American Business Women’s Association

Our mission is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally, through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.



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American Business Women’s Association

Whether you are starting a new business, jump-starting a career, or searching for a job, the American Business Women’s Association is the place to be.  Your membership in ABWA offers you a portfolio of benefits to fuel your personal and professional growth.

Enhance your business acumen in the Apex Campus, our exclusive online learning portal.  Grow your professional network by attending ABWA’s National Women’s Leadership Conference. Stay current on business concepts and topics with your complimentary subscriptions to ABWA’s Women in Business® Magazine and Achieve Newsletters.  And, save thousands of dollars on discounted business products and services!

Make an investment in you – join the leading association for working women and women business owners, the American Business Women’s Association.


2023-2024 Chapter Officers

Roxanne Hellickson


Kim Radke

Recording Secretary

Lisa Leisenheimer

Vice President

LeeAnn Furness

Corresponding Secretary

Crystal Hughley


2023-2024 Standing Committee Chairs

Lorlee Steever


Rene Revier


Renee Erlandson


Margaret Heise


Cindy Sheppard


Jan Reed

Professional Development

Lisa Munn



Nancy Becker-Peterson

Nancy’s Home and Garden Extravaganza, LLC

Janet Brauckman


LuAnn Buechler

PMC Events & Coaching

Tanya Burns

Wings Credit Union

Letticia Callies

Joyfull Inspriations

Brenda Dahlstrom

HERS & OnTrack Boutique

Kim Dickerman

Cabi Stylist

Erin Dietz

Bodywise Massage

Renee Erlandson

Elcor Realty

Jill Flores

Color Street

LeeAn Furness


Marcia Gehrt

The Enclave Team

Jennifer Gowin

Premier Bank

Vice President

Commercial Loan Officer


JPowers & Events

Shaun Hamburgen

Mayo Clinic

Margaret Heise

Southeast Minnesota REALTORS

MLS Compliance Officer

Roxanne Hellickson

Fairway Mortgage

Vice President, Sr RE Lender

Crystal Hughley

ONB Bank

Personal and Real Estate Lending


Della Krug

Mayo Clinic

Lisa Veigh Leisenheimer


Pace Dairy

Deborah Lien

Dr. Deborah Lien Orthodontics

Lisa Lingle

Salt and Pepper Photography


Debi Marsac

Retired Pharmacist

Lisa Munn


Gail Nelson

Mayo Clinic

Shelly O’Groske

Rodan & Fields 

Independent Consultant

Marlene Polansky

Edina Realty


Sue Postier


Kim Radke

Exclusive Pet Sitting and Dog Training

Jan Reed

Reed Life Mastery Consulting

Rene Revier

Keller Williams Pemier Realty

Sara Vix Real Estate Group


Susan Routh

Ruby Ribbin

Emily Schoebel

Emily’s Catering and Website Solutions, LLC

Cindy Sheppard

Navar Financial

LPL Financial Advisor

Micki Spors

Mary Kay Cosmetics

Independent Sales Director
Lorlee Steever

Mayo Clinic

Julie Strand

Blades of Turf

Beth Strapp

Merchants Bank

Shelli Tradup

Firefly Poms

Breeder / Show Pomeranians

Sara Vix

Keller Williams Premier Realty

Sara Vix Real Estate Group

Maria Witter

ONB Bank


2024 Woman of the Year

Roxanne Hellickson

Roxanne believes that customer service is a top priority for her clients as Sr. Loan Officer/Retirement Mortgage Specialist for Fairway Mortgage. She has assisted thousands of clients with their financial needs during her 45 years in the financial industry, and has experienced many different market climates. Roxanne was born and raised in Spring Valley and has recently moved to Pine Island. She married her high school sweetheart, Brent, and they have celebrated 49 years together. They have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. They also have a 1.5 yr old King Charles Cavalier dog named Beau, along with a grand dog, Ayko. In 1998 Roxanne graduated from the Graduate School of Banking in Fairfield, CT. She has held corporate titles throughout her career and has served on several Boards. She holds a special spot in her heart for helping those with disabilities. Roxanne also joined the Park Lane Jewelry family this year. In her spare time, Roxanne loves spending time with family and friends, along with Beau. She also enjoys spending time at their Lake home, Hellickson Hideaway, in Deerwood, MN. Roxanne’s word for 2024 is “Making a Difference!”


2024 Protégé of the Year

Renee Erlandson

Renee has always been interested in real estate and as a Realtor GRI she enjoys meeting people and working hard for her clients at Elcor Realty. Renee lived in Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD., met Tim and they have been married 31 years. They moved to Rochester in 1995, drew and built their home, and landscaped their 2 ½ acres. Renee graduated from South Dakota State University with a BA in Commercial Economics, Minors in Computer Science and Spanish. This year she was chosen to be on three MN state level real estate committees and to be a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Intern. Renee enjoys boating, swimming, hiking, traveling, camping, fishing, landscaping, biking, spending time at their 10-acre cabin, and enjoying nature. Renee has had so many wonderful experiences in her life and looks forward to many more. Renee’s word for 2024 is “Enjoy life, be happy, and Seize the Day!!!”



Empowering Women through Educational Scholarships

Today’s scholarship recipients are tomorrow’s leaders.  ABWA members have provided opportunities for women to achieve their personal and professional best by championing educational opportunities through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). Since 1953, SBMEF has awarded almost 18 million dollars in scholarships to more than 17,000 women. To learn more about available scholarships, go to