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



Janet Brauckman


LuAnn Buechler

PMC Events & Coaching

Letticia Callies

Joyfull Inspriations

Brenda Dahlstrom

HERS & OnTrack Boutique

Tamara Demuth

Home Federal

Branch Manager

Kim Dickerman

Cabi Stylist

Erin Dietz

LifeWise Wellness

Renee Erlandson

Elcor Realty

Jill Flores
LeeAn Furness

Stamping Up

Jennifer Gowin

Premier Bank

Vice President

Commercial Loan Officer

Peggy Gray

Peggy Gray Photography


JPowers & Events

Margaret Heise

SEMR MLS Compliance Officer

Southeast Minnesota REALTORS

Roxanne Hellickson

Vice President, Sr RE Lender &

Business Development

Crystal Hughley

Della Krug

Mayo Clinic

Lisa Veigh Leisenheimer


Pace Dairy

Deborah Lien

Dr. Deborah Lien Orthodontics

Debi Marsac
Lisa Munn


Shelly O’Groske

Rodan & Fields 

Independent Consultant

Gina O’Neill

Jafra Cosmetics

Nancy Peterson

Nancy’s Home and Garden Extravaganza, LLC

Marlene Polansky

Edina Realty


Sue Postier


Kim Radke

Leashes & Leads

Jan Reed

Certified Life Mastery Consultant

Rene Revier

Keller Williams Pemier Realty

Sara Vix Real Estate Group

Mayo Clinic

Susan Routh

Ruby Ribbin

Emily Schoebel

Emily’s Catering

Kathleen (Kath) Shaw

Rosen Method Bodywork Practitioner & Spiritual Director

Cindy Sheppard


Financial Advisor

Micki Spors
Independent Sales Director
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Lorlee Steever

Mayo Clinic

Shelli Tradup

Firefly Poms

Breeder / Show Pomeranians

Tiffany Vedamuthu

Project Manager

Mayo Clinic

Sara Vix

Keller Williams Premier Realty

Sara Vix Real Estate Group


2023 Woman of the Year

Lisa Leisenheimer

Lisa is the Demand Planning Leader at Pace Dairy Foods leading a team of 7 forecast analysts, where she has worked for 35 years. Lisa dreamed of moving to Arizona after high school. But that dream changed to staying in MN with her dream man, Andy. They married in 1986. They have made their home in Byron since 1988, raising 3 boys. Lisa and Andy now have 4 grandchildren, and a rescue dog, Ruby. Lisa completed an accounting degree in 1988 when her career at Pace Dairy Foods began. Lisa also has a side business selling Norwex, household cleaning products without toxic chemicals. Lisa became a member of ABWA on 2019 and is currently the chapter Treasurer. Lisa enjoys spending time with grandchildren, traveling, camping, and crafting.


2023 Protégé of the Year

Letticia Callies

Letticia (Dr. Joy) is on a mission to spread joy one person at a time. In 2010 Letticia left collegiate teaching to be a homemaker, raising and home-schooling her 4 children. During her 6th pregnancy, Letticia found Young Living essential Oils, she took her passion for health and wellness to become a brand partner. She is a certified aromatherapist and in 2019 finished her Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Counseling Psychology. Letticia published her first book in 2021, The 7 P’s: Breaking Through to Unshakeable Joy. Dr. Joy owns JOYFull Inspirations, LLC, where she offers support and services to help people overcome obstacles and improve their quality of life. Dr. Joy has been wife to her best friend for 22 years, is a mom to 6 children, home-schools, and a wrestling mom. She enjoys spending time with her family, sampling tea, leading Joy Risers Bible study, worshipping through art and dance, and creating healthy recipes.



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