Executive Team & Board of Directors

Minnesota Children’s Museum Executive Team

Dianne Krizan, President

About Dianne
Dianne has led the museum since 2010. Under her leadership, the museum launched and completed a $30 million expansion and renovation of the flagship location in downtown St. Paul. During her tenure, the museum has opened a satellite in Rochester, installed literacy-based exhibits in libraries across the state and increased scholarship memberships for low-income families.

Dianne has a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and a master of public affairs from the University of Minnesota. She focused the first 18 years of her career on research and development, including director of innovation at General Mills. Prior to joining the museum, she led fundraising efforts as managing director of development at Minnesota Public Radio and its national affiliates. Dianne’s favorite ways to play involve golf and photography.

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Briana Geurink, Vice President of Philanthropy

About Briana
Briana joined the museum in August 2019. Prior to joining the museum, she served as vice president of advancement at Opportunity Partners and oversaw the annual giving program at Animal Humane Society. Briana is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and an active leader in advancing philanthropy, serving at the Minnesota President for the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2018 and currently serving on the organization’s Board of Directors. Briana’s favorite way to play is gardening with her kids (for the few months when weather allows!).

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Bob Ingrassia, Vice President of External Relations

About Bob
Bob joined the museum in 2014, bringing more than 20 years of communications, marketing and digital media experience. He oversees the marketing, communications and sales departments, leading efforts that drive attendance and membership while engaging parents in the power of play. He also plays a leading role in analyzing and forecasting attendance and revenue trends.

Prior to joining the museum, Bob led accounts at an integrated marketing agency in Minneapolis and served as a reporter and editor at news organizations in St. Paul, New York City and Dallas. Bob earned a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota. Fun fact: Bob’s “other car” is a 1967 Plymouth Barracuda convertible.

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Joe Olson, Vice President of Museum Experience

About Joe
Joe has more than 20 years’ experience at the museum in various leadership roles in visitor services and building operations. He oversees visitor experiences, visitor services, security, facilities and housekeeping.

Prior to coming to the museum, Joe spent 15 years in customer service management and merchandising in the retail industry. He is a University of Minnesota graduate. Joe is not a huge animal lover, yet somehow he wound up with two cats, two dogs, and a bunch of fish. He spends his free time plotting out extended road trips that he sometimes actually gets to take.

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Board of Directors

Officers

Michael Fiddelke, Chair of the Board, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Target

Suzette Huovinen, Chair Elect and Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Premier Life Insurance Company

Kate McRoberts, Secretary, Managing Partner, Fathom Consulting

Board Members

Will Au-Yeung, Vice President, Finance, Off-Road/Snow Vehicles, Polaris

Kelly Axtell, Senior Manager, Global Sales & Service Enablement, RBC Global Asset Management

Kevin Balon, Senior Vice President, Transformation Office – Allocation & Governance, Best Buy

Debra Bauler, CIO, Cargill Protein and Salt

Robert Befidi, Division Vice President, 3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division​, 3M

Jennifer Bratton, Managing Director & Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Matt Brown, Partner, Tax Services, Lurie, LLP

Tony Brown, Director, Risk Assurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Adrian Chiu, Vice President, Total Rewards & HR Technology, Pentair

Elizabeth Cummings, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Hayley Cunningham Tang, Community Banking Digital Lead, U.S. Bank

Gerald Denson, Vice President, Value-Added Services, Brenntag North America

Liz Deziel, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, U.S. Bank

Albino Feijo, Vice President, Operational Excellence, Target

HT Fish, Private Citizen and Community Volunteer

Abbey Godlewski, Vice President – Private Client Advisor, Private Bank, Bank of America

Krista Hagen, MD, Southdale Pediatrics

Julie Joyce, Chief Corporate Actuary, Travelers

Michael Kaphing, Shareholder, Briggs & Morgan

Chris Kelley, President & Senior Portfolio Manager, Compass Capital

Jim Mancini, Vice President, C.H. Robinson

Steve Mog, Senior Vice President and General Manager, The Home Depot Division, Andersen Corp.

James Momon, Senior Director, Global Inclusion, General Mills

Jim Mulrooney, Vice President/Relationship Team Lead, Wells Fargo Government and Institutional Banking

Tim Noel, CEO of Medicare and Retirement, UnitedHealthcare

Pilar Oppedisano, Head of JP Morgan Private Bank, Minnesota

Gail Peterson, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, Ecolab

Scott Peterson, Vice President Hospitality & Residential Development, United Properties

Andrea Piepho, Director, Actuary, Thrivent Financial

Elisa Rasmussen, Manager Community Relations and Foundation, Xcel Energy

Liz Revnew Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel, CSH & APV, Medtronic

Elizabeth Rominski, Parent

Nicole Sever, Director & Market Executive Commercial Banking, BMO Harris Bank

Kimberlee Sinclair, Director Global Communications & Foundation Executive Director, HB Fuller

Cassidy Steiner, Elementary Teacher, Blake School

Katharine Tinucci, Director – Corporate Communications, Endeavor Air

Robert Wollan, Global Managing Director, Accenture Strategy – Consumer Insight & Growth Strategy, Accenture

Drew Zinkel, MD, Associate Medical Director for Quality, HealthPartners Health Plan

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