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

Karen Malmsten

Chief Financial Officer

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

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Tania New

Business Development Officer

Creates action plans to help clients resolve business challenges. Coaches eligible clients to reach loan readiness. Can always locate the closest Starbucks.

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!

Danielle Renaud

Senior Development Officer

Secures funding to support WomenVenture's amazing programs. Vagabond.

Mary Vang

Client Services Specialist

Supports WomenVenture clients through class coordination, client data management, and operational support. Bubble tea addict and skincare fanatic.

Samantha Wolf

Communications Officer

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



Autumn Way

Area President, Wells Fargo

Vice Chair

Meghan Harris

Senior Vice President, Corporate Council, Bremer Financial Services, Inc


Alyson Van Dyk

Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP


Rebecca Wall

CPA, 2nd VP, Global Treasury, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Chair Emeritus

Jenny Verner

Board Members

Lindsay Bickler

Audit Senior Manager Deloitte & Touche

Kristen Denzer

Owner, Tierra Encantada

Shelly Elmore

Publisher, Twin Cities Business

Andrea Hitzemann-Johnson

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

Nayana Jha

Senior VP, Private Client Advisor U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Macy Lee

Senior Advisor, JB Vang Advisors

Danielle Lohbeck

Senior Manager, International Tax Services Ernst & Young

Jeri Meola

President, SMS Research Advisors

Nelima Sitati Munene

Executive Director, ACER

Rosemarie Ndupuechi

President, 3E Productions LLC

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, Choice Bank

Sonya McCullum Roberts

President, Growth Ventures & Strategic Pricing, Cargill

LeeAnn Rasachak

VP, Product & Corporate Marketing, RBC Wealth Management

Lisa Kramer Rodacker

Organization Effectiveness Manager, Deluxe Corporation

Linnea Solem

Former Vice President, Chief Privacy Officer, Deluxe Corporation

Rosa Tock

Legislative and Policy Liason, MN Council on Latino Affairs