Founded in 2001, River City offers an exciting mix of programs, networking opportunities and social events, and continues to grow with over 80 members. Monthly meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month. Registration includes breakfast, networking and the featured program.
River City Express Network is an affiliate of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), one of the largest professional women’s organizations in the country. Members benefit by gaining connections and resources locally and nationwide.
River City Express Network 2019-2020 Executive Board
President: Mary MaupaiMary is an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay and has been a member of RCEN for just a year. Since joining she has served on the Membership Committee. She has been married to Skip for almost 10 years and they live with two dogs and two cats. The best business she ever got was “to make sure you can communicate (write and speak) well; your boss will teach you the details of the job.” Mary loves to have fun and laugh, “I truly believe that if no one has died and no one has gone to jail, it can all be fixed!”
President-Elect: Amy GrievesSince joining RCEN in March 2015, Amy has been an active and enthusiastic member. She served as Vice President of Programming for the 2016-2017 RCEN year. Amy is a financial advisor with BSV Investments. She is married and she and her husband have “the sweetest black lab in the world, a very grumpy fat cat, and a beautiful, slightly mean horse!” Her favorite networking tip is to remember, “Everyone may not be your client; however, they may lead you to your best client.”
Vice President, Communications: Jean PollardJean is an owner of The Roberts Insurance Group, an independent insurance agency selling home, auto, commercial, life and group health insurance. We are a 1 stop insurance shop! We represent a lot of different companies to make sure that we match the right insurance to the right family or business. Our customers are our family.In addition,Jean has been married to her husband Price for 28 years and have lived in Richmond their whole lives. Being a part of River City Express has been a great experience meeting new and amazing women in business!
Vice President, Finance: Jill GayleShe is a self-confessed “process and system nerd” who thrives on making systems work. Jill founded RollForward in March 2016 to make a positive impact for clients by deploying great business systems, customizing cloud applications to fix problems and harness opportunities, and automating processes.
Vice President, Marketing: Kelly GannonKelly Gannon has been a member since 2017. She is an investment advisor representative with Foresters Financial. She offers personalized service combined with a long-term approach and fresh thinking to provide clients with financial solutions, guidance and tools. With degrees from Virginia Tech and VCU, Kelly is also an Adjunct Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, teaching research methods and fundamental account planning skills. She spends a lot of her spare time with horses!
Vice President, Membership: Cheryl PellegrinoA member of River City Express Network for 1 year and wanted to get involved the organization after her first visit. Cheryl is a Benefit Specialist with a passion to help education people about being better healthcare consumers. She lives in Glen Allen, VA with her husband and best friend along with their two Yorkie-Poos, Sydney and Sophie. Her favorite things to do are visiting her daughter in Florida and Zumba.
Vice President, Programs: Lee Ann Pond
GLee Ann Pond is the founder and CEO of Engaging Leadership, a firm dedicated to helping organizations engage their leaders, teams, and employees for peak performance.
With an MBA, executive coaching certification, IPMA-SCP certification, and 15 years “C” suite experience developing leadership and employee engagement programs, Lee Ann loves to share her passion and expertise as Engaging Leadership’s Chief Engagement Officer.
When not engaging, Lee Ann lives in the Richmond, VA area enjoying her family, travels and rescue pup, Mr. Pickles.
Vice President, Resource Development: Cindy MimsCindy has been a member of ABWA since 1987. She was the charter president of RCEN and has been an active member of the network since then. Cindy is Vice President of Community Development at BB&T Bank where she implements the bank’s community development program initiatives by working closely with nonprofit organizations, municipalities and others. Edgar (AKA Grey Cat) shares his home in historic downtown Richmond with Cindy.
In addition to networking and professional development, you can develop your business skills by working as a committee member or project team member.More about Committees →