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Founder and President

A first generation immigrant, Rosemary Tran Lauer came to the U.S. in 1975 from Vietnam as a single mother with two children, aged six months and three years. With no formal college education and speaking little English, Rosemary worked several jobs, relying on welfare and friends to help care for her children while she worked tirelessly to become financially independent. After earning a...

Co-Founder

Dr. Beverly Mattson, a Senior Research Associate with RMC Research Corporation, has over thirty years of experience in general and special education. She provides assistance to public and charter schools, school districts, and state education agencies on federal education legislation. From 1991 to 1999, Beverly served as adjunct faculty with the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University...

Vice President

Daniel H. Ruttenberg is a principal with the law firm of Smolen Plevy in Tysons Corner, Virginia. His practice areas include tax planning for businesses, general corporate law, estate planning, and estate administration. He is a member of the Bar in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Maryland. Mr. Ruttenberg received...

Secretary

At the Global Wealth Management of Merrill Lynch, Ban is a Senior Financial Advisor and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor with a principal focus on full wealth management services for affluent clients, retirees, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Together with Merrill Lynch specialists in different areas, Ban offers clients a range of services including financial strategy...

Treasurer

Sara Zeller is a partner with the accounting firm of Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, P.C. in McLean, Virginia. She specializes in tax consulting services for corporations, including mergers and acquisitions tax planning, and representation for federal and state tax audits. She is a certified public accountant by the State of North Carolina and is a member of the American Institute of Certified...

Board Member

Jahan K. Jewayni is an International Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch's Global Private Client Group in Vienna, VA. Jahan is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(r), and focuses his practice on the small and medium enterprise market (SMEs). He is a graduate of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in College Park. He received his B.S. in Accounting, and became a...

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Bill Lauer is the Founder and President of Tetra Partnerships, a full-service real estate and development company based in Reston, Virginia. Bill plays an active role in industry trade associations and has received extensive recognition and numerous awards for his involvement in shaping the development community in Northern Virginia. Bill is also actively involved in philanthropic activities...

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Bang Trinh is a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley responsible for the Philippines and Vietnam. In this role, he is responsible for managing the Firm’s senior relationships and for driving Morgan Stanley’s strategy and growth in these countries. Bang has advised clients in Asia, US and Latin America across on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and capital raising.  Bang has...

Honorary Board Member

Angie Goff anchors the weekend editions of News4 Today and reports during the week. Angie realized the power and impact of social media early and uses that expertise in her reports.

As an Army brat, Goff spent her childhood living both in the U.S. and South Korea, but she calls Northern Virginia home. She graduated from Herndon High School and attended college at George Mason University...

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Kathleen was originally licensed in 1987 and a licensed Broker since 2002 in the Northern Virginia area. She has achieved Top 1% in the Nation in sales during her Real Estate sales career. In 2002 she started and ran one of the leading corporate real estate offices in the Prince William County area with Weichert Realtors achieving number one status in the company by hiring over 160 agents in...

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Ms Cheung was born in Fukien China and grew up in the Washington metropolitan area. She has a BS degree in Finance from...

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Creator of GERMAINE'S in 1978 and recognized as America's first Pan-Asian restaurant.  Recipient of Nation's Restaurant News, “Hall of Fame Award.” GERMAINE'S has been featured on several occasions in  The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today (chosen as one of the top 10 women chefs in the United States), People, Playboy, Food and Wine, Gourmet Magazine...

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As a proud work-at-home dad maintaining his writing and consulting career while raising two daughters under the age of six, Scott understands the challenges of balancing work and family as well as finding (and affording) quality child care.  

Scott is a 20+-year public relations industry veteran, 12 of those with some of the world’s top agencies, including Fleishman-Hillard...

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Brigitta Toruño’s love of her native language, Spanish, drove her desire to work with languages and launch UNO Translations and Communications, LLC (UNO). She founded UNO in 1998 after more than a decade of work in the corporate world. Before UNO, she was the Hispanic Communications Manager of Fannie Mae, a Fortune 500 financial corporation.  She worked to develop a...

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Elizabeth “Liz” Updike, President, LIZ E, Liz Enterprises, LLC is an accomplished Financial Services Industry Leader with over twenty five years experience in the Financial Services and Investment Industry.

Liz Updike is recognized as a specialist in the area of Retirement Income Distribution Planning and Annuities and was formerly Vice President at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management as...

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Akia Garnett, CEO for Brandbuilder and speaker, has over 15 years experience as an entrepreneur, expert in...

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Lieu Nguyen is Vice President of Business Development at ICantHearYou®, with the goal of improving awareness, communications and safety for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing world. She was hired in 2008 as Merchandising Director of Safe Living Incorporated.

Prior to ICantHearYou®, Ms. Nguyen was Curator and Gallery Director...

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Lida Peterson, CPPM, CDMP serves as the Event Director for SPCN Internet TV.  She is also the current President of Connected International Meeting Professionals Association (CIMPA).  Before taking over the reigns of CIMPA, she worked as the IT Manager of a Land Development company in Fairfax, VA....

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Jennifer Lee is currently an Attorney-Advisor for the Federal government. Prior to working for the government, Jennifer was in private practice, representing businesses, lenders, and entrepreneurs in a broad range of transactional matters, litigation, and estate planning. Jennifer also has an M.A. in Experimental Psychology,...

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Grace Lee is a native of Northern Virginia and grew up in McLean. She attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the...

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Psychologist and long-time nonprofit leader, Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD, brings an array of uniquely combined skills and experience in the areas of human and systems science, organization development, executive management, higher education, professional training and mentoring.  She is a well-known and highly-regarded lecturer, author and advocate in psychology and...

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Yasmine Bonilla  Financial Career started in 2001 to present.  I am certified in securities trading, hold  Series 7 and Series 66 licenses, health and life insurance licenses.  Graduated from George Washington University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree.  My approach at Ameriprise Financial is centered around taking a disciplined and integrated approach to...

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Drazen M. Alcocer currently serves as the Director of Business Development at FEDMINE.US, working in the Federal Market & Business Intelligence sector using SAAS (software as a service) to display real-time data on government spending and the Federal Budget. He brings many years of experience sitting in active leadership roles within the community as well as...

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