Speaker Biographies

JordanaGreenJordana Green  | Talk Show Host News Anchor  |  WCCO News

Jordana Green has spent her career bringing you the news, and more recently the weather. She started her career as a field producer at FOX-5 in NYC, then as the medical reporter at WBRE-TV, Wiles-Barre, PA. She moved to the Midwest to launch the morning show at FOX-59 in Indianapolis. Then Minnesota called, and Jordana answered by anchoring FOX-29’s primary newscast while earning an Emmy for on-camera excellence.

Before coming to WCCO, Jordana helped launch WeatherNation TV in Excelsior, MN. She is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Jordana resides in Minnesota with her three children.


JaimeBioWEBJaime Hansen, Financial Advisor | Morgan Stanley

Since beginning her career in the financial services industry in 1997, Jaime has created a relationship based financial planning practice that incorporates each individual’s personal values, beliefs, and desired lifestyle. She is dedicated to serving the women’s market, focusing on women in transition, and providing education as a tool for empowerment. Jaime serves as Chair of the Foundation Board for Lyngblomsten, an organization started over 100 years ago by 11 women to provide care and innovative services to older adults. She spends her much of her free time trying to keep up with her two busy children, and with her husband, restoring their historic St. Paul home.


Christine_CliffordChristine K. Clifford, CSP | CEO/Founder of Divorcing Divas

We’ve all heard stories about people who turn lemons into lemonade—though it isn’t often we meet someone who builds the lemonade stand. Christine successfully cracked the corporate "glass ceiling" while working for The SPAR Group in New York where she signed the largest contract in the history of her industry, doubling the size of her company overnight. Diagnosed with breast cancer that same year, Christine went on to write eight award-winning portrayals of her story in her books including her best-sellers Not Now...I’m Having a No Hair Day! and YOU, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself. Her newest book is The Clue Phone's Ringing... It's for You! Healing Humor for Women Divorcing. During one of her 2,000 media appearances, Christine appeared on CNN Live as "one of the world’s leading authorities on the use of therapeutic humor." Hosting her own celebrity golf tournaments, Christine raised over $1 million for breast cancer research. She speaks worldwide about sales, marketing and using humor to get through life’s adversities. Her advice? Don’t forget to laugh!™ Twice divorced, Christine lives in Minneapolis, has two adult sons and is grandma to a Siberian Husky named Skylar.


ackerman_cindyCindy J. Ackerman, Attorney/Shreholder – Moss & Barnett

Cindy Ackerman, an attorney and certified public accountant (inactive), is a trusted advisor to both individuals and businesses.  She combines her expertise with passionate client service.  Cindy represents clients in all areas of estate planning, probate, trust, and taxation law, including wills and trust agreements, complex estate planning, charitable gift planning, tax strategy planning and compliance, tax‑exempt organizations, and conservatorship and guardianship proceedings.  She handles sensitive financial issues in complete confidence, takes the time to truly listen and examine each situation, and then guides her clients through complicated situations with sensitivity and professional insight.  Cindy effectively combines an empathetic approach with professional prowess to achieve her clients’ business and personal goals.

Cindy is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® and was chosen as a “Five‑Star Estate Planning Professional” in 2014 and a “Five-Star Wealth Manager” in 2011.  She regularly contributes as a co-author of major estate and trusts administration reference books and is a sought-after thought leader, speaking frequently on timely industry topics.


Bixby-PankratzShannon M. Bixby-Pankratz, Attorney/Shreholder – Moss & Barnett

Shannon Bixby-Pankratz represents clients in the Twin Cities area and Greater Minnesota facing a variety of family law issues.  She is a compassionate advocate for her clients and their families, bringing a calm and thoughtful approach to a highly emotional and difficult process.  Shannon is careful to understand her client’s overarching interests and goals, not only in the immediate future but also their long-term plans.

Shannon is also a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, available to offer several ADR services to families, including family law mediation, early neutral evaluations (both social and financial), parenting coaching, and parenting consultant services.  She was listed in the Minnesota Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” lists for 2010, 2011, and 2012.  Shannon came to the practice of law as a second career, with a prior Masters level education and emphasis in marriage and family systems work, mediation, and negotiations work.  Shannon’s multidisciplinary background and experiences, both educationally and professionally, over the past two decades provides substantial value to her current work with families and how she approaches both her family law practice and her ADR practice.

