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Kathie Pugacewski, CAE, CMP

Kathie Pugacewski, CAE, CMP
Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Technology

P: (651) 265-7859

Kathie Pugaczewski is the Vice President of Marketing Communications and Technology. She has more than 30 years of association management experience with a focus on technology platform strategy, marketing communications, conference management, continuing education and certification programs. She joined Ewald Consulting in 2005. Previously, Kathie worked for the Midwest Association of Association Executives (MSAE) as Marketing Director and the Builders Association of Minnesota as Executive Vice President. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and completed the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Notre Dame. In 2003, she earned her CAE designation. In 2009, she earned her Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) designation. In 2019, she earned her Certified Recognition Professional (CRP) designation and her Qualified Association Specialist (QAS) designation.

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Laurie Pumper, CAE

Laurie Pumper, CAE
Communication Director

P: (651) 290-6273

Laurie joined Ewald Consulting in 1990 after working in a variety of association management positions. Her position as Communication Director involves editing and proofing client publications; providing strategy for clients’ publications and communication work, and providing strategy for clients’ social media efforts. She is an active member of the Midwest Society of Association Executives. Laurie earned a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Minnesota. She serves as an Adult Interpretive Volunteer at the Minnesota Zoological Garden and has served as a member of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees (Board chair, 2005-07). Laurie earned her CAE designation in 1995.

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Nicki Brunner

Nicki Brunner
Art Director

P: (651) 290-7494

As Art Director, Nicki creates newsletters, brochures, websites and a variety of other communication pieces. Nicki joined Ewald Consulting in 2004, after graduating from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a B.F.A. in graphic design and arts in media. Nicki writes a popular Twin Cities mom blog as well as serving as volunteer web designer for Northern Paws Pet Lodge, River Looks Salon, and other small, local businesses.

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Anna Wrisky

Anna Wrisky
Director of Design and Usability

P: (651) 290-6298

Anna Wrisky joined Ewald Consulting in 2008 as a Communication Specialist. Previously, she worked as a graphic designer for Viking Industrial Center for more than 3 years. Anna graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2004 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and minors in both Photography and Arts in Media. She worked as art director for the University newspaper, the UMD Statesman, and as a designer for UMD Sports Information.

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Brian Fewell

Brian Fewell
Senior Communication Specialist

P: (651) 290-6260

Brian joined Ewald in 2015, bringing several years of experience in written and visual communication. After receiving his B.A. in English, he spent 5 years writing software documentation for IBM. He is a self-taught graphic designer and perpetual student who enjoys learning new skills.

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Sue Peterson

Sue Peterson
Senior Communication Specialist

P: (847) 447-1704

Sue has more than 25 years of communication and graphic design experience, joining Ewald Consulting in 2002 where she has been the Executive Director for the Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff (AGSES), Managing Director for The Forum: Business Results Through People, and Director of Membership for the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) while also providing communication and graphic design services for Ewald clients. Previously, Sue has held the positions of communications director, administrative director and volunteer coordinator in several non-profit work environments. She began her professional career with 3M in St. Paul, MN after graduating from Rochester Community & Technical College.

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Sue Yoemans

Sue Yoemans
Senior Communication Specialist

P: (651) 366-6092

Sue Yoemans joined Ewald Consulting in 2013 as a part-timer to help with the YourMembership transitions and has recently been hired on full-time as a communications specialist. She has a B.A. in Art from College of St. Benedict. Previously, Sue worked as an Embroidery Artist. She served on the board for the Minnesota Dairy Goat Association. She enjoys thrift store shopping, playing volleyball, and showing dairy goats.

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Mei Li Brown

Mei Li Brown
Communication Specialist

P: (651) 203-7251

Mei Li joined the Ewald Consulting team in 2018 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December of 2017. She graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts: Radio, TV, & Film and certificate in Digital Studies. Prior to graduation, Mei Li worked as lead webmaster at the university’s wellness and recreation department.

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Sijia Fan

Sijia Fan
Communication Specialist

P: (651) 290-6260

Sijia joined the Ewald Consulting team in 2017 as a Communication Specialist. Previously, she worked as a graphic/web designer at the University of North Dakota for two years. She graduated from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Graphic Design Technology and a certification in Entrepreneurship.

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Sonja Nelson

Sonja Nelson
Communication Specialist

P: (651) 290-6271

Sonja joined the Ewald Consulting team in 2017 after returning to Minnesota from a previous communications role with The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida. She is a 2016 graduate of St. Olaf College where she studied English, studio art and management studies. In her free time, Sonja enjoys traveling to new places, reading the classics and spending time at her family cabin up north.

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Rebecca Wegscheid

Rebecca Wegscheid
Digital Media Specialist

P: (651) 290-7473

Rebecca Wegscheid joined Ewald Consulting in 2018 as a Digital Marketing Specialist. Previously, she worked as a Marketing Communications Specialist for a local engineering firm for 6 years and served as PR Committee Chair for the local branch of a national A/E/C organization. Rebecca graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2011, with a B.A. in Communications with a dual focus of Organizational/Leadership Communication and Relational Communication; and a minor in Political Science. While in school Rebecca served as a teaching assistant for the Communications department and was a featured author in the department’s alumni newsletter prior to graduation.

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Jessie Austin

Jessie Austin
Marketing and Communication Specialist


Cameron Frost

Cameron Frost
Marketing Specialist

P: (651) 366-6083

Cameron is a current sophomore at the University of Minnesota pursuing a BSB in marketing with minors in graphic design and leadership. She is very involved in the business community around Carlson, holding leadership positions in multiple student organizations. In addition, she completed a marketing internship last summer in London, UK.

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