Jackie Lamothe, President
Owner of Circa Travel
Jackie is a licensed travel advisor who specializes in European vacation experiences; including guided tours, independent travel, and cruises (river and sea). Having spent a college semester in Italy, she developed a great love for the country and continues to visit often as well as send hundreds of happy people there each year.
Designing custom itineraries for her guests is a true passion for Jackie. Her firm, Circa Travel, takes the guesswork out of planning a trip and pays great attention to the little details that so often go overlooked.
In addition to being the current President of WBN Frederick, Jackie is also the Area Director for BNI (Business Network International) for Frederick and Hagerstown and has been a part of that wonderful organization for over 20 years.
Jean Wright, Vice President
Account Executive, Frederick Magazine
Jean has been working in sales and marketing positions for most of her career. She graduated with a BA degree in Communication Arts from Marywood College in Scranton, PA. Since moving to Frederick in 1993, Jean has worked as development director for a private school; sold memberships to local businesses for the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce; was employed as a local general manager for a global company; and is currently an account executive at Frederick Magazine. Jean is also a Leadership Frederick Class of 2013 graduate, and a member of the marketing committee of The Community Foundation of Frederick County. Jean is a member of the Frederick Professionals Community. She is a contributing member of The Spring Ridge Friends and Neighbors Club, which she founded 23 years ago. Jean and her husband Tom have two grown children who live in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Cindy Ash, Secretary
Holly Koontz, Treasurer
Administrator, James V. Rizzo & Company LLC
Holly is a native of Williamsport, Maryland where she graduated from Williamsport High School, in 2005. Post graduation, she enlisted in the United States Army, where she served in Baghdad, during Operation Iraqi Freedom III, in 2006.
While stationed in Fort Hood, TX, she attended Central Texas College, completing her general education, before moving back to Washington County and attending Hagerstown Community College. She pursued her nursing degree in 2009 and began her medical career at Winchester Medical Center, in 2014. She has always strived to move into a rural area, which brought her career to Germantown Medical Center, in 2016.
Since, Holly has fell in love with the culture and community of downtown Frederick. It has brought great opportunity and friendships for her, including her relationship with her boyfriend, James. Together they are expanding his family accounting firm, where she serves as Administrator. They enjoy serving their community and spending quality time with their six year old, Jordan.
Debbie Bennett, Programs Chair
Community Relationship Manager, Vice President, First United Bank & Trust
Debbie Bennett, a resident of Walkersville, has been a member of the Women’s Business Network for six years. She has been on the board of directors for four years and will be serving as Programs Director in 2017. Debbie has been married for 35 years to Jeff Bennett, a retired Montgomery County Firefighter and currently working for Loudoun County Fire & Rescue. The couple have two children; a daughter, Dr. Carissa Smith and a son, Justin. Carissa is a Doctor of Pharmacy and is currently working as a Pharmacy Manager for CVS. Justin is currently attending Frostburg State University as a senior and will graduate in May, 2017, with a degree in Information Technology.
Always active in the community, Debbie served for fourteen years as the Head Cheerleading Advisor for Walkersville High School and the GVAA youth program. Debbie has been a representative in the Frederick News Post, magazines and websites for Mount Saint Mary’s University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2014.
Debbie Bennett is a Community Relationship Manager, VP with First United Bank & Trust in the new Cannery Office. She has extensive experience in financial services with a proven track record in sourcing new retail/commercial loans and deposit opportunities. A successful Relationship Manager known for exceeding sales goals through sales management and new business development. Proven skill in reading and analyzing credit reports, personal financial statements and business loan applications.
Debbie currently serves on the board for Women’s Business Network Group as Programs Director, the Downtown Partnership, BNI Downtown Connectors, and Women’s Holistic Group.
Cheryl DeArcangelis, Marketing Chair
Rodan & Fields
Cheryl prides herself in offering a unique, individualized, consultative approach with each of her clients with a goal of enhancing their self confidence that often fades with age. Through Rodan + Fields, Cheryl has found the ability to create immense change and financial options for her and her family. She has found a new zest for life since beginning her own business and as her success has grown, she has been able to inspire and mentor others to do the same. Prior to discovering the opportunity with Rodan + Fields, she devoted her time to raising her four boys. Cheryl lives in Middletown with her husband, William, and three of her children: Mark, 19, Nico, 15, Chase, 6. Her oldest son, Shawn, 24, proudly serves in the U.S. Navy.
Karen Farrow, Membership Chair
Owner of Celebrated Events
Karen Farrow is the owner and operator of Celebrated Events. Karen has organized events for corporations and non-profits, including silent auction/galas, ribbon cuttings, open houses, and ground breakings. She has coordinated many weddings over the years, as well as several milestone anniversary parties. Celebrated Events maintains excellent business relationships with area vendors, and is a member of the Frederick Area Bridal Network. She currently serves on the board of the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute as Secretary Treasurer and chairs the Membership Committee for the Women’s Business Network of Frederick. Karen lives in Frederick with her husband, Jim, and has two adult children, Eric and Jennifer. She has three sisters and four brothers. She likes to hike, knit, and enjoys a good mystery novel.
Lisa Duckson, Special Events
Owner, Clearview Car Care
Lisa has owned Clearview Car Care with husband Steve and son Mike for 10 years. They have two locations to serve clients here in Frederick. Originally from Silver Spring, Md, she and her husband have been married for 37 years ,and have 2 children, Crystal, Mike and one granddaughter Madison. She is also the President of a local BNI group here in Frederick. In her spare time she loves to hike, quilt and make goats milk soap. Additionally she enjoys her goats and chickens as well as learning bee keeping.
Stacy Reb, Member At Large
Stacy is a licensed insurance agent for Connie Phillips Insurance and enjoys helping clients with liability protection. With having a soft spot for seniors, she volunteers her time at local assisted living home. She is a southern Christian lady who enjoys adventure & outdoors! She believes in enjoying life and celebrating each day as a blessing. Loves summertime and being at the beach, traveling and riding motorcycles.