, Managed Care Advisors, Bethesda, MD
LaVern Jackson, Joint Logistics Managers, Prince George, VA
Elise Mitchell, Mitchell Communications Group, Fayetteville, AR
Magdalah Silva, DMS International, Silver Spring, MD
Elaine Starling, Starling Media Services, Shingle Springs, CA
Leticia Vélez, Chicago Mini Bus Travel, Franklin Park, IL
Gayle Waldron, The Management Edge, Largo, FL
WIPP Education Foundation Board of Directors:
Jennifer Bisceglie, Interos Solutions, McLean, VA
Cary Broussard, Broussard Global Communications, Jersey City, NJ
Angela Dingle, Ex Nililo Management, Washington, DC
Forough Ghahramani, Life Sciences Computing, Princeton, NJ
Nancy Goshow, Goshow Architects, New York, NY
Barbara Kasoff, Women Impacting Public Policy, San Francisco, CA
Gloria Larkin, TargetGov, Columbia, MD
Sylvia Medina, Green Kids Club, Incorporated, Idaho Falls, ID
Nicolina Stewart, Capital Management Advisors, Sarasota, FL
Jennifer Bisceglie, President, Interos Solutions, Inc., McLean, VA
Jennifer Bisceglie is an award-winning business owner of a multi-million dollar technology and cyber risk management company that helps create comprehensive cyber and supply chain risk management process and technology solutions for numerous government agencies and commercial entities. Prior to founding Interos, a WBENC certified woman-owned business, Jennifer honed her 20 years of supply chain management experience in software companies and global distribution companies such as Manhattan Associates, Nine West Shoes (now Jones Apparel), and American Eagle Outfitters. In 2005, Jennifer launched Interos, to deliver comprehensive supply chain solutions to federal agencies and private sector suppliers looking to mitigate their supply chain risk and enable them to conduct business as effectively as possible. The company’s clients include the Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of State, U.S. Navy, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and Customs and Border Protection, as well as several private sector technology suppliers. Jennifer is a leader in several associations, in addition to WIPP, including National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Women In Defense, and the International Cyber Discussion (ICD). Outside of her client work, Jennifer is a highly dedicated women and small business owner advocate. For her dedication to this cause, she is the recipient of the American Express Open Government Contractor of the Year 2010, Enterprising Women’s 2009 Enterprising Woman of the Year award as well as Washington Business Journal’s 2009 Women Who Mean Business award.
Cary Broussard, Owner, Broussard Marketing Communications, Jersey City, NJ
An internationally recognized communications and brand management expert and advocate for women and girls, Cary advises companies and organizations on reputation management, customer relationship marketing and diversity and inclusion. Named one of the Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Marketing by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Cary is well known for creating break through marketing programs in the travel industry. She spent 14 years with Wyndham Hotels as head of marketing and communications where she was eventually responsible for global communications for 11 hotel brands and 7,000 hotels. Cary was deputy press secretary in the U.S. Senate Majority Leader’s office in Washington, D.C., and her nonprofit management experience includes, senior staff positions with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the American Cancer Society and Alliance for Women in Media. Her book, From Cinderella to CEO, has been published in ten languages, and features advice on a myriad of issues, important to today’s multi-generational and international work force. Cary speaks to audiences worldwide about business issues, emerging, and diverse markets, she teaches marketing at New York University.
