Board Members

Board Members

Jean Wright, President

Jean has been working in sales and marketing positions for most of her career. She has a degree in Communication Arts/Radio and TV.  Since moving to Frederick in 1993, Jean has worked as a local sales director for a national home-based business company; as development director for a private school; as a membership sales representative for the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce; as a local general manager for Regus, a global office rental company; an account executive at Frederick Magazine; and is currently employed as a business development specialist for WDVM-TV.

While general manager at Regus’ Frederick office, she achieved Top 5% global
customer service satisfaction.  While at the Chamber, Jean was ranked in the top 15
nationally by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives national sales program for sales dollars and memberships sold.  Jean is also a Leadership Frederick County Class of 2013 graduate, and a member of the marketing committee of The Community Foundation of Frederick County. She is a contributing member of The Spring Ridge Friends and Neighbors Club, which she founded 25 years ago.  Jean is currently working on her first book about her career in sales.  She has been married to her husband Tom for 30 years and has two grown children.

Debbie Bennett, Vice President

Debbie Bennett, a resident of Walkersville, has been a member of the Women’s Business Network for nine years. She has been on the board of directors for seven years and is currently serving as Vice President in 2019-2020.

Debbie’s career and passion for the last 38 years has been in the Financial Industry where she enjoyed helping clients, both on a personal and business level. She ended her banking career as a Vice President and is proud of what all she has accomplished within her tenure during her years of service.   

At this time in Debbie’s life, she decided she wanted a job that has flexible hours and have a better work/life balance. She is excited to have the chance to watch her grandkids, travel or be home while earning an income. Debbie has been a consultant for Rodan & Fields, the #1 Skin Care in North America, since 2017.     

Debbie currently serves on the board for Women’s Business Network, a member of  the BNI Downtown Connectors, a member of the Wholistic Woman Retreats, member of Walkersville United Methodist Church and graduated from Leadership of Frederick County in 2019.

Always active in the community, Debbie served for fourteen years as the Head Cheerleading Advisor for Walkersville High School and the Glade Valley Youth Group program. Debbie has been a representative for Mount Saint Mary’s University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2014. She has been in the Frederick News-Post ads, magazines and the Mount website as a representative.

Debbie and her husband Jeff, have been married for 38 years. They have two children, Dr. Carissa Smith and Justin that live in Frederick County. The light of Debbie’s eye is watching and enjoying her two grandchildren, Lincoln and Camden.

Linda Payan, Marketing Chair

Linda built a large direct sales business while raising a young family.   Twelve years ago, when she first began her direct sales career, she lived in a new state where she knew four people.  Off she sailed…into the direct sales ocean!  Over the years, she learned how to leverage networking, leadership skills, personal branding, marketing and style to catapult her business. Before diving into the direct sales world, Linda was in corporate America as well as education.

Linda holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering & Management and a Masters in Mathematics Education.  Also, she holds certifications in Image Consulting and Personal Branding and served on the board of directors for the Association of Image Consultants International, DC Chapter and Polka Dot Powerhouse, Frederick Chapter.  Linda has helped hundreds of women build their own business, feel confident through style, and save thousands. (Also, she has written over 400 pitches for entrepreneurs worldwide helping them get funded, get noticed, and increase revenue.)

Linda shares her time with her husband and three boys.  She is the unofficial “uber” driver of the family and loves spending time at all their events.  Linda spends hours watching baseball games, tennis matches, and dive meets!  She volunteers/has volunteered as a Baseball Coach, PTA member, Sunday school teacher, and Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor.  Linda’s hobbies include softball, martial arts, walking (not running), reading, and blogging! 

Jennifer Calara, Special Events Chair

Jennifer is the owner of Farmers Insurance and Financial Services, The Calara Agency.  Jennifer specializes in all personal, business/commercial, life insurance, bonds and financial planning. She says her mission, as your local Farmers Insurance agent, is to help you understand, manage, minimize risks that affect our lives daily and protect what matters most to you.  Her goal is to ensure that each of her clients are not only properly protected, but also educated on the liability laws. “I help clients identify risks and bridge the gaps with insurance and financial solutions that best fits their needs. This process is straightforward and personalized to help make them more familiar about assets protection.” 

Jennifer is a veteran of the US Army and served in the Military Police Corp. She worked as a Protective Services Agent and Criminal Investigator. After her honorable discharge, Jennifer studied Organizational Management at the University of Colorado, where she earned her Bachelors degree. She later earned her Masters Degree in Project Management, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. 

Jennifer is a huge football fanatic. Her favorite team is the Washington Redskins.  She’s excited about the fact the XFL has returned and Washington has a new team called the Washington Defenders.  She’s also a fan of the Washington Valor, arena football. She also enjoys skiing.  

