Women in Business Consortium Members
Founder and CEO
Kathy Albarado is the Founder and CEO of Helios HR, an award-winning human capital management and recruiting firm in Reston, VA. Helios is most known for helping their clients scale to their next stage of growth. Albarado's counsel has been credited with contributing significantly to firm valuation and long-term employee retention. Albarado holds an MA in human resource management; a BS in psychology from George Mason University and is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR). She currently sits on the Board for the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital, SECAF (the Small Emerging Government Contractors Advisory Forum), the Women in Business Consortium of GMUs’ School of Business, HR WebAdvisor and is on the executive committee of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce along with leading their Women in Business Council. Albarado considers herself fortunate for having been recognized by numerous awards that focus on her commitment to community, corporate social responsibility and ethics. In fact in 2014, Kathy was honored as Executive of the Year by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Corporate Citizenship.
Talmar it Up, LLC
Talmar Anderson is the Founder of Talmar it Up, LLC, an operations and management firm. She is the host of the podcast, The Business Side of Business, discussing Actionable Insights to Fill-in-the-Blanks of YOUR Business. With over 25 years of experience, Anderson easily and quickly applies her insights to create operational plans to help build processes or systems that grows teams and profits. Her specialty involves transitioning companies to bring systems, human capital and processes in line with the industries best practices while endeavoring to exceed those standards to grow a company’s competitive edge. Anderson’s experiences are predominantly focused on scalability and growing human resources to be customer service oriented and demand ready for her small business clients. She has worked to grow expand companies to new locations and grow teams within every aspect of business: IT, marketing, accounting, client services, human resources, administrative services and retail services. Anderson constantly ensures that the shareholders/C-level teams are aware and understanding of the current and forecasted profitability involved with each opportunity or risk. Her excellent reputation was built on her vision that each entity has its own operational and managements needs outside of the personalities involved.
Katie Spisak Barongan
Vice President, Human Resources
Billy Casper Golf, LLC
Katie Spisak Barongan is Vice President of Human Resources of Billy Casper Golf (‘BCG’), the largest domestic owner-operator of more than 150 golf courses, country clubs and resorts. Over the past 13 years Barongan has become vital to BCG’s success as a top human resources strategist and leader. Barongan was the 2012 winner of the prestigious Chairman’s award presented at the BCG Annual meeting. She was the first woman in the history of the company to receive the award, given for outstanding service to the organization and its people. Barongan’s leadership and incredible work ethic have significantly contributed to BCG earning several national awards and recognitions including the “Hire Power Award” from Inc.com, the “Apollo Award” from Helios HR and SmartCEO’s “Healthiest Company Award.” Katie holds a BS in Family and Child Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is a Certified Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) and a Society of Human Resources – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). Her list of experiences includes talent management for Virginia Tech, EDS, Deloitte and Touche, and Sogeti (formerly Cap Gemini Ernst & Young).
Kristina J. Bouweiri
President and CEO
Kristina Bouweiri is president and CEO of Reston Limousine, Washington DC’s premier chauffeured transportation provider and the 13th largest fleet operator in the industry. Starting with only five vehicles in 1990, Bouweiri diversified the business and grew it to a $21 million firm today with more than 200 vehicles. As a woman in an industry traditionally dominated by male executives, Bouweiri has been committed to supporting women entrepreneurs over the years and is the founder of the monthly networking luncheon Sterling Women and co-founder of the annual Virginia Women’s Business Conference. Recognized for her business acumen regionally and nationally, Bouweiri is an international speaker on topics ranging from startup success strategies to the use of social media in growing your business. Her recent awards include the 2014 Washington Business Journal Most Admired CEO, 2013 International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge, 2012 Business Leader of the Year from the DC Chamber of Commerce, SmartCEO Smart 100 and 2011 Nova Exec magazine’s Top 20 Innovators.