Angela Dingle, President and CEO, Ex Nihilo Management, LLC, Washington, DC
Angela Dingle, President and CEO of Ex Nihilo Management, LLC, is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC®) with over twenty years of experience in management, business leadership, IT governance, risk management, compliance, software engineering and quality assurance. She holds a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University, Bowie, MD and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from DeVry Institute, Columbus, OH and is Certified in the Governance of Information Technology (CGEIT). Angela is the recipient of numerous awards including Enterprising Women of the Year Award 2012, The American Small Business Coalition Eagle Spirit Award, Compuware Corporation’s Profiles in Excellence Award, and Data Computer Corporation of America’s Presidential Award. Angela serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) and the Advisory Board for Enterprising Women Magazine. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Lynne Marie Finn, President, Superior Workforce Solutions, Inc., Williamsville, NY
Lynne Marie Finn is President of Superior Workforce Solutions, Inc. (Superior)—a full service staffing company—is headquartered in Williamsville, New York and has offices in over 30 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Superior is one of the largest certified, woman-owned staffing firms in the U.S. and provides temporary staffing, direct placement services, vendor management programs, and HR solutions primarily to Fortune 500 companies. Finn graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Executive Editor of Law and Policy in International Business Journal, and is a Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of SUNY Buffalo. After law school, she joined the law firm of Jaeckle, Fleischmann and Mugel and then served as an Assistant District Attorney for Erie County. Finn serves on the Board of Directors of: Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), where she also serves on the Finance Committee and Governing Body of its Leadership Forum; Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO); WIPP (Women Impacting Public Policy); Women's Business Center at Canisius College; Buffalo Niagara Partnership; BEAM (Buffalo Engineering Awareness for Minorities); and the Maria Love Convalescent Fund.
Lisa Firestone, President and CEO, Managed Care Advisors, Inc., Bethesda, MD
Lisa M. Firestone, MHSA is President and CEO of Managed Care Advisors, Inc. (MCA) a woman-owned, employee benefits and disability management consulting and full service workers’ compensation case management company. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, MCA services customers throughout the United States and U.S. Territories. Ms. Firestone has been involved in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years gaining recognition for her expertise in the areas of employee benefit program development, evaluation, and strategic planning, workers’ compensation and disability management. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in the implementation of innovative programs related to the employment of people with disabilities, and more recently has developed a unique expertise in the management of federal workers’ compensation programs.
Forough Ghahramani, Founder and Principal, Life Sciences Computing, Princeton, NJ
A transformational business leader, engineer, and entrepreneur, Forough Ghahramani is Founder and Principal of Life Sciences Computing, a Princeton, New Jersey-based consulting company that assists organizations in utilizing high performance computing to accelerate research and informatics services in the health, medical, and life sciences. In addition to running her business, Forough is Associate Dean of College of Business and Management and the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University and is the Founding Director of the New Jersey Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. Prior to her current role, Forough was a Senior Systems Architect at Hewlett Packard (previously Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation). Forough has diversified experience in higher education, management, and information technology. Her extensive career experience includes strategic planning, management consulting, business analysis and organization-wide information technology strategic planning for clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, financial, and healthcare environments. During Forough’s tenure in academia, she has introduced several new programs and led the accreditation process for programs in business and healthcare, including an innovative program in neurodiagnostic technology in partnership with the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute.
Nancy Goshow, Senior Managing Partner, Goshow Architects, LLP, New York, NY
A successful entrepreneur and women in business advocate, Nancy Aber Goshow is the co-founder and senior managing partner of Goshow Architects, the largest woman-owned full service architectural firm in New York City. Goshow received the 2008 WIPP President's Award and is a leader in many industry and women business organizations, including a National Founding Partner of WIPP and Co-Chair of its Energy and Environment Committee. She was named one of the Outstanding Women in the Building Industry for 2009 at the Women Builders Council (WBC) Champion Awards. Established in 1978, Goshow Architects is a leading expert of green design, particularly for the public sector including higher educational facilities and public K-12 schools.
