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

    • Jean PollardPresident: Jean Pollard

      Jean 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!

      Mary MaupaiPresident-Elect: Mary Maupai

      Mary is the Development Director with Safe Harbor, a local nonprofit that helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence and human trafficking heal and rebuild their lives. Since joining, Mary has served on the Membership Committee, served as VP-Membership and President of RCEN. She is also currently serving as the District 4 Vice President on the National Board of the American Business Women’s Association. She has been married to Skip for 14 years and they live with two dogs and two cats. The best business advice she ever got was “to make sure you can communicate (write and speak) well; your boss will teach you the details of the job.”

      Marianne LawrenceVice President, Communications: Marianne Lawrence

      A 41-year member of ABWA, Marianne was a founding member of River City Express Network in 2001. An active member of River City Express Network and ABWA, Marianne has worked in all areas of league management, served on ABWA’s National Board of Directors, and was selected as one of the 1998 national Top Ten Business Women of ABWA. For most of her career, Marianne worked in engineering and manufacturing. In 2001 she established Triangle Resource Group, a creative marketing small business. She closed the business in 2016 and now describes herself as “mostly retired and looking for new challenges and adventures”! She has been married for 45 years to her husband Lou. They enjoy living on the Chesapeake Bay in Mathews County, Virginia.

      Jill GayleVice President, Finance: Shelli Lord-Pawson

      She 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.

      Kelly Gannon Vice President, Marketing: Kelly Gannon

      Kelly 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: Marc Friedlander

      Marc Friedlander is the owner of Senior Assisted Solutions. He helps families solve the complexities of senior living here in RVA and the rest of the country. Marc is a Certified Senior Advisor helping adult children of aging parents that may need assisted living, memory care, independent living, private-pay nursing care, and in-home care. I love RCEN as it is such a wonderful and compassionate organization. From the first moment that I visited as a guest, I was welcomed with open arms (I guess winning the door prize the first two attempts helps as well ). Marc lives in Glen Allen with his wife Rebecca and two children. He loves being able to be a complete husband and father as he leaned from the best, his grandfather. He was a trend setter years ago by showing what it means to be “present” for your family.
      Marc Friedlander CSA MBA
      Certified Senior Advisor
      Senior Assisted Solutions
      “Locating a home you love for those you love at no cost to you”
      973-650-2720-Direct Phone
      4990 Sadler Pl. #2833
      PO Box 2833
      Glen Allen, VA 23058

    • Lee AnnVice President, Programs: Lee Ann Pond

      Lee Ann Pond is the founder and CEO of Engaging Leadership, which helps organizations cre- ate high performing leadership teams. With a background in finance, an MBA degree, and 15 years in the “C” suite, Lee Ann has a passion for helping leaders develop their business and leadership skills. She is also certified as an executive coach and master facilitator. In 2018 she created Engaging Leadership to provide leadership development to organizations through workshops, online courses and coaching. She is the creator of the Engagement RingTM leadership process and author of the bestselling Amazon book, The Engagement Ring: Practical Leadership Skills for Engaging Your Employees, which provides leaders specific steps to create high performing teams. Lee Ann lives in Richmond, Virginia and enjoys traveling, family time and rescue dog, Mr. Pick- les. Visit her at:

    • Committees

      In addition to networking and professional development, you can develop your business skills by working as a committee member or project team member.

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