Officers and Executive Board Members
2018 WLC President
2018 VP of Conference
VP of WLC Micro Events
VP of Marketing
Treasurer/Finance & Sponsorship
Immediate Past President
Community Liason Director
2018 WLC President
Rhonda Klug is the Community Relations Manager of Harry & David where she began her career 30 years ago. She serves as the company’s ambassador for the brand working directly with top-level executives for internal and external communications. Rhonda holds a double AA in Business/Corporate Communications and Accounting and Computer Science. She’s an Oregon native who believes in higher education and continues to further her career taking college courses and various workshops. Rhonda has served as the VP of Conference and Marketing Chair for the Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) and is the 2018 Conference Chair.
Rhonda enjoys volunteering her time to SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) in the Rogue Valley, providing reading support and mentorship to children Pre-K thru third grade. She has a passion for philanthropy and works with the local non-profits to build upon meaningful relationships that impact the community.
Her dedication to her two sons and her husband, who also works at Harry & David, is a source of great pride and joy. She also adores her pets, enjoys outdoor activities and the beautiful Southern Oregon landscape. She has a love for food & wine and an overall enthusiastic lover of life. Cheers!
VP of Conference
Dana Keller currently works as Sales & Events Manager for Neuman Hotel Group. She prides herself in exceptional customer service and attention to detail. Dana originally graduated from the California Culinary Academy with Honors to pursue her passion for creating fine food. Dana has been in the hospitality industry in Southern Oregon for over 25 years. Originally, a California native, Dana moved to the Rogue Valley in 1994 to follow her dreams, open a restaurant and start a family. Now she enjoys interacting with clients and helping them to realize their own vision. Whether it is an intimate wedding, holiday party, or large multi – day Conference, Dana loves the process of putting plans into action and turning ideas into reality.
Dana loves spending time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys nature, hiking, yoga, art, fine food and wine. Dana believes that life is about making it happen and enjoying the process.
VP of Non-Conference/Community Liaison Director
Cristina Sanz has long enjoyed being involved with a variety of women’s organizations in the legal field. She is the Philanthropic Advisor in Southern Oregon for The Oregon Community Foundation. She’s a past board member of the Oregon Women Lawyers and Oregon Women Lawyers Foundation and former coordinator of Rogue Women Lawyers.
Cristina joined The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) in 2006 working with individuals and families who wish to establish a charitable fund that provides grants to their favorite organizations or academic scholarships to deserving students.
Prior to joining OCF, Cristina practiced family and juvenile law for eleven years in Eugene and Medford and then served as a Jackson County Court Mediator for six years. She received her J.D. from the University of Oregon and her B.A. in Political Science with a specialty in Women’s Studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles.
VP of Marketing
Gwenne Wilcox began working with branding pioneers on Madison Avenue in New York. Since 1990, her creative advertising solutions for multi-million dollar brands such as Stuart Weitzman, American Express, Herman Miller, and Gianni Versace have gained national and international recognition. An early adopter to digital marketing, Ms. Wilcox has launched online brands from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Three years after graduating from the prestigious Art Center College of Design, Gwenne started her own design firm with just one project: establishing the branding for entrepreneur shoe designer Stuart Weitzman (which later sold to Coach for $575 million). Other clients such as Newsweek Magazine, Genentech, and DeBeers Diamonds soon followed. She has worked on campaigns for notable advertising agencies Riney (fna Hal Riney & Partners) in San Francisco, NW Ayer in New York, and helped launch WongDoody Advertising in Seattle in 1994. In 2005, Harry & David recruited Ms. Wilcox as Creative Director for their retail, wholesale and B2B divisions. Her collective experiences on both the agency and corporate sides provide a unique perspective in delivering a comprehensive brand strategy, resulting in predictable customer engagement and purchasing outcomes. Her branding company, RockPaperScissors, provides revenue generating content marketing strategies for privately owned and entrepreneurial-led companies.
Gwenne’s community involvement includes serving on the board of the Southern Oregon Music Festival from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, she was a volunteer member of the Marketing Committee and now serves as the VP of Marketing for the 2018 WLC Conference. She is the proud mother of a grown daughter and a graduating senior from Ashland High School.
Debbie Martin is the controller for Adroit Construction Company, Incorporated located in Ashland, Oregon. She began her construction accounting career with a Medford plumbing company and joined Adroit Construction in 1990. She was hired for the accounts payable department, which was a new position. Her attention to detail, willingness to perform whatever tasks are asked of her and dedication to the job provided opportunities to expand her knowledge and take on additional duties.
She first attended the Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) in 2013. It was an excellent opportunity to network with other women in the Valley, some performing the same job within other companies while also expanding her knowledge of what the Women’s Leadership Conference offered. She joined the WLC logistics team in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and is currently the board Secretary.
Outside of work she enjoys family time – any day, anywhere, family dinners at the dinner table, movie nights, motorcycling and sightseeing when time permits. Debbie is wife to a hard working husband of 31 years and a mom to two awesome daughters.
Immediate Past President
Stacey Derrig currently works for Southern Oregon University (SOU) as an Academic Advisor and in Business Outreach. She helps students maneuver through college to complete their degree and connect SOU to the local businesses collaboratively within the community. This includes planning events such as the Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC), Career Transformations, Business Resource Fair and the Welcome Back Bash. Involved with WLC since 2013, Stacey has served on the logistics, and conference content committees and was the 2017 WLC Conference President.
As a very active person, she enjoys her cabin in the wilderness with her husband where they like to hike and enjoy the peaceful outdoors. Stacey has traveled all around the world to snow ski and scuba dive. She’s helicoptered to a hut in the Selkirk mountains in Canada with 16 other women, where they hiked and skied 5,000 vertical feet a day on glaciers.
Maggie Groves is the Sales Manager at the Inn at the Commons hotel in Medford. Maggie’s expertise is in public relations and customer service. Her past employment history includes working in the senior health care industry as the Director of Community Outreach, Director of Community Relations, Sales and Marketing for a fruit grower’s co-op and Sales in the television and newspaper industries. She has been a Women’s Leadership Conference (WLC) Logistic Chair and holds that post currently.
Maggie has been actively involved in the community serving on the boards of organizations such as Rogue Valley Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, Children’s Miracle Network Leadership, United Way of Jackson County, Providence Hospital Festival of Trees, Addictions Recovery Center (ARC), Women’s Leadership, Community Dispute Resolution Center and Community Business Education Center.
In her spare time, she heads to Portland, OR, to visit her daughters and their husbands. Two months ago they all welcomed Maggie’s first grandchild.
Moneeka Settles is the Program Coordinator for the Innovation and Leadership degree at Southern Oregon University. She teaches both Intercultural Communication and Organizational Communication at S.O.U. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University. She has advocated for and taught many young women how to best understand how their voices are used in the classroom and the workplace.