Kara Reade Gomez followed her mom's footsteps and has 20 years of experience/training, being published many times for her skin care guidance and makeup work. The Best Face Forward team, a division of the family business, was inspired by her wedding. She knows first-hand that the bridal experience is completely unlike any other! These girls are her posse… she’ll fight you over them! Building BFF while still working full time in a prior career, she quickly realized her passion of mentoring others. Husband Jo, her biggest cheerleader, proudly knows more about beauty than most men combined, while 18 yr old son Sebastian raised her “street cred” among the teen crowd by asking her do his hair Newborn son Cruz has been designated the Chief Cuddle Officer of BFF! An excessive user of exclamation marks, easy ways to Kara’s heart include anything to do with pandas, her pet bunny Winnie, sushi, slurpees, episodes of the Amazing Race, or Dateline (anyone with a hookup to Keith Morrison will be my new best friend), or a good Redskins game!
Genny B. (Genneya Briscoe) is a native Washingtonian creative who has combined her knowledge and fascination of well crafted antique furniture, her love of fashion and her obsession with color into re-imagining some of the areas most sought after eclectic furniture and home wares designs.
Some of her custom pieces can be seen in the homes of some of the areas most well known fashionistas and designers and fashion events. In addition, her home interior designs and fashionable sense of styling have been enlisted by a number of Interior Designers in the DMV area for numerous projects and staging.
Along with her desire to create she is also dedicated to encouraging the growing group of creatives and small business owners alike to give them a platform to showcase their talents and gifts. In staying true to that mission, you will see her collaborating with numerous entrepreneurs in the area to create one of a kind items in her "BEE MARKET" to bring awareness, as well as revenue to the many gifted local business owners and designers in the DMV and surrounding areas.
I’m a busy mom of two, who loves to save money, share great family-friendly events, and inspire other parents and consumers to make wise financial decisions and live well on less. Beltway Bargain Mom is all about sharing local deals available here in our nation’s Capital, featuring money-saving tips, and instilling community among couponers and savvy shoppers in our area. On my site you’ll find everything from grocery store deals, valuable coupons, free food offers, reviews, and frugal family events.
Ramunda Lark Young worked as a Community Relations professional for a decade where she cultivated her skill of establishing authentic business connections by building partnerships with schools, officials, corporations and others. While at a Fortune 500 company, Young garnered sales of a quarter million dollars annually and received honors recognizing her efforts. A proud graduate of Langston University, she is the CEO and Connection Strategist of Ramunda Young, Inc. where she passionately helps women craft their Value Voice© to build business relationships that increase sales and self-confidence.
Young was named a Top 5 Influential Women of Prince William County, recognized as Top 40 Under 40 by Virginia Leadership Institute, Courageous Woman Leader award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Prince William County Chapter, and a Langston University Women in Leadership Honoree. She proudly serves on several boards including Leadership Prince William, Manassas City Schools Education Foundation and is Vice Chair of the Prince William Chamber Education Committee. Young is an appointee of the Prince William County Human Rights Commission and was recently named Commissioner of the Year by the Virginia Association of Human Rights.
Young and her husband Derrick co-founded the award winning, MahoganyBooks and featured on Essence.com, Blavity and Tulsa People. They are proud parents of their daughter Mahogany.
Nasreen Jahed Cieplenski is a public health professional with over 15 years of experience in supporting operations for clinical trial research. Nasreen has worked on HIV/AIDS and oncology trials. Her most recent experience focuses on international health. Nasreen has had the opportunity to travel to several countries to assist in supporting clinical trials, including Tanzania, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico and Australia. Nasreen also lived in Indonesia for one year to help hire and train local staff to conduct clinical research for infectious diseases, including dengue fever, sepsis and tuberculosis. She has co-authored several manuscripts throughout her career.
Nasreen is a new mom! She can’t get enough of her little guy, Gavin, who is always full of smiles. Nasreen and her husband, Jim, love ‘tickle time’ with their little man. The laughter is infectious!
Author, speaker, clinician and cancer survivor, Dr. Ferguson is the founder of The Ferguson Foundation Inc., a cancer advocacy organization, and RECTIFY: THE RACE 5/10K Cancer Run/Walk. Dr. Ferguson is also the founder of RFM Enterprises, LLC, a publishing powerhouse and consultancy firm helping to create first time authors and empower budding entrepreneurs.
While surviving her own tumultuous battle with cancer, Anissa created The Ferguson Foundation Inc. from a hospital bed in Washington, DC, to support other cancer survivors and their families. She resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband, also Dr. Ferguson, and their two children.
Tanya Barnett is a speaker, author and the “Real” Wife Coach. She is the author of “Being a Wife Just Got Real: Things I Wish I Knew, Before I Said, I Do.” She founded the Real Wife Movement™ which was designed to equip single and married women with tools for creating strong marriages and families.
