Meet Our Team!

We are entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, innovators, professionals, advisors, campaigners, investors, students, executives, intrapraneurs, leaders, disrupters, thinkers, makers and doers.

KEITH
ISCHER
Community Innovations Manager
BAILEY
JOHNSON
Events & Marketing Manager
MIA
CANNON
Community Host
TERRI
BARREIRO
Managing Consultant

Impact Hub MSP Board

Katie Kalkman
Impact Hub Board Chair

Kayla Yang-Best
Seasoned Specialty Foods

Kate Dehmer
Minnesota Public Radio

Chris Dykstra
Warecorp

Andrea Davila
Consultant

Work Traders

Work trade role: Storyteller & Photographer
 
What I love about Impact Hub: the shared spirit of creativity and the idea of working toward something greater.
 
Person I want to meet: Genghis Khan
 
Topic of the book I’d write: narrative, story, and the human condition
 
If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life...
 
Which 5 foods would you have an unlimited supply of? 
Mangos, artisan bread, stir fry, ebelskiver, Milano cookies
 
Drink would you have an unlimited supply of?
Guinness
 
You get book: U2 At the End of the World
 
Music you wouldn't get tired of: Sigur Ros, U2, Tribal Seeds, film scores
 
Your one movie: Meet Joe Black
My name is Jack FitzGerrell, I'm a recent transplant to the area, moving from Boulder, Colorado where I grew up and went to school. I have a passion for product marketing, branding, lean growth, visual design, pitching, and more. I enjoy playing tennis,  fishing, traveling, yoga, and meeting new people!
 
Work trade role:
Communication/Events & 1 Million Cups Organizer
 
What you love about Impact Hub:
I love the way that co-working spaces foster collaboration and innovation between teams, individuals, and mentors. The added focus on social impact creates an amazing ecosystem for enacting global change. 
 
Person I would want to meet: 
Greta Thunberg
 
Country I would want to visit again: 
South Africa
 
Why? 
So much beautiful culture and nature. Some of the most courageous and kind people I've ever met.
 
Topic of the book you would write: 
Building a brand that people are proud to support.
 
If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life...
 
Which 5 foods would you have an unlimited supply of?
Greek Gyro, Fried Rice, Mango, Croissant, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
 
Drink you would have an unlimited supply of? 
Dirty Chai
 
You get one book: 
a blank journal
 
Music you wouldn't get tired of: 
My whole Spotify library
 
Your one movie:   
Good Will Hunting
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Nick Theisen

A curious inquirer, Nick lives and works as a storyteller. His college years were
spent studying history and laying the foundation for an obsession with stories
where he worked as a school photographer and began an initiative to share stories of students and faculty. Over the course of the next few years, he developed his own business and now works with people and organizations in crafting their own narratives. As an avid learner, he loves meeting new people, having in-depth discussions, reading, trying new things, adventuring, and asking questions.

Work trade role: Storyteller & Photographer

What I love about Impact Hub: the shared spirit of creativity and the idea of working toward something greater.

Person I want to meet: Genghis Khan

Topic of the book I’d write: narrative, story, and the human condition

If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life…

Which 5 foods would you have an unlimited supply of?  Mangos, artisan bread, stir fry, ebelskiver, Milano cookies

Drink would you have an unlimited supply of? Guinness

You get one book: U2 At the End of the World

Music you wouldn’t get tired of: Sigur Ros, U2, Tribal Seeds, film scores

Your one movie: Meet Joe Black

Beatrice Adenodi

Work trade role: 1 million Cups MC

What you love about Impact Hub:  I love the environment , resources and the like-minded individuals that I met along the way.

Person I would want to meet: Jay Shetty

Country/State/City I would want to visit again: Guatemala, Antigua. I love the architecture of the city.

Topic of the book you would write: Pandemonium

If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life…I would make a series of invisible friends

Which 5 foods would you have an unlimited supply of? Spinach, chicken, plantain chips,  rice, Fish

Which drink would you have an unlimited supply of? Wine and water

You get one book:  7 spiritual laws of success

Music you wouldn’t get tired of: Frankie J: Obsession

Your one movie:  Teen Witch

Jack FitzGerrell

Jack FitzGerrell is a recent transplant to the area, moving from Boulder, Colorado where he grew up and went to school. Jack has a passion for product marketing, branding, lean growth, visual design, pitching, and more. He enjoys playing tennis,  fishing, traveling, yoga, and meeting new people!

Work trade role: Communication/Events & 1 Million Cups Organizer

What you love about Impact Hub: I love the way that co-working spaces foster collaboration and innovation between teams, individuals, and mentors. The added focus on social impact creates an amazing ecosystem for enacting global change. 

Person I would want to meet: Greta Thunberg

Country I would want to visit again: South Africa

Why? So much beautiful culture and nature. Some of the most courageous and kind people I’ve ever met.

Topic of the book you would write: Building a brand that people are proud to support.

If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life…

Which 5 foods would you have an unlimited supply of? Greek Gyro, Fried Rice, Mango, Croissant, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Drink you would have an unlimited supply of? Dirty Chai

You get one book: a blank journal

Music you wouldn’t get tired of: My whole Spotify library

Your one movie:  Good Will Hunting

Arman Poer

Work trade role: Host team member & Events

What you love about Impact Hub: The positive community vibe and the open minded approach on challenges 

Person I would want to meet: Barack Obama 

Country I would want to visit again: Peru and Japan

Why? The nature of Peru is just breathtaking. The cities and culture of Japan are fascinating!

