At the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, we know our collective efforts is the key to our success. That's why our leadership team is committed to empowering our members to become allies, change-makers, and leaders.
Megan Shellman-Rickard earned a Master of Science, organizational leadership major, from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Arts, communication major, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Megan has more than 25 years of experience in a wide variety of disciplines. She brings her former experience in the entertainment industry, strategic and green event planning, advertising sales, print and digital marketing, retail sales, publication and book production, nonprofit leadership, business development, and operations management to bear as the owner of her own company: Simple Synergy Consulting. She offers concierge business consulting services to nonprofits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. Megan is an accomplished change agent with a skill for connecting people in the face of adversity.
Finding that volunteering in leadership positions can help expand your viewpoints and skills, Megan also believes that volunteering can allow you to gain experience in roles that might not otherwise be available to you.
Megan finished her second term as the 1st Vice President of Membership for NFBPWC and continues to serve as a member of committees at the national, state, and local level. She has served in leadership positions for the National Federation of Business and Professional Women and the Business and Professional Women of Colorado (BPW/Colorado) since 2008. As she grew with BPW, Megan served as the BPW/Boulder President for 2 years, the BPW/Colorado President for 2 years, the BPW/International Sub-Regional Coordinator for Canada and the United States for the N. American and Caribbean Region, the BPW/Colorado Vice President of Membership for 1 year, and a Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) representing BPW/International.
She also brings her experience to bear as a member of several committees at her children’s school as a Member at Large for the Parent Council (PTA at a charter school). Megan also serves as a member for the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and the Sustainability Committee.
Megan lives in Durango, Colorado with a packed household: husband, two children, two cats, one dog, many houseplants and an organic vegetable garden. She was born and raised in Southern Colorado, but has found homes in Boulder, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, France and Sanborn Western Camps.
Sandra Thompson (Sandy) is a native Californian and still resides in her family home with her cat Lily. She has been a member of the NFBPWC/Burbank club for 38 years and has held every position on the E.C. She is a Past State President of the California Federation. Sandy has also served on International Committees.
Sandy graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Social Science and a MA in Special Education and has a Lifetime Teaching Credential. She was employed by Amtrak for 35 years where she held a variety of positions, including being a Train Manager responsible for the on board services of three trains, Manager of Union Station in Los Angeles, and Director of Operations Management dealing with finances.
Since her retirement she has been volunteering at the Library bookstore, assisted in writing the history of her church, and serves as the Chair of the Church Council. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Burbank Coordinating Council as Treasurer. She is active with Family Promise of the Verdugos where she was one of the founding members and was recognized with their Hands On Hearts In Award in 2019. Sandy is also a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.
Deborah Shuster Fischer (Deb) serves as the NFBPWC Treasurer for 2020-2022 and Trustee and Treasurer for the Colorado Women’s Education Foundation (CWEF) which was founded by BPW/Colorado members in 1976. CWEF awards annual scholarships to women aged 25 plus who are transforming their lives through education. Deb has been serving this foundation since 2015.
Graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1980 with a BS in Construction Management, Deb retired as a Program Controls Specialist working in the areas of aerospace, Antarctica, and power plants. She raised 3 kids, a son who is an Engineer, a daughter who is a Doctor serving in the Air Force, and a daughter who is a Marine Drill Instructor.
Deb joined BPW/Colorado in the Northwest Metro Chapter in February of 2001 and held all positions in this chapter for many years. In 2015 she moved to Denver and began work to restart the Denver chapter which had been dissolved in 1999. She served as BPW/Denver Chapter President. Deb has also served as BPW/Colorado President in June 2011 through May 2012 and again in June 2017 through May 2019.
Deb maintains membership in three BPW/Colorado chapters: Northwest Metro, Denver, and CO Virtual.
Kathy Kelly has been a small business owner and is celebrating 50 years in business. Her company, Personnel Profiles, Inc., was established in 1971 and continues today with service to the new home industry in the US and Canada.
With a degree in Religious Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Kathy’s passion has always been to advocate for women and girls. She has served in many BPW positions, including state president, in her home state of Colorado. At the national level, Kathy completed her two-term position as Chair of the Lifelong Leadership & Learning (L3) Committee. At the international level, Kathy has served as the BPW delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status on Women (2013- present) and completed a 3-year term on the Women for Water Partnership International Steering Committee.