She is also the founder of Forever Free Books, a mobile literacy nonprofit, which delivers free books and story time to low income children in their neighborhoods and schools.
She is a marathoner, triathlete and a serious book lover. She and her husband, Don, have 3 awesome kids.
Jessica Koch has been a national Sales and Marketing Professional for more than 25 years. She has spent the last 10 years working with a consulting company, expanding the companies industries to include: National Government Accounts, Fortune 500 Clients, National Power Utilities, Hospitals, and Universities/Colleges. She secured a useable National Government Contract for the Consulting Company and trained and managed the sales team nationally. She was a guest speaker in San Francisco for the American Association of School Administrators, for the Maryland Association of Community Colleges where she spoke for the CFO’s of the Colleges, for the Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo Michigan to teach a workshop to the State of Michigan’s Superintendents of Schools. Prior to working with the Consulting Company, she worked with a Marketing Firm where she interviewed, hired, and trained a sales team for Fortune 1000 business-to-business promotions; including Washington Gas Energy Services, Verizon, and Disney. She oversaw and assigned territories, and her team was consistently the top sales producer for the company. She has traveled and lived in numerous states throughout the country, as she is the daughter of a Retired Navy Service Member. She also lived in Germany for three years and traveled to France, Bavaria, and Prague of the Czech Republic during her seven years as an Air Force wife. She currently resides in the Solomon’s Island Maryland Area with her husband of 14 years and their seven children, of which her 18 year old son is an Active Duty Member of the United States Army! Her family is active in her local church, and they enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, time at the beach, exploring state parks, and just walking the Solomon’s Boardwalk on an almost daily basis. Jessica also enjoys reading, scrapbooking, painting, sewing and baking.
Passionate advocate to improve and strengthen quality of health services and information provided to women, newborns, children, adolescents/youth, and the elderly in marginalized communities; through strategic communications, health policy, health systems strengthening, capacity building, implementation, use of modern technology, and engaging with local communities, partners, and donors. Through supporting in-country teams, I advocate for improved quality, access and delivery of health services and information plus engage with multiple stakeholders to implement sustainable and culturally acceptable community-driven programs that will benefit women, their families and communities. Read more about her nonprofit here.
Tonia Sanders is a wife and mother of two beautiful girls. She enjoys chatting and writing posts about motherhood, family issues, events, and product reviews. In her spare time she is a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Shot@Life Champion with United Nations Foundation, High-Risk Pregnancy Supporter through Sidelines Foundation, and an advocate for maternal health and wellness.
Tiffani Greenaway helps moms find and enjoy themselves in motherhood.
She is the wife and mother behind MyMommyVents, a parenting and lifestyle brand dedicated to inspiring, empowering, and informing mothers through digital content and special events. Her mission is to connect communities of women to share, learn, bond, and grow though the spiritual journey of motherhood. Tiffani hosts and produces social, philanthropic, and informational events for moms and families, including panel discussions; moms’ nights; and fitness and wellness initiatives.
Born and raised in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Persha left her home island after high school to attend Benedict College in Columbia, SC where she was a tri-athlete, playing volleyball, basketball and softball on athletic scholarships. Not only was she a top athlete, leading her volleyball team as MVP to win four consecutive conference championships, but she also had a talent for performing and pageantry and was crowned Miss Benedict College queen 1999-2000.
Persha went on to attend graduate school at Indiana University where she obtained her Master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She then moved to New York to complete her graduate internship as well as to pursue her dreams of modeling, however due to the tragic events of 9/11, her plans of remaining in New York were short lived. In 2001, while visiting some friends in Maryland, she was encouraged to consider moving to the DMV. It didn’t take much convincing, as she went back to NY, packed her bags and permanently moved to the Maryland. Persha secured a job as a therapist working at one of the areas largest mental and behavioral health facilities. She remains at this facility after 16 years, where she is the Clinical Supervisor of a team of Expressive Therapists.
Persha has a passion for helping others and working with at-risk youth. She believes that the area of Mental and Behavioral Health is her calling and feels fortunate to be able to influence the lives of the patients she works with daily who are suffering from mental illness. Persha is an advocate for removing the stigma in Mental Health so that those suffering from mental illness will feel empowered to get the support they need to better cope and function in society.
In line with her athleticism and competitive spirit in sports, Persha is also a fighter and survivor in her personal life. In 2003 she was diagnosed with systemic lupus and early in her diagnosis was literally fighting for her life due to complications from the illness. Today the lupus is in remission and she finds purpose as a lupus ambassador with the Snow Companies and GlaxoSmithKline, having the opportunity to travel and share her story of hope with the community and others living with lupus.
