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.
Immediate Past President
Angela Venti has been in the forefront of business development for more than 20 years. She has worked across various industries and has been a leader in build
ing brands with a customer-centric focus. Angela is currently the Director of Business for the six Investors Bank locations in the South Jersey market. She is currently recognized for providing excellent customer service, improving business relations in the South Jersey area and achieving new standards of performance and excellence in her field.
Director of Membership
NAWBO SJ Trailblazer of the year, best-selling author, national speaker and radio host, Lynn is known as the Million Dollar Party Girl. As a working mom, Lynn followed her inner Visionista and had the courage, vision, and belief to leave a successful corporate career and pursue her own personal dream of “empowering a gazillion women to discover their glow.” She overcame fear, failure, and mommy guilt to become a multimillion-dollar revenue-generating direct sales entrepreneur. Lynn has successfully mentored and trained thousands of women. As a speaker, she shares her expertise with local and national audiences including NAWBO SJ, eWomen Network Success Summit, PartyLite National Conference, Interconnections for Women Networking, “Be Your Best Self” International Convention, & The Boomer Re-Invention Summit. A Jersey girl at heart, Lynn enjoys putting her toes in the sand and celebrating life with her two daughters, Lauren & Alyssa, and husband, Bill.
Million Dollar Party Girl
Melissa Blanton is a Partner at the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, where she currently serves as the Vice Chair of the firm’s Corporate and Finance practice group and an active member of the Real Estate practice group. Melissa was selected as one of Pennsylvania’s “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer in 2013 and was noted as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star” for real estate from 2010-2013. Melissa is a member of the Risk Management Association and was recently selected as a member of the Forum of Executive Women, which is comprised of women leaders in the Greater Philadelphia region. Melissa was a graduate of the 2007 class of the Philadelphia Art’s and Business Counsel’s Business on Board program and has been a Trustee for Perkins Center for the Arts since 2008 where she is currently in her third term as President of the Board of Trustees. In 2013, Melissa was recognized by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia as the “Business On Board Volunteer Leader of the Year” for her work at Perkins. Melissa is excited to bring her business and non-profit experience to NAWBO and to further connecting with and learning from its impressive group of members.
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
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.
Director of Marketing
Helena Duzenski is co-owner of Evolution Fitness in Cherry Hill, a training facility/gym born of four friends passion to change the way fitness was done. In November of 2013, Evolution Fitness celebrated a Grand Expansion into a larger, better facility after just 2 years in business. Helena’s primary role at Evolution Fitness is Director of Marketing & Communications. Recently, Helena and her business partners co-authored a fitness book, Get With The Program, that hit best-seller’s status on Amazon within a couple of days of its release. Helena’s favorite quote to live by is, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.” Henry David Thoreau
Director of Special Events
Donna Sonday, Senior Corporate and Association Sales Manager at The Mansion on Main Street has over 35 years of experience in Hospitality Sales and Marketing with a concentration in the Catering Industry for the past 20. She began her career in the hospitality capital of the world- Orlando, Florida working as a Director of Sales and Marketing for a hotel consortium for 13 years until returning to her native New Jersey in 1989. Sonday has worked the South Jersey market for the past 17 years planning special catered events. She is a member of the International Special Events Society, the Association of Fundraising Professionals- South Jersey Chapter, and a recent addition to NAWBO’s Board of Directors. She served as the first Director of Special Events for the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, and the Catering Director for The Benevolent Order of The Elks for many years. Donna lives in her hometown, Cookstown, NJ with her son and daughter.
Katie Walsh is the owner of three Rita’s Italian Ice franchises, each located in Gloucester County. Seven 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.
Katie also works as a Business Development Specialist for Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh, the world’s largest insurance broker. Marsh & McLennan Agency creates peace of mind by passionately delivering exceptional employee benefits and risk management solutions to mid to large size businesses.
