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Welcome to the New Board

The Board of Directors (2023-2025)

Every two years, the Nashville Catholic Business Women's League elects its Board of Directors.

The new board will serve alongside newly-elected President Claudia Weber who started her term in April 2023 and will lead us through March 2025.

The new officers are:

President:  Claudia Weber

President-Elect:  Sandra MacSweeney 

Treasurer:   Karoline Mahoney

Secretary:    Trish Cronin

Communications:   Patricia M. Smith

Programs:   Mary Rolando

Parliamentarian:   Connie Allison

Other Committee chairs who are joining the board are as follows:

Membership:   Ellen Wade

Social Outreach:   Carol Ann Fernandez

Social Media:   Kelley Jeanne Colopietro

Spiritual Life:   Jennie Guinn

Hospitality:   Tricia Casa Santa

Special Events:  Courtney Conklin and Lauren Barca

President's Monthly Message


“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)

President  (2023-25)

There is so much to be grateful for as Spring and Summer begs us to get outside and BREATHE. May is Mary’s month and always reminds me of the garden flowers we added to our church and school altars. I imagined that she could smell the lilacs and see our dresses!


I am humbled by your votes of confidence as I try to follow in the footsteps of Lynne and our past presidents. The new board is enthusiastic about the planning that comes with leadership.


Thanks to Sandra, Karoline, Trish, Patricia, Kelley, Mary, Connie, Ellen, Courtney, Lauren, Tricia, Jennie, and Carol Ann for meeting on May 4th at our first board meeting.


Every new board welcomes members’ suggestions and offers of help; we are generally rookies in our positions so the more the better.  Please send your suggestions to


We will keep our 3rd Wednesday meeting schedule but can investigate other venues, especially if we keep growing!


There is much to plan and do during the next two years and on May 17, we will hear from Habitat for Humanity and the leaders of the Women’s Build planned for June in Mt. Juliet. 


We will continue to hold most meetings at Coco’s Italian Market on 51st/Charlotte. On June 21, we will hear from Nurture the Next, a maternal/infant program that needs support and attention. In July we have the honor of hearing from Shana Druffner, principal of St. Michael's Academy in Nolensville. You can read more about the new school here.


Overall, we will point toward our annual Aurelia Varallo Mariani Memorial Scholarship fundraiser to promote Catholic high school education for girls.


The Pearls of Wisdom evening event will be October 6 at the Richland Country Club and it’s never too early to seek more donors and sponsors. Our goal of supporting Catholic education is commendable and we will advertise our events in the Tennessee Register.


Expanding membership, especially in parishes that do not have a NCBWL member, is an ongoing goal. I intend to help our new membership chair in identifying parishes with low or no membership.


Our improved website including PayPal for fees and donations will make the Treasurer and Membership jobs smoother and eventually paperless.

Thanks to all who have responded to membership renewals and meeting RSVPs.

Our April meeting had a terrific attendance - let’s keep it UP!



Claudia Weber

NCBWL President 2023

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May Focus:
Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity builds homes, and lives

Folks have heard about Habitat. For our May 17 meeting we will learn the ins and outs of the homeownership program.

Our presenter is Veronica Anderson. Veronica has been in Tennessee since 1995. See her smile as she reports she has two adult sons and eight grandchildren.

Before her Habitat work, she had 25 years with Raymond James in both Florida and Tennessee, serving as their financial investment officer while located in Wilson Bank and Trust. While housed at the bank, she volunteered on a Habitat Women build in 2009, and that was all it took to become more involved, becoming a board member.

The next step was to employee status! She accepted the Homeowner Services manager position holding it for six years, then was promoted in 2020 to the community relations manager for Wilson County. She's responsible for mission outreach, building four houses per year, the Spring “Houses of Hope” education and fundraising luncheon and the fall golf tournament.

She is a proud member of the 2013 Leadership Wilson class, has served president of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon and is a past chair of the nonprofit Roundtable at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce. Since she has from 10 p.m. to midnight free,(editorial comment), she has been a jewelry designer starting in 2012.

She looks forward to hearing from you: Veronica Leah Anderson – Habitat Wilson - 615.964.6595 [direct line],

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Living our Catholic faith through fellowship and service


The Nashville Catholic Business Women's League (NCBWL) is a non-profit organization open to all Catholic women in the Diocese of Nashville. In addition to supporting one another spiritually, we support our Catholic community by providing scholarships to young women attending the three Catholic high schools in Nashville. For many years, we have raised funds through our only major event Pearls of Wisdom.

To provide opportunities for Catholic women to engage in fellowship through stimulating programs and meaningful service.


To connect, support and encourage Catholic women to live their faith.


Our Mission


Nashville offers a rich, vibrant Catholic community and NCBWL is in the midst of it. Our group provides networking, friendship, inspiration, and connections to other Catholic organizations in the area. We meet the third Wednesday of the month. (Check updates on location). We engage in regular community service projects. We plan special programs with featured speakers and provide other opportunities to gather as well.