Persha is the proud mother of two miracles, her 10 year old son Immanuel and 5 year old daughter Zoë. She is passionate about staying active and promoting health and wellness and currently leads the health and wellness ministry at her church. She welcomes adventure and a good challenge and is proud to be amongst the “Tough Mudder” legionnaires. Outside of her regular 9-5 job, Persha has two home based businesses. In line with her love of travel and culture, and her love of the Creative Arts, she is a Certified Travel Agent and she owns a jewelry business, www.prettypersha.bigcartel.com, where she creates unique hand made designs.
Persha’s greatest desire is to live a life that’s purposeful and pleasing to God, focusing not so much on what she can get out of this life, but instead on what she can give.
Charlotte Avery is an author, sought-after speaker, coach, and entrepreneur who is fiercely committed to helping women go from overwhelmed to overjoyed in marriage, motherhood, and in the marketplace. As The Family Strategist™, she draws upon her experiences as the wife of 1, mother of 7, and owner of no pets to give moms the tools they need to define for themselves what it means to have it all.
After building a family with seven children under the age of 14, Charlotte began to lose touch with her identity as a woman and fought to reclaim it through mastering the art of time management and strategic planning in her home. Implementing systems helped ensure she made time for herself, which helped her reconnect with who she was. Using her #PhDinMotherhood, the Being Charlotte Avery brand is her platform to teach other women how to do the same.
Charlotte is an engaging speaker who regularly gives talks on issues surrounding women’s empowerment, family management, faith, and entrepreneurship. She has been a guest blogger for various blogs, is a monthly contributor for SoCo Neighbors Magazine and Our Children Online Magazine for the National PTA. Charlotte has been seen and heard on various local television and radio stations across the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Madina is a dedicated wife and mother of three beautiful girls. She is also a registered nurse- a Manager of Clinical Practice for a large home care company and is passionate about making a difference in her patient's lives. Madina loves spending time with family as well as making time for “Girl’s Night/ Weekend Out.” She strives to achieve a balance between a happy content home and a fulfilling work experience. Among other talents, she is a gifted make-up artist who cares about enhancing one's natural God given features- with a touch of elegance.
I have been enthusiastically affiliated with the fitness industry for over 20 years. When it comes to fitness, I’m passionate about the proper diet, exercise, and science necessary for my clients to become all they can be. I practice the 21/90 rule with all my clients! Meaning, it takes 21 days to create a new habit and 90 days to create a fantastic lifestyle!
I attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. I am certified with National Association Sports Medicine (NASM) as a personal trainer. I also obtained a yoga certification with Yoga Fit and It’s Yoga Kids. I have also earned the following group exercise certifications as well: Boot Camp Certification, Aqua Certification, Bodyworks Plus Abs Certification, and Power Circuit Certification.
My belief is……If I can change one person’s life each day then I’ve done my job! My mission is to create the best and healthiest version of you through purpose-driven exercise. My purpose in life is not only to be happy; but also useful, honorable, compassionate. To share not only how to live…..but how to live well through optimum health!
I am a Midwestern big city girl – if there is such a thing! I grew up in Iowa, Indiana and for a brief while in New Jersey before moving to Manhattan after graduating college. I lived in NYC for 8 years before moving to Bethesda, Maryland to start a family.
I now live in Bethesda with my husband and two boys. I am a proud franchise owner of Kidville Bethesda, a children’s enrichment facility that offers classes, retail, haircuts, and birthday parties for children aged newborn – 6 years old. Like most modern moms, I am continually trying to “stay on top of it all” while juggling multiple roles including mom, entrepreneur, boss, wife, and working parent. I launched my blog, You Tube Show, and Facebook Group to provide tips to modern, time starved, involved parents and entrepreneurs like you.
Born in England, to Nigerian and Barbadian parents, and also raised in Nigeria, Natasha quickly understood the importance of diversity from being exposed to different cultures and facets of life. She grew up aspiring to become an entrepreneur with a dream to use her life experiences and multi-national
upbringing to work with people from varying cultures with different skill sets, talents and goals.
She began to initially live out this dream as a teacher in low-performing bilingual schools with a focus on empowering students to become effective learners and more engaged in their community. She is a dedicated professional who owns Izaura Events and Design (IED), a boutique event planning firm specializing in unique, culturally themed weddings and social events in the Washington metropolitan
area. Natasha believes that every event has its own unique qualities and makes a commitment to create authentic events by capturing her client's vision and perfecting them into beautiful, elegant and memorable celebrations. She applies her talents in the professional modeling industry which allows her the opportunity to travel throughout the U.S. and interact with designers, stylists and models of all
Besides having a very busy lifestyle, she is most proud of being a mother to a beautiful young girl. Natasha shares her ever-growing life experiences with her daughter by raising her in an environment where open-mindedness and diversity is key. She encourages her daughter to live her life with freedom and exposure to a lot of things to be better enabled to carve her own path in this world.
As a phenomenal woman who continuously aspires to become better and serve as an example to her daughter and community, she is currently pursuing a master's degree in Project Management from George Washington University.