Our Team

There's No Limit To What Our Squad Can Do

Meet the team who make Poker Power more than a club.

Our Advisory Board

Champion poker players. Strategy and risk experts. Leaders devoted to leveling the playing field for all women.

Jennifer Shahade

Jennifer Shahade

Poker isn’t my first foray into competitive games: I’m a two-time U.S. Women’s Chess Champion and the first woman to win the U.S. Junior Open. Check out my podcasts Ladies Knight and The Grid, which won Podcast of the Year at the 2020 Global Poker Awards.

Xuan Liu

Xuan Liu

I’ve won over $3 million in poker tournaments, working with some of the game’s most recognizable brands. I fell in love with the game at the University of Waterloo, making my way to the leaderboard at Pokerstars Sit N Go and Full Tilt Poker’s Rush Poker.

Melanie Weisner at poker table

Melanie Weisner

I’ve played poker professionally for over a decade, competing at the highest levels as well as coaching students. Being part of the Poker Power team allows me to empower women with real skills that predict success in the workplace and life.

Our Instructors

Seasoned, vetted poker players eager to mentor and inspire the next generation of women leaders.

 
Amanda Botfield poker instructor

Amanda Botfeld

I’m the author of “A Girl’s Guide to Poker,” and am extremely passionate about making the game fun and easy to understand. Poker allowed me to step out of the box of being a young twenty-something girl and into being a force to be reckoned with!

Dr. Alexandra Chauran

Dr. Alexandra Chauran

Poker helped me thrive following a Stage IIIC triple-positive breast cancer diagnosis at age 34. Now I find fulfillment empowering other women, teaching them how to play the game.

Tammi Endemann

Tammi Endemann

I started playing poker nine years ago, and now I’m a pro who wins consistently. As a business owner for 20 years, I’ve seen firsthand the overlap in discipline, patience, risk analysis, networking and determination. I’m excited to teach you the game too!

Kyna England

Kyna England

A female roommate at the University of Colorado taught me poker while I studied math and probability. Now I have four years of competitive play under my belt. It’s still rare to see many women at tournaments, but Poker Power will change that. 

Xuan Liu

Xuan Liu

I’ve won over $3 million in poker tournaments, working with some of the game’s most recognizable brands. I fell in love with the game at the University of Waterloo, making my way to the leaderboard at Pokerstars Sit N Go and Full Tilt Poker’s Rush Poker.

Abby Merk

Abby Merk

I fell in love with poker because it allows me to constantly be nurturing my competitive spirit, learn new skills applicable to the business world, and have fun! I love Poker Power’s mission to flip the table and give women the confidence they need to take a seat.

Lisa Seamans

Lisa Seamans

With my finance background and a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, I became a teacher to share my love of the game with others. Poker is full of competition, learning, and fun personalities—what more could you ask for?

Sarah Stefan

Sarah Stefan

I’m a math and science teacher in Chicago Public Schools. I love poker because of its complexity and the sense of challenge and competition it brings. I became a Poker Power teacher in order to show the benefits of this game to all women.

AJ Rudolph

AJ Rudolph

I worked my way up the corporate ladder in the male-dominated tech field using the leadership skills and confidence I learned over 15 years of playing poker. Poker Power gives me the chance to combine my passion for poker and empowering women. I’m married with two young sons and a Caribbean rescue dog named Lilly.

Amrutha Alladi

Amrutha Alladi

Having been through Poker Power myself, I learned a lot not only about poker but also skills like decision-making and negotiation. I truly enjoy working with the amazing team at Poker Power and look forward to sharing my knowledge with one million women of all ages eager to learn.

Becca Scales

Becca Scales

I’ve worked in casino industry marketing and founded the fashion line Poker Queen. I joined the Women’s Poker Association board to reduce barriers that keep women from playing and serve on the board for nonprofit Poker Gives that helps vets, children, and the homeless.

Einy Paulsen

Einy Paulsen

The game of poker has taught me many parallels to life. It has especially come in handy in business and negotiations – helping me make decisions quicker and more aggressively. Poker Power allows me to teach my skillset for entrepreneurship combined with poker, something I truly enjoy!

Kim Coles

Kim Coles

I played poker for fun over the years, but it wasn’t until Poker Power that I learned how to “play to win.” The coolest thing about what I’ve learned is how this attitude and skill can be applied in my day-to-day life, whether it’s poker, work, or anything else.

Liz Huey

Liz Huey

I have been playing poker since I was 23, and I was a speaker at the Global Gaming Expo and iGaming Conference in 2018. I currently live in Las Vegas, and I feel truly blessed and honored to be part of the poker industry, and to bring others in too.

Marianne Fontes

Marianne Fontes

I have been playing poker both recreationally and competitively since 2003, and I owe my increased confidence, assertiveness, and patience to the game that I love!  These traits have helped me be more successful in my full-time job as a college administrator and professor.

Lisa Pickell

Lisa Pickell

Sharon Chen

Sharon Chen

Carly Gorman

Carly Gorman

I learned poker from my father at a young age and it’s still something we bond on to this day. Poker has enriched my life intellectually, socially, and monetarily, so I joined Poker Poker to give more women that same opportunity. 

Deanna Welch

Deanna Welch

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown

Our Team

Billion-dollar business leaders. World Series of Poker pros. And fearless females with all the skills in between.

 
Jenny Just

Jenny Just

Founder, Investor, Business Transformer and Mom of Four

I started Poker Power in 2019 as a launchpad for girls and women to succeed in school, business and life. The skills and strategies that we teach empower women to sit at every table, from the classroom to the boardroom. I truly believe learning poker is a game changer. As the co-founder of PEAK6, a multi-billion-dollar investment firm, I see the advantages that gaming brings to our traders, our leaders and our employees.”

Erin Lydon

Managing Director and GM

erin@pokerpower.com

I worked on Wall Street when pay was secret and pregnancy was hidden. And I’ve been one of the few women in the room in sports and esports too. That’s not ok. Not 20 years ago, and definitely not today. Poker Power is personal to me. I have mentored countless women who didn’t have the benefit of learning the skills taught through this game. Now, more than ever, we need to flip the table and take our seat.

AJ Rudolph

AJ Rudolph

Program Manager for Corporate and Technology

aj@pokerpower.com

I worked my way up the corporate ladder in the male-dominated tech field using leadership skills and confidence I learned over 15 years of playing poker. Poker Power gives me the chance to combine my passion for poker and empowering women. I’m married with two young sons and a Caribbean rescue dog named Lilly.

Lauren Fay

Lauren Fay

Program Manager

lauren@pokerpower.com

I am a “Jill of All Trades” and a multi-tasking machine. As a mother of three, PP Program Manager, apprentice poker player, and a full-fledged women empowerment devotee, I find a way to make it all work. I’ve watched the Poker Power organization grow from the ground up and each day, I hope to contribute to its continued success.

Kim Coles

Kim Coles

Project Manager

kim@pokerpower.com

I played poker for fun over the years, but it wasn’t until Poker Power that I learned how to “play to win.” The coolest thing about what I’ve learned is how this attitude and skill can be applied in my day-to-day life, whether it’s poker, work, or anything else.