Kim Perry

Kim Perry

Founder and Board Director

Kim is the Founder of Diverse Daisies and serves as a Board Director and advisor. Kim has always been driven to show others that life is an opportunity not to be missed. She grew up in foster care before moving out on her own at the age of 17. Contributing to the community is just as important as having a successful career. Throughout the years, Kim has volunteered with the following programs:

  • Crisis Nursery / Cook for Kids – As team leader for eight years she coordinated volunteers and meals monthly.
  • Big Sister – Mentoring a young lady from the age of eight until she turned sixteen.
  • YMCA – Joined the committee in collecting donations for the Purses With Purpose Annual Luncheon.
  • Beyond Ballroom – Board of Directors.
  • Hennepin County – For several years she assisted an elderly man with his finances.
  • Various non-profit events – Collected and organized silent auction items.

Without a support system or available mentors, life isn’t always easy for a young woman. This is one of the reasons Kim was so passionate about founding Diverse Daisies. She knew how many young women could flourish in a program that believes in their inner strength thereby inspiring them to make better choices in life, set goals, and DREAM BIG!

Jess Von Bank

Board Chair and President

Jess lives in Minneapolis and works in an executive leadership position in the field of HR technology. She’s in her happy place when she’s kickboxing or running obstacle courses, and she has already introduced her young girls to the thrill of mental tenacity, physical fitness, competition, and the outdoors that comes with terrain racing. Very comfortable pushing herself outside her comfort zone, she believes young girls and women of all ages thrive when we empower each other, defy expectations, surprise even ourselves, and try big things.

Growing up, Jess participated in every sport, extracurricular activity, and academic endeavor she could get her hands on and was proud to represent her home state as 1994 Miss Teen of North Dakota. With a passion for leading, developing and inspiring young women to do big things, Jess later spent 4.5 years volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

It’s no mistake on the part of the universe that Jess now has 3 daughters of her own to raise; Ainsley, Kenna, and Bailey would tell you their favorite thing to do with their mom is “adventure” through the “big, big world.”

Our country, the organizations in which we work and volunteer, the communities we live in are hungry for strong leadership and real change. Women have so much to offer but are still underrepresented – in executive and organizational leadership positions, in many professional fields, in our government, in thought leadership and positions of influence. We can change that – each of us. It starts within, then with those you positively influence, then with those you lead and empower.

Jess Von Bank
Mary Foster Murray

Mary Foster Murray

Board Director and Treasurer

As a VIP Banking Relationship Manager for Great Southern Bank, Mary develops new private banking relationships for high net worth community members through her vast array of networks and excellent relationship building skills. Clients benefit from her personalized approach in developing a customized financial strategy incorporating banking, investments and trust services. Previous to Great Southern Bank Murray spent the past 20 years as Vice President of Private banking for Infinia Bank and M&I Wealth Management. She was recognized several times by the CEO as the top performer of Private Banking. She was recognized several times by the CEO as the top performer of Private Banking.

Prior to working in the bank industry Murray spent 10 years working for Ethan Allen Interiors and Dayton’s Edina Home Store as an Interior Designer. Mary is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Business Administration and Interior Design. Murray is a native of the Twin Cities and has been and continues to be an active of member of her community through the following organizations:

  • Be the Match – Currently on the Twin Cities Leadership Council which supports the Foundation on fundraising activities.
  • Leadership Twin Cities – a nine-month series that informs people about the critical issues facing our community. Its focus is to inform and inspire future leaders and challenge them to make a difference through personal commitment and involvement. Class of 2003
  • 2010 March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction – An unforgettable evening to indulge your desire for exquisite food and wine with one important goal to raise money – giving every baby a healthy start. The executive chef was John Van House of Murray’s Restaurant and Tim and Mary Murray.
  • United Way – contributing member and volunteer for many years
  • Junior Achievement – Co Chaired the JA Job Shadow program with M&I Bank to take 75 students into the workplace to learn about a career in the banking industry.
  • Wingspan Life Resource – volunteered for 7 years to help organize and decorate their annual Prom Dance for individuals living with disabilities.
  • Twin Cities Marathon – volunteer for 6 years at one of the water stops for the runners
  • Pinky Swear Foundation – Keeping the promise to help kids with cancer and their families through direct financial aid for basic needs.

Growing up in a family of 6 children, which consisted of 5 older brothers, it was important to have a good role model of my mother who helped form me into the talented and confident woman I am today. My mom’s favorite motto for me growing up was “ be a leader not a follower”.

I look forward to being an active Board Member with Diverse Daisies and working with and impacting young women in the Twin Cities area to find their inner beauty, being a contributing member of their community and helping them be the very best they can in their lifetime.

Sally Stolen Grossman

Board Director and Secretary

Sally Stolen Grossman counsels individuals, business owners, and their families nationally on business succession planning, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and fiduciary litigation. She helps clients determine their objectives and then develop strategies to meet those objectives. Those objectives often include preserving wealth for future generations, transitioning the family business, providing sufficient liquidity for a spouse, protecting children’s inheritance, benefitting charity, and minimizing gift, estate, and income taxes. Sally’s clients appreciate her ability to keep them focused on their legacy and to simplify the often complex tools that could be used to implement their plans. She connects with her clients on a deeply personal level and jokes that she helps them avoid “analysis paralysis.”

As the oldest of four girls, Sally was fortunate to be raised by parents who encouraged each of their daughters to follow her dreams. This was at a time when the most common question Sally encountered as a child, after “How old are you?”, was “Do you want to be a teacher or a nurse?”. Both noble professions, certainly, but obviously these are not the only ones to which young women can or should aspire. “I did not realize until I was an adult,” Sally muses, “how unusual my parents’ support of strong young women was.”

