Board of Directors

Women’s Business Development Center is enormously grateful to its stellar Board of Directors for its advice, counsel and support.

2015-2018 WBDC Board of Directors


  • Debra Jennings-Johnson, Senior Director, Supplier Diversity, BP America, Inc.

Vice Chairperson

  • Linda Chaplik Harris, Partner, Dentons US LLP


  • Elizabeth Minnella Gonzalez, Managing Director, Media and Telecom, Citi Corporate Banking


  • Sandra Rand, Retired Director, Supplier Diversity, United Airlines

Audit Committee Chair

  • Beth Kieffer Leonard, CPA, Managing Partner, Lurie, LLP


  • Laurel G. Bellows, Principal, The Bellows Law Group, P.C.
  • Michelle Blaise, Senior Vice President, Techinical Services, ComEd
  • Linda Boasmond, President, Cedar Concepts Corporation
  • Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Deluxe Corporation
  • Alison Chung, President, TeamWerks
  • Risa R. Davis, Vice President, Corporate Development, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Emilia DiMenco, President and Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Business Development Center
  • Carol Dougal, Founder and Co-President Emeritus, Women’s Business Development Center
  • Rona Fourte, Sr. Director, Business Enterprise Program & Supplier Development, Illinicare Health
  • Jennifer Mariani, Senior Vice President, Small Business, Bank of America
  • Hedy Ratner, Founder and Co-President Emeritus, Women’s Business Development Center
  • Arabel Alva Rosales, President, AAR & Associates, Ltd.
  • Cassandra Sanford, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, KellyMitchell Group, Inc.


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