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Our Team

Meet your Ellevate team! We are a dynamic group coming from diverse backgrounds and industries, and yet we can all agree on a few basic ideals. Women are awesome. Through networking and education, women can flourish. And by engaging and empowering professional women economically, we can activate a community of current and future leaders who have the power to change the world. We hope you'll join us on this exhilarating journey.

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Maricella Herrera Avila
Maricella Herrera Avila

Senior Director of Operations & Strategy

Allison Matejczyk
Allison Matejczyk

Director of Corporate Partnerships

Tina Pettigrew
Tina Pettigrew

Director of Communications

Rebecca Spitzer
Rebecca Spitzer

Director of Product

Ben Sochar
Ben Sochar

Technical Lead

Samantha Giannangeli
Samantha Giannangeli

People Operations Manager

Madeline Kelley
Madeline Kelley

Business Development Associate

Sivi Ananthasingam
Sivi Ananthasingam

Client Relations Associate

Johanna Pulgarin
Johanna Pulgarin

Program Manager

Samantha Schwarz
Samantha Schwarz

Junior Program Manager

Jess Matley
Jess Matley

Chapter Operations & Event Coorindator

Raquel Ugalde
Raquel Ugalde

Chapter Operations Manager

Rachel Maïga
Rachel Maïga

Chapter Operations Manager

Alison Williams
Alison Williams

Marketing Coordinator

Hoa Newton
Hoa Newton

Full Stack Engineer

Elisa Verna
Elisa Verna

Junior Engineer

Kirsten Penaloza
Kirsten Penaloza

Customer Experience Coordinator


Chapter Officers

Nancy Piatt
Nancy Piatt

Independent Print Sales

IPR Group

Co-President

Cincinnati

Sonya Smith-Valentine, CPA, Esq.
Sonya Smith-Valentine, CPA, Esq.

President

Financially Fierce, LLC

Executive Council & Innovator Events Lead

Washington, D.C.

Christine Birnbaum
Christine Birnbaum

FWA Member and Executive Board Member

The Financial Women's Association of NY, Inc.

Events Co-Lead

Northern New Jersey

Andrea Chowansky
Andrea Chowansky

VP, Product Manager

TD Bank

Events Lead

Philadelphia

Chantal McNeily
Chantal McNeily

Wealth Sales Director

Sun Life Global Investments

Young Professionals Events Lead

Toronto

Kate Liebelt
Kate Liebelt

Precision Medicine & Healthcare Supply Chain Leader

Deloitte Consulting

Executive Council and Innovator Manager

Chicago

Beatina Theopold
Beatina Theopold

Partner

Juniperseed Consulting

Sponsorship Lead

Los Angeles

Natalya Oram Walters
Natalya Oram Walters

Officer

Hong Kong

Latonya Gordon, PMP
Latonya Gordon, PMP

Civil Engineer, Highways

DOI

Co-President

Nashville

Karen Kelly - Corporate Trainer, Certified Facilitator
Karen Kelly - Corporate Trainer, Certified Facilitator

Managing Partner

K2 Performance Consulting Inc

Sponsorship Lead

Toronto

Sanola Daley
Sanola Daley

Women's Employment Senior Expert

IFC - International Finance Corporation (member of The World Bank)

Co-President

Washington, D.C.

Bianca Ferrer
Bianca Ferrer

Marketing Consultant | Event Management + Creative Direction

Self-Employed

Events Lead

Houston

Kristin Keefrider
Kristin Keefrider

Senior Consultant

LTS

Member Acquisition

Washington, D.C.

Jen Lemanski
Jen Lemanski

Practice Growth Senior Manager

PKF Texas

Member Acquisition Lead

Houston