Board of Directors


The WeMN Board of Directors is comprised of eight members who each serve a two-year term. WeMN board members are volunteers and contribute to the organization in their area of expertise. Members are nominated to serve by other board members or members of the organization. WeMN board members are voted in by the current WeMN Board of Directors.

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard - President & CEO


Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is an award-winning author and chef entrepreneur born and raised in Guatemala City with a prior career in trade finance and international banking. She provides individuals and companies with a taste and understanding of Latin culture’s nuances through healthy gourmet cuisine and culture education. Amalia shares her passion through consulting, bilingual speaking engagements, writing, and healthy culinary experiences.

Amalia is the spokesperson for Crystal Farms line of Hispanic cheeses and works as a consultant with General Mills culinary team and other companies.  She writes for Minnesota Business Magazine and is a regular media contributor.

Giving back has always been at the forefront of Amalia’s activitiesShe fosters women entrepreneurship through WeMN and its mentoring program where she has been a mentor to aspiring women entrepreneurs.  She serves on the board of the American Diabetes Association-MN, Common Hope and DepartSmart.  She has a masters in international business with a concentration on culture from St. Louis University and is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and of the National Speakers Association-MN (NSA)

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Amalia Moreno - Damgaard

Amalia@AmaliaLLC.com

AmaliaLLC.com

952-270-4543

Jenn Espinosa-Goswami - Secretary

Jenn Espinosa Goswami

Jenn Espinosa-Goswami is a former fat girl turned accidental health coach and motivational speaker. She inspires moms to achieve body bliss in just minutes a day using their innate power to transform instead of products or gym memberships. 

A graduate of the Augsburg Master's Degree in Leadership program, Jenn is passionate about creating opportunities for self-development in every day ways. A former Toastmasters International officer and mentor, she believes that knowledge is useless unless it is shared with others, either through her speaking programs, articles, or videos. Jenn is excited to serve on the WeMN board. 

Jenn's 100 pound weight loss story was featured on First for Women, Half Size Me, Diets in Review and she has contributed articles to Women's Health, Spry Living and Prevention. She is most proud of her two beautiful daughters, and prefers bean burritos to burgers. When not speaking or coaching clients, she loves to dance in her living room, lift heavy weights, travel, and read 8 books every month.

Jenn Espinosa-Goswami
651-214-8179
Jegoswam@bweightless.com
Www.weightlesschronicles.com
Twitter: @jegoswam
Facebook @bweightless

Nikki Abramson - Programming & Events Director

Nikki Abramson

Nikki Abramson is passionate, inspires others, and helps others make positive changes along their life’s journey. Her company, Renew Hope, offers inspirational speaking, life coaching, workshops, and performance-based teaching.

Nikki is the author of the book “I Choose Hope: Overcoming Challenges with Faith and Positivity” and "Hope for Today." She is also an international adoptee who battles several rare medial conditions and brings hope to the world. Her one-woman show, “No Limits,” debuts in August 2016 clearly depicts these life challenges and demonstrates that there truly are no limits or boundaries to life.

Combining life stories, personal experiences, teaching strategies, motivation, and encouragement, Nikki engages and captivates audiences to think about their own life and how they can renew hope. Her presentation comes through the lens of both a teacher and performer. Earning her BA in elementary and early childhood education from Bethel University, Nikki teaches others how to live in the moment and how to be grateful for each moment.

She is active in her community through the advisory council for CaringBridge.org, board chair of the Resource Committee of Adopted Adults, youth coach for her church, and Mentoring in Business Leadership through Bethel. Nikki also tutors and teaches acting/improve/choreographing through various theatre companies including Upstream Arts and Bloomington Civic Theatre. 

Nikki Abramson
Renew Hope 
nikki@nikkiabramson.com
nikkiabramson.com
Twitter: 
@nikabramson
LinkedIn: Nikki Abramson
Facebook: Nikki Abramson
612-860-5380

Sherryln Thompson - Hospitality Director

Sherrylyn Thompson Highly Favored Events

Sherryln is the owner and chief event officer at Highly Favored Events, LLC.  After 14 years of working in a corporate environment for a Fortune 200 company, she grew her part time event business into a full-time, full service event and wedding planning company which services nonprofits, government agencies, companies (big and small), brides, and those just wanting to celebrate life’s successes.  Sherryln prides herself on embracing the details while staying focused and calm under pressure.  She loves meeting new people and giving them the event of their dreams.

Sherryln has a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Oklahoma and a certificate in Meeting and Event Management from Dakota County Technical College.  She recently completed coursework to become a travel agent so that she can assist her clients with all of their event related travel needs.

When she isn’t working, Sherryln enjoys coaching the youth step team at her church and enjoying life with her husband and 3 kids.

Sherryln Thompson
www.highlyfavoredevents.com
sherryln@highlyfavoredevents.com
763-443-4332

Jennifer Pollard - Membership Director

Jennifer Pollard

Jenn is passionate for organizational psychology and creating healthy workplace cultures.  She has nearly 20 years of business experience and began ConnecTTall Resource Group where she is owner and chief consultant to connect people, profits, and perceptions for organizations.  CRG makes these connections through organizational development consulting, human resources consulting, training and development, and change and leadership coaching.  

She carries a skill for communications and business not only through her undergraduate degree, but has also furthered this expertise with her master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational leadership.  As an I/O psychologist, Jenn is specialized in assessments and is certified in the Conflict Dynamic Profile as well as Management Research Associates’ personality profile instrument.  She is also a Certified Change Management Practitioner of Prosci. 

