Our employees are business experts with extensive knowledge of the local economy. They are experts in business planning, financial forecasting, and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, they are great business advisers and mentors dedicated to working one on one with clients to help them in the best way possible.
Gwen Schmidt Executive Director
Gwen’s background with a local credit union gave her the inspiration to want to help small businesses from the beginning of their journey. She has a passion for Marketing and helping businesses spread the word of their successes. She is excited to help small businesses in her hometown from start to end. Gwen has lived in Mission most of her life and loves the town and all it has to offer, has always enjoyed being involved in the community, from fundraising for local charities to being an active Executive Board member with the Mission Skating Club.
Michele Blackwell Business Analyst
Michele’s career in commercial lending started at a Credit Union where she worked in commercial lending and account management for many years. As the Business Analyst she provides loans to qualified applicants to help them get started or to expand their existing business. She enjoys the flexibility Community Futures offers clients and the potential to work with businesses that don’t fit the lending policies of chartered banks and credit unions, particularly if they have a great idea, a viable business plan, and the dedication to carry it out.
Jeanette Calderone Operations Manager
As the Operations Manager, Jeanette provides administrative support to the Community Futures North Fraser team and is responsible for day-to-day operations within the office. Her background is over twenty years at a local credit union in a variety of administrative roles. As a local, born and raised in Mission, Jeanette is excited to be supporting her hometown and helping to promote economic development in all the communities served by Community Futures North Fraser. She loves everything outdoors from hiking to paddle boarding.