Meet the Team

Meet the Team
Bill Blazar

Bill Blazar is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development. Blazar directs Grow Minnesota!, the Chambers statewide business retention and expansion program. This year, Grow Minnesota! completed retention visits with over 900 Minnesota businesses and provided direct assistance to 200 of them.

Blazar represents the Minnesota business community on several task forces and study groups, for example, the United State Chamber of Commerces Labor Relations Policy Committee. He is a past member and chair of the board of the Minnesota Government Relations Council. Blazar has also served in a leadership capacity for Minnesotas P16 Education Partnership, the Minnesota Health Data Institute, the Citizens League and the Lake Calhoun Sailing School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) and the Loppet Foundation. Prior to joining the Chamber, he was Manager of Government Affairs for Target Corporation from 1987-1992. Before working for Target, Blazar was a freelance public policy analyst, specializing in state and local fiscal policy, economic development and telecommunications.

Blazar has a B.A. (Political Science) from Northwestern University and a M.A. (Public Affairs) from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

Bill and his wife, Mary Hunstiger, are 30+ year residents of southwest Minneapolis. They have 3 adult sons, one daughter-in-law, and most recently, one granddaughter!


Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development
Bill Blazar
Doug Loon

Douglas B. Loon is president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since September 8, 2015.   The Minnesota Chamber represents more than 2,300 Minnesota companies, 130 local chambers and 65 business trade associations at the Minnesota Legislature on a variety of issues that impact Minnesota’s economy.

Prior to assuming leadership of the Minnesota Chamber, he spent 20 years at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 17 of those in Minnesota. As the vice president for regional affairs and advocacy, he managed the seven regional offices that provide political and grassroots outreach across the nation. He also managed the U.S. Chamber’s Midwest Region that includes Minnesota. He was intimately involved in supporting state and local chambers and businesses to move public policy in a direction that helps them be successful.

Previously, Loon served as director of congressional and public affairs at U.S. Chamber headquarters in Washington, D.C. There, he served as one of the organization’s chief lobbyists before Congress on issues critical to the American business community.

Before joining the U.S. Chamber staff in 1995, Loon was legislative director to Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. In his 10 years on Capitol Hill, Loon also served as acting staff director for the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and on the Senate Commerce Committee. In addition, he worked for Senator Larry Pressler of South Dakota.

Loon received his bachelor’s degree in government and international affairs from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. He is a graduate of the Congressional Research Service’s Institute for Legislative Staff as well as the Federal Election Commission’s program on campaign finance laws for incorporated trade associations and membership organizations. He also graduated from Leadership Minnesota, an exclusive program of the Minnesota Chamber addressing the economic and public policy issues of Minnesota businesses. He is past chair of the Eden Prairie Foundation Board of Directors.


President
Doug Loon
Laura Bordelon

Laura Bordelon is senior vice president for advocacy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since November 2011. In her role, she leads the organization’s public policy, grassroots and political engagement strategies.

She directed the Minnesota Chamber’s education, telecommunications and energy policy from 2000-2004. She was a policy director for Governor Tim Pawlenty from 2004 to 2005 and then was named director of legislative and cabinet affairs in 2006. She most recently was director of corporate state government affairs for Medtronic Inc.

She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota. Her community involvement includes being a board member of the Minnesota Government Relations Council and the Minnesota Zoo.


Senior Vice President, Advocacy
Laura Bordelon
Annette Kojetin

Annette Kojetin is Vice President, Finance and Administration for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.  She directs and oversees all aspects of the accounting department for the Minnesota Chamber and its affiliate organizations.
 
She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  She graduated with honors from Minnesota State University, Mankato earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Business Administration and Speech Communications.
 
Annette has served in a variety of capacities with numerous organizations and Boards, including Director of Finance for the Minnesota Association of Legal Administrators, Financial Advisor for the Edina Historical Society, President and Treasurer for the Eagan Ice Crystal Figure Skating Club.  
 
