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Carolyn Marinan, president

Carolyn Marinan Public Affairs Officer
Hennepin County
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487


Term expires December 2018

Carolyn Marinan is the Public Affairs Officer for Hennepin County. She has worked in communications in the county since 1998. Previously Carolyn spent nearly 20 years in television news and promotion at WCCO TV, KSTP TV and KARE 11. She’s done talk radio and produced and hosted a local travel show on TPT. Her numerous awards include a New York Film Festival award, Telly Awards, Best of Gannett and AP. Carolyn serves on the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Board of Directors.
Carolyn graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Speech-Communication. She remains involved with mentoring students at the University of Minnesota along with being active in the Hennepin University Partnership. She lends her time as well to other worthwhile causes in need of communications and public relations.


Telly Mamayek, vice president

Telly Mamayek

Communications Director
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

15320 Minnetonka Boulevard
Minnetonka, MN 55345


Term expires December 2018

As Communications Director for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Telly serves as the District’s spokesperson and raises public awareness about the District’s work and the importance of water resource protection. She specializes in community, government and media relations, organizes special events and writes for local publications. Prior to joining the MCWD in February of 2011, Telly worked as a broadcast journalist, most recently at WCCO Radio in Minneapolis. She earned a number of awards for her reporting including an American Women in Radio and Television award.

Telly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota.


Ashley AukesAshley Aukes

Communications Specialist
Region Nine Development Commission

10 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001


Term expires December 2018

Ashley Aukes is a Certified Public Communicator and has served as the communications specialist for Region Nine Development Commission since 2013. Within those four years, she has used her expertise in marketing, social media and design to enhance Region Nine's brand presence. Through her communications work, Region Nine received the National Association of Development Organizations 2015 Innovation Award for Telling the Regional Government Story Differently.

Aukes is passionate about helping rural communities and entrepreneurs improve their marketing and communications. She has co-founded two Social Media Breakfast chapters in southern Minnesota and has also presented at numerous state and national conferences. Aukes has been an avid photographer for our 10 years and has received an award for her photography.


Yvonne Klinnert

Yvonne KlinnertPublic Information Manager
Washington County

14949 62nd Street North
P.O. Box 6
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082-0006


Term expires December 2019

Yvonne has served as the Public Information Manager at Washington County since 2009. Previous to this, she was the editor of the Stillwater Courier, and was in a number of positions at Sun Newspapers, including executive editor. Before joining Washington County, her background was in reporting and editing for community newspapers. Yvonne has a masters degree in urban planning and economic development from the Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of the arts degree from St. Cloud State University.


Kristi Saksvig

Kristi SaksvigManager of Communications, Library and Parks & Recreation
Ramsey County


Term expires December 2019

Kristi joined Ramsey County in 2000 with a focus on improving the graphic design of the Library’s newsletter and other publications. Since then, Kristi has advanced the communications strategies for all of the department’s public and employee print and electronic communications. She has also helped produce opening events for six of seven library locations as well as promoting and coordinating thousands of on-site programs each year. Currently, Kristi supervises a staff of two who are responsible for leading and developing all communications efforts for the Library and Parks & Recreation departments.

Kristi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Journalism/Mass Communication and a degree in Visual Communication from Brown Institute. She is a current member of MELSA Promotions and Adult Programming teams, and past member of NAGC and Minnesota Women in Marketing and Communication.


Mary Tan

MaryTanCommunications Coordinator
City of Brooklyn Park

5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443


Term expires December 2018

Mary has served as communications coordinator for the City of Brooklyn Park since 2007. Before this, she has worked at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, WAGA-TV in Atlanta, KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, WMTV-TV in Madison and WDIO-TV in Duluth. Mary is past president of the Asian American Journalists Association, member of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board, vice president of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications Alumni Board and member of the City of Buffalo’s Community Center Board.

Mary received a BA in music performance and political science from UW-Madison and a BA in broadcast journalism from U of M-Twin Cities. She guest hosts and reports for “Life to the Max,” a national TV show about people who live life to the fullest despite challenges.


Kaili Braa, CAPM

Administrative-Communications Coordinator
Dakota County Community Development Agency

1228 Town Centre Drive
Eagan, MN 55123


Term expires December 2019

As part of the Administration team at the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA), one of Kaili’s many tasks is the coordination of internal and external communications and information, whether on the intranet or agency’s website, or larger initiatives such as events and special projects. In addition, Kaili is the assistant to the Executive Director and clerk to the CDA Board of Commissioners, and assists with human resources and records management needs.

Kaili has a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato, and two professional certificates from the University of Minnesota: one in Communications and one in Project Management. She also holds a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) credential through the Project Management Institute (PMI), and has served on the MAGC Fall Conference Committee for two years prior to joining the Board.


Sharon Feiner

Manager of Creative Services
Metro Transit

560 Sixth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Term expires December 2019

Sharon Feiner leads Creative Services at Metro Transit, which offers an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter
trains as well as resources for those who carpool, vanpool, walk or bike.

Creative Services is responsible for brand development and consistency, social media, web development, publications and print, digital and environmental graphics.

She has nearly 30 years of experience in marketing and communications.


Alyssa MacLeod

Communications Specialist
City of Oakdale

1584 Hadley Ave N.
Oakdale, MN 55128


Term expires December 2019

Prior to joining the City of Oakdale in August 2017, Alyssa served in communication management roles for several organizations in the East Metro.

Her areas of expertise include graphic design, branding, social media management, photography, community building, and event planning. She holds a bachelor’s degree in design technology and a master’s degree in business administration.