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The Humans Behind Impact Hub

Meet our team

We are entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, innovators, leaders, disrupters, thinkers, makers & doers on a mission to accelerate social impact in the Twin Cities.

Andreina Aquique Lugo
Special Projects Mananger
Andreina Aquique Lugo
Special Projects Mananger

Passionate about equality and inclusion. I see my peers, team and clients as humans. I believe in teamwork, networking and collaboration. Constantly working on life-work balance.

Katie Kalkman
Executive Director
Katie Kalkman
Executive Director

Katie is the Managing Director at Impact Hub Minneapolis – Saint Paul, a community convener and resource navigator for social impact entrepreneurs that operate a coworking space in Minneapolis – Saint Paul. Katie is responsible for operations and is engaged in entrepreneurial support and ecosystem development work.

Before joining Impact Hub Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Katie has worked in has ben part of six startups, including Folk School Warroad, an organization in northern Minnesota that provides locals with experiences in art, culture, local history, traditional crafts and appreciation of natural resources. She has also worked internationally with entrepreneurs in China, Hong Kong, Silicon Valley and the Twin Cities.

In her spare time, Katie loves spending time with her family including her partner, Gabriel Harren, and 4 beautiful children.

Adi Adara
Adi Adara
Community Host
Adi Adara
Community Host
Adi Adara

Inspired to Disrupt.

Adi is an avid advocate for TikTok marketing. Through the testing and application of various strategies to increase exposure Adi has gained 700,000 followers and over 20 million likes since June 2020. Currently, he’s diving into Web3, the Metaverse, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency.

Stacy Reynolds
Stacy Reynolds
Community Host
Stacy Reynolds
Community Host
Stacy Reynolds

I have more than twenty years of teaching experience with all ages. I have been a French immersion teacher, high school teacher, and adult education teacher. I am also now certified in English as a Second Language, and have been teaching in this area for close to ten years.

My strengths are working with diverse groups of learners and creating comfortable and safe spaces for making mistakes. I thrive in an environment where I do not have to follow a rigid teaching plan, but am allowed to be creative with lessons while following a loose plan. I also excel at helping people with pronunciation.

My current project is starting a language cooperative so that I and my fellow teachers and business people can work in a place that reflects our values, pays us fairly, and values us as human beings.

Keith Ischer
Operations Manager
Keith Ischer
Operations Manager
Bailey Johnson
Event & Marketing Manager
Bailey Johnson
Event & Marketing Manager

I am an empathy-based marketing professional, who helps social entrepreneurs share their important work so that together we can start to solve the world’s biggest problems.

Through event planning and facilitation, community outreach, marketing, communications and fundraising, I am able to assist in building a supportive and engaged network.

I combine creativity with detail-oriented organization to share the important work being done in our community.

Terri Barreiro
Co-founder & Board Member
Terri Barreiro
Co-founder & Board Member

Expertise:
 Organizational Development: Start-up design, Program design, Staff planning
 Strategic Planning: Mission & Vision development, outcomes and measurements, tactical strategy formation, process monitoring
 Philanthropy processes for effective giving decision making
 Fundraising process development: design and training for multiple funding streams
 Board development and effective Volunteer management
 Entrepreneurship in nonprofit and for profit settings
 Nonprofit management basics; Social Enterprise creation
 Human Service program model design and implementation
 System Change Strategy planning
 Collaboration formation
 Published Author: Social Entrepreneurship: From Issue to Viable Plan (2013), Business Expert Press and EduCase: Clemens Perk – available at csbsju.edu/cfe

Specialties: Certified to administer DISC Personal Profile and CREATRIX

David Ly
Board Member
David Ly
Board Member
Chris Dykstra
Board Member
Chris Dykstra
Board Member

