Eller Named WithIt President

Betty Lyn EllerBetty Lyn Eller

WithIt, the women's leadership network serving the home and furnishings industries, announced its 2013 board of directors.

Betty Lyn Eller, vice president, home division of IMRE, a marketing agency, takes the helm as 2013's WithIt president.  "Being involved in WithIt is an investment in your success and your professional future," Eller said. "This is your organization and it's up to you to get involved and see the return on your investment."

WithIt was founded in 1997, as a non-profit dedicated to mentoring, education, networking and leadership development. The group exists to encourage and develop leadership opportunities for women. The organization connects, brings recognition and supports women who have achieved top leadership. WithIt provides opportunities for women to mentor or be mentored, teach or be taught and encourage all women who aspire to grow their leadership.

The WithIt board is made up of an executive committee, vice presidents who lead committees, vice presidents who represent industry functions and vice presidents who represent geographic regions. Serving in 2013 in addition to Eller are:

oChairman, board of governors, Mary Leigh Howell, principal, Howell Communications

oChairman, WithIt, Julia Rosien, chief idea officer, Social North

oVice President/President Elect, Violette Forman, general manager, Havertys Furniture

oSecretary, Cindy Williams, vice president, sales, Wright Global Graphic Solutions

oTreasurer, Peg Whitehurst, vice president, finance, Norwalk Furniture

Vice presidents and committee chairs are:

oEducation: Pat Bowling, vice president of communications, American Home Furnishings Alliance

oMarketing: Amanda Williams, public relations account supervisor, Wray Ward

oMedia: Lisa Hanly, vice president, corporate communications/public relations, Furniture Brands

oMembership: Kim Grubb, vice president, sales, Wright Global Graphic Solutions

oMentoring: Amy Schmidt, vice president of merchandising communications, FurnitureDealer.net

oNetworking: Margi Kyle, owner and interior designer, The Designing Doctor

oSocial Networking: Dana Helms, social media community manager, Social North

Vice president at large officers, serving as representatives of industry functions, are:

oManufacturing, Carol Gregg, president, Red Egg

oYouth Outreach, Victoria Valentinas, visual merchandising coordinator, Bassett Furniture

oSupplier/Design, Libby Langdon, president, Libby Interiors Inc.

Regional vice presidents are tasked with building membership and developing events in their regions. These 2013 officers are:

oVirginias/Carolinas, Trisha Kemerly, president, WhipSmart Creative

oInternational, Donna Bartlett, president, ViewIt Technologies

Sara Lyke remains WithIt's executive director and Amy VanDorp is membership/media manager.

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