Beth Cabrera, PhD
George Mason University, Center for Advancement of Well-Being
Dr. Beth Cabrera is the author of Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being (ATD Press) and a senior scholar at George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. As a writer, researcher, and speaker, she helps individuals achieve greater success and well-being. Her leadership development programs focus on strengths, purpose, mindfulness, and workplace well-being. After receiving her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, she earned tenure as a management professor at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. Cabrera later taught at Arizona State University and did research at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Blog: cabrerainsights.com. Twitter: @bethcabrera.
Facility Technology Services, Inc.
With over 19 years in the national security field and as a serial entrepreneur within government contracting and security ventures, Tabetha Baume-Chandler joins the WIB with expertise in the areas of National Security Policy and Classification, Facility, Personnel and IT Security Management and Process Development on a National and International scale. Her reputation in designing, building and accrediting Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs) is well recognized in the government security industry. Her design of the modern SCIF wall panel is used in protecting government assets worldwide. Baume-Chandler strives to aid WIB in strengthening student growth efforts in Corporate and Government Security Programs and to extend the knowledge of business ownership, process, expert training instruction and facilitation. Baume-Chandler has a Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland at College Park.
In 2002, Baume-Chandler founded FSO TO GO, Inc. a first of its kind industrial security consulting firm providing facility, physical and personnel security consulting products and services to government contractors seeking compliance to Government and National Security level security facilitation projects. Until 2014, Baume-Chandler evolved the now known Facility Technology Services, Inc. (FTSi), into the largest industrial security consulting firm in America, servicing over 900 clients, with construction, manufacturing and counseling government and businesses. She also added areas of Information Technology and Critical Operations support. Baume-Chandler’s business development experience expanded in 2010 with International Security concentrations in the areas of security consultancy, national level security training programs, network interoperability, convergence of security hardware and software platforms and optimization of network and communications resources to government and commercial organizations. Today, Business facilitation for US Companies wanting to establish within the Middle East and Foreign companies wanting to enter into the US Federal Government space is the focus for Baume-Chandler’s creation and growth of business entities.
Owner and Wardrobe Stylist
Robin Finnell is a wardrobe stylist and the owner of a one of the country’s top producing Doncaster agencies, a premium women’s clothing collection located near Tysons Corner. Dressing professional women for the past 21 years, she is passionate about working with top-level professionals, positioning them to stand out among their peers. When working with her clients to build their wardrobes, Finnell takes into consideration three important components: pieces that complement their body type and coloring, enhance their personal style, and project their brand. With a degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Art Institute of Atlanta and a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Finnell began her career in fashion at a department store in North Carolina as head of the women’s designer salon.
Her family moved to Northern Virginia in 1994 where she began dressing women at Suited for Change as a volunteer and fell in love with styling when she realized that clothing can transform one’s perception of themselves. Having spoken at a number of conferences, she also gives workshops on Professional Dress, How to Build a Wardrobe, and Dressing for Your Body Type and Coloring. Additional services include closet audits and personal shopping. Finnell is married to husband Tom and they have a wonderful son Evan, a senior at William and Mary, and Shannon their Irish terrier. She is a committee Co-chair of the Red Cross in the Bag event, a member and former board member of Capital Speakers Club, a member of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Committee Chair at the Tower Club and a member of NAWBO.
Shari Jaeger Goodwin
MS Biology '95
Shari Goodwin is a business strategist, leadership coach, author, speaker, and horsewoman with over 25 years of experience, including starting four companies and serving as Director of Program Strategy for a global engineering firm. One of her start-ups, an information technology staffing and consulting firm, generated $2.1 million in its first year. As a former environmental scientist, she led the development of winning proposals valued to $65 million.
She owns Jaeger2, a successful business coaching and consulting firm, and is author of the inspirational Amazon best-seller, Take the Reins! 7 Secrets to Inspired Leadership, which blends the best of leadership and sales strategies with lessons from horses. Shari’s innovative equine-assisted coaching program has been called “profound” and “life-changing.”
She holds a Master’s degree in biology, undergraduate degrees in zoology and English, and is trained in executive and personal coaching, mindfulness, and equine-assisted psychotherapy. Shari is an active member of numerous organizations including the National Association of Professional Women, the Association of Talent Development, numerous local Chambers of Commerce, and the Equine Experiential Education Association.
