Get the guidance you deserve.

In business, the health and prosperity of your company depends on the strength and commitment of your board – a collection of individuals with a wealth of knowledge who are fully committed to your success. They’re your masterminds, gathered together to guide you and hold you accountable.

The same should exist in dating.

Meet the masterminds at The Dating Advisory Board.

Melanie Coburn

I have always been passionate about connecting and helping others. As Chief Relationship Officer (CRO) for our unique networking community called CADRE, I advocate for and support ~100 CEOs and business leaders full-time. Along with my husband, Derek Coburn, we have built CADRE from the ground up. We have hosted several of the group’s “Un-Networking” events throughout the Washington Metro area, featuring esteemed speakers such as Chris Brogan, Gary Vaynerchuk, DeMaurice Smith and Daniel Pink.

Maimah Karmo

Maimah Karmo is a soul-purpose seeker, philanthropist, life coach, mother, God-lover, unicorn, and a woman who believes in manifesting her dreams.  She is also the President and CEO of the Tigerlily Foundation, and an 11-year survivor of breast cancer.  Maimah serves on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee for Breast Cancer in Young Women.  In 2015, she received Traditional Home Magazine’s Classic Woman Award.  In 2010, she received the Congressional Black Caucus’ Leadership in Advocacy Award, and the Running Start “Women to Watch Award”.  In 2009, she was awarded a L’Oreal Paris’ Woman of Worth award, among others.

Maurisa Potts

Maurisa is the Founder and CEO of her own marketing, public relations and event strategy firm (Spotted MP)  which provides distinctively tailored marketing solutions focused on economic and urban development, retail and non-profits entities in the Washington, D.C. area.    

Frances Reimers

Frances Reimers is the Founder of Firestarter, a personal brand consultancy firm located in Alexandria. Firestarter advises individuals (athletes, CEOs, and celebrities) and small businesses—helping them develop, manage, enhance, and protect a key professional asset: their personal brand.

Elaine Gibson

Elaine Gibson is the founder of Renewed Living. Elaine Gibson is an extraordinary woman, cited as one of the world’s top ten natural cancer survivors by Extreme Health Radio (#4), having beaten Stage IV Cancer without traditional protocols, Elaine shares her hard-won lessons for living a clean, healthy, and natural lifestyle. Once she began making healthy changes, she lost 28 pounds and dropped 4-5 sizes. Today Elaine is a published author, sought-after motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, private coach, and a green juicing, loving grandmother.

Mali Phonpadith

Mali Phonpadith is the Founder and CEO of the SOAR Community Network, author, speaker, marketing strategist, podcaster and the Executive Producer of Tea with Mali Cable TV Show. In 2015, Mali was selected as a Belief Team community partner through Values Partnership for the Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network BELIEF initiative. In 2016, she was asked to be an ambassador to the RiseUp Movie and Movement.

Debie Jo Wheatley

Debi Jo’s company is Designs by Debi Jo. Debi Jo’s passion for decor and design has guided her in becoming certified in Home Staging and Redesign. Originally starting out in nursing for the past 30 years and with flexible hours, it has afforded her time for her passion, artistic painting of rooms and furniture. Designs by Debijo, my creative art business, was very successful for 11EW years with artwork and furniture in the United States, England, Canada and Korea.

Expanding to renovation with area contractors, she has been able to design high end kitchens and baths in the DC Metro area, as well as working on a ski home in Seven Springs, PA, a corporate retreat in West Virginia, as well as homes in New York and Florida.
Debi Jo’s design background as well as my nursing, I have become a specialist in Aging in Place, working with “baby boomers” in renovating homes with functional, high end design. My belief is that you can have a functional space without losing the beauty and that no one should ever have to leave their home out of necessity.  Her motto is “Great design is making sense of your desires!”

Marissa Levin

Marissa Levin is a Leadership Columnist at Inc. Magazine, Founder, and CEO at Successful Culture and Founder & Chairman at Information Experts. I learned how important it is to have Advisory Boards in business and in our personal life.

Valerie Gitelson

Valerie Gitelson from Valerie Nahmani Designs started designing jewelry 15 years ago when one of her girlfriends introduced her to the world of beads. From that day she started designing and selling her pieces in different shows along the east coast. A mother of two, she has come back with easy and fun new looks created for women on the go who still want to look and feel fabulous. Valerie Nahmani Designs brings you fun, bright colors to wear everyday so you never look bare. It will make you look and feel sexy, strong, and beautiful. It answers the needs of style conscious women and everything they love. Valerie Nahmani Desings donates a portion of each sale to two charties she holds close to her heart. The Children’s Inn a NIH and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Melanie Spring

Anyone with the title Chief Inspiration Officer on their business card has figured out their own personal brand. When you meet Melanie Spring, you’ll know immediately she was put on earth to bring her big energy to getting you outside of your comfort zone and firmly into your purpose.

Melanie is the Boss Lady at Sisarina, a brand strategy agency in Washington DC, and once she drove 7000 miles in 3 weeks to find out why great brands work. She speaks internationally about rocking your life and your business. Find out more at

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