The 2017 Tekne Awards were held on November 15, 2017 — congratulations to all the finalists and recipients! Each year the Tekne Awards… Continue Reading ›
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.
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.
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 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 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.