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2018-19 Board of Directors

Darcy Stivland, SPHR
I am an Executive and Physician coach who leverages expertise in organizational and leadership development to help leaders build capacity and achieve outcomes. I excel at partnering with senior executives as they grow, restructure, or reinvent their organizations at pivotal times. My experience within diverse cultures enables me to quickly assess needs, build relationships and enable results. I am valued for my ability to ask the right questions, respectfully challenge, and ultimately identify innovative solutions. 

Lisa Perez

As a Human Resources Executive I drive value by implementing relevant strategies and providing senior leaders with pragmatic counsel. Leveraging my business acumen, I design change management efforts and build the infrastructures needed to support growth. A tenacious and conscientious influencer, I excel at rallying teams toward achievement.

Finance Chair
Betty Potasnak
As an HR executive, it is my passion to support the strategic business objectives of the company through my well-honed skills in managing the human resources function, including: sales and executive compensation, organizational change management, and global talent acquisition. Working hand-in-glove with the C-suite team to effectively manage organizational change, I bring considerable background and experience to HR management.

Strategic Planning Chair

Anne Losby
Collaborative, results-producing strategic OD/OE leader with extensive history of increasing organizational and team effectiveness, maximizing human capital, and delivering successful growth and efficiency strategies. Proven track record in leading large, complex, global change initiatives. Dynamic communicator and energizing leader. Able to build rapport and exert influence at all levels of an organization. Thrives on opportunities to partner with key stakeholders to achieve outstanding business results.

Social Media Marketing Chair

Sarah Waite
Sarah Waite is the VP of Talent Management for Abra Auto Body and Glass. She is passionate about building integrated, practical talent strategies that increase employee engagement and accelerate business results. Sarah has over 25 years of HR experience in a number of different HR functions and industries including G&K Services, Medtronic, and Target. She speaks regularly in HR forums including TCSHRM, Disrupt HR, and ERE. Sarah also co-teaches an undergraduate HR course at St. Thomas. She also authors the blog “The Business of Talent.”

Membership and Sponsorship Chair

Diane Kozlak
I am the Executive Vice President, Business Development at Navigate Forward - a Minneapolis-based, consulting firm that specializes in helping executives navigate change. We provide customized and highly personalized services for companies that need executive outplacement and executives preparing for their next challenge on the job. We work exclusively with executive level clients to support them in finding their next role whether it be a portfolio career or leadership position. Navigate Forward also offers a Board Readiness Practice for executives who are interested in serving on a corporate Board of Directors.

Programming Chair
Lisa Tollakson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
I am a Strategic Account Executive with Benefitfocus. I have over 10 years of experience in HCM technology consulting in companies with 50-10,000 employees. Prior to joining Benefitfocus, I was in sales at ADP and held several leadership roles with TCF Bank. I am SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified and have held several board positions with HR organizations and business entities. In 2017 I founded a non-profit to spread awareness of the impacts of high blood pressure – 120/80 Foundation. I currently lead the programming committee and have been on the board since 2016.

Programming Committee

Lorraine Griffin Johnson, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
I am a Human Resources Executive with extensive human resources leadership experience as an HR Business Partner in manufacturing, technology, engineering, financial services and healthcare industries.  Recognized for business acumen with bottom line orientation, driving superior business results and client satisfaction by creating/implementing innovative people and culture solutions. As a coach to leaders, I am committed to the principal that every individual adds value when their strengths are matched with their skills and abilities allowing all to contribute. Lifelong learning is the key to allowing employees to feel empowered to innovate!

Programming Committee
Dr. Mia Mulrennan, Psy. D.
Dr. Mia Mulrennan has spent the last 20+ years working in Fortune 500 companies and in academia as an organizational psychologist and consultant to develop rave-worthy employment and leadership brands and strong talent and culture strategies. 

is Chief Talent Officer at Edmentum, the leading provider of online learning programs designed to drive K through adult student achievement for academic and career success.  She is also Chief Administrative Officer of the company’s foundation, “We Can Learn”, which opens schools and libraries globally.

Dr. Mulrennan is primarily focused on Edmentum’s talent management, leadership development, and internal culture, and she is also known as a graduate-level professor and executive assessment specialist, with her doctorate in applied I/O psychology.  A 2016 recipient of the Georgetown University Teaching Excellence Award, she taught Leadership and Ethics at the university’s Masters of Hospitality Global Leadership Program.

Social Media Marketing Committee

Rebecca Ervasti, MBA, SPHR
A strategic business leader who effectively leads and develops people and programs to achieve business results. An activator and change agent who improves organizational performance. A strong track record of success.

Social Media Marketing Committee
Joel Krueger
Over 25 years of human resources and operations experience in service, production and transportation industries. The past nine years have been in the service industry focusing on acquisition and integration of new business into business units across the United States. Throughout my career I have been involved with employee relations, recruitment and strategic leadership of each organization that I worked for.

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