Board of Directors

Audrey Wiggins, President

Audrey Wiggins is the owner and operator of On the Town Food Tours LLC, a walking food tour company that provides people with fun and delicious culinary experiences.  Audrey’s passion is to help people explore the diversity of food and discover neighborhood culture and history.  Since officially launching in 2014, the company has expanded into three New Jersey counties. Walking food tours are currently being offered in Collingswood, Haddonfield, Bordentown, Mount Holly, Burlington City, Medford, Atlantic City and Hammonton. Recent recognition of On the Town Food Tours LLC has come from SJ Magazine, 2021 Best of SJ – Best Food Sampling Category and South Jersey Magazine 2019 Best of the Best – Lifestyle Category.  Audrey is also one of the founding members of the New Jersey Food Tour Trail, a consortium of owners and operators that offer tours throughout the state.
With 20 years of food industry experience, Audrey has held marketing management positions in consumer-packaged goods and the flavor industry.  She was responsible for business strategy, portfolio management, project management and market analysis.  In her current position with the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center, Audrey is responsible for project management.
 

She holds an MBA, with a concentration in Marketing from LaSalle University and a BA in Social Science from Rutgers University-New Brunswick.  Her desire to become a successful entrepreneur has led her to join the National Association of Women Business Owners.  Audrey is also a member of the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington & Mercer County Chamber of Commerce.

Why I Joined NAWBO: My desire to become a successful entrepreneur and the support from the women business community has led me to join the National Association of Women Business Owners. 

Member Since: 03/2016

Maria Veglia, President Elect

Maria is an accomplished executive with demonstrated ability to manage cutting edge technological initiatives. She is an expert in operations management, budgeting, and team performance measurement and adept at recruiting and mentoring talent and motivating cross-functional teams. Maria is a strong leader managing projects from inception to completion. She expertly assesses needs and estimates timelines with precision to ensure successful execution of the project plan.

Through her extensive experience in addressing groups, whether in the front of the classroom, boardroom or auditorium, Maria is a dynamic and motivating public speaker. She has many years of experience in curriculum design and development and works with clients to construct training programs appropriate to the needs of the organization.

Skillful at assessing workplace culture, Maria fosters an environment of respect, creativity and collaboration. She is passionate about providing an environment rich with opportunity for all. She believes improving the work culture and providing opportunity leads to employee engagement and satisfaction which, in turn, drives company success.

Maria is adept at identifying resources and developing strategic plans with benchmarks and consistency in achieving organizational goals. She is well-versed in upgrading to the most innovative technological programs while ensuring seamless transitions.

Why I Joined NAWBO: At the first NAWBO SJ event that I attended, I was greeted with a warm, welcoming atmosphere.  Everyone that I spoke with showed a genuine interest in my business and how to help it grow.  After being a member for 4 years, the reason I am still a member is the shared desire to support each other’s goals and journey. 

Member Since: 04/2019

Denise Davis, Immediate Past President

Denise Davis is owner of Davis and Memmo Financial Group.  Helping guide you toward a secure financial future! This is the mission of Davis and Memmo Financial Group. We focus on personal and business solutions for your financial success! Our 4-point approach helps guide you to create a financial strategy that provides the protection and flexibility to live the way you want to live.

Why I Joined NAWBO: I joined NAWBO to connect, learn, and be inspired by other women business owners and to help grow by business and professional connections.

Member Since: 03/2012

Liz Bechtel, Treasurer

Liz Bechtel is the founder of Bechtel CPA, The Accountant for Women Entrepreneurs.  She works with women owned businesses to help them drive their business forward and achieve their desired lifestyles.  She’s passionate about working proactively with business owners to help them understand the financial status of their company and to lower their taxes. Liz has over 10 years of experience in tax, accounting, and consulting, working primarily with service-based businesses and contractors.

She’s a proud alumnus of Rowan University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Business Administration.  Liz is licensed as a CPA in NJ and PA. 

Liz is a wife, mom of 2 boys and a bulldog.  When she’s not spending time with family and friends, she enjoys volunteering and binge watching a good TV series.

Why I Joined NAWBO: To establish connections with other women business owners, obtain education on growing my business, and feel like I’m part of an organization that gives back. 

Member Since: 10/2018

Lisa Lallo, Secretary

Dr. Lallo is a Managing Engineer at Exponent, which is a scientific and engineering consulting firm serving both industrial and litigation clients. Dr. Lallo routinely conducts investigations related to industrial and occupational safety, mechanical failures, and mechanical testing of materials. Her clients are spread across multiple industries, including manufacturing, rail, packaging, and biomedical devices.

Dr. Lallo is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University (B.S. Physics and B.A. Theology, summa cum laude, 2014) and went on to receive her Masters (2017) and Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania (2019) in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. While at Penn, Dr. Lallo was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow, received the John A. Goff Departmental award, was awarded the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Philadelphia section student scholarship, and was granted the John Henry Towne Fellowship.  Dr. Lallo and her husband are both natives of Delran and currently reside there, where they enjoy spending time with family and friends and serving their community through involvement in their parish Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

Why I Joined NAWBO:

Member Since: 11/2019

Renee Patrone Rhinehart, Co-Director of Events

Party Planner.  Entrepreneur.  Broadcast Media Professional.  Experienced Speaker.

