International Virtual Assistants Associations Announces New Board

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Details of the newly elected members of this not-for-profit association that supports the Virtual Assistant industry.

The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) ( is pleased to announce their 2005-2006 Board of Directors. The IVAA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and development of its members and the Virtual Assistance profession. Their Certification programs – Certified Virtual Assistant (CVA), EthicsCheckedTM, Real Estate Support Specialist (RESS) – are internationally recognized as the most in-depth programs serving the VA industry.

A Virtual Assistant is an independent entrepreneur who provides administrative, creative, and/or technical services, utilizing technological modes of communication and data delivery to assist clients in their area of expertise.

Jeannine Clontz, Accurate Business Services ( in Arnold, MO, is the new President. Clontz specializes in Realtor/legal support and holds many industry certifications including IVAA CVA, EthicsCheckedTM, and CRESS. She has won many awards, including the 2003 Don Earl Citizen of the Year Award. Ms. Clontz has served IVAA on their Bylaws Committee, provided business ethics presentations at two IVAA Summits (, and written ethics articles for the IVAACast newsletter.

Debbie Tester is the new Vice President/President-elect. Tester previously served as Historian and co-chair of the 2004 Summit, IVAA’s annual conference. She is the Managing Partner of Outer Office, LLC ( in Aurora, CO and specializes in technical documentation, grant writing, research and analysis. Ms. Tester holds the IVAA EthicsCheckedTM certification. Her clients include small businesses in the engineering and IT industries, entrepreneurs, educators, and attorneys.

Peg Vanderlipp, Tracys Landing, MD, has been serving her clients virtually since 2000. Virtual Assistance 4 You (, specializes in website design, desktop publishing, administrative tasks and database management. She is a member of many organizations including the Bay Area Business Leaders Club. Vanderlipp is the IVAA Secretary for 2005-2006 and volunteers in other capacities for the Association.

The IVAA Treasurer is Kimberly Thomas-Catanzaro of Bookkeeping & Secretarial Services (, located in Jupiter, FL. She has 15+ years office and bookkeeping experience, specializes in individual/small business full charge bookkeeping, and offers office management, secretarial and executive assistance, and credit and collections services to her clients. Member, American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.

Candy Beauchamp the new Historian for the IVAA, owns OffAssist ( located in Austin, TX. Beauchamp and specializes in bookkeeping for small businesses. She got her start more than a decade ago by being mentored by an Enrolled Agent (EA) while attending the University of Hawaii. She opened OffAssist in 2002. Member, American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.

The 2005 – 2006 IVAA Board of Directors is also represented by the following successful VAs:

Sandra Giusti, Consider It Done Virtual Assistant Services (, has a degree in Broadcast Communication and started her business in 2002. She specializes in desktop publishing, event planning, and marketing plan implementation. This is her second year on the BOD and will focus on the continued implementation of the IVAA Preferred Partner Program.

Raquel Nilson, Managing Director, Executive Assistance International (, provides support and assistance to upper management, small businesses, and executives. She is a member of the Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce and is involved in the Filipina Women Entrepreneurs organization. Nilson has also served on many IVAA committees including the RFP, and Bylaws Committee.

Michele Hanson O’Reggio, A Virtual Pro ( ), is based out of Ontario. She has a BA in Management with Distinction from the University of Toronto and specializes in virtual sales and marketing services including online article promotion, ezine marketing and lead generation. O’Reggio has a team of highly skilled and efficient virtual professionals to ensure her clients benefit from a wide range of services.

Lynne Norris, Norris Business Solutions (, New Millport, PA, opened her business five years ago. She has a degree in business and 15 years administrative office experience. Her experience in customer service, transcription, and secretarial services allows her to offer businesses professional and reliable administrative services.

Linda Siniscal, Third Hand Secretarial Service, has been offering bookkeeping services as well as administrative support to her clients since 1994. Her clients include coaches, speakers, a non-profit, and other small business owners. She was recently certified by the State of New Jersey as an SBE and WBE company.

Janice Wlodarski, Progressive Publishing Services (, offers desktop publishing, graphic design, and electronic document preparation and management to her clients.

She holds a BSBA and has 20+ years experience in the corporate environment. She is a certified MVA and will be heading the new IVAA PR/Marketing Department.

The IVAA continues to promote and educate the public about the Virtual Assistant Industry, and is continually increasing its ability to support IVAA members in all phases of growth and success in their businesses. For more information about IVAA and the Virtual Assistant Industry, please visit our website at

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