Katie Walsh, President
Katie Walsh is the owner of three Rita’s Italian Ice franchises, each located in Gloucester County, NJ. Nine years ago, Katie started “scooping” ice as a server at her local Rita’s. She quickly climbed the ranks into management. While a full time student, pursuing a Marketing degree from Rutgers University- Camden School of Business, Katie stayed with Rita’s as a full-time General Manager/Marketing Manager. In 2012, Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing.
In 2014, Katie purchased the Rita’s Ice locations of Mantua, Woodbury, & Glassboro, NJ where she remains responsible for all business decisions. In addition to managing her three locations, Katie works as a Small Business Consultant, specializing in operations, marketing, and team building.
Fran Davis, Executive Director/Immediate Past President
Fran Davis is Chef and Owner of The Flavorful Fork Personal Chef Service. She has been featured in the Courier Post and South Jersey Local News, and is a regular columnist for Virtua Woman. She was also just recently voted the best personal chef in South Jersey by the readers of Girlfriendz magazine. Her style of cooking is “healthy gourmet” – food that is packed with flavor but is light and nourishing. She offers regular meal service to busy professionals, in-home parties to celebrate life’s important events, and fun, interactive in-home cooking classes perfect for bachelorette parties or a girls’ night in. Fran also provides fun and informative food demonstrations for corporate wellness programs to spread the message of the importance of healthy eating.
Fran has been an active member of the NAWBO SJ board since 2012 serving a term as Membership chair and a term as Marketing chair before accepting the role of President.
Anne Caruso, Director of Technology
Since its inception in 2003, Anne Caruso and her husband, Jerry, have grown Networks Plus from a small IT business to one of the region’s most sought-after providers of digital services with expanded services including VoIP and website design and consulting.
Anne serves on the Executive Board and several committees of the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce, on the Advisory Board for Community Treatment Solutions, as an Honorary Commander with the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NAWBO’s distinguished Board of Directors, and is a member of the JerseyMan/PhillyMan Magazine Legacy Club. Anne is also President and Founder of the Ladies of the Irish Heritage, a non-sectarian group that meets monthly to celebrate Irish culture.
Anne’s fierce drive, keen business sense and wholehearted dedication to serving South Jersey have not gone unnoticed. In addition to NAWBO’s 2017 Company of the Year honor, she was awarded the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award of Excellence in 2016. Networks Plus has also been recognized as Best of BCT in IT Services for 2014, 2015 and 2016. They also garnered the new Web Services category for 2016.
And, while Anne has masterfully balanced growing a successful business with a demanding philanthropic schedule, she cites her family as her greatest accomplishment.
Allyson Christoffersen, Co-Director of Professional Development
Allyson is Managing Partner/CEO of Rethink Innovations and has been with the company since its inception in early 2006 bringing over 15 years of business management experience. She currently oversees every aspect of the company. At her prior employer she was tasked with managing all logistical and managerial issues within the company directly reporting to the owners. The primary goal to keep everything running efficiently and overall handle things in the most cost effective manner. This background is now being utilized at Rethink to help grow the company, become more efficient and a clear vision of our future.
Allyson is also a member of the Governing Body for Athena Powerlink®. Athena is an advisory program designed to increase the growth and profitability of women-owned businesses. This proven mentoring process “links” a business with a volunteer panel of advisors recruited from the local community. The panel and business owner work together for one year to meet the specific objectives of the business owner. Business owners learn to network, access capital and implement best practices from these volunteer advisors. The Athena Powerlink program is available to many NAWBO members.
Allyson and her husband Eric have a wonderful 5 year old son named Gavin. When Allyson is not working she is spending all of her time with him. She enjoys walks, biking and sewing.
Sharon Dunkel,Co-Director of Corporate Partnership
TNRC Associates LLC is a payroll consultant firm consulting for PayDay Payroll Resources consulting for small to mid-size companies on payroll and human resources applications.
Having spent over 35 years running payroll companies for ADP and Paychex, Inc in the Tri-state area.
I work to improve companies needs for their growing business and keep them up to date on federal and State laws as well for their companies.
I am active member of SJ Board of NAWBO since 4/2015 as well as active in other community organisations.
Lynda Furnari, Co-Director of Professional Development
Lynda joined PNC Bank Wealth Management in 2011 as Senior Vice President and Wealth Director and has over 35 years of management experience; 16 years with a concentration in the financial services arena. Lynda has managed the Wealth Management team in Moorestown for the past 2½ years.
Lynda earned a master’s degree from William Paterson University. Lynda serves on several boards of Women’s groups at both PNC and in the South Jersey and Greater Philadelphia area.
Lynda currently resides in Voorhees, NJ and has lived in South Jersey for over 20 years with her husband, Dominick and she has three daughters.