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Becky Lauseng, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Becky joined Twin Cities SHRM in 2010 and began volunteering on the Membership team. A few years later she became a Team Lead on the Membership and was elected to the Twin Cities SHRM Board in January 2016. She has served on the Board in various roles. In 2020 Becky became President of Twin Cities SHRM. In 2016 she was recognized as the MNSHRM Twin Cities SHRM Chapter Volunteer of the Year and in 2017 she was recognized as the Twin Cities SHRM Board Member of the Year.
Becky graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with majors in Human Resource Management and Organizational Management and a minor is Psychology. Becky has been PHR certified since 2012 and SHRM-CP certified since 2015. She currently is the Director of Human Resources at Conservis Corporation and believes a company’s employees are its greatest asset. Becky loves spending time up north with family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, meeting new people, reading, exercising and cooking.
Sue Kruse, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Perkins & Marie Callender's
Sue Kruse has been a member of TCSHRM since 2008 serving on the Professional Development team, the Mentoring program, and as a Team Lead for Programs. She joined the board in 2013 as the VP of Programs. Sue is currently a Regional Manager for Perkins and Marie Callender's Restaurants. She has over 15 years of progressive human resource experience in organizational development and expertise in coaching others to tap into their strengths to leverage continued success.
Sue holds a Bachelor of Science business degree from St. Cloud State University in Management and has been SPHR certified since 2009. Sue Kruse is Senior Director of Training and Development at Perkins and Marie Callender's Inc. PMCI operates and franchises over 500 family restaurants throughout the United States and Canada.
Kruse has over 20 years of experience increasing revenue, profit margins, individual, and operational performance. She is a strategic thinker with expertise in mentoring, developing, and coaching others to tap into their strengths to leverage continued success. Kruse is an active in the industry as a member of the CHART and Twin Cities SHRM.
Specialties: Sr. Director of Training and Development, SPHR, executive development, strategic planning, succession planning, multi brand, performance management, organizational development, profit building, team leadership, talent management, change management, strengths development, LMS implementation, field human resources, university development, project design, franchise relations, interpersonal skills, instructional design, new store opening, multi-unit management, and conferences.
Twin Cities SHRM
Loriann Granados, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Accessible Space, Inc.
VP College & University Relations
Angela Leathley, SHRM-CP
T he Toro Company
Angela Leathley joined Twin Cities SHRM in 2015 and has been a member of the College and University Relations Committee since 2017. Angela holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from Concordia University – St. Paul and has been SHRM-CP certified since December 2018. She has a background of working in a nonprofit as a HR department of one and recently joined The Toro Company as a HR Manager where she provides support in talent management, succession planning, employee development, compensation, and staffing.
VP Finance and Administration
Prime Capital Investment Advisors & Qualified Plan Advisors
Judd has been a member of TCSHRM since 2017, volunteering in multiple areas and serving on the Legislative Affairs Team. He joined the TCSHRM Board as VP of Finance in August of 2020.Judd is a Certified Financial Planner™ with Prime Capital Investment Advisors & Qualified Plan Advisors. He works with individual clients regardless of their life stage and financial needs. Whether that be insurance, wealth accumulation, capital preservation, or retirement income strategies. With an expertise in financial planning he encourages incorporating the planning process to ensure that all aspects of their finances are addressed. This diligence is paramount for understanding each client’s unique situation and priorities. The result is a comprehensive roadmap, that’s in the client’s best interest, to help them achieve their goals.
On the corporate level, Judd focuses a large portion of his practice working with companies on their retirement plans. There are many factors involved in making a 401k Plan a successful one. As an advisor he works with clients to evaluate group retirement plan options and develop strategic and cost-effective ways to meet their retirement plan objectives. Judd leverages the whole team at Qualified Plan Advisors to ensure his clients receive unbiased Investment Manager Fiduciary Services and a high level of interaction with the participants and plan sponsors.
Judd has been a financial advisor since 2007. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, majoring in both Economics and Marketing. He holds a FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63 registrations and is Life and Health Licensed in multiple states. Judd is a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®). The CFP® certification identifies professionals who have met the high standards of competency and ethics established and enforced by the CFP® Board. CFP® Board's Standards of Professional Conduct require CFP® professionals to act in their clients’ best interests. In addition, he is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®). In his free time, Judd enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, fishing, and spending time at the lake with family and friends.