Chris Dykstra is a serial technology and media entrepreneur, community leader, and artist. He is a Partner in Brown Venture Group, a Minneapolis based VC fund investing in Black, Native American and LatinX entrepreneurs, the founder of of GoodCarts.co, a network of purpose driven entrepreneurs connecting for growth and impact, a founding partner and CEO of Warecorp, an international software engineering, and consulting company working with impact entrepreneurs and change agents; co- founder and partner in Drupal Squad (http://drupalsquad.com); founder and publisher of TheContributor.com (http://thecontributor.com) an online, daily publication of the work of an international network of bloggers, Chair-emeritus and co-founder of The UpTake (http://theuptake.org), an acclaimed non-profit online video news organization; founder of Zanby.com, an open-source enterprise network organizing platform, and founder of one of the first US Benefit Corporations in the world, Global Contribution (GC) which was founded to hold investments in communities of shared prosperity. He lives in Minneapolis.

Prior to becoming a serial entrepreneur, he served as Vice President of eCommerce for EPAM Systems, Europe’s largest offshore software development company. At EPAM, he provided technology vision and leadership for West Publishing, SBLI USA, Alloy.com, Target, Lasvegas.com and Aeromexico.com. Prior to EPAM, he built a global interactive agency for FirePond, guiding a team of 60 creative talents in five countries to break new frontiers in usable, branded online selling for General Motors, Renault, Subaru, Invesmart, Ricoh, Zurich, John Deer, IBM and Compaq.

Chris is also a practicing artist. His paintings and drawings can be found at http://chrisdykstra.com.

Specialties: Web and software development services, online community building, offshore outsourcing, information architecture, content management, business model development, media, coworking, entrepreneurship, investment, fund raising, art, art entrepreneurship, community organizing, media, advertising, activism, coworking, social entrepreneurship, impact investing, politics.

Judy Jandro
Board Member
Judy Jandro
Board Member

I am a small business advocate with extensive commercial lending experience. I work collaboratively with partners to solve for the financing challenges faced by small business owners across the country. Through these efforts, I have established strong relationships with entrepreneurs, real estate developers, and investors. Together we can create a more equitable lending landscape where small businesses thrive.

I am skilled at developing and implementing lending strategies that connect lenders to borrowers. In 2006, I was named “2% Lender of the Year” by the City of Minneapolis and in 2008 was a Finance and Commerce Top Woman in Finance award winner. I promote open communication between myself, my co-workers, and our clients to generate trust and drive results.

My passion is to empower small business owners by improving access to responsible capital. I am always interested in new ways to achieve this objective and welcome the opportunity to connect with others who are working towards the same goal. Whether you’re a small business lender, entrepreneur, community development professional, or someone looking to support small businesses, send me a note and lets work together to create a more equitable economy for all.

Kayla Yang-Best
Kayla Yang-Best
Board Member
Kayla Yang-Best
Board Member
Kayla Yang-Best

Mission-driven entrepreneur and solutions-focused leader with 20 years of philanthropic leadership – specifically creating and employing strategic operations and processes to maximize performance.

KEY AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Social Entrepreneurship • Community/Public Relations • Corporate & Business Strategy • Philanthropic Stewardship • Nonprofit/NGO Leadership and Management • Board Development and Management • Partnership/Alliance Building • Execution & Implementation • Law

Ted Carling
Board Member
Ted Carling
Board Member

Ted Carling is co-founder of Ecotone Analytics, a Twin Cities-based firm that measures, values, and communicates clients’ social and environmental impacts. He spent 12 years in the hospitality industry, where he implemented operating procedures at Chowgirls that helped yearly revenue grow from $350,000 to $3 million over 7 years. He brings expertise in data analytics, systems thinking, and strategy design to Ecotone’s work to measure environmental impact and social return on investment.

What initially drew me to Chowgirls, sustainability, expanded into a love of data, analysis, and measurement. Which is the driving force for me to start Ecotone Partners with Tim Roman. I love helping people see how their project is impacting the world around them and how they can make it more efficient.

