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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 Techonology Director

P: (651) 290-7497

Joe has more than 10 years of experience with Ewald Consutling, 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’s professional experience is in curriculum development and leading professional development seminars on instructional best practices for teachers. In her role as Professional Development Specialist, she manages continuing education credits, plans and supports education seminars, and provides Instructional Design feedback on programming within the Professional Development Department. 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

Jessica brings more than five years of professional development experience to Ewald Consulting, including three years in a health care setting. She has been involved in areas such as new hire onboarding, learning management system implementation, continuing education events and employee mentorship programs. Jessica has her B.A. in Political Science from the College of Saint Benedict.

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Larry Bell

Larry Bell
Professional Development Specialist

P: (651) 366-6087

Larry has worked for Ewald since 2014. He specializes in online hosting of eLearning sessions and provides detailed training for presenters.

Larry has extensive experience in client and customer relations. In addition to hosting more than 100 webinars each year, he also provides support in learning development in Ewald’s Learning Management Systems.

He has a B.A. in Graphic Design from The Art Institutes International of Minnesota.

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Rachel Dicks

Rachel Dicks
Professional Development Specialist

P: (651) 290-6297

Rachel has six years of experience managing professional development, continuing education credit administration, meeting planning and association experience. Rachel works with clients to manage and oversee their educational programs and help clients maintain their educational and professional licenses in various areas of expertise. She has her A.A. in Administrative Management.

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Lily Mahan

Lily Mahan
Professional Development Coordinator

P: (651) 290-7493

Lily serves as the Professional Development Coordinator at Ewald Consulting where her work supports the strategic initiatives of the Professional Development Department. In her role, she has acquired experience managing certification programs, webinars, continuing education credit administration and supporting in-person trainings. Lily graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Spring 2017 with a BA in French and Francophone Studies and minors in Teaching English as a Second Language and Marine Biology.

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