As the name suggests, this is a quarterly event for new MHTA members to learn more about the association and how to become… Continue Reading ›
Margaret Anderson Kelliher joined the Minnesota High Tech Association in 2010 as president and CEO following a twelve-year legislative career. She served two terms as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Margaret is a lifelong Minnesotan with deep roots in the Minnesota River Valley. The youngest of six children, she grew up with four older brothers and a sister on a dairy farm near Mankato.
Her life in public service began early when, as a 4th grader, she led a petition drive to preserve a bus route to her neighborhood school. She went on to serve as 4-H State President and was also a Dairy Princess. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter and later was a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, earning a Masters of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
In addition to leading MHTA, Margaret is chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. She teaches a class on negotiations at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. Margaret, her husband David and their two children live in Minneapolis.
Andrew Wittenborg handles member relations for MHTA and works to connect companies and organizations with the resources they need to grow Minnesota’s innovation and technology economy. Andrew joined MHTA from the Minnesota legislature where he served as a director of public affairs for the House of Representatives. He spent more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist and, during that time, was executive producer of special projects at both KSTP and WCCO television.
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.
Kathy Marsh is responsible for MHTA’s marketing and communication efforts, as well as the liason to many of the organization’s partners. Kathy has been with the association for over six years – serving as the director of programs and events for the majority of that time. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a degree in communications arts.
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.
Erika MacCallum has extensive experience as an event coordinator and public policy assistant. She also is the staff liason to MHTA’s ACE Leadership Program and Women Leading in Technology. Erika worked as an Election Assistant for Ramsey County and is completing her Masters degree at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Becky Siekmeier is MHTA’s SciTechsperience Internship Program Coordinator. 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.
Angela joined MHTA in early January to organize flagship events like Spring Conference and the Tekne Awards, in addition to other professional development, networking and advocacy events for tech professionals. Angela joins MHTA from the Minnesota International Center where she handled corporate relations, high-level dignitary visits, and fundraising events for the past 9 years. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Angela worked in higher education administration, most recently as the Assistant Director of Campus Activities at Carleton College. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris and holds a Master’s Degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Jon joined MHTA in February 2013 to implement MHTA’s legislative and policy agenda, focusing on tax issues, the Governor’s Broadband Task Force, funding for STEM education and internships, as well as general investment in Minnesota’s high-tech industry.
Jon joins MHTA from the U.S. Department of State, where he served as a Foreign Service Officer in Nigeria and Mexico, as well as in the Africa Bureau at State Department headquarters in Washington. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Jon taught English in France and worked in higher education administration at George Washington University. He received his bachelors and masters degrees in International Affairs, focusing on International Economic Affairs, from George Washington University.
Kelley joined the MHTA team in January of 2013. Her role is to meet with organizations interested in learning more about the association as well as assisting new member companies as they get involved during their first year of membership.
Kelley has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Home Economics. Her experience includes over ten years in sales for the food industry and in retail merchandising. She is most proud, however, of her job role as “domestic engineer.” Kelley, her husband , and three children live in Plymouth. In her spare time she enjoys baking, gardening, and hanging out with family and friends.