Board of Directors


George Valenzuela

As president and CEO of Intelligent Evolution, Inc., a full-service information technology company in Alexandria, Virginia, George Valenzuela oversees all aspects of the company’s marketing, sales, management and operations. Intelligent Evolution specializes on the areas of design and development of websites, search engine optimization, custom software solutions, database management, VOIP services and social media. Intelligent Evolution’s clientele ranges from trade and professional associations, the federal government, and private businesses.

Vice President

Anna Davalos

Anna is a storyteller. It’s what drew her to journalism. She owns Alejo Media and she and her team have turned their passion into a mission to learn your company’s story, and craft a unique video that fits you. As owner of Alejo Media she works to make your vision become a reality.


Iris Lopez

Iris Lopez has been in the banking industry for 19 years, the last seven of which have been with Sandy Spring Bank. She is responsible for the management and growth of the Alexandria Branch in Old Town. Her skills include Commercial ending, Customer Service, Banking, Commercial Banking, and Loans.


Mary Ann Burstein

As a resident of the City of Alexandria for over 24 years, Mary Ann Burstein is a passionate advocate for all Alexandria has to offer. Mary Ann serves Northern Virginia as a local volunteer and an active REALTOR®.

Past President

Indre Bauza

More than 20 years in the banking industry, all at Burke & Herbert, Tonya motivates and manages staff on marketing/sales techniques to reach goals, initiates and participates in effective customer acquisition and retention practices, creates and sustains a positive branch office culture and work atmosphere.

Lunch & Learns

Jennifer Ayers

Jennifer Ayers oversees the day-to-day operations of ALIVE!, a 501c3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of Alexandrian’s in need. This includes working with 45 congregations, city agencies, nonprofits, and other community-based organizations, supervising program functions and staff. Jennifer has two kids and a dog and has resided in Alexandria for nearly 20 years. She Volunteer for many activities including the PTA, Church, and the Alexandria Small Business Development Center.

Government Relations

Paul Friedman

Paul Friedman is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Alexandria’s Zebra newspaper. At the same time, he’s developing a non-profit called Safer Country that will work to ensure that all prohibited persons, including an estimated hundreds of thousands of convicted criminals, are entered into the national background check system for gun purchases.

Open Position


Abel Girmay

Abel is a Vice President and Relationship Manager with M&T Bank in Business and Professional Banking, with over twelve years of experience. As a relationship manager, he works with local business owners to provide relationship-focused banking solutions unique to each client, industry, and growth goals, including making key connections among the individuals and organizations in his trusted network. Businesses thrive in active communities, and therefore Abel emphasizes long-term relationships and community involvement.


Open Position


Joel Bernstein

As President and operator of ECCA Payroll company, Joel is a long-time resident of Alexandria’s West End. He has substantial business knowledge and is involved in many networking opportunities.


Ralph Critten

Ralph has over 21 years of combined work experience within Higher Education and state/local government. As a nationally certified business services professional, he is an expert at providing workforce development solutions to business community. He enjoys providing consultation services that help
businesses train and grow their workforce.

In addition, he enjoys providing career advisement and training services to adult job seekers, increasing their marketability to employers. Ralph possess a master’s in human
resource management, a master’s in communications training & Development and a bachelor’s degree in communications.


Brenda Duong

Brenda Duong’s expertise is in leading the team to ensure an exceptional customer and team member experience, manage risk, and support growth. She has demonstrated the ability to lead a diverse team of professionals to new
levels of success in the extremely competitive financial industry with a strong sales and operational qualifications as well as impressive track record of significant hands-on experience in sales strategies, client retention, and risk

Brenda has proven ability to successfully prioritize business requirements, identify growth opportunities, increase revenue, and improve client satisfaction.


Ariel Goldstein

After 41 years as a New York Life Insurance agent, using Life Insurance, Investments, Retirement Products, and Long Term Care Insurance, we help provide financial security and peace of mind for individuals, their families, business owners, and their employees.

Board Nominations

If interested in any of these opportunities,

please contact WEBA Membership

Nominations are being sought for the WEBA’s 2020 Board of Directors. Requirements include attendance at the monthly Board meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. This is the perfect way to learn and have a voice in matters of importance in the West End. It is also a great way to gain visibility for your business. Nominate yourself or another by emailing WEBA.

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