Meet our Board
Nikki Riojas | THirteen & Market
President & FOUNDER
Nikki has been an advocate for women-owned businesses throughout her career, starting her first company at 22 years old. She knows the challenges and successes of building a small business from the ground up, and is passionate about finding and nurturing relationships between women entrepreneurs within her community.
Nikki is the owner of Thirteen & Market, a home decor and gift shop; Made in Corpus Christi, a venture that celebrates all things Corpus Christi and includes products designed, created, and produced right here in the Coastal Bend; and she and her husband Andrew own Milestones, an awards and recognition company. Nikki is also an adjunct faculty member in the Graphic Design department at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi and is a member of the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce’s Small, Diverse and Emerging Business Council.
"I am a firm believer in collective talent. We can all learn from, collaborate with, and become better from the people we chose to bring into our lives. Connection drives creativity, and I love to see it flourish when women come together to share experiences, ask questions, and celebrate success with one another."
A mom, wife, business owner, and big-thinker, Nikki knows the importance of finding life-balance...even if she rarely gets it.
KATY JONES-GULSBY | SHELL & PINE
Katy Jones-Gulsby began selling vintage & antique goods more than a decade ago and has since created a following and brand for her curated collections. Born & raised in Houston, TX with stints as an “oil brat” in Europe, Katy studied Fashion Journalism at the University of the Arts in London, England and Creative Writing at the University of Houston. She started her vintage business as a way to supplement her income while she worked as a freelance writer and educator, but it quickly became her passion. Now she runs Shell & Pine, providing beautiful vintage and antiques to the Coastal Bend community and beyond.
Ashley seahorn | BANGLE & BABE
Ashley Seahorn was born and raised in South Texas. After graduating from Texas A&M University she had various jobs in the agricultural industry in New Orleans and North Texas. She and her husband returned to South Texas in 2011 and she taught middle school science for several years. After the birth of her daughter and juggling a baby and all they require–while trying to find her keys in one too many parking lots–she developed her bracelet key ring and launched Bangle & Babe.
SARAH KLAGER | LAW Office OF SARAH KLAGER
MEMBER AT LARGE
Sarah Klager was born and raised in South Texas. Ever since she was a little girl she knew she wanted to be a lawyer. After graduating Texas Tech School of Law she returned to Corpus Christi and opened up her own law office. For the past twelve years Sarah has dedicated her practice to serving South Texas. Sarah is married and has four young children.
SARAH ELIZONDO | A PERFECT LEDGER
Sarah Elizondo is the owner of A Perfect Ledger, a bookkeeping and business consulting firm that supports entrepreneurs in various industries and at different stages of their organizations. She has over 20 years of experience in the accounting industry and joins the 2019 WES:CC Board with vast amounts of experience in this field.