LaVern Jackson, President and CEO, Joint Logistics Managers, Inc., Prince George, VA
As the sole owner, Jackson is responsible for delivering innovative, value added services on schedule that are fully responsive to customer's needs that enable them to support their mission and vision. She ensures the goals, principles and values of the company are maintained. She has proven her performance in managing people, programs, facilities and budgets in national and international logistical organizations. Jackson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Carolina Central University, (NCCU), Durham, NC; a Master of Education Administration from Virginia State University (VSU), Ettrick, VA, Graduate Studies degree in Management and a Military Science Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Jackson received a Direct Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Women's Army Corps in 1972. She was later detailed to the Quartermaster Corps. She retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is a recognized authority in Logistics Management, Training Development, Planning and Programming. Jackson enjoys reading, skiing, gardening and doing anything with her family. Her level of integrity is founded on her faith in God and her unwavering commitment to serve him. Although she has experienced living all over the world, Ms. Jackson has chosen to make her home in Prince George, VA.
Barbara Kasoff, President and CEO, Women Impacting Public Policy, San Francisco, CA
Barbara Kasoff is President and CEO, and Co-Founder, of Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc., a national nonpartisan public policy advocacy organization with nearly a million members including 65 business organizations, educating and advocating on economic issues for women in business. Other companies that she has owned and managed are: Voice-Tel of Michigan, the fourth largest voice messaging company in the United States, Voice-Tel of Central Michigan, and Voice Response Corporation, a telemarketing and database marketing company. Barbara also opened and developed Voice-Tel of Australia, a company with 11 offices throughout Australia and New Zealand for the Voice-Tel franchisor. Prior to becoming a business owner, Barbara previously served as Vice President of Customer Service and Senior Vice President of Research and Software Development for World Computer Corporation in Michigan for ten years where her team designed and installed new financial services software for credit unions. Altogether, she has been a business owner and corporate executive for 20 years, and has successfully sold 3 of her 4 companies. Barbara was named on October 15, 2007 to the National Women's Business Council. The Federal appointment is for a 3 year term. Barbara is also a media resource for the White House Project. She has been recently cited as CEO of one of the top 3 most powerful non-profits in Washington, DC.
Gloria Larkin, President, TargetGov, Elkridge, MD
The TargetGov division focuses on government procurement and related business development and marketing services including Capability Statements, minority certification services, contract development (GSA Schedules, etc), business development, proposal management and development, contract administration and expert federal contracting services The parent company, MOA, provides corporate business development and marketing-related services including current customer analysis to determine profitability, client profiling, targeted prospect identification and list development, database, marketing plan and strategy development, graphic design, marketing communications and calendar development and execution. Larkin is an expert author with articles regarding business development published in local, regional, national and international publications. She is the author of the book "The Veterans Business Guide: How to Build a Successful Government Contracting Business”, and has created a series of Government Business Development Audio CDs and Toolkits focusing on business development processes for various federal agencies. Larkin also created the Government Contracting Institute for Howard County Economic Development Authority. Larkin was the SBA's 2010 Women in Business Champion for Maryland, an Enterprising Women Magazine's 2010 Enterprising Women of the Year honoree, serves on the Public Transportation Board of Howard County, Maryland, and has been recognized among other awards a as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women in 2010, 2007 and 2004, WIPP Member of the Year 2007, BRAVO Business Achievement Award Winner in 2007 and one of Maryland's Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises in 2008 and 2006.
Sylvia Medina, President, Green Kids Club, Incorporated and Emerald Springs, LLC, Idaho Falls, ID
Sylvia Medina is the President of Green Kids Club, Inc. and Emerald Springs, LLC. With more than 20 years of experience in the engineering and construction industries as both a corporate executive and environmental engineer, Ms. Medina is recognized as a leader in small business innovation and unmatched customer service. Ms. Medina received Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Biology at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico. After graduation, she relocated to Idaho, where she made numerous contributions as an environmental engineer at the Idaho National Environmental Laboratory. During that time, she received a Master of Science degree in Waste Management with an emphasis in Chemical Engineering. In 1997, Ms. Medina founded North Wind, Inc. which was sold in 2010 to Cook Inlet Region Incorporated (CIRI). The company at this time had peaked at revenue sales of $120M and 400 employees. Ms. Medina has since moved on and has started the Green Kids Club, a company focused on environmental ecosystem management. The company is focused on teaching children the importance of maintaining an ecosystem that can be shared in a responsible manner by humans and animals. She has also started a consulting firm, Emerald Springs to support government and private contracting needs.
