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

Responsible for accounting/financial activities and government reporting. Aspiring author.

Sarah Pike

Women’s Business Center Director

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

Carrie Moore

Communications Director

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

Lisa Zellmer

Development Director

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

Jeff Andrews

Director of Program Innovation

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

Addie Arnold

Technology and Data Manager

Provides technical and operational support and management, and enjoys classic Minnesota activities!

Zoila Guachichulca

Training Specialist

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

Blair Halperin

Volunteer Manager

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

Megan Hussey

Research and Technology Specialist

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

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!

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.”

Myrtle Lemon-Todd

Communications Officer

I work with the Communications team to manage and implement marketing and communications plans. Creator, designer, Social Media Queen.

Sue Moses

Senior Loan Officer

I help women start and grow small businesses by evaluating, approving and extending microloans.

Briana O’Brien

Development Officer

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

Pshorrwon Pshorr

Senior Accountant

Supports administrative financial functions and budgets. Supporter of Small Business.

Jaylana Peters

Loan Officer

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

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!

Kaltrina Rezniqi

Child Care Business Services Manager

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.

Lily Russ

Operations Manager

Assists with technology and office operations. Craftivist.

Laila Sahir

Communications Specialist

Provides support for the Communications team at WomenVenture, particularly for Women Mean Business.

Mer'Ce Tyler

Training Specialist

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. 

Whitney Woods

Data Entry Specialist

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

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



Autumn Way

Area President, Wells Fargo

Vice Chair

Meghan Harris

Senior Vice President, Corporate Council, Bremer Bank, National Association


Alyson Van Dyk

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Rebecca Wall

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

Chair Emeritus

Jenny Verner

Board Members

Lindsay Bickler

Audit Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche

Kristen Denzer

President/CEO, Tierra Encantada

Anna Dosen

Senior VP, Twin Cities Market Executive, Associated Bank

Shelly Elmore

Publisher, Twin Cities Business

Andrea Hitzemann-Johnson

Vice President, Commercial Banking Portfolio Manager Team Leader, U.S. Bank

Danielle Lohbeck

Senior Manager, International Tax Services Ernst & Young

Jeri Meola

Independent Market Research Consultant, EGL ACE Research

Nelima Sitati Munene

Executive Director, ACER

Rosemarie Ndupuechi

President, 3E Productions LLC

Aruna Nookala

Global Portfolio Director, Abrasives Systems, 3M

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, Choice Bank

Sonya McCullum Roberts

President, Salt Group, Cargill

LeeAnn Rasachak

VP, Product & Corporate Marketing, RBC Wealth Management

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