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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

Takeia Cage, Client Services Specialist

Yolanda Cotterall, Training Manager

Karen DeGeorge, Grants Officer

Laura Euller, Loan Officer One

Trish Foster, Marketing and Events Manager

Thea Gaither, Training Specialist

Nancy Johnson, Childcare Co-op Project Manager

Louise Jones, Development Director

Karen Malmsten, Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Pike, Women's Business Center Director

Kathy Pyle, Business Consultant

Monica Romero, Business Liaison Manager

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

Alyson Van Dyk, Secretary, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Wendy Harden, Treasurer, Shareholder, Schechter Dokken Kanter Andrews & Selcer

Susan Kinder, Chair Emeritus, Former VP of Travelers Cheque Group, American Express (retired)


Bonnie Alton, Owner, Great Harvest Bread Company

Kara Ellinger, Client Executive, Novu

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

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

Jenny Verner, Commercial Excellence COE Leader, 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.