Utilizing the skills and confidence learned from BPW, Kathy went a little crazy and volunteered in Afghanistan with two missions in 2010 and 2011 as interim country director and continues to volunteer for the non-profit Afghans4Tomorrow (A4T). She stays close with her students, many who have gone on to receive professional degrees.
Kathy splits her time between Personnel Profiles (with the support of her rocket-scientist husband of 42 years, Jimmie), volunteer work, her two grown children and four grandchildren. She enjoys skiing, hiking, Bronco games and concerts at Colorado's beautiful Red Rocks amphitheater.
Daneene Monroe Rusnak began her association with BPW when she joined the Berea local chapter in Ohio in 2010. She immediately agreed to fill a recently vacated chair as the Historian. In 2011 she was the BPW/Ohio Individual Development Speak-Off winner and continued her passion for the ID course by serving as a moderator for Berea BPW's Individual Development classes.
Throughout her tenure with the Berea local, Daneene has held a variety of positions which included three terms as local President, PR/Social Media Chair, 2nd VP/Membership Chair and Region 2 President. In 2014, Daneene was selected as the Berea BPW Woman of the Year and one of the honorees at the Berea BPW National Business Women’s Week event.
At the state level, Daneene has served as Legislation Chair, Corresponding Secretary and Social Media Chair for BPW/Ohio. Currently, Daneene continues to serve BPW/Ohio as the Co-Chair of Website Management, the Social Media Chair, and is in her third term as the BPW/OH PAC Chair.
Daneene has been a member of the NFBPWC/USA Virtual Chapter since 2015. She is the current President of that chapter and has served as the Social Media/Technology Chair or Co-Chair throughout her time as a member. In 2017 she joined the NFBPWC/USA PR/Social Media Committee and led the team as PR Chair from 2018-2020. Most recently, Daneene has participated in the Lifelong Leadership and Learning Facilitator Program.
Daneene is a Business Solutions Specialist/Benefits Advisor with Consultative Business Solutions and lives in Parma, OH with her husband, Jeff, her daughter, Maya and her son Jerrod.
Barbara Bozeman is a professional photographer. After retiring from the US Air Force and earning double majors (Business and Human Resources) from the University of Mount Olive, Barbara opened her business “Sights & Hounds Photography.” A Past State President for BPW/North Carolina, Barbara has held a number of positions on the local, state and national level with BPW.
Barbara has had the fortune of a truly diverse work life. These experiences have allowed Barbara the opportunity to live around the country and in a number of different countries around the world. Her more interesting endeavors have included cruise ship stewardess, vocational instructor, aircraft accident investigator, and now photographer, to name only a few. She has even been an Easter Bunny.
Born in Upstate New York and raised in Rhode Island, Barbara now calls Goldsboro, North Carolina home. Supporting her local community, she is an ambassador for the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, and an active member of the Goldsboro Area Photography Club.
Barbara still travels for her business and for pleasure. With her 1974 Shasta Compact Camper named “Lil”, she enjoys travelling for business and as part of a group called Sisters on The Fly – an organization dedicated to offering empowerment and sisterhood through exceptional outdoor adventures. Barbara is Sister #8523.
Ashley Maria is a DGA award-winning film director specializing in the comedy and horror genres. She first became a member of BPW in high school when her mother was the president of a club in the capital city of North Carolina. Since then, Ashley has moved across the country to Los Angeles, joining the BPW/Hollywood club and rising in the ranks of the organization as a Young BPW member. Ashley also represented BPW as a North American delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2019 & 2020.
She is a proud advocate for women, with her most recent feature documentary, Pioneers in Skirts. The film raises awareness to cultural gender biases and offers action for change we all can take now. It is available to screen in schools, communities and companies who want to push this conversation forward.
As Ashley volunteers her time to BPW, she continues to create visual content -- even during a pandemic. She recently directed an entirely ‘made-in-quarantine’ music video, Lights in the Forest V.
You can learn more about Ashley by visiting her website here: www.ashley-maria.com.