In her free time, Annette spends many hours in ice arenas watching her older daughter figure skate and younger daughter play hockey.

Vice President, Finance and Administration
Jenny Munyer

Jenny is responsible for the organization’s membership development and engagement efforts overseeing membership programs, events and sales strategies.  She also directs Leadership Minnesota which is an exclusive opportunity for 35 business leaders to tour Minnesota’s changing economy and the issues that will shape its future. 

Jenny has been with the Minnesota Chamber since 2000.  Prior to that, she was the Director of Programs for the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.  She has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

In her free time, Jenny likes to spend time with her husband Dave and their two children, Ally and Blake.


Vice President, Member Development and Engagement
Jenny Munyer
Laura Bordelon

Laura Bordelon is senior vice president for advocacy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since November 2011. In her role, she leads the organization’s public policy, grassroots and political engagement strategies.

She directed the Minnesota Chamber’s education, telecommunications and energy policy from 2000-2004. She was a policy director for Governor Tim Pawlenty from 2004 to 2005 and then was named director of legislative and cabinet affairs in 2006. She most recently was director of corporate state government affairs for Medtronic Inc.

She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota. Her community involvement includes being a board member of the Minnesota Government Relations Council and the Minnesota Zoo.


Senior Vice President, Advocacy
Laura Bordelon
Jennifer Byers

Jennifer is responsible for directing the Minnesota Chamber’s grassroots outreach, candidate recruitment efforts and supporting local chambers of commerce across the state.  She manages the Minnesota Manufacturers Coalition, and is engaged in a wide variety of issue advocacy coalitions.  She also directs the activities of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives (MCCE), the professional association for local chambers and enjoys many days on the road with members, local chambers and volunteer business leaders across Minnesota. 

Jennifer is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, with a degree in communications.  She is also a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management.  A long career in the chamber profession includes a staff position with the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce and the president of the Stillwater Chamber before joining the Minnesota Chamber in 1991.

She serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Executives; the Mid-America Chamber Executives; and Jobs for Minnesotans.  Outside of Jennifer’s professional career, she plays a leadership role with the Lakeville South Hockey and Lakeville South Lacrosse  booster organizations.  She and her husband Rich are parents to three teenage boys.


Vice President, Grassroots & Chamber Relations
Jennifer Byers
Bentley Graves

Bentley Graves is the Director of Health Care and Transportation Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.  He joined the Chamber in October 2013. A native Iowan, Bentley made his way to Minnesota and the Chamber by way of Washington, DC, where he spent nearly eight years working on Capitol Hill for an Iowa Congressman. Bentley began his time with on the Hill  as an intern, fresh out of college, and throughout his tenure moved on to hold a number of positions in the Congressman’s office, including Legislative Assistant, Legislative Director, and Chief of Staff.   Bentley’s policy experience includes work on small business concerns, health care, transportation, taxes, education, foreign affairs, defense, and federal appropriations. As Chief of Staff, he managed all aspects of the Congressional office and served as a liaison between the Congressman and community, business, and state and local government leaders.

Bentley graduated cum laude in 2005 from Hillsdale College in Michigan with a degree in Political Economy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Minnesota Community Measurement, a non-profit that provides public reporting about health care costs and quality in the state; a member of the Board of Directors of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Excelsior, Minnesota; a member of the Consumer and Small Employer Advisory Committee of MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange; and a member of the Advisory Panel for Own Your Future, an initiative designed to help Minnesotans prepare for their Long Term Care needs. Bentley lives in Excelsior with his wife, who is a native Minnesotan, and their three young children.


Director, Health & Transportation Policy
Bentley Graves
Beth Strinden Kadoun

Beth joined the Chamber in October 2012. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was Administrator for the Minnesota Senate Tax Committee in the 2011 and 2012 sessions and was Assistant Commissioner for Tax Policy with the Minnesota Department of Revenue.   Beth also was Senior Policy Adviser on tax, labor and economic development issues for Governor Tim Pawlenty.  In the private sector, Beth lobbied the Minnesota and North Dakota legislatures on behalf of an energy services company. In addition, she was Finance Policy Director for the Minnesota Business Partnership from 1995-2000.

