WBDC Board of Directors

The Women’s Business Development Center is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of women business owner, corporate and supplier diversity executives, and community leaders. The 24 current members are shown below

Acting Chairperson
Sandra Rand, Retired Director, Supplier Diversity, United Airlines

Vice Chairperson
Linda Chaplik Harris, Partner, Dentons US LLP

2nd Vice Chairperson
Michelle Blaise, Senior Vice President, Technical Services, ComEd

Alison Chung, President, TeamWerks

Assistant Secretary
Cassandra Sanford, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, KellyMitchell Group, Inc.

Acting  Treasurer
Eva Brown, Vice President, CED Lending and Investment Manager, Fifth Third Bank

Audit Committee Chair
Beth Kieffer Leonard, CPA, Managing Partner, Lurie, LLP

Audit Committee Vice Chair
Rona Fourte, Vice President, Global Supplier Diversity at CBRE

Laurel G. Bellows, Principal, The Bellows Law Group, P.C.
Linda Boasmond, President, Cedar Concepts Corporation
Risa R. Davis, former Vice President, Corporate Development, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
Emilia DiMenco, President and Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Business Development Center
S. Carol Dougal, Founder and Co-President Emeritus, Women’s Business Development Center
Megan Everett, Director, Veterans Program, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Patty Greene, Retired Manager, Community Affairs & Grassroots, Southwest Airlines
Mary Houpt, Retired Manager, Community Partnership, Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas/WEC Energy
Michelle Kantor, Member, McDonald Hopkins
Jennifer Mariani, Senior Vice President, Sales Performance, Small Business, Bank of America
Hedy Ratner, Founder and Co-President Emeritus, Women’s Business Development Center
Arabel Alva Rosales, President, AAR & Associates, Ltd.
Renee Sang, Managing Director, Consulting & Innovation, Accenture
Jennifer Schlott-Rouzan, Managing Director, Professional Development Commercial NA, BMO Harris
Amy Yuhn, U.S. Chief of Marketing & Head of Communications , CIBC

Ex Officio
Debra Jennings-Johnson, Retired Senior Director, Supplier Diversity, BP America, Inc.