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Eric Ewald, CAE

Eric Ewald, CAE
Vice President

P: (651) 290-6266

Eric joined Ewald Consulting in 1994 and is a partner with the firm. He also serves as the General Manager of Ewald Consulting’s Chicago office. He earned his M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where he was a double major in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management. Eric provides strategic leadership for several Ewald Consulting clients. Eric is Ewald Consulting’s lead facilitator for governance workshops and strategic planning engagements. His experience over 20 years includes governance, strategic planning, budgeting, membership and government relations. Eric is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. He served as Chair of the Midwest Society of Association Executives (MSAE) board in 2011-2012 and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1999.

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Darrin Hubbard, CAE

Darrin Hubbard, CAE
Vice President of Association Management

P: (651) 290-7463

Darrin joined Ewald Consulting in 2005. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a concentration in Leadership and Management. During his time with Ewald Consulting, Darrin has played a key role in the management of several associations. He is experienced in project management, membership analysis, social media applications and developing creative marketing solutions. Darrin earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2010.

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Kim Bailey

Kim Bailey
Account Executive

P: (651) 379-7294

Kim Bailey comes to Ewald Consulting with almost 20 years of development experience specializing in relationship management, fundraising and development. She has worked with numerous non-profit as well as for-profit organizations and earned her degree in Organizational Management from Concordia in St. Paul.

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Ralph Gervasi

Ralph Gervasi
Senior Account Executive

P: (847) 447-1702

Ralph Gervasi, CAE comes to Ewald with more than 25 years of association experience. He has extensive experience providing consulting and management services to a number of European I.T. non-profit associations with a concentration in organization, strategic development, product development, serving member needs, and sound financial management. In the prior 15 years before Ewald, Ralph served COMMON Users Group which is the world’s largest user group for IBM-technologies. He spent the last 10 years of his tenure at COMMON as their Executive Director/CEO.

Ralph began his association career with the American Dental Hygienists Association in 1988. Throughout his association career, Ralph has held positions as executive director of the International Kitchen Exhaust Association and the Casual Furniture Retailers Association. He has also held director-level positions with the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors, Chicago Women in Publishing, National Association of Ticket Brokers as well as other associations and positions while working with Raybourn Group International - an association management company.

Ralph Gervasi maintains a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from DeVry University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Dominican University. He is a long-time member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Association Forum of Chicago.

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Lee Helgen

Lee Helgen
Account Executive

P: (651) 203-7254

Lee has extensive experience with association and nonprofit management, public policy development, and community engagement. Previously, he worked for two statewide associations and served on multiple nonprofit and governmental boards and commissions. Having served as Saint Paul City Council for eight years, Lee brings a valuable perspective on mobilizing community support. Given his broad-base of experience, he is well-positioned to help organizations see the big picture and develop action plans for accomplishing their goals.


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Gigi Jaber

Gigi Jaber
Account Executive

P: (847) 447-1707

Gigi joined Ewald Consulting in 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and has extensive experience as an executive assistant to senior level executives working on various projects. Gigi has previously worked with non-profit organizations and loves being able to contribute her strengths and skills to helping such organizations grow their business. She had the opportunity to live abroad in the West Bank and calls it a wonderful experience. Gigi is fluent in Arabic and Hebrew. She does a great deal of volunteer work with organizations that focus on bringing peace to the Middle East and absolutely loves devoting her spare time to that.

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Laurie Krueger, CAE

Laurie Krueger, CAE
Senior Account Executive

P: (651) 265-7846

Laurie joined Ewald Consulting in 2004 and has more than 15 years of experience in association management. Laurie has a broad range of knowledge in associations, including board governance; volunteer development; membership recruitment and retention; and meeting and special event planning. Prior to joining Ewald Consulting, she served as Member Services Director for a large state trade association. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Laurie earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2008.

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Katie Wallstein

Katie Wallstein
Account Executive

P: (651) 288-3427

Katie joined Ewald Consulting in February 2014 as a media and public relations assistant. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a degree in communications emphasizing mass media. Previously Katie was a member of the school newspaper staff at UWS, and also worked for a professional public relations firm in London, England during the summer of 2013.

