The Del Ray Business Association board elected Dr. Lauren Fisher president of the business group representing small, independent, and locally-owned businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Mara Benner, the founder of Four Directions Wellness, was elected vice president.
"I am honored to be representing an amazing group of resilient, supportive, and community-oriented business owners," said Dr. Fisher. "I look forward to helping our local businesses and community members adapt, evolve, and strengthen over this next year. In the words of Helen Keller, 'Alone we do so little, together we can do so much.'"
Dr. Fisher is the co-owner and founder of Del Ray Psych & Wellness, an integrative wellness center in the heart of Del Ray. In addition to running the business, Dr. Fisher is a clinical psychologist; her specialities include mindfulness-based psychotherapy, positive psychology, trauma-informed approaches, and wellness coaching.
Dr. Fisher has served on the Del Ray Business Association board since 2017; most recently as vice president. She also co-chairs the Wellness District, a collaborative group of wellness providers within the association; and has been an active member of the events committee, chairing the popular Spring Bar Crawl and Candy Cane Bar Crawls, which have brought the community together to benefit local non-profits. She received the Business Star Award from the Del Ray Business Association in 2017 for her community involvement and service; was named to the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's 40 Under 40 list in 2019; and her practice, Del Ray Psych & Wellness, received the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Rising Star Business Award.
"Together, we have accomplished so much to get Del Ray on the map," said outgoing Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky of The Jen Walker Team. "We have great momentum, which will only continue under Lauren's leadership."
The Del Ray Business Association represents the independently-owned restaurants, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.