Beth graduated with honors from William Mitchell Law School and from University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s degree in banking and finance.

Beth enjoys spending time with her husband and attending her son and daughter’s sporting events.  She also enjoys reading,  hiking and spending time at a family cabin in Otter Tail County.


Vice President, Tax & Fiscal Policy
Beth Strinden Kadoun
Tony Kwilas

Tony is responsible for representing the Minnesota Chamber’s positions on environment and natural resource issues before the legislature and state agencies.

Tony joined the Chamber in 1996 after serving in numerous capacities in the Minnesota Senate, the last position from 1988-1995, where he was the Committee Administrator for the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. Kwilas was also Regional Manager of Northern Minnesota.

Tony likes to be outdoors, hunting, fishing or golfing. Huge hockey fan. Also enjoys spoiling Jen and Kendall when he gets a chance!


Director, Environmental Policy
Tony Kwilas
Stacey Stout

Stacey Stout serves as the Minnesota Chamber’s Education & Workforce Development, Elections Director.  

Stacey brings a strong policy, legislative and legal background, having served as a legislative assistant and legislative counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate from 2000-2005.  She managed congressional oversight activities and served as attorney-adviser in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs from 2005-2010. 

Her Minnesota public policy experience includes national and state regulatory policy development for the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and most recently as a research consultant and committee administrator for the Minnesota House of Representatives Higher Education Policy and Finance Committee. 

Stacey holds a B.A. from Oklahoma City University and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law.  She lives in Mahtomedi with her husband and two young boys, where she is active on the White Bear Area YMCA Board, the 916 Education Foundation Board, the Mahtomedi Finance Advisory Commission and St. Andrews Lutheran Church.


Director, Education & Workforce Development, Elections Policy
Stacey Stout
Cam Winton

Cam Winton is the Director of Energy and Labor-Management Policy at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, Cam was an attorney in the power industry, including as the vice president and general counsel of Minnesota-based Outland Energy Services and as an attorney with Duke Energy Corp.

Prior to joining the power sector, Cam practiced law in Minneapolis with Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi, LLP.

Cam holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Georgetown University. He and his wife have three young children and live in Minneapolis, where as a candidate for mayor in 2013 Cam advocated reforms to business regulations. In his volunteer time, Cam is the board chair of the KIPP public charter middle school in North Minneapolis.


Director, Energy and Labor/Management Policy
Cam Winton
Bill Blazar

Bill Blazar is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development. Blazar directs Grow Minnesota!, the Chambers statewide business retention and expansion program. This year, Grow Minnesota! completed retention visits with over 900 Minnesota businesses and provided direct assistance to 200 of them.

Blazar represents the Minnesota business community on several task forces and study groups, for example, the United State Chamber of Commerces Labor Relations Policy Committee. He is a past member and chair of the board of the Minnesota Government Relations Council. Blazar has also served in a leadership capacity for Minnesotas P16 Education Partnership, the Minnesota Health Data Institute, the Citizens League and the Lake Calhoun Sailing School. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) and the Loppet Foundation. Prior to joining the Chamber, he was Manager of Government Affairs for Target Corporation from 1987-1992. Before working for Target, Blazar was a freelance public policy analyst, specializing in state and local fiscal policy, economic development and telecommunications.

Blazar has a B.A. (Political Science) from Northwestern University and a M.A. (Public Affairs) from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

Bill and his wife, Mary Hunstiger, are 30+ year residents of southwest Minneapolis. They have 3 adult sons, one daughter-in-law, and most recently, one granddaughter!


Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Business Development
Bill Blazar
Kathi Schaff

Kathi is responsible for the development, management, and training needs of the over 70 local chambers and economic development entities that comprise the Grow Minnesota! partnership. In addition, she is involved in statewide business assistance on concerns resulting from partnership business retention visits.

