OIVAC’s Steering Committee members are many of the VA industry’s most dedicated leaders and members who unselfishly share their time and talents while running their own successful businesses. They willingly agreed to plan and support the convention because of their dedication to its members and growth.

Congratulations on creating an exceptional convention. We salute you!

Sharon Williams


Committees:

Sharon Williams is the owner of The 24 Hour Secretary, founder of the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention and creator of International Virtual Assistants Day. Sharon brings 25+ years of administrative, marketing and business management experience to her numerous ventures and diverse clientele. While specializing in digital dictation and transcription services, her passion is marketing and event coordination. She is the inaugural winner of the Thomas Leonard Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award and holds several certifications, including Content Marketing Specialist, Customer Acquisition Specialist, Master Virtual Assistant, Professional Author’s Assistant, and Social Marketing Specialist. She has written three publications, Marketing Your VA Practice, Nuts & Bolts of Branding, and Racism in State Government. Her expert team of internationally-based Virtual Assistants handle the responsibilities busy and often overwhelmed executives and entrepreneurs dislike or lack time or knowledge to complete. The company is open 24/7, always reachable and willing to help.

Andrea Cannavina


Committee: 

Andrea Cannavina, is the creative and technical force behind LegalTypist, Inc. and the Virtual Bar Association, and she’s made it her mission to educate CEOs, Managing Partners, CFOs, HR Coordinators, IT Administrators and solo practitioners about their options in the setup and use of digital and web-based technology to slash overhead, safeguard company/client information and improve overall productivity.  Andrea provides vital support to busy professionals through customization of easy to use and implement processes allowing firm personnel and company representatives the ability to work remotely — securely and professionally — 24 hours per day/7 days per week – using nothing more than a phone.

 Anita Kilkenny

Anita Kilkenny started her virtual career started back in 1994 when she registered THB Secretarial Solutions but didn’t become a full-time VA until 2000 when AKA Virtual PA was born to help business owners, entrepreneurs, and solopreneurs with their administration and secretarial needs and, more recently, with social media, email marketing, and online events.

Having a long time interest in yoga, meditation, and alternative health modalities. Anita saw a gap in this niche market and on 16 July 2014, The Holistic Virtual Assistant was born.

Anita’s passion is to help make the lives of business owners less stressful by assisting them to integrate email marketing and social media into their marketing plan, as well as day-to-day operations. She has a talent for cutting through all the noise and just do the things that matter and for people who don’t have the time or interest to do it for themselves.

Alison Fourie


Committee: 

The owner of AMF Typing Services est. 2001, and Co-Founder of Tavasa, est. 2008. With over 25 years of secretarial/office administration experience. My dream was to have my own typing business, working from home and I am working and living that dream.

It has always been my goal to be able to help, assist, and share my knowledge and experience with Virtual Assistants within South Africa and Africa and to educate businesses, corporates and entrepreneurs on the benefits of using Virtual Assistants. It is a growing industry within the continent and the more that people know about us the better for the new Virtual Assistants starting out. This is a new industry within Africa and I would like to see it grow in leaps and bounds and for us to be part of the virtual assistant community worldwide.

Collette Schultz


Committee: 

The dream of being an online business owner began while I was on maternity leave with my daughter. After hours of research and lots of phone calls, nothing worked out. However, I eventually found a business mentor who took the skills I already had, and what I’d learned from my experience as a bookkeeper, and helped me find my own path.This is when my niche, subcontracting, was born.

I’ve become the go-to person providing subcontracting resources for service providers and virtual assistants.

Cristina Csete


Committee: 

Cristina has 14+ years of experience in providing professional support to C-Level executives and is the founder of Tus Secretarias Online. Since 2011, is providing online services to C-Level executives and their companies together with her team of VAs. She is a Professional PA providing her services in 5 languages. Based in Spain, she promotes the VA industry through the Spanish Virtual Assistant Association, participating in numerous events across Europe.

Kathy Thomas


Committee: 

Kathie is the Virtual Assistant Queen! Founder of Australia’s first Virtual Assistant Network in 1996, she registered her own business “A Clayton’s Secretary” in 1994.

Kathie is a Virtual Assistant Coach & Trainer and has trained and mentored many VAs during the life of her business. Additionally, she is an award-winning author and is many times published in business and women’s magazines.

Kathie was twice nominated for “Australian of the Year” (2008 & 2009). Listed in Australia’s Who’s Who of Women 2010- 2017.She began her business to be at home for her 5 young daughters. Today both Kathie and Graham work at home and the daughters are grown and married. They currently have 7 grandchildren and enjoy the freedom working from home gives in being able to spend time with their extended family.

Ronnelle Melwood


Committee: 

I am the owner of SetUFree Virtual Services, an administrative and social media support company offering services to small business owners, solo-preneurs, entrepreneurs and other virtual providers locally in the Queens, NY area and beyond.

I am a Certified Social Media VA as well as an executive administrative assistant.

I have gained 15+ years of administrative experience by working with large international banks as well as financial services institutions.  I am dedicated, thorough, concise and take pride in my work, and, I live to travel, read, try new foods and shop!

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