OUR BOARD

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Cristina Daza

Cristina has 15 years of experience working as a manager, consultant, and marketing specialist for local businesses and non-profit organizations. She was born in Colombia, raised in Madison, and received her BA from UW-Madison in Communication Arts and Business Administration. Her experience living in South America and Europe and her work mentoring start-up businesses provide with with a unique perspective on and connection to WCCN's work.

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Mark Elsdon

Mark is the Vice President of the WCCN Board of Directors. He has served as Executive Director and Campus Co-Pastor at Pres House, a campus church and student apartment community at UW-Madison, since 2004. Born in the Midwest to immigrants from England, Mark has lived in the southern, western, and eastern parts of the United States. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison. He is passionate about bringing business skills, organizational leadership, and effective strategy together with mission commitment for non-profit success. When not working Mark can be found training and racing his bike in the hills surrounding Madison.

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Laura Graham

Laura is the Secretary of the WCCN Board of Directors. Laura is an attorney, currently working for the non-profit Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) in Madison, where she represents detained individuals in deportation proceedings. Previously, she worked for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. Before going to law school, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and El Salvador, and AmeriCorps volunteer on the Hopi reservation in Arizona, and worked for the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C. She obtained a B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley, an M.A. in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires) as a Rotary PeaceFellow, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Laura speaks Spanish and has lived, worked, and studied in Central and South America for over five years.

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Sue Lloyd (Emeritus)

Sue has worked as an accountant and bookkeeper/financial administrator for loan funds and other non-profit organizations for 25 years. She has been to Nicaragua numerous times and served as WCCN’s treasurer for about 10 years. Sue was involved in the founding of WCCN’s loan fund project. In addition to her work with WCCN, Sue is involved in a number of other volunteer activities. She co-founded and served as treasurer of Forward Community Investments (formerly the Dane Fund), a Wisconsin-based community development loan fund. She serves on the steering committee and education committee of the national Episcopal Network for Economic Justice and was a co-author of its publication, “Community Investing: An Alternative of Religious Congregations Seeking a Social as Well as a Financial Return.” She serves on the finance committee of the Wisconsin Council of Churches (WCC) and on its investment subcommittee which has crafted a community investment policy and plan for the WCC and its member churches. Sue serves as Treasurer of St. Dunstan’s Church and was also one of the developers and is a resident of the Village Cohousing.

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Bob Lamb

Bob is Vice President of Business Banking at US Bank. He is a premier SBA lender with 20 years of banking experience and extensive community service. 

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John Schroder

John is a commercial and residential banker with 25+ years of experience in banking and business administration. Currently he is the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at Great Midwest Bank, SSB. John was first exposed to the realities of the working poor in Latin America as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica (1996-1998). His assignment was to provide business consulting services to micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses where he learned first-hand the limits lack of financing places on a growing business. After returning home, John continued supporting entrepreneurs as a volunteer instructor with the Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute in Milwaukee where he developed and delivered classes on bank credit to entrepreneurs in both English and Spanish. Other volunteering experiences include serving as the PTO Treasurer at his children’s school and the Treasurer and Grants and Giving Coordinator for the Milwaukee Returned Peace Corps Association.

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Tom Schwei

Tom is the Vice President, General Manager and CFO of DNASTAR, Inc., where he has been employed since 2004. Tom has overall day-to-day responsibility for the business operations, finance, sales and marketing.  Tom also serves as Chief Financial Officer for Scarab Genomics LLC, a company affiliated through common ownership with DNASTAR. Tom has 35 years of business experience, including 19 years working in senior management positions with biotech companies. Tom is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Frank Staniszewski

As President of Madison Development Corp, Frank directed all business lending, business assistance, real estate development and housing management programs, providing service to over 400 small businesses with financing and/or financial management assistance. He also serves on the City of Madison Economic Development Committee, and Board of Directors of Independent Living Inc., a Dane County provider of housing and services for the elderly.  Formerly served on the Boards of a local employment & training organization and a technology business incubator. Frank received his B.A. from The Ohio State University and received his M.A. and post graduate study in Public Administration at the University of Texas.

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Nicholas Vandervelde

Nicholas began his career in finance as an intern at WCCN. He went on to work for Wisconsin Business Development, assisting hundreds of small businesses and nonprofits in gaining access to capital through the Small Business Administration (SBA)'s loan programs and New Market Tax Credits. Nicholas is currently a commercial banker at 1st National Bank in Waunakee, specializing in SBA lending to startups and established small businesses. He fell in love with Nicaraguan culture after a college surf trip, and continues to visit the country on a regular basis. 

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Megan Vander Wyst

Megan works at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin managing the FoodShare Outreach team. In this role Megan spends time in the community assisting clients as well as building partnerships with community organizations to better serve clients and tackle food insecurity in our local community. Prior to working at Second Harvest, Megan worked at a wholesale artisan fair trade company where she supported operations at the Wisconsin based warehouse, communicated frequently with South American staff and artisan groups, and assisted with the planning of educational tours in South America. Megan speaks Spanish and has spent time studying, living, and volunteering in Central and South America.

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Jordan van Rijn

Jordan is Senior Economist for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin- Madison's department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. He has 10 years of experience in international development, microfinance, and economic research in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Prior to joining CUNA, Jordan worked as a Senior Loan Officer for Accion New Mexico, a non-profit microcredit organization. Before that, he worked as a Project Associate for ideas42, where he utilized insights from behavioral economics to improve microcredit services in Colombia. Jordan holds a PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from UW-Madison and is a Fellow at UW-Madison's Center for Financial Security. He also holds a master's degree in International Development and Economics from UC-San Diego and a BA in International Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. 

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Eliza Waters

Eliza is the Board President of WCCN. She was introduced to WCCN as a master’s student in Agricultural and Applied Economics conducting research on credit markets in Nicaragua. Following her graduation in 2001, Eliza served as Assistant Director of the BASIS Collaborative Research Program, an international research program funded by USAID. After a family sabbatical to Peru, she worked at Forward Community Investments, a community development financial institution. Since 2015 she has been working as a freelance writer and entrepreneur. She has an undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Duke University.