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.

Jean Pollard

Scholarships and Grants Committee

Jean Pollard – President

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

Mary Maupai

Community Engagement Committee

Mary Maupai – President-Elect

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-Elect, Mary Maupai at

Marianne Lawrence

Communication Committee

Marianne Lawrence – VP Communication

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. Contact Marianne Lawrence at

Jim Gayle

Finance Committee

Shelli Lord-Pawson – 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, Shelli Lord-Pawson 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

Marc Friedlander

Membership Committee

Marc Friedlander – 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