Meet our discussion leaders
Anderson Center’s teaching team is comprised of both Discussion Leaders for the Harvard Business School case method and facilitators certified by FranklinCovey®. Our team of Discussion Leaders has significant expertise and brings their practical knowledge to each of the forums by facilitating discussions and drawing out the experiences of forum participants. Periodically, Anderson Center hosts the Discussion Leadership Forum to develop and certify new Discussion Leaders interested in joining our team, led by a case method expert from Harvard Business School.
Aaron is a Discussion Leader for the Supervisors Forum. He is currently Vice President of Quality, Regulatory and Employee Engagement at Microbiologics. Aaron is a seasoned Human Resources executive and Strategic Business Partner with over 11 years of experience leading multi-state HR operations at the corporate level. He has developed Human Resources functions from the ground up and has created best practices to fit specific business cultures and needs. He is also a licensed attorney in the state of Minnesota with an MBA and current SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.
Amy is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum, the Finance Forum, the Strategy Forum and the Management Forum. She finds the case discussion format incredibly rewarding as she learns more about each individual and organization represented while helping the participants build their own skills. Amy is an Associate Professor of Accounting at St. Cloud State University. A graduate of the College of St. Benedict, she also earned an MBA from St. Cloud State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.
Barry brings over thirty years of operations and management experience to the classroom as a Discussion Leader for the Management Forum, he also teaches a class in Business Consulting for St. Cloud State University. He feels that the greatest benefit of being a Discussion Leader is the opportunity to engage with individuals from a variety of businesses. He is the Director of the Small Business Development Center. Barry earned a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Training and Development from St. Cloud State University, and he is a Certified Economic Development Professional.
Bob is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum. He opens each of the three weeks of the forum with a case study on leadership. Bob enjoys learning about the participants’ organizations and talking through the tools presented during the forum. He is currently the managing partner at Mahowald in St. Cloud, a fourth-generation family business. Bob received his undergraduate degree from West Point and served as an Infantry Officer with the US Army for seven years. He also received his MBA from the University of St. Thomas before joining Mahowald.
Brad serves as a Discussion Leader for the Marketing Forum and the Executive Forum. He values the learning and fun that comes from the case discussion format which draws out different perspectives from a group’s diverse set of experiences. Brad has had a variety of professional experiences having been a field artillery officer in the US Army, a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Microbiologics and most previously as President at Eurofins. He was recently appointed to the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Lexington Manufacturing. He graduated from the United States Military Academy and holds an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Brian is a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum. He retired in March 2014 from a 36-year banking career, most recently as Managing Vice President of Sales for Capital One, and is currently the CEO of Myres Consulting and the COO of DAYTA Marketing. He is on the Governance Committee of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation and he serves on the SCSU – Herberger College of Business Advisory Board. Brian is a graduate of St. Cloud State University.
Brian is the Forum Leader for the Leading Negotiations Forum and is also a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum. Having served as an adjunct professor at St. Cloud State University, Brian feels the case method is a great technique to learn from the experiences of other participants. As an attorney at Moss & Barnett’s St. Cloud office, he focuses on family and closely-held businesses. Brian is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and he earned a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Bruce “Harv” Busta
Harv serves as the Forum Leader for the Finance Forum and as a Discussion Leader for the Strategy Forum. When asked about his area of interest, Harv said, “As strange as it sounds, I really love accounting. It is central to the success of a business. It can be surprisingly subjective and fun!” He is a professor for the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Spain, and was formerly a Professor of Accounting at St. Cloud State University. He holds a Ph.D in Accountancy from the University of Nebraska, has received several awards for his teaching, and has published cases in business journals.
Bryan is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum and is a strong believer in participant-centered learning and the case method. When asked to elaborate, Bryan said, “My richest learning experiences have been via case studies. They combine the chance to tackle a real-world problem with the opportunity to see how a diverse group of professionals approaches the same challenge.” Bryan is currently the President/CEO for DeZURIK. Prior to DeZURIK, Bryan was employed by the Brunswick Corporation, where he was President of the Crestliner Division. Bryan is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and he earned his MBA from Duke University.
Dean is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum and Management Forum. When asked about his interest in being a Discussion Leader, he shared, “I find meeting the participants, exploring their ideas, and learning about their organizations inspiring. I also like the challenge of guiding the participants to look at situations from fresh perspectives.” Dean is currently the Director of Customer Experience at Winnebago Industries in Eden Prairie. Prior to that, he was the Vice President of Product Marketing for GEOTEK in Stewartville and has a wealth of marketing management experiences from such companies as Toro, General Mills, and General Electric. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Earl puts his experience in marketing and training to use as a Discussion Leader for the Management Forum, Leading Negotiations Forum, Marketing Forum, and the Leading Change Forum. When speaking of his role as a Discussion Leader, Earl shared, “Many participants come into the forums believing that their circumstances are unique. They leave with valuable connections with industry peers and others in their community.” He is currently President at BerganKDV and was formerly with Tarantella Software. He holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.
