Elaine Wyatt, Executive Director
Elaine is personally dedicated to the advancement of women and girls. Prior to her leadership role at WomenVenture, her passion was fulfilled through her work as chief financial officer at the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys which she led through the merger of five councils while building strong finance, operations and IT systems. She later moved into the chief advancement officer position where she substantially increased earned and contributed income and elevated the Girl Scouts’ visibility through high-impact events, partnerships and electronic media strategies. Elaine has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, primarily in financial services and nonprofit finance and administration.
Jenée Anderson, Marketing & Events Specialist
Jason Burak, Senior Loan Officer
Karen DeGeorge, Grants Officer
Jasmine Eddy, Client Services and Operations Manager
Laura Euller, Loan Officer One
Trish Foster, Marketing and Events Manager
Thea Gaither, Training Specialist
Louise Jones, Development Director
Sarah Pike, Women's Business Center Director
Kathy Pyle, Business Consultant
Danielle Renaud, Chief of Staff
Jessica Tabbutt, Volunteer Manager
Board of Directors
WomenVenture's Board of Directors brings economic development and business expertise from many Twin Cities industries, complementing the skills and knowledge of the organization's staff. WomenVenture also receives support from its Advisory Board, whose members are leaders in the philanthropic, business and nonprofit arenas.
Bridget Essma, Chair, Senior Vice President & Operational Risk Manager, Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Jandeen Boone, Vice Chair, Senior Attorney, Commercial, Ecolab
Susan Kinder, Secretary & Chair Emeritus, Former VP of Travelers Cheque Group, American Express (retired)
Wendy Harden, Treasurer, Shareholder, Schechter Dokken Kanter Andrews & Selcer
Bonnie Alton, Owner, Great Harvest Bread Company
Kara Ellinger, Senior Director of Marketing, Harken Health
Laura Fries, Managing Director & Executive VP, Baker Tilly Executive Search, LLC
Catherine Gunsbury, Director, Sustainability & Transparency,General Mills
Meghan Harris, Senior Vice President, Corporate Counsel, Bremer Financial Services, Inc.
Andrea Hitzemann-Johnson, Vice President, Commercial Banking Portfolio Manager Team Leader, U.S. Bank
Adrienne Jordan, Director of Special Projects, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee
Katie Knudtson, Partner, Deloitte & Touche
Elda Macias, Vice President, Retirement & Segment Marketing, Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
Jeri Meola, President, SMS Research Advisors
Aruna Nookala, Director, Quality Management Systems, 3M Healthcare
Betsy Ordal, Vice President, Financial Advice Center, Thrivent Financial
Carla Pavone, Associate Director, Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, Univ. of MN
Shelley Peterson-Bourland, Vice President, Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Cristen Purdy, Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer, Venture Bank
Tammy Schuette, EVP & Corporate Controller, TCF Bank
Linnea Solem, Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Deluxe Corporation
Alyson Van Dyk, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Jenny Verner, President, Specialty Seeds & Oils, Cargill
Rebecca Wall, CPA, 2nd VP, Global Treasury, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Brooke Weddle, VP, OrgSolutions, McKinsey & Company
Suzie Wilmot, International Tax Counsel, Pentair, Inc.