Jo-Ann Weiner is the CEO and founder of J. L. Weiner and Associates, LLC. Jo-Ann is an Enrolled Agent and she practices Forensic Tax Accounting and Tax Controversy Resolution. She started her business in 2013 subsequent to her retirement from the Internal Revenue Service.
Jo-Ann retired from the Internal Revenue Service in 2009 after working there 35 years. Prior to her retirement she worked as a Territory Manager. Immediately prior to that, Jo-Ann was the Philadelphia Grand Jury Manager – her agents conducted all the forensic tax accounting for the federal grand jury criminal tax cases in PA and South Jersey. Prior to entering management, Jo-Ann worked for many years as a Revenue Agent conducting corporate and individual audits of tax returns. She also has experience evaluating programs, evaluating employee performance, teaching technical topics, recruiting, and hiring. While working for the IRS, she accepted collateral assignments to include managing Women’s Programs. She worked as the Chairperson for Women in Government; every federal agency in the state sent a representative. Jo-Ann started the first Federally Employed Women’s group in north Jersey and chaired the Federal Women’s Program at the IRS. After she retired, Jo-Ann was hired by the IRS as a contractor teaching Corporate Taxation to IRS Revenue Agents.
J.L. Weiner and Associates, LLC
Jo Colontonio, MBA, CPC, CEC, ELI-MP
Director of Community Relations
Fierce Branding, Relationship Marketing and Business Growth Expert, Entrepreneurial Powerhouse, Speaker and Rockin’ Radio Host
Jo Colontonio is Business Builder who specializes in a Branding, Relationship Marketing and Business Growth. Known for her authentic and transparent leadership style, that as she says, “comes from a place of love”… this powerhouse business expert builds entrepreneurs and their companies from the inside out, with a whole lot of heart and a whole lot of hustle. She is passionate about sharing her expertise with entrepreneurs and small businesses that struggle with growing their income…to develop their brand, attract more clients, create powerful marketing strategies, and increase their profits. Jo’s unique in that she’s a Hybrid Business Consultant (combining smart business know-how with intuition, creativity, high energy performance and tactical execution) that’s got two decades of successful business experience and clients all over the world. She’s devoted to helping entrepreneurs and leaders in their field grow their businesses with value-based, creative, and cutting-edge branding and marketing strategies that are proven to get big results: more clients, authentic communication, more sales, increased profits, and a freedom-based business that they love. Her formula for success is four directional…inner, outer, upward and onward!
Amy Murray Hyde
Co-Director of Sponsorship
Amy Murray Hyde began her career in the insurance industry almost 19 years ago, working through the many ups and downs in health insurance over the course of her long career. Amy currently holds a position with CBDI, Inc., a general agency for insurance located in Marlton, dedicated to helping small business associations, employers and individuals obtain the best insurance packages available. The past few years, she has expanded her practice as an Insurance Advisor, specializing in college planning and senior services.
Amy resides in Collingswood with her husband, Aidan, her daughter Emerson and son Alistair. Amy has been a member of NAWBO since 2012 and is looking forward to bringing her experience of working with Associations and Chambers of Commerce to NAWBO.
Co-Director of Sponsorship
Laura Hart has been working with business owners and entrepreneurs for most of her career, so she understands their unique needs, fears and challenges. She currently runs Atrium Executive Center with offices in Mt. Laurel NJ, East Brunswick NJ and Bala Cynwyd PA. Focused on providing customer-oriented workspace solutions, Atrium is the premier source for Furnished Offices, Meeting Space, Business Services and Virtual Offices.
At Atrium, her job is to make people’s business lives easier and she especially loves working with startup companies. She has 12 years of Commercial Real Estate experience on both the Tenant and the Landlord side. Not only does she understand the different types of real estate available to a business owner, she also understands the things that all businesses owners have in common. With that, she can help them navigate through their challenges, and enjoys seeing their successes. She is proud to bring that expertise and knowledge to the NAWBO SJ community.