Decisions about NAWBO San Diego operations are made by our volunteer Board of Directors, which meets monthly. The NAWBO year runs from July to June; members are invited to apply for Board positions in April of each year.
Tamara Badkerhanian-Ganev, BSE Engineering
Tamara Badkerhanian-Ganev is the President/CEO of BSE Engineering, a woman-owned engineering firm specializing in energy and sustainable designs, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Learn more at www.BSEengineering.com.
Immediate Past President
Christine McDannell, Echo Chateau
Christine McDannel is the owner of Echo Chateau, a luxurious new spa that combines today’s innovative wellness procedures with ancient spa rituals to unwind your body and your mind. She is passionate about living a balanced life and pursuing welness and healthy living. Eco Chateau is the culmination of her dream to fully and consciously live a purposeful life – mentally, physically and spiritually.
Mindy Bortness, Communication Works, Inc.
Mindy Bortness leads Communication Works, Inc., a total Talent Management service provider specializing in assessments, recruitment, engagement and development. Clients call her the "eHarmony for jobs" because the proven, predictive, patented system she uses ensures clients hire right and that their top talent is retained through job-focused development plans. Mindy delivers dozens of workshops each year in the areas of Communication Skills, Leadership, Teamwork, Core Motivators, Personal Accountability and Emotional Quotient (EQ). Mindy is certified as a Professional Behavioral Analyst, Professional Values Analyst, TriMetrix Analyst and DNA Analyst through TTI Performance Systems. She has earned the President’s Award for Community Service from 2005 - 2010 from TTI.
Jere Batten, Batten Accountancy
Jere R. Batten, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner, is president of Batten Accountancy, Inc. She has more than 19 years of experience in conducting audits; preparing tax returns; and consulting for small businesses, not-for profit organizations, and individuals. Jere received her CFE designation in 2002 and specializes in fraud prevention with her clients, conducting investigations usually pertaining to embezzlement issues and financial statement fraud. She’s a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and is president of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Public Policy Director
Katy Goshtasbi, Puris Image
Katy Goshtasbi was a practicing securities attorney for 13 years before establishing Puris Image, a personal branding firm that serves large companies, start-ups, law firms and individuals. She helps clients build successful and unique corporate and individual personal brands that result in increasing self-confidence and brand awareness, thus leading to increased revenue and productivity. Learn more at www.purisimage.com.
Helna Correll, San Diego Site Pros, Inc.
Helna Correll manages the chapter's activities ranging from managing and overseeing successful events to providing member services. She's the president of San Diego Site Pros, a company specializing in event management and hotel site selection services focusing on associations, public and government agencies in making the most of tight budgets and volunteers to successfully produce a professional-grade event with non-profit resources. Learn more at www.sandiegositepros.com.