PayTech Women Introduces 2024 Board of Directors

Forward-Thinking Leaders and Expanded Membership Signal a Pivotal Era in Advancing Gender Equity and Inclusion in the Paytech Industry

KENT, OH PayTech Women, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women in payments and fintech, revealed its 2024 Board of Directors, showcasing a significant three-fold surge in membership since 2020. Embracing a commitment to diversity and gender equity, the newly elected leaders represent a breadth of industry expertise and diverse career backgrounds, reflecting the evolving landscape of the organization’s membership. The full 2024 leadership roster is available below and on the PayTech Women (PTW) website.

PayTech Women Announces 2024 Executive Committee

  • President – Polly Van Duser, SPHR, One Inc
  • Past President – Kelly Beatty, FIS 
  • President-Elect – Audrey Blackmon, i2c, Inc.
  • Treasurer – Dawn Delany, JPMorgan Chase
  • Secretary – Whitney Russell, Fiserv

As part of the PayTech Women Executive Committee’s seamless leadership transition, Polly Van Duser, SPHR, vice president of talent acquisition, One Inc, and former president-elect of PTW, transitions to president, succeeding Kelly Beatty, chief performance officer, FIS, who is now immediate past president. Audrey Blackmon, vice president of sales – financial institutions, i2c Inc., moves into the president-elect role; Dawn Delaney, vice president of corporate development and partnerships, corporate investment bank, JPMorgan Chase, becomes treasurer; and Whitney Russell, president of digital solutions, banking division, Fiserv, joins the Executive Committee as secretary.

“As we step into the new year, I’m honored to take the helm as President of PayTech Women,” stated Polly Van Duser, SPHR, of One Inc. “Change is an opportunity, and I’m thrilled to be part of an organization driving positive change within our industry.

“Join us in welcoming our new Board Directors, Joanna Hanner of Discover, Monica Kennedy of Bank of America and Diana Mehochko formerly of NCR Voyix. Dr. Gail Burgos of BCG, Inc. will rejoin us as Board Director — Subject Matter Expert.

“Acknowledging her impactful leadership, I sincerely thank 2023 President Kelly Beatty for her instrumental role in our three-fold growth in member partners, the success of another record-breaking Leadership Summit, sponsored by FIS, and our expansion of membership offerings to empower women in the industry. I’d also like to express appreciation to Immediate Past President Kelly Tufts, vice president, field talent, Discover, for her leadership throughout our rebranding in 2022 and her proactive efforts in championing the implementation of the new PTW App, sponsored by Bank of America.

“As we bid farewell to three exceptional Board members — Genevieve Dozier, director, business development, Finova Capital, LLC, Cynthia Knowles, former vice president, head of business administration, FIS and Jessica Turner, executive vice president, global open banking & API, Mastercard — we thank them for their enduring commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in paytech, and wish them the best.”

Van Duser Leads an Esteemed Team Representing Diverse Players:

Founding Members:

  • Diane Faro, CEO, Partner, Savify
  • Linda Perry, Retired Senior Vice President, Visa, Inc.
  • Holli Targan, Attorney and Partner, Taft Law

2024 Executive Committee:

  • President Polly Van Duser, SPHR, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, One Inc
  • President-Elect Audrey Blackmon, Vice President, Sales – Financial Institutions, i2c Inc.
  • Immediate Past President Kelly Beatty, Chief Performance Officer, FIS
  • Treasurer Dawn Delaney, Vice President, Corporate Development and Partnerships, Corporate Investment Bank, JPMorgan Chase
  • Secretary Whitney S. Russell, President, Digital Solutions, Banking Division, Fiserv

Board Director – Subject Matter Expert:

  • Dr. Gail Burgos, CEO and Founder, BCG, Inc.

Board Directors:

  • Beth Deck, Chief Financial Officer, Solutions by Text
  • Laura Gibson-Lamothe, Executive Director, Georgia FinTech Academy
  • Robyn Growe, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Global Payments
  • Joanna Hanner, Director, Corporate Strategy, Discover
  • Monica Kennedy, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Banking Portfolio Management, Bank of America
  • Kathryn Kmiotek, Director, Channel Marketing, Fortis
  • Diana Mehochko, Former Chief Operating Officer, NCR Voyix

“Through their dedicated efforts, these thriving women leaders, alongside the supportive advocacy of their male counterparts, are actively enhancing the work environment and fostering opportunities for all women within the paytech space,” emphasized Wendy Holliday, M.Ed., CAE, CEO of PayTech Women.

“Our corporate partners and sponsors stand in solidarity with our thousands of members, recognizing the tangible benefits of diverse leadership in strengthening business outcomes. Their commitment resonates in their drive to elevate women in leadership positions, embodying a shared dedication to progress and inclusivity.”

About PayTech Women
PayTech Women is the premier professional organization for women in paytech, providing personal enrichment no matter what stage members are in their careers. Through its focus on DEI, the nearly 6,000+ member-strong association is improving the working environment and opportunities for all women in financial services by propelling meaningful change. 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. Incorporated in late 2005 and launched in 2006 to empower and invest in women, PayTech Women is the only 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving thousands of women — and the men who advocate for us — across the global paytech industry. For more information or to become a member, visit