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, Communications: 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 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!”


      Marianne LawrenceVice President, Communications: Marianne Lawrence

      A 37-year member of ABWA, Marianne was a founding member of River City Express Network. She has worked in all areas of league management. This is her first time serving as president. She is president of Triangle Resource Group, a creative marketing small business. After 15 years in her own business, Marianne expects to retire at the end of 2016. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband of 41 years, Lou and their “fur babies” Parker and Sundae.

      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!

      Marc FriedlanderVice President, Membership: Marc Friedlander


    • Lee AnnVice 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.


    • 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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