Our People


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Lee Roper-Batker | Staff | WFMN

President & CEO

Lee Roper-Batker

Lee Roper-Batker is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Under her leadership since 2001, the Foundation has increased its grantmaking by 100 percent and endowment from $8 million to $25 million.

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Saanii Hernandez

Vice President

Saanii Hernandez

Saanii Hernandez, vice president of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, first joined the Women’s Foundation as senior program officer in 2012 and served as a trustee from 2007 to 2012. Email

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Deb Bednarz

Deb Bednarz

612-236-1826 | Email

Jamara Cheek

Jamara Cheek
Executive Assistant to the President & Vice President

612-236-1825 | Email

Jennica Date

Jennica Date
Senior Data Manager

612-236-1812 | Email

Anna Seaton Huntington

Anna Seaton Huntington
Vice President of Advancement

612-236-1837 | Email

Erika Idrovo-Cuesta

Erika Idrovo-Cuesta
Office Manager

612-236-1814 | Email

Jen Lowman Day

Jen Lowman Day
Director of Communications

612-236-1828 | Email

Lizzie Nelson

Lizzie King
Development Officer

612-236-1832 | Email

Lulete Mola | Staff | WFMN

Lulete Mola
Vice President of Community Impact

612-236-1829 | Email

Ruby Oluoch

Ruby Oluoch
Communications Project Manager

612-236-1834 | Email

Stacy Papier-Meister

Stacy Papier-Meister
Associate Director of Advancement

612-236-1827 | Email

Jasmine Sanchez

Jasmine Sánchez
Program Officer and Grants Manager

612-236-1856 | Email

Carolyn Van Nelson | Staff | WFMN

Carolyn Van Nelson
Finance Manager

612-236-1847 | Email

Heidi Walsh

Heidi Walsh
Vice President of Finance & Operations

612-236-1858 | Email

Cynthia J. Zapata

Cynthia J. Zapata
Community Impact Manager

612-236-1835 | Email

Interns & Fellows

The Reatha Clark King Fellowship and the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship Program are our innovative initiatives to build a pipeline of women of color leaders in philanthropy.

Brook LaFloe

Brook LaFloe
Reatha Clark King Fellow | Young Women’s Initiative Program Manager

612-236-1836 | Email

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Board of Trustees

Susan Segal

City Attorney

Nevada Littlewolf
Vice Chair

Political Director 
Women Winning

Gail Polley-Nordhaus

Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Roderic Southall

EO Consultant and Trainer
Metropolitan Council

Jennifer Alstad

Founder and CEO

Chanda Smith Baker

Senior Vice President of Community Impact
The Minneapolis Foundation

Julia Classen

Retired Nonprofit Organizational and Governance Consultant

Joanne Green

Senior Director of Financial Analysis and Reporting, and Business Intelligence
University of Minnesota Physicians

Katharine Hull


Katharine L. Kelly

Community Volunteer

Rebecca Klevan

Wealth Manager
Accredited Investors, Inc.

June La Valleur, M.D.

Sexual Health Counselor

George Martin

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Wendy Nelson


Elena Brito Sifferlin

Licensed Social Worker and Community Volunteer

Valerie Spencer

Community Volunteer

Pheng Thao

Statewide Coordinator at Men and Masculine Folks Network