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.

 

Maria Vigil – President

Maria Vigil Maria Vigil is President and Founder of VProVantage, LLC and the current President of the BWFC. 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

Andra Prowant – Vice 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.

Mary Buzzeo – Treasurer

Mary Buzzeo Mary Buzzeo is President and Certified Bookkeeper at Journals & Ledgers and serves as the current Treasurer of the BWFC. Mary has 25+ years of accounting experience, working with companies in the healthcare, legal, consulting and non-profit fields. Two years ago, she decided to leave the corporate world and launch her bookkeeping services practice. Her passion is working with small businesses to streamline their bookkeeping processes and most importantly, to assist them with understanding their company finances.
Since joining the BWFC in 2016, Mary has served on the annual Artwalk for Pathway Committee in addition to serving as the Treasurer. “When I decided to start my own business, I knew I needed to network with other business women and I also wanted to give back to this great community. BWFC has been the perfect choice for me as it blends both of those goals and I’ve made great friends in the process.”
Mary lives in Senoia with her husband and has two grown daughters. In her free time, she enjoys scrapbooking, spending time at the beach with her family and cheering on her favorite college football teams.

Jennifer Lunsford – Secretary

Jennifer Lunsford Jennifer is the New Patient Coordinator with Mahaffey Orthodontics in Peachtree City and the current Secretary 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.

Sheila Rambeck – Member At-Large

Sheila Rambeck I am a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy, estate planning, and wills attorney licensed in the State of Georgia. I am licensed to practice in the Superior Courts of Georgia, the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. I’ve also been sworn in to the Northern District of Georgia Federal Courts and the Middle District of Georgia Federal Courts.
I graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. I also graduated magna cum laude from Clayton State University with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Technology Management.
I’m a member of the Fayette County Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association (including the Bankruptcy Section). I’m also a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the American Bankruptcy Institute. I belong to the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta, where I am currently the Member-at-Large after having been the Vice President.
I was selected by the Business Women of Fayette & Coweta as their 2014 Business Woman of the Year.

Laura D – Member At-Large, Membership Chair

Laura D Laura Dzwigalski has been married to her husband Ryan for 10 years. They have 2 adorable dogs: Gorgeous George and Casper. Active in the community, Laura is Vice President of the Optimist Club of Senoia, as well as an active member of The Senoia Area Historical Society and the Kiwanis of Coweta County. She also serves as Membership Chair of the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta. Laura has been honored in the community many times, including; the Optimist of the Year award from the Optimist Club of Senoia (2014) and Business Woman of the Year by the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta County (2016). She works with families as a financial advisor with Edward Jones.

Ellie White-Stevens, Marketing 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.

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.

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