WithIt board of directors continues same posts for 2021

Lorri Kelley, left, Paris Gholston and Madeline Brown

HIGH POINT — WithIt, the women’s leadership development network for the home and furnishings industry, is continuing with its board of directors in the same posts into 2021, with Lorri Kelley, principal of Lorri Kelley Advisors, as WithIt president for 2021.

In addition, two new members join the board for 2021: Paris Gholston, industry communications specialist with the Mattress Recycling Council, will serve as vice president of scholarship, and Madeline Brown, marketing manager for Sherrill Furniture Companies, will serve as vice president of networking.

“Our success during the past year has been the result of an active, dedicated board of directors who worked tirelessly to preserve our resources while fulfilling the mission of WithIt,” says Lorri Kelley. “This year we will build upon those successes we realized throughout a difficult 2020 to ensure this important organization is stronger, more resilient and more relevant than ever before.”

The 2021 board of directors includes:

Chairman: Lark Shirley-Stevens, executive director of marketing & membership, Furniture First
President: Lorri Kelley, president, Lorri Kelley Advisors
Vice President/President Elect: Renee Loper-Boyd, vice president marketing, International Market Centers
Second Vice President: Emily Severson, VP of supplier relations, FurnitureDealer.net
Secretary: Bonnie Wallace, operations manager, IHFRA
Treasurer: Jamie White, Hanes Brands
Professional Development: Rene Johnston-Gingrich, VP of training development,
Profitability Consulting Group
Business Development: Carolyn Crowley, president, Myriad Software
Scholarship: Paris Gholston, industry communications specialist, Mattress Recycling Council
Membership: Deena Gardner, vice president of marketing & communications, Reverie
Marketing: Jessica Smithson, category manager, upholstery furniture, The Dufresne Group
Events: Cathy Valent, vp home decorative & fabrics merchandising, Springs Creative Group
Technology: Lori Dolnick, senior vice president, Frank Advertising
Emerging Leaders: Victoria Valentinas, principal, VLV Designs
Supplier/Design: Maria Killam, principal, Maria Killam Colour & Design
Connections: Tori Evans, vp business development, Endygo
Networking: Madeline Brown, marketing manager, Sherrill Furniture Companies
Executive Advisory Council Liaison: Pamela Thomas, director of supply chain, Universal Furniture

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