West End Business Association
Board of Directors

Calendar Year - 2019



Board Member


Current Role




Indre Bauza 
Supporting Strategies - NOVA




Indre is Owner and Managing Director of Supporting Strategies – Northern Virginia.  Indre is an expert in delivering accounting, bookkeeping and operational support services to growing small businesses. She enjoys developing long term relationships with small business owners who want to spend more time growing their business and less time managing company finances.


George Valenzuela
Intelligent Evolution


Vice President


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.



Debby Critchley




Debby is a graduate of Case Western Reserve and the University of Nebraska. She has lived in Alexandria since 1986 and has held several careers. Currently, she consults as a Proposal Manager and Technical Writer/Editor for government contractors. She writes the Food News and Eatz, two columns in the Zebra newspaper. She is also the Senior Editor of the paper. She loves being a part of the Alexandria Community.


Mary Ann Burstein
Realtor at Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc./Christie's International Real Estate




As the 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 as an activeREALTOR®.


            Abel Girmay               Vice President - M&T Bank


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.


Tonya Chappell
Vice President - Burke & Herbert Bank




More than 20 years in the banking industry (all at Burke & Herbert), 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.


Anna Davalos
Alejo Media


Marketing Committee


Anna is a storyteller. It’s what drew her to journalism.Now she and the Alejo video team have turned their passion into a mission tolearn 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.


Joel Bernstein
ECCA Payroll Services




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


Paul Friedman
The Zebra



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. 

Recently, as Executive Director of VTV Family Outreach Foundation, he partnered with the City and Virginia Tech's local graduate landscape architecture program to create a memorial grove in Chinquapin Park to honor the victims and survivors of the VT mass shooting strategy. 


Christopher Burton
Kinneman Insurance


Committee Chair


Chris has been working at Kinneman Insurance for 12 years. Offering home, auto and business insurance, Chris consults with clients to find the right coverages to fit their needs. He looks forward to cultivating and growing more relationships through networking. 


Ariel Goldchain
New York Life Insurance Company




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.

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