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

Claire Grasse - Treasurer & CFO



Claire Grasse

CPA, FSO Assurance Senior, Ernst & Young

https://www.linkedin.com/in/clgrasse/

claire.grasse@ey.com
651-278-1277

Kianna Notermann - Social Media Director

 

Kianna Notermann, SMS
kjnotermann@gmail.com
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiannanotermann/

651-757-5832


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


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


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