Brenda Harrington, ACC, CRP
Adaptive Leadership Strategies, LLC
Brenda Harrington is a Certified Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant. She works with leaders to enhance their success when adapting to changing professional circumstances. Her firm offers specialty programs focused on Global Talent Mobility challenges that can impact performance when employees and their accompanying families relocate to pursue professional opportunities. Harrington’s insights on employee relocation have been featured in The New York Times , US News & World Report and CNN Money Magazine. Her 35-plus years of business experience includes management positions with Mobil Oil and AT&T, as well as executive leadership positions in consulting and operations. Harrington is a member of the Harvard Business School Publishing Global Delivery Team, where she delivers leadership training curriculums to corporate learning cohorts worldwide.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University and a master’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Pamplin College of Business. Harrington has also received professional certifications from Georgetown University for Leadership Coaching, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management for Global Mindset Inventory facilitation and coaching. She is a native of Mt. Vernon, NY, and now resides in Virginia with her husband Jim of 30 years.
Continuity Consulting, LLC
Mary Hough leads Continuity Consulting, LLC, a human resources consulting firm that provides clients with strategically-aligned talent management solutions with particular focus on succession planning, performance management and organization development. Prior to opening her own firm, Hough served in executive roles with SAIC from 2005 to 2015. In her most recent role as Vice President, Talent & Development, she realigned the talent and development strategy for 13,000 employees after the separation of SAIC from the parent company. Hough was named one of nine 2015 HR Trendsetters by HR Magazine for her work in the area of HR professional development. She has held several leadership roles in talent management and development at Freddie Mac, American Management Systems, The Charles Group, and BDM.
Hough also enjoys ballroom dancing and competes as an amateur member of the National Dance Council of America. Hough holds a BA in English from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from George Mason University. Hough is a founding member of Mason’s Women in Business Initiative and is currently serving as its co-chair.
Sirena Johnson, CPA
BS Accounting '99
Partner, Co-Practice Leader
Sirena Johnson is a partner and co-practice leader of the firm’s Government Contracting Practice. Sirena is currently based in the firm’s Bethesda, Maryland office. She specializes in providing audit, consulting, and accounting services to government contractors, technology companies, and employee benefit plans. She possesses a working knowledge of Federal regulations, including Small Business Administration (SBA), 8(a) and Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), cost principles, and accounting policies for Federal government contractors. In addition, she provides various management consulting services including assisting client management in the implementation of cost accounting systems and overhead allocation methods; preparing overhead incurred cost submissions for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (“DCAA”); and assisting with DCAA accounting system reviews.
Prior to joining Citrin Cooperman, Sirena held a partner position at a leading accounting and professional services firm. In 2014, Sirena was awarded the George Mason University Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award and in 2013 she was awarded the School of Business Alumni Service Award in recognition for her continuous and exceptional service to the university.
BSN Nursing '81
Focus Wealth Management, Ltd.
Helen Modly graduated from George Mason’s Nursing program, but since 1983 has worked in the financial services industry. She obtained her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 1997 and her Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA) designation in 2011. She has written a monthly column for other advisors for the past 15 years for MorningstarAdvisor.com as well as having been quoted extensively in both the consumer and industry press. As president of a woman-owned wealth management firm, Helen is active in both local and industry groups to further the advancement of young women in business. Within her own firm, she actively mentors new talent and the firm has grown to 10 employees managing over $250 million in assets. She is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area (FPA-NCA) and was selected as the 2010 Financial Planner of the Year. She has been recognized as a top financial expert by The Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazines for the past several years.
Judy L. Redpath
VISTA Wealth Strategies LLC
Judy L. Redpath specializes in working with entrepreneurs, small business owners, individuals and families overseeing their family finances, focusing on the accumulation, distribution, preservation and effective transfer of wealth. Redpath is a recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Women’s Choice Award® for Financial Advisors.
