The Professional Development Programs advisory board is engaged and committed to align our programs with the needs of employers and the workforce of Minnesota. 

The members represent a broad cross-section of industry and government. Their perspectives play an important role in shaping our programming, helping us develop a portfolio of programs focused on skills that employers need. Board members contribute valuable insights and wisdom in our strategic decision-making.

The advisory board meets four times a year to receive program updates and provide input on future direction.

Advisory Board Members

Name TitleAffiliation
Adesewa AdesijiWorkforce Strategy ConsultantMN DEED
Ashley AlexanderOD & Learning AssociateXcel Energy
Casey AllenStartup Advisor and InvestorConviction Capital
Kari AriasSenior Project/Program ManagerLogisolve
Chris BucksaManager Project Management OfficeMinnesota IT Services
Darielle Gengler-HansonLead Compensation Consultant, HR Pay & BenefitsTarget
Chuck HisamotoPrincipal Research ScientistAster Labs
Kimberly JohnsonProfessional Development ChairPMI MN
Chris KochRETIRED - Sr. HR Program ManagerMedtronic
Amy KrollHuman Resource ManagerPolaris
Nathan LockwoodDirector of Science and TechnologyProMed Pharma, LLC
Sara Luedtke KatarasProduct SpecialistMicrosoft
Julia MillerWorkforce Development SpecialistHennepin County
Tim O'NeillRegional Labor Market AnalystMN DEED
Hugh PruittEnterprise Application ArchitectureOptum
Kim GlasbrennerEmployment Guidance Counselor Ramsey County
Diane SteeleCEO, FounderSteele Recruiting LLC