illuminate 2014

Welcome Your 2014 Illuminate Committee

Who is motivated and ready for this year’s Illuminate conference!?!  I can say without a doubt that your 2014 Illuminate committee is ready! We are so excited about this year’s conference that not only have we already been working hard, we had to bring on additional people just to make sure it is a big hit! Many on the 2013 committee returned this year to help organize everything, but when we determined that it was going to be so big that we needed additional help we went straight to you all and here is who decided to partner with us for 2014…

kristen_bagwellKristen Bagwell

I came to Vend Raleigh two years ago to promote my blog, and stuck around to help market my recent direct sales venture. As a working parent of two young children, I have loved the collaboration and support of Vend Raleigh. As a long-time marketing professional, I plan to rock this year’s Illuminate Sponsorship Chair post. Stay tuned for early bird opportunities and other fun stuff, coming soon! I am a corporate director, the voice of CorporateMama, and an executive consultant for Rodan + Fields skin care. I am also a wife and mother of 2, and I consistently over-extended (but usually happy about it). Connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.

Nicole Hanner; Hanner StudiosNicole Hanner

Being a local photographer and video producer at Hanner Photography Studios, I love all things visual. So, I am very excited to offer my help as the Website & Graphics Assistant Chairperson for this year’s Illuminate conference. As a photography business owner, I am behind WordPress most of the day in order to effectively promote my love of child and newborn photography. Between chasing after my 3 kids under the age of 3, video production at Hope Community Church and being a photographer, I can relate to moms out there trying to do it all. I am thankful for my God-given talent and can’t wait to see what the future holds for my business. I am excited to meet all of you at Illuminate and am blessed to call myself a Vend Raleigh Mompreneur!

suzanne millerSuzanne Miller

I’m excited to join the Illuminate Committee as the Assistant Chairperson for Media and Public Relations.  I attended both of the previous Illuminate conferences. I found them to be so valuable to my business skills; I wanted to be involved to help make it happen again.  I am the Raleigh Local Coordinator for InterExchange Au Pair USA and the Business Operations Coordinator for Boost Interactive Media. I share my life with my husband and 2 year old son in Raleigh, and in my free time, I blog at Love and Small Things.


Alicia FrazeeAlicia Frazee

I’m Alicia Frazee of The Teal Magnolia, where I create sewn accessories and gifts and also blog about living creatively yet simply. I’m married to my college sweetheart/prince charming and we live in Holly Springs with our four-year-old boy and one-year-old girl.  This year at Illuminate, you’ll see me as the assistant decorating/venue chair, working with Gaye Esser to coordinate venue amenities and plan some pre- and post- event gatherings. I am so excited to be part of the Illuminate team this year! Last year’s conference was so powerful and inspiring that I jumped at the chance to be part of it this year. I hope to see you there!

Jessica Throneburg, Little Details NCJessica Throneburg

I’m a stay at home mom to a rambunctious 3 year-old, and the owner of Little Details, a hybrid online shop for handmade personalized gifts and boutique apparel. I launched Little Details after attending the first Illuminate conference, and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to give back by serving as the Ticket and Swag Bag Chair. I look forward to using my background in marketing to help each of you creatively advertise your business for Illuminate!


So, there it is the awesome new faces of the 2014 Illuminate Committee! But, don’t forget all the great members who are back for another fantastic year!

resized headshotCary Heise

Cary is a wife and mom of two in Apex. She is creator and owner of Social Butterflies and Stay at Home Rock Star. She introduced Vend Raleigh in August 2011 after being inspired to find a common place for local Mom business owners to network and support one another.


 Kelly Phillips, Boost Interactive Media
Kelly Phillips

Kelly Phillips, CEO of Boost Interactive Media is passionate about helping others learn.  Kelly teaches WordPress at Wake Technical Community College and works with entrepreneurs on their websites and using technology to achieve their business goals. At Red feather Networking, she teaches how to develop your own unique networking style with Unleash Your Networking Mojo.


Irene Gouge, Loving Lessons, Raleigh Mom Owned BusinessIrene Gouge

Irene is founder of Loving Lessons and contributes her success in coaching parents to her sons Connor age 6 and Bailey age 4 with the support of her husband Keith. She says “My boys are the loves of my life, but they challenge me every day to stretch myself in ways I never I knew I could be stretched. They have taught me how to teach them the loving lessons in all aspects of life and how to create healthy habits which will impact them in their future.” For more positive parenting inspirations and sleep tips, follow Irene on Facebook and Twitter.

Redefine Balance, Life Coach Raleigh, Mompreneurs

Gaye Esser

Gaye is a Life Coach and owner of Redefine Balance.  She works with Mompreneurs to connect with their purpose and passion.  Her passion is guiding Moms to ultimate happiness and success in both their business and personal life.  She is a wife and mom to two girls ages 7 and 10 and she is author of Complete With Kids, a Step by Step Guide to Finding Yourself after Having Children.  She is co-leader of the Coaching and Consulting Group with Vend Raleigh and she loves to mountain bike and do yoga in her free time.  You can find out more about Gaye at Redefine Balance, Twitter and Facebook.  

 Kristin Loy, newKristin Loy

Kristin Loy is a veteran to social media and online resources for building digital relationships for businesses and individuals. Kristin blogs, writes articles, and is the editor and publisher for Macaroni Kid South Raleigh. Macaroni Kid South Raleigh is a useful resource for local families in the Triangle. Parents can find all there is to know about events happening in our community. Find more of Kristin on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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