Wnet Welcomes New Board Member Polly Van Duser, Bank of America Merchant Services

Press Release
April 24, 2019

Wnet Welcomes New Board Member Polly Van Duser, Bank of America Merchant Services

Cardflight’s Natalia T. Leonardis Appointed to Wnet Board of Advisors 

WAKEFIELD, Mass., – April 24, 2019 – The Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Polly Van Duser to its Board of Directors. She currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition at Bank of America Merchant Services. Wnet also announced the appointment of Cardflight Vice President of Business Development Natalia T. Leonardis to its Board of Advisors.

"We are privileged to have Bank of America Merchant Services’ Polly Van Duser on our Board. Polly has been involved with Wnet for eight-plus years and has a true passion for our mission," said Carol Grunberg, Wnet President, and Head of Growth, Global and Strategic Partnerships, Ant Financial. “Polly's area of expertise will provide a new and valuable perspective to our Board discussions, especially related to what our sponsors and members are seeking in the areas of leadership development and mentoring."

Van Duser has extensive experience in recruiting and talent management in the payments field, at Bank of America Merchant Services, Heartland Payment Systems, Worldpay and others. At her current company, she has been responsible for developing and leading the organization's internal Women's Leadership Network. She is a committed mentor and has brought a number of Bank of America Merchant Services employees into Wnet, where they have become active volunteers. Her addition to the Wnet board strengthens representation from the payments industry.

“Wnet is an inspirational organization, one that is determined to move the needle when it comes to advancing diversity in the payments industry,” said Van Duser. ”I am honored to join my fellow Board members and expand our work around mentorship, leadership, and advocacy.”

Van Duser joins an accomplished, varied and energetic group of leaders. The Wnet 2019 Board of Directors’ leadership team includes:

  • Founding Members: Diane (Vogt) Faro, Chief Executive Officer, JetPay Corporation; Linda Perry, Founder, Wnet; and Holli Targan, Attorney and Partner, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C.
  • Executive Committee Members: President Carol Grunberg, Head of Growth, Global and Strategic Partnerships, Ant Financial; Immediate Past President Theresa Gongora, Group Executive, Corporate Strategy & Development, TSYS; President-elect Joan Herbig, Member, Board of Directors, ControlScan; Treasurer Mary Uslander, Senior Vice President, Commercialization and Client Experience, First Data; and Secretary Kelly Tufts, Vice President, Credit Operations, Discover Financial Services.
  • Board of Directors: Kelly Beatty, Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Operating Officer, Worldpay; Julia C. Pukas, Head of U.S. Bankcard and Merchant Services, TD Bank; Deana Rich, President, Deana Rich Consulting; Michelle Tinsley, CEO, Remitter; Liz Pike, President and Managing Director, Green Rhino Recruitment, and Serena Smith, Division Executive, International Payments, FIS; and Polly Van Duser, Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition at Bank of America Merchant Services.

Wnet Appoints Cardflight’s Natalia T. Leonardis to Board of Advisors

Wnet welcomes Cardflight Vice President of Business Development Natalia T. Leonardis to its Board of Advisors for a second year. Leonardis has been heavily involved in Wnet’s advisory, education, membership and Leadership Summit initiatives.

“I’m happy to have been asked to return for another year to serve as a Wnet Advisor. Wnet has been, and continues to be, an essential resource for women who work for small and midsize businesses within the payments ecosystem,” said Leonardis.

According to Wnet Executive Director Lisl Dutterer, both Leonardis and Van Duser will be instrumental in helping to galvanize the Wnet and global payments community: “With these additions to our 2019 Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Board of Advisors, Wnet is now perfectly positioned to provide thought leadership that empowers women in payments at every level.”

About the Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet)

Women's Network in Electronic Transactions (Wnet) is the premier professional organization for women in payments; providing personal enrichment no matter what stage members are in their careers. The organization provides world-class national and regional programming, fosters networking and promotes mentoring to help members achieve greater personal success, influence and professional parity. Founded in 2005, Wnet is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization serving thousands of women in payments annually. For more information about national and regional events and programming, or to become a member, please visit www.wnetonline.org.