Board of Directors

Mike Walsh, ABC, APR – President

Michael is the owner of Michael Walsh Communications, a public relations, social media and strategic communications consulting firm. With more than 20 years of professional communications experience, Michael was formerly vice president of Corporate Communications for U.S. Bank. Prior to that he held leadership roles in PR and communications for Capella Education Company and the Wilder Foundation. Michael 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 both IABC and PRSA.

Camie Melton Hanily – Past President

Camie is director of marketing and communications for the Hydraulics Group of Eaton Corporation where she oversees internal and external communications across a group of three global businesses. She started her career as a television news reporter before becoming a marketing communications leader in several different industries over the last fifteen years, including manufacturing, education and health care. Camie is certified in Change Management, has a master’s degree and is also a presentation coach at TEDx Minneapolis.

Andy Gardner, CMP President Elect

Andy is a Digital Communication Manager at Prime Therapeutics, where he focuses on advancing the company’s internal and external digital communication program. His skill set includes web content strategy, employee communication, user experience, web analytics, and digital capability planning. Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Winona State University.

Tammy L. Nienaber – VP of Professional Development

Tammy is Director of Franchisee Communications for Anytime Fitness at Self Esteem Brands. She is also owner of TLN Communicate, an independent consultancy that provides strategic communication advice to franchise brands, small businesses and nonprofits. Tammy has a master’s in business management and a bachelor’s in mass communications & public relations.

Ann Krzmarzick, ABC – CO-VP Convergence Summit

Paul Omodt, ABC, APR, SCMP – VP Finance

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.

Anne Sonnee – VP Membership

Amy Spencer – VP Communications

Ellen Vander Linden – VP Sponsorships

Amelia Reigstad, Ph.D., VP of Networking

Cindy Schmieg, SCMP, IABC Fellow CO-VP Convergence Summit

Ianthe Zabel – Secretary

Ianthe specializes in earned media and public affairs expertise through her communications consultancy, 202 Strategy. 202 is the area code in Washington, D.C., where she spent 15 years leading integrated media relations teams on Capitol Hill, for a federal financial regulatory agency, and for the mutual fund industry. She also worked in corporate communications for UnitedHealth Group after she relocated from D.C. to Minnesota. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, Ianthe started her career as a local television news reporter.