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Margaret Anderson Kelliher
President and CEO
Margaret Anderson Kelliher is the President and CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). Together with the associations 350 member companies and organizations, Margaret works to fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology. United behind a common vision to make Minnesota one of the country’s top five technology states, MHTA members represent various technology sector, including IT, bio-sciences, advanced manufacturing, clean, green and edtech. Prior to MHTA, Margaret served in the Minnesota legislature, including two terms as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Characterized as the “calm inside the storm” by the Star Tribune, Margaret has demonstrated she is a strong, pragmatic leader. As House Speaker, she guided passage of a nation-leading renewable energy standard, built a broad coalition to enact Minnesota’s first comprehensive transportation funding bill in twenty years and was a champion of Minnesota’s Angel Investment Tax Credit. Margaret chairs the Governor Dayton’s Broadband Task Force, as well as the Minnesota Ballpark Authority Board of Commissioners. Margaret teaches at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and the Textile Center of Minnesota. Margaret graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Margaret and her husband live in Minneapolis; they have two college aged children.
Lonni Ranallo
Director of Finance and Administration
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Lonni Ranallo manages administrative and accounting activities for MHTA. She has worked with the association for more than five years. Lonni enjoys biking and is active in the local arts community.

Tim Barrett
Director of STEM Education & Workforce Development
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Tim Barrett manages MHTA’s STEM programing and workforce development activities with overall responsibilities for the getSTEM web portal, as well as scholarships and mentorship program. Tim has extensive experience developing and managing educational programs with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math. He also works closely with the MHTA Foundation on STEM workforce initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and received his Masters of Arts degree from North Dakota State University.

Dukich_John John Dukich
Director of Public Policy & Research
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John Dukich leads government relations and research for MHTA. He advocates for Minnesota’s science and technology community and conducts research related to funding of early-stage companies, STEM workforce, and innovation. Prior to joining MHTA, John worked in government relations at the Minnesota State Bar Association and the law firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb. John holds a B.S. in Statistics and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Becky Siekmeier
SciTechsperience Internship Program Director
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Becky Siekmeier is MHTA’s SciTechsperience Internship Program Director. SciTechsperience is Minnesota’s paid internship program for college students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math degrees. Becky is an experienced team builder and project planner in both corporate and nonprofit settings. She recently received her Masters of Public Affairs degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Ted Modrich
Director of Media and Digital Communications
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Ted Modrich directs MHTA’s communications, media relations, and social media efforts. Prior to joining MHTA, Ted spent four years working at the Minnesota House of Representatives, most recently as New Media Coordinator. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul.

Claire Ayling
Events and Data Specialist
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Claire Ayling is MHTA’s Events & Data Specialist. Claire has a background in customer service and previously worked at the St. Paul Hotel. She graduated with degrees in History and Gender Studies from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA in 2015.

Pat Dillon Pat Dillon
Director, SBIR/STTR Program Assistance
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Ms. Pat Dillon is the director of MN-SBIR that helps seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms to successfully access non-dilutive funding through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. Since 1994, Dillon has been working with innovators and entrepreneurs in their quest for federal funding of technological innovations with commercial potential. Dillon is actively involved in national and state initiatives to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the private sector, the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and many other institutions. Dillon is a 1999 recipient of the prestigious Small Business Administration Tibbetts Award and a 2001 recipient of the City Business’ 25 Most Innovative Woman Award (now the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal). Dillon is a retired United States Navy Reserve Commander with 40 years of service (active and reserve). Dillon is a combat veteran having served 10 months in Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Dillon earned a MBA and BS in Business Administration from Winona State University, Winona, MN.
Patty Carruth
Director of Programs, Events & Sponsorships
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Patty Carruth leads program events & sponsorships at MHTA. She joins us from Dell, where she worked with commercial channel partners on marketing and demand generation activities including educational seminars, showcase & hospitality events, trade shows, direct mail and digital campaigns. With more than 20 years of event planning experience at BI Worldwide, Carlson Companies and Conklin Company, Patty’s work spans several continents and groups from 20 to 5000. Patty is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict. She is eager to serve the members of MHTA.

Norbert Abayisenga
SciTechsperience Student Outreach Coordinator
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Norbert Abayisenga is MHTA’s SciTechsperience Student Outreach Coordinator. He is a youth empowerment enthusiast, passionate about the relationship between service and social change. He graduated with a B.A in Sociology and Anthropology from St. Olaf College. Norbert is a devoted soccer fan. In his spare time, you’ll find him watching games and highlights or you may run into him at any sporting events in Minneapolis.

Piper Cleaveland
SciTechsperience Marketing and Communications Specialist
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Piper Cleaveland manages the social media and communications for MHTA’s SciTechsperience Internship Program. She comes to MHTA with a background in corporate PR and freelance journalism. In 2016, Piper graduated Cum Laude from Mankato State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. When she’s not blogging and Tweeting for SciTechsperience, Piper is likely illustrating, watching and discussing cinema or writing creatively in hopes of completing a novel.