Meet Our NLOWE Staff

With advisors across the Province,

business advice is never too far away. 

Chief Executive Officer

Carolyn Wakeham

Carolyn Wakeham

Director of Programming & Evaluation

Fun Fact:

Carolyn has met 10 actors from the UK soap opera Coronation Street.

Business Tip:

“Cash-flow is the heart of your business. Understand it so you can properly manage it.”

Email: cwakeham@nlowe.org

Krista Hazlie

Krista Hazlie

Director of Administration and Special Projects

Judy Raske

Judy Raske

Office Manager

Fun Fact:

Judy loves to scrapbook and saves everything from her trips for her albums, including a hot dog wrapper from the San Francisco 49ers.

Business Tip:

“Keep your business information up-to-date online and in any membership directories in which you are listed so you don’t miss out on potential business opportunities.”   

Email: jraske@nlowe.org

Debbie Macdonald

Debbie Macdonald

Business Growth Advisor, Avalon

Paula Flood

Paula Flood

Business Growth Advisor, Eastern

Fun Fact:

Paula currently rides a Harley Davidson Road King, earning her the nickname ‘Road Queen’.

Business Tip:

“Commit to excelling at customer service.”

Email: pflood@nlowe.org

Lindsay Mercer

Lindsay Mercer

Business Start-Up Advisor, Central

Fun Fact:

Lindsay is a summer person and loves to spend time outdoors swimming, reading a good book, or roasting marshmallows around the fire with family and friends.

Business Tip:

“Make sure you have a business plan.  Your business plan will help you map out where you want your business to go, how to get there, and what you will need to help you succeed.”

Email: lmercer@nlowe.org

Betsy Saunders

Betsy Saunders

Business Growth Advisor, Central

Fun Fact:

Betsy is an avid gardener and recently started her first “onion and garlic” garden. She can’t wait to cook up a nice dinner with what she has grown.

Business Tip:

“Use the people around you; build your networks and relationships. If you have a question then ask; if you don’t know something then say ‘I don’t know’, because someone has that answer for you.”

Email: bsaunders@nlowe.org

Betty Morris

Betty Morris

Business Start-Up Advisor, Labrador

Fun Fact:

Betty enjoys the outdoors, going to the cabin, fishing and berry picking.  Betty loves berry picking so much that she has even carried her baby in his car seat (with a fly screen over it) up into the hills to pick berries while the baby slept.

Business Tip:

“If you dream about starting your own business doing something that you love, then go for it.  Live your dream and have no regrets.”     

Email: bmorris@nlowe.org

Carla May

Carla May

Business Growth Advisor, Western & Labrador

Fun Fact:

Carla’s very first summer job was working for her brothers at their hot dog stand enterprise when she was 14 years old.

Business Tip:

“Take every opportunity to meet and network with other business owners to share challenges and successes, together we’re better.”

Email: cmay@nlowe.org

Roshayne Mendis

Roshayne Mendis

Business Start-Up Advisor, Western

Fun Fact:

I cannot make the same dish twice because I never measure the ingredients. I love experimenting!

Business Tip:

“If you have an awesome Idea, START. The first step is the hardest and when you take that, its going to be rollercoaster ride. You will either enjoy it or gain experience. Either way it’s a benefit to you.”

Email: rmendis@nlowe.org

Nanci Corcoran

Nanci Corcoran

Business Start-Up Advisor, Avalon

Fun Fact:

Nanci has 3 kids under the age of 5. She has been an advocate for equitable access to fertility services in our province for several years. In her spare time she enjoys refinishing furniture & spending time with her family.

Business Tip:

“Hire a bookkeeper or an accountant to help you stay organized and allow you to keep your focus on your business itself.”

Email: ncorcoran@nlowe.org

 

Deborah Youden

Deborah Youden

Export Consultant (Contracted)

Fun Fact:

Deborah loves playing tennis and hopes that one day she will get to Wimbledon…as a spectator.

Business Tip:

“Be open to the world but stay concentrated on your business niche.”  

Email: dyouden@nlowe.org

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Position Currently Vacant

For any inquiries please contact, Krista Hazlie at khazlie@nlowe.org

Janice Sheppard

Janice Sheppard

Finance Consultant

Fun Fact:

Janice loves to travel and cruising is one of her favourite types of vacation. She got the cruising bug after winning a 5-day Western Carribbean cruise in 2017. It was a memorable trip and she looks forward to lots of travel again in the future!

Business Tip:

“Don’t be afraid to seek help and advice when needed, and ask for customer feedback. The knowledge you obtain to help you grow and enhance your business is invaluable.”

Email: jsheppard@nlowe.org

Contact NLOWE:

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1.888.NLOWE.11

58 Glencoe drive, Suite 102

Mount Pearl, NL A1N 4S9