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Desirée Patno
President & CEO
Desirée Patno, Founder and CEO of NAWRB, the only national trade association representing women-owned businesses specializing in the housing economy. With more than 23 years experience in real estate services, Desirée brings “heels on the ground” knowledge to her mission of promoting women-owned businesses in the housing economy. Through NAWRB, she advocates for the increased utilization of women-owned businesses and mentors female entrepreneurs for future successful business ownership. Patno is one of the most visible advocates for women in the housing economy. She is a recipient of the 2012 Enterprising Woman of the Year award, 2012 WIPP Business Leadership Social Media Award and was recognized by HousingWire as one of the most influential women in housing in 2012. A California native, she has been married for more than 30 years and is the proud mother of four boys. Additionally, she was the only girl in an all-male water polo league in high school, professional dancer, swimmer, loves to collect ornate antiques, and is a bonafide fashion finder.   


Laurie Keys
Office Manager

Laurie Keys is the office manager for NAWRB. Laurie comes from an accounting and human resources background and graduated from California State University, Chico, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a minor in Broadcasting/Sports Casting. An avid sports fan — especially USC football — she is devoted to her husband and two daughters in high school who both play volleyball. 


Cindy Conrad
Certification Consultant

Cindy Conrad is an Enrolled Agent and has provided accounting and tax services for clients the past 18 years. She is the owner of Conrad Accounting & Tax Services located in Irvine, Calif. She prides herself on offering exceptional customer service to business owners in the area of tax, accounting and business management. Prior to embarking on a career in accounting, she worked for Ford Motor Company and Campbell Soup Company as a marketing manager and assistant marketing research manager. She is a graduate of Nathaniel Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration and Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Master’s Degree in Marketing. 

Lindsay Cabreros 
Writer and Editorial Assistant

Lindsay Cabreros is a Content Writer and Editorial Assistant at NAWRB. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing with a Non-fiction genre. Some of her publications include the Press-Enterprise Newspaper and Matchbox Literary Magazine. A former lacrosse player, Lindsay enjoys playing competitive sports in addition to writing and cooking. 
Tiffany Johnstone 
Content Writer

Tiffany Johnstone has a passion for writing and is a Content Writer and Editorial Assistant at NAWRB. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, emphasizing in Print Journalism. Tiffany loves taking yoga classes, being around people and self-improvement. She is a professional dancer and loves to sing.
Kendall Roderick
Graphic Designer

Kendall Roderick is the Graphic Designer at NAWRB. She has her BFA in Graphic Design, an Associates degree in English and her Industrial Design
 Certificate. When she isn’t designing, she is obsessing over books, her wonderful husband, and their three furry children.

Golden Ashby
Social Media Manager

Golden has managed new media, online marketing, public relations, web technology, customer service, drive engagement, develop communities and direct cutting edge social media campaigns and strategies from start to finish for some of the best brands in the world. Golden enjoys being president of the global Social Media Club, fitness, traveling and walks on the beach in his off time. He holds an MBA from San Francisco State University and a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Portland State University. He lives and breaths social media in both his professional and personal life and loves helping other do the same.


Lauren Iglehart
Member Relations

Lauren Iglehart is the Member Relations coordinator at NAWRB. As a graduate from California State University, Long Beach, she received her bachelors degree in Communications and loves talking to others. On the weekends, Lauren enjoys theatre, scuba diving, her two cats, and playing tennis.