Christina is the Vice President of V-TEK, Inc. where she plays a key role in the company’s overall performance, leading organizational strategy, promoting operational effectiveness and elevating company performance through innovative leadership. As the Vice President she has corporate oversight of Human Resources, Marketing, Customer Service, Facility Management, Field Service, Safety and Quality, in this role she is responsible for leading the internal processes for promoting and ensuring V-TEK’s compliance with laws, regulations, company policies and contracts, risk management and strategic workforce planning.
Christina has extensive experience leading organizational transformations, driving large scale growth, talent acquisition and retention, leadership development, regulatory compliance and customer management, utilizing her experience she has been a volunteer with SHRM for over 10 years serving in multiple roles at her home chapter SMAHRA located in Mankato, most recently as Chapter President for 2 years.
Christina received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with an emphasis on Conflict Management & Negations from Minnesota State University, Mankato and is currently completing her MBA.
Carrie Patton, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
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Carrie Patton is the Director of Human Resources for the law firm of Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. In this role, Carrie leads the Human Resources team and guides the firm both in its overall human resources strategy, as well as day-to-day tactics. Among her responsibilities are compensation and benefits; policy development and administration; employee relations; performance management and recruiting.
Carrie has more than 20 years of experience in the human resources profession, and has worked with a diverse range of companies and industries.
Carrie is an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), where she currently serves the Twin Cities chapter as a member of the Board of Directors and Immediate Past President. In addition, she is Treasurer of the Minnesota SHRM State Council.
Carrie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Bemidji State University, and her Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business. She is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Through my engagement and volunteerism, I have gained valuable knowledge and experience and have built a network of HR professionals that reaches into multiple countries. I am dedicated to using my experiences and network to put great HR people to work!
For two decades, I have held corporate recruiting and HR roles, and I have been an active member and volunteer with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Twin Cities Human Resource Association (TCHRA). I held several board roles with TCHRA, including President and Past President.
My human resources and talent acquisition career has spanned across the hospitality, not-for profit, financial services and manufacturing industries and includes publicly and privately held organizations, as well as Fortune 500 companies.
Julie (Reiter) Schulte, MS, SHRM-CP, PHR
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A results driven Human Resource professional with experience in hospitality and lodging, property management, manufacturing and home health care environments. I have exceptional time management and organizational skills, and enjoys building relationships. Continuous process improvement is a high priority to help improve efficiency of the HR and other department in order to improve the service and experience we provide to our Associates. I have a passion for engaging employees in change efforts within an organization and their own personal and professional development. Simply put, getting them involved helps ease their resistance to change and allows the company to move in a positive direction.
One of my first managers in HR said “ companies don’t need HR without employees”, which is so true. Involvement in SHRM, MNSHRM and my local SHRM chapter have provided an abundance of learning and networking opportunities. Positions have included Certification Director, President & Past-President for CMSHRM and the MNSHRM State Conference Director.
Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree in HR Management from St. Cloud State University and her Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from Capella.
Donna is the founder and CEO of Guiding Strategies LLC, which originated in 2004, and provides Human Resource consulting to small and midsize companies. She has over 30 years of experience successfully providing human resource leadership to business. She is recognized as a business professional for her ability to design and build human resource functions that support successful growth and develop empowered high-performance employees.
Prior to starting her business, she served in executive roles primarily in the medical device industry; partnering with executive teams to achieve company success. She has worked in many other industries always finding creative solutions to human resource challenges.
Donna serves on the board of her local SHRM Chapter, North Star SHRM, where she has held many roles including President. She also serves on the Minnesota SHRM State Council as the Membership Director.
If we’ve ever met, you will know within 3 minutes how much I love what I do, I am blessed to work with a select group of clients and how my clients’ happiness means the world the world to me.
That’s how I feel about MNSHRM. I have been blessed to be the Executive Director of MNSHRM since 2016 and this is truly a fantastic group of people. The leadership team is comprised of top-talent individuals who have a passion for their industry and are so willing to share their time and expertise with the HR community.
As the Executive Director, I utilize my skills and experience to manage the daily operations of the growing organization. I am a graduate of Crown College where I received my Masters in Organizational Leadership and have since received my Certified Meeting Planner credentials.