Illuminate Committee Members

Meet the women who make Illuminate shine.

Our thanks to Traci Huffman Photography for providing the committee member photos.

Cary Heise

Media & Public Relations Chairperson


Cary Heise is a wife and mom of two and founder of Vend Raleigh. Cary’s passion for women business owners was born when she started growing her two small businesses, Social Butterflies and Stay at Home Rock Star. Cary saw a need for a platform for local women business owners, specifically Mompreneurs, to network, learn from one another and cross-promote.


Follow Cary on Twitter and Facebook for Vend Raleigh.

Kristen Bagwell

Sponsorship Chairperson


Kristen Bagwell came to Vend Raleigh two years ago to promote her blog and stayed to enjoy Vend’s collaboration and support in her new-ish direct sales venture. A long-time marketing professional, Kristen is loving her role as Illuminate Sponsorship Chair for a third year.


Kristen is a recovering corporate professional by day and an executive consultant for Rodan + Fields skin care any other time. She is also a wife and mother of 2, and loves to encourage and mentor women of all backgrounds. Connect with Kristen on Facebook and Twitter.

Traci Huffman

Official Event Photographer


Traci Huffman is the owner/photographer of Traci Huffman Photography who specializes in Lifestyle Maternity, Newborn, Babies and Children, and Family Photography. THP offers on location photography in the Raleigh area for your special occasions and milestones or to capture the details of every day life.


Traci enjoys working with the Illuminate committee and has been an active Vend Raleigh member, most recently assuming the Vend Raleigh Photographers group leader role. She loves the sense of community and working with fellow mompreneurs. In her “free time” she enjoys spending time with her 3 year old twin girls and husband.


Connect with Traci on FacebookTwitter, and Google+, and see her work, life, and inspiration on her BlogInstagram, and Pinterest.

Kristin Loy

Event Logistics Chairperson

Kristin Loy is a social media and online resource expert, and a veteran of building digital relationships for businesses and individuals. Kristin enjoys working with business owners, as a virtual assistant, who are ready to take their business and dreams to the next level.

Learn more about Kristin at, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Jessica Throneburg

Event “Little Details” Chairperson

Jessica Throneburg has participated as an Illuminate committe member for several years, and has a knack for the little details (get it?). She is an online resource guru and a vconnector of people in all forums, not to mention a planner and a detail specialist. Jessica has seen tremendous growth in her small business, Little Details, and was recently recognized as one of the Top 40 local business owners under age 40 by the Triangle Business Journal.

Learn more about Jessica at, Twitter, and Facebook.

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