Board of Directors
Karen Pitsley, Co-President
Since 2001, Karen Pitsley, AIA has been creating beautiful and functional spaces for homeowners in Maryland and beyond. In 2008, she founded Transforming Architecture (TA) and implemented "Custom Designs, Flat Fees." The spaces designed by TA are known to be sensitive, beautiful, and connected to those who inhabit them. TA specializes in Aging-In-Place and Universal Design. With long-term clients such as Bello Machre (www.bellomachre.org) a non-profit agency which houses developmentally disabled adults and numerous first floor master suite addition clients, TA has the expertise to help homeowners stay in their homes longer. Karen has received the following accolades: 2015, 2013 and 2011 Top 100 Women in Maryland, 2014 Graduated from Leadership Howard County Premier Program, 2014 Top 100 MBE in Mid-Atlantic Region, 2012 Woman of Distinction by BWN and 2011 Innovator of the Year. Karen is married and lives in Highland, MD with her husband, mother and two sons.
Angie Johnson, Co-President
Linda Ostovitz, Past President
Linda Ostovitz is a partner in the law firm Silverstein & Ostovitz, LLC, which exclusively handles family law matters including divorce, custody, access, alimony, child support, business, property, and all other issues that a family deals with. She has a strong litigation background including her experiences as a former Senior Assistant State's Attorney for Howard County.
Jamie has been involved with BWN for 7 years; as a 2012 Scholarship Winner she obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix. Jamie has been on the board for 4 years and enjoys working with the Women & Men of BWN!
Jamie is an officer with M&T Bank, spending 10 years as a retail partner and manager focusing on individual clients and small business solutions. Jamie now is a Merchant Services Specialist focusing on providing business customers and non-customers solutions for Credit Card / Merchant services processing. Jamie is responsible for developing new customers as well as servicing current customers. The best thing about her job is informing a potential client how much we can save them on their processing!
Jamie lives in Howard County with her husband and daughter. She enjoys spending her free time with family & instructing small group fitness.
Patricia Livingston, Treasurer
Doris Walsh, Director of Membership
Doris is the Vice President at Gerald Walsh CPA, LLC, where she is Strategic Planning Partner with her husband, Gerry. Managing the accounting and staffing functions, as well as day to day management of the practice, is an “encore career” for Doris--quite a departure from her previous roles, including Professional Development at the Restaurant Association of Maryland.
Laura's real estate team, The Kittleman Group of Keller Williams Integrity (www.kittlemangroup.com), is a family-owned real estate business based in Howard County. Laura and her daughter and partner, Lisa Kittleman, have team of five and they attribute their success to their Clients First philosophy. The Kittleman Group is consistently one of the Top Ten Keller Williams teams in the Maryland/DC Region. Laura's personal touch and high tech background, combined with a passion for exemplary customer service, is a proven winning combination. Her caring achieves results!
Monique Washington-Jones, Director of Marketing
Mary Jordon, Director of Hospitality
Mary has been the store owner of Bra-la-la for ten years. Bra-la-la was recently awarded the best of intima award last summer for best customer service in North America.
Deveron Mathews, Director of Special Events
Born and raised in Michigan, Deveron graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She relocated to Howard County, Maryland with her husband where she has lived for the past 37 years. During this time, Deveron raised her 3 children, ran her own daycare business, served as a legal secretary, and has worked at Centennial High School as a para educator for the last 10 years as well as running her own trust administration business. Excited to start the new chapter in her life as an accredited staging professional, Deveron brings her enthusiasm, passion and natural ability to de-clutter, organize and neutralize a home to help her clients sell their house for top dollar.
Nancy Buckley, Director of Scholarships
Nancy has been serving the accounting needs of clients for over twenty years. She became a partner at Hertzbach & Company, P.A. in 2016 when Coale, Pripstein & Associates joined the firm. Prior to becoming a partner at Hertzbach, Nancy has been in practice since 1995 and became a partner with Coale/Pripstein in 2008. Nancy has over 20 years of experience providing corporate and partnership income tax preparation and management advisory services to small and mid-sized businesses engaged in a diverse range of industries including construction contractors, professional service firms, and nonprofit organizations.
In addition to assisting business owners and their businesses, she works with individuals and sole proprietors in tax planning, bookkeeping and personal income tax preparation including multi-state income tax returns.
Besides volunteering in professional organizations, Nancy is also actively involved in her community. She volunteers in the youth program at her church as well as the various sports organizations for which her children are active players. These include the Annapolis Swim Club, DAA Gators and the Bowie Hockey Club. In her free time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.