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Andrew Wittenborg is a public affairs strategist and fundraiser who leads many of the association’s initiatives, including events and conferences. He works in partnership with and advises firms on everything from content development to strategic planning. Wittenborg has worked with Greater MSP’s Talent Design Team and serves on the Real-Time Talent board of directors. Prior to joining MHTA he worked at the Minnesota House of Representatives and in digital and broadcast media management at WCCO and KSTP. He is a graduate of Luther College.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Jonah Kaplan is the Assistant Program Manager of MHTA’s SciTechsperience Internship Program. Prior to joining MHTA, he was the director of Mac Startups, a summer startup accelerator. He is also actively involved in the Twin Cities entrepreneurial community. He graduated in 2016 with a degree in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul.
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.
Stephen Burk is the Manager of Membership and Sponsorship, connecting our members to the opportunities and events that best align with their interests and focus. Stephen is an experienced connector who can help your organization navigate the extensive reach and scope of the association’s programming and find value in your membership. Prior to joining MHTA, Stephen served as the Membership and Development Director for the U.S. Green Building Council in Minnesota, managed corporate fund raising for Rebuilding Together – Twin Cities, and taught as an adjunct instructor for Dunwoody College of Technology. Stephen is a graduate of Saint John’s University and life-long resident of Minneapolis.
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 Commander in the United States Navy Reserve with more than 38 years of service (active and reserve) and is currently assigned to the United States Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii. 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.