Working to maintain and advance our legacy through business innovation, the arts, and advocacy.
Wanda L. Spence, MSPM
Founder & CEO
Wanda Spence is an American entrepreneur and inventor who holds a Master of Science in Business from The George Washington University. Wanda has more than 25 years of experience managing non-profits, as well as working for the federal government and private sectors. Wanda also launched a custom greeting card business, buys and sells art – including her own, and in her free time, works as an actress on stage, TV, and the movie screen. Ms. Spence is guided by her deep sense of faith and a desire to serve and always put people over profit!
Stephen R. McDow II
Co-Founder & Executive VP, Strategy
Stephen is a graduate of Northeastern University and is a serial entrepreneur and cooperator with more than 15 years of experience developing and managing organizational strategies to improve strategic alliances, revenue, and operational efficiencies. Stephen has a rare combination of being both a tactician and strategist. Stephen has advocacy experience and understands the legislative and regulatory issues facing businesses and marginalized individuals in rural and urban America. Stephen is a “Spence Family” member guided by his personal faith, the cooperative principles, and a servant’s heart. Stephen is a board member at CooperationWorks! where he also serves as chair of the revenue generation committee.
Board of Advisors
Ursula Worsham, EdD
Dr. Worsham currently serves as the Executive Director of Student Support Services for the UC Irvine School of Medicine. In this role, she oversees student services, admissions and outreach, financial aid, K-12 community engagement, and diversity and inclusion initiatives designed to increase access to health professions and STEM education.
Dr. Worsham is committed to demystifying the admissions process in speaking to local and regional audiences and serves as an advocate for diverse and underrepresented student populations, while providing the information necessary to assist all applicants in navigating through the higher education admissions process successfully.
Born and raised in Long Beach, California- Ursula received her Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California, and both her Master’s in Counseling and Bachelor’s in Health Science from California State University, Long Beach.
Research & Development Chief (Consultant)
Chris is CEO of 360 Venture Management Group and Director of the Columbia, mid-Maryland chapter of the global Startup Grind organization.
Their reason for being is to help privately held, for-profit technology, innovation, and traditional SMEs to conceive, start, scale, and exit phenomenally successful businesses and fix those that are struggling.
Our core services include strategy, execution, management, and value creation advisory and support services, fundraising and financing acquisition and project management, market, investment, and competitive research, and product/service design, development, and management using our proprietary Continuous Customer-Driven Innovation™ process.
To date, 360 has helped more than 60 companies start, scale, and create value for themselves and the customers they serve.
In addition, Chris is very active in the local, national, and international entrepreneurship ecosystems. He works closely with several incubator/accelerator programs, Angel and VC portfolio companies, and university-based entrepreneurship programs as a mentor, advisor, competition judge, and entrepreneur in residence.
He holds a BS in Environmental Science and Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from Loyola University-Maryland, and is pursuing his Ph.D. in business through the University of Hard Knocks.
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Onyinye C. Onyekwere, MD, MS, FAAP
Dr. Onyinye Onyekwere is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist in the Washington, DC metropolis (Maryland and District of Columbia). She specializes in General Pediatric, Benign Hematology – including Sickle Cell Disease. She received her medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Prior to starting Advanced Neighborhood Pediatrics, Dr. Onyekwere completed her pediatric hematology oncology fellowship at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Boston, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She was also on staff at the Howard University Hospital. Beyond education and experience, Dr. Onyekwere is a warm doctor with excellent bedside manner. She’s guided by personal faith and a deep commitment to practicing medicine to heal!
Lynne D. Diggs, MD
Dr. Lynne D. Diggs graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1985, specializing in Internal Medicine. For more than 30 years, Dr. Diggs served her patients with expertise and care, guided by her love of science, personal faith, and commitment to the practice of medicine. After retiring from private practice, Dr. Diggs joined Riderwood Medical Center as their medical director in August 2019, where she ensures thousands of seniors receive quality care. Throughout her career, Dr. Diggs has enjoyed the respect of her colleagues while affiliating with Holy Cross, Suburban Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center Corporation. Dr. Diggs also led the development and advancement of the House of Medicine as President and board director for the Montgomery County Medical Society and MedChi. During her service she fought to protect the practice of medicine on Capitol Hill and in the Maryland State House, as well as helped launch the National Capital Physicians Foundation, which is dedicated, in part, to protecting physicians from burnout. Dr. Diggs also serves as Secretary for the WorkSource Montgomery Board of Directors and served on Holy Cross’ Board from 2012-2017. Dr. Diggs is an adventurer at heart and has completed multiple scuba dives in the Caribbean and Egypt, among other locations.
Rob is the head of Small World Communications, a web hosting and online marketing company focused on small businesses (smallworld.coop). He is a veteran of the Southern California tech scene with roots in several Idealab startups. Rob is passionate about helping people and organizations identify and achieve their goals using the same cutting-edge tools and best practices larger tech companies deploy. Rob has built several sales and support organizations, led multiple company divisions, trained leaders to develop their management skills, mentored new managers, and taught website planning workshops for local businesses through the SBA. A Chicago native, Rob embodies the combination of hope and stoicism that one expects from a rabid Chicago Bears fan.
Roland Hall, JD
Founding Legal Council & Board Advisor
Roland is a senior level attorney with 25+ years of practice experience in all cooperative legal areas. He can assist with co-ops of all sizes and life-cycles (from start-ups to co-ops with over 100,000 members). Roland consistently engages with social justice and worker co-ops, is familiar with all corporate issues encountered by co-ops (governance, securities, etc.), works with non-traditional co-ops (organizations that may not be legally classified as co-ops but follow the co-op principles), and has worked with many new co-op groups. Roland also produces in-depth and collaborative articles and has given numerous seminars/presentations. He is experienced with intellectual property (copyrights and trademarks), telecommunications (work with co-ops providing telecom services), technology (software licensing), and platform co-ops. Roland is a Board member of the Georgia Cooperative Development Center (co-op incubator) and active on the steering committee of the Co-Op Professionals Guild.