Alliance Partners

Sass Creative Studios

Sass Creative Studios

Kimberly Dow

Kimberly Dow is the owner and principal of Sass Creative Studios, an award-winning graphic design studio with a focus on print design— which can include anything from a logo to a billboard, and just about everything in between. At Sass, she enjoys working with businesses in a variety of industries, but her passion is to work with those promoting healthy lifestyles, such as those in the health/wellness, organic, holistic or women-oriented businesses. Her attention to detail coupled with creative problem-solving skills has produced work recognized by the American Advertising Federation, Graphic Design USA magazine, the Creativity Awards, American Corporate ID awards, and more.

Kim also finds creative outlets outside the design studio. She is the co-founder and past artistic director of Equinox Dance Company, an all-adult modern dance troupe in western Maryland. She currently serves as their marketing director, as well as a dancer and choreographer. She is also active in her community. She currently serves as President for AAF-Greater Frederick, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation.

Akers to Grow Event Planning

Akers to Grow Event Planning

Heather Akers

For Heather Akers, the name of the game is Event Planning. Bringing people together to network, celebrate, fundraise, and grow is her life’s work. She “navigates”  (her 2017 word) a full time professional event planning job at a local hospital. With Arranger, Positivity and Includer in her toolkit she approaches projects in a high energy fashion and has “never met a stranger.” Her pastimes include rooting for the Hokies, Ravens and Orioles birds with a glass of wine in hand. She is a huge fan of her Navy son and her high school graduating daughter. She travels to Myrtle Beach with her husband of 21 years as often as possible. The end game for Heather is gratitude, faith and grace. She is working on self compassion and finding value in peace and rest. She very much looks forward to meeting you.
Barkley Associates

Barkley Associates

Leslie Barkley

Leslie  is Barkley Associates, a local accounting firm of 27 years with clients in 14 states.

Leslie knew that she wanted to be an accountant at age 13 and still loves the choice that comes with running her own business. She specializes in small businesses that need help in achieving the dreams of their principals, whether through training in accounting or computers; determining better business practices; or determining what those life dreams are. She also prepares tax returns and enjoys solving the puzzles the tax code presents each year. She loves hearing what her clients have been doing since they last met, and what their plans and aspirations are for the future. She relishes the discussions that clarify client’s dreams and offers the best support to make those dreams a reality.

Beyond her business and clients, Leslie likes to stay physically and mentally active. She can be found at many of the local Contra dances, as well as at many local board game evenings. She is glad to let you know about the many opportunities for dancing and board gaming in the area. She volunteers with several of the groups which put on these events, such as the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Games Club of Maryland. Call Leslie at (301) 874-1910

DQH Services

DQH Services

Dawn Quicksell Hipsley

Dawn is the owner of DQH Services, which focuses on bringing an additional set of administrative hands to small businesses. Dawn is a resourceful and energetic person who is comfortable with a wide array of office functions. With over 12 years of experience in the insurance industry, she has excelled in customer care and service. Previous administrative positions have included accounts payable/receivable, invoicing, data entry, Customer Relationship Management, and many other tasks. She is quick with skill building and always eager to learn about each new business with which she works.

In joining Wholistic Woman Retreats, Dawn is looking forward to meeting and working with new women. She spends her time outside of work with her two boys and husband, enjoying all that Frederick has to offer.

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