Alyssa Wells joined the Marzano Capital Group team in September of 2016 with more than 10 years of customer service experience. She has a passion for meeting new people, strengthening client relationships and helping others achieve their goals. In addition to assisting with client services, Alyssa manages a multitude of critical behind-the-scenes administrative processes. Although she is a native of Michigan, she has been a part of the Advance and Clemmons communities for the past 20 years and graduated from Davie High School in 2008. Alyssa and her husband, Jonathan, currently reside in Lewisville with their son, Jackson, and their maltipoo, Lilly. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys traveling, saltwater fishing and spending time with her family.
Amy Jah is the founder and CEO of American Moving and Hauling and Sugar Mamas. American Moving and Hauling was founded in 2005 and is woman owned, family managed and people focused. It is a full service moving, packing, unpacking, transport, junk removal and secure storage company. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Salem College. She has 18 years of experience in business and is beginning a new business venture of Sugar Mamas. In her spare time, Amy enjoys fashion, styling and taking care of her kiddos!
Dr. Antonia Monk Richburg is the president and CEO of the United Way of Forsyth County and has more than three decades of experience in nonprofit management, demonstrating expertise in project management, grant administration, community development and strategic communications. Her academic achievements include a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from N.C. A&T State University, a master’s degree in public affairs specializing in nonprofit management and public personnel from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a postgraduate Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University. Notably, Dr. Richburg also undertook seminary studies and is a licensed minister. Her dedication to uplifting underserved communities, a steadfast commitment to equity and the fearless pursuit of a more just and equitable society underscore her work. Dr. Richburg’s community involvement extends beyond her professional roles. She currently sits on the UNC Greensboro School of Health and Human Sciences Board of Visitors and serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Greensboro Housing Coalition Board of Directors and the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers Board of Directors. She has also been a member of the United Way of Greater Greensboro Board of Directors and their African American Leadership.
Chris Hambrick is a Realtor for JPAR Legacy Group in Winston-Salem. She has a bachelor’s degree in public health from East Tennessee State University. “I came to North Carolina 15 years ago working for a health care company in sales management. After Medicare cutbacks, I was downsized a few years later. I decided then to open Penny Lane Boutique. After 10 years and the need for more flexibility, I closed the business and decided to become licensed as a Realtor,” said Chris. She loves making a difference and having a positive influence on others. “It’s been a great decision, and I am loving every minute. This goes to show you are never too old to start something new.” In her spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with her husband and three children as well as her three-year-old granddaughter. She also loves to travel and experience new places.
Taryn Jerez is the founder of “Go For It, Creative,” a local small business owner, creative business coach and industry educator in Winston-Salem. Taryn empowers women to show up boldly and create the wildly passionate and profitable version of their business they can’t stop dreaming about. She believes that everyone deserves to feel supported in their dreams. Over the past eight years, she has coached hundreds of creative business owners, spoken at dozens of events and built community, both locally and online, to uplift minority and women-owned businesses. Taryn hosts the Empowered for Profit Collective, a monthly membership for early-stage women creatives. She also writes as a business and arts columnist for Forsyth Magazine. She is actively involved in her community, volunteering as a mentor at the Forsyth Tech Small Business Center and working with LEAD Girls of NC. When Taryn isn’t pouring into her community, you can find her at home filling her own cup with her husband and three-year-old son and their two dogs, Luna and Neville. If they aren’t pretend-sword fighting in the living room or walking at the park, you’ll find Taryn sneaking away with a book in hand.
Brit Amerson is the owner of The Lane Exchange. She has a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from UNC Greensboro. “I live here in Winston-Salem with my husband and six-year-old son,” said Brit. “Last September, I bought a full-size school bus, and my husband and I spent six months renovating it into a thrift store on wheels. We drive the bus to pop up events all over North Carolina. The Lane Exchange rehomes sustainably sourced clothing, accessories and décor for women, men and children at affordable prices. I make it my mission to have every size and style in my inventory. The thrift bus is where the pre-loved is re-loved.” In the first six months of business, Brit attended 25 events! In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, music bingo, trivia and thrifting.