August 28, 2012 11:10 ET

National Association of Women Business Owners-Orange County Announces 2012-2013 Board of Directors

Loreen Gilbert Guides New Leadership Team as NAWBO-OC Prepares to STEP IT UP

ANAHEIM, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 28, 2012) - The National Association of Women Business Owners-Orange County (NAWBO-OC), a member-operated organization dedicated to providing focused business and professional development resources created specifically for Orange County women business owners, has announced its 2012-2013 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is made up of successful local business leaders who embody NAWBO-OC's philosophy of "No Woman Stands Alone" and are inspired by the organization's mission to provide business development opportunities, education and support with a focus on maximizing business success and helping women reach their full potential -- professionally and personally.

"I am honored to be at the helm of the largest NAWBO chapter affiliate in the country," says Loreen Gilbert, incoming NAWBO-OC president and president of WealthWise Financial Services. "Our theme this year is 'Step it Up,' and, there are three broad areas in which we plan on stepping it up: 1) Step it Up for our members, 2) Step It Up for our organization and 3) Step It Up to the Orange County business community. Part of Stepping Up our organization is putting together an exceptional Board of Directors. We have perhaps the strongest board and organizational support system we have ever had. We've assembled an exceptional team of leaders who are dedicated to increasing support for our members while expanding our reach even deeper into the Orange County community -- we are poised to take NAWBO-OC to the next level. The new board is excited to continue the tradition of empowering, encouraging and supporting women-owned businesses by ensuring our members have the tools to create strength and sustainability in their businesses."

NAWBO-OC's Board of Directors will plan and oversee the organization's extensive programming, while remaining focused on the group's mission, strategic plan and growth. The members of the 2012-2013 Board of Directors include:

Executive Board:

  • President: Loreen Gilbert, WealthWise Financial Services 
  • President Elect: Laura Neubauer, Deliver-It!
  • Past President: Maureen Rhyne, Heritage Associates, Inc.
  • Secretary: Stephanie McMackin, SLM Solutions, LLC
  • Treasurer: Kathleen Urquidez, Besich, Rose, & Urquidez
  • Strategy & Board Development: Kimberly Gerber, Excelerate; Patti Cain-Stanley, Cain-Stanley & Co., Inc.

Board Vice Presidents:

  • VP Membership: Trina Fleming, Women Helping Women/Men2Work
  • VP Corporate Partners: Lorie Eber, JD, Gerontologist, Certified Personal Trainer
  • VP Professional Development: Dee Elliott, King Relocation
  • VP Programs: Christina Henderson, Merrill Lynch
  • VP Community Relations: Manal Richa, The MarCom Network
  • VP Technology: Kathy Hills, Krush Creative
  • VP Marketing: Helane Cohen, Microsoft
  • WBI President: Kathy Dawson, Dawson & Dawson

Legal Counsel:

  • Legal Counsel: Peggy Fu, Focus Business Law Group; Erin Giglia, Montage Legal Group, LLC

About NAWBO-OC: Founded in 1991, the National Association of Women Business Owners-Orange County (NAWBO-OC) is a member-operated organization dedicated to providing focused business and professional development, informational resources, educational programs and workshops, networking and strategic relationships for nearly 300 members. NAWBO-OC is committed to empowering, encouraging and developing women-owned businesses by positioning its members for profits, power and the passionate pursuit of excellence. For more information, visit

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