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Meet the Meet Minneapolis Team

Executive Team

Melvin Tennant, CAE

Melvin oversees the day-to-day operations of Meet Minneapolis and iDSS, including the professional and support staff. Melvin serves as the voice of Meet Minneapolis through speaking engagements, civic activities and political council meetings. He has served as president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis since November 2007. Melvin also is the executive director of Sports Minneapolis. 

Brent Foerster

Brent is the senior vice president of Destination Sales. Joining Meet Minneapolis in May 2014, his focus is on sales and collaborating to drive more convention business to Minneapolis while strengthening relationships with the local hotel community. He oversees the Destination Sales teams at Meet Minneapolis, Sports Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Madonna Carr, CMP

Madonna is the vice president of Destination Services where she oversees the department including facilitating booking conventions by assisting meeting planners with logistical needs, building attendance and delivering quality experiences to attendees. Madonna has been with Meet Minneapolis since 1991. She also oversees Housing Services and Meeting Services Plus. 

Bill Deef

Bill and his department oversee the Minneapolis Sister Cities programs and work on other public affairs initiatives. Since 1987, Bill has made significant contributions to the Minnesota tourism industry—such as serving as a chair of the Washburn Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.

Courtney Ries

As the vice president of Destination Branding & Strategy, Courtney oversees the marketing, public relations, partnership and visitor information departments. With her team, she is responsible for telling the story of Minneapolis and its offerings to potential visitors, meeting planners, media, locals and other stakeholders. 

Donya Dawson

Donya is the CEO associate and project manager supporting the CEO of Meet Minneapolis. She has several years’ experience in Human Resources and working with executive-level leadership.She works closely with the CEO, executive leadership teams, city officials and board of directors. Donya has been with Meet Minneapolis since March 2015.

General Information

801 Marquette Avenue South, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Fax: 612.767.8001

Finance & Human Capital

Sandy Christensen - Vice President, Finance & Human Capital

Debhora Guggisberg - Accounting Associate

Edi Hasan - Accounting Manager

Karel Havle - Director, Human Resources and Office Operations

David Nguyen - Director, Information Technology

Jesse Tran - Support Technician, Information Technology

Tami Oats - Receptionist

Destination Sales

Nathan Hermiston – Senior Director, Destination Sales  

Jill Buckley - National Account Executive, East Coast Accounts

Stephanie Grimaldi – Manager, East Coast National Accounts 

Sue Murray – National Account Executive 

Amy O’Meara - National Account Executive, East Coast Accounts

Kay Russell – Business Development Manager, Union Specialist

Tom Ruzsa - National Account Executive

Betty Williams, CMP – National Account Executive

Sheila Tapia – Senior National Account Executive

Mandy Schuchman - Sales Account Executive

Emily Heggernes - Sales Account Executive

Maureen (Mo) Allen – Administrative Assistant, Sales

Marlene Bakke – Administrative Assistant, Sales

Anne Kloepper - Administrative Assistant, Sales

Global Tourism 

Casey Kluver – Manager, Global Tourism Sales

Cheryl Offerman – Manager, Global Tourism Sales

Madison Rohde - Sales Account Associate

Minneapolis Convention Center Sales

Katie Smith, CMP – Director of Sales and Marketing – MCC

Angie Kufus – National Account Executive – MCC

Savannah Fargen - Sales Account Executive - MCC

Deb Taylor – Associate Director of Sales – MCC 

Jessica Klimisch - Minneapolis Convention Center, Marketing Manager 

Sports Minneapolis

Matt Meunier – Director, Sports Minneapolis

Dolores Karan – Manager, Destination Services & Sports Minneapolis Services

Ross Slovensky – Manager, Events and Business Development 

Alyssa Shultz - Sports Sales Account Executive

Tyler Boike - Sports Operation Manager 

Megan Wahman - Manager, Marketing 

Anne Kloepper - Administrative Assistant, Sales

Destination Services

Cindi Green – Administrative Assistant, Services

Susan Gosz, CMP – Senior Manager, Housing Services

Melissa Jetson - Manager, Destination Services & Events 

Dolores Karan – Manager, Destination Services & Sports Minneapolis Services 

Tyler Boike - Sports Operation Manager 

Tamara Spude, CMP – Director, Destination Services & Events 

Judith Wright - Planner, Housing Services 

Peg Honkomp - Housing Services Assistant

Destination Branding and Strategy


Kathy McCarthy - Director, Public Relations & Communications 

Kristen Montag - Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications 

Kim Insley - Manager, Public Relations & Communications

Andy Holmaas - Manager, Social Media 


Jill Anderson - Director, Brand Strategy

Amanda Smerlinski - Marketing Manager 

Megan Wahman - Marketing Manager 

Jessica Klimisch - Minneapolis Convention Center, Marketing Manager 

Krysta Rzeszutek - Marketing Associate

Nick Leiferman - Senior Graphic Designer

Melissa Lage - Associate, Graphic Designer

Hana Ansari - Digital Content Strategist


Michael Hernandez – Director, Visitor Services

Partnership Marketing

Jenn Schaal - Director, Partnership Marketing

Marie Chaiart – Manager, Partnership Marketing

Michael Rainville – Manager, Partnership Marketing

Ross Slovensky – Manager, Events and Business Development  

Nicole Oja - Partnership Marketing Associate

Public Affairs

Ashley Adams – Market Research Senior Manager