The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) Announces its 2010-2011 Board of Directors

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The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA), the leading organization for virtual assistants worldwide, announces its 2010-2011 Board of Directors. The IVAA, a non-profit organization, continues to promote and educate the public about the virtual assistant industry.

The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is pleased to announce this year's Board of Directors. The IVAA is the leading organization for virtual assistants worldwide. A Virtual Assistant is an independent entrepreneur who provides administrative, creative, financial and/or technical services, utilizing technological modes of communication and data delivery to assist clients in their area of expertise. The IVAA Board of Directors works to further the mission of professional development for virtual assistants and educating the public about the benefits of utilizing virtual assistants in their businesses. The following virtual assistants are serving as directors on this year's Board.

President - Jeannine Clontz, Accurate Business Services
Vice President/President Elect – Doreen DeJesus, Ambicionz
Secretary/Historian - Lara Nieberding, The Data Digger
Treasurer – Kelly Poelker, Another 8 Hours, Inc.
Legal & Identity – Marsha Kopan, Executive Secretarial Services
Director of Research & Development – Dana Fortier, Fortier Virtual
Director of Member Benefits – Michelle Murphy, Murphy Assistants
Director of Marketing – Terri Orlowski, beyond the office
Director of Membership – Laura Pumo, OfficeDEVA
Web Director – Nancy Seeger, Arts Assistance
Director of Certification – Carla Wilson, WilsonVA

Jeannine Clontz, Accurate Business Services ( in St. Louis, MO, serves the IVAA Board as the President again from 2010-2011. ABS has been in business for almost eleven years assisting speakers, consultants and REALTORS in managing Internet technology and marketing to increase their client base and overall success. She is the co-author of the wildly successful 'how to' book, Entrepreneurial Freedom, helps start-up and established VAs build strong and profitable businesses through her Coaching programs (, and was recently honored as the 2009 SBA ( St. Louis District Home-Based Business Champion; NAWBO St. Louis Member of the Year; and Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction.

Doreen DeJesus, Ambicionz ( in Tobyhanna, PA, serves as the Vice-President/President-Elect and will serve as the Association’s President from 2011-2012. Ambicionz has been providing marketing and administrative support to authors, coaches, entertainers, solopreneurs, and speakers since 2004. Doreen’s passion for technology allows her to develop the best systems and processes for each of her clients to help them take their business to the next level. Doreen currently holds the position of Co-Chair for IVAA's 2010 Live Summit and has held volunteer roles in the organization in the membership department, education department and as a staff writer for the association's online magazine, the IVAACast. Doreen holds certifications as a Graduate Virtual Assistant (GVA), Professional Virtual Author's Assistant, Real Estate Support Specialist (CRESS), Real Estate Assistant (CREA), Social Media Specialist and Master Shopping Cart Specialist.

Lara Nieberding, The Data Digger ( in Salisbury, MD serves as the Secretary and Historian on the IVAA Board of Directors. She has been a member of IVAA since 2007 and continues to serve on IVAA’s Profile Review Committee, Membership Guidelines Review Committee and as Co-Chair of the IVAA 2011 Live Summit Planning Committee. She has previously served on the planning committees for IVAA’s Online Summit and Live Summit. As a professional reader, Lara offers The Data Digger, an Internet monitoring service. Lara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts and a Social Media Marketing Specialist certification.

Kelly Poelker, Another 8 Hours, Inc. ( in O'Fallon, IL serves the IVAA Board as Treasurer. Kelly is a certified Master Virtual Assistant, Director of Academy of Virtual Professionals, and author of several books including Virtual Assistant - The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA and its accompanying workbook edition. Another 8 Hours has been servicing clients across the country since early 2000.

Marsha Kopan, Executive Secretarial Services ( in West Allis, WI, will serve as the Legal & Identity Department Chair. Marsha previously served on the IVAA Board as Secretary, VP of Membership, and on the Summit and Web Committees. Executive Secretarial Services has specialized in Association Management since 1998 and freelance paralegal services since 2005. Marsha holds a Bachelor of Science in English, the IVAA EthicsCheck™, CVA and CRESS designations, and is a Paralegal and Notary.

