• Sunday, April 23, 2017

Our Team

Marketing & Communications

Jacqueline Lara brings 10 years of marketing and communications experience to nonprofits, women entrepreneurs, small businesses, and artists whose work fosters general goodwill and inspires action. Whether clients are looking to drive event registration, raise money, or shift attitudes and behavior, Jacqueline pulls from a strong foundation of strategic thinking, and her ability to tell their stories across multiple media platforms to reach audiences both online and offline. In 2010, Jacqueline leapt into entrepreneurship full-time to launch Mpact PR, LLC, and has been the project lead on local and national campaigns as well as international initiatives. Her distinctive approach has resulted in placements in media outlets throughout the Washington, D.C. region, as well as national and trade publications including, but not limited to: Wall Street Journal, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Washington Post, Salon.com, CNN.com International, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, and Success Magazine. Jacqueline has a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Organizations from the University of Maryland. She resides in Silver Spring, MD with her husband and two sons. Contact her at jacqueline@marylandwbc.org

Managing Director

Kiesha Haughton brings over 15 years of non-profit and entrepreneurship experience in providing economic development solutions to small businesses, NGOs, and government agencies. Experienced in management consulting, training services, and workforce development, Kiesha’s range of experiences spans every aspect of starting, operating, and expanding the companies of small business owners. In her past position as Regional Director with the MD Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), Kiesha was able to succeed in becoming one of the top performing regions in the State, which led to national recognition and a number of awards. Her educational background includes an MBA from the University of Maryland with a concentration in international business, an MA in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration from the University of Denver, and a BA in Government & Politics and German from the University of Maryland. Kiesha is a certified global business professional (CGBP) and a member of a number of boards and currently resides in Montgomery County. Contact her at kiesha@marylandwbc.org

Sr. Business Counselor/Trainer

AngieDuncansonAngie Duncanson
is the Maryland Women’s Business Center Program Manager/Business Counselor for Prince George’s County located at the Bowie Business Innovation Center, Bowie State University. Prior to joining the MWBC, she worked as a Small Business Specialist for Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation and as a Business Consultant/Instructor for Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center. Angie has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University, Troy, Alabama. She is a Marine Corps Veteran who worked with the US Navy in Sigonella, Sicily. She is a former member and board member of South County Economic Development Association (SCEDA), a member of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE), a certified meeting planner, and a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority. Contact her at angie@marylandwbc.org

Business Counselor/Trainer

Maria defines herself as a woman of purpose and passion. She is the bilingual (English/Spanish) Business Counselor/Trainer for Frederick County, and also owns and manages Makeup Artist Pro Group, which comprises a team of 12 certified Makeup Artists that serves the DMV area for weddings, special events, and classes. Maria has a background in business banking and entrepreneurship. One of her first business ventures was in the area of corporate identity development and web design, strategy, and marketing. Through that experience, Maria learned first-hand how to manage, grow, and overcome the challenges that come with being a business owner. She also was the Founder/President of Blooming Women, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to supporting women business owners and professionals. A 2003 recipient of the Maryland Latina Woman Leader of The Year, Maria hopes to help others by sharing and mentoring young women in all she has learned in her journey as a woman, mother, and business owner. Contact Maria at Maria@marylandwbc.org.

Business Counselor/Trainer

Martha Jimenez is a native of Colombia with over 15 years of experience in the business administration and five years as an independent international consultant for various companies in Latin America. She is fluent in English and Spanish. Throughout her career, she has built a reputation for developing business strategies and new channels for business development. Her priority is to focus on her client’s needs and provide innovative ideas that will help them become successful entrepreneurs. She enjoys literature about success, leadership, and business coaching. She has a special interest in small business because it allows entrepreneurs to pursue their own passions and conquer professional challenges that will lead to success.

Training & Events Manager

Donna Gallagher
entrepreneurial heart lead her to found Warrior Women Arise, an organization to help women navigate the transitional seasons of life, rediscover their dreams, and fight for themselves. She has a passion to see women succeed and be all they can be. Having a marketing background, Donna plans all of the Montgomery County workshops and has a hand in special events. Donna lives in Germantown, Maryland with her husband of over 40 years. She has three adult children and four grandchildren who are the joy of her life. Contact her at donna@marylandwbc.org

Office Manager

Mary Grace Sabol is the office manager for the MWBC and has served nonprofits for more than 25 years. As a graduate of James Madison University’s master’s program in Higher Ed Administration, she served in Admissions and Residence Life positions with freshmen and international students at institutions in Virginia, Tennessee, Alaska, and Pennsylvania. She entered economic development through the Nashville Area public-private partnership, Partnership 2010. She helped raise $9M in funding, resulting in more than 51 business relocations to the 10-county area, and she completed the IEDC’s Economic Development Certificate from the University of Oklahoma. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Mary Grace serves as an election judge, and she resides with her husband in Rockville.


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