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Barbara A. Vohryzek

President and CEO
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BARBARA A. VOHRYZEK is the President and CEO of the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO). Her background, as the Founder and Executive Director of California Statewide Certified Development Company (CDC) as well as the Founder & Director of Community Business Bank, has empowered her to understand the CDC industry and the 504 loan program from every angle. With over 30 years of experience in economic development and lending, including 25 years of experience directly with the 504 loan program, Vohryzek ranks among the most knowledgeable advocates for small business and capital access in the United States.

In addition to the aforementioned, Barbara served as the President of Vohryzek & Co., a consulting services company with a focus on SBA Lender Reviews, SBA 504 loan intensive servicing and liquidation, and SBA loan program training and development of innovative small business loan products.

Most recently, Vohryzek was an appointee at Governor Jerry Brown’s Office of Business and Economic Development, where she served as the Principal Advocate in California on behalf of state small businesses. She was a Founding Board Member and Director for California Economic Development Lending Initiative and a Founding Board Member, Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for California Resources and Training (CARAT).

Vohryzek began her career of small business advocacy at the Office of Local Development for the California Trade and Commerce Agency. She holds both an M.A. and B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.



NADCO Staff (A-Z)

Heather McNelis, Director of Marketing and Communications
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Heather McNelis is NADCO's Director of Marketing Communications. She most recently served as the Director of Media & Marketing at eAdvantage, a U.S. government contractor. In this position she led media and messaging efforts for the "VA Accelerator” program, an online blended learning environment for U.S. military veteran entrepreneurs. Ms. McNelis graduated in three years magna cum laude from James Madison University with a double major that encompassed corporate communications, public relations, technical editing, mixed media and design. While at JMU, she edited official university policy and designed newsletters for the University’s Research and Compliance Department. Ms. McNelis also served as a staff writer for JMU's student newspaper, The Breeze, where she reported on university cultural activities.

Claire O'Rourke, Vice President of Government Relations
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Claire O'Rourke

Claire O’Rourke is NADCO’s Director of Government Relations and Grassroots Campaigns, leading the government affairs efforts in Congress, in the administration, and in the states. Prior to joining NADCO, Ms. O’Rourke worked for the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, former Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She is originally from Virginia and received her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Rhonda Pointon, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Training & Support
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Rhonda Pointon joined the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) as Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Training & Support in March, 2013. In her position at NADCO, Ms. Pointon spearheads regulatory affairs, representing the organization before SBA and other federal agencies. Ms. Pointon is an accomplished leader with over twenty-three years of experience in the banking and finance industries with a focus on SBA and commercial lending. Prior to NADCO, Ms. Pointon served as part of the executive management team of Congressional Bank as a Senior Vice President. She also spent seven years as a Business Development Officer/Lender with Business Finance Group, a Certified Development Company in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Earlier, Ms. Pointon worked for Central Fidelity Bank, now Wachovia. Rhonda earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Denise Ripley, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Training & Support
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Denise Ripley is NADCO's Director of Regulatory Affairs, Training & Support. Ms. Ripley joined NADCO from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Credit Risk Management, where she worked for Director Brent Ciurlino, the agency’s regulatory chief. Ms. Ripley brings broad knowledge of the SBA to NADCO, the trade industry for SBA loan facilitators known as Certified Development Companies which deliver small business loans including the Real Estate Advantage (504) Loan (REAL) commercial real-estate finance loan and working capital loans known as Community Advantage. Ms. Ripley previously worked for The UPS Store and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Towson University. 

Mandy Robertson, Vice President Conferences & Administration
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Mandy Robertson

Ms. Robertson joins NADCO from the Navy League, where as Vice President, Meetings and Events, she led conferences drawing upwards of 12,000 registrants and over 200 exhibiting companies annually. Prior to that, she was Senior Conference Planning and Sales Manager of the Aramark-AED Conference Center, hosting federal and business events including White House and Cabinet officials. Ms. Robertson was the top revenue generator in the organization. She earned her bachelor’s degree and received an MBA from James Madison University.

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