Board of Directors 2019-2020
BWN functions on volunteer effort. Over one-third of the membership volunteers in some capacity. Participants find that committee involvement enhances their membership investment, enabling them to form closer relationships and achieve greater recognition within the group. BWN committees include: Hospitality, Marketing, Membership, Programs and Scholarship. A board director oversees each committee.
Faith Wachter, President
Faith is principal at Faith Wachter Consulting, providing social media marketing solutions for small businesses and nonprofits. Her +30 years of professional experience includes marketing, community relations, and education within both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. Her longest career stint was at Maryland Public Television, where she oversaw events, partnerships, grant writing, and marketing for community outreach initiatives. Originally a music educator, she earned 2 masters degrees in music education from Teachers College Columbia University. She draws upon that teaching background when delivering presentations, trainings, and workshops for national & local conferences. Currently, she teaches courses in social media marketing at Howard Community College. Faith enjoys cooking, dining out (she’s a former food blogger!), travel, and hiking with her husband and 3 kids.
Ashley Lazarewicz, President Elect
Ashley graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Salisbury University’s Purdue School of Business in 2007. She began her career with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2007. Drawing from her 10 year career with the company, Ashley obtained experience in both administration and management on multiple platforms via our Bank of America, N.A., Merrill Edge, and Wealth Management lines of business. Ashley joined the Halsey Collins Muller Group in February of 2017 with a focus on client strategy implementation, intergenerational planning, and managing the team’s workflow stream. With her dynamic background in the industry, Ashley brings a distinctive perspective to the team and what we deliver to our clients. Ashley and her husband, Steve, reside in Ellicott City, MD where they have two daughters.
Mary Hughes, Treasurer
Mary is a Daily Money Manager and sole-proprietor of Peace of Mind Solutions and co-founder of the executive recruitment firm, Parallel Futures. Mary’s early career in information management, corporate marketing and market research gave her the experience to manage and grow a successful executive recruitment business focused on market research professionals with her husband for the past 11 years, taking on the responsibilities of HR, finance and operations. Mary never considered herself a serial entrepreneur, but after being the primary caretaker and healthcare advocate for her late mother, Mary launched Peace of Mind Solutions because she wanted to help other families simplify the organization of their paperwork and estate documents. Mary graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in History and is a member of the Coalition of Geriatric Services (COGS) and the American Association of Daily Money Managers (AADMM). Mary lives in Columbia with her British husband and 2 teenagers and loves to spend her down time gardening, cooking and traveling.
Heather Yeung, Secretary
Heather Yeung is an attorney with the Business & Technology Law Group in Columbia, Maryland. She and her firm offer legal services to small-to-medium sized local businesses with everything from start-up and formation to payment disputes, employment and HR assistance, and corporate matters. Heather has been named as a Rising Star by the Super Lawyers publication in both Maryland and Washington, D.C. for the past five years. In addition to her work with BWN, she serves on the Development Committee of the Howard County Conservancy and is a member of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and the Howard County Bar Association. Heather grew up on the family farm in northern Harford County, but now lives in Columbia with her husband and two young sons and is proud to call Howard County her home.
Katie Brandt, Director of Marketing & Communications
Katie Brandt, owner of Altius Research and Consulting, is a Certified Professional Coach and Organizational Development Consultant with over two decades of experience supporting leaders and teams optimize their performance. She has worked with a variety of corporate clients (e.g., Accenture, Huron, Grant Thornton, Crowe Horwath) and nonprofits (e.g., Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Head Start, Kids Hope USA). She is also a member of Brené Brown's Dare to LeadTM facilitator team. Ms. Brandt’s mission is to help cultivate healthy work environments so success and fulfillment are optimized.
Prior to starting her business in 2005, Ms. Brandt was a senior consultant for a Global Fortune 500 company. She has a master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University, and she lives in Ellicott City with her husband and two teenage daughters. She loves spending time with her family, playing games, reading, hiking, and swimming.
Cynthia M. Campbell, EdD Director of Scholarships
Cynthia and her husband moved to Howard County in 2000. She has worked with a local adult literacy program and serves on various boards including the Maryland Association for Adult, Community and Continuing Education and the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education. She especially enjoys working with the BWN Scholarship Foundation to expand opportunities for local women.
Carole Susser, Director of Hospitality
Diana Tran, Director of Programs
Diana is the principal of dwtINTERIORS, an Interior Design firm that believes all spaces need to well designed. Positive interior design is essential to human wellness, which is why dwtINTERIORS strives to create ‘beautiful spaces, thoughtful designs, and happy people’. Having worked almost 10 years in the industry, Diana has extensive knowledge on how to execute functional spaces to maximize client needs, while keeping her designs attractive and accessible. Diana received her formal education from the University of Maryland, College Park, earning a B.A. in Government and Politics with a concentration in Conflict Management/Women’s Studies. This background has helped her successfully navigate through all the different perspectives and stakeholders in both residential and commercial projects to find a happy solution for all the spaces involved. This is a creative process and that is where Diana finds the most happiness for herself! Giving back to the community is another important aspect of dwtINTERIORS and Diana spends many hours volunteering with local school groups that need fundraising help or advocacy for better opportunities. Diana is a member of the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association), works with various builders in the area designing model homes, and provides home staging for many local realtors. In her spare time, Diana enjoys watching movies with her husband and two daughters, doing yoga, collecting tropical plants, and trying to become a dog owner again.
Doris is the Vice President at Gerald Walsh CPA, LLC, where she is Strategic Planning Partner with her husband, Gerry. Managing the accounting and staffing functions, as well as day to day management of the practice, is an “encore career” for Doris--quite a departure from her previous roles, including Professional Development at the Restaurant Association of Maryland. Holding a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in Ornamental Horticulture, she is a nature girl and loves being outdoors. Doris is a long-time member and frequent speaker for the Howard County Beekeepers Association (as well as a Bee Ambassador). Doris has 2 grown children: a son who is a Stage Manager, and daughter who works in the developmental disabilities field.
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SAS Promotions - Beth Speert
Tech Treats - Maria Hester
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