Board of Directors

Susan Otten, ABC, MBA – President

Chief Operating Officer, VITAL WorkLife, Inc. Susan is chief operating officer for VITAL WorkLife, Inc., a national behavioral health consulting company. She directs the company's finance, service delivery, product development, marketing and sales operations. Susan holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Benedictine University in Illinois. She is also certified in the GRI Sustainability Reporting Process, a part of the Global Reporting Initiative. Susan is also the IABC Minnesota Masterminds leader for veteran communicators.

Sarah Matsumoto, President-Elect

Account Executive, Patterson Companies Sarah is a creative services and communications account executive at Patterson Companies, focusing on the dental market. Her skill set includes social media, media relations, media planning, public relations, account management and event activation. Sarah earned her bachelor's degree in strategic communications from the University of Minnesota.

Mark Kretschmar, ABC – Past President

Communications Manager, Lion Precision Mark is a communications manager for a local manufacturer, a communications consultant and an adjunct professor of communications at two metro-area universities. He holds a master of arts degree and a bachelor of science degree in communication studies, as well as a certificate in post-secondary teaching.

Paul Omodt, ABC, APR – VP Finance

Owner and Principal, Omodt & Associates Critical Communications Paul is owner and principal of Omodt & Associates Critical Communications, a full-service public relations firm. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas where he teaches integrated communications. He holds professional accreditations from IABC and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Paul earned his undergraduate degree and master's degree in business communications from the University of St. Thomas.

Celia Hubbartt – VP Prof Development

Creative Services Account Executive, Patterson Companies Celia works as a creative services account executive, primarily focusing on the dental market. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in mass communications, public relations emphasis, and German.

Mike Walsh, ABC, APR – VP Ext. Comm

Sr. Manager of Public Relations, U.S. Bank Mike is senior manager of public relations for U.S. Bank Wealth Management, where he leads the overall public relations strategy. Mike holds a master's degree in business communications, as well as a bachelor's degree in print journalism, from the University of St. Thomas. He has accreditations from IABC and PRSA.

Ellen Vander Linden – VP Internal Comm

Communications Consultant Principal, Spark Your Audience Specializing in communication planning and key message development, Ellen works with medium to large organizations that want to speed the adoption of desired behaviors and increase audience engagement. She also works one-on-one with leaders who want to deliver clear, consistent messages. Ellen graduated from Iowa State University – College of Business.

Diana Dukich – VP Membership

Lead Strategic Communications Consultant, AHC, Diana is lead strategic communications consultant for AHC, a U.K.-based employee benefits communication agency, and established its U.S. subsidiary. Diana graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a dual degree: a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Finance, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies. She is also the IABC Minnesota Gift of Communication Chair.

Tammy L. Nienaber – VP Sponsorships

Director of Communications, Great Clips, Inc. Tammy is director of communications for Great Clips, Inc., a major salon brand with locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, where she leads internal communications, social media, public relations, cause-branding and customer feedback. She earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications and public relations from Moorhead State University and a master's degree in management from University of Mary-Bismarck, North Dakota.