Interest Group: Food | Wine

Valerie Kaiser
Dave Baer
Women Giving Back
Director of Development
Dave spent 38 years in the residential mortgage banking industry. He held positions as a loan officer, branch, area, regional and national sales manager for several private and publicly traded organizations. He served in executive managment roles as an Executive Vice President and CEO, as well. He is a graduate of Geroge Mason Univsrsity and holds a B.S. in Business Administration.  He is the former Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington.
Dennis Stanley
BAKING | WINE
Anoop Mittra
COOKING
Cruise Planners | American Express Travel
Chief Travel Consultant
Anoop has been a member of the Dulles chamber for over 10 years and has been the Leadshare Wednesday Captain for 2 years. As the owner of Cruise Planners-American Express Travel, Anoop has a passion for travel and loves to plan vacations and trips for individuals, families, & corporate clients. Anoop has helped the Dulles chamber also with various international trips including cruises and land vacations.
Andrea Savitch
COOKING
Pinky Khatri Au.D.
COOKING
Family Hearing Services
Owner/Audiologist
I am honored to be recognized as a TOP Audiologist throughout the Northern Virginia region and featured as a medical expert on the TOP Doctors Interviews which are seen on CNN Headline News, FOX News, CNBC and Bravo. I improve my patient's quality of life with better hearing.
Chris Hunter
COOKING
Wesley Clark
CRAFT BREWERIES
Clark Accounting Services, LLC
President
Wes has nearly fifteen years of experience in providing accounting and auditing services for not-for-profit organizations, government contractors, small and medium-sized businesses, and local governments.  As the Director of Audit and Management Accounting at Frank & Company, p.c., he supervised the assurance services, including audits, compilations, and reviews, performed by the firm. He has conducted in-house training seminars for staff on accounting and auditing issues in addition to being a guest speaker at his alma mater, James Madison University, the Battlefield Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs, and for the McLean Chamber of Commerce. As both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner, he has conducted reviews of internal controls and performed fraud investigations for multiple entities. Wes currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees at the Loudoun Education Foundation.
Sidney Woods
DINNING OUT
Elsa Xhaferi Pali
DINNING OUT
Guernsey, Inc.
Contract Accounts Program Manager
Chris Osborn
EVENING SOCIALS
David Hillelsohn
HOME BREWING
DHill Financial
President
DHill Financial, LLC is an independent insurance firm providing life insurance, income protection, long term care, and health care. I spent 26 years as a Long Term Care Insurance Wholesaler and realized what I missed most during that time was not getting the opportunity to connect directly with people. I don't believe that insurance is the answer for every client, and don't look to use insurance as an investment. I do believe that insurance can be a positive dialogue if the client needs are the priority, and my philosophy is to focus on the who and the why versus the what. Our recommendations can be easily integrated with the other planning initiatives so that the advice you receive from your financial advisor, your attorney, your CPA, and your trusted insurance professional all have you rowing in the same direction.
Carolina Pardo
PAINT & WINE
Sheraton | Reston
Executive Meetings Manager
Eddie Lloyd
WINE
Angela Inzerillo
WINE TASTING
Donna Smith
WINERIES
Sandy Spring Bank | Fairfax, Shoppes Lane
Vice President, Manager Fair Lakes Community Office
I am dedicated to giving top-notch service to all of my clients, big and small. I am always looking for the best solution, not just the most obvious. In my almost 30 years of banking, I have been privileged to always be working for a community bank. I truly enjoy the creativeness and flexibility provided by a community bank, both for its clients and its employees.
Patricia Velander, CLTC, M.S.
WINERIES
New York Life | Vienna | Asela Mejia
Registered Representative - Financial Services and Licensed Agent
Dennis Shefski
Smart Business Options
President
Smart Business Options focuses on insurance for the individual and micro groups. We assist people with  health insurance, both individual and group, fill the gaps with supplements and make sure that is done right. We  provide life insurance, disability, Medicare supplements, legal shield, financial services, pay roll systems. We have been expert witnesses in court. Why try to do it yourself when an expert can do it for you at no additional cost?  We take the cussing out of customizing insurance. .
Teresa Lamb
Phil Hicks
Sandy Spring Bank | Chantilly
Branch Manager
As Branch Manager at Sandy Spring Bank, I continue to put to use the financial service and lending experience of my nearly 40 years in business. Experience in the industry is but a small part of what makes an excellent and trusted adviser though. Trust is earned and developed over time by demonstrating integrity, honesty and a willingness to help others. I've tried my best to show that to others not only at work, but also in my volunteer and community service efforts.

Most of all I love to hear a good story. It is by listening to the stories of my clients that I am able to understand what they want and what they need. Using that information to help them make proper and prudent decisions regarding their business or personal finances is where I derive the satisfaction from my job. I’d love to hear your story too.
Angela Veath
Sport & Health
Explosive Performance Marketing Director
US Fitness, parent company of Sport & Health and Onelife Fitness, maintain mid to large scale, high amenity fitness centers in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland areas. In addition, our clubs have cutting edge equipment, top of the industry instructors and personal trainers, and programming for people of all ages.

?As Explosive Performance Marketing Director, I focus on community outreach to our local population age 9 to 90 who are looking to improve their performance. We provide on-site (at schools/fields) trianing, coach and parent education, and more. We work with sports teams, individuals, and small groups from the novice level to the professional & Olympic level.