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Arzu Alimohd

Arzu Alimohd
Assistant Account Executive

P: (651) 290-7483

Arzu joined Ewald Consulting in 2016. She pursued her B.A. in Global Studies and Political Science at the University of Minnesota and graduated in May 2016. She was very involved in Delta Gamma Fraternity serving as Vice President Finance and Director of Funds. She also spent a summer in London, UK working for Civil Service College, a company that is devoted to training and development for the public sector and civil servants.

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Siri Manning

Siri Livdahl
Assistant Account Executive

P: (651) 290-7484

Siri joined Ewald Consulting in 2016. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and as a student worked on energy policy in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Ewald Consulting, Siri served as a Mediator for the State of Minnesota on a variety of consumer issues.

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Margaux Meyer

Margaux Meyer
Assistant Account Executive

P: (651) 288-3433

Margaux joined Ewald in 2018. After graduating from Truman State University with a degree in political science, she worked in the legal profession and at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. She currently volunteers for the Minnesota Literacy Council.

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Dale Regnier, CAE

Dale Regnier, CAE
Chapter Relations Director

P: (847) 447-1701

Dale has more than 15 years of association management experience and joined Ewald Consulting in 2016. Previously, Dale worked for the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) in a variety of capacities for a little more than 10 years including membership development, communications, marketing, advertising sales and chapter relations. From 2000 to 2005, Dale worked for the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago (MCA) as Marketing & Communications Manager. Dale has a B.A. in communications/journalism from Loyola University of Chicago and earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2013.

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Jason Acord

Jason Acord
Director of Membership

P: (651) 366-6088

Jason joined Ewald Consulting in January 2016. He has more than ten years of non‐profit experience in membership recruitment and retention, communication, marketing, vender relations, team management, strategic planning and campaign design. Prior to working at Ewald, Jason worked for Minnesota Home Care Association, the Wisconsin Association for Justice and the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association.

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Dominika Kuzlak-Swanson

Dominika Kuzlak-Swanson
Membership Specialist

P: (651) 366-6086

Dominika began working at Ewald Consulting in 2015 in the Member Services Department.

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Whitney Murray

Whitney Murray
Membership Specialist

P: (651) 379-7293

Whitney graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Kinesiology. She was an elementary physical education teacher for four years, and spent the last two years working for an ATM company.

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In-House Executive Directors


Brandon Brever

Brandon Brever
Associate Director, Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA)

P: (651) 203-7253


Abbey Bryduck

Abbey Bryduck
Executive Director, Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association (MAPA)

P: (651) 203-7249

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Brent Christensen

Brent Christensen
President/CEO, Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA)

P: (651) 288-3723

Brent began working with the Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) in volunteer capacities, including chairing the Legislative Committee, Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In 2010, Brent joined the staff of the MTA as President/CEO. He is dedicated to advocating for the telecommunications industry and rural Minnesota, doing so through legislative, media, and community involvement. Educating the membership and the public about key issues is a top priority. In addition to his work with MTA, Brent serves on the Madelia (Minnesota) Public School Board.

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Sarah Derr

Sarah Derr
Executive Director, Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA)

P: (651) 265-7844

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Stephanie Menning

Stephanie Menning
Executive Director, Minnesota Utility Contractors Association (MUCA)

P: (651) 288-3422

Stephanie serves the members of MUCA by ensuring the association’s strategic direction, finances and operations adhere to its mission of promoting the industry through safety and, educational programs, scholarships, and advancing legislative priorities. Prior to MUCA, Stephanie was with the Midwest ENERGY Association for 17 years in a variety of positions; the last as Vice President, Gas Services since 2006. She is the pioneer/founder (2007) of Energetic Women, a national organization for women in natural gas and electric utilities, whose mission is to increase the pool of promotable women in energy operations and engineering. She is passionate about the utility industry and about serving women in non-traditional roles in male-dominated industries. Stephanie is recognized as an expert resource on leadership. Stephanie served on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Society of Association Executives (2008-11), as the St. Paul Ladies of Harley Director (2005-06) and is currently the National Night Out Block Leader in the Northrup Neighborhood in South Minneapolis.

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Connie Nordquist

Connie Nordquist
Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School Business Officials (MASBO)

P: (651) 999-8424

Connie has more than a decade of association management experience, and joined MASBO as the Executive Director in 2009. In this role, she is dedicated to supporting the individuals who manage the administrative, business and operations aspects of education in Minnesota, and to help provide a voice for the association at the state level.

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Anne Christensen

Anne Christensen
Administrative Assistant, Minnesota Telecom Alliance

P: (651) 288-3724

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