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Sue Kruse


Sue Kruse
Perkins & Marie
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 Human Resources Association.

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 managment, and conferences.

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Past President

Carrie Patton, SPHR

Carrie Patton
NorthMarq Companies
Carrie is a Vice President of Human Resources for NorthMarq Companies and Cushman & Wakefield|NorthMarq where she supports over 600 employees nationwide through proactive employee relations, consulting, performance improvement strategies, leadership and employee development training programs, benefits administration, etc. She brings with more than eighteen years of progressive human resource leadership both in business and to TCSHRM.


She has a BS in Psychology with a minor in Mass Communications from Bemidji State University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She has been SPHR certified since June 2008 and SHRM-SCP certified since 2015.

Associated Leadership Teams:
International SIG

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VP College & University Relations

Emily Savaria

Emily Savaria

Emily Savaria joined TCSHRM in 2011 and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017 as the VP of College and University Relations.

Emily spent four years in Human Resources prior to her current role as a Senior International Marketing Analyst at Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from Winona State University. She has been PHR certified since 2013 and SHRM-CP certified since 2015.

Associated Leadership Teams:
College and University Relations Team

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VP of Finance

Skip Bolton

Skip Bolton
Bilfinger Water Technologies

Skip is the Head of Human Resources (US) for Bilfinger Water Technologies a global leader in water and industrial filtration systems. Skip has more than 20 years of Human Resources experience in multi-state and multi-country manufacturing organizations. He has been a leader of Human Resources and Administration teams at private and public companies, and has been Owner and President of his own start-up organization from 2003 to 2006. Skip has also served as a member of the Dakota/Scott county Workforce Investment Board.

Skip has an MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and a BS in Business Finance from the Curt Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, MN. He has been certified an SPHR through HRCI, and has completed his SHRM-SCP in 2015.

Associated Leadership Teams:
2018 Gala

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VP Legislative Affairs

Melissa Hoepner


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.

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.  

Associated Leadership Teams:
Legislative Affairs Team

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VP of Marketing

Julie McCauley

 Julie McCauley
Integrated Healthcare Strategies
Julie is a Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a nationwide healthcare consulting firm. She is responsible for directing all areas of human resources including compensation, employee recruitment, coaching, employee relations, performance management, career and succession planning, training programs, etc. She brings more than twenty years of progressive human resource leadership experience. She studied Business Administration at St. Thomas University and has been SPHR certified since May of 1996 and SHRM-SCP certified since 2015.


Associated Leadership Teams:
Web Team
Public Relations Team
Member Acquisition Team

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VP Membership

Becky Hass

Becky Hass
Conservis Corporation
Becky joined TCSHRM in 2010 and began volunteering on the Member Engagement & Retention Team, primarily focusing on New Member Orientations. She later became a Team Lead for two years and joined the TCSHRM Board as the VP of Communications in January 2016. This spring she has transitioned on the Board to the VP of Volunteering.

Becky graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with majors in Human Resource Management and Organizational Management. She currently is the Human Resources Manager at Conservis Corporation. Becky has been PHR certified since 2012 and SHRM-CP certified since 2015.

Associated Leadership Teams: 
Engagement & Retention


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VP of Professional Development

Briana Gronwall

Briana Cassidy
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 now in 2017 steps into the VP of Professional Development.


Briana is the Sr. HR Generalist at Arcserve, a leading provider of data protection and recovery software. Previously, Briana was at AVI Systems for 6 years as the Human Resources Generalist. She partners with mid and senior level management to provide consultative human resources support, ensure alignment of business objectives, work 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.

Associated Leadership Teams: 
Spring Conference Team
Certification Prep Course

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VP Programs

Susan Barth



Bio coming soon!

Associated Leadership Teams:
Webinar Team
Monthly Programs Team

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VP Sponsorship

Michael Thul

Michael Thul

Mike joined the Board in 2017 as the VP of Sponsorship. He is currently the Regional Manager for Netchex, a fast growing HCM Technology Company. Prior to starting the MN market for Netchex, Mike spent nearly 5 years at ADP, the world’s largest payroll provider. During his 7 years in the technology industry, he has helped more than 50 companies implement an HCM solution. 

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 / / (612) 747-9490

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VP Volunteer Engagement

Katie Farley

Katie Farley
Dolphin Group Companies
As a dedicated volunteer, Katie has served as the Member Orientation Team Lead, part of the Member Engagement and Retention team, and the 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 Human Resource professional with extensive staffing, employment and account management experience spanning over a decade. She has effectively partnered with hundreds of successful Minnesota companies to help them exceed their staffing, recruitment, and advertising goals. Relationship management and execution are her strong suits, especially in listening, problem solving, consulting, and goal achievement.
She has served as the Director for Dolphin Group Companies, a MN human resources organization, specializing in contingent staffing and direct hire solutions. Steeped in experience, knowledge, and dependability, the Dolphin Group Companies encompass several specialized niches in human capital management to reach customers of all size and variety since 1969.

Associated Leadership Teams:
Volunteer Engagement Team

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VP Workforce Readiness

Jessie Novey

Jessie Novey
C.H. Robinson

Jessie Novey has over 14 years of human resources and management experience that spans start-ups and established organizations. She has hands on experience leading and supporting HR initiatives including talent acquisition, HRIS implementations, training and development, organization design, leadership development, succession planning, employee relations, affirmative action, performance management and career progression.

Jessie is currently employed at C.H. Robinson as a Sr. Human Resources Business Partner where she is responsible for supporting a team of executives, managers and their staff. Her primary focus is leadership development, employee engagement, succession planning, organization design and compensation management. During her short time with C.H. Robinson, Jessie is most proud of her ability to successfully manage and administer C.H. Robinson’s global employee engagement survey.

Prior to working at C.H. Robinson, Jessie held human resources positions with Atterro, Mortenson Construction, Digital People and Castle Kitchens.

Jessie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Winona State University. She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Twin Cities Society for Human Resources Management (TCSHRM). Furthermore, Jessie was a member of HR Connection ( for two years. As a member of HR Connection, Jessie had the opportunity to meet monthly with similarly situated HR Professionals to discuss best practices and hot topics. This membership gave Jessie the opportunity to network with other local HR professionals, gain insight from other professionals and share her knowledge.

Aside from her love for leadership development and employee engagement, Jessie has a strong passion for working with students and young professionals. While working as a Sr. Talent Acquisition Specialist for Mortenson Construction, Jessie managed and lead their campus recruiting program. This position gave Jessie the opportunity to travel to colleges and universities throughout the U.S., establish relationships with students and faculty and launch careers for young professionals. Since leaving Mortenson Construction, Jessie has remained active in volunteering her time with students and young professionals through a few different non-profit organizations. Specifically, Jessie has volunteered with bestprep (, Resource ( and is currently a mentor through TCHSRM. Through her relationship with TCSHRM, Jessie recently volunteered her time to judge a student case completion at the U of M Carlson School of Management and network with students at the fall student conference.


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VP Young Professionals

Erin Rubi

Erin Rubi
Robert Half Management Resources

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