Eric is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum, the Management Forum, and the Leading Negotiations Forum. In Eric’s role as an investment banker, he works closely with owners and management teams and negotiations related to ownership and management succession planning. Eric is currently the Managing Director at BMO Capital Markets and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. A graduate of Carleton College, he earned a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Greg is the Forum Leader for the Strategy Forum, and he enjoys helping organizations align their efforts to a common objective with a clear strategy – and then identifying the activities necessary to execute on that strategy. He is currently the President/Chief Operating Officer at Coldspring. As a CPA, Greg’s background also includes finance, and he serves as a board member for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations. He holds an AMP degree from Harvard.
Greg enjoys being a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum because he feels “the participants are experienced and motivated to learn, making it a rich experience for all involved.” Greg is a Partner with Granite Equity Partners, and was formerly the Principal and founder of Schumacher Executive Search in Minneapolis. He received an MBA from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University.
Jeff is the Forum Leader for the Marketing Forum. He enjoys helping others realize their full potential. During his career he has successfully championed and led dozens of initiatives to deliver improved organizational performance. Jeff’s background includes twelve years of sales and marketing experience. He is currently the General Manager at Wendell’s, Inc. out of Ramsey, Minn. Jeff has also been a board member for WACOSA since 2014 and was appointed Board President in 2016. He is a graduate of St. John’s University, and he earned his MBA at the Carlson School of Management.
Joanne is a Discussion Leader for the Executive Forum, Management Forum and Strategy Forum. As the Director of Strategy Services for Granite Equity Partners, Joanne has been exposed to organizations undergoing significant change. She enjoys working with groups who are refining their strategies, and she is particularly interested in giving people the tools to implement change well. Prior to her Granite and consulting work, Joanne spent eight years working in the manufacturing industry, six of them with Honeywell, a large global technology and manufacturing leader. Joanne has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Jolene puts her experience in “consultative facilitation” to use as a Discussion Leader for the Marketing Forum. Alternating between consulting and client side assignments, Jolene has worked with a variety of businesses across a number of industries. She is currently a principal with Astrion Partners, a business and brand strategy consulting group. Previously she was CMO for Bellisio Foods and has held a variety of assignments during her tenures with The Pillsbury Company and Best Buy. She holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.
Josh is a Discussion Leader for the Operations Forum and facilitates a case on Lean Initiatives. He is currently the Director of Stone Operations at Coldspring. Josh began his career at Coldspring as an intern and has held positions in Production Management, Continuous Improvement, and Corporate Purchasing. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Operations Management.
June is FranklinCovey®-certified and a facilitator for the Leadership Forum and the 7 Habits for Managers Forum as well as the Supervisors Forum. She is currently a consultant with Granite Equity Partners. Prior to joining Granite Equity, she served as Leadership Development Manager for a large corporation serving a family of companies. She holds many certifications focused on leadership and coaching, including The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, and she is an Achieve Global master trainer. June graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in English and she earned a Master’s degree in Education from St. Cloud State University.
Kathy serves as a Discussion Leader for the Marketing Forum and Management Forum. Kathy enjoys meeting and interacting with the participants and discussing marketing concepts. She is currently the Marketing Director at Coldspring, a company highly supportive of case study methodology. Prior to joining Coldspring, Kathy was employed by Wolters Kluwer (aka Bankers Systems) and Webber Advertising. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in Marketing.
Kevin Ennis is a FranklinCovey®-certified facilitator, was a full-time consultant for FranklinCovey for three years, and serves as a Discussion Leader for the Leadership Forum, 7 Habits for Managers Forum and Speed of Trust Forum. Today, Kevin is an independent HRD/OE Consultant with over 20 years of US-based and international experience as a leader and consultant. Throughout his career, Kevin has served in a variety of positions including the Director of Strategic Learning & Development at UnitedHealth Group, Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Carlson Hotels Worldwide, and Director of People Development for Radisson Edwardian Hotels, London UK. Kevin is a retired US Navy officer with 20-years of service. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Political Science/History and went on to study International HR and Management at the University of St. Thomas.
