President & CEO
Joanne Randolph is one of the founders of the WBCNA. She has served as the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the WBCNA, now The Catalyst, since 2006. She brings a diverse range of experience in entrepreneurship, business management, mentoring, business incubation, international marketing, and telecommunications. Under Ms. Randolph’s leadership, the Women’s Business Center was selected as the Alabama 2010 “Women’s Business Center of Excellence” by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), received the 2010 Better Business Bureau of North Alabama Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and was awarded the 2007 “Non-Profit of the Year” by the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce. The SBA selected Ms. Randolph as the 2007 “Women in Business Champion” for the State of Alabama and the 6-state region. She was also chosen as the 2006 Small Business Advocate of the Year by the National Small Business Association (NSBA) for the Lower South Region.
WBC Project Manager
Katie Williams serves as the Women’s Business Center Project Manager of The Catalyst. She began her career in non-profit management in 2007 and is involved in numerous community outreach efforts throughout North Alabama. In her previous role with The Catalyst, Ms. Williams served as the TechRich Deputy Project Manager. As the Women’s Business Center Program Manager, she coordinates entrepreneurial and small business development programs, oversees business training and coaching, and supports economic growth activities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Laura Lopez is the Accountant for The Catalyst. With more than 25 years of experience in commercial and government accounting for small business, Ms. Lopez brings with her solid organizational skills and a strong sense of responsibility and dedication.
TechRich Project Manager
Leigh Christian as owner of Plans to Prosper Consulting serves as a small business consultant primarily for government contractors. Specializing in Business Development, Proposal Management, Strategy, Startup, Teaming and other areas of small business.