Redpath received her BA in French and an MA in West European Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Redpath earned her MBA at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Following successful careers as a management consultant and in the high tech industry, she started her business in 1996, and became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner in 1999. Redpath earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) professional designation from Fiduciary 360 in 2009.
In October 2006, Redpath formed VISTA Wealth Strategies in order to provide a holistic, comprehensive and truly independent approach to financial planning and wealth management. Redpath transitioned the business to VISTA Wealth Strategies LLC in 2010. She is an Investment Adviser Representative affiliated with Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser.
Redpath is past president and past chairperson of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Financial Planning Association and served on The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Capital Area Chapter's Board of Trustees from July 2008 through June 2014. She served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce from 2005-2011 and remains an active member. Redpath served as a member of the Pentagon 9/11 Survivors Distribution Committee from 2006 until it ceased operations in 2008. She is past President of the Dulles Rotary Club, an active member of the Herndon Rotary Club, an alumna and member of Leadership Fairfax, Inc., and a member of the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. Redpath has been quoted in The Washington Post and appeared on local television and radio shows discussing current financial planning issues. She was the 2007 recipient of the FPA National Capital Area’s Norma Severns Leadership Award and a 2008 Best of Reston awardee. She serves on John Marshall Bank’s Fairfax Advisory Board and on the Board of the George Mason University School of Business’s Women in Business Initiative.
Redpath is an avid and active supporter of local charitable and community causes, serving as Chairperson of the Best of Reston Selection Committee annually. Judy, has participated in Team in Training marathons and captains a team for the annual Northern Virginia Light the Night walk for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Redpath was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and maintains her love of the West. She has lived in Northern Virginia most of her adult life, and resides in the Herndon/Reston area. In her free time, Redpath enjoys travel, music, cooking, the arts, photography, reading, nature, and watching college basketball.
MS New Professional Studies '99
President and CEO
Ola Sage is the Founder and CEO of e-Management, a recognized thought leader in IT services and cybersecurity solutions that drive business performance. Under her leadership, e-Management has successfully launched two software innovations, eGov Risk Portfolio Manager for Enterprise Risk Management and its newest cybersecurity risk intelligence solution, CyberRx, designed to help businesses reduce their cybersecurity exposure. CyberRx is among the first risk intelligence (RI) tools to incorporate the Cybersecurity Framework published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
A champion and advocate for small business cybersecurity readiness, Sage has testified to Congress on issues around cybersecurity insurance and its impact on small and medium-sized businesses. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of the national IT Sector Coordinating Council (IT SCC), an organization of the nation's top IT companies, professional services firms, and trade associations that work in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address strategies for mitigating cybersecurity threats and risks to our nation's critical infrastructure, especially for organizations and businesses that are particularly vulnerable such as small businesses. Ola holds a BS in Computer Information Systems and received her MS in Technology Management from George Mason University, VA. A Certified Project Management Professional, Sage also holds professional certifications in risk management and government financial management.
Tracy K. Shen
Founder and Managing Partner
Florin Group LLC
As the Founder and Managing Partner, Tracy Shen advocates a holistic and comprehensive portfolio construction process, risk management that depends on a client’s needs and financial posture as well as diversification of investments to preclude financial calamity. Shen brings to the Florin Group her extensive 18 years of experience in Financial Planning, Wealth Management and Risk Mitigation, enhanced by a passion to help her clients achieve their diverse goals and leave any legacy that they may want for their family. Meanwhile, she delivers creative financial solutions to all types of problems with outstanding personalized service. At Florin Group, she has taught the staff to be transparent, and she ensures that the clients are fully informed, so they can make the best financial decisions, affecting their lives and their families. Our main focus is “the clients,” so our ultimate goals are to do whatever is legally in their best interest, while attaining their financial stability and ensuring that their money works, as hard for them as they have worked to earn it.
In addition to the experience gained running her financial company, Shen acquired extensive financial experience from working numerous years within varies companies that are industry leaders (American Express Financial Advisors, Prudential Financial Services, and First Financial Group). Thriving on delivering excellent personal client service, Tracy during her past employment was consistently one of top financial planners, winning numerous awards, such as Outstanding Client Service Award. Additionally, she is an active member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) of The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, since 2004.
