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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 TCHRA.


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.

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Past President

Melanie Olsen

Melanie Olsen
Melanie Olsen joined the TCHRA board in August 2011 as the VP of Communications, a role she maintained until she served as TCHRA President 2014-2015. She has more than ten years of Human Resources experience spanning various industries including accounting/finance, hospitality, manufacturing as well as the airline industry. She currently is an HR Manager – Field Generalist supporting multiple 3M locations on both the manufacturing and distribution side in the Midwest. Previous to her current role she was a Talent Acquisition and Development Manager, leading the global onboarding program and new employee experience at 3M. Before joining 3M in 2009 as the lead corporate recruiter specializing in R&D recruitment, Melanie worked as an HR Specialist at Northwest Airlines (Delta Air Lines).


Melanie holds a Bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University in English and Political Science and is SHRM-CP and PHR certified.

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VP College & University Relations

Emily Thoen

Autumn Mayer

Emily Thoen joined TCHRA 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

Briana Cassidy

Briana Cassidy
AVI Systems
Briana joined TCHRA 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. Now Briana joins the board as the VP of Finance.


Briana has been at AVI Systems for 5 years and is currently 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.

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VP of Marketing

Tracy Wascoe-Noer

Shaker Recruitment
Advertising &
Tracy joined TCHRA in 2011 and has volunteered on the social media team and is now on the Board of Directors as VP of Marketing.


Tracy is a Senior Account Manager at Shaker Recruitment Advertising & Communications and holds a Bachelor degree in Marketing from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She is a seasoned advertising professional that advises a broad range of companies on recruitment marketing and employee communications – locally, nationally and internationally. She is constantly reviewing the employment landscape and keeping ahead of the game with industry trends, media and technology –bringing a strategic approach to target and communicate with the most qualified candidates for her clients.


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

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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, for the Twin Cities Human Resources Association (TCHRA) since 2009, has coached youth sports at the YMCA, and also volunteered with People Serving People.


Katie is a results-driven Human Resource professional with extensive 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.

Since 2009, she has served as the Director of Business Development for Dolphin Group Companies, a major Midwestern human resources organization, specializing in contingent staffing solutions, human resources consulting, risk management, and payroll services. 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. The various niches provide employment for over 7,500 Minnesotans annually.

Associated Leadership Teams:
Engagement & Retention

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VP Professional Development

Jennifer Vaske

Jennifer Vaske
Catholic Eldercare
Jennifer Vaske has been a member of TCHRA since 2002. She currently serves on the Board in the role of VP of Professional Development. She works for Catholic Eldercare as their Human Resources Manager where she manages a team of three human resources staff. Jennifer has over 20 years in human resources, 15 of those years being in the non profit health care sector. She has a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University. Her certifications include the SHRM-SCP and the PHR.

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President Elect

Sue Kruse

Sue Kruse
Perkins & Marie
Sue Kruse has been a member of TCHRA 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.

Associated Leadership Teams:
International Program Team
Webinar Team
Monthly Programs Team

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VP Membership

Becky Hass

Becky Hass
Conservis Corporation
Becky joined TCHRA 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 TCHRA 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.

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VP Young Professionals

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.

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VP Legislative Affairs

Casey Enevoldsen

Casey Enevoldsen
Lunds & Byerlys

Casey Enevoldsen has been a member of the TCHRA community since 2013 and currently serves on the TCHRA Board of Directors in the role of Vice President, Legislative Affairs. He began volunteering with TCHRA on the Spring Conference Team with responsibilities of sourcing and selecting conference programming as well as serving in the role of Spring Conference Co-Team Lead. Prior to joining TCHRA, he was an active member of the Southern Minnesota Area Human Resource Association (SMAHRA) in Mankato, MN, and served on the SMAHRA Board of Directors in the role of President from 2010-2013.

He currently serves as an Organizational Development Manager for Lunds & Byerlys. In this role, he is responsible for leading corporate initiatives in talent acquisition, training and development, and talent management.

Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Management and has been SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified since 2015.

Associated Leadership Teams:
Legislative Affairs Team

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VP Workforce Readiness

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.

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VP Sponsorship

Kimberly Marois

Modis Engineering

Kimberly is an Account Executive for Modis Engineering. She loves working with HR teams, TA teams, and hiring managers in helping them find the talent they need in Engineering and Technology roles. Kimberly has been connected to the HR community throughout her career in corporate wellness, corporate safety and currently talent sourcing and placement. Kimberly also has served on various committees for MN SHRM including their spring conference committee as the chair for Sponsorship. Kimberly has a BS degree in Corporate Wellness form UW Stevens Point. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two children and all outdoor recreation.

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Executive Director

Becca Rogers

Becca Rogers
Becca has served the TCHRA membership since 2013, and is currently serving as TCHRA's Executive Director. Previously, she's worked with numerous associations and humanitarian non-profits in various roles including Project Manager and Executive Director. Becca graduated from Bethel University in Arden Hills, MN.


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