In addition to her legal practice, Shannon is a tireless volunteer serving as a volunteer mediator and lawyer for both Hennepin and Ramsey Counties and a volunteer mentor for William Mitchell College of Law.  She is also a volunteer and foster for Secondhand Hounds, a non-profit rescue organization.


deach_janaJana Aune Deach, Attorney/Shreholder – Moss & Barnett

Counseling exclusively in the area of family law, Jana Aune Deach is a compassionate advocate for her clients and their children.  Jana assists clients in all areas of family law, including child support and child support modification; spousal maintenance and modification; complex nonmarital tracing; complex property valuation and division; custody settlement and litigation; parenting plans; premarital and postmarital agreements; settlement negotiations; appeals, trial, and motion practice; and mediation, arbitration, and evaluative processes representation.

Jana is also a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral, available to offer several ADR services to families, including family law mediation and financial early neutral evaluations.

Knowledgeable, responsive, and compassionate, Jana is committed to understanding her clients’ positions and works as an advocate for their interests.  Whenever possible, it is Jana’s goal to move her clients toward resolution outside the courtroom, as this almost always results in the least detrimental effect upon the family.  However, in situations where the parties simply cannot resolve an issue, Jana is fully prepared to represent her client’s interests in the courtroom setting.

Jana is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® and was chosen as the 2014 recipient of Moss & Barnett’s “Paul Van Valkenburg Community Service Award” for her work with the Mindekirken Foundation, the Dignity and Empowerment Committee of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, Breaking Free, and several other organizations.


Angie-CarciofiniAngie Carciofini | REALTOR, ASP, CHMS | Edina Realty

Angie Carciofini is a Realtor with Edina Realty at 50th & France and has been in the real estate industry for close to a decade. Her passion has always been helping others get into their new home. Angie understands that going through a divorce or separation is not a fun experience. But with her background, she helps her clients navigate selling and buying their new home so that they can move on with their lives. Whether it’s a positive or negative transitional period in your life, Angie utilizes her expertise to help your home sell quicker and for more money, allowing you to focus on the next exciting journey to come.

Angie specializes in helping couples and families move on to the next phase of their lives, on their own, in their own homes. She is also an expert at remaining a neutral real estate professional and can help mediate between parties during their real estate transaction. Angie’s own personal experiences going through divorce and utilizing the “Divorcing Divas” community have also contributed to her passion to help others during this time. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota which has truly come in handy, along with her positive attitude and sense of humor.


DrBeth_WebElizabeth Hagberg, MD – Skin Rejuvenation Clinic

Dr. Elizabeth Hagberg is owner of Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, a cosmetic center located in Edina, the cosmetic hub of the Twin Cities and the state. Dr. Hagberg opened Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in 2004 with her husband Dr. Mark Hagberg. Over the course of 10 years, the husband and wife team have built a reputable and flourishing practice due to their devotion to patients, their commitment to customer service and most important, their quest to stay on top of cosmetic trends and cutting-edge technology.

Dr. Hagberg graduated from the University of Minnesota with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and a degree in Medicine. She has had a long-time interest in Dermatology and has continued her education in the field of cosmetic skin care and body contouring. She has trained with many of the top plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists in the country and she herself has trained many physicians, nurse injectors and technicians in the nation. She is a national speaker and educator for companies such as Allergan and Sciton.


Chris_Riley_CBIZChris Riley, CPA - CBIZ MHM, LLC

Chris Riley has over 20 years of experience in public accounting. He is an Accredited Business Valuator and Certified in Financial Forensics. Chris has extensive experience in financial consulting, business valuations and litigation support. He brings with him many years of expertise in valuing closely-held businesses, asset tracing, fraud accounting and other litigation. He has provided testimony in civil matters on many occasions in family law situations. Chris is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Minnesota Society of CPAs. Chris is involved with his community as a Council Member of the City of Ramsey and as an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America.


Anne_Ledwein_CBIZAnne Ledwein, CPA - CBIZ MHM, LLC

Anne Ledwein has more than 25 years of public accounting and tax advisory experience specializing in helping families minimize their income and estate tax obligations. She also works with not-for-profit organizations in both the private foundation and public charities arenas. Anne graduated from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Anne is on the Minneapolis CBIZ Women's Advantage committee, which is a committee that helps internal and external women succeed in business.