Renee Patrone Rhinehart does more than just host a party to remember.  The founder of two companies, Events by Renee and Party Host Helpers, Renee is now a self-made business leader.

Over the past decade, she has grown Events by Renee into Philadelphia’s premiere wedding planning business.  From the engagement ring to the ‘I do’s,’ Renee has walked dozens of couples down the aisle and into their future with a fabulous celebration.

Why I Joined NAWBO: I joined SJ NAWBO because I want to make a difference in my community of south jersey by connecting with fellow business leaders.

Member Since: 03/2022

Tammy Harold, Co-Director of Events

Tammy Harold is Jefferson Health’s Director of Business Development for Women’s & Children’s Services in New Jersey, where she also manages the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department there and serves on the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee and the Suicide Prevention Committee.  She has been working in the healthcare field for the past 20 years and has special interests in supporting and advocating for women’s health and youth. Tammy earned her Bachelor’s  degree from Howard University and has an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Wilmington University.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Glassboro Orchid Club, where she actively serves in events that benefit the community. Tammy is a long-time member of Emanuel Baptist Church in Glassboro, where she serves as a Deaconess, an Advisor on the Youth Abundant Life (YALM) Ministry and Secretary of the Youth Scholarship Ministry Committee. She is most proud of her roles as a wife, mother, and grandmother. 

Why I Joined NAWBO: I joined NAWBOSJ in 2023 to connect and serve alongside a dynamic group of women who share my interest in empowering other women to improve our communities.

Member Since: 05/2023

Karoline Moxham, Co-Director of Corporate Partnership

Karoline joined WSFS Bank in 2019 as a Vice President and Commercial Lender for one of the southern New Jersey based teams.  Previously, Karoline worked at several other financial institutions in commercial lending; prior to that she spent several years working in asset-based lending.  Karoline has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Karoline earned a bachelor’s in science from St. John’s University in finance.  She also did graduate work in international business at Baruch College, part of the City University of New York.

Karoline is on the board of the American Heart Association’s southern and central New Jersey chapter.  She is also a current board member of NAWBO – SJ.

She currently resides in Medford with her husband, Doug and their two sons.

Why I Joined NAWBO: I wanted to lend my financial expertise to women business owners, helping them to secure capital if needed. 

Member Since: 01/2017

Nancy Sipera, Co-Director of Corporate Partnership

First Impressions Marketing works with savvy, driven business owners and leaders in companies of various sizes who understand the positive impact that marketing can have on their business – but are frustrated because they feel like they’re wasting money on marketing that doesn’t get results. First Impressions does things a bit differently – instead of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, they start with a ‘marketing road map’ that provides expert marketing advice – customized just for their business. As a full service firm, we provide a variety of services all under one roof: we plan, create, manage + execute. First Impressions is not a good fit for everyone. If you have been thinking about how to improve your marketing results – let’s start with a conversation.

Nancy understands that any successful marketing campaign – whether during or after the pandemic – starts with a plan. Her ability to approach projects from a strategic point of view, with expert guidance and advice customized to match the goals of the client, has earned tangible results for her clients. She and her team have also had extraordinary success with campaigns that focus on moms and families – resulting in waiting lists and 300%+ increases in sales. Have a question? Reach out!

Nancy is very responsive and deadline oriented – and enjoys sharing her expertise with others.

Why I Joined NAWBO: I have always enjoyed being a part of professional women’s groups, as I like to support fellow women-owned businesses. Two years ago, I was invited to attend NAWBO-SJ’s Gala – I was impressed with the event, and made some good connections. Since then, I have found the SJ Chapter to be made up of smart, generous, giving women. I’ve met new clients and made new vendor connections.

Member Since: 01/2022

Megan Knowlton Balne, Co-Director of Membership

Megan Knowlton Balne, a partner with the law firm Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP, concentrates her practice in the areas of employment, counseling and commercial litigation.   Megan is devoted to serving businesses large and small.  Megan was a recipient of SNJ Business People’s 2018 “40 Under 40” Award and more recently, the NJBIZ 2020 “Forty Under 40” Award.  Megan was recognized by South Jersey Biz in 2021 as a Woman to Watch.  Megan also serves as the Chair of the Legal/Legislative Committee for the Human Resource Association of Southern New Jersey.

In addition to her commitment to the business community, Megan was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as a New Leader of the Bar in 2016.  Megan is proud to serve as Secretary of the Burlington County Bar Association and founding member of the New Jersey Law Journal’s Young Lawyers Advisory Board.  In 2019, Megan received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Professional Achievement Award, an award given to one young attorney each year who has achieved significant professional accomplishments. Megan was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of the Top Women in Law in 2022.

Outside of her practice, Megan has a passion for the arts.  She remains active in regional theater and co-founded her own theatre company, Masquerade Theatre.

