WithIt Names 2013 Board of Directors

Greensboro, N.C. -based WithIt, the women’s leadership network serving the home furnishings industries, has announced its 2013 Board of Directors.

Betty Lyn Eller, VP/Home division of IMRE, is now president of WithIt.  “Being involved in WithIt is an investment in your success and your professional future,” Eller says. “This is your organization and it’s up to you to get involved and see the return on your investment.”

The WithIt board is made up of an executive committee, vice presidents who lead committees, vice presidents who represent industry functions, and vice presidents who represent geographic regions.

Serving in 2013 in addition to Eller are:

• Chairman, Board of Governors, Mary Leigh Howell, Principal, Howell Communications

• Chairman, WithIt, Julia Rosien, Chief Idea Officer, Social North

• Vice President/President Elect, Violette Forman, General Manager, Havertys Furniture

• Secretary, Cindy Williams, VP/Sales, Wright Global Graphic Solutions

• Treasurer, Peg Whitehurst, VP/Finance, Norwalk Furniture


Vice presidents and committee chairs are:

• Education: Pat Bowling, VP/Communications, American Home Furnishings Alliance

• Marketing: Amanda Williams, Public Relations Account Supervisor, Wray Ward

• Media: Lisa Hanly, VP/Corporate Communications/Public Relations, Furniture Brands

• Membership: Kim Grubb, VP/Sales, Wright Global Graphic Solutions

• Mentoring: Amy Schmidt, VP/Merchandising Communications, FurnitureDealer.net

• Networking: Margi Kyle, owner and interior designer, The Designing Doctor

• Social Networking: Dana Helms, Social Media Community Manager, Social North


Vice president at large officers, serving as representatives of industry functions, are:

• Manufacturing, Carol Gregg, President, Red Egg

• Youth Outreach, Victoria Valentinas, Visual Merchandising Coordinator, Bassett Furniture

• Supplier/Design, Libby Langdon, President, Libby Interiors Inc.


Regional vice presidents are tasked with building membership and developing events in their regions. These 2013 officers are:

• Virginias/Carolinas, Trisha Kemerly, President, WhipSmart Creative

• International, Donna Bartlett, President, ViewIt Technologies

Sara Lyke remains WithIt’s executive director and Amy VanDorp is membership/media manager.

For more information on the organization, visit: withit.org

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