Hired in 2006, Kathi is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. She also holds a master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from Penn State University. Prior to joining the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Kathi served over 9 years as the president of the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce. She has experience in community development, serving 8 years as a city planning commissioner. Schaff also serves on the Hill Capital Corporation’s Community Impact Board.

Kathi is an avid sports fan. 


Director, Grow Minnesota! Partnerships & Business Development
Kathi Schaff
Sean O'Neil

Sean is responsible for coordinating business assistance, research and analysis, and data management efforts through the Grow Minnesota! program. Additionally, he provides staff support to the Small Business Policy Committee, which enables small businesses to play a role in shaping the Minnesota Chamber’s policy priorities.

Sean joined the Grow Minnesota! team in November 2015. Prior to joining the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, he worked for the St Anthony East and Holland Neighborhood Improvement Associations in Northeast Minneapolis where he coordinated neighborhood revitalization and community development initiatives. Sean holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Bethel University.

Sean and his wife have two young children and live in Northeast Minneapolis where they enjoy the multitude of nearby parks, arts, and wonderful restaurants. In his free time, he serves on the Board of Directors for UpWorks, is an active member of Church of the Cross in Hopkins, and loves reading and learning about American history and politics.


Business Development Coordinator
Sean O'Neil
Jill Curran, B.E.P.

Jill is responsible for directing the activities of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Waste Wise, Energy Smart program. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2008 as the manager of the Energy Smart program.

Jill has more than 20 years of experience working for small and large businesses specifically in the areas of environmental program management, business community organizing, and new enterprise development. Prior to joining the Energy Smart program, Jill managed environmental and community programs for a large company in St. Paul and has been a leader in the socially responsible business community in the Twin Cities. Jill is a Certified Business Energy Professional (BEP) and is an individual member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and. She is a graduate of Metropolitan State University.

In her time away from work, Jill enjoys skiing, biking, travelling, crafting, and spending time with her husband and two kids.


Executive Director, Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation
Jill Curran
Patrick Deal

Patrick works alongside Minnesota businesses to identify and implement energy saving opportunities through on-site consultations.

Before joining Energy Smart, Patrick was a residential energy auditor with the Neighborhood Energy Connection. By performing diagnostic testing, Patrick identified opportunities for Minnesota home owners to save energy, improve comfort, and lower their energy bills.

Patrick graduated from Saint John’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Art. He spends his free time in Southern Minnesota on his family’s hop farm, and taking photographs for clients around the twin cities.


Energy Efficiency Specialist
Erin Hertog

Erin joined Waste Wise in July 2017. As a Sustainability Specialist, Erin works with businesses in Scott and Washington Counties to help implement recycling and organics programs. 
Prior to joining Waste Wise, Erin worked as a Sustainability Coordinator at the Wedge Co-op where she helped improve waste diversion and energy efficiency. She also spent a couple of years working on and managing organic farms. Erin graduated from Hamline University with a BA in Political Science and Economics.
Erin is passionate about waste reduction and loves geeking out about recycling. But when she’s not doing that, she enjoys gardening in the backyard, cooking, camping, and traveling.

Sustainability Specialist
Erin Hertog
Jon Klapperich

Jon is a Sustainability Specialist who started working with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation in November of 2014. Jon has his master’s degree in Forest Biology and Conservation Management. He is passionate about the sustainable use of renewable materials. Jon has sales and marketing experience in the lumber industry, and spent over two years teaching English in South Korea. Jon grew up enjoying the outdoors in Northern Wisconsin and he hopes that his work with Waste Wise and metro area businesses will help to preserve our natural environment for future generations to enjoy.


Senior Sustainability Specialist
Jon Klapperich
Karen Malkowski

Karen works with Minnesota businesses to identify and implement energy saving opportunities through on-site consultations and by providing technical support.

Before joining Energy Smart in 2016, Karen was a Senior Crew Leader with the Neighborhood Energy Connection’s Home Energy Squad. In this role Karen was able to help residential customers instantly save energy and provide next steps for future energy conservation.