Specialties: knowledge of the processes, time management, patience with customers, hard work ethic, how to plan ahead, making quick decisions, how to communicate with all stakeholder groups

Michelle Maryns
Board Member
Michelle Maryns
Board Member

Founder & CEO of We Sparkle Co., a Techstars-backed public benefit corporation building a stronger + more inclusive economy by equipping underestimated entrepreneurs with the AI-powered tools they need to succeed (purchase your own #SparkleAssistant @ https://www.wesparkle.co).

2021 Bush Fellow. Connector of people + ideas who specializes in digital marketing and design thinking. Experience working in public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Honoree: https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2020/10/05/2020-women-in-business-michelle-tran-maryns.html

Advised startups Boosted Boards (BoostedBoards.com, YC S12), Skip Scooters (SkipScooters.com, YC W18), 26 Letters (26letters.co), Molly Fuller Design (MollyFullerDesign.com), Ova Woman (OvaWoman.com), Spinning Wylde (SpinningWylde.com), and Zaarly (Zaarly.com). Also served as a Stitch Fix stylist on the side. Contract projects include work with Greater MSP/Make It. MSP./MSP Hello and WORKSHOP (primary client: Google). Co-founded a Service Design Network (SDN) chapter in Minnesota that coordinated the Service Design Midwest Conference (www.sdnmidwest.com) along with the SDN Chicago chapter. #1 fan of music by UNENDINGS (https://www.unendings.com).

Led a group of high school students from China on a social entrepreneurship/social innovation ThinkImpact learning trip to Panama, where I taught them human-centered design thinking skills to help community members either improve their social enterprises or start new ones: https://www.facebook.com/piedrasgordaspanama.

StrengthsFinder: Futuristic, Individualization, Strategic, Ideation, Positivity
Keirsey Temperament Sorter: The Champion
16Personalities: The Protagonist
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
EOS: Visionary who loves working with an Integrator!

Kate Dehmer
Board Member
Kate Dehmer
Board Member
Noah Burroughs
Work Trader, 1MC & Website
Noah Burroughs
Work Trader, 1MC & Website
Safa Gamam
Work Trader, 1MC & Events
Safa Gamam
Work Trader, 1MC & Events

I am an experienced program manager with a strong work ethic and passionate drive. I build data driven strategies that engage, educate, and improve workplace health & well-being. I specialize in building international health promotion solutions including mental health and physical wellness programs that reduce spending, attract and retain top talent, and improve overall company culture.

Tina Pfau-Gonzales
Work Trader, Community Host
Tina Pfau-Gonzales
Work Trader, Community Host

I am a collaborative professional with cross-sector expertise in building social enterprises, relationship management and donor cultivation. Specialties include: strategic partnership development, business operations, executive coaching and board maximization.

Mark Hiemenz
Work Trader, Community Host
Mark Hiemenz
Work Trader, Community Host

As an experienced leader and team-builder, I cultivate relationships to drive success. My focus as principal of Wiser Paths includes leadership development, team-building, and strategic planning. I bring more than 25 years experience in nonprofit leadership, corporate philanthropy, community foundation philanthropic services, and consulting. I have served community endeavors extensively in the corporate, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and raised the effectiveness and cultural bar of many organizations in my career.

Myers-Briggs: INFP
StrengthsFinder Top 5: Relator, Connectedness, Intellection, Empathy, Adaptability

Miranda Noll
Hub Advisor, Finance
Miranda Noll
Hub Advisor, Finance

I am an intentional, relational leader who fosters a culture of active problem solving and loves to ask, ‘What if we saw things differently?’. I seek to provide leadership that enhances organizational positions in strategic planning, innovation and community/business partnerships to drive meaningful, equitable change and growth opportunities.

Skilled in strategic leadership, change management, advocacy, public policy, risk management, building
coalitions, business development, financial analysis, operations management, coaching staff and system
improvements.

