We Are WomenVenture

We would not be able to deliver our high-impact programs and services were it not for our dedicated and talented staff. They are passionate believers in the economic power of small business ownership. In addition, we are guided by a devoted and skilled Board of Directors. The collective wisdom and resources of this group contributes directly to the success of the clients we serve.


Elaine Wyatt


Responsible for of all aspects of the Agency. ‘Only the mediocre are always at their best’ ~ Jean Giraudoux

Karen Malmsten

Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for accounting/financial activities and government reporting. Fueled by coffee

Sarah Pike

Women’s Business Center Director

Provides oversight and sage advice to our lending, training, volunteer, co-op & technical assistance programs.

Danielle Renaud

Director of Operations & Client Services

Directs agency operations, managing administrative staff, office environment, technology and vendors, while overseeing data reporting and liaising with the board. Vagabond.

Carrie Moore

Communications Director

Presents the public face of WomenVenture. Writes loads of nonsense before getting to the good stuff. Lapsed saxophonist.

Jeff Andrews

Director of Program Innovation

Leads Program Innovation at WomenVenture with a focus on programs that support development of new child care businesses.

Jason Burak

Senior Loan Officer

Performs initial loan consultations, application review, underwriting, and recommending loans to our two Loan Committees. Wicked cellist.

Zoila Guachichulca

Training Specialist

Coordinates, analyzes, and evaluates WomenVenture training courses. Communicates with and encourages training clients. Avid angler.

Joanne Isdahl

Client Services Accountant

Works with clients to improve the financial understanding of their business. She assists with setting up and maintaining their accounting system. Loves an adventure!

Becky Johnson

Financial Manager

Manages financial and accounting processes and procedures and the time keeping and payroll systems. Excel is my friend.

Nancy Johnson

Childcare Co-Op Project Manager

Develops and manages WomenVenture’s child care co-op program. SoCal gal.

Bonnie Jungwirth

Board and Advancement Coordinator

Liaison to Board of Directors and administrative support to Executive Director and Advancement Team.“If you will it, it is no dream; and if you do not will it, a dream it is and a dream it will stay.”

Kristine Mier

Training Manager

Manages Women Venture's training programs that help entrepreneurs create and expand sustainable and profitable businesses. Sometimes even in her sleep.

Tania New

Business Development Officer

Creates action plans to help clients resolve business challenges. Coaches eligible clients to reach loan readiness. Can always locate the closest Starbucks.

Kathy Pyle

Business Consultant

Consults with loan clients to teach and assist them in effectively managing operations, accounting, and administration of their small business. Loves all dogs – big or small!

Mary Vang

Client Services Specialist

Supports WomenVenture clients through class coordination, client data management, and operational support. Bubble tea addict and skincare fanatic.

Samantha Wolf

Communications Officer

Coordinates events, publicity, and engagement for WomenVenture. Lover of literature. Explorer of forests, hiking trails, and local breweries.

Lisa Zellmer

Development Director

Manages grants and partnerships supporting WomenVenture’s work. Lapsed Francophile.



Jenny Verner

Vice Chair

Autumn Way

Area President, Wells Fargo


Alyson Van Dyk

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Tammy Schuette

EVP & Corporate Controller, TCF Bank

Chair Emeritus

Jandeen Boone

Senior Attorney, Commercial, Ecolab

Board Members

Lindsay Bickler

Audit Senior Manager Deloitte & Touche

Shelly Elmore

Publisher, Twin Cities Business

Laura Fries

Managing Director & Executive VP, Baker Tilly Executive Search, LLC

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

Nayana Jha

Senior VP, Private Client Advisor U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Danielle Lohbeck

Senior Manager, International Tax Services Ernst & Young

Crystal Manik

Marketing Business Manager, Corporate Sponsorship & Outreach, Xcel Energy

Jeri Meola

President, SMS Research Advisors

Nelima Sitati Munene

Executive Director, ACER

Aruna Nookala

Director, Quality Management Systems, 3M Healthcare

Carla Pavone

Associate Director, Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management, Univ. of MN

Shelley Peterson

Vice President, Business Banking, BMO Harris Bank N.A.

Cristen Purdy

Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer, Venture Bank

Sonya McCullum Roberts

President, Growth Ventures & Strategic Pricing, Cargill

Lisa Kramer Rodacker

Organization Effectiveness Manager, Deluxe Corporation

Linnea Solem

Former Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Deluxe Corporation

Rosa Tock

Legislative and Policy Liason, MN Council on Latino Affairs

Rebecca Wall

CPA, 2nd VP, Global Treasury, The Travelers Companies, Inc.