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's love affair with food and culture started in Guatemala. As an adult, Amalia immigrated to the United States and had a first career in international banking. After earning an executive masters degree in international business from St. Louis University, she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and the National Speakers Association. She also published her first book and is now working on the second one.
Along the way, she founded Amalia LLC -Latin Gourmet with a Cultural Flair (a national certified woman-owned business enterprise and consultancy firm) to help businesses develop a broader understanding and appreciation of Latin cultures through healthy gourmet cuisine. Since then, she has been effectively connecting brands to the American and Hispanic markets through food and culture as a bilingual spokesperson, writer, professional speaker, media personality, and delivering culinary experiences to many Fortune 100-1,000 companies, nonprofits, historical societies, universities and schools, and others through custom events.
During her second career, Amalia has supported the community through donations of her time and talent and as founder and mentor at WeMN. She serves on the board of the American Diabetes Association-MN, Common Hope, and Depart Smart. She writes for Minnesota Business Magazine, Revue, and El Minnesota de Hoy and is a regular contributor on local TV, especially at KSTP's Twin Cities Live. In recognition of her work, Amalia has received 9 first-prize literary awards for her first book, the Latino American Today Hispanic Heritage Award, the Depart Smart Champion Award, an ACG MN Bold Awards nomination, and was named a finalist at NSA-MN Speaker Program Strides and at 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.