Twin Cities Leadership
Rafael Alvarez - Founder, Genesys Works
Allison Barmann - Consultant, McKinsey & Co.
Mike Freeman - Hennepin County Attorney
Nick Hernandez -President and CEO, Aeritae Consulting
Michael Hedges- CIO, Medtronic
Michael Jones - CIO, National Marrow Donor Program
Margaret Anderson Kelliher - President, Minnesota High Tech Association
Marty Leestma - Former CEO, Retek Corporation
Deb Morris - Director, Community Relations, Travelers
Mike Rusinko - Managing Director, Accenture Corporation
Tim Showalter-Loch - VP, Strategic Partnerships, Search Institute
Jeff Tollefson - Executive Director, Genesys Works - Twin Cities
Prior to helping establish the Twin Cities program of Genesys Works in early 2008, Jeff was co-founder of Crescendo Ventures, a global venture capital investment management firm with more than $1.1 billion under management and offices in Palo Alto, Minneapolis and London. Before creating Crescendo Ventures in 1998, Jeff was a Vice President in the venture capital group of Investment Advisers, Inc. From 1990 to 1995, he managed the private equity investment portfolios of FBL Financial Group, a NYSE-listed insurance and financial services firm. His private equity career began in 1987 when he helped create and manage a $10 million venture fund for Allied Group Insurance. Upon graduating from the University of Iowa in 1984, his first job was with LaSalle Bank in Chicago. Jeff has served on the board of directors of more than 30 early-stage companies over the course of his business career and is currently a partner and board member of Social Venture Partners of Minnesota, a group dedicated to assisting non-profit organizations addressing the needs of at-risk youth in the Twin Cities.
Beth joined the Genesys Works Team in 2008. As Program Manager, she oversees student programming and recruitment as well as working with partner schools. Prior to coming to Genesys Works, Beth served as an AmeriCorps member for CollegeTracks, a college access program in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she helped first generation college students make their college dreams a reality. She has also served as Legislative Assistant for the Minnesota House of Representatives and taught abroad in South Korea. A graduate of Carleton College, Beth majored in History with a concentration in African Studies.
Andrea joins Genesys Works as Development Director. She brings over 20 years of experience in fundraising, relationship management, sales, and recruiting in the private and nonprofit sectors. As a development professional, she has raised funds for literary arts, youth programs, college scholarships, and family health programs. Andrea is a current student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College where she is working towards completing her bachelor’s degree. Andrea has served in a variety of leadership roles with area nonprofits and is currently the chair of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation.
Before joining Genesys Works, Joel was a Project Coordinator with Comm-Works, a global technology integrator and one of the 50 fastest growing private companies in Minnesota. With Comm-Works, Joel helped the information technology staff at different companies in implementing and maintaining technology. Joel also served for four years as an associate pastor with North Minneapolis Christian Fellowship. He has a BA from North Central University and is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary.
Lucas spent two years as an Admission Possible coach with Arlington High School and Community of Peace Academy in Saint Paul prior to joining Genesys Works. There, he helped promising students navigate the college application process and secure the financial aid they needed to further their education. Lucas also interned with Coffeehouse Press and served as a Rhetoric Assistant with Carleton College's Summer Writing Program. He graduated summa cum laude from Carleton with a degree in English.
Blenda comes to Genesys Works as a Program Manager after two years as a Coach with Admission Possible at Central High School. There she successfully guided a group of 40 students through the college application and financial aid process and helped GW alumni Amanda Moua become a Gate's Millennium Scholar. Blenda has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also worked as a research assistant in the Psychology department.
Before joining Genesys Works, Jackie was a Recruiting Associate with Youthworks, a local non-profit that provides life-changing, missions experiences for students ages 12-19. Jackie has also volunteered with Youth Enterprise tutoring and mentoring at-risk high school students. She has a BS in Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education from Augsburg College.
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Prior to joining Genesys Works, Mai Youa completed two terms of service with AmeriCorps as a high school coach at Central High School through Admission Possible. There she assisted 41 economically disadvantaged high school students through the college, financial aid, and transition to college processes. Mai Youa also worked as a research assistant for the Linguistics and Cognitive Science department at Dartmouth College and the Psychology department at Macalester College, from which she earned her B.A. in Psychology and Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese culture and language.
Krystal comes to Genesys Works after graduating from Carleton College with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Anthropology with a concentrating in Spanish and women's and gender studies. After graduation, she served two years as an AmeriCorps member with Admission Possible as a high school coach at Patrick Henry High School. There, she assisted 40 low income and promising students with the college application process resulting in 95 percent of her students gaining acceptance to college and winning scholarship dollars from the Wallin Foundation, the American Association of University Women - Minneapolis (AAUW), and the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). Krystal has also worked with the John's Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and the Carleton Liberal Arts Experience as a mentor to elementary and high school students.
Prior to joining Genesys Works, Joe spent two years as a Teach For America Corps Member. He was a middle school teacher in the low-income Kansas City school district. Joe also worked at a marketing firm in Omaha as an Account Coordinator. He graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations.
Lauren Nakamura joins Genesys Works as a program coordinator after working with students at Edison High School as a College Possible High School Coach. During her service with College Possible, Lauren provided guidance and support to high school students through the college application process and helped students troubleshoot financial, personal, and educational barriers standing in the way of their college aspirations. Lauren earned a BA in History with a concentration in Educational Studies from Carleton College. Lauren also enjoyed working as a research assistant for professors at Carleton College, the University of Maryland, and Michigan State University.
Prior to joining Genesys Works, Chris Snoddy worked with youth at Sanctuary Covenant Church. He has more than 10 years of experience working with high school students from various backgrounds. As a program director at Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation, he worked with urban youth to help them develop life skills and build a community of caring adults. Chris is a graduate of Tuskegee University, where he earned a BA in Elementary Education.
Mayfield is a seasoned computer technology teacher, having spent the last 10 years teaching entry-level computer skills at the East Metro OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Center) on the east side of St. Paul. He has served as a Cisco Networking Academy instructor at Inver Hills Community College and is well-versed in all aspects of network support. Mayfield received his B.S. in Applied Information Technology from Brown College. Born and raised in Ghana, Mayfield's story of how computers changed his life is both inspiring and motivating.
Caitlin is joining Genesys Works this year as the 2012-2013 Alumni Coordinator. Sponsored by the Saint Paul Mayor's office, this is her second year of service as an AmeriCorps member. Last year she served as a High School Junior Coach at College Possible, a non-profit dedicated to making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching support. There she helped 39 high school juniors increase their ACT scores by 23 percent and helped them begin preparation of their college application portfolios. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in May 2011 with a degree in Communications.