Karen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Public Health. Karen also has an A.A.S in Architectural Technology and is LEED Green Associate accredited.

In her free time, Karen enjoys gardening, kayaking, playing with her dogs and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.


Energy Efficiency Specialist
Karen Malkowski
Michelle Palm

Michelle works with businesses in Washington and Ramsey Counties to encourage them to reduce waste, conserve resources, and implement recycling and organics programs through waste assessments, grant assistance, and other resources.

Michelle joined Waste Wise in January 2016. Prior to joining Waste Wise, she worked with the Clean Energy Resource Teams for three years as their Southeast Coordinator. There she helped provide resources to communities of all types in the southeast region of the state to help them with energy efficiency and clean and renewable energy projects. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Environmental Studies, focusing on International Issues and Peace Studies.

When not at work, Michelle enjoys running, brewing beer and Kombucha, and exploring the state while hiking and camping. She also loves to grow and make new things while gardening, sewing, and wood working.


Sustainability Specialist
Kendrick Paulson

Kendrick works with businesses in Washington and Ramsey Counties to reduce waste and implement recycling and organics programs through waste assessments, grant assistance, and other resources. He enjoys helping businesses find outlets for particularly difficult materials.

Kendrick received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and biology from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN. While in college, Kendrick worked as a Resource Assistant for the Rainforest Alliance where he verified legality of logging companies. Before joining MN Waste Wise, Kendrick worked in the Sustainability Department at HealthPartners to assist hospitals and clinics in reducing waste and conserving natural resources.

In his spare time, Kendrick leads events around the Twin Cities to educate homeowners about energy efficiency – you may spot him at the Como Zoo, Minnesota History Center or Uptown Art Fair. Kendrick is also passionate about volleyball and has been a coach for 4 years and a line judge for the University of Minnesota.


Sustainability Specialist
Kendrick Paulson
Greta Rittenhouse

Greta works closely with businesses in Ramsey and Washington Counties to encourage and help implement waste reduction and resource conservation measures. This involves a combination of on-site assistance, recruitment, reporting, and waste sorts (her favorite part!). She is proud to help businesses reach their waste reduction goals while increasing recycling and composting in the metro area.

Greta most recently worked in the residential energy field, initially through AmeriCorps and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa and eventually as staff for the Neighborhood Energy Connection. She conducted home visits to consult and install energy-saving measures, and grew to manage the scheduling and reporting logistics of the program. Greta also served an AmeriCorps term for the National Civilian Community Corps, in which she and nine teammates completed service projects in California, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Hawaii. She is a Hennepin County Master Recycler/Composter and holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Greta loves to learn, especially in the forms of community education and free online classes. She is an avid thrifter and enjoys trying new restaurants and playing volleyball. Her current travel goal is to visit all 50 states before her 30th birthday, and as of February 2014 she has 2 ½ years to explore her final five states! She also loves volunteering at Hennepin County Fix-It Clinics and would like to learn to play the ukulele and live a completely zero-waste lifestyle (or something close to it).


Senior Sustainability Specialist
Chris Rustad

Chris works alongside Minnesota businesses to help them identify and implement energy-saving measures. In particular, Chris often works with Minnesota businesses that are part of the Spanish-speaking community.

Chris has over five years of energy-efficiency related experience working with residential customers of both Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. Chris graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Soon after, he became an AmeriCorps volunteer through the Conservation Corps of Minnesota. During that time Chris took part in an Xcel Energy pilot program called the Home Energy Squads. Chris’ bilingual skills allowed the program to expand its reach to much of the Spanish-speaking community. Upon completion of his AmeriCorps service term Chris was hired on at the Neighborhood Energy Connection as a Home Energy Squad crew leader and ultimately home energy auditor.

In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth. Together, they love to cook and entertain for friends and family at their home in the East Side of St. Paul. They also enjoy going out for walks, gardening and bargain shopping at Arc’s Value Village.