BS Management '96
Human Capital Strategic Consulting
Julie Simmons is the Managing Director of Human Capital Strategic Consulting, a certified woman owned management consultancy focused on providing human resources solutions. Simmons has extensive experience supporting the dynamic needs of clients in the professional services, technology, non-profit and government contracting industries. She has deep technical knowledge in the fields of change management, strategic planning, compensation/benefits administration, and leadership development.
Simmons is committed to the community in which she lives and works. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce as well as serves on the Board of Visitors at Marymount University. Simmons is the co-founder of the Future Fund, a charitable giving circle of young professionals, and also serves on the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Marymount University and Bachelor of Science in Management from George Mason University. Simmons published her first book “Letting Go of the Status Quo” in March 2013.
Merito Group, LLC
Carolyn Thompson resides in the Washington, DC area and has been an executive recruiter since 1988. She is a credentialed career coach and is frequently called upon by national news organizations such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and AOL Jobs among others to contribute content on a variety of topics. Her articles on career development, executive coaching, recruiting and the employment industry have been published in various national magazines, trade journals, and on the Internet. She regularly donates her time as a volunteer speaker for resume workshops and job fairs across the nation.
Thompson is also the author of RESUMAZING - Ten Easy Steps to a Perfect Resume, SEARCHENEERING - Ten Steps to Finding the Perfect Job, and PROMOTICATION - Ten Secrets to Getting Promoted available in bookstores and on Amazon.com. Her blog can be found at www.JobSearchJungle.com.
BS Marketing '06
Christina Vanecek is the Public Sector Marketing Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), specializing in providing strategic marketing expertise to senior executives, partners, and clients. In her role, Vanecek is responsible for a variety of complex and multifaceted marketing projects targeted throughout the Federal, State, and Local governments. She is client-focused and strategically aligned to the Firm's priorities and passionately focused on positioning a distinctive PwC brand in the marketplace.
Vanecek has nearly ten years of marketing experience throughout the public and private sectors. Prior to her role at PwC, Vanecek managed the marketing for the commercial aerospace practice, consumer retail practice, and global public sector practice at PRTM Management Consultants, LLC, was a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security, and marketed online abstracts to higher education organizations.
Vanecek earned a BS in Marketing from the George Mason University School of Business with a focus in Economics. Currently, she serves as an At-Large Director for the George Mason University Alumni Association Board, Founding Board Member for Mason’s Women in Business Consortium, and received the 20 Prominent Patriots Award from the George Mason University School of Business in 2014. She resides in Falls Church with her husband and fellow Mason graduate, Devon, and their black lab, Lilly.
Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association
Pat Wirth will tell you that her career has been one of circumstance, timing and opportunity. She never had a job she did not like and she loves learning and applying new-found knowledge as a well-respected thought leader. She studied and graduated from the South Hills Business College and the Paralegal Institute. Wirth began her career by providing administrative, management and paralegal services to government contractor employers in Pennsylvania and Virginia in the areas of nuclear science, corporate law, ERISA, and immigration. After taking a position with MCI, the epitome of entrepreneurship, she felt the call to follow family tradition and strike out on her own as her father, mother and grandfather before her by opening a management consulting business. At the end of 1990, circumstance created an unexpected transition from an Executive Director position to owner/operator in the automotive service industry. After 30 years in car care and with numerous awards and recognitions to her credit, she closed the doors of her successful, environmental award-winning business in September 2013.
Wirth has worked or volunteered continuously in the non-profit sector for over three decades in executive, management, and fundraising positions for professional, trade and charity organizations. She earned her certification as a non-profit specialist and currently serves as the Executive Director for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, a non-profit raising funds to build a national memorial to commemorate the thousands of women who fought for 72 years to win the right for all American women to vote. She resides in Fairfax Station, VA, with her husband and has three children and two grandchildren.
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