NASE 2012 Member Council


NASE 2012 Member Council

For Immediate Release: Contact:  Kristin Oberlander
(202) 466-2100
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15 Members, Business Owners From Across The Nation Meet With NASE Leadership In Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., May 10, 2012 – The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is pleased to announce the 2012 Member Council, which met in Washington, D.C. May 2nd -4th. The council’s purpose is to serve as a sounding board for NASE leadership regarding programs, services and benefits that could help make NASE Membership an even greater value to micro-business owners and the self-employed. Visit the NASE Member Council page here.

“We have a wonderful group full of diversity, talent and expertise,” said NASE President Kristie L. Arslan. “I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with the member council over the next year to strengthen and grow the association to be a bigger and better partner for our member businesses.”

This year’s council consists of the following NASE Members and business owners:

Charlie Arnold of Lewes, Del.
Mr. Arnold is the president and owner of Arnold Powerwash LLC. Arnold Powerwash is organized in commercial and residential divisions cleaning all types of exterior surfaces, along with fleet washing and dry ice blasting divisions. Arnold is currently serving on Board of Directors for Power Washers of North America as Secretary and Environmental Chairman of the Eastern U.S. Charlie is a bi-vocational Church Planting Pastor and is Pastor of Seaside Church.

Ellen Bruseau of Manassas, Va.
Ms. Bruseau is the owner and operator of Handy Human, LLC. Bruseau is a home improvement contractor, specializing in painting and tiling, but performing all sorts of other ‘handy’ work required to complete and finish home improvement projects, from framing out unfinished rooms to adding mouldings and installing new fixtures. 

David Carstens of Lowell, Mich.
Mr. Carstens is the owner and operator of Dadec Enterprises LLC, an online retail store on a free-standing website.

Sydni Craig-Hart of Emeryville, Calif.
Ms. Craig-Hart is the owner of Smart Simple Marketing. Craig-Hart provides marketing, coaching and consulting services to clients. 

Jane Donoho of Batavia, Ill.
Ms. Donoho is the owner of JD Marketing, a small-business solutions company. Donoho is an independent contractor/consultant and offers services in areas such as: project management, account management, inbound marketing, market research, sales, seminar/event/meeting planning, and others as requested. In her free time, she volunteers with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Illinois Food Pantry, and tries to play as much golf as she can.

Craig Evans of Provo, Utah
Mr. Evans is the owner of Craig Evans construction company. Evans does handyman and contracting work, specializing in woodworking, tile and paint. He also does financial coaching with Primerica, helping families get out of debt, be properly protected and become financially independent.

Rolf Gjesteby of Cohasset, Mass. 
Mr. Gjesteby is a benefits consultant. He has worked with the self-employed and small businesses, helping them with their business and personal needs, since 1988.

Gaylene Kanoyton of Hampton, Va.
Ms. Kanoyton is the President of Gaylene, LLC – Management & Marketing Company. She is active in her community and serves on the Board of several state and local organizations, including as Member of the Executive Board for the Urban League of Hampton Roads and on the Hampton Child Development Center Board. Kanoyton was also appointed by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to serve on the Council on the Status of Women, with her term ending in 2012.

Mary G. Mora of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Ms. Mora is the Owner and Abundant Talent Connector of MGM Speakers Bureau. Mora connects keynote, motivational, professional speakers, training consultants, and business/life coaches with event and meeting planners, organizations, associations and individuals. 

Susan Sarfati of Washington, D.C.
Ms. Sarfati is the CEO of High Performance Strategies, LLC. Susan provides consulting and speaking services focused on growing leaders and organizations that stand tall. Sarfati was the President and CEO of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, and the founding President and CEO of The Center for Association Leadership and Executive Vice President of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) until September 2008. She was recently named by Women of Wealth magazine as one of the top 99 mentors in the U.S., and was honored by ASAE with their first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ben Seidel of Columbia, Mo.
Mr. Seidel is the President of Igniting Business. With his background in marketing, technology and website design, Seidel offers many services to clients in the realm of website development solutions, marketing material design and production, as well as technology services. 

David Seidel of Columbia, Mo.
Mr. Seidel is President of Seidel Research and Development Company, LLC. He has more than 26 years of experience in the field of engineering and environmental consultation. He also has extensive experience in consulting new industries with environmental regulation compliance and energy efficiency implementation measures, including renewable energy assessments. 

Dave Sylvester of Cranberry, Penn.
Mr. Sylvester is the owner of Lucky Cats Marketing. Sylvester works with local and small businesses to create and implement Internet marketing strategies in order to generate better leads and more sales. Prior to starting his own business, he worked as an application developer and database programmer. Sylvester is a musician in his spare time. 

Tiffany Washington of Waldorf, Md.
Ms. Washington is the owner of Washington Accounting Services. She was the recipient of the NASE’s Achievement Award in 2009. In addition to providing financial services that reduce risk, cost, and improve quality of financial operational information for businesses, Washington teaches Business Tax & Recordkeeping courses at the College of Southern Maryland.

About the NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's website at

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