Board Members

Debbie Bennett, a resident of Walkersville, has been a member of the Women’s Business Network for eleven years, and serving on the Board of Directors for eight. Debbie is currently serving as President from 2022-2023.

Debbie is a Client Success Manager for C Clark Consulting, a growth agency focused on inbound marketing. We help clients create an inbound strategy that is statistically proven to bring clients qualified leads and to help grow their business. Some of Debbie’s accomplishments is being Inbound Certified, HubSpot Sales Software Certified, Inbound Marketing Certified, and Inbound Sales Certified. Additionally, Debbie also has her own business as an Executive Consultant for Rodan & Fields skin care, the #1 leading skin care in North America. She has been a consultant for four years and loves to educate people about good skin care.

In addition to serving on the Board for the Women’s Business Network of Frederick as President, Debbie is a member of the Walkersville United Methodist Church, member of Success Champions, and a graduate from Leadership of Frederick (Class of Storms, 2019). Always active in the community, Debbie served for fourteen years as the Head Cheerleading Advisor for Walkersville High School and Glade Valley Athletic Association. Debbie has been a representative for Mount Saint Mary’s University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2014.

Debbie and her husband Jeff have been married for 39 years. They have two children, Dr. Carissa Smith, a Pharmacy Manager and Justin Bennett, a Cyber Security Specialist. The light of Debbie’s eyes is watching and enjoying her grandchildren, Camden, Lincoln and Holden.

Cheryl has been an active member of WBN for over five years. She is a consultant with the #1 skincare brand in North America, Rodan + Fields. She loves being in a position to help men and women look their very best by using clinically proven dermatologist created skincare. She thrives in helping others learn and build their businesses.

Additionally, she is a Growth Marketing Specialist with C Clark Consulting. Her love of marketing developed when she was WBN’s marketing chairperson for three years. She loves being a part of the strategic partnership for companies who are frustrated with the lack of results from their marketing. She helps them improve profitability by increasing engagement, lead generation, customer acquisition, and retention.

Cheryl lives in Middletown with her husband and is the mother of four wonderful boys.

Laurie

Laurie Sigsbey, Treasurer

Laurie Sigsbey 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 35 years. She enjoys traveling, loves spending time with her family and friends and fulfilling her life-long quest of learning new things in pursuit of her life’s purpose. She is excited about her retirement in March 2022 and is making plans for a new chapter in her life!

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! 

Casey, a Frederick native, is an Entrepreneur who’s passionate about helping others. As a Growth Strategist and owner of C Clark Consulting, she challenges clients’ thought processes and behaviors to improve the function and success of their business. As a co-owner of Bio Solutions, she helps clients through some of the most trying times. With both companies, clients love her relatable approach and are inspired by her ability to imagine what could be.

Casey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and MBA from Argosy University, Washington, D.C., as well as her Masters in Health in Wellness Coaching from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Her education and diverse experience help her implement practical strategies to help businesses grow better so that they can make a bigger impact in their communities. 

Personally, Casey enjoys her self-proclaimed title of ‘food critic’ and enjoys different restaurant experiences as she travels around the world. You can always count on having a great discussion about restaurants to try and neuroplasticity – one of Casey’s favorite topics!

Lisa worked at the University of Maryland Dental school for 25 years. Six years ago, she left to start working with husband Steve and son Mike at the family business they started 14 years ago. She has loved working with their customers and learning about cars.

She has been married to Steve for 39 years, and they have two children Crystal and Mike, and granddaughter Madison.

She is involved in many organizations, Partners in Care, Suicide prevention, National Ovarian Cancer, and served on the Women’s Business Network board for several years and recently returned to that position. She is also a graduate of Leadership Frederick 2020 (thanks to COVID called the longest class ever).

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and horseback riding with her granddaughter, and creating stained glass projects.

Michelle Rankin, Programs Chair

Owner, Victory Closers

Michelle is a native to Frederick and has lived here her entire life. While living and working in her community she is given the opportunity to serve others through her work, knowing she makes a difference.

Michelle started her company, Victory Closers, in July of 2020. She is a professional and personable Certified Loan Signing Agent bringing value to her industry by providing clients with a positive, error-free experience. She specializes in real estate documents, having a strong understanding of both loan and title documents as well as settlement procedures – covering Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Washington counties in Maryland.

Prior to Victory Closers, Michelle spent 7 years as a Marketing and Community Relations Manager for a large multi-state car wash and quick-lube company. Prior to that she had her own health and life insurance business.

Michelle has a strong passion for her community. She has been a member of the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek for 15 years, a chairperson for the club’s Ft. Detrick recognition program and also serves as a board member for Girls on the Run of Mid Maryland.

Michelle enjoys hiking and biking with her best guy Wes and their dog Joker. She loves to travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to ‘hit the road’.

Michelle Rankin

Karen Farrow is the owner and operator of Celebrated Events, a full service event planning company serving Frederick, Maryland, and the surrounding area. Celebrated Events maintains excellent business relationships with area vendors, and is a member of the Frederick Area Bridal Network. The company will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary in March 2022.  Over the years, Karen has coordinated a number of weddings, milestone anniversaries, birthdays, and holiday parties. Before starting Celebrated Events, Karen organized fund raising and other events for a private school, including their annual silent auction/galas and graduation ceremonies. She also planned their ground breaking ceremony when the school moved to a new, state-of-the-art facility in 2008. Karen currently serves on three boards, the Women’s Business Network of Frederick, the Frederick Area Bridal Network, and the Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute. She lives in Williamsport, Maryland, 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.