Leadership

Leadership – Opportunities to Grow

 

There are numerous opportunities for women to develop their leadership skills within the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta.  We invite everyone, from the newest member, to the most long-serving members to take on roles as they are interested.

 

Our Executive Board consists of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Member-At-Large, Membership Chair, Marketing Chair and Visitor Chair.  These roles are filled by members with at least one year of service to the organization.

 

We also have Cause chairs and each cause has committee members.  We invite and encourage newer members to serve on a committee to learn more about the organization and network with other members.

Andra Prowant – President

Andra Prowant Andra Prowant is a Certified Life Coach, Addiction Counselor, and Emotional Intelligence Specialist who is passionate about helping professionals master levels of success, and maintain them with optimal energy and focus. With 20 years of experience in sales and business development, she understands the soft skills and mindsets necessary to meet goals, minimize stress, and develop strong relationships. As a catalyst for growth and breakthrough, she delivers strategic tools to develop internal resources and transform obstacles into opportunities. Her passion for helping professionals get the breakthrough they desire carries over into her work as an addiction counselor and coach to help men and women overcome destructive patterns in their life. She works at Arise Counseling and Coaching in Peachtree City, and serves on the Board and in Leadership at Pathway Home, a recovery home for women who want to break free of life controlling issues. Andra is currently serving as VP for the Business Women of Fayette & Coweta.

 

Jennifer Lunsford – Vice President

Jennifer Lunsford Jennifer is the New Patient Coordinator with Mahaffey Orthodontics in Peachtree City and the current Vice President for the BWFC. After working for 20+ years as an Administrative Assistant for large corporations, Jennifer decided it was time to find a small business closer to home and found Mahaffey Orthodontics in May of 2016. As the New Patient Coordinator Jennifer says, “Knowing I am the first person a new patient talks to, I understand how important it is to make the patient feel comfortable about this next phase in life. I love talking to our new patients and building a relationship with them as they share their needs for our services.”  Jennifer has been on several committees for the BWFC causes since joining in 2014. She has made friendships and business relationships she otherwise would not have. “My husband and I moved to Fayetteville to be closer to our families and I did not know anyone in Fayette County. I knew I needed connections here and I found the BWFC whose focus is on giving back to our communities as well as business networking. I knew I had found exactly what I needed.” Jennifer and her husband Jason enjoy going to the UGA football games in the Fall, traveling to the mountains in Tennessee or to the beautiful beaches of Hilton Head Island. You can also find them golfing around Peachtree City.

Patti Kadkhodaian – Secretary

As an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, Patti is certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, she is equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, she has access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives.

Being in business for over 25 years with three different businesses, Patti knows, firsthand, the inner workings of developing a profitable business and building a thriving team.  LEAD yourself and GROW strong teams for RICH results, hence the name of her company, LEAD GROW RICH.  As the Master of Mind Peace, Patti can help you unlock the potential inside.

Patti co-founded the Business Women of Fayette & Coweta as well as serving on the Board as President and Secretary.  She is currently the Secretary.

For over 20 years, Patti and her husband Frank have called Fayette County home.  They have four grown sons and look forward to what each new day brings.

Yvette D. Best – Treasurer

Yvette D. Best is an established tax accountant and the bestselling author of four business books. She combines real-life experience with professional know-how to deliver savvy financial advice in a clear, understandable way.

Yvette has 15+ years experience as a Controller serving as a financial, sales, and marketing executive over a $20 million budget. Her unique perspective on managing finances coupled with a diverse analytical skill set has equipped Yvette with the practical and hands-on knowledge to help individuals and firms grow and succeed financially.

With a passion for numbers, in 2006 she opened Best Services Unlimited LLC, a boutique tax firm with exceptional accounting, strategic business advisory, credit restoration, and mobile notary services. Yvette graduated magna cum laude from Centenary College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and also earned an honors-level MBA from Belhaven University.

With a successful business that has built organically through referrals, she hopes to pass her accumulated knowledge to young people and educate them on the importance of managing their personal finances. She has a strong desire to help taxpayers navigate a complicated world of facts and figures.  Yvette is currently serving as Treasurer for the Business Women of Fayette & Coweta.

Maria Vigil – Member At-Large

Maria Vigil Maria Vigil is President and Founder of VProVantage, LLC and the Past-President and Member At-Large of the BWFC.   She was selected as the BWFC 2017 Women of the Year.  Maria’s experience spans 3 decades where she started her career in employee benefits as an Enrolled Actuary and Pension Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). She has been a business owner in the financial services industry since 1986 and launched VProVantage in 2004 providing small business accounting and business advisory services. Maria is passionate about small business. She says “It is very fulfilling to see small businesses succeed and the BWFC gives me the opportunity to work with so many great women who are successful and give back to the community.” Maria resides in Fayetteville with two of her four children and has two grown children who reside in Atlanta and Richmond, Va. She is a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church and enjoys the symphony, singing, fine dining and crochet.

Maria Vigil, VProVantage, LLC

Rachel Smartt – Member At-Large

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Durham, Membership Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connie Jones, Marketing Chair

 

 

 

 

Dana Kessler, Visitor Chair

Dana Kessler Dana is a crazy busy mom of 7 and loves every minute of her hectic life! When she’s not busy corralling kids, Dana volunteers for causes near and dear to her heart: Second Chance Thrift Shop in Brooks and Brooks Food Pantry- both missions of Brooks UMC. She is the 2017 Visitor Chair for BWFC and feels it’s the perfect role for her as she loves meeting new people. Dana is also a virtual skin care franchise owner representing Rodan and Fields’ products. She also describes herself as:

Entrepreneur, Mom of 7, Luckiest Wife in the World, Life Long Learner, Optimist to the Core, Animal Lover, Exercise Enthusiast, Lover of all things German.

 

 

Ellie White-Stevens, O Christmas Tea Chair

Ellie White-Stevens Ellie White-Stevens started her career as an international journalist for Operation Mobilization. After three years in nonprofit corporate communications, Ellie transitioned to The Citizen, where she became their top salesperson. Eight years ago, Ellie branched out on her own to start the marketing agency that has become Dirt1x which stands for Do It Right The 1st Time.
Ellie assists small businesses with growth strategies through her Sustainable Marketing System. Her team creates compelling sales materials and brands that last. She can craft a story. Create a tagline. Build a website. And still have time for community leadership and networking.
Ellie was the first Young Professional of the Year for the Fayette Chamber. Ellie is a member and coach with PowerCore. A past Business Women of Fayette and Coweta Business Woman of the Year, she served as President for two years. Currently, she is the BWFC Marketing Chair. Each year Ellie chairs the O Christmas Tea committee and has raised over $113,000 in the last eight years, all to help the victims of domestic violence.

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