OUR BOARD

Nicole Bice

Nicole Bice has over 15 years of experience working in international and cross-cultural environments in the private and non-profit sectors.  Nicole is currently the Executive Director of the Hovde Foundation where she is primarily responsible for identification of partners, development of projects, and financial oversight of operations. Additionally, she assists each partner to create or expand existing local business enterprises that will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the non-profit project activities.

Prior to joining the Hovde Foundation, Nicole worked with World Council of Credit Unions – the global trade association and development agency for financial cooperatives – to implement more than 50 financial inclusion-related development programs.  She earned her B.A. from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and her MBA from the University of Wisconsin School Of Business.

Cristina Daza

Cristina Daza has 15 years of experience working as a manager, consultant and marketing specialist for local businesses and nonprofit organizations. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia, raised in Madison and received her BA from UW-Madison studying Communication Arts and Business Administration. Cristina’s experience living abroad in South America and Europe, along with her work mentoring startup businesses, provide her a unique perspective and connection to WCCN’s mission. 

Mark Elsdon | Vice President

Mark Elsdon 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 also lived in the southern, western, and eastern parts of the United States. Mark 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 skill, 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.

Laura Graham | Secretary

Laura Graham 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 over four years for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. Before going to law school, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras and El Salvador, an 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 Peace Fellow, 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 before moving to Wisconsin.  

Sue Lloyd | Emeritus

Sue Lloyd 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

Bob Lamb

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

Tammy Koester Parks

Tammy Koester Parks is Senior Vice President of SVA Plumb Trust Company, LLC, an affiliate of SVA Plumb Financial. Tammy has over 25 years of experience in the areas of estate planning and trust, either as a trust officer or as an attorney in private practice. Ms. Parks received her B.A. degree in Russian history and language, cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her J.D. degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

Will Rosenheimer

Will Rosenheimer is a Business Development Manager for BCycle, a division of Trek Bicycle Corporation. Will was previously Operations Manager for Fundacion Capital, where he worked on scaling a crowdfunding platform for social and environmental businesses in Colombia. Prior to that, he served as a Kiva Fellow, working with various microfinance institutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Peru. Will earned his B.A. in International Political Economy and Spanish from Colorado College and is currently pursuing his MBA from the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison.

John Schroder

John Schroder 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 microentrepreneurs 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.

Tom Schwei

Tom Schwei 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 has 35 years of business experience, including 19 years working in senior management positions with biotech companies.  Tom is a Certified Public Accountant. 

Frank Staniszewski | Treasurer

As President of Madison Development Corp, Mr. Staniszewski 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. Mr. Staniszewski 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. Mr. Staniszewski 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.

Nicholas Vandervelde

Nicholas Vandervelde began his career in finance as an intern at WCCN. We went on to work for Wisconsin Business Development, assisting hundreds of small businesses and nonprofits gain access to capital through the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs and utilization of 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. Nicholas fell in love with Nicaraguan culture after a college surf trip, and continues to visit the country on a regular basis.

Megan Vander Wyst

Megan Vander Wyst 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 communities.  Prior to working at Second Harvest Foodbank, 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. 

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, Africa, 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 the University of Wisconsin-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 bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Eliza Waters | President

Eliza Waters moved to Madison in 2001 to pursue her Master’s in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department. It was there that she was first introduced to the work of WCCN while conducting research for her master’s thesis on credit markets in Nicaragua. Following her graduation in 2001, Eliza served as Assistant Director of the BASIS Collaborative Research Program. This multi-million dollar international research program was funded by USAID and housed at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Most recently she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Forward Community Investments, a community development financial institution based in Madison, WI.  Eliza currently handles operations for a new small family business. She has an undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. In addition to serving on the WCCN board, she is a member of the board of The Playing Field, a Madison childcare center that provides top quality care in an inclusive and affordable manner. When she’s not working, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with her family

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