Elizabeth Rossini
Hub Advisor, Fractional CMO
Elizabeth Rossini
Hub Advisor, Fractional CMO

As a fractional, interim or part-time marketing leader for healthcare businesses, I love to help my clients make money, faster, via smart marketing investments. I believe that marketing should produce value for an organization.

Key areas of expertise:
-Demand generation, focused on getting more new customers, more quickly and expanding revenue from existing customers
-Marketing and go to market strategy, planning and tactical execution
-Budget creation and management, from $0-$25M (annual)
-Trust-based leader, building marketing teams of 2-25+ from scratch and leading them through dynamic change
-B2B, B2C and B2B2C/channel experience

Jane Durkee
Hub Advisor, Fractional COO
Jane Durkee
Hub Advisor, Fractional COO

I’m an ideator, synthesizer, possibility seeker and problem solver. I’m an Entrepreneurial Intrapreneur; a strategic and tactical Operator and Program Leader, natural Chief of Staff and Business Development Operator with capacity to build and lead high-growth initiatives on both a micro- and macro- level; working seamlessly in the conceptual and tactical. Ideating and synthesizing strategic business growth initiatives, new revenue pipelines, leveraging cross functional teams to realize maximum potential while focused on the future. In my experience as a Chief Operating Officer, I honed my skill and passion of taking complex situations and turning them into possibility. Whether designing new cross-functional team workflows, maximizing efficiencies by identifying and removing friction points, developing new products, creating and negotiating strategic partnerships, incubating and accelerating new go to market paradigms, I deliver results.

My layered experience encompasses demonstrated entrepreneurial and collaborative leadership style, thriving at the intersection of emotional intelligence, ideation and optimism. I generate opportunities, anticipate and remove barriers, challenge the status quo in fast-paced, high-risk industries and startup ecosystem. I thrive in the ambiguous and cut through red tape. I love digging in while working with startups, Founders, CEO’s, Subject Matter Experts and Executive teams to enable innovation, strategic and cultural alignment to drive growth while asking both What if and Why Not?

Specific areas of expertise:
*Ideation
*Strategic Business Development
*Business Growth Strategy
*Cross-Functional Team Leadership
*Strategic Operations Management
*C-Suite Leadership and Communications
*Start-up and Founder Strategic Consultation
*Company Culture Alignment and Culture Ambassador
*Content Creation and Strategy
*Stakeholder and Board Communication and Engagement
*Customer Experience Design

My passion is contributing as a global citizen. I am a trail-blazing traveler, adventurer and cultural explorer; 10 plus years as international education volunteer in the developing world(over 30 weeks in 9 countries) as an ally with NGO’s to realize the UN Global SDG’s with a special passion for early education and technology democratization and community engagement.

My colleagues appreciate my leadership philosophy: People remember how you made them feel.
Never give up. There is always a YES!

Matt Ladhoff
Matt Ladhoff
Member Council
Matt Ladhoff
Member Council
Matt Ladhoff

I am lifelong learner who loves connecting with others and applying business acumen towards impact-oriented solutions. I earned my MBA from the University of Minnesota, where I currently serve as an adjunct faculty member and am part of the Humphrey Policy Program. I lead business development at Ecotone Analytics, a public benefit corp as well as serve as the Managing Partner at Access Philanthropy.
I previously led Career Programs at Wallin Education Partners, a Twin Cities based education equity nonprofit. Additionally, I worked at 3M for six years, working in corporate social responsibility as well as strategic sourcing, while leading 3M’s New Employee Opportunity Network (NEON). Above all, I am an optimist and a life enthusiast. I was a member of Leadership St Paul’s Class of 2018, have served on the Board of the Twin Cities Net Impact Chapter and currently serve on the Twin Cities Spartan Alumni Board. If you would like to know more about me, please feel free to visit my webpage at www.mattladhoff.com and reach out.

