President & CEO
Joanne Randolph is one of the founders of the WBCNA. She has served as the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the WBCNA, now The Catalyst, since 2006. She brings a diverse range of experience in entrepreneurship, business management, mentoring, business incubation, international marketing, and telecommunications. Under Ms. Randolph’s leadership, the Women’s Business Center was selected as the Alabama 2010 “Women’s Business Center of Excellence” by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), received the 2010 Better Business Bureau of North Alabama Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, and was awarded the 2007 “Non-Profit of the Year” by the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce. The SBA selected Ms. Randolph as the 2007 “Women in Business Champion” for the State of Alabama and the 6-state region. She was also chosen as the 2006 Small Business Advocate of the Year by the National Small Business Association (NSBA) for the Lower South Region.
Erin Bloxham Curtis serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Catalyst. She comes to The Catalyst with over 15 years of non-profit management experience spanning fundraising, community and media relations, program management, grant writing, and sales. In her previous role with The Catalyst, Ms. Bloxham Curtis served as the Program Director of the Women’s Business Center. As the COO, Ms. Bloxham Curtis oversees the staff in addition to project and program goals. She also handles community outreach efforts, partnerships, public relations and marketing efforts.
WBC Project Manager
Katie Williams serves as the Women’s Business Center Project Manager of The Catalyst. She began her career in non-profit management in 2007 and is involved in numerous community outreach efforts throughout North Alabama. In her previous role with The Catalyst, Ms. Williams served as the TechRich Deputy Project Manager. As the Women’s Business Center Program Manager, she coordinates entrepreneurial and small business development programs, oversees business training and coaching, and supports economic growth activities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Laura Lopez is the Bookkeeper for The Catalyst. With more than 25 years of experience in commercial and government accounting for small business, Ms. Lopez brings with her solid organizational skills and a strong sense of responsibility and dedication.
NASCENT Deputy Project Manager
Floyd Martin, an independent contractor, serves as the NASCENT Deputy Project Manager. Mr. Martin is responsible for activities that connect large firms, university researchers, regional economic organizations, and investors with small businesses. His responsibilities include program and office management, client relations, and planning for workshops, training, and special events in relation to innovation, government contracting, technology, and veterans.
NASCENT Project Manager
Thom Rigsby serves as Program Manager for the NASCENT project. With over 20 years of business experience, Mr. Rigsby has an active coaching practice, daily video podcasts, and a weekly radio program where he shares the key concepts and strategies he has learned on his business journey, helping business owners focus their efforts so they can create the life they crave.