Board and Committees
2012-2013 NAWBO Northern New Mexico Board of Directors ... We Are Starting Something!
President: Merri Jean Jones, Studio J Interiors, Inc, 505.294.3502
President Elect: Edna Lopez, Compa Industries, Inc., 505.843.8421
Past President: Debbie Maestas-Traynor, Maestas Consulting LLC, 505.980.5508
Secretary: Lynne Marcus, Marcus + Company, 505.840.5464
Treasurer: Lisa Obeji, REDW Stanley Financial, 505.998.3269
Communications Director: Antonia Montoya, Change is Yours, 505.333.9336
Economic Development Director: Carolyn Ward, Chocolate Properties Real Estate, 505.331.9049
Education & Leadership Director: Rosemary (Ro) Breehl, BTZ Brand, 505.771.9435
Membership Director and FEE Liaison: Lorie Guthrie, Ladybug Realty with Keller Williams, 505.400.1857
Public Policy and International Development Director: Kay Carrico, InCompasse International, Inc., 505.350.7361
COMMITTEES - Get Involved!
We provide a variety of opportunities for members to participate in our chapter life and encourage their active involvement in our committees. Our primary goals are to enable members to improve their leadership skills by applying their unique talents and interests to serve our members.
All chapter members are welcome and encouraged to get involved. No matter how much time you have to devote, we can find something that will match your interests. Whether it’s an hour a month or assistance with a specific program or event, your help will be appreciated and acknowledged. And best of all, you and your business will benefit from the new contacts you make both within and outside NAWBO. Please click on a Committee name above to “jump” to that committee on this page.
Internal Communications Subcommittee
The Internal Communications Subcommittee is responsible for all print and electronic chapter communications that occur outside of regularly scheduled meetings, including the newsletter, meeting announcement postcards, the web site, the chapter membership directory and broadcast e-mail/Listserv communications.
A monthly newsletter is published electronically to keep members up to date on recent events, committee work and accomplishments of our members.
A monthly dinner meeting announcement is published electronically detailing the program and member spotlights. Additional announcements are published electronically.
The Member Communications committee maintains the chapter web site, performing monthly event updates, edits to partners, management of forums and uploading of files. The home page features a monthly member spotlight and news of upcoming events.
A directory of chapter members is maintained on the web site for viewing and printing by members. Members are responsible for updating their own contact information.
A Listserv address is maintained for e-mail broadcasts of official NAWBO business to all members. Only board members and the chapter’s executive director may post messages.
The Awards Committee has the following responsibilities:
* Researches award opportunities on a local and national level
* Notifies members of award opportunities
* Assists with writing nomination letters
* Coordinates the chapter’s annual Kudos and Tough Cookie Awards
The Public Relations Committee handles internal and external public relations.
* Works with the executive director and communications committee regarding meeting notices and other PR communications to members
* Sends program announcements and press releases about the chapter to media outlets
* Works with graphic designers on promotional displays, brochures, and other advertising and marketing
* Finds advertising and marketing opportunities for the chapter
* Solicits or co-writes press releases from other committees
* Secures media presence at key NAWBO events
* Coordinates NAWBO presence at appropriate non-NAWBO events
This is a multi-focused committee. One area will be fundraising for the chapter through Corporate Partners and Platinum Members. The other focus is Procurement (matching women businesses with major corporate and government contracts) and Capital (matching women-owned businesses with sources of capital to help them grow).
The Education & Leadership Committee encompass the subcommittees of Programs & Spotlight Tables, Education, and Facilities & Bar Sponsors.
The Facilities Subcommittee coordinates our monthly meeting location and arranges any equipment and/or special needs for our speakers.
These members work together to develop ideas to make our monthly dinner meetings productive, entertaining and a great value to our members. From selecting topics and speakers, to coordinating travel and hospitality considerations for presenters, to purchasing speaker gifts, the Programs Subcommittee is at the heart of every meeting.
The Programs Subcommittee also organizes the monthly member spotlights. The member spotlight is a unique and beneficial opportunity for member businesses to get the word out about their products and services. Members who reserve a member spotlight will receive a six-foot display table and 60 seconds in the spotlight to present their message at a monthly meeting.
The Finance Committee develops and implements the chapter’s financial policies and procedures. Members with or without a financial background and those who want to learn about the financial world are welcome. This committee also gives members an opportunity to meet other chapter members; Finance Committee members are the friendly faces members and guests see when they check in for the monthly meetings.
Providing information on international business opportunities for women business owners.
Organizer of the annual Go Global with NAWBO; a festive and informative event where members learn how to expand business beyond borders.
The Membership Committee recruits and mentors new members, maintains contact to assess their satisfaction with NAWBO, answers questions that members may have about their membership and welcomes members at all activities. It also coordinates the Member Appreciation and New Member Orientation events. Subcommittees include Recruitment, Retention, Advisory Board, Satellite Meetings, and Mastermind.
- Liason to the NAWBO Public Action Committee (PAC)
- Organizer of the annual Speak Out where NAWBO members talk and legislators listen
- Educational and Influential - we inform members on the public policy issues at the national and state levels and foster change for women owned businesses.
Join the Public Policy committee and help mold the small business climate in the state and in the nation. Breakfast meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month.