Jonathan C.W. Jones
Jonathan C.W. Jones
Member Council
Jonathan C.W. Jones
Member Council
Jonathan C.W. Jones

Seasoned education leader, founder, CEO & Executive Director. My interest, passion & experience falls across the intersections of education, philanthropy and business.

Paul Schadewald
Member Council
Paul Schadewald
Member Council

I am a higher education professional and educator who builds the capacity of faculty, staff, students, and institutions to engage communities ethically and effectively and to build mutually beneficial, respectful, and generative relationships that foster learning and positive social change. I am a creative and strategic thinker who helps diverse stakeholders imagine new possibilities, develop shared goals, and implement and evaluate projects. I am deeply engaged with issues facing higher education, especially the changing nature of the liberal arts to serve diverse students, the commitments of college and universities as institutional citizens, the place of public scholarship and civic engagement in faculty and staff professions, and the development of curricula that integrate academic learning, community engagement, and vocational exploration. I have a commitment to place-based, experiential,and contextual learning that respects webs of relationships and locally specific histories and cultures.

Kelsey King
Member Council
Kelsey King
Member Council

Kelsey is excited by continual learning, local and global community engagement, and building an impactful career that leverages her passion for sustainable food and agriculture value chains.

StrengthsFinder:
Achiever | Learner | Includer | Arranger | Communication

Ned Zimmerman-Bence
Member Council
Ned Zimmerman-Bence
Member Council

My career has centered on creating and facilitating the development of educational opportunities that solve substantial problems and assist students in creating options-rich futures. This focus has brought me to several frontiers of education across the K-12 and Higher Ed continuum – as a classroom teacher, an interactive and instructional designer, and the executive director of a small, teacher-developed online high school.

I excel at analyzing the disparate parts of a system to identify a problem’s root cause and its genuine solution – whether there is a cognitive barrier to understanding, an inefficient process, an issue of instructional design, or a simple miscommunication with an effect that has been amplified. I cast a wide intellectual net and continually seek out experiences that stretch me to learn and apply new skills and knowledge.

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Specialties:

General: Implementation • Ideation • Problem Solving • Systems Thinking • Strategic Thinking

Specific: Online Learning • Instructional Design • Product Development • Onboarding • Charter School Administration • Education Policy • Program Design • School Operations • School Marketing • School Board Policy

Tamara Torres
Member Council
Tamara Torres
Member Council

Tamara helps busy professionals and entrepreneurs take control of their time and energy to maximize productivity, rejuvenate relationships, and live in alignment with their core values. As someone who fills multiple roles (entrepreneur, employee, mother, and partner), Tamara understands the challenges of work-life integration. By facilitating more than 10,000 coaching sessions in the past decade (and a lot of trial and error in her own life) she has honed the skills to help clients live more intentionally personally and professionally.

Areas of expertise include:
• Facilitating work-life balance, managing stress through career and life transitions, co-creating strategies to manage time, energy and improve productivity. Helping clients become Indistractable (Nir Eyal).
• Habit and behavior change techniques leveraging the Four Tendencies (Gretchen Rubin) to help clients achieve greater life satisfaction.
• Providing non-judgmental accountability and support by implementing small, actionable steps that produce lasting positive results.
• Support to live more intentionally and achieve greater clarity and focus through mindfulness practices.

Curious to discover the next steps? Connect with me to schedule a free strategy call:
https://calendly.com/optimaresults/strategy-call

After just one conversation with Tamara, I felt more control over my to-do list and my time. She listened to my goals, my concerns, and my history of time management struggles without judgment. Within a week, I was crossing items off my list that I never thought I’d get done.

With every communication we’ve had, I’ve truly appreciated Tamara’s recall of what I’ve been working on and what we’ve tried so far, along with her ability to gently and insightfully reroute her approach in a way that addresses my work style and my obstacles. I’d recommend her to anyone who struggles not only with time management, but with all the anxieties that come with it. Don’t despair; Tamara can help!
-Michal R., New York, NY