Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

Joanne Reeck

Interim Executive Director

Joanne oversees programming and executive management of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion.

Joanne is an IDI Qualified Administrator and an IDI Qualifying Seminar Instructor — her professional and personal experience bring a valuable perspective to The Forum’s mission. Born and raised in the Midwest by two white women, Joanne had the unique experience of growing up in an all-white community as a biracial child who was perceived by others as Black. Her journey navigating life in this complex world of race, culture, and ethnicity while working simultaneously through her own complicated racial identity development led to her passion for educating and training around issues of intercultural competency and racial and social justice. Joanne is currently a doctoral candidate studying leadership through the education program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and holds a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Additionally, Joanne has nearly 20 years of facilitation experience, the last eight of which she dedicated to building her own consulting company United for Change Consulting, LLC. where she serves as founder and lead consultant. Joanne believes that providing individuals and organizations with the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to work effectively across cultures leads to environments where all are affirmed in the entirety of their identities and able to reach their full potential. Furthermore, Joanne believes that striving to accomplish worldwide social justice is simply the price of admission for our time on this planet. When she’s not working in one of the above functions, she can be found serving on the Board of VocalEssence, a premier choral music organization based in the Twin Cities, or holding the position of Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Augsburg University in Minneapolis MN.

Joanne has an 11-year-old son named Mateo and a rescue dog named Nova. Whenever possible, the three of them will be camping and hiking at a Minnesota state park or spending time with extended family in Northern Minnesota.

Catherine Hurley

Catherine Hurley

Director of Partnership and Engagement

Catherine manages The Forum’s sponsorships, marketing, communications, branding and engagement.

Catherine has worked at Rolling Stone, Hearst Publishing and Food Network creating sponsorship packages and partnerships with many top worldwide brands. Most recently, she worked at Port Workspaces as Director of Sales, providing membership programs, creative spaces, communities and incubators for San Francisco Bay Area non-profits and startups.

An Augsburg University alum, Catherine is thrilled to return to campus to help bridge the gap between an amazingly diverse population of graduates and an equitable, inclusive workforce ready to hire them. She is also very glad there are no known recordings of her college radio show.

Meet the Village – Thank you To Everyone Who

Contributed To the 2023 35th Annual Conference


Event Staff

2023 Program Committee


Heidi Batz Rogers – Creative Director

Mark Bergren – Volunteer Coordinator

Michael Gillis – Onsite Tech

James Gottfried – Event Planner

Sue Griffin – Program Manager

Bahb Heddle – Onsite Tech

Gabriel Hernandez  Production Coordinator

Steven Humerickhouse – Executive Diretor

Ernest Jefferson – Sponsor Registration/Logistics

Junia Joseph Benham – Coaching Virtual Assistance

Kim Kanowitz – Project Manager

Mike Koske – Marketplace Logistics

Manda Krueger – Assistant Event Planner

Jackie Lee Stone – Catering Mgr (pre-event)

Robin Menier – Green Room Mgr/Asst. Stage Mgr

Sarah Morreim – Event Photography

Dane Paulson – AV for Coaching Rooms

Shannon Pierce – General Session Producer

Ben Rue – Program Manager

Debbie Tallen – Virtual Event Producer

Grayson Seguin  – AV for Coaching Rooms

Janvi Sharma – Virtual Cvent Support

Manual Stelmach – Onsite Cvent Support

Mikaela Vogland – Registrar

Destine Xiong – Stage Manager

Wyatt Yager – Associate Director Finance & Ops

Matthew Zyla – Onsite Tech



Brenna Artinger – Tanenbaum

Myra Basar – Atmosphere Commercial Interiors

Jessica Broniszewski – Cargill

Shanticka Buchanan – Allianz

Chris Cardarelli – Merck

Tiffanee Dykes – CIA

Doralisa Eatherton – Great River Energy

Drinal Foster – Wells Fargo

Chantell Garrett

Janet Huber – Bank of Oklahoma

Ying Iverson – Capella University

Briana Joyner – Minnesota Historical Society

Jennifer London

Chris Matuseski – HealthPartners

Karin McCabe – McGough

Angela Myles – YWCA

Sarah Peterson – General Mills

Corey Smith – Nike

Dee Steimle – Enable Inclusion

Maurielle Storms – Huntington Bank

LaToya Taris-James – Augsburg University

Doug Thompson – Gustavus Adolphus

Tony Tolliver – Center for Economic Inclusion

Angel Uddin – University of Minnesota

Kurt Wiger – Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Center




Hannah Chadwick – Disability:IN

Deb Dagit – Deb Dagit Consulting

Amanda Temple – Mpls Advisory Committee on PwD

Angie Fuego – Federal Government



Mae Brooks – Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Ann Feaman – State of MN

Shawn Sorrell – Hennepin County



Josine Durant – Allina Health

Tom Kottke – HealthPartners

Maria Regan Gonzalez – Fairview Health

Riikka Salonen – BCT Partners

Myat Tun – Fairview Health



Amy Batiste – Creative Catalysts

Betsy Lofgren – University of St. Thomas

Manichan Joy Nguyen

Bill Wells – Bill Wells & Associates

Kurt Wiger – Allina Health

Destiny Xiong – City of Minneapolis

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