Topic of the book you would write: How this life shaped my perspective of living it 🙂

If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life…

 Which 5 foods would you have an unlimited supply of? Rice and Sabzi (Persian food), sushi, fresh fruits and vegetables and nuts 🙂

Which drink would you have an unlimited supply of? Margarita’s

You get one book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

Music you wouldn’t get tired of: Acoustic guitar

Your one movie: Shark Tale

Courtney Ives

Work trade role: Web Developer, Techie

What you love about IH: IH represents a world of possibilities

Person I want to meet: Gene Roddenberry

Country I want to visit again, and why: England, because I watch a lot of BBC

The book I’d write: Something that probably already exists about the Star Trek post-scarcity universe and how we should strive to make it a reality.

If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life… 

Which 5 foods do you have an unlimited supply of? Thai Curry, Indian Curry, Stir Fry, Burritos, Ice Cream (this is a really generous desert island menu)

Drink you would have an unlimited supply of? Beer, any

You get one book: I get 5 foods and one book? Surprise me.

Music you wouldn’t get tired of: Yes.

Your one movie: Not a movie, but for re-watchability, I’d take the recording of Eddie Izzard’s standup show ‘Dressed To Kill’

Matt Rogers

Matt plays the role of a Junior Scientist in a psychology lab at the University of Minnesota, but he is inspired by entrepreneurship as a way to eventually cross the gap between his theoretical interests and their potential impact in the “real world”. When he’s not plowing through psychology literature in a caffeine-induced craze, he likes to spend time biking, kayaking, and touring craft breweries with friends.

Work trade role: Host team member & 1 Million Cups Organizer

What you love about Impact Hub: The people. The ideas. The creative synergy that makes everyone better. 

Person I would want to meet: Nassim Taleb

Country I would want to visit again: It’d have to be Nepal. The people are the most kind, the nightlife the most fun, the mountains the most breathtaking.

Topic of the book you would write: How modern science on dynamical systems sheds light on the varieties of religious experience. 

If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life…

Which 5 foods would you have an unlimited supply of? Pad Thai, cheeseburger, sushi, sushi, SUSHI

Which drink would you have an unlimited supply of? Ginger beer

You get one book: Incomplete Nature by Terrence Deacon

Music you wouldn’t get tired of: Joni Mitchell 

Your one movie: Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

Kurt Ramblia

Kurt is a former collegiate football coach and instructor with over 20 years of local and international teaching and coaching experience. Utilizes mindfulness, positive psychology and visualization techniques to help his teams succeed. Kurt’s teams consistently achieve at a higher level than anticipated, and numerous individual and programmatic records were broken. Received two Coach of the Year awards, a Congressional special recognition award, and was featured by NPR and 60 minutes for his creative approach. Has most recently served as a Development consultant and a Professor of Sport in Vienna and Istanbul, respectively. An instructor with Integrative Resources, a resiliency-based program based in Duluth helping individuals and business lead in sustainable ways.

Work trade role: Host team member 

What you love about Impact Hub: I love that Impact Hub is a community of like-minded individuals working to make the world a better place.  I also love that Impact Hub is an entity that lives it’s values of sustainability.  

Person I would want to meet: Greta Thurnberg

Country I would want to visit again: Turkey, Istanbul. The amazing food, the kedis in the street, the history, drinking çay while traversing the Bosphorous, the cobblestone streets, the sounds, and the amazingly friendly people.

Topic of the book you would write: Synergizing the energies working to make our world a better place.  

If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life…

Which 5 foods would you have an unlimited supply of? 5!?  Oven-fresh bread, cheese, olives, kale, and lime (to go with the fish I’d hope to catch)

Which drink would you have an unlimited supply of? Agua, coconut water, red wine, strong coffee and a nice IPA. 

You get one book: Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

Music you wouldn’t get tired of: Spotify with a speaker

Your one movie: Gump

Monica McDaniel

Monica McDaniel is a dedicated community-builder. She works in partnership with youth and adults to facilitate action towards positive change. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree at Linfield College in Oregon and L’Université de Gaston-Berger in Sénégal, she returned to her community-based work in Minnesota. She has worked in a variety of roles and organizations in rural, urban, and suburban communities. As a NorthStar Youth Worker Fellow in 2015, she strived to better connect research with practice and published her article “Social Justice Youth Work” in the Journal of Youth Development. In 2018, she obtained a Masters in Social Work from Augsburg University where she explored the impacts of social, political, and economic systems of oppression and privilege in public policy and organizational development within food systems. Monica currently teaches at Augsburg University in the Environmental Studies program and supports strategy efforts at a few area nonprofits. In her spare time, Monica tools around the Twin Cities on her bike and coaxes delicious veggies from her gardens.

 

Work trade role: Host team member & Internship Coordinator 

What you love about Impact Hub: I love the creative energy flowing through the community; you can almost physically see the sparks ignited when a new idea is formed or connection is made. 

Person I would want to meet: Bell Hooks

Country I would want to visit again: Sénégal. I lived there for a year and would love to reconnect with friends over attaya. I’d also play a game of soccer in the sand, enjoy some bouye juice, and walk across the Pont Faidherbe in Saint Louis.

Topic of the book you would write: Resilient and Regenerative Relationships and Organizations: What non-humans can teach the rest of us

If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life…

Which 5 foods would you have an unlimited supply of? Mangoes, Raspberries, Biquinho Peppers, Ice Cream, and any pizza from Pizzeria Lola’s

Which drink would you have an unlimited supply of? Lavender Lemonade (my personal brew)

You get one book: Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, Octavia’s Brood edited by adrienne maree brown & Walidah Imarisha, Une Si Longue Lettre by Mariama Bâ & Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Music you wouldn’t get tired of: Chastity Brown, Simon & Garfunkel & The Hamilton soundtrack

Your one movie: Moonlight

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