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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. In 2014, she was elected vice chair of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Board of Trustees. 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.

Andrew Wittenborg
Director of Outreach

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
Business Manager

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.

Marsh_Kathy Kathy Marsh
Director of Marketing & Communications
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
Director of STEM Education & Workforce Development

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
Manager of Public Policy & Entrepreneurship

John Dukich oversees all aspects of MHTA’s government relations activities and helps to foster a vibrant high tech entrepreneurial ecosystem in Minnesota. 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. He has been published in professional journals in the fields of financial economics and philosophy of science. 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

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.

Angela McLaughlin
Director of Events

Angela joined MHTA in January 2013 to organize flagship events like Spring Conference and the Tekne Awards, in addition to other professional development, networking and advocacy events for MHTA. Angela joins MHTA from the Minnesota International Center where she spent the last nine years managing corporate relations and fundraising events. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Angela worked in higher education administration. 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.

Meyers_Tonya Tonya Meyers
Entrepreneurial Program & Relationship Manager
Tonya has worked with Minnesota’s entrepreneurs, investors and innovators for over ten years. Her primary focus is managing the Annual Minnesota Venture & Finance Conference. In addition, she is working to engage entrepreneurs in MHTA and help them find value in their membership. Prior to joining MHTA in May 2014, Tonya was program manager for The Collaborative, a membership organization serving growing companies, entrepreneurs, investors and executives. She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College.
Aly Roach
Events and Data Specialist

As MHTA’s Events and Data Specialist, Aly Roach works with the Director of Events to plan and implement MHTA flagship, professional development, and networking events, while maintaining MHTA’s relationship and event databases. A recent graduate from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Aly comes to MHTA with event planning, writing, and fundraising experience gained through working on political campaigns and in the nonprofit sector.