?During my free time, I enjoy time with my family, travel, cook, run and do triathlons. My kids are very active and athletic, so they keep me on my toes! I believe strongly in an active and healthy family lifestyle, and practice it in my daily life.
Juan Chavarriaga
Tammy Bjelland
Mary Williams
Mary Williams, Realtor, Samson Properties
Accredited Staging Professional Realtor
Mary is a residential realtor making dreams come true for her real estate clients in the Dulles regional area.  She is an Accredited Home Staging Professional Realtor and clients who are selling their homes benefit from her home staging expertise at no additional cost.  Mary markets a home by showcasing both the potential functionality and style so that prospective buyers get the best market value for their homes. Mary served 4 years on her community Home Owners Association Board of Directors, as Secretary, Vice President, President, and Member at Large.  She is still an active community volunteer coordinating community events.  Mary is a real estate investor, in partnership with her husband.  Mary is an American Warrior Real Estate Professional and supports local animal shelters with each earned commission from a real estate purchase or sale.  
Ron Cestoni
Stephanie Zimmermann
Lend A Box
VP | Co-Owner

Stephanie Zimmermann is the Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Lend A Box LLC.  

 

Joe Malazo
Sandy Spring Bank | Fairfax, Main Street
Assistant Vice President | Branch Manager
Raised in Northern VA: grew up in Falls Church and currently lives in Chantilly.  Graduated from Falls Church High School as National Honor Society Member, hold an Associate Degree Cum Laude in Business Management and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics & Finance.  Holds a State D License in Travel Soccer, a CPR/AED/First Aid Responder, a Wilderness Survivor Trained, and Scout Master for Boys Scouts of America. Works as Assistant Vice President with Sandy Spring Bank in Retail Branch Sales.  Has been in the banking and financial services industry for over 20 years. Success in the business is due to listening to client’s needs and nurturing long lasting relationships.
 
Mario Pais
Comfort Suites Dulles Airport
General Manager
I have worked in the Hospitality field over 20 years.  I love my job!
Meg Donnelly
Meg Donnelly LMT, LLC - Licensed Massage Therapy
Licensed Massage Therapist
Meg Donnelly, Licensed Massage Therapist works with active adults and "Weekend Warriors"...runners, cyclists, weekend sports players, outdoor enthusiasts. Meg’s role varies based on each client’s individual goals. Whether it’s performing at your best, recovering quickly or even just finding some much needed balance, Meg Donnelly, Licensed Massage Therapist, helps you bring your "A" game to the next fully scheduled week and beyond.   
Graham Pruitt
MVB Mortgage
Loan Officer
I am a long time resident of NOVA, spent 10+ years living and building my career in Washington, DC and I'm now back in Fairfax to raise my family and build my business here.
I've been serving people by helping them attain a mortgage since 2005 and love what I do.
Joanna Ormesher
Peter Singletary
Cornerstones
Workforce Development Specialist
Trang Ton
OPTIMAL DENTAL CENTER
VP
Trang is the VP and co-owner of Optimal Dental Center, Inc., a top notch dental practice in Northern VA with locations in Fairfax and Reston.  Our practice provide comprehensive dental services: general dental care for adults and children, orthodontic care (braces & Invisalign), implant services, cosmetic services, and sedation services in a very friendly and caring environment with convenient Saturday hours.  We care for our patients as if they are our own friends and family!
Additionally, Trang and her practice has a unique and excellent employer program which offers sponsoring employers exclusive discounts for their employees and family members for dental services in her practice at NO EXTRA COST to the employer.  With that program, Trang can add value to the company's existing dental plan for their employees.  Dental costs are going up, and it's been a great way to not only get fair pricing for services, but a discount on top of that.
Dennis Sharland
Stefanie Ross
Arbor Terrace of Herndon
Senior Living Counselor
Stefa'nie has over four years experience in the senior living industry and ten years in Sales. Her favorite part of being in senior living is creating a bond with new grandmothers at each community she works. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and toddler. She has been dedicated to helping families find the perfect location to help them live the life they truly deserve.
Peter Sanders
psps business abroad
Managing Partner
After finishing my studies in the US I started a career in marketing & corporate communications. I met my wife in Germany in 1986, we have been married since 1995 and and 1999 we started our own company, specialized in international trade development and foreign direct investment. We live and work in the Hague and have two kids (Lisa, 22 and Tim, 19) both studying in the Netherlands.  
Richard Hartogs
Rocket Frog Brewing Company
co-owner
I am co-owner of Rocket Frog Brewing Company.  We are just over one year old.  Our award winning beer is available in our tasting room and at local bars and restaurants.  Please contact me if you'd like a tour, or set up an event in our tasting room.
Alessandra Saxton
JK Moving Services
Director of Business Development
Energetic professional with business development and financial operations experience. Proven ability to find and develop business opportunities and create valuable partnerships.
Experience assessing and managing risks to ensure effective decision-making. A diverse work history that includes management and leadership roles driving high-performance teams to deliver exceptional results.
Kim Yeager
Academies of Loudoun
Placement Coordinator

Kim Yeager is the Placement Coordinator at the Academies of Loudoun.  She has worked for Loudoun County Public Schools since July 2008.  Her role is to help students research, identify, and secure learning opportunities beyond the typical classroom setting.  This involves working closely with the business community to find experiences such as mentoring, shadowing, internships, apprenticeships and volunteerism.

Ms. Yeager holds a Commonwealth of Virginia post-graduate teaching license, a Bachelor’s in Communications from George Mason University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Virginia Tech and in 2017, she earned a certification in Educational Leadership from the school of Education at George Mason.

Adolphus Miner