2018-19 Board of Directors
Darcy Stivland, SPHR
Darcy has held HR executive roles in healthcare, finance, consulting and service industries. She now advises and coaches senior leaders and Boards, along with serving as Co-President of the Minnesota HR Executive Forum.
Darcy excels at partnering with leaders as they grow, restructure, or reinvent their organizations at pivotal times. Darcy has made a career of creating new organizational development strategies and leadership succession frameworks. She has designed and implemented programs for strategic planning, organizational re-design, talent assessment, performance evaluation, and change management. Darcy’s diverse industry and audience experience allows her to quickly assess needs and build relationships for collective outcomes.
Betty Potasnak is a Human Resource executive who has a passion to support the strategic business objectives of an organization through her well-honed skills in managing the human resources function, including sales and executive compensation, organizational change management, and talent acquisition.
Currently, Betty is the Human Resources Director for Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community where she is responsible for compensation, payroll, HR systems, benefits and talent acquisition for both SMSC Gaming Enterprise and Tribal Operations. Additionally, she is responsible for leading the Community Outreach program.
Betty has held Human Resource leadership positions in a variety of industries including medical device, publishing, financial services and hospitality. She has experience in building an HR function from the ground up, merging the HR functions of acquired companies, and effectively motivating and directing teams of HR professionals to work toward a common goal.
Betty is a graduate from the University of St. Thomas with an MBA in Management.
Betty is the Board of Director’s Treasurer for the Twin Cities HR Executive Forum. She is on the board of directors for the Community Action Partnership Agency serving Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties. Betty was recently named the Executive at Large and currently serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Community Action Partnership Agency.
Betty lives is Apple Valley. She is an avid reader, gardener and enjoys walking, weight lifting and Pilates.
Strategic Planning Chair
I have spent my career focused on helping people, teams and organizations be at their best in order to achieve great results together. During the last 5 years, I have led a global culture transformation initiative that is creating a values-driven growth culture fueled by extraordinary employee and customer experiences. I am a collaborative, results-producing strategic OD/OE/HR leader and I thrive on opportunities to partner with key stakeholders to create value for customers and employees.
Social Media Marketing Chair
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 is an HR Leader who emphasizes the value and influence that HR can provide to every organization. He has considerable experience working for corporations with a national and international presence. In his leadership roles, Joel has driven the results and success of the HR function to meet and exceed the expectations of both employees and leadership.
Currently Joel is the Vice President/Director of Human Resources for Frandsen Financial Corporation located in Arden Hills, MN. He also has responsibility for the corporate HR departments of Frandsen Corporation. In his role as Vice President/Director, Joel has established a high performing HR function that recruits and selects top talent, drives continuous improving benefit plans, HRIS increased system performance and attained a high degree of team performance while continuously increasing internal Service Standards.
Prior to his current role, Joel has held positions at Delta Airlines, Travellers Insurance, ConAgra Foods, G&K Services (Cintas) and various leadership roles for clients while working for Salo LLC.
Joel attained his undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato with degrees in Music and Business Administration – Marketing. He has also attained his MBA from the University of St. Thomas with an emphasis in Human Resources. Joel also holds current certification levels of SPHR and SHRM – SCP.
He has served as a Board Member the past three years for the HR Executive Forum. Currently he is a member of the Social Media Committee where he is responsible for working to spread the presence of the HR Executive Forum throughout the Twin Cities business community.
Joel lives in Burnsville with his wife and they have four children including one graduate of the University of Minnesota and three currently attending the University of Minnesota. He is very active in sports and has taught/coached alpine skiing for over 35 years as well as being an active baseball coach and player for the Apple Valley Cardinals the past six seasons.
Social Media Marketing Committee
Kevin Johnson, MDiv
Kevin is a trusted leader and coach who inspires teams and individuals to take bold next steps that align with their strengths and values, motivating practical, sustainable changes from the inside out. He’s known for establishing rapport, building trust, and advancing individual, team, and organizational priorities.
As Vice President for Client Relationships at Career Partners International, Twin Cities, Kevin promotes custom offerings in talent assessment, succession planning, leadership development, executive coaching, and career transition. He leverages first-hand experience gained coaching more than 300 CPI career transition candidates from across industries, levels, and functions.
Kevin holds an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a B.A. in English and Print Journalism from University of Wisconsin—River Falls. He was a senior leader in two of the nation’s largest churches and solo pastor of an unconventional small congregation. For several years he directed a leading adult nonfiction line, publishing up to 35 books a year. Kevin has regularly presented to groups from 50 to 1500.
Membership and Sponsorship Committee
Pat has held Human Resources leadership positions in a variety of industries and is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Psychology, and of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a M.A. in Industrial Relations.
Additionally Pat has served on the Brooklyn Park Athletic Association Board for the past 10 years to support and promote youth sports in his community. Pat is also active with his local gym and instructs early morning fitness classes.
Pat lives in Brooklyn Park with his family - wife Michelle and kids Andrew and Katrina.