Senior Energy Efficiency Specialist
Chris Rustad
Allison Sawyer

Allison works with businesses in Washington and Ramsey County to reduce waste and implement recycling programs through waste assessments, grant assistance, and other resources that help businesses keep things out of the trash. She has been with the Chamber of Commerce since September 2015. 

Allison spent a year as a planner with St. Louis County Environmental Services doing waste-related outreach and education with schools, businesses, and community members. Prior to that, she spent a year as a Minnesota GreenCorps member helping schools in northern St. Louis County set up recycling programs. She graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Geography & Environmental Management.

In her free time Allison enjoys camping, biking, and making things with her hands, whether its sewing, cooking, or painting.   


Sustainability Specialist
Allison Sawyer
Anne Mason Yoder

Anne directs strategic communications for the MN Chamber, including branding, marketing, earned and digital media. She leads the communications team to raise the Chamber’s visibility, strengthen its reputation with members and the public, and reach its organizational mission.

Anne has a strong background in strategic communications and public affairs operations in Washington, D.C. and Minnesota. She has handled marketing efforts, earned, digital and social media and grassroots outreach for several organizations, including ClearWay Minnesota, the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and congressional offices and campaigns for Congressmen Erik Paulsen and Mark Kennedy. She also served as a presidential appointee in the George W. Bush Administration and an intern in the White House Office of Political Affairs in the fall of 2001.

Anne graduated from Drake University in 2002 with a degree in Politics. She serves on the Alumni Board for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Policy Fellows program, and is active in professional international exchange programs through the U.S. Department of State. In her spare time, Anne and her husband Kasey spend time with their young daughter in her hometown of White Bear Lake or in their cabin in Minong, Wisconsin.

 


Senior Director, Communications
Anne Mason Yoder
Jim Pumarlo

Jim is responsible for the Minnesota Chamber’s overall internal and external communications and media relations. He develops and implements the communications strategy to build the visibility of the organization and its members.

He has been with the Minnesota Chamber since 2004. He worked 27 years at daily newspapers in International Falls and Red Wing, Minn., including 21 years as editor of the Red Wing Republican Eagle. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

In his spare time, Jim and his wife, Diane, like to spend time in the outdoors and are avid spectators of their grandchildren’s numerous activities.


Director, Communications
Jim Pumarlo
Kim Yolitz

Kim creates, implements, and oversees all content for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s digital marketing channels including our website, social media outlets including Twitter, LinkedIn and blogs, and external marketing email communications. She also creates videos for use online and in presentations, and provides analytics and reporting on our online goals and successes.

Kim graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English and Creative Writing. Her first job was with West Publishing as a newsletter editor. When West Publishing became Thomson Reuters and online marketing was just ramping up, Kim worked on many teams developing online products. Most recently, Kim worked for Minneapolis law firm Maslon LLP developing their online marketing initiatives including a redesign of the firm’s website, launching their email communications program, and helping to strengthen the firm’s social media presence.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys making and selling pottery, playing her Ukulele, gardening. She also enjoys spending time in Wisconsin where she and her husband keep bees and maintain an apple orchard.


Manager, Digital Marketing and Creative Content
Kim Yolitz
Joan Rausch

Joan Rausch, CMP is Director, Special Events at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.  Joan is responsible for coordination of member meetings and events including Session Priorities, Business Day at the Capitol, Annual Meeting & Business Conference educational seminars, the golf tournament and Board of Director meetings.  Joan has been on staff since 1992 and has worn several hats at the Minnesota Chamber with committee assignments ranging from working with the small business members on the White House Conference on Small Business to managing the Chamber’s Foundation Board of Directors.  Prior to joining the staff at the Minnesota Chamber, Joan was Director, Member Services for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce.
 
Joan has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the U.S Chamber Institute of Organizational Management.  She earned her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 1999 and served on the Minnesota Chapter of Meeting Professionals International Board of Directors from 2005-2007.  She continues to be active in the chapter.
 
