In addition to serving as The Boston Club‘s Immediate Past President, JoAnn Cavallaro is a founder of DeCava Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in operational strategy implementation and organizational change. Previously, she was an operating executive in the telecommunications and broadband industry, and has held senior executive positions at eVisioner, Inc., Charter Communications, Century Communications, MediaOne, and SNET/ATT. Cavallaro is a former trustee of the Board of Women in Cable & Telecommunications, and a supporter of Community Servings of Boston. She has served on The Boston Club’s Corporate Board Committee since 2001.
Terry Barclay is the president and CEO of Inforum (Michigan), one of the largest women’s business forums in the U.S. Previously, she served as senior VP/chief external affairs officer for Hospice of Michigan, as VP of university relations for Oakland University, and was the founder and president of Operation ABLE of Michigan. Barclay earned a B.A. in Urban Studies from the College of Wooster in Ohio and Master’s from the University of Michigan. Crain’s Detroit Business named Barclay one of the region’s “Most Influential Women” in 2007 and one of metro Detroit’s “40 Under 40” outstanding executives in 1992.
Sonja Enfinger, Secretary
Sonja Enfinger is the CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County franchise of The Business Card Holder, which provides local businesses with long-term advertising. She is a past president of The Women’s Business Center of North Alabama and has served as a director and chair of several organizations, including the Women’s Economic Development Council (Alabama), The State Board of Physical Therapy, and The Salvation Army. As a dedicated member and co-chair of “Young Leaders of The WEDC,” Enfinger serves on The Women’s Guild of The Huntsville Museum of Art and is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County. She is widely recognized in the Huntsville business community as an effective civic volunteer.
Jilaine Bauer, founder of Bauer Consulting, provides consultancy and project management services to organizations, helping drive strategy, manage risk and improve operating performance. She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry as general counsel, executive officer, firm principal and business consultant. She is on the Steering Committee of Milwaukee Women inc (MWi). Bauer has also served on the Board of Governors of the Investment Advisers Association and on various Investment Company Institute committees.
Sarah Meyerrose, Immediate Past President
Sarah Meyerrose is the principal of SMSS LLC, a consulting company focused on improving strategic performance and human resources practices for regional and community banks. She has held a variety of leadership positions during her 30 years in the banking industry, most of which were spent with First Tennessee/First Horizon National Corporation (FHN-NYSE). Meyerrose is a member of the inaugural Board of Visitors for the Owen School, as well as a member of Nashville CABLE and Women Business Leaders in Healthcare, among other community and service club affiliations.
Julie Graber is the CEO of GenderEQA. She has served as a board member and officer of numerous organizations, including serving as President of Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD, Ohio), which she represents on the ION board. In 2007, Graber was recognized by the Columbus, Ohio YWCA as a “Woman of Achievement” and is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership and power. She received an M.A. in Women’s Studies from Antioch University, McGregor and a B.S. in Retail Marketing from Ohio State University.
Board of Directors
As The Board Connection’s (Texas) executive director, Gayle Anderson brings a wealth of experience in global business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, cost reduction and finance. She served both as as EVP of Corporate Development and as CFO for Match.com, and was VP of Studio Planning at The Walt Disney Company. Anderson is a CPA in the state of California and received her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. Currently Board President of A Small Miracle Foundation, Anderson earned recognition as Dallas Business Journal’s CFO of the Year award in 2008, and was named a 2010 Top Board Candidate in Agenda Diversity 100.
An accomplished attorney, Sarah Ernst is a partner at Alston & Bird LLP and a director for OnBoard (Georgia). Ernst concentrates her legal practice on public and private company securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and joint ventures, with an emphasis in the health care sector. She also regularly advises legal clients on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance, reporting obligations and corporate governance matters.
As CEO of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC), Donna Evans also serves as President and CEO of Women’s Leadership Foundation (WLF, Colorado). Prior to her current position, Evans was the director of public policy and strategic partnerships for the Downtown Denver Partnership. She has also held various leadership positions in public policy, strategic planning, business development and marketing for a large technology corporation, higher education facility and non-profit organizations.
Elaine Gilde represents the Financial Women’s Association of New York on the ION Board. She is President of Grove Street Capital, which invests in and advises early stage growth companies with an emphasis on business and marketing services, technology and internet-related areas, and a founding board member of New York Angels, one of the largest and most active technology-focused angel investment organizations on the East Coast. In her career, Ms. Gilde has led more than 100 investment and advisory transactions involving in excess of $3.0 billion of capital.
Keitha Lackey is the president of Executive Women of New Jersey. Additionally, she is an insurance executive with extensive experience in sales, operations and general management. She has spoken and presented on retail and database marketing and sales strategies for insurance products, as well as on Medicare-related issues. Lackey manages the finances for her town environmental commission’s community organic garden initiative. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Virginia Tech, and an M.B.A. from Radford University.
Pam Porter is executive vice president of strategic consulting at Opportunity Finance Network, a national membership organization for the community development financial institutions industry. At OFM, she leads the organization’s consulting practice, providing services to community development lenders, banks, foundations and social impact investors. She has three decades of experience in the business and finance sectors and is an active member of The Forum of Executive Women (Philadelphia). Porter is a board member of Colonial American Bank and was appointed by the Department of Commerce to serve on the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige National Quality Award.
In addition to serving as President and CEO of Central Exchange (Missouri), CiCi Rojas is vice president of community engagement for Truman Medical Centers (TMC) where she pursues innovative revenue opportunities for service and sustainability. Previously, she assisted diverse businesses as an executive for the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in Dallas, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. In 2009, Rojas was named the Minority Corporate Business Advocate of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal. She is a recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award presented by the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as the Girl Scouts’ Pearl Award for her exemplary professional and community achievements. An active member of her community, she serves on the boards of the Heartland Women’s Leadership Council, Metropolitan Community College’s Foundation, the BATS Exchange Listing and Hearing Review Council, among others.