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Becky Lauseng SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Conservis Corporation


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.

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Past President


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.

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Executive Director

Katie Farley

Twin Cities SHRM


Katie Farley

As a dedicated volunteer, Katie has served as the Member Orientation Team Lead, part of the Member Engagement and Retention team, VP Membership and VP Volunteer Engagement for TCSHRM since 2009, has coached youth sports at the YMCA, volunteered with People Serving People and the American Heart Association.Katie is a results-driven people manager with extensive staffing, employment and account management experience spanning over 17 years. She has effectively partnered with hundreds of successful Minnesota companies to help them exceed their staffing, and recruitment advertising goals. Relationship management and execution are her strong suits, especially in li stening , problem solving, consulting, and goal achievement. She has been serving as the Executive Director of Twin Cities SHRM since July 2018.

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VP Certification

Loriann GranadosSHRM-SCP, SPHR

Accessible Space, Inc.


Loriann Granados is the Director of Human Resources for Accessible Space, Inc., a national nonprofit. She leads the HR team that oversees the full scope of HR services to employees in 31 states. Her primary duties include policy development and interpretation, legal compliance, performance management, and grievance resolution. In this role, she also serves as the Corporate Compliance Officer. Loriann brings more than 20 years of HR expertise to her role. Loriann graduated from Concordia University - Saint Paul with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management. She earned her Rule 114 Qualified Neutral certificate at Mitchell-Hamline School of Law, and is currently completing her Master’s in Organizational Leadership at Saint Catherine University. She obtained her SPHR in 2008 and her SHRM-SCP in 2015. Loriann is a long-standing volunteer with TCSHRM and has served on a number of teams, including Programs, Diversity, and Certification. She has served as the Certification Team Lead since 2007.

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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.

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VP Finance and Administration 

Judd Beeskau

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.

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VP Legislative Affairs

Melissa Hoepner, SHRM-SCP



Melissa Hoepner has been a member of TCSHRM since 2003, serving on the Programs Team since 2013.  She joined the board of directors in February 2017 as the VP of Programs and transitioned to VP of Legislative Affairs in 2018.

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.  

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VP Marketing

Nicole Van Heel, PHR

Gemini Medical 


Nicole is an HR Business Partner for Gemini Medical (MN) and Gemini Mountain Medical (Co). She is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in designated business units. She serves as a consultant to management on human-resource-related issues and formulates partnerships across the HR function to deliver value-added service to management and employees that reflects the business objectives of the organization. Nicole has been PHR certified since 2018, and will begin studying for her SHRM-SCP as one of her 2020 goals!

VP Membership

Cambria Breitkreutz

Thompson Reuters


Cambria joined Twin Cities SHRM in 2017 and quickly began volunteering. She took on a lead role on the Membership Retention team as well as Sponsorship Lead for the inaugural Women’s Conference while assisting at other events. As she moves into the VP of Membership role, Cambria is looking forward to capitalizing on her passion for developing and uplifting the incredible members, volunteers, and leads that make up Twin Cities SHRM. She believes our members are at the core that make this such a remarkable group of HR professionals across the Twin Cities. Cambria has over 10 years of experience in the Human Resource field in an array of industries from telecommunications, manufacturing, entertainment, staffing, and resource-based companies.

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 Gronwall

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 .

VP Programs

Susan Barth, SHRM-SCP, SPHR



Susan Barth has been a member of TCSHRM since 2013.  She started volunteering on the Webinar/Programs Team in 2015 and became a Webinar Team Lead in 2016.  She joined the Board of Directors in May 2018 as the VP of Programs. Susan is the Director of Human Resources at metroConnections in Bloomington.  She graduated from Hamline University with a B.A. in Communication Arts.  She has been SPHR-certified since June 2014 and SHRM-SCP certified since February 2015

VP Sponsorship

Michael Thul

SAP SuccessFactors

Michael Thul

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.

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VP Volunteer Engagement

Katie Bjorkman


Katie Bjorkman

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.  

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VP Workforce Readiness

Brandon Raaf



 Brandon Raaf joined the TCSHRM board in August 2018 as the VP of Workforce Readiness after serving as a volunteer on the sponsorship team since 2017.

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.

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VP Young Professionals

Krysta Kaner

Liberty Diversified International


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