Elise Mitchell, APR, Fellow PRSA, President and CEO, Mitchell Communications Group, Fayetteville, AR
Elise is an accomplished strategic communications and public relations counselor with more than 20 years of experience in both the agency and corporate settings. The founder of two successful companies, Elise brings her entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen to lead Mitchell Communications Group, which was recently named 2011 PRWeek Small PR Agency of the Year and a 2011 "50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America" by Women President's Organization and American Express OPEN. Under her leadership, Mitchell Communications has grown exponentially in recent years to become a $10 million firm with seven practice areas, tripling revenue and employee growth just since 2008. The agency's expansion was recognized with a top 25% ranking in the 2011 Inc. 500/5000 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies. Her company’s portfolio of clients includes a "who’s who” of distinctive national and global brands including: Walmart Stores Inc., Sam’s Club, Tyson Foods, Procter & Gamble, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Southwestern Energy Company and others. Elise serves on the national board of the Council of PR Firms and is chair of the diversity and inclusion task force. She is chair-elect of the Public Relations Society of America's Counselor's Academy and is an active member of the PRSA College of Fellows. She is a platinum member of Women Presidents' Organization, the 2011 chair and national spokesperson for WIPP's Small Business Saturday coalition, a national advisory board member for Enterprising Women magazine, a member of the Women's Business Council of the Southwest and Arkansas Women's Forum.
Magdalah R. Silva, CEO, DMS International, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
Mrs. Silva is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of DMS International, often referred to as DMS. DMS (Data Management Services) is a Management, Training and Information Technology Services Firm incorporated in 1994 providing organizational, operational, and technical services to major Federal as well as Commercial customers. In 2008, DMS International was ranked #44 in the Washington Technology Fast 50, # 280 on the INC. 500 and # 24 in the Top 100 Businesses in the Washington Metro Area. Silva has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry with extensive expertise in management, product development, and operations management. Prior to incorporating DMS International, Mrs. Silva worked for Citibank, The World Bank, and was an independent consultant in private sector development. She earned her M.A. in International Management from the University of Maryland's School of International Management and Technology in 1995 and a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University in 1982. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Owners and Presidents Management Program.
Elaine Starling, President, Starling Media Services, Shingle Springs, CA
Elaine brings over 20 years of international agency and advertising experience to her clients in managing television, radio, magazines, newspapers, outdoor and web advertising as well as developing integrated media marketing plans. She has directed the strategic development of corporate media activity, handled product placement opportunities, managed Internet exposure, and worked with media, creative, and product placement agencies to develop and implement innovative and efficient advertising plans. Elaine has an impressive list of accomplishments even before starting Starling Media Services. She worked with Sega to create their first infomercial for the Genesis 32X Launch, "Absolutely Rose Street", exceeding goals for generating awareness, viewer response, and positive press for the platform prior to the product launch. Elaine served on the Pico direct response team, evaluating traditional and direct response media to create the optimal media mix for the product. Her aggressive approach to testing and refining the media mix helped to improve cost-per-calls by 53% over goal. Elaine's expertise was honed during her years as Associate Director of Media at J. Walter Thompson, working on the Corporate, Consumer, and International Sprint businesses. She also has entertainment experience from working with Orion Pictures and Mattel Toys at Foote, Cone & Belding.
