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.

Staff

Susan Joos

Interim CEO / 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.

Addie Arnold

Vice President of Operations

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

Zoila Guachichulca

Director of Training

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

Bonnie Jungwirth

Executive Assistant

She/Her. 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.”

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.

Sue Moses

Vice President of Lending

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

Briana O’Brien

Senior Grants Manager

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

Pshorrwon Pshorr

Controller

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.

Kathy Pyle

Vice President of Business Services

She/Her. 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

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.

Lily Russ

Operations Manager

She/Her. Assists with technology and office operations. Craftivist.

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

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!

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.

Officers

Board Chair | Global Portfolio Director, Abrasives Systems, 3M

Aruna Nookala

She/Her

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

Carla Pavone

She/Her

Secretary | Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Alyson Van Dyk

She/Her

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

Rebecca Wall

She/Her

Board Members

Faatemah Ampey

Owner and founder, SuiteSpot Salonspa

She/Her

Lindsay Bickler

Audit Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche

She/Her

Jandeen Boone

Associate General Counsel, Ecolab

She/Her

Kristen Denzer

President/CEO, Tierra Encantada

She/Her

Anna Dosen

Senior VP, Twin Cities Market Executive, Associated Bank

She/Her

Sara Kaufman

Assistant Chief Actuary, Securian Financial

She/Her

Maria Kochiras

Vice President & Program Leader, Cargill Global Transformation

She/Her

Gemma Kubat

SVP & President, Financial & Retail Services, Target Corporation

She/Her

Laura Lonsdale

Director of Compliance, Xcel Energy

She/Her

Nelima Sitati Munene

Executive Director, ACER

She/Her

Rosemarie Ndupuechi

President, 3E Productions LLC

She/Her

Shelley Peterson

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

She/Her

Cristen Purdy

Location President, Choice Bank

She/Her

LeeAnn Rasachak

VP, Product & Corporate Marketing, RBC Wealth Management

She/Her

Lisa Kramer Rodacker

HR Director M&A / Project Management, Deluxe Corporation

She/Her

Linnea Solem

President, Solem Risk Partners, LLC

She/Her

Rosa Tock

Executive Director, MN Council on Latino Affairs

She/Her