She is a registered representative with FINRA.   

Laurie Sigsbey, Treasurer

Laurie is an assistant vice president with M&T Bank. She has over 40 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. Her experience includes management, business and consumer accounts with a focus on lending, insurance and investing. Laurie’s desire is to help her clients achieve their dreams and financial goals while empowering and developing her staff to have the same passion with their clients. 

Laurie has been recognized for her dedication and commitment to her clients. Laurie is a recipient of the Chairman’s Council award, 4 time President’s Council award, “Be First” Award (peer recognitions), Customer Service Leadership award, Top Investment Sales, Top Cross-Sell award, 3 time President’s Club inductee, NCBS nationwide In-Store Banker of the Year award. Laurie stays involved in the community and served as President & Treasurer of the Frederick Nat’l T-Ball & Rookie League for over 8 years.

Laurie has lived in the Frederick area for over 33 years. She enjoys traveling, loves spending time with her family and friends and fulfilling her life-long quest of learning new things and developing her own life and purpose.

Katie Bradner, Secretary

Katie grew up in Chesapeake, VA and graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations and Journalism. In 2011, she started her career in the mortgage industry as an assistant and has moved her way up over the years which enabled her to be successful in her current position. Katie recently joined Redfin Mortgage to help them launch success in the state of Maryland.

In her work, her mission is to make sure she educates her clients about all aspects of the process and the products that are available so they can make informed decisions for their families and future.

Katie has volunteered with nonprofit organizations to help underprivileged youth and is currently an Assistant Coach with Girls on the Run. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with friends, family, and dog Jeter, whether they’re watching sports or spending time outdoors.

Peggy Magnanelli, Programs Chair

Peggy has been a resident of Frederick for 29 years. She has been married to her husband Tony for nearly 40 years and has 2 grown children.

Peggy started in the real estate industry back in 2002 as an administrative assistant and eventually became a buyer’s agent, which she loved. Since, she has successfully helped, on average, 20-30 people every year buy and sell homes.

In the mean time she has been a volunteer for 15 years with the Frederick Chapter of the American Red Cross, was a Disaster Action Team member and was on their board of directors for 5 years. She has also served as the President of the Women’s Council of Realtors in 2012 and 2018, on the Board of Directors for the Frederick County Association of Realtors (FCAR) in 2012 and 2013 and continues to serve on the FCAR education and affordable housing committees.

She loves spending time with her grandchildren and loves baseball.

Victoria LaRocca, Membership Chair

Originally born in Washington DC, Victoria LaRocca has lived the greater part of her life in Frederick County. She graduated from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Italian Studies and International Relations. Victoria has experience in hospitality, the insurance industry, teaching, and currently works at a local, independently owned Verizon Wireless Zone store as a business consultant. Victoria is the oldest of 5 siblings and enjoys spending time with her family, close friends, good conversations over coffee, and traveling. She is passionate about enriching women’s lives, empowering women to reach their God-given potential, and bringing light to everyone she meets.

Dr. Deborah Morrone, Member At Large

Dr. Deborah Morrone (generally known as “Dr. Deb”) has been living and practicing at Frederick Chiropractic Wellness Center since 2002.

I had always planned on a career in healthcare, but chose Chiropractic because of its proactive, “whole person” approach to improving health, instead of focusing on managing symptoms and disease with medication and surgery. I noticed this personally when I first saw a chiropractor for a shoulder injury when I was in college. One of the “side effects” of my treatment was a significant improvement in headaches and migraines I had experienced since childhood.

I take pride in learning as much as possible about those who seek my help to improve their health and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy taking care of people of all ages, and getting to know as much about your unique concerns so we can work together to get and keep you as healthy and active as possible.   I am constantly studying current research and learning new healing techniques in order to provide the best advice and options to my patients. Many of my educational pursuits have been guided by my  personal experience with illness and injury, and learning how to get and keep myself healthy!  In addition to traditional chiropractic care, my favorite topics include anatomy and neurology, nutrition, rehabilitation, and stress management.  

I love working with people who take an active role in improving their health, and I firmly believe in a “team approach” to healthcare, collaborating with other members of your healthcare team to help you achieve your goals.

As a lifelong nerd, I enjoy reading and travelling to explore new ideas and places. I make a point of finding ways to combine my nerdy love of continuing education and volunteer work with travelling to interesting places.  One of these ways is my involvement with ChiroMission, Inc. helping to organize over a dozen trips bringing chiropractors and volunteers to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as raising funds for healthcare, education and housing there. I was also very fortunate to travel to Kenya in 2014 on behalf of the Fredericktowne Rotary to facilitate and oversee a water well project our club co-sponsored. I’m looking forward to using my experience to help grow WBN! 

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