A former ski racer, Sally initiated both her high school and college women’s alpine ski teams at a time when very few sports were available to young women. Sally was one of just five female economic majors in her college and was only the second female law clerk ever hired by the federal judge for whom she clerked after law school. She began the private practice of law not so long ago, but still in a day when most major law firms had no maternity leave policies, one or possibly two female partners, and absolutely no women in firm leadership. Fortunately, great strides have been made in providing equal opportunities to women, but Sally notes that there is still much progress to be made and much work to be done. As a trailblazer for women throughout her career, Sally is delighted to be involved with an organization that empowers, motivates and inspires young women.

In her spare time, Sally serves on nonprofit boards, indulges her passion for travel, and sings in two select chamber choirs. She loves to hit the slopes each year with a group of equally ski-crazed fellow firm lawyers. She is also a former board member and chair of the St. Olaf College Alumni Board.

Lynda Smith

Lynda Smith

Board Director

Lynda is the Arthur Murray franchisee for the Minneapolis / Edina dance studio. Arthur Murray’s is celebrating its 100th anniversary, teaching the world to dance since 1912. Lynda has been with Arthur Murray’s since 1981. She currently is on the International Dance Board for Arthur Murray International. She is one of seven area chairpersons in the organization mentoring and holding professional training meeting for over 40 studios in the upper Midwest and Canada.

Lynda is a nationally recognized dance champion, having more than 11 national dance championships to her name. This includes twice winning the U.S. National Professional 9-Dance Championship with her late husband, Jesse Smith. Lynda is a certified adjudicator and coach for competitions and studios around the world.

Lynda is a board member of the AM Charity Fund and organizes the annual Dancing with the Twin Cities’ Celebrities. Each year the fund raises money for the Jesse Smith Memorial Fund which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, along with other local charities. Lynda lives with her two children in Linden Hills, Minneapolis.

Zee Do

Board Director

A self-proclaimed geek by day and ninja by night, Zee is a strategist fueled by compassion, connection, and curiosity with a passion for innovation. She started her early career in fashion and became a technologist after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at the University of MN and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering at the University of St. Thomas. She currently works at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis managing a Data Analytics and Architecture team and an integral role in the innovation/ideation group. Her earlier career includes consulting at the Pentagon, FEMA, FAA, California Airspace, and Carlson Wagonlit Travel to name a few.

Zee is passionate about building communities and continuously being involved in numerous nonprofit organizations including school booster clubs to assist with fundraising and event planning. In her spare time, she enjoys her time immensely with her three children, loves traveling to familiar and unfamiliar destinations, and thrives on being physically and mentally active for the body, mind, and soul.

Zee Do
Nicole Scanlon

Nicole Scanlon

Board Director

Nicole Scanlon is a Vice President and Financial Advisor with Bernstein Private Wealth Management. Her practice is broad and sophisticated and includes advising clients in developing and implementing investment strategies among a diverse base of clients.

In particular, Nicole enjoys advising clients in uncovering investment opportunities in companies, organizations and funds focused on the goal of generating social impact alongside financial return. Nicole also has particular aptitude in working with professional advisors to develop comprehensive management and wealth transfer strategies with particular attention to tax management and charitable giving.

Prior to joining Bernstein, Nicole was an attorney and entrepreneur. She founded and operated a law practice focused on trust and estate planning and family law. During her time as an attorney, Nicole gained the trust and confidence of clients and colleagues and grew her business year after year until an eventual acquisition just prior to joining Bernstein. Nicole is a member of the Bar of New York and Minnesota. She is also a member and co-chair of Minnesota Women Lawyers, a member of the Junior League of Minneapolis and a volunteer with Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge and the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. She has also written grants for the Domestic Abuse Legal Advocacy Center in an effort to gain financial support to help those in need.

When Nicole is not working, she enjoys traveling the world, skiing, running and reading. Nicole holds an MA in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University and a JD from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Jason Averbook

Board Director

Jason Averbook is a global keynote speaker, industry analyst, thought leader and consultant on human resources and workforce experience. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Leapgen, a digital transformation company shaping the Now of Work.

Jason lives in Minneapolis with his family where he raises two teenage boys, coaches and volunteers for youth activities, and plays an active role in the local community. Jason was the President of the Manhattan Beach Little League Association before relocating back to Minnesota, and he’s passionate about leading the next generation of young people who want to learn, explore, and understand how business and the world works.

Jason is a lifelong learner who gives back to the community and the industry he helped shape at every opportunity. We never stop learning, we always have an opportunity to do something good for others, and it’s important to create spaces where people can be themselves and truly belong.

Jason Averbook Diverse Daisies
Dan Riley

Dan Riley

Board Director

Dan Riley is a thought leader, technologist, change agent, and optimist in the area of people experience and the future of work. He inspires people to believe and focus on what inspires them.

With a vision and commitment to change the way businesses think, act, and operate, Dan works with leaders and organizations around the world helping them to meet the moment and mobilize for the future.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the HR and technology industry. Dan co-founded Modern Survey in 1999 until 2016 when the company was sold to Aon and served as its Chief Operating Officer. Dan recently co-founded RADICL, a Minneapolis-based change and trasnformation consultancy.

Dan is a passionate optimist, committed community member and dedicated advisor to both companies and the arts. He looks forward to providing growth strategy and inspiration to Diverse Daisies in the hopes of having impact on the next generation.