The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC) develops the business, professional and leadership potential of women on all levels through education, advocacy, networking, mentoring, skill-building and economic empowerment programs and projects.
nfbpwC executive committee 2016-2018
President - Sandra Thompson
Sandy is a native Californian and still resides in her family home with her two cats Rocky and Lily. She has been a member of the BPW Burbank Club for 35 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 Life Time 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.
Megan Shellman lives in Arvada, Colorado with a packed household: husband, two young children, two cats, two dogs, many houseplants and an organic vegetable garden. She was born and raised in Southern Colorado, but has found a home in Boulder, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, France and Sanborn Western Camps.
Ms. Shellman has served in leadership positions for NFBPWC and BPW since 2008, 3 months after she joined the organization. She began her service as the Chair of BPW Boulder's Celebration of Women event and was honored to be the 2nd place winner of the 2008 BPW Colorado Young Careerist competition. 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, and the BPW Colorado Vice President of Membership for 1 year. Megan is now serving a second term as the 1st Vice President of Membership for NFBPWC and continues to serve as a member of several committees at the national, state, and local level.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts, communication major, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Science, organizational leadership major, from Colorado State University. Megan has more than 20 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.
Nancy "Sparkles" Werner joined the Quakertown BPW local organization in 1971. She was only 22 and was immediately placed into the Young Careerist Program. Great beginning for a new member but she quickly went threw the chairs of the club and became President in 1978-80 and then again in 2005-2007. She also served the District Eleven of the BPW/PA twice as their director in 1990-1992 and then again in 2007-2009. Along the way, she saw a fellow LO in her district that needed assistance, so she joined the Central Montgomery County BPW in 2007 and never left. In between those second trips to serve her home club and district, Nancy was able to serve on the State Level as their 2nd VP, 1st VP, President Elect and then as the PA President in 1995-1996. She has given many hours to serving on various state committees such as Young Careerist, Individual Development Program, Membership, BPW Foundation and Nominations. She also served on the former BPW/USA Board of Directors as the National Foundation Chair from 2006-2009 and then was elected to serve as an Area 2 leader representing Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. She enjoys presenting the professional development course of the Individual Development Program to the BPW/PA, BPW/MD, BPW/VT, and the NEBPWPSP members.
The PA BPW Foundation was established by R.Maureen Myers, Esq., Cathy Collins and herself in 2007. She is most proud of this accomplishment as it provides scholarships for eligible students and emergency funds for BPW members in need. She has served as the Recording Secretary twice and served as the chair from 2016-2018. She has been recognized as the BPW/PA Woman of the Year in 2011 and received the State's District 12- Tribute to Women Award in 2014.
In 2012, an affiliate of the Enterprising Professional Women was chartered in 2012. Nancy was the recording secretary from 2012- 2014. She was then elected to be their VP and then their President from 2016-2018. She was able to attend the Memphis and Orlando Biennial Meetings.
Nancy attained a B.S. and a M.A. in Elementary Education from Kutztown University in 1971 and 1974. She was an elementary intermediate teacher for 35 years in the Pennridge School District located in the famous Upper Bucks County of PA. After retiring, she continued to substitute and then pursued a career in becoming a child caretaker for her sister's two grand daughters.
Nancy is married to Fred Werner, a registered PA surveyor, and they have two children, Rob and Melissa. Both of her adult children are married and live in Massachusetts. They are blessed with five grandchildren named Sophie, Alexander, James, Benjamin and Matthew. They will be celebrating 47 years of marriage in August of 2018.
Marsha Riibner-Cady was born in Washington, DC. Shortly after her parents divorced, she moved to Nixa, Mo with her mother. Marsha graduated from Drury College in Springfield, MO with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry. She started her career in Baltimore, MD at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Blood Bank as a Medical Technologist. Soon after that she moved to Boston to work on her master’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science. There she began selling laboratory equipment. She met and married Lyle Cady in 1989 on Grand Cayman, BWI. Mitchell was born 2 years later and Roland 2 years after. Marsha was a stay at home for 10 years, working various “mommy friendly jobs” and volunteering for the Boy Scouts. She was named Boy Scout volunteer of the year in 1999 for the Shenandoah Area Council and has several cub and boy scouter awards.
Gloria R. Flores was born in El Paso, Texas were she currently lives with her husband Daniel. They have two children, Ivan Miguel and Ana Luisa and have four beautiful grandchildren, Carlos, Celeste, Brianna and Julian.
Raised in Juarez Mexico where her mother was a professional photographer in her own studio called Studio Star, she had four brothers and two sisters. Gloria studied in Mexico and started school in El Paso after elementary school.
After a few years of marriage her husband joined the military and they lived in various locations: New Mexico, Georgia and Germany. Gloria spent her five years in Germany learning and volunteering for different clubs. After a military career of 10 years they moved back to El Paso where they started and operated their own business for 25 years, Flores Gas Co. Gloria was able to use her business administration skills while assisting the different communities in El Paso through work and volunteer efforts.
Gloria loves to read, travel, decorating, and volunteering in community functions.
She has found, through the years, that as long as you set a goal in life, nothing is impossible.