WEF BOARD MEMBERS
Marie B Gonzales
Board Chair- Scholarships and Grants
I am a dedicated Insurance Agent professional with more than 20 years experience. Extensive knowledge in all lines of personal and commercial insurance plans; specializing in working with clients to achieve responsible and economical decisions to meet their insurance needs. As an Independent Insurance Agent, it allows me the opportunity to provide a more diversified policy selection and more competitive prices for those insurance products. My commitment is excellent customer service, exceeding client expectations from initial contact through post sales follow up.
Scholarship & Grant Committee
Laura Varner, ACC, consultative approach to business health helps businesses and individuals discover inefficiencies and incorporate high-performing processes and business practices that create a healthy team atmosphere and profitable results.
Before Laura created AHA Strategic Partners, she was the Owner and President of Expo Chemical Company. Laura was the company’s visionary, and led its prosperous evolution and sale in 2012.
With her vast knowledge, Laura is now sharing her 35 plus years of lucrative experiences, to be a Consultant and Coach to managers, teams and executives. For individuals and companies, she is able to discover limitations, leverage strengths to overcome these obstacles, and accelerate achievements towards any goals. Two of the tools she uses to help identify those strengths, are the Birkman Method and the Kolbe System.
I have served on the board of WEF since 2015 during my time on the board I have been Secretary, Treasurer, President and Co-Chair. My current position is past Co-Chair. I have gained far more from this amazing organization that I have been able to contribute.
Toby Benton, NBC-HWC
When Connie isn’t supporting WEF, along with her husband Bob, they are creating personalized portraits of families, couples, children and professionals. Their portrait studio, Siena Artè Portraiture, is known throughout the valley for their elegant Masters Touch Portraits that are paintings finished in oils and cherished by families for generations.