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

Jason Burak

Senior Loan Officer

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

Karen DeGeorge

Grants Officer

Manages and executes all steps of the grants process. Has a knack for pulling an all-nighter to complete an application.

Laura Euller

Loan Officer One

Guide entrepreneurs through the process of applying for a business loan with WomenVenture. Avid squirrel hunter.

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.

Louise Jones

Development Director

Engages individual, corporate and foundation donors to support our mission through events, communications and marketing. Enjoys humor.

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.”

Karen Malmsten

Chief Financial Officer

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

Solveig Mellem

Client Services Specialist

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.

Carrie Moore

Marketing Director

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

Sarah Pike

Women’s Business Center Director

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

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!

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.

Mónica Romero

Business Liaison Manager

Establishes and maintains working relationships with organizations and provides business consultations at their locations. Latin dancer by soul and heart.

Jessica Tabbutt

Volunteer Manager

Links volunteers with opportunities to help clients with their businesses. Lends a hand to other depts. Always happy to show you all 500+ pictures of her dog.

Samantha Wolf

Marketing & Events Specialist

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



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

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

Crystal Manik

Marketing Business Manager, Corporate Sponsorship & Outreach, Xcel Energy

Jeri Meola

President, SMS Research Advisors

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

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.

Brooke Weddle

VP, OrgSolutions, McKinsey & Company