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, the Latino American Today Hispanic Heritage Award for community leadership, the Depart Smart Champion Award for board service excellence, an ACG MN Bold Awards nomination, and was named a finalist at both NSA-MN Speaker Program Strides and TeamWomenMN WaveMaker Awards for community impact.
Jenn Espinosa-Goswami - Secretary
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
Nikki Abramson - Programming & Events Director
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.