Joan was honored as the Meeting Planner of the Year in 1998 by the Minnesota Chapter of MPI and received an EMPI award in 2008 for Best Meeting/Event of the Year.  In February 2009, she was inducted into the Minnesota Meetings & Events magazine’s Hall of Fame as the Best Special Events Planner for 2008.
 
Joan lives with her husband, Mark, and two daughters in Prior Lake and is active in her community.  
 

Director, Special Events
Joan Rausch
Allie Hancock

Allie provides assistance whenever needed to both the membership and events teams. She manages the registration process for all events and is responsible for communication with members about their accounts.

Allie is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and majored in Hospitality and Event/Meeting Planning. While in college, Allie was a Programs Intern for the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce and was also a Food and Beverage Intern for the Milwaukee Country Club.

In her spare time, Allie likes to cook, sew, go to concerts and spend time with her friends and family. 


Event Coordinator
Jenny Munyer

Jenny is responsible for the organization’s membership development and engagement efforts overseeing membership programs, events and sales strategies.  She also directs Leadership Minnesota which is an exclusive opportunity for 35 business leaders to tour Minnesota’s changing economy and the issues that will shape its future. 

Jenny has been with the Minnesota Chamber since 2000.  Prior to that, she was the Director of Programs for the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.  She has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

In her free time, Jenny likes to spend time with her husband Dave and their two children, Ally and Blake.


Vice President- Member Development and Engagement
Kim Anderson

Kim is a Member Services Specialist at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and has worked at the chamber for 5 years.  Kim works to ensure that our members get the most out of their memberships by being available to assist them find the Minnesota benefits and services that best fit their needs.   She is available to answer any questions members might have on billing, events, committee involvement, and all other benefits offered by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Before coming to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Kim worked at HealthEast Medical Imaging for two years, and for Mayo Health System for 18 years.  Kim received her Associate of Arts Degree at Rochester Community College, and her A.A.S. Degree from SouthEast Technical College.

Along with being an avid reader, Kim loves to camp, hike, and spend time with her Yorkie and her granddaughters.


Manager, Member Services
Rhonda Bernard

Rhonda is responsible for recruiting new members and developing relationships with business leaders throughout the state. She excels at articulating the many benefits of membership through participation as a member of the Minnesota Chamber.
Rhonda’s career has been spent in business, membership and sponsorship development. She began her career in the chamber industry here at the Minnesota Chamber in 2002 and spent five years here in Membership recruitment and development. She went on to work for a national trade association, as a consultant for Chambers here in the metro and spent four years as the president of a regional Chamber here in Minnesota. She has now returned to the Minnesota Chamber and back to her passion - Membership. She is a graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management Program, the Dale Carnegie Sales Advantage Course, and education from Stautzenberger Community College, Ohio and Normandale Community College, Minnesota.
In her spare time Rhonda enjoys spending time and having fun with her husband, family and friends. She also has four adorable granddaughters! Rhonda loves golf, the MN Wild and cheering on her husband at hockey tournaments here in Minnesota and Florida.

Membership Account Executive
Annette Hruby
Membership Account Executive
Steve Jaffee

Steve is responsible for recruiting new members and actively developing new prospects. While consistently meeting with business leaders across Minnesota, he excels at illustrating the important role these companies have in growing economic opportunities here in our home state. He also participates in Chamber functions and lends a hand wherever needed.

Prior to working at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Steve was the Executive Director of the Mesabi Humane Society in Virginia, Minnesota. He was an Ambassador and an active member on the Legislative Committee of the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce. Steve was also the Vice President of the Rotary Club and Treasurer of the Apple Tree Learning Center board of directors. Steve earned a B.A. from Holy Cross College in 2011, majoring in business, and is an Eagle Scout.

His interests including playing golf, hockey, and fishing. He also enjoys spending time with his family and his Siberian Husky, Kali.


