Kiesha Haughton is MWBC’s Managing Director. She brings more than 15 years of non-profit and entrepreneurship experience in providing economic development solutions to small businesses, NGOs, and government agencies to her role. With a background in management consulting, training services, and workforce development, Kiesha’s range of skills spans every aspect of knowledge necessary to help entrepreneurs start, operate, and expand a business. In her previous position as the regional director with the Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC), Kiesha’s region was one of the top performing regions in the state, which led to national recognition and some awards. She has 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), is a member of a number of boards, and is a member of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2018. She resides in Montgomery County.
Kate Vendemio is MWBC’s Training and Events Manager. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), certified ScrumMaster, and a Kirkpatrick Certified Evaluation Professional – Bronze Level, she brings a wealth of training and project management experience to the role. Kate has spent over thirteen years working with or for the federal government, the last six of which were spent with a large management consulting firm where she provided strategic guidance on federal training programs and curriculum design.
Kate is also Principal at Mt. Vernon Consulting, LLC, a small women-owned business providing training design, development, and delivery services to businesses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business. She and her family reside in Rockville.
Angie Duncanson is the Prince George’s County MWBC Senior Business Counselor. Before joining our team, she worked as a Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation Small Business Specialist and as a business consultant/instructor for Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who worked with the U.S. Navy in Sigonella, Sicily, Angie has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University. She is a member of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives (GWSAE), a certified meeting planner, a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, and a former board member of South County Economic Development Association (SCEDA).
Maria Ryan McElhenny is the Frederick County MWBC Business Counselor. She defines herself as a woman of purpose and passion. With a background in business banking and entrepreneurship, Maria knows first-hand what it takes to manage, grow, and overcome the challenges facing business owners. In addition to her work with us, Maria owns and manages Makeup Artist Pro Group, a team of 12 certified makeup artists that serve the Metropolitan Washington area for weddings, special events, and classes. A 2003 recipient of the Maryland Latina Woman Leader of The Year and founder/president of Blooming Women, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women business owners and professionals, 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.
Martha Jimenez is the Montgomery County MWBC Business Counselor. A native of Colombia with over 15 years of experience in business administration and five years as an independent international consultant for various companies in Latin America, she is fluent in English and Spanish. Her priority is to focus on her client’s needs and provide innovative ideas that will help them become successful entrepreneurs. She has a special interest in small business because it allows entrepreneurs to pursue their passions and conquer professional challenges that will lead to success. Throughout her career, Martha has built a reputation for developing business strategies and new channels for business development. She enjoys literature about success, leadership, and business coaching.