NAWBO Board of Directors for 2010-2011 Announced
Sitting on the board of a national organization like NAWBO requires forethought, experience, tenacity and wisdom. The following new and returning board members slated for the 2010-2011 board term possess all these qualities and more and are positioned to take NAWBO through the next phases of our growth and help us to become the premier women’s organization in the country.
Michele DeKinder-Smith, Founder, Jane Out of the Box
Michele DeKinder-Smith founded Jane Out of the Box in the latter half of 2007 to help both large companies and government agencies as well as female entrepreneurs achieve their goals through research, publications, consulting and training. In particular, she is adept at helping clients deeply understand customer segments, select their targets and drive innovation and messaging to further client brands within those targets. Michele received her Master of Marketing Research (MMR) degree from the prestigious program at the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia. She maintains an expert-designation Professional Researcher Certification (PRC). She is a sought-after speaker at university and association events and a frequent guest on broadcast media targeting entrepreneurs.
Miriam Muléy, President/CEO, The 85% Niche
Miriam Muley is President/CEO of The 85% Niche, a strategic marketing and sales consultant organization that helps corporations that want to better reach women or aren’t reaching specific groups, such as Latina women. She recently published The 85% Niche and speaks virtually and in person to audiences around the country. Miriam graduated from Marymount College in Manhattan, NY, with a degree in psychology. She latercompleted her MBA and took her first job at Frito-Lay before moving on to Johnson & Johnson, Clairol, L’Oreal and GM.
Dana Rambow, President/CEO, AristoCare Home Health Services and AristoCare Franchise Corporation
Dana Rambow is President/CEO of AristoCare Home Health Services with four agencies in Southern Arizona and two offices in Southern California. She is also President/CEO of AristoCare Franchise Corporation where she developed the business model for franchising a full service medical health agency. Dana has worked at a variety of home health agencies in the past 20 years including, Regional VP of the Western Division of Integrated Health Services out of Baltimore, Maryland. Dana has served as President of the Greater Tucson chapter; a member of the National President’s Assembly Steering Sub-Committee; and the NAWBO International Forum.
Evelyn D. Strange, President, AES Advanced Electrical Systems, Inc.
Evelyn Strange is co-founder and President of AES Advanced Electrical Systems, Inc., one of Kentucky’s leading industrial and commercial electrical contracting and engineering firms. Since its inception 16 years ago, AES has grown into a multimillion-dollar company with extensive capabilities. Her company has been listed numerous consecutive years in Business First “Top Lists”: Top Women-Owned Businesses; Areas Largest Electrical Contractors and ranked one of the Largest (18) Woman-Owned Businesses. Evelyn has extensive executive and operational management experience with proven leadership ability. She serves on a number of national and local boards and supports numerous community and civic initiatives.
Laura Yamanaka, Founder, teamCFO
Laura Yamanaka is one of the founders of teamCFO Inc., a financial and accounting firm offering onsite customized CFO/Controller services on an as needed basis to businesses and nonprofits. Laura has more than eight years experience with Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young where she managed a diverse portfolio of clients and provided services including, audit, mergers and acquisitions, litigation support, IPO and SEC projects and filings. As a long-time champion of financial literacy for women business owners, she has lectured on the subject to diverse audiences, including young girls who are aspiring business women. Laura has been featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Los Angeles Times article, “Nurturing Female Entrepreneurs” and most recently as the expert for the Los Angeles Times Small Business Makeover.
Molly Gimmel, co-founder and Executive Vice President, Design to Delivery Inc., Ex Officio, Presidents Assembly Chair
Molly K. Gimmel is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of Design To Delivery Inc (D2Dinc), a consulting firm that helps businesses win and manage government contracts. She works with clients in all industries to provide consulting services in the areas of proposal management, pricing, contract and subcontract management, GSA Schedule proposals and administration, FAR and regulatory compliance, and contract financial management. She has been working in the field of government contract and acquisition management since 1991. Before founding D2DInc, she spent eight years working in the government practices of three of the “Big Five” accounting/consulting firms. She is a Certified Professional Contract Manager, has a Master’s of Science in Contract and Acquisition Management, and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing.