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Meet Your QB Community Team!

Hi there!

As members of the QuickBooks Community Team, we are all super excited to get to know you and learn about your business, your dreams and your goals.We're here to support you as you travel along your small business and self-employed journey and we can't wait to get started. But first, we want to tell you a little more about each of us. 


Don’t forget to check out our post welcoming you to the QB Community, read about our rules and guidelines and find out how we’re building a safe, supportive community, too!


It's wonderful to *see* you here.



Current QB Community Team Members


Leslie Barber - Community Leader



I love waking up every day to help small business owners move their businesses forward. As co-founder of NutraBella (the maker of Bellybar prenatal vitamins) I’ve lived the entrepreneurial adventure. I’ve gone through all of the ups and downs of running my own small business – and I’ve survived to tell the story! Being a part of OWN IT was one of my greatest professional experiences, and I’m so excited to continue the fun here in QB Community.


I live in Portland, OR with my 9-year-old daughter, a rising entrepreneur in her own right. I love traveling to Hawaii, practicing restorative yoga and playing with my new puppy, Angel. I earned my MBA from the Kellogg School of Management but take the most pride in my years learning on the job as an entrepreneur. 



Mark Obee - Community Leader



I am the Social and Community Engagement Product Leader at QuickBooks. I joined Intuit after leading social media at Dell. I have a deep background in finance and investing from my experience as a stockbroker. Over the years, I’ve run several small businesses, including an upscale catering biz.


I’m a classically trained chef, a musician, and one proud dad. I love talking about technology, Star Wars, good eats, and Costa Rica. My goal here in the QB Community is to build a platform that lets you quickly and easily find what you’re looking for so you can focus on your real passion: your business!


Shana Niederman - Community Manager


shanhost_360.jpgFor nearly 20 years, I’ve run my own content production and media contracting business. I've freelanced for public radio and produced a variety of podcasts. I've launched youth media-training programs and taught at university. I've also worked in politics and the tech sector. 

I live in Portland, OR, with my two elementary-aged sons and husband. We enjoy traveling and spending time together in the great outdoors. I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing team and a member of the QB Community. Let's all learn, share and grow together here!

James Ong - Community Host


jameshost1_360.pngMy name is James Ong. I am an author and avid enthusiast of life. My journey has been circuitous and exciting. I began my career teaching in Gifu, Japan. After attending graduate school for history and cultural studies, I journeyed into the tech industry as a community manager, first in startups and now at Intuit as a community host for QuickBooks.

I continue to write for my blogs and creative pieces in my free time. Paper media will never die! I also started a budding photography hobby. On the side, I’ve always found myself drawn back to the coffee world and worked for many brands over the years. I am passionate about working with people and improve their lives through creative knowledge.



Emily Cowan - Community Host


EmilyCircle.pngI'm a web writer and social media specialist with more than 20 years in online publishing - a good chunk of which has been spent writing about business, entrepreneurship, and the scrappy innovators who took a chance and totally went for it. I've also been a small-business owner, publishing a popular local website geared toward kids and families (I'm a mom of two myself).


I've interviewed green-business groundbreakers, Etsy entrepreneurs, Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, and a gal who opened her own Pilates studio after a collision with an 18-wheeler injured her back. I love stories about people who have found a way to play to their strengths and maybe uncover a few new ones in an effort to make a contribution and a difference.


As Host for QB Community I look forward to hearing all about your struggles and successes. See you online!



Willow Older - Content Chief



I’m a nationally and internationally published writer and a professional editor. I live in Northern California with my hubby and two teenage boys, plus a big black dog and a crazy orange cat. I run my own editorial services business and publish a weekly newsletter called Newsy!. 


When I’m not hiking the trails with my pooch, you’ll find me playing with paint in my studio (also known as the table across the room from my desk).


As a QB Community Content Chief, I'm excited to connect with and learn from all the inspiring members of this community!



Sarah Gonzales - Content Creator




I am a longtime writer, broadcast producer and web designer. For the last 20 years I’ve written, edited, published and produced many forms of media for magazines, newspapers, broadcast TV, the internet and for radio.


I’ve always loved collaborating with and supporting creative folks who have great ideas. I co-created a non-profit media production company that helps independent media makers get their projects made – including my own, an award-winning radio show. I’ve worked in magazine publishing at Ms. and Variety, as a field producer with the BBC and other production companies in both California and Alaska, and as a books editor for various clients. I also published a few short stories in my younger years that are only a little embarrassing to read now. 


My degree is in English Literature with a focus on Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley. Now I live near Seattle with my husband, two small children and one big dog. I’m excited to be part of the QuickBooks Community team and to help other small-business owners be the best they can be!




Past QB Community Team Members


Audrey Pratt - Former Contributor


My name is Audrey and I live in Sonoma CA. I own AP Services, a freelance virtual assistant business, which I created to give myself the life lifestyle I have always wanted: the freedom to work from anywhere and to own my own successful business. My passion is fitness and nutrition, and I previously owned a fitness trainer, instructor, nutrition coach business which put me through college.


My current side-preneur endeavors consist of choreographing a new and innovative fitness routine, as well as designing fun and funky shoes. Entrepreneurial opportunities drive me, traveling excites me and living a healthy lifestyle motivates me and keeps me sane!



Emma Siemasko - Former Contributor




I’m a content marketing consultant and copywriter. I run my own content business called Stories by Emma. Before working as a consultant, I worked in-house at a growing tech company and at a content marketing agency.


I’m passionate about freelancing, entrepreneurship and professional freedom. My husband and I live in San Jose, CA where I run a local book club and watch beautiful hummingbirds visit our patio garden.





Please reach out to any of us -- at any time. Here's an idea: introduce yourself in the reply section below!