Board of Directors

The PEI Business Women's Association is a non-profit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, who meet at least six times a year and provide strategic direction, fiscal oversight, and governance for the Association and its operational staff. There are a minimum of six (6) directors and a maximum of eleven (11) directors who are elected at the Annual General Meeting (held in February) from the active members in good standing of the Association.  Directors serve a two (2) year term, with a maximum number of 3 consecutive terms. 

Current approved bylaws of the Association can be viewed here (pdf format)


Sharon Keller, President

Sharon Keller has been in the hair styling industry for over 16 years, with a strong passion for helping people to look and feel their absolute best.

She has spent the last 9 years of her career educating other hairstylists throughout Atlantic Canada for major hair companies such as AG Hair Cosmetics (teaching Cutting Techniques and Updos) and most recently for Schwarzkopf Canada (teaching Colour Theory & Techniques) while also running her hair salon Bounce! Hair Studio.

She is constantly striving to be on top of the new trends and staying creative in her industry. 


 

 Nancybeth Guptill, Vice President

Nancybeth Guptill is a mom, a business woman, an entrepreneur, and Islander who deeply cares about women's personal successes as well as our collective contributions to the various organizations and industries we represent.   

Over the 32 years of her career, she has worked in retail, tourism and hospitality, market research and marketing communications, economic development, web development, digital marketing, internet safety and women and girl empowerment.  Currently, she is President and Executive Consultant at Sweet Spot Academy which is headquartered in Summerside PEI.

Her current passion and specialty lies in business, digital and life skills training for adult learners, as well as raising digital leaders. As an experienced speaker and trainer, her favorite topics include all things entrepreneurial and small business related with a sprinkle of personal development for good measure. 


 

 Maria Dow CA, Treasurer

Maria is a manager with Grant Thornton LLPin the Privately Held Business group.  With eight years of public practice experience,  Maria works with owner-managed organizations to help them unlock their potential for growth and achieve their goals.  She provides accounting and taxation services for both personal and corporate clients, and works with charities and not-for-profit organizations. 

She obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island prior to attaining her Chartered Accountant designation at the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy. 

Maria is a CPA mentor with CPA Canada and volunteers with Junior Achievement and the Heart & Stroke Foundation.



Bernadette Currie is a Personal Trainer and the owner of FitLife, a health and wellness company that offers personal training, online programming, health coaching, fitness classes, and other products and services. 

She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to the island in 2014. Prior to moving to PEI, Bernadette worked as a Vice President at the Bank of New York Mellon, and was a manager of their Business Analyst team. She worked in the financial services industry for over 13 years, and was an active member of the company's Women's Initiative Network (WIN), which promoted women in the workplace. After she met her husband in 2012, she made the decision to move to PEI and pursue her passion of helping others get healthy and the dream of owning her own business. 

Bernadette obtained her Business Administration and Finance degree from Penn State University, and has various accreditations and experience with project management, business analysis - in addition to her fitness and personal training certifications and licenses. 




Erin Gibbons lives in Cornwall with her husband, 3 children and golden retriever. J She is a real estate agent with Century 21 Colonial Realty and loves her job. She thoroughly enjoys building relationships with her clients and keeping in touch!  Erin has her Child and Youth Worker Diploma from Holland College, as well as a diploma in Police Foundations from Fanshawe College.  Erin is also a board member for the PEI Real Estate Association.  She loves socializing and meeting new people and is honoured to be a board member for PEIBWA!
 

Heather MacEwen joined the family at Upstreet Craft Brewing in 2014 as the Office Manager and B Corporation Champion.  She also currently works with the team at SableARC Studios.  Previously she worked with E Accounting Services and enjoyed working with a variety of entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Botany) from the University of Manitoba and did graduate work at UPEI.  After completing the Accounting Technology program at Holland College, she began the Chartered Professional Accountant designation program through the CPA Atlantic School of Business where she is currently still enrolled.

Heather’s commitment to community involvement stems from over four years spent volunteering internationally with CUSO.  Recent volunteer activities have centered around school age children with the Prince Street Home and School Association, and the PEIHSF Technology Advisory board.



 

Cynthia MacLeod, UPEI PEIBWA Chapter Rep

Cynthia MacLeod is the Artistic Director of the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls (2018 Music PEI Event of the Year recipient, 2018 ECMA Event of the Year nominee) and the Interim Executive Director of Small Halls Inc., as well as the past Event Manager at Music PEI (2017-18). Her programming efforts at Small Halls earned the 2017 Music PEI Live Music Programmer of the Year award.

As a self-managed musician, Cynthia operated the successful Brackley Beach Ceilidh summer series (2004-13), along with extensive touring throughout Canada and the US. She is a member of the production “Atlantic Blue” at The Guild, led by Tara MacLean (summer 2017/18) and regularly does session work for other musicians’ recordings.

Cynthia is a full-time student at UPEI and will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. She currently participates in the PEIBWA Leadership Pilot Program.



  Diane Sankar knows stuff. She graduated with an Arts and Education degree from UNB which is when she first fell in love with the Maritimes. She originates from Toronto but a cottage she randomly purchased one weekend while visiting the island, slowly evolved into her family’s forever home.

Diane taught stuff.  Diane has taught for over 13 years within a variety of schools in Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala.  Her last 4 years were spent teaching at a children’s rehabilitation hospital where she supported and transitioned students with a variety of disabilities and brain injuries, successfully back to their community schools.

Diane makes stuff; from custom paper products to hand-stamped jewellery and even another human. It was during the making phase, she realized that she wanted to sell these items. (Except the human, of course.) Over the past 4 years, Diane has successfully started two Etsy businesses, including the Letter Board Company. Within a year, she has gown her business from the basement of her home and now has an Instagram following of 23K and her product has been featured on the TODAY show, Style at Home Magazine and more.

Diane is stuff.  She’s a teacher, a friend, a mom, a traveler, a maker, a wedding coordinator, an Etsyer, a teammate, a hustler, an entrepreneur.  She has benefited greatly from the support, mentoring, networking and just overall amazingness of PEIBWA and hopes that she can be a small part of this fabulous organization and give a tiny bit back of what she’s received to other strong women.


 

Reasha Walsh is the founder and Executive Director of Spotlight School of Arts Inc., a Not for Profit performing arts school, where she is dedicated to educating Islanders about the benefits of theatre. She is a strong advocate for the performing arts, and the positive effects they have on youth development, community, and culture. Reasha officially started her career in theatre 13 years ago as a producer and technician, producing her first show at the age of 18. In 2010, she took a leap and founded Spotlight School of Arts as a place for people of all ages to learn, perform, have fun and shine in the spotlight.


  Nicole Walsh is an Officer responsible for leading a team of 70 individuals in Invesco’s North American Transfer Agency office in Charlottetown. As part of the Canadian-based Enterprise Center, she works closely with US based counterparts to provide service to clients and intermediaries with respect to the U.S. retail mutual fund business.  She is a leadership liaison for the Charlottetown chapter of Invesco Cares and Invesco’s Women Network. Prior to Invesco, Nicole attended the University of PEI, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She subsequently worked for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in personal banking. She has a strong passion for developing and empowering women as well as being involved in her community through volunteer work.


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