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 - WeMN Founder, President & CEO

Amalia is an award-winning author and chef/entrepreneur with a prior career in corporate America. Born and raised in Guatemala City, her best-selling book, Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen: Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair, is a personal memoir and recipe collection designed to encourage and empower people to explore new foods and cook more fresh meals at home for health and wellness. 

In addition to WeMN, Amalia runs her own business, Amalia, LLC, a nationally certified woman-owned business enterprise and consultancy firm specializing in Latin and Spanish gourmet cuisine and culture with the mission to create awareness and help individuals and corporations develop a broader understanding and appreciation of cultural nuances through consulting, bilingual speaking and writing, and healthy culinary experiences.

Amalia has worked as a spokesperson, consultant, and healthy experiences speaker/chef-educator with General Mills, Crystal Farms (Michael Foods), Supervalu, Land O’Lakes, Target, Best Buy, Ecolab, Prudential Financial, Cargill, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, 3M, and Macy’s Culinary Council plus many more companies, nonprofits, universities, and professional organizations in the Twin Cities since her company’s inception in 2005. 

Her community-driven work includes mentoring other women, empowering young Latinos to start their own businesses, as well as philanthropy and board service. She serves on the boards of the American Diabetes Association, Depart Smart and Common Hope. Her media contributions and appearances include Twin Cities Live, Fox 9, Kare11, PBS/Twin Cities Public Television, Minnesota Public Radio, KFAI and many more. She writes for Minnesota Business Magazine, Revue Magazine and El Minnesota de Hoy.

Amalia has a Masters in International Business from St. Louis University and is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and the National Speakers Association-Minnesota.  Her accolades include 9 first-prize literary awards globally for her first book, Minnesota Business Magazine Women Who Lead 2018 Honoree, the Latino American Today Hispanic Heritage Award for community leadership, the Depart Smart Champion Award for board service excellence, two ACG MN Bold Awards nominations 2017-2018, and was named a finalist at both NSA-MN Speaker Program Strides and TeamWomenMN WaveMaker Awards for community impact.

Amalia Moreno-Damgaard
LinkedIn: Amalia Moreno-Damgaard 
Facebook @AmaliaLatinGourmet 

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
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, 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
LinkedIn: Nikki Abramson
Facebook: Nikki Abramson

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 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, EdD, SMS
Consultant, ConnecTTall Resource Group, LLC
Twitter:  @jennpollard26
Phone:  (612) 756-8458

Claire Grasse - Treasurer & CFO

Claire Grasse found WeMN through her search to get connected to other brave and impressive business women in the Twin Cities community. She currently works as an Assurance Manager at Ernst and Young, LLP (EY) and serves large and small clients in the financial services and banking industries. She is passionate about identifying opportunities for women to benefit and prosper through connections across industries and specialties, often through networking, teaming and peer advisory. In her role at EY, she serves on the steering committee for the Professional Women’s Network, the UNINY group (LGBTQ+), and is an active proponent and participant in the Entrepreneur of the Year program. Furthermore she serves as a mentor, peer advisor and counselor to peers and employees at EY.

Claire obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She holds her active Certified Public Accountant’s license in the state of Minnesota.

Claire joined the WeMN Board of Directors after meeting some of the inspiring other board members and members of the organization. She looks forward to learning the tips and tricks of breaking into the world of entrepreneurship and taking her ideas to the next level! In the meantime she enjoys sharing her corporate-world perspectives with members of WeMN. Outside of the group, Claire pursues community engagement through participation in Junior Achievement, the Aliveness Project, and volunteers throughout the year with a local women’s shelter. 

Claire Grasse
CPA, FSO Assurance Senior, Ernst & Young

Kianna Notermann - Social Media Director


Kianna Notermann is a social media specialist and photographer. She is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in Business Marketing and Communication Studies. After discovering her entrepreneurial spirit in her junior year of college, Kianna is now working towards a freelance career in social media strategy, advertising, and coaching working with B2B and B2C clients in a variety of industries.

Outside of work, Kianna is passionate about social justice issues after volunteering for her university’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children. Kianna also loves music - having attended over 100 concerts. She spent 3 years booking concerts for local and regional artists. Kianna is excited to be part of an organization full of like-minded, inspiring women. In fact, it was women business owners who gave her the courage to start her own business.

Kianna Notermann, SMS

Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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