Interest Group: Virginian Colleges & Universities

Frank Walker
Chris Hunter
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY
Timothy Nachazel
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Rebecca Ventorini
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Matthew Tikoyan
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Mark Abbott
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Kim Lauer
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Mark Knight
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Kim Adams
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Linda Jones
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
David Hillelsohn
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
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.
Dave Baer
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
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.
Linda Christ
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
Linda A Christ Insurance Agency, Inc.
President
Linda A Christ, a native Virginian, is the owner/operator of Linda A Christ Insurance Agency, Inc. Linda has over 30 years in the insurance industry in all areas of insurance underwriting and risk management.

Linda A Christ Insurance Agency, Inc.was formed in 1990. Linda prides herself on focusing on the wants and needs of the small business customer. Whether the client is looking for insurance to cover their risk, or match the requirements of a contract or lease, Linda has it covered. She is always there to answer a client’s questions and concerns.

Linda also has been an instructor for the VA Property & Liability Insurance Agent’s licensing course in Virginia for over ten years and is responsible for licensing many local Virginia agents. She was an instructor at the Mason Enterprise Center and the Fairfax Small Business Development Center for a number of courses including Managing Business Risk for the Small Business Owner.
John Landry
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
Wesley Clark
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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.
Patricia Velander, CLTC, M.S.
KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
New York Life | Vienna | Asela Mejia
Registered Representative - Financial Services and Licensed Agent
Elsa Xhaferi Pali
NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Guernsey, Inc.
Contract Accounts Program Manager
Doug Downer
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
Ed Bjarnason
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
Syed Ali
STRAYER UNIVERSITY
Michelle Hecker
STRAYER UNIVERSITY
Angela Inzerillo
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
George Cave
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Sandy Spring Bank | Chantilly
Senior Vice President & Market Leader
Madhu Garlanka
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Allwyn Corporation
CEO, Software Products

Innovator | Engineer | Empowerment through Education

CEO with 20+ years of experience and record of success providing end-to-end leadership for large technology and infrastructure organizations. Equally focused on driving innovation and continuous improvements that translate into business value and measurable results from a service, cost, and productivity perspective. Proven background in strategic planning and execution of enterprise scale initiatives. Astute people leader experienced in managing and mentoring global, multifunctional teams. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/madhugarlanka/
Sharon Cummiskey, CHSP
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Tom Boone
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Adalene Spivy
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Tammy Bjelland
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
Vinay Patel
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
Andy Stromberg
VIRGINIA TECH
James Rieger
VIRGINIA TECH
Union Mortgage Group
Senior Loan Officer
Tammy Meyer
VIRGINIA TECH
Tom Miller
VIRGINIA TECH
Thompson Greenspon
Principal

Tom Miller is a principal with Thompson Greenspon and has been with the firm since 1990.

Tom’s experience with tax law interpretation has been extremely beneficial in analyzing and advising clients on complex business and individual tax matters. The analysis and advice Tom has provided has included C Corporation and S Corporation formations, mergers, acquisitions and liquidations. He has also developed an area of specialization in the nonprofit sector, where he works closely with organizations to assist them in performing within the 501(c) guidelines. Tom also has expertise in IRS representation and negotiation and Forensic Accounting.

Prior to joining Thompson Greenspon, Tom was with a large international accounting firm and also spent 11 years at the Internal Revenue Service as a field agent, group manager and acting branch chief.

Evelyn Sullivan
VIRGINIA TECH
Omer Aru
VIRGINIA TECH
Jay Johnson
VIRGINIA TECH
Christy Sciscoe
WILLIAM AND MARY
Georgia Graves
WILLIAM AND MARY
Fairfax Public Access
Vice President & Director of Special Events
Valerie Kaiser
WILLIAM AND MARY
Jake Mages
WILLIAM AND MARY
Evan Hoffmann
WILLIAM AND MARY
Mindy Carlin
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
Khrysta Sink
FERRUM COLLEGE
Dulles Expo Center
Exhibitor Services Coordinator
Heather Burke
STRAYER UNIVERSITY
Sandy Spring Bank | Fairfax, Main Street
Vice President, Commercial Relationship Manager
Carol Robinson
VIRGINIA TECH
CC Robinson & Associates, LLC
Synergy Leader, Coach (PCC). and Facilitator
Mary Williams
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY, CAL STATE DOMING
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.  
Rosalba Llenas
THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS
Vidazme, Inc.
Owner

Rosalba Llenas is an NCIDQ certified Interior Designer and a graduate from the School of Visual Arts, in New York City. Rosalba started her design career close to 20 years ago as Project Manager for two highly published New York City Interior and Architectural design firms. 

Since relocating to Northern Virginia in 2005, Rosalba has worked with many of today’s leading developers in the D.C. Metro area, such as: Aimco, Archstone-Smith, JPI, Ross Development and Investments, Mill Creek Residential, Bozzuto Homes, Renaissance Centro, and Home Properties. During her career, Rosalba has successfully managed projects from beginning to end, with creativity, reliability and infallible coordination while meeting a wide range of budgets and deadlines. Her desire to grow creatively by pushing her own boundaries, led her to launch Vidazme, Inc. in 2013.

Teresa Lamb
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.
Stephanie Zimmermann
Lend A Box
VP | Co-Owner

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

 

Christina Black
R3C Creations LLC
Web Developer

Christina Black is the lead web designer, and she holds a Master’s Degree from Purdue University in Computer Science. She has been active in website design and maintenance since 2004. Prior to that, she was an application developer for Iomega Corporation and Northrop Grumman.

Christina customizes each website to the needs of the small business owner.  She develops WordPress websites and implements Search Engine Optimization (SEO) campaigns.  She also implements Google Place pages, Facebook business pages and ads.  She is proficient in HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, and Adobe Photoshop Elements.

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.
 
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.   
Kerry Kirk
Northern Virginia Veterans Association
Board of Directors
I am on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Veterans Association and am active in all aspects of achieving our mission to assist military veterans and their families who are vulnerable, in-need or at risk in a number of key areas affecting their quality of life. 

Outside of my volunteer and philanthropic work, I am employed as an asset management consultant at Cambridge Associates, a global investment firm.  I served multiple large endowments & foundations and healthcare organizations on all aspects of investment policy and implementation as well as governance.

I am a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (BA) and the University of Virginia (MBA).  Prior to entering the private sector I served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985-1993.