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Carolyn Marinan, president

Carolyn Marinan Public Affairs Officer
Hennepin County
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487

612-348-5969
Carolyn.Marinan@hennepin.us

Term expires December 2020

Carolyn Marinan is the Public Affairs Officer for Hennepin County. She has worked in communications in the county since 1998. Previously Carolyn spent nearly 20 years in television news and promotion at WCCO TV, KSTP TV and KARE 11. She’s done talk radio and produced and hosted a local travel show on TPT. Her numerous awards include a New York Film Festival award, Telly Awards, Best of Gannett and AP. Carolyn serves on the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Board of Directors.
Carolyn graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Speech-Communication. She remains involved with mentoring students at the University of Minnesota along with being active in the Hennepin University Partnership. She lends her time as well to other worthwhile causes in need of communications and public relations.

 

Telly Mamayek, vice president

Telly Mamayek

Communications Director
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

15320 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345

952-641-4508
tmamayek@minnehahacreek.org

Term expires December 2020

As Communications Director for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Telly serves as the District’s spokesperson and raises public awareness about the District’s work and the importance of water resource protection. She specializes in community, government and media relations, organizes special events and writes for local publications. Prior to joining the MCWD in February of 2011, Telly worked as a broadcast journalist, most recently at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis. She earned a number of awards for her reporting including an American Women in Radio and Television award.

Telly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota.

 

Alyssa MacLeod, treasurer

Communications Specialist
City of Oakdale

1584 Hadley Ave N.
Oakdale, MN 55128

651-730-2722
alyssa.macleod@ci.oakdale.mn.us

Term expires December 2019

Prior to joining the City of Oakdale in August 2017, Alyssa served in communication management roles for several organizations in the East Metro.

Her areas of expertise include graphic design, branding, social media management, photography, community building, and event planning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in design technology and a master’s degree in business administration.

 

 

Kaili Braa, CAPM, secretary 

Administrative-Communications Coordinator
Dakota County Community Development Agency

1228 Town Centre Drive
Eagan, MN 55123

651-675-4432
kbraa@dakotacda.state.mn.us

Term expires December 2019

As part of the Administration team at the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA), one of Kaili’s many tasks is the coordination of internal and external communications and   information, whether on the intranet or agency’s website, or larger initiatives such as events and special projects. In addition, Kaili is the assistant to the Executive Director and clerk to the CDA Board of Commissioners, and assists with human resources and records management needs.

Kaili has a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato, and two professional certificates from the University of Minnesota: one in Communications and one in Project Management. She also holds a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential through the Project Management Institute (PMI), and has served on the MAGC Fall Conference Committee for two years prior to joining the Board.

 

Sharon Feiner

Manager of Creative Services
Metro Transit
560 Sixth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55411

612-349-7671
sharon.feiner@metrotransit.org

Term expires December 2019

Sharon Feiner leads Creative Services at Metro Transit, which offers an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter
trains as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike.

Creative Services is responsible for brand development and consistency, social media, web development, publications and print, digital and environmental graphics.

She has nearly 30 years of experience in marketing and communications.

 

Erik Juhl

Erik JuhlWeb Coordinator
City of Bloomington

1800 West Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431

952-563-8712
ejuhl@BloomingtonMN.gov

Term expires December 2020

Erik’s duties at City of Bloomington include feeding and curating the City’s social media accounts, managing the external website, providing editing and software training, copy writing, editing, proofing and graphic design. His internal newsletter designs have earned seven 3CMA Savvy Awards.

Erik is a strong plain language advocate and serves as one of Bloomington's lead facilitators, helping his coworkers and others engage in facilitated conversations, and in workshops focused on consensus building, action planning and strategic planning. 

Erik has a BA in Music and English from St. Olaf College and a Master of Software Systems degree from the University of St. Thomas. In his free time, he hangs out with is wife and two teenage daughters, teaches woodworking and provides communications assistance to several nonprofit organizations. 

 

Yvonne Klinnert

Yvonne KlinnertPublic Information Manager
Washington County

14949 62nd Street North
P.O. Box 6
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082-0006

651-430-6026
yvonne.klinnert@co.washington.mn.us

Term expires December 2019

Yvonne has served as the Public Information Manager at Washington County since 2009. Previous to this, she was the editor of the Stillwater Courier, and was in a number of positions at Sun Newspapers, including executive editor. Before joining Washington County, her background was in reporting and editing for community newspapers. Yvonne has a masters degree in urban planning and economic development from the Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of the arts degree from St. Cloud State University.

 

Sharon Madsen

Communications Manager
City of Inver Grove Heights
8150 Barbara Ave.
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077


651-450-2494
smadsen@invergroveheights.org

Term expires December 2020

Sharon is the communications manager for the City of Inver Grove Heights, a newly created position as of 2018. In this role she oversees the City’s internal and external communication and marketing efforts and is excited about the opportunity to develop and guide the new communications department. She has more than 25 years of experience in communications, marketing and sales, including six years as the communications coordinator for the City of Cottage Grove and 12 years with Dakota County in various communications positions. 

Sharon earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies, with an emphasis on public relations, from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.

In her free time, she spends time with her family; designs, sew and writes for a national sewing magazine; teaches fitness classes to the over 50 crowd; and advocates for adopting rescue animals.

 

Kristi Saksvig

Kristi SaksvigManager of Communications, Library and Parks & Recreation
Ramsey County

651-486-2208
ksaksvig@ramsey.lib.mn.us

Term expires December 2019

Kristi joined Ramsey County in 2000 with a focus on improving the graphic design of the Library’s newsletter and other publications. Since then, Kristi has advanced the communications strategies for all of the department’s public and employee print and electronic communications. She has also helped produce opening events for six of seven library locations as well as promoting and coordinating thousands of on-site programs each year. Currently, Kristi supervises a staff of two who are responsible for leading and developing all communications efforts for the Library and Parks & Recreation departments.

Kristi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Journalism/Mass Communication and a degree in Visual Communication from Brown Institute. She is a current member of MELSA Promotions and Adult Programming teams, and past member of NAGC and Minnesota Women in Marketing and Communication.