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.


LeeAnn Rasachak

Chief Executive Officer

She/Her. Leads a dedicated team of more than 25 staff and approximately 200 volunteers. The CEO is responsible for strategic vision and managerial oversight for philanthropy, finance, lending, programs, communications, external and community relations.

Zuzu Allaback

CRM & Operations Manager

She/Her. Provides CRM Management, data reporting & analytics, and technology support. Yogi, quilter-in-training, midwesty.

Addie Arnold

VP of Operations & Culture

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

Jessica Clark

Individual Giving Officer

She/Her. Builds relationships with individuals to generate financial support for WomenVenture's mission of empowering entrepreneurs.

Emily Conroy

Chief Program & Client Experience Officer

She/Her. The CPCXO is the connective tissue across training, development, and business consulting services for WomenVenture clients. Fundamental to this leadership position is developing a deep understanding of the client entrepreneurship journey, technical assistance needs, and business consulting opportunities.

Tammy Dahlvang

Business Consultant

She/Her. Consults with pre-loan clients and non-loan clients to train and support them in developing accounting systems and procedures. Loves jokes, sunshine, my family and good ideas!

Lisa Day

Grants Manager

She/Her. Provides support and accountability to all of WomenVenture’s corporate, foundation and government grant relationships through proposal and report writing, donor research, and ongoing relationship building.

Karla Dross

Chief Financial Officer

She/Her. Leads the finance, lending and consulting teams. Liaison to Board Finance and Credit Committees.

Nancy Evans

Lending Specialist

She/Her. Assist clients with loan applications, uploading documents, and connecting them to loan officers. Works on loan documentation and follow up with clients.

Lily Griffin

Event Coordinator

She/Her. Leads the planning of WomenVenture brand key events. Creative, compassionate, and committed.

Kiara Hollie-Sessions

Intake Specialist

She/Her. Works with clients in their early stages of growth, and directs them on the best path to pursue with WomenVenture.

Jess Jellings

Communications Manager

She/Her. Provides organization-wide communications assistance to support WomenVenture's mission of empowering entrepreneurs.

Maliza Kalema

Lead Trainer

She/Her. As lead trainer, Maliza focuses on organizational business course development and the long range planning and implementation of WomenVenture by producing in-person and web-based training courses, curriculum, videos, photos, and other industry-leading content.

Dolores Karan

Volunteer Manager

She/Her. Responsible for recruiting, training and retaining highly skilled volunteers to execute Women Venture’s mission and Vision.

Talia King

Loan Officer

She/Her. Loan officer supporting clients in business development, growth, training, funding resources, and networking opportunities.

Marina Kuloverov

Staff Accountant

She/Her. Works with both the finance and loan teams, making sure all the bills are paid on time. Loves working with people and helping them with their financial needs.

Deanna Lang

Executive Assistant to LeeAnn Rasachak

She/Her. Provides day-to-day administrative support and event planning for LeeAnn Rasachak, CEO. Yogi, bookworm, dog lover.

Andra Lindquist

Training Manager

She/Her. Develop, manage, and supervise excellent training programs for our clients

David Louiselle

Director of Lending

He/Him. Loan Officer dedicated to making a difference in clients’ lives by seamlessly executing both simple and complex transactions.

Katie Messerli

Child Care Business Development Specialist/Training

She/Her. Provides training and support to child care businesses, both start-up and existing, to improve business practices and strengthen operations.

Rosemarie Ndupuechi

Chief Advancement and Marketing Officer

She/Her. Oversees WomenVenture's advancement, marketing and communications efforts.

Pshorrwon Pshorr


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

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.

Bill Stelle

Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Helping WomenVenture and our clients build bridges between who we are and who we want to be. Recreational Athlete, Volunteer, Husband, #GirlDad

Jamie Travis

Lending Specialist/Client Consultant

She/Her. Lending Specialist working to provide clients with an excellent loan experience and post-close business support.

Diane Vollrath

Business Services Accountant Supervisor

She/Her. Consults with loan and non-loan clients to train and support them in developing and recording their accounting activities for reporting purposes. Loves the outdoors, food, and creativity!

Kendra Wilson

Human Resources and Payroll Manager

She/Her. Kendra assists WomenVenture with all things HR after 20 years in the industry! She also works as a real estate agent in Florida, where she lives with her daughter.

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 | Global Portfolio Director, Abrasives Systems, 3M

Aruna Nookala


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

Carla Pavone


Secretary | Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Alyson Van Dyk


Interim Treasurer | Assistant Chief Actuary, Securian Financial

Sara Kaufman


Board Members

AJ Austerman

Senior Vice President-Market Manager, Huntington National Bank


Lindsay Bickler

Audit Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche


Derek Burgess

Managing Director, Business Advisory Services, Slalom


Rebecca Cooper

Affluent Business Manager, Community Banking, Wells Fargo


Kristen Denzer

President/CEO, Tierra Encantada


Anna Dosen-Hicks

MN Branch Banking Market Leader, US Bank


Nicole Dunham

Deputy Head US WM Fixed Income, RBC Wealth Management


Maria Kochiras

Vice President & Program Leader, Cargill Global Transformation


Lisa Kramer Rodacker

HR Director M&A / Project Management, Deluxe Corporation


Gemma Kubat

SVP & President, Financial & Retail Services, Target Corporation


Laura Lonsdale

Director of Compliance, Xcel Energy


Jessi Miller

Audit Senior Manager, Deloitte


Robyn Saphir

Marketing Communications Leader, Cummins


Nelima Sitati Munene

Executive Director, ACER


Aimee Stolt

Assurance Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP


Pang Xiong

Vice President, Cash Management Sales Officer, Choice Bank