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Jo Ann Vano

Board President

Jo Ann Vano is a media consultant and served as president of the Board of Directors at KFAI Fresh Air Radio. She is one of the founding board members of African Development Center.

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Leah Mtegha

Board Secretary

Leah Mtegha is with Carlson School of Management. An energetic leader with extensive years of progressive, administrative service in a university setting with experience building relationships and streamlining processes.

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Abdikafar Aden

Board Treasurer

A former client of ADC’s Business Development Program, Abdi is the ideal success story to illustrate the positive impacts of the African Development Center in building sustainability and financial success of its clients.

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Felicia Ravelomanantsoa

Board & Loan Committee Member (+ SBA Community Advantage Loan Program)

Felicia M. Ravelomanantsoa has just joined Associated Bank as Branch Manager. She has previously been with BMO Harris Bank as a Vice-President Branch Manager for over seven years, and has served as BMO’s Community Education coordinator.

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Ravahere (Rava) Nedich

Board & Loan Committee Member (+ SBA Community Advantage Loan Program)

Rava worked as a Credit Analyst and Commercial Banker with Associated Banc-Corp and as a Commercial Banker with Wells Fargo for a number of years. She is now the Commercial Credit Manager with Spire CU.

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Anthony Watts

Board & Loan Committee Member (+ SBA Community Advantage Loan Program)

Currently a Business Banking Officer, Anthony has been with US Bank since 2007. Anthony served with the United States Marine Corps for four years and is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in finance.

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Ubah Ali Jama

Board Member

Ubah Jama is the widow of ADC’s founder Hussein Samatar. She is an active member of the Somali community in the Twin Cities and brings their voice and interests to her leadership in ADC and other community organizations.

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Daika Ismail

Board Member

Daika Ismail, with a bachelor’s degree of Social Science in Economics, has been in the Corporate Trust Services business line at U.S. Bank since 2003 and is currently a Business Analyst. Daika works with internal business groups to document, analyze, and redesign business processes.

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Stephanie Lee

Board Member

Stephanie Lee started her real estate career in her family investment businesses almost 15 years ago. She has extensive local and international experience in commercial asset acquisition, real estate development and property management.

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Vernon Doswell

Board member

Vernon Doswell is a Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Division Sales Manager for the North Central division. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he works with regional vice presidents, division managers, and other wholesale product partners.

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Mike Stinson

Board Member

Mike is a trial lawyer who practices primarily in the areas of banking and financial services, tort and personal injury, and commercial litigation. Whether in state or federal court, Mike has proven experience in all facets of litigation.     

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