Jenn is excited to be joining the WeMN board and connecting with other phenomenal women entrepreneurs and she also volunteers with the Minnesota Psychological Association as chair of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Committee.  When not working or volunteering, Jenn enjoys spending quality time with her family along with training (or being trained by) her Australian Shepherd dog, Claire.

Jennifer J. Pollard, MA
Consultant, ConnecTTall Resource Group, LLC
jennpollard26@outlook.com
www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferjpollard
(612) 756-8458

Kathleen Schneibel - Interim Treasurer & CFO


Kathleen is first and foremost a very hands-on grandmamma to very energetic grandchildren who keep her young; secondly, a passionate entrepreneurial accountant and finally, an enthusiastic volunteer!

Her mission is to help you understand the story your numbers are telling you, giving you the freedom to focus on your passion - your business!

As a freelance member of your management team with an emphasis in helping you drive overall business goals, objectives and results, she helps businesses become more profitable by identifying where the money is coming from and, more importantly, where it is going! While she focuses on the internal processes, procedures, and controls, you are freed up to focus on building your business. Once processes and controls are in place, she will train you or your employees to perform the day - to - day procedures.

After her first grandchild was born 11 years ago, Kathleen made the move to the entrepreneurial side after a combined 20 years in corporate America and public accounting. She has an MBA in business finance and holds an active CPA license, taking 40+ hours of continuing education annually.

She currently volunteers as Treasurer/CFO for  Books on Wings, two Minnesota State Society of CPAs (MNCPA)  groups: Business Advisory Council Member  since 2013 and is currently the Task Force Chair for the 2017 Management & Business Advisors annual 2 day conference in June 2017, a task force that she has served on since 2009. She has served on two non-profit boards as Treasurer/CFO for Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN) June 2011-May 2014 and is currently on WeMN’s Advisory Board, and as Board Trustee/Treasurer, MN Chapter for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) from November 2008-June 2012.

Kathleen Schneibel
Entrepreneurial Accountant
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathleenschneibel
kschneibel@kmasconsulting.com
612-961-8399

Arria Giulan - Community Outreach Director

Arria Giulan

Arria is the possibility of being extremely courageous and creating goodness for everyone around. A Cum Laude graduate of Fairfield University School of Engineering, Arria started her professional career in high tech engineering, and joined the Society of Women Engineers. The MBA opened new horizons and propelled Arria into management and leadership and joining of the American Marketing Association (AMA). A curious mind, committed to learning and growing, Arria lead roles in Product Management, Strategy, Business Development and Marketing in Fortune 100 companies in aerospace, nuclear, semiconductor and telecommunication industries. At heart, Arria is a mentor and an educator who enjoys sharing her knowledge with students in the classroom or online with adjunct teaching roles at Sacred Heart and Embry Riddle University. Born and raised in Romania, Arria connects with her roots by being an active board member of the Heritage of Romanian American Organization in MN (HORA) where her work in Marketing and Business Development contributes to promoting the Romanian culture and values.

“I am extremely happy and very proud of having the opportunity to serve in the WeMN Board. The guiding principles of WeMN – mentoring, education in a caring and supportive network are in perfect alignment with my personal values. I am looking forward to meeting and creating new collaborations with all WeMN members and friends and our upcoming events and in the community.”

Arria Giulan, MBA, Eng.
Principal, ARC Focus Solutions

arria_giulan@yahoo.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/arriagiulan/
203-981-5868

Jennifer Radke - Social Media Director

Jennifer Radke Socially Inspired

Jennifer is the Owner of Socially Inspired, a social media training and consulting company.  Social Media can be intimidating and implementing a strategy in alignment with your overall goals and objectives is critical to success.  Her goal with Socially Inspired is to empower those managing a social media strategy with the tools that will prepare them for success.  Training individuals and teams to work cross-functionally in order to reach the organizational goals.  With over 15 years in sales and leadership within the Higher Education industry, her diverse background allows Jennifer to look at the big picture and ask the tough questions in her consulting role.  In addition, Jennifer is passionate about helping those affected by job displacements.  Offering workshops and seminars on how to get back into the game by best utilizing the social media tools at their disposal.

Jennifer obtained her Master’s degree from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership and is certified through the National Institute for Social Media (NISM) as a Social Media Strategist (SMS).  In her free time, she serves as an NISM instructor and volunteers her time to help job seekers through local staffing resources across the Twin Cities Metro area. 

Jennifer Radke, SMS
radke2012@gmail.com
Twitter: @radkejen
651-344-7293


Linda Ruhland - Marketing Director


Linda Ruhland, MBA, is a business owner, speaker and consultant. Throughout her career, Linda has worked with dozens of employers and entrepreneurs. She helped them improve their brand presence while helping them with many business objectives including attracting and keeping new customers, employees and strategic alliances.

She founded two successful companies: SimpletoSucceed.com, a website marketing company, and Spirit of Success LLC, which produces success platforms for personal, professional and business development. 

Ruhland uses her 30 years of corporate and small business experience to share ideas for accelerating success while having fun making it happen. She also produced and edited "Amazing Workplace: Creating the Conditions that Inspire Success."

Linda Ruhland, MBA
spiritofbusinesssuccess.com
spiritofentrepreneurialsuccess.com
ljruhland@gmail.com
Twitter: @spiritosuccess
651-230-0905


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