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.

Susan Joos

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.

Zuzu Allaback

Training Coordinator

She/Her. Coordinates logistics and acts as liaison for training courses: Getting Ready & Small Business Essentials. Yogi, quilter-in-training, midwesty.

Addie Arnold

Vice President of Operations

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

Dolores Karan

Volunteer Manager

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

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.

David Louiselle

Loan Officer

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

Sue Moses

Vice President of Lending

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

Emily Nohner

Small Dollar Loan Program Manager

She/Her Emily serves as the Small Dollar Loan Program Manager working to provide access to capital for new and existing small businesses.

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.

Kaltrina Rezniqi

Director of Innovative Programs & Investments​

She/Her. Kaltrina leads innovation projects at WomenVenture supporting both new and existing business 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.

Bill Stelle

Business Services Manager

Manager of Child Care Business Services helping entrepreneurs plan and operate these key community resources. Recreational Athlete, Volunteer, Husband, #GirlDad

Onju Sturlaugson

Development Officer

She/Her.Works with donors to foster their commitment to action. As part of the Advancement Team, responsible for fundraising, community-building, marketing, and events. #bestjob

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

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!

Ailsa Walsh

Communications Manager

She/Her. Handles all things communications, social media and PR. Loves yoga, cooking and London (where she's from).

Kendra Wilson

HR Consultant

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


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

Rebecca Wall


Board Members

Faatemah Ampey

Owner and founder, SuiteSpot Salonspa


Lindsay Bickler

Audit Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche


Jandeen Boone

Associate General Counsel, Ecolab


Kristen Denzer

President/CEO, Tierra Encantada


Anna Dosen

Senior VP, Twin Cities Market Executive, Associated Bank


Sara Kaufman

Assistant Chief Actuary, Securian Financial


Maria Kochiras

Vice President & Program Leader, Cargill Global Transformation


Gemma Kubat

SVP & President, Financial & Retail Services, Target Corporation


Laura Lonsdale

Director of Compliance, Xcel Energy


Nelima Sitati Munene

Executive Director, ACER


Rosemarie Ndupuechi

President, 3E Productions LLC


Shelley Peterson

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


Cristen Purdy

Location President, Choice Bank


Lisa Kramer Rodacker

HR Director M&A / Project Management, Deluxe Corporation


Linnea Solem

President, Solem Risk Partners, LLC


Rosa Tock

Executive Director, MN Council on Latino Affairs


Rebecca Cooper

Affluent Business Manager, Community Banking, Wells Fargo