Anne_Toohey_CBIZAnne Toohey, CPA - CBIZ MHM, LLC

Anne Toohey is a Tax Manager in the Minneapolis office at CBIZ MHM, LLC. She works closely with her clients to understand their goals and strategize to make their tax planning as effective and beneficial as possible.  She is responsible for planning and managing multiple client engagements as well as preparing and reviewing complex tax returns, including returns for high net worth individuals, trusts & estates, and private foundations. She specializes in researching tax issues and providing guidance to clients to identify opportunities for growth.  Anne is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Minnesota Society of CPAs.


mary-schmid-headshot-2012Mary Schmid, MS, MBA  |  Certified Professional Coach and Speaker  |  Your Brilliant You

Mary Schmid, a certified money, life, and leadership coach, understands that one of  the many challenges, perhaps the biggest, in the process of divorce is understanding yourself and how you make money decisions.  Mary teaches women how to unlock what makes them tick when it comes to money, to understand their money profile and behaviors around money, and to give themselves permission to make empowered decisions.   Mary is CEO of Your Brilliant You, a consulting and training company that helps women create a powerful alignment for a purpose driven and profitable business.  Divorced and now living in Minneapolis, Mary has an adult daughter and family, and is the proud grandma to two year old Axel and 6 month old Juliet.


Mary2Mary McNutt, Program Director , Addiction Intervention Recovery Resources

Mary’s credentials include:

  • Founder and Director of AIRR of MN
  • LADC-Licensed Alcohol Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • BCC-Board Certified Counselor
  • ADCR-MN-Alcohol Drug Counselor Reciprocal-Minnesota
  • CIRC-Certified Integrated Recovery Coach

Mary has lectured internationally on addiction in Mumbai, India at the Kripa Foundation and in South Africa at the Harmony House.

Originally from Austin, Texas, Mary graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics. After  raising three children, Mary then renewed her passion for helping those with addiction by obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minnesota and a Master of Arts degree in Psychological Services at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis. Mary has three grown children, eight grandchildren and spends her free time boating, entertaining, and keeping up with her crew of loyal friends.


Brooks CliffordBrooks Clifford, Founder of Big Red Dog Solutions

Growing up as a kid in the 90's, Brooks Clifford remembers spending countless hours with his older brother designing and building websites for fun. In 2002, they built their first e-commerce website D2YRQ.com which sold "virtual goods" or as they liked to put it: weapons and swords in a computer game. He was 15 at the time, his brother was 17, and ever since they started their first business, back in 2002, he knew he was meant to be an entrepreneur.

Web design is something that Brooks continuously strives to become better at. Google Analytics Certified, he partners with Google to help his clients grow their business online. He read blogs and loves talking to anyone who's interested in discussing websites. He lives with his fiancé, Oksana and their Siberian Husky Skylar in Eden Prairie.


Kit-Welchlin-WebKit Welchlin  |  Seminars on Stress

Kit Welchlin began public speaking at the age of 9 in a 4-H public speaking contest.  At age 21 he purchased his first manufacturing company and by age 26 served as C.E.O. and Chairman of the Board of 3 manufacturing companies in 3 states.Kit has a Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Speech Communication. In 2014, Kit was inducted into the Minnesota Speakers Association Hall of Fame.  He has delivered more than 3,000 speeches and seminars to more than 500,000 people over the past twenty-three years.


Teri_Johnson_Headshot_SquareTeri Johnson | Inspirational Speaker | Founder of Keeping It Personal

Teri is an inspirational speaker, a sought-after personal growth expert, business development strategist, host of the weekly podcast KIP Radio (kipradio.com), and author of the book, Overcoming the Nevers. Her unique approach has helped transform the lives of her clients, enlightening, guiding and motivating them to achieve their most deeply desired goals personally and professionally. Teri is the President and Founder of Keeping It Personal (www.keepingitpersonal.com) a Christian faith-based company that specializes in self-development and business coaching, The Refine Community and Conference for Women.  Great conversations while sipping coffee and soaking up as many sunsets as she can, make her tick — along with running and taking pictures.  She’s passionate about helping others; an encourager and a cheerleader to many.  Teri lives a joy-filled life deeply devoted to her husband, her two boys, and her relationship with God.

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