Nicolina Stewart, CPA, PFS, CLU, ChFC, President, Capital Management Advisors, Inc., Sarasota, FL
Nicolina A. Stewart, CPA, PFS, CGMA, CLU, ChFC has been successfully advising wealthy individuals, families and businesses for over 26 years. She is President of Capital Management Advisors, Inc. (CMA), a Registered Investment Advisor and CPA Firm headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. CMA focuses on Wealth Preservation Services, traditional CPA Firm Services and Federal Grant Procurement and Management – Research, Writing, Administration (Compliance, Reporting, Accounting). Nikki earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1985 at the University of Evansville. Additionally, she holds life, health and variable annuity licenses and multiple securities licenses in a variety of states. Nikki is a frequent speaker on financial topics, has testified before the Senate Small Business Committee on tax topics and is published in various magazines, newspapers and trade publications. She also serves on the National Advisory Board for Enterprising Women, Inc., is certified as a Woman-Owned Business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), is a member of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She has also published articles for several of women’s organizations, has spoken at their conferences, and has held webinars for their members. Nikki has published articles, been a featured speaker at conferences educating her peers, and has served on several conference committees for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA). She is member, and a former Board Member of the Association of CPA Financial Planners, as well as a former member of the All-Star Financial Group.
Leticia Vélez, President and CEO, Chicago Mini Bus Travel, Franklin Park, IL
When President/CEO Letty Velez started Chicago Mini Bus Travel™ in 2004 with just 10 buses, her determination and vision were evident immediately. During that first year, she doubled the fleet and increased sales to more than two million dollars. From mail and fax campaigns to aligning the company’s mission, Letty wore many hats. Yet, even with her supervision of marketing, scheduling, reservations and billing, she never lost her focus on the client. Today, the company is the largest mini bus company in the Chicagoland area. Letty is a member of the Women President’s Organization (WPO), the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She is also a strong supporter of the National Council of La Raza and serves as a board member for Enterprising Women Magazine. She credits the relationships she has built through these organizations for contributing to and supporting her success. Her honors and recognition have included 2008 Biz-Over recipient, speaking on the Step-Up Women’s Network Panel, a Business Ledger 2008’s ‘Influential Women in Business’ honoree and 2009 Grant Recipient from the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is a frequent public speaker and sought after media spokesperson.
Gayle Waldron, President, The Management Edge, Inc., Largo, FL
For 24 years, Waldron and her 20 employees and consultants have provided leading edge organizational consulting and development services to corporate and Federal government clients. The company specializes in improving performance and productivity through the use of collaborative work processes, improved communication skills, respect for differences in personality and work styles, and conflict management/resolution. In addition, TME provides a wide variety of leadership and staff development and coaching, change management consulting, meeting facilitation, conflict resolution services, and culture change initiatives. The Management Edge®(TME) is best known for its pioneering work in Inter-Agency Partnering, a Public-Private initiative that builds effective, productive teams among representatives from different Federal government agencies, such as DoD and EPA, NOAA and Fish and Wildlife, State agencies, private contractors, local and state government and other stakeholders. These Partnering teams have saved the government million of dollars and years of work by effectively and efficiently stream-lining the clean-up of contamination on Federal Facilities. The Management Edge has consistently won national awards and recognition for its accomplishments, including Diversity.com awards for Top 100 Woman Owned Businesses in Florida, Top 100 Diversity Owned Businesses in Florida, and Top 500 Emerging Businesses in the US. Waldron is a recognized speaker at conferences in the US and abroad. She regularly speaks on workplace productivity, workplace diversity, conflict management, negotiation and gender, small business and entrepreneurship and woman in business issues. She also delivers webinars on these subjects. Waldron has been a National Founding Partner of WIPP since 2003, attending the 1st annual conference and each since then. She has served as the 1st Co-Chair of the WIPP Procurement Committee, a member of the Coalition Partnership committee, Chair of that Committee on the Executive Advisory Board, and sits on the WIPP Board of Directors. She has also been active locally and nationally on other women's business organizations, notably NAWBO, where she served as the local Public Policy chair and was a contributing researcher and writer on NAWBO's Procurement Task Force and its ground-breaking report of 2006. She regularly mentors and coaches other women entrepreneurs. Waldron lives in Clearwater, FL and travels extensively for work and pleasure.