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MEET THE STAFF

TAMRA RYAN – CEO

Tamra has been with Women’s Bean Project for over 11 years. Using a hands-on approach, she has successfully built a culture that caters to women attempting to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and poverty. Tamra’s role within the nationally-recognized social enterprise focuses on leading a team of professionals in the implementation of business strategy, including program and operational expansion to increase the Bean Project’s impact on the community. She works closely with the Board of Directors and staff.  Watch Tamra’s TEDTalk. Email Tamra


BETSY MCPHERSON – Sales Manager

The newest member of our team, Betsy oversees all aspects of Women’s Bean Project’s sales channels. Her main focus is on establishing and retaining retail, wholesale and distributor relations, as well as new business, corporate sales and product expansion. Email Betsy


KELLY BELL – Marketing Manager

Kelly oversees all marketing and communication initiatives and brand integrity across multiple business units, as well as managing all social media, e-commerce, web and print. She is instrumental in streamlining business functions to create efficiencies and cost savings, with focus on increased product sales, donor giving, strategic partners, and customer retention. Email Kelly


ANNIE BLAGG – Operations Manager

Annie manages production of the gourmet food products, gift baskets and bundles, and handmade jewelry. This includes calculating and managing all inventory needs, direct interaction with program participants and vendors, and maintaining safety and ethical standards of the Global Food and Safety Initiative. Email Annie


MARY WYCIECHOWSKI – Program Manager

Mary manages all of the program services offered at Women’s Bean Project. This includes coordinating daily program activities and service delivery utilizing the support of a strong network of volunteer mentors, facilitators and a weekly life skills therapist. She provides direct support to our program participants through individualized case management, basic needs referrals and connection to community resources. Mary builds relationships with employers and helps connect program participants to entry-level jobs with room for advancement and follows up with graduates after they exit the program. Email Mary


EME BARNES – Production Supervisor

Eme trains Program Participants to produce gourmet food products while teaching fundamental entry-level job readiness skills and proper workplace norms by serving as a role model to the program participants while helping them achieve daily and weekly goals.  She ensures that all products, equipment, materials, and weights are accurate, that production is on schedule, and that quality control standards are consistently maintained while overseeing daily production of multiple products at one time. Email Eme


LAURA JACOBSEN – Controller

Laura manages all financial operations, payroll/human resource functions and provides financial leadership. Her work experience includes background in industries such as telecommunications, municipal government, direct marketing, electronic recycling, legal services, and most recently SaaS software development. Email Laura


LUANNE HILL – Development Associate

Luanne oversees fundraising, corporate giving, workplace giving, and our volunteer program to include donor centric communications and databases, as well as cultivation with current and prospective donors. She manages our volunteer base and oversees fundraising and community events, as well as assists the marketing department with newsletters, reports and other communications.  Email Luanne


CHARLOTTE CLARKE – Shipping and Receiving Coordinator

Charlotte oversees all order processing, shipping, receiving and fulfillment. She works closely with the women in the program who are assigned to the shipping and receiving department.  Email Charlotte