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Meet the Meet Minneapolis Team

General Information

250 Marquette Avenue South, Suite 1300
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Fax: 612.767.8001 

Meet Minneapolis Staff Directory

Executive Team

Melvin Tennant, CAE - President & CEO

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 FoersterSenior Vice President, Destination Sales

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 - Vice President, Destination Services

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 - Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

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 S. Ries - Vice President of Destination Branding & Strategy

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 L. Dawson - CEO Associate and Project Manager

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.

Finance & Human Capital

Debhora Guggisberg - Accounting Associate

Edi Hasan - Accounting Manager

Karel Havle - Director, Employee Experience and Operations

David Nguyen - IT Manager

Sylvia Olson – PHR, SHRM-CP - Employee Experience and Operations

Jesse Tran - IT Support Technician

Tami Oats - Receptionist

Destination Sales

Maureen (Mo) Allen – Administrative Assistant, Sales

Marlene Bakke – Administrative Assistant, Sales

Janet Elkins – CMP - Sales Account Executive 612.767.8102

Stephanie Grimaldi – Manager, East Coast National Accounts 612.767.8134

Nathan Hermiston – Director, Destination Sales 612.767.8132

Anne Kloepper - Administrative Assistant, Sales

Angie Kufus – National Account Executive – MCC

Savannah Fargen - Sales Account Executive - MCC

Matt Meunier – Senior National Sports Account Executive

Sue Murray – National Account Executive 612.767.8034

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

Natalie Ortiz - National Account Executive, East Coast Accounts

Kay Russell – CMP - Business Development Manager, Union Specialist

Tom Ruzsa - National Account Executive

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

Sheila Tapia – Senior National Account Executive

Deb Taylor – Associate Director of Sales – MCC

Betty Williams, CMP – National Account Executive

Casey Kluver – Manager, Global Tourism Sales

Cheryl Offerman – Manager, Global Tourism Sales

Mandy Schuchman - Sales Account Executive

Emily Wilkens - Sales Account Associate

Sports Minneapolis

Matt Meunier – Senior National Sports Account Executive

Janet Elkins – CMP - Senior Sports Sales Account Executive

Dolores Karan – Manager, Destination Services & Sports Minneapolis Services

Ross Slovensky – Manager, Partnership Marketing

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 

Lataya Williams - Manager, Destination Services & Events 

Dolores Karan – Manager, Destination Services & Sports Minneapolis Services

Tamara Spude, CMP – Director, Destination Services & Events 

Judith Wright - Planner, Housing Services 

Destination Branding and Strategy

Jill Anderson - Director, Brand Strategy

Kathy McCarthy - Director, Public Relations and Communications

Kristen Montag - Senior Manager, Public Relations and Communications 

Amanda Smerlinski - Manager, Marketing 

Megan Wahman - Manager, Marketing 

Michael Hernandez – Director, Visitor Services

Nick Leiferman - Graphic Designer

Amber Gerardy-Robinson - Digital Content Strategist

Andy Holmaas - Manager, Social Media 

Krysta Rzeszutek - Associate, Marketing and Public Relations

Partnership Marketing

Jenn Schaal - Director, Partnership Marketing

Emily Peterson – Manager, Partnership Marketing

Michael Rainville – Manager, Partnership Marketing

Ross Slovensky – Manager, Partnership Marketing

Shannon Lukes – Project Manager, Partnership 

Public Affairs

Kevin Hanstad – Director, Market Research

Jake Juliot – Manager, Public Affairs (not Public Relations (Communications) - see Destination Branding & Strategy above)

Matthew Teichert - Project Manager, Market Research