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Shannon Pfarr Thompson

Shannon Pfarr Thompson
Vice President of Professional Development

P: (651) 290-6277

Shannon joined Ewald Consulting in 1999 and currently serves as Vice President of Meeting and Event Management, and Professional Development. Shannon has expertise in project management, strategic planning and board relations. Over the years she has served as the lead account executive for several Ewald Consulting clients. Shannon’s career includes experience as the committee administrator for the Transportation and Transit Committee in the Minnesota House of Representatives and acting as a Family Services Specialist for the Head Start program. Shannon holds a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame, and graduated with a dual major in political science and sociology. She earned her Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and in 2005 she achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation.

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Joe Flannigan

Joe Flannigan
Senior Professional Development Specialist/PD Technology Director

P: (651) 290-7497

Joe has more than 10 years of experience with Ewald Consulting, and more than 20 years experience in the fields of technology and design.

He has helped design and implement many Learning Management systems, and has also spent more than two years consulting on instructional design for clients, as well as spearheading the production of content for Ewald University.

In addition, Joe has more than 5 years experience in videography and has been a freelance photographer for the last eight years. His production work has been shown around the globe.

He has a B.A. in Strategic Communication from the University of Minnesota.

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Julia Renner

Julia Renner
Director of Professional Development

P: (651) 366-6084

Julia leads Ewald Consulting's professional development team in supporting the spectrum of training and development resources that associations offer. Her experience includes curriculum development and leading professional development seminars on instructional best practices. In her role as Director of Professional Development, she provides professional development strategy, oversees the management of continuing education credits, and provides Instructional Design insights for client programming. Julia has her B.A. in Political Science from the College of St. Benedict and her M.A. in Teaching from Marian University.

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Jessica Truhler

Jessica Truhler
Senior Professional Development Specialist

P: (651) 288-3436

As a Senior Professional Development Specialist, Jessica helps associations identify, create, and evolve solutions to the career development and core competency needs of their profession. Jessica joined Ewald Consulting in 2015. She brings more than five years of professional development experience to Ewald Consulting, including three years in a health care setting. She has led initiatives ranging from learning management system implementation to the creation and launch of certificate programs. Jessica manages a variety of continuing education events and employee mentorship programs. She has a B.A. from the College of Saint Benedict.

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Lily Mahan

Lily Mahan
Professional Development Specialist

P: (651) 290-7493

Lily serves as the Professional Development Coordinator to provide effective implementation of solutions to association's strategic professional development initiatives. In her role, she manages certification programs, webinars, continuing education credit administration and support for in-person trainings. Lily graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a BA in French and Francophone Studies and a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language.

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Whitney Murray

Whitney Murray
Professional Development Specialist

P: (651) 379-7293

Whitney joined Ewald Consulting in 2017, bringing with her four years of instructional teaching and experience in the field of client account operations and management. In her role as Professional Development Specialist, Whitney manages continuing education credits, plans and supports education seminars, and coordinates the professional development support needs for some of the company's most high-performing clients. Whitney began her career at Ewald Consulting as part of the Membership Development team. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Eau Claire.

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