In addition to networking and professional development, you can develop your business skills by working as a committee member or project team member. Participation will give you opportunities to practice the skills you already have and learn new skills to add to your resume.

Mary Maupai

Scholarships and Grants Committee

Mary Maupai – President

Responsible for raising awareness of and participation in scholarship and grant programs offered locally by RCEN and nationally the national scholarship fund of ABWA. The Committee helps raise funds for donations to the national scholarship fund and RCEN professional development grants to help members attend ABWA conferences. Contact President, Mary Maupai at

Amy Grieves

Community Engagement Committee

Amy Grieves – President-Elect

Since 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.”

Marianne Lawrence

Communication Committee

Jean Pollard – VP Communication

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! Contact Jean Pollard at

Jim Gayle

Finance Committee

Jill Gayle – VP Finance

The Finance Committee and the VP of Finance develop an annual budget for the Network and present it to the Board of Directors for final approval. The Committee reviews the budget mid-year and reports findings and recommendations, as appropriate. The Committee manages advance and day-of meeting registrations, accepts payments, and prepares attendance reports. The Committee maintains financial information in the ABWA WIN library and assists the VP of Finance with managing the Network’s finances. Contact VP Finance, Jill Gayle at

Kelly Gannon

Marketing Committee

Kelly Gannon – VP Marketing

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!. Contact VP Marketing, Kelly Gannon at

Cheryl Pelligrino

Membership Committee

Cheryl Pellegrino – VP Membership

A 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. Contact Cheryl at

Lee Ann Pond

Programs Committee

Lee Ann Pond – VP Programs

VP of Programming is primarily responsible for identifying and securing speakers/facilitators to deliver relevant programming at each of the scheduled meetings. Act as the primary contact and hostess for the speakers, both prior to and at meetings and events, gather required marketing information from speakers and forward to appropriate parties. In addition, plan quarterly social events. Contact VP Programming, Lee Ann Pond at

Cindy Mims

Community Engagement Committee

Cindy Mims – VP Resource Development 

Cindy 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. Contact Cindy at