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Managing Partner

Lori Cashman

Lori is known as the firm’s visionary and master multi-tasker. Lori loves thinking about how a company’s differentiated value proposition can be leveraged to drive innovation, and she derives endless energy and inspiration from partnering with founders. Lori is a certified executive coach and is passionate about company culture, strong governance, and the value of mentorship.

Lori began her career with a 15-month accelerated MBA program while working in audit and then quickly pivoted into investing roles, initially with Seidler Equity Partners and later Heritage Partners before she co-founded Lineage Capital. Lori’s investing background provides a well-rounded perspective on successful business models, operational and market issues, and consumer trends. In her service as a board member for many of her portfolio companies, Lori enjoys many close partnerships with management teams and the value of strong governance models.

Lori currently serves as Board Chair for the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Board of Visitors as well as Campaign Task Force Chair. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Noble & Greenough School where she is Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. She is a member of Women Impacting Public Policy and Global Women in VC. She was previously Chair of the Board of Trustees of Derby Academy. She co-founded the Duke Women’s Forum in Boston.

Within the Visible Ventures portfolio, Lori holds board positions with Droplette, Rae Wellness, and previously The Nue Co.. Lori is a recipient of the Forever Duke Award given to select alumni who advance the Duke ideal of knowledge in service to society. She has been published in Forbes, TechCrunch, and Fast Company.

Lori is a graduate of Duke University, Boston University’s Questrom School of Management (Accelerated MBA, CPA), and Harvard Business School’s Inaugural Women on Boards. Lori and her husband live in Hingham, MA with their five kids and two dogs.


Suzanne Norris

Suzanne is our rock star expert in building consumer businesses as well as a self described data junkie and master connector.

Suzanne brings a unique skill set to the Visible Ventures team with both an investment and operating background. She started her career in investment banking at Robertson Stephens at the beginning of the Internet boom, which led to roles at CMGI where she evaluated acquisitions and investment opportunities. After CGMI, Suzanne joined The Parthenon Group, where she worked with clients on their corporate, customer segmentation and sales channel strategies as well as with private equity clients to due diligence their investment opportunities.

After Parthenon, Suzanne joined Liz Claiborne Inc., where she developed e-commerce strategies and led the e-commerce businesses for 7 portfolio brands including Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, and Lucky Brand. After leaving Liz Claiborne Inc., Suzanne started her own consulting practice to work with smaller consumer brands that wanted to develop e-commerce strategies that aligned brand and commerce goals.

Suzanne is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Business School and holds board positions at Derby Academy and Winsor School Alumnae Board. She and her husband live in Cohasset and enjoy life in a small seaside town with their three kids and dog.


Yuriy Dovzhansky

Yuriy has a depth of experience partnering with consumer companies. Prior to joining Visible, Yuriy was an investor at SWAT Equity Partners, an early-stage consumer venture capital firm and DNA Capital, a multi-stage healthcare fund focused on digital health and healthcare technology.

Yuriy began his career as a management consultant, where he drove the creation of go-to-market, growth, and customer strategies for consumer and life sciences companies and served clients in a variety of industries including retail, technology, and healthcare. Originally from Ukraine, Yuriy particularly enjoys working with immigrant founders and those with underrepresented paths to entrepreneurship.

Yuriy earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BBA from the University of Texas at Austin.


Connor Ling

Connor began his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, where he worked in the firm’s TMT group. At Goldman Sachs, Connor primarily partnered with consumer and prosumer technology companies such as Discord, Uber, Nuro, Gopuff, Airtable, Dropbox, and OpenSea on merger & acquisition transactions, private & public capital raises, and strategic advisory projects. Connor was also the lead analyst for the group’s consumer internet and digital health sector coverage efforts, as well as part of the firmwide junior banker advisory council. 
Connor has also worked with non-profit organizations such as Out for Undergrad, the Beijing LGBT Center, and Teach for China, helping with their growth initiatives, member recruitment, and business operations. 
Connor earned his BA in mathematical economics and political science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Head of Business Development

Molly Vaughan Sellers

As part of a large, entrepreneurial family, Molly gained her passion for business, her love of engaging in conversation and her natural ability to network and make connections early in life. With the energy and focus of a marathon runner (she’s run 4!) and an ability to make anyone laugh, Molly is a natural fit to lead the firm’s business development and social media programs.

Molly brings ten plus years of business development experience in research, sales, and finance to the Visible Ventures team. Her work at Forrester Research involved understanding the impact of technology on various aspects of small and large businesses. Previously she worked on the equity sales trading desk at The Jefferies Group. Molly is an active member of the Georgetown Alumni Association and as an avid runner has raised funds for several organizations including, Team in Training Cancer Research, Neurofibromatosis Research, and Every Mother Counts.

Operating Partner

Abu Bakar

Abu is an Operating Partner at Visible Ventures.

Most recently, Abu was the Chief Information and Digital Officer at Summit Health and CityMD, where he was responsible for strategy, governance, and implementation of all technology and digital experiences. Summit Health was acquired by Walgreens in Q1 2023.

Prior to Summit Health, Abu was Chief Information Officer at Chobani, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Barneys New York, and Chief Information Officer at Vineyard Vines. Abu started his career at Liz Claiborne, Inc., where he was Senior Director of Information Systems and managed the e-commerce team across all U.S. brands for nearly a decade.

