Anne Caruso, President
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.
Katie Walsh, Immediate Past 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
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.
Chelsea Carter, Treasurer
Chelsea is currently a partner at Morgenstern Waxman Ellershaw. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rowan University in 2004 and received her Pennsylvania CPA Certification in 2010. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Chelsea has been with MWE since 2004. She has handled a variety of business tax and accounting matters for clients in real estate, professional services, manufacturing, retail and wholesale, and foreign entities. Her expertise is in these areas, as well as serving small business owners, entrepreneurs, and high net worth individuals with personal tax matters.
In addition to her work with MWE, Chelsea has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Oaks Integrated Care, a not-for-profit organization in South Jersey, since 2012. She was elected Co-Secretary/Treasurer of the Board in January, 2014. Chelsea has also been an active board member of Military Assistance Project, located in Philadelphia, since June, 2015.
Chelsea lives in South Philadelphia where she purchased her first home in 2014. She spends her free time with her family and her twin nephews in the suburbs, her friends in Philadelphia, running and traveling.
Kate Dohn, Co-Director of Corporate Partnership
Kate defends individuals and management in all employment related matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment and whistle blowing claims in the state and federal courts. Kate’s clients consist of both public and private entities – from small, closely-held private companies to large public employers. As part of her practice, Kate has provided employee and management training on discrimination in the workplace, sexual harassment, workplace violence and bullying in the workforce. As part of her practice, Kate also conducts workplace investigations into complaints of harassment and/or discrimination.
Before joining Brown & Connery, Kate gained extensive experience in the courtroom as an Assistant Prosecutor in Burlington and Camden Counties where she handled cases from inception through trial and argued matters before the Appellate Division.
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.
Mariel Giletto, Director of Public Policy
Mariel is a corporate attorney and currently serves as the chair Parker McCay P.A.’s corporate department. Mariel handles a variety of legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation and development, operations, governance and compliance, and risk management. Over the years, Mariel’s clients have included small start-up companies, non-profits, small business, family organizations, as well as large, multinational, publicly traded corporations. Her legal representation of these companies encompasses all facets of corporate law, including contract drafting and negotiations, stock and asset purchase agreements, commercial lease and sales agreements, and corporate organizational documents and resolutions. Mariel also specializes in matters relating to marketing, social media, and other promotional activities, including sweepstakes and other prize promotion contests.
Mariel was raised by a multi-generational family of women entrepreneurs. Growing up in a small business household and being raised by working mothers and grandmothers influenced her decision to become a corporate attorney as well as her decision to join NAWBO. Mariel lives in Mt. Laurel with her family. She also is a board member for New Jersey Red Cross.
Meagan Mackerer, Director of Marketing
Meagan Mackerer is a Marketing Strategy Consultant and owner of Mackerer Marketing. She helps small businesses and casino operators throughout the country grow their revenues and client base through strategic and data-driven marketing. Meagan provides customized services for her clients, offering expert guidance, strategy development, business coaching, and marketing management, to ensure that the business implements the right marketing mix.
Prior to opening her own firm in 2012, Meagan gained ten years of marketing and leadership experience with Caesars (formerly Harrah’s) Entertainment in Atlantic City. As Marketing Director, she oversaw large-scale campaigns and promotions, spearheaded hotel and food & beverage sales initiatives, and opened multiple hospitality venues and entertainment attractions. Meagan helped lead the database marketing efforts of four casinos after the acquisition of Caesars by Harrah’s Entertainment and was honored along with her team with a Chairman’s Award for achieving significant cost savings while attaining target revenue and profit levels.
Meagan holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. She is a Past President of the Cornell Club of Greater Philadelphia, a member of NAWBO and the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a volunteer mentor with the Alice Paul Institute. Meagan and her husband, Andrew, reside in Cherry Hill.
Dana Romano, Co-Director of Membership
A professional photographer for the past 19 years, Dana Romano is the owner of Dana Romano Photography, a full-service photography studio in Southern New Jersey offering contemporary corporate head shots and business images, corporate and social event coverage, and natural-looking family portraits. Her philosophy is simple: “I’m convinced that with the right skills, the right vision, and the right tools, anyone can have amazing images.” Through her exclusive design and planning process, Dana and her team work with every business client to create images that separate them from the competition. Whether its for corporate branding images, a large event, or a family portrait, her goal is to images that grab people’s attention and make her clients look amazing.
Among Dana’s clients are Morgan Stanley, Parker McCay Attorneys, The Bloom Organization, UBS Financial, Berkshire Hathaway, Ancero Corporation, and Magellan Behavioral Health, as well as hundreds of satisfied families.