VP Legislative Affairs
Melissa Hoepner, SHRM-SCP
Melissa is an HR Consultant for Salo. She has over 20 years of progressive Human Resources experience, helping companies navigate change, optimize HR processes, build company culture, and drive business outcomes. Specialties are: Human Resources Manager, Human Resources Business Partner, Talent Acquisition, Recruiting, Employer Branding, Employee Benefits, Wellness, Performance Management, Coaching, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, Project Implementation.
Melissa holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Nicole Van Heel, PHR
She is currently on a HR team at Thomson Reuters working in a strategic capacity as a HR Consultant. She works alongside heads of departments to execute strategic initiatives in an agile environment. Prior to strategic consulting, she has held more traditional HR roles focusing on; Employee Relations, Performance Management & Development, Executive Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Succession Planning, Compensation, Employment Law, Organizational Structuring, and Talent Acquisition. Cambria graduated from Bethel University with her BA in Business – Human Resource Management and is currently obtaining her MA in Human Resources. Cambria’s top strengths through StrengthsFinder include those within the Executing Category; Achiever, Responsibility, and Restorative, as well as the Relationship Building Category; Developer and Individualization. She is really looking to flex her developer abilities in building up those on the membership team, as well as her achiever skill to drive initiatives.
VP Professional Development
Briana Gronwall, SHRM-CP, PHR
Briana joined TCSHRM in 2010 after graduating from UW-Madison with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree. She has served on the Programming Team, Spring Conference team, and has lead the Webinar Team. Briana was awarded volunteer of the year for 2013/2014. Briana joined the board in 2015 as the VP of Finance and has been the VP of Professional Development since 2017 .
Briana is currently employed at MTS Systems Corporation as a Human Resources Business Partner. She partners with mid and senior level management to provide consultative human resources support, ensure alignment of business objectives, wor k cultures, and human resources programs/policies to facilitate the company with achieving its business goals while minimizing risk . Briana has been PHR certified since 2012 and SHRM-CP certified since 2015 .
Susan Barth, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Mike joined the Board in 2017 as the VP of Sponsorship. In addition to sponsorships, Mike is also a co-host for the Twin Cities SHRM podcast “What the HR!”. He has spent the majority of his career in HR Technology and is currently a Senior Account Executive for SAP SuccessFactors. In his role, Mike works with some of the worlds largest and most well-known brands to define their employee experience strategy. Over the course of his career, he has helped over 75 companies select and implement an HR system.
Mike currently lives in Lakeville, MN with his wife and 3 kids.
As the VP of Sponsorship, Mike is dedicated to providing a great experience for our sponsors, and members alike. Please reach out directly to him if you would like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.
Mike Thul /firstname.lastname@example.org
VP Volunteer Engagement
Katie Bjorkman has been a member of TCSHRM since 2016, serving on the Legislative Affairs Team. She joined the TCSHRM Board as VP of Volunteer Engagement in August 2018.
Katie is currently the Enterprise Excellence Project Manager – Human Resources for Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. In her current role, Katie is responsible for leading and executing strategic programs and projects within the HR function. Beyond executing projects and delivering cost savings, Katie has a passion for enabling HR talent around the world by building project management capabilities through training and coaching new part-time HR project managers. Katie has worked at Ecolab since 2012 and has held various positions during her time with the company in Employee Relations and Compliance and as a HR Business Partner supporting remote field sales groups.
Prior to Ecolab, Katie worked in various Human Resources positions with Deluxe Corporation, Merrill Corporation, and Spanlink Communications. Katie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management and business administration from Winona State University and is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
VP Workforce Readiness
Brandon is a Senior Consultant at Aon, a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Specialized in employee benefits, talent and rewards, he helps mid-size employers maximize their human capital investment through innovate strategies focused on technology, engagement, wellbeing and financial efficiency. Brandon studied Business and Marketing Education at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
VP Young Professionals
Liberty Diversified International
Krysta Kaner has been involved with TCSHRM since she was an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota. Her involvement with the UMN SHRM chapter led her to attend the annual TCSHRM Student Conferences and later to receive the TCSHRM Student Scholarship. Post-graduation, she joined the College & University Relations volunteer team where she served for several years. In 2018, she led the annual Student Conference event and was honored as TCSHRM Volunteer of the Year for her contributions. She now serves as the VP of Young Professionals, which is responsible for engaging young professionals through the Mentoring Program and the Young Professionals Advisory Council. Krysta has five years of human resource, organization development, operations and leadership experience and currently works at Liberty Diversified International as an Organization Effectiveness Business Partner. She holds a BA in Communication Studies, a BS in Human Resource Development and a Management Minor from the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing an MA in Organization Development & Change from the University of St. Thomas.