Abu received his Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from New Jersey City University and his Master’s of Science in Management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


Carolyn Everson

Carolyn is an Advisor to Visible Ventures, an early-stage consumer venture capital firm and a Senior Advisor at Permira, one of the world’s largest investment firms.
Carolyn has over 28 years of experience in senior operating roles in consumer facing technology and media companies. She most recently was President of Instacart. Prior to Instacart, she was the Vice President, Global Business Group at Facebook (Meta) where she led a team of over 4,000 people in over 55 countries and was responsible for over $60B in revenue.
Prior to Facebook, Carolyn was the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Global Advertising Sales and Trade Marketing Teams. Carolyn also spent seven years at Viacom and her last role was Chief Operating Officer of MTVN Ad Sales. Prior to Viacom, Carolyn held roles at Primedia, Walt Disney Imagineering and Accenture Consulting.
She serves on the boards of The Coca Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company, Under Armour, Villanova University, the Humane Society of the United States and Columbia Medical School. Carolyn also serves on the International Advisory Board for Banco Santander. She sits on the private boards of The Knot Worldwide, Comment Sold, GWI and Unitary. Carolyn is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.

Carolyn holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and communications from Villanova University, from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She also obtained a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. Carolyn also received an honorary doctorate from Mount Saint Mary’s University.

"Retta" Sirleaf

Marietta Sirleaf, known professionally as Retta, is an Advisor to Visible Ventures. She is a stand-up comedian and actress. She is best known for her roles of Donna Meagle on NBC’s Parks and Recreation and Ruby Hill on NBC’s Good Girls. In addition, she hosts the HGTV series Ugliest House and was recently featured in the Apple TV hit, The Morning Show. She is also starring in Richard Linklater’s film Hit Man

The daughter of Liberian immigrants, Retta graduated from Duke University in 1992 as a pre-med major and worked as a chemist in Research Triangle Park, NC before leaning in to her passion, stand-up comedy and acting. After taking a few classes and performing at open mics, she made the move to Hollywood to pursue a career in comedic acting.

Retta is no stranger to hard work. Throughout her ascent in Hollywood, she held a core belief that “it would happen. There was never a doubt that I would get to where I wanted to go in this industry. For me, it was just an anxiousness as to when. How long was it going to take. I remember being in the hair and makeup trailer one day when we were at work, and Amy [Poehler] and I had a conversation about how we always just knew.” This mirrors the journey of our portfolio founders in so many ways. 

Within Visible, Retta’s training and capabilities to perform in front of the camera position her well to coach founders prepping for high stakes moments; her skillful use of humor to manage stress reminds others to stay in the moment. Retta also helps portfolio teams navigate celebrity and influencer partnerships. Having recently embarked on new entrepreneurial journeys herself, she has tremendous empathy for the challenges that founders face.


Alyson Watson

Alyson is an Advisor to Visible Ventures. She is also the Founder and CEO of Modern Health, a mental health platform that supports 500+ companies globally and the fastest entirely female-founded company in the U.S. to reach unicorn status. Modern Health’s platform offers the world’s first global mental health solution that empowers companies to help all of their employees to be the best version of themselves while meeting people where they are in their mental health journey.

Alyson has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and Fortune 40 Under 40 lists. She is passionate about supporting other founders who are blazing new trails, scaling companies, and building world-class teams and offering needed and game-changing solutions to seemingly intractable problems.

Prior to founding Modern Health, Alyson led Product Partner Operations at Collective Health, a technology company founded to help the best companies take better care of their people. Before Collective Health, Alyson served as Manager of Operations at Keas (acquired by Welltok), a market-leading engagement platform that drives health behavior change. Alyson began her career in strategy consulting in PwC’s Health Research Institute.

Alyson earned her degree from the John Hopkins University where she was a NCAA Division I lacrosse athlete for all four years. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and 1 year-old son.


Kyle Andrew

Kyle is an Advisor to Visible Ventures.

Most recently, she was the Chief Brand Officer at Athleta. Prior to Athleta, Kyle was the Chief Marketing Officer at American Eagle Outfitters, where she was responsible for global marketing for over 1,000 stores and multiple e-commerce sites. In her role, Kyle launched a new creative platform called AE x Me to capture the Gen-Z demographic.

Previously, Kyle was the Chief Marketing Officer at Kate Spade, where she managed a team of 50 and was responsible for marketing, design, merchandising, and buying globally. Kyle started her career at Gap, where she ultimately became the VP of Marketing and managed communication and creative across the Gap, GapKids, BabyGap, GapBody, and Gap Maternity brands.

Kyle is a graduate of Monash University.

Frances Frei

In addition to her role with Visible, Frances is a Professor of Technology and Operations Management at Harvard Business School. Her research investigates how leaders create the conditions for organizations and individuals to thrive by designing for excellence in strategy, operations, and culture. She regularly advises senior executives embarking on large-scale change initiatives and organizational transformation, including embracing diversity and inclusion as a lever for significantly improving performance.

In 2017, Frances was tapped to be Uber’s first Senior Vice President of Leadership and Strategy. In addition to her work with technology companies, Frances is a best-selling author and TED leadership expert.

Frances holds a PhD in Operations and Information Management from the Wharton School and a BA in Computer Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Anne Morriss

Anne is a renowned subject matter expert on leadership and diversity.

She is the Executive Founder of The Leadership Consortium, a first-of-its-kind leadership accelerator that works to help leaders thrive and the host of the Fixable  Podcast at TED, where she frequently speaks on leadership topics.

Previously, Anne was the Founder and CEO of GenePeeks, a genetic information company with a mission to help families protect the health of future generations.
Anne earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Brown University.