Mardi Noyes is a Discussion Leader for the Supervisors Forum. Currently the Director of Human Resources for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Mardi has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She shares HR knowledge with several St. Cloud-area boards and advisory groups, is a former adjunct instructor at St. Cloud State University, and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois, and she is professionally certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a Society for Human Resources Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Mary Jo Wimmer
Mary Jo is FranklinCovey®-certified and a facilitator for the Leadership Forum, Supervisors Forum and the 7 Habits for Managers Forum. She has a passion for rural communities, organizations, and the way of life they offer. She has lived this passion throughout her career through the design and delivery of educational and organizational development programs in rural Minnesota. As principal of Trillium Leadership Development, she serves as a Senior Trainer and design team member for the Blandin Foundation’s Community Leadership programs, provides strategic planning services for rural communities and organizations and helps individuals and organizations develop their intercultural competency. Mary Jo has a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Adult and Extension Education.
Matt Kilian is FranklinCovey®-certified and a facilitator for the Leadership Forum. He is currently the President of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest chambers in Minnesota at more than 900 business members. Prior to that, Matt served as Vice President for External Relations at the Initiative Foundation for 15 years. He began his career at an advertising agency and has also taught college courses in both advertising and public relations. Matt gets his energy from brainstorming big new ideas, facilitating meaningful discussions, and building bridges between business and community leaders. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mass Communications.
Melissa serves as a Discussion Leader for the Anderson Center’s Leading Change Forum. She enjoys being a Discussion Leader as it provides an opportunity for her to impact participants’ professional growth and development as well as her own. Melissa has a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and over 10 years of experience in Human Resources. Today she is a business consultant as well as a family and marriage counselor. She was previously the Director of Human Resources at NativeX, where she partnered with business leaders to align human resources with the strategic goals of the organization.
Pam serves as a Discussion Leader for the 7 Habits for Mangers Forum and Leading Change Forum. She is currently the Vice President of Economic Development at the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation in Owatonna. Pam has worked in community and economic development for 20 years, convening conversations that further business efforts and community collaborations to foster economic prosperity in southern Minnesota. Pam’s passion to guide conversations often result in creative processes, collaborative partnerships, and pioneering results. This same passion is a key reason she chose to serve as a Discussion Leader.
Pat is a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum. Pat believes that the case method is one of the most powerful learning tools he’s ever experienced, sharing, “It allows us to engage with real-world, practical solutions analogous to those that we face in business every day.” His work as a Partner at Granite Equity Partners has given him insight into strategic planning and management succession. Prior to Granite, Pat worked for nine years in several positions with Medtronic. Pat currently serves on the Boards of Microbiologics and the United Way of Central Minnesota. Pat earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and his BA at Carleton College.
Rick serves as the Forum Leader for the Governance Forum and is Managing Partner at Granite Equity Partners. His direct experience with governance includes planning for and developing advisory boards and full boards of directors – either from scratch or as a reorganization. He brings valuable board experience to the forum, having served on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards over the past ten years. Rick is a graduate of Saint John’s University, and he went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Shelly Bauerly Kopel
Shelly serves as a Discussion Leader for the Governance Forum and as Forum Leader for the Supervisors Forum. When asked about the role of the Anderson Center, Shelly said, “I believe in human capital and that people can make all the difference. I am particularly interested in the role of leadership development and management education in shaping and growing organizations.” Shelly is a Partner with Granite Equity, leading its governing activities, and she brings a variety of board governance experience to this forum. She serves on the boards of Vector Windows and the College of Saint Benedict and has served on several other boards in the past. Shelly holds a Master’s in Education degree from Harvard, an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, and a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Steve is the Forum Leader for the Operations Forum, where he facilitates a case on Operations Culture and a Supply Chain Simulation. He is currently the Quarry Materials Director at Coldspring, responsible for the advancement and expansion of the Quarry Products Division. Steve has held prior positions with the organization in the areas of Continuous Improvement and Purchasing and Logistics. Prior to joining Coldspring, he was a Consultant for Brian P. Little and Associates. Steve holds degrees in Business Management from Mankato State University and Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
Tim is a Discussion Leader for the Operations Forum, where he facilitates a case on Quality Control and Process Flow. Tim is currently the Executive Vice President of Municipal for DeZURIK. Prior to joining DeZURIK, Tim was the President of a small contract manufacturing firm in Central Minnesota and spent 10 years in the appliance industry with Electrolux. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University and an MBA from St. Cloud State University.
Tracy is a Discussion Leader for the Management Forum, where she enjoys working with the participants and sharing her experiences with systems improvements. Tracy is currently the Technology & Well-being Director for Granite Equity Partners. She has experience working with clients on business system improvement with a focus on sales force automation, marketing, and channel management. She holds an MBA from St. Cloud State University.