Why I Joined NAWBO: I joined NAWBO because I wanted to connect directly with local women business leaders in South Jersey

Member Since: 07/2022

Kelly Barry, Co-Director of Membership

Kelly Barry is an associate at Archer & Greiner, P.C., one of the largest law firms headquartered  in New Jersey. Kelly focuses her practice in the area of estate planning and estate  administration. She represents clients in all aspects of estate, trust, and related tax matters,  including planning for both simple and complex estates, and probate litigation. Kelly assists  clients with drafting Last Wills and Testaments, revocable and irrevocable trusts, Durable  Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Advance Healthcare Directives. She also assists clients with gifting and transfers of family assets and closely‐held businesses. 

Kelly is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and earned her J.D. and LL.M. in  Taxation from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Before law school, Kelly  received her B.A. in Politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and worked for the Walt Disney Company for a year in Orlando, Florida.

Why I Joined NAWBO: I joined NAWBO to connect with other career-oriented women and for its balance of fun, social functions mixed in with networking events.

Member Since: 03/2023

Keturah Harris, Co-Director of Advocacy

Keturah Harris is a special education teacher at the Burlington County Institute of Technology- Medford Campus. She has been teaching for over 20 years who strongly supports and advocates for the special-needs population. She has earned her BA in psychology from Rutgers University-Camden, MA in Educational Leadership from Delaware Valley University, and her doctorate in Transformational Leadership at Concordia University.  She has been a resident of Medford, NJ for the last 28 years.  Additionally, she has an energetic six-year-old who attends the Medford Public Schools; one Shih Tzu dog, Parker. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, family, and close friends. She is actively involved in different organizations such as the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Rowan College at Burlington County, President’s Advisory Council Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Steering (PACDEI) Committee, member of NJ21 United, and volunteers at the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel, NJ that both promote equality, equity, and education for all girls and women. 

Why I Joined NAWBO: I joined NAWBO-SJ to connect with other driven and self-reliant women. My ultimate goal is to establish a consulting and advocacy firm that empowers parents to express their views on education matters, both public and private.

Member Since: 05/2020

Alyssa L. Lott, Co-Director of Advocacy

Alyssa I. Lott is an associate with the firm and concentrates her practice in labor and employment and complex civil litigation. Ms. Lott defends individuals and management in all employment related matters, including claims of discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, and whistleblower claims in state and federal courts. Ms. Lott earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. She earned her Juris Doctor degree graduating cum laude in 2019 from Widener University Delaware Law School. While in law school, Ms. Lott served as the External Managing Editor for the Widener Law Review and a judicial intern to the Honorable Gary F. Traynor, Justice, Delaware Supreme Court. She earned awards for Excellence in Writing an Article of Publishable Quality and for Outstanding Board Member of the Year 2018-2019. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lott served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Sherri L. Schweitzer of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Camden County.

Ms. Lott was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 2019 and in New Jersey in 2020.

Why I Joined NAWBO: I joined NAWBO to connect with local businesswomen and to serve and give back to the South Jersey community. 

Member Since: 05/2023

Denise Pereau, Co-Director of Advocacy

Denise Pereau has had her finger on the pulse of the community during a fifty year career in the field of Cosmetology. As a former salon owner and industry educator, she achieved critical acclaim as a platform artist and hair and make-up artist with international assignments from NY to Paris and the White House. As a businesswoman, Pereau contributed to charitable efforts as one of the original supporters of Cooper Hospital’s Pink Roses, Teal Magnolias, the Komen Foundation and the Solace House, a shelter for women and children in Camden County. She is credited for aligning salons with the bridal industry in the early 90’s fueling business growth and an industry paradigm shift. Her foray into multi-media began with a job as Co-Host on the popular cable TV show, “Let’s Talk About It”, with Trudy Haynes, Philadelphia’s first African American female Broadcast Journalist at KYWTV. 

Denise honed her writing skills as a copywriter for the Star Group, creating copy for the likes of Chef Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey’s former personal chef. As a frequent content creator and contributor to several publications including Womenz Straight Talk Magazine as Associate Editor, and Jez Magazine in New York, Denise is called upon to conduct celebrity interviews and to write about fashion, lifestyle, and social issues. For the last four years, Pereau hosted her own TV show, Renaissance Living, on the streaming network, RVNTV, featuring guests from all walks of life. Pereau is currently working with Womenz Straight Talk on a number of projects.

Why I Joined NAWBO: My attraction to NAWBO SJ hinges on my high regard for women who take the plunge into the business realm to become self reliant and self sufficient. As the owner of three salons during a 50 year career, I joined as a mentor to help support women from all walks of life, in every spectrum of business operations, to be successful in their chosen fields. I believe it does take a village!

Member Since: 04/2018

Lisa B. Snyder, Director of Marketing

More than a decade ago, Lisa Snyder switched out of an 18-year career in the health insurance industry, where she worked closely with small business owners. Her expertise evolved toward assisting professionals in starting, enhancing, and managing their web presence. Lisa Snyder, founder of Silver Hoop Edge, is passionate about exploring effective ways to use WordPress for the continual enhancement/growth of her clients’ websites.

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Member Since: 05/2023

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