OFFICERS

  • Mark Schleusner – Chair
    Mark Schleusner – Chair
  • Jack Riedel – Vice Chair
    Jack Riedel – Vice Chair
  • Mike Saarela – Treasurer
    Mike Saarela – Treasurer
  • Kevin Hansen – Secretary
    Kevin Hansen – Secretary

MEMBERS

  • Dan Carlson
    Dan Carlson
  • Ron Davies Ph.D.
    Ron Davies Ph.D.
  • Camille Chang Gilmore
    Camille Chang Gilmore
  • Michael Erbele
    Michael Erbele
  • Jacob Hanson
    Jacob Hanson
  • Norton Lam
    Norton Lam
  • Greg Larson
    Greg Larson
  • Paul Keeney
    Paul Keeney
  • John Mathiasen
    John Mathiasen
  • John Samuelson
    John Samuelson
  • Sara Vandeventer
    Sara Vandeventer
  • Steve Vrchota
    Steve Vrchota

STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT

“In this risky economic environment, we can confidently invest in our children’s education and know that it will pay dividends to them and to society. High Tech Kids directs students’ learning in areas our world needs – science, technology, engineering and math. Knowledge in these disciplines will create opportunities for our kids and will benefit our broader community.”
– Sara Vandeventer, Best Buy Company

“These young people are the future of our country and I want to help guide as many of them as possible into careers in science and engineering.”
-Steve Crouch, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Mark Schleusner – Chair

Architect and Developer, Enterprise Imaging Systems
Mayo Clinic

Jack Riedel – Vice Chair

Product Line Portfolio Manager
MyTana/Envirosight

A Product Line Portfolio Manager for MyTana/Envirosight, Jack has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology and is a military veteran in Integrated Avionics with the United States Air Force. Jack is also a longtime coach and mentor of FTC team 8686 Height Differential, beginning in 2009 when they started as a young FLL Team.
Mike Saarela – Treasurer

CPA and Senior Manager
Mahoney, Ulbrich, Christiansen, Russ P.A.

Kevin Hansen – Secretary

Vice President Data Center Strategy
Thomson Reuters

As Vice President of Technology Service Compliance & Risk Management at Thomson Reuters, Kevin is responsible for defining the technology location strategy, providing the IT service management vision, and developing the technology relationship with large, regulated customers,. Previously he has led teams at Thomson Reuters responsible for IT operations, architecture, and development. He delivers a long-term strategic view of technology problems and focuses on improving efficiencies and cost-savings opportunities. Outside of Thomson Reuters, Kevin advises the City of Eagan, MN as a member of their Technology Working group and serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband. He also serves on the boards of High Tech Kids, MN High Tech Foundation, and Green Girls Inc., all MN non-profits that provide STEM opportunities for youth.
Dan Carlson

Senior Engineering Systems Specialist
3M Corporate Research Process Lab

Dan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Dan has been with 3M for more than 28 years currently working with the Precision Coating and Web Processing group within the Corporate Research Process Labs, and is an inventor of 21 issued patents to date. Dan’s expertise is in mechatronics (the science and automation of motion) and web handling (the science of transporting and processing materials in long, thin, flexible formats). He applies these skills developing technologies and platforms used to enhance 3M’s process and manufacturing capabilities. Dan enjoys introducing kids to the joys of the STEM fields, and encouraging them to pursue a technical path. He has worked with High Tech Kids since 2003, and works heavily with the St. Paul Public Schools(who provided him his encouragement a long time ago!) In recognition of his efforts, Dan received the “Connecting with Youth” award from the Minnesota Business Partnership in 2009.
Ron Davies Ph.D.

Global Process Stream Lead
H.B. Fuller

Ron is the Global Stream Leader at HB Fuller and is responsible for the Global Implementation of SAP forR&D, Regulatory and Quality. Prior to that position, he worked for 19 years in a variety of technical roles starting as a Senior Chemist and culminating as a Technical Section Manager for the NA Reactives Lab. He holds a BS degree in Mathematics and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Ron helped start the FTC program at Eagan High School for the 2011/12 season and led it through the 2016/2017 season as it grew to 15 teams. He has also been the Tournament Director for the Eagan FTC/FLL Tournament since 2013 and has volunteered at a number of FLL and FTC events. Ron is also on the Strategic Initiatives Committee at Lifetrack and Vice President of the Board at RTS Career Center.
Camille Chang Gilmore

Vice President, Human Resources – Interventional Cardiology, Global Chief Diversity Officer
Boston Scientific

Camille is Vice President of Human Resources (HR) for Boston Scientific’s Interventional Cardiology (IC) business and Global Chief Diversity Officer. She is also a member of the company’s global HR Leadership Team. Camille has more than 20 years of human resources experience. Prior to coming to the medical device industry, she held roles of increasing responsibility in HR at Federal Express, Exxon Chemical Company, University of Illinois, IBM and the State of Oregon. Camille is an active member of her community as well as the communities that Boston Scientific resides in Georgia. She is a board member for the Georgia Gwinnett College and High Tech Kids well as the liaison to the NACME organization. Camille is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Michael Erbele

Attorney at Law
Merchant & Gould

Jacob Hanson

Managing Partner
PR with Panache

A graduate of Fort Lewis College, Jacob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Language. Spending subsequent years of his career dedicated to sale growth, marketing and brand awareness, Jacob has a fierce passion for education and extensive experience in moving high-quality companies and their brands to the forefront of the education marketplace.
Norton Lam

Mobile Architect and Evangelist
Magenic

Norton has been a FIRST LEGO League coach since 2007 and a FIRST Tech Challenge coach since 2014. He started volunteering with High Tech Kids in 2009 and has been a referee, judge, and tournament director. He joined the High Tech Kids Board of Directors in 2015. During the day, he works in mobile development at Magneic and manages teams that create iOS and Android apps for mid-sized companies.
Greg Larson

Director of Technology
Cloud & Compute – API & Integration Platforms
Target Corporation

Greg is an IT professional of over 20+ years in the Twin Cities, with a majority of his time spent at Target Corporation.  He has played a number of roles, including engineer, architect, engineering manager, and is currently a director across Target’s integration and API platforms.  He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota.  Greg started the FIRST LEGO League program at the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, and coached a team for 3 seasons.  He is also active with the FIRST Robotics Network at Target.

Paul Keeney

Technology Educator/LEGO Certified Trainer
Oak View Middle School

John Mathiasen

Vice President of Operations
The Nerdery

John Samuelson

Senior Director
Medtronic

Sara Vandeventer

Human Resources Senior Manager
Best Buy Company

Steve Vrchota

Executive Director
Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management