Dana Fortier, Fortier Virtual ( of Novi, MI joins the IVAA Board of Directors as the Director of Research and Development. Dana also currently serves as the Live Summit Planning Committee Co-Chair (2011) and has previously served as the VAC (Virtual Assistant Connection) Coordinator. Fortier Virtual specializes in virtual business management and virtual operations management, and their clients consist of speakers, coaches, attorneys, financial planners and various other entrepreneurs.

Michelle Murphy, Murphy Assistants ( in Bucks County, PA, serves as the Benefits Director. Michelle is honored to join the IVAA Board, and has served as a volunteer for the Online Summit Committee as well as the Virtual Assistant Connections (VAC) Coordinator for IVAA. Michelle brings 20 years of experience in administrative business support. Murphy Assistants, founded in 2004, is a virtual professional company specializing in business support to IT professionals and corporate sales teams serving as an extension of a core team.

Terri Orlowski, beyond the office ( in Pittsburgh, PA, serves as the IVAA Board as the Director of Marketing/PR. Although Terri is new to the Board, she has previously served as the Association’s Volunteer Coordinator, and has been a member of the Live Summit Planning Committee. Beyond the office was started in 2006 in Southeastern Connecticut. Beyond the office specializes in working with graphic designers and other virtual assistants, providing private label web development and internet marketing services. Terri is an Internet Marketing Support Specialist, Certified Real Estate Support Specialist and a Microsoft Office Specialist Expert for Word, Excel and Outlook. Terri and her family have recently relocated back to Pittsburgh, PA, where she and her husband grew up.

Laura Pumo, Office DEVA ( in Holland, PA serves on the IVAA Board as the Membership Director. Her company, Office DEVA, is an online business management and consulting company that specialize in supporting professional coaches, speakers and non-profit organizations. Laura was elected to the Delaware Valley Virtual Assistants Association as Vice President of Communications & Membership, with whom she still remains a member. Since 2003 Laura has held various volunteer positions with IVAA such as 2008 Summit Committee Co-Chair and message board moderator. Laura is also a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

Nancy Seeger, Arts Assistance (, Fairfax, VA, serves as the Association’s Web Director. Her company, Arts Assistance, is a Virtual Assistance firm specializing in website design and graphic layout, serves clients in the music industry, web development firms and small businesses. A former orchestra administrator of sixteen years, Ms. Seeger holds a Web Technologies certification from the International Webmaster Association. With IVAA, Nancy serves also on the Live and Online Summit committees, and has designed the websites for both as well as the new design for IVAA's website at

Carla Wilson, WilsonVA ( in Dowington, PA, is a newly elected member of the IVAA Board, and serves as the Director of Certification. Carla leveraged her 20 years professional experience into the creation of Wilson Virtual Assistants in 2003. She is also a member of the Delaware Valley Virtual Assistants Association (DVVAA) where she served as Secretary and President. Carla holds several designations including Certified Real Estate Support Specialist (CRESS), Real Estate Professional Assistant (REPA) and EthicsCheck.

“I am thrilled to be taking over the reins of our active and growing Virtual Assistance Association. There is a great need for virtual professionals in a challenging economy, allowing business owners to focus on income-generating tasks , while Virtual Assistants (VAs) provide professional support in a variety of areas from IT, web design, and new technologies, to bookkeeping, admin, social media, desktop publishing and specialized support to specific markets like, real estate, financial planners, speakers, authors, insurance companies, and the entertainment and music industry, just to mention a few,” says President Clontz.

“With more than 800 members worldwide, we offer unique and valuable benefits to support-seekers and members alike. Our tagline says it all, ‘Your Worldwide Connection to Virtual Professionals™’. I look forward to continuing the efforts of our past volunteer Boards by helping promote the industry and our member VAs to the ever changing marketplace.”

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

For more information:
375 N. Stephanie St,. Ste. 1411, Henderson, NV. 89014, Phone and Fax: (888) 259-2487,


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