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Board of Directors

The Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC (AWP) is governed by a dedicated team of wedding industry leaders.  Tasked with managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, the AWP Board works diligently to provide our members with pertinent educational content, efficient member services, and effective association business administration.

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MEET THE BOARD MEMBERS

OPEN POSITIONS

PRESIDENT
VICE PRESIDENT
TREASURER
SECRETARY
PROGRAM CHAIR
MEMBER -AT- LARGE (MD & DC) 
DOOR PRIZE CHAIR
Ask how you can get involved and join the Board. info@awp-dc.com
TREASURER

Linda Joyce "LJ" Gyimah (she/her)

Owner and CEO of EMBRACE MAKEUP ARTISTRY

Linda "LJ" Gyimah is a makeup artist based in Northern Virginia with over 10 years of experience. LJ specializes in making women look and feel like the best version of themselves by enhancing their beauty. She has worked with brides from global backgrounds allowing her to hone her skills to meet the beauty needs of all clients. Weddings are full of love and joy and LJ takes the stress out of the day by creating detailed plans to cover everything you could imagine and beyond so you don't have to.

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Site Chair

KATHARINE HENNING (she/her)

Owner and Principal Planner of ISLAND CREEK EVENTS

Katharine Henning is the owner and principal planner at Island Creek Events, a full-service event design and planning company specializing in weddings, social gatherings, corporate events, and nonprofit fundraisers. Island Creek Events recently won #BestofChesapeake wedding planner 2023! 

Before founding her own business, she served as the Director of Corporate and Employer Brand Strategy at an education technology company, where

she played a pivotal role in redefining the company's brand identity and orchestrating events with notable speakers, including First Lady Michelle Obama and Trevor Noah and more. 

She holds a B.A. from Washington College, a M.B.A. from American University's Kogod School of Business, and completed the University of Oxford (England) Womens’ Leadership Development Program.

Katharine, her husband and two dogs split their time between their homes

in Oxford and Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Membership Chair

VICTORIA DELGADO (she/her)

Owner and Lead Photographer of TORI DEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Victoria Delgado is the owner of Tori Del Photography. We offer refined wedding photographs that will last forever through the DMV and beyond.

 

Their photographs consist of both digital and film format bringing a whimsical and dreamy esthetic to all our our couple's weddings. Victoria is married with 3 children and an adorable pup who was adopted prior to the pandemic. She resides in Maryland.

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Membership Chair

CHELSEA MANRIQUE (she/her)

Area Director of Catering MORRISON HOUSE + THE ALEXANDRIAN HOTELS

Chelsea has been in the hospitality industry for 8 years. There is nothing she loves more than helping wedding couples celebrate the most memorable and special day of their lives! When she is not working, she enjoys volunteering in the community, especially with Special Olympics!

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Sponsorship Chair

DEJA HICKS (she/her)

Event Planning Manager RONALD REAGAN BUILDING + INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER

Deja Hicks fell into the event world shortly after college in 2019. Without realizing, she has been planning events her whole life from catered dinners to intimate home gatherings. Deja has always had a passion for event design and decorating. She has recently become a free-lance Special Events Planner and Events Producer, where she able to create beautiful experiences for her clients. Events aren’t only her passion it’s her lifestyle; “Let all you do be done in love and decor.”  

 

Since college, she has worked for wedding planning companies, event venues, and hotels executing their events. In 2024, she plans on perfecting her very own business “DN designs” which specializes in catered dinners, receptions and social events. In Deja’s spare time, she enjoys live music, traveling, time with God and wine tasting.   

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Owner of MARLISA CORNITCHER BEAUTY 
Member-at-Large (VA)

MARLISA CORNITCHER (she/her)

Marlisa Cornitcher is a makeup artist, beauty expert, entrepreneur based in the Washington, D.C. area.  She has worked in the beauty industry for over 12 years and has worked with beauty brands Estee Lauder and Smashbox. Marlisa has always loved all things beauty.  She has a passion for and focus on creating polished bridal looks. She also assists her clients look incredible through the art of makeup and works with her clients to create a look that captures their unique style. Marlisa has been blessed to work with countless brides and my work has been featured in WashingtonWeddings and WashingtonianMag.

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Member-at-Large (MD)

ASHLEYRAE SWANN (she/her)

Owner of CYGNUS STUDIO

AshleyRae Swann is a life-long arts and crafting junkie.  Inspired by all mediums of fine art, literature, and antiques, her services are executed with equal parts heart and imagination.  She believes every occasion is made more special with a little extra sparkle and creativity.  Her design philosophy is simple:  treat everyone as the unique spirit they are.  There is only ONE you in the world.  In her available time, AshleyRae is an avid reader, painter and swimmer.  She enjoys travelling, spending time with family, and community advocacy.  AshleyRae is the proud alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University and is an NCIDQ Licensed Interior Designer, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Association of Wedding Professionals of Greater Washington, DC (AWP).

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The Member-at-Large is elected by the membership of the Association and serve a one-year term.  Their main responsibilities are to be an advocate for the AWP membership body, while also keeping the AWP Board knowledgeable of any member concerns and opportunities for organizational growth.

 

The Member-at-Large inspires and motivates AWP Members to find innovative ways to help our community succeed.

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Past President

NICOLE FINGERS (she/her)

Owner and Lead Stationery Stylist of FINGERS IN INK

Nicole Fingers Woodward, owner and head stationery designer for FINGERS IN INK fine invitations and stationery. Her stationery boutique, located in Arlington, Virginia, is celebrating twenty-one years in creating custom and trendsetting event invitations. Nicole’s enthusiasm and experience in the wedding industry brings a wealth of innovative ideas to the AWP organization. She has been an active member for nine years and has served on the AWP Board as Vice-President and President. Under her administration, she worked to elevate the AWP Brand. Nicole was known for bringing outstanding events and educational programs for members and followers.

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Past President's Circle

Sharia Barksdale (2021) - VIVID Events & Designs

Nicole Fingers Woodward (2017) - Fingers In Ink

Amanda Smith (2016) - White Pumpkin

Tara Melvin (2012) - Perfect Planning Events

Marilyn Patterson (2010) - Joyous Events LLC

Jim Johnson (2008) - The Picture Story Studio

Susan Gildersleve (2006) - Perfect Wedding Guide

Ken Rochon (2004) - The Umbrella Syndicate

Steve Kimbell (2000) - Oracle Band

Marc McIntosh (1998) - The Wedding Experience

Shelby Tuck-Horton (1993) - Exquisite Expressions

Cindie Dayhoff  (1987) - Founder and 1st President of AWP

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INTERESTED IN AWP LEADERSHIP?

The AWP Board of Directors are biennially elected and devote their time and resources to growing the impact of the association throughout the Greater DC area as well as serving the full needs of our membership community.

 

The next election cycle will open in the fall of 2022 for Members-at-Large and the fall of 2023 for Board Members. 

 

We encourage members interested in participating in AWP as a leader to explore the current volunteer opportunities available below:


Board Member Position - Partnership Chair

Membership & Retention Committee

Marketing Committee

Program Committee

Partnership Committee

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