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 contribute directly to the success of the clients we serve.


Susan Joos

Interim CEO / Chief Financial Officer

She/Her. Responsible for financial activities, operations and the loan/consulting services. Aspiring author.

Sarah Pike

Chief Program Officer

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

Carrie Moore

Chief Advancement Officer

She/Her. Has the great pleasure of overseeing marketing/communications, events, fundraising, strategic partnerships, the volunteer program, and community building. Lapsed saxophonist.

Addie Arnold

Vice President of Operations

She/Her. Provides technical and operational support and management, and enjoys classic Minnesota activities!

Zoila Guachichulca

Director of Training

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

Blair Halperin

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

She/Her. Works with amazing WomenVenture Volunteers to support our clients and build community.

Megan Hussey

Research and Technology Specialist

She/Her. Americorps VISTA researching ways to expand WomenVenture’s training programs to more amazing and inspiring women. Steminist.

Joanne Isdahl

Business Services Manager

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

Bonnie Jungwirth

Executive Assistant

She/Her. 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.”

Myrtle Lemon-Todd

Senior Communications Manager

They/Them. Designs and coordinates digital media, and implements larger communications plans. Obsessed with sharks.

Sue Moses

Vice President of Lending

She/Her. Helps women start and grow small businesses by evaluating, approving and extending microloans.

Briana O’Brien

Senior Grants Manager

She/Her. Supports grants and partnerships as a member of WomenVenture’s Development Team.

Pshorrwon Pshorr


He/Him. Supports administrative financial functions and budgets. Supporter of Small Business.

Jaylana Peters

Senior Loan Officer

She/Her. Performs initial loan consultations, reviews applications, underwrites loans, and recommends loans for approval to Loan Committee. Avid reader and gardener.

Kathy Pyle

Vice President of Business Services

She/Her. 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!

Kaltrina Rezniqi

Director of Innovative Programs & Investments​

She/Her. Manages Child Care Business Services serving both family child care and child care center owners. Loves traveling, taking Barre Yoga classes, and trying out different foods.

Jasmine Robinson

Loan Specialist

She/Her. Works with the loan team, reviews applications, underwrites loans, and recommends loans for approval to Loan Committee. Fierce Wakandan Warrior.

Lily Russ

Operations Manager

She/Her. Assists with technology and office operations. Craftivist.

Laila Sahir

Community Manager

She/Her. Connects with WomenVenture staff, clients, and volunteers to build and strengthen community.

Mer'Ce Tyler

Training Manager

She/Her. Promoting and recommending services based on a logical relationship to the client's professional needs and initiating strategy and procedures that will allow clients to elevate with confidence. 

Kendra L. Wilson

Human Resources Officer

She/Her. Provides human resources consulting to the WomenVenture Team. Proud mother.

Whitney Woods

Loan Process Manager

She/Her. Assists the lending and accounting teams in the behind-the-scenes "sausage-making" of loan disbursement, database maintenance, and accounts payable.

Jane Zilch

Training Manager – Established Businesses

She/Her. Leads women entrepreneurs to improve their skills and confidence in analyzing and managing the finances of their businesses, especially to generate rapid growth.


Board Chair

Autumn Way


Vice Chair | Global Portfolio Director, Abrasives Systems, 3M

Aruna Nookala


Secretary | Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Alyson Van Dyk


Treasurer | Vice President, Finance - Accounting Operations, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Rebecca Wall


Chair Emeritus

Jenny Verner


Board Members

Faatemah Ampey

Owner and founder, SuiteSpot Salonspa


Lindsay Bickler

Audit Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche


Jandeen Boone

Associate General Counsel, Ecolab


Colette Campbell

Chief Talent Acquisition and Diversity Officer, Bremer Bank


Kristen Denzer

President/CEO, Tierra Encantada


Anna Dosen

Senior VP, Twin Cities Market Executive, Associated Bank


Shelly Elmore

Publisher, Twin Cities Business


Deborah Frieze

Co-Founder – author, entrepreneur, and social activist, Boston Impact Initiative


Sara Kaufman

Assistant Chief Actuary, Securian Financial


Laura Lonsdale

Director of Compliance, Xcel Energy


Nelima Sitati Munene

Executive Director, ACER


Rosemarie Ndupuechi

President, 3E Productions LLC


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

Location President, Choice Bank


LeeAnn Rasachak

VP, Product & Corporate Marketing, RBC Wealth Management


Lisa Kramer Rodacker

HR Director M&A / Project Management, Deluxe Corporation


Gemma Kubat

SVP & President, Financial & Retail Services, Target Corporation


Linnea Solem

President, Solem Risk Partners, LLC


Rosa Tock

Executive Director, MN Council on Latino Affairs