Membership Account Executive
Steve Jaffee
Maria Larson

Maria provides assistance whenever needed to both the membership and events teams. She manages the registration process for all events and is responsible for communication with members about their accounts

Maria has her Master’s Degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her experience lies in Administrative Services. She served as a coordinator for a corporate legal team and supported  Associates in an Architecture and Engineering firm. Maria drives results by anticipating the needs of her team and keeping everyone organized.

Maria is a competitive distance runner and loves to be outside and spending time with her husband, Chad. Maria lives in Northeast Minneapolis, and loves exploring new restaurants and shops. Maria loves visiting Lake Superior and  her favorite summer activity is going to her family cabin in Northern Wisconsin.


Member Services Assistant
Maria Larson
Dennis Parkinson

Dennis is responsible for new member sales, tracking all new prospects, securing appointments and helping prospects make the decision to activate their membership. He is also involved in special events as well as helping design marketing efforts.

Dennis has been with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce since 1999. His responsibilities revolved around growing the membership base. Prior to that he has spent 20+ years in Commercial Sales development with companies such as Waste Management, Dale Carnegie, The International Coalition, the Village Family Service Center as well as sales in the Insurance Industry. He is a North Dakota native and graduate of Minot State College and moved to the Twin Cities in 1996.

His interests include football, baseball, boating, fishing, and golf. He also enjoys movies, reading and writing and tracking the political issues of the day.


Membership Account Executive
Brenda Beaudet

As the human resources/office manager for the Minnesota Chamber, Brenda manages all staff recruitment, benefits and employee relations projects. She is the liaison with building management and vendor relations, in addition to partnering with the manager of finance and database around IT department and technology needs. 

Brenda owned a business from 1988 to 2004 in the commercial glazing Industry. Since then, she has worked in banking and city government, and most recently was the manager of human resources for a printing company.

Brenda enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, and traveling with friends. Brenda also works with the Lexington Fire Relief Association to raise money through charitable gambling to helps the community, and allows the fire department to purchase equipment without tax dollars.


Human Resources and Office Manager
Becky Beaudet
Annette Kojetin

Annette Kojetin is Vice President, Finance and Administration for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.  She directs and oversees all aspects of the accounting department for the Minnesota Chamber and its affiliate organizations.

She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  She graduated with honors from Minnesota State University, Mankato earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, Business Administration and Speech Communications.

Annette has served in a variety of capacities with numerous organizations and Boards, including Director of Finance for the Minnesota Association of Legal Administrators, Financial Advisor for the Edina Historical Society, President and Treasurer for the Eagan Ice Crystal Figure Skating Club.  

In her free time, Annette spends many hours in ice arenas watching her older daughter figure skate and younger daughter play hockey.


Vice President, Finance and Administration
Amanda Farrell

Amanda primarily assists the Vice President of Finance with the management of accounting functions and the day-to-day operations of the Finance department. She also works closely with IT to coordinate projects, and with database consultants to help develop a robust database that functions efficiently.
 
After graduating with a B.A. degree in Business Communication from Metropolitan State University in 2005, Amanda gravitated towards the accounting field and spent the following years gaining experience within different aspects of accounting and business. Working in Property Management, Public Accounting, Software and now, Non-Profit, has provided Amanda opportunities to hone and develop her knowledge and skills.
 
Amanda enjoys discovering new restaurants and local music, reading, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.  She is married and has two high-maintenance cats that she adores a little too much.
 

Manager, Finance & Database
Maggie Nielsen
Executive Assistant to the President
Jennifer Rudesill

Jen is our first point of contact for the organization. She manages the activities of the front office, which includes the phone, greeting visitors and staff support on special projects.

A graduate from UW-Stout, Jen worked for ten years at a large printing company in St. Paul. After the family came, she was fortunate to stay home and raise three children. She rejoined the workforce in 2012 as part of the Minnesota Chamber staff.

Jen likes to meet new people and talk on the phone. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks with her husband and dog, Leo, and antiquing with her girlfriends.


Manager of First Impressions