Menttium Team

Meet Our Team of Experts

When you work with Menttium, you gain our whole team behind you as a support structure. We’ve built our team to include seasoned experts in the art of interviewing, matching and managing relationships, strong project managers with a tenacity to help you follow through to meet your program objectives and analysts to cull through the data to help you prove the ROI of your programs. We have speakers, facilitators and story tellers. We also have a heavy quorum of perfectionists on the team who won’t settle for mediocre outcomes.

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When I signed on with Menttium, I knew I had found what I was searching for – a way to follow my passion to help develop leaders across the globe. Now, more than ever, we need highly skilled, compassionate, visible leaders.
I wanted to be a Veterinarian when I was growing up.

Lynn Sontag, President & CEO

 

Thought leader, with 30 years of experience in leadership development. Lynn came from 3M into a consulting role with Menttium 20 years ago. After working in the business, Lynn decided to purchase the company from the founder in 2002. Now, more than a decade later, Lynn is still heavily involved in supporting our clients to ensure significant ROI in each engagement.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Ideation, Input, Learner, Achiever, Responsibility

stacysquare

I practiced law for a few years, then spent 15 years with a global information company. There, I was lucky enough to experience Menttium - as a mentee, mentor then facilitator in a Circles program. I love Menttium's mission and evangelizing about how life-changing formal mentoring can be for professionals at all stages of their careers.
I wanted to be a lawyer when I was growing up.

Stacy Richards, Vice President, Business Development

Client advocate, trend analyst and engagement specialist. Stacy joined Menttium after resisting the urge for more than a decade. Stacy was a Menttium mentee, mentor and facilitator during her time at Thomson Reuters. After being a Menttium advocate outside of Menttium, she finally decided to join our team to grow our client base feeding her mission of supporting high potential leaders.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Woo, Maximizer, Ideation, Adaptability, Communication

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I love working for a mission driven company. As a small organization, we all wear many hats, but it also means we're able to be really nimble for our clients.
I wanted to be an artist when I was growing up.

Katie Hendrickson, Vice President, Marketing

A creative at heart, Katie has deep knowledge of Menttium’s core business operations and clients. Menttium has always been an operationally driven company providing best-in-class mentoring programs, but after 25 years we’ve decided to share our message with a larger audience. Katie’s mission is to make sure you know who we are.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Ideation, Strategic, Learner, Responsibility and Maximizer.

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I love hearing the mentee and mentor partnership stories at Menttium! It is so rewarding to talk to people whose lives have been changed by their mentoring partnerships. I am constantly amazed at how many of the mentors and mentees continue their relationships for years past their program time with us - some for decades now!
I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was growing up.

Valerie Green, Operations Director

After a rewarding and fulfilling career in IT for Andersen Windows. Valerie decided to change course and find work that was more closely aligned with her passion for developing future leaders. She was a mentee in Menttium earlier in her career and was excited to be able to join Menttium in an Operations and IT capacity.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Maximizer, Connector, Responsibility, Developer, Adaptability

megansquare

One of my favorite things about working with our clients is having the opportunity to engage a very diverse group of professionals in conversations that matter. Helping people create a work environment where they feel seen and heard is very rewarding for me.
I wanted to be an author when I was growing up.

Megan Cummings-Krueger, Mentoring Program Facilitator

 

Megan is an East Coast transplant to the Midwest growing up outside of D.C., living in NYC, Philadelphia, Hartford, Ohio, and Chicago before settling into the Twin Cities. Her early years as a health educator resulted in a passion for learning and development and a Masters in Education. Megan is a skilled virtual facilitator who engages participants from a variety of backgrounds with a strong ability to connect and woo even the most skeptical of participants.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Ideation, Input, Empathy, WOO, and Positivity

sueevent

I love what one of our clients said about mentoring: Mentoring is gaining foresight through another person’s hindsight. (and I might add: insight) I get the privilege of hearing story after story from mentees and mentors about how mentoring has increased their leadership capabilities, and what it meant to them personally.

I wanted to be a professional auctioneer when I was growing up.

Sue Stanek, PhD, Senior Consulting Partner

Sue has 30+ years of successful business experience, including product management, sales, sales management, learning and development, and consulting.  Sue serves as a Sr Consultant at Menttium, and is at her best when she is interacting with clients, providing practical, real-world experience to the successful launch of mentoring initiatives.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Positivity, Empathy, Developer, Communication, Maximizer

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I love working for a company that is making significant impact in leadership development. I participated in a Menttium Circle's program years ago and still stay connected to my colleagues today. It is incredibly rewarding to see success flourish from these partnerships.
I wanted to be a baseball player when I was growing up.

Susan Murray, Account Manager

 

Susan has diverse professional experience working in small nonprofits and large global corporations. A continual learner, Susan has a passion for client engagement and problem-solving.  As Menttium’s Account Manager she is excited to help guide your company through this meaningful experience and find creative solutions to meet your business goals.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Activator, Communication, Relator, Significance, Achiever

patb

I enjoy hearing all the success stories about the partnerships between the Mentees and Mentors. In particular, how many mentee and mentors stay in contact for years after the program has ended.
I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was growing up.

Pat Brysky, Interview & Match Manager

Pat worked in Credit and Collections for over 25 years with vendors and collection teams in various organizations. She made the transition to Menttium ready for a new adventure and eager to support mentees on their development journeys. Pat is Menttium’s primary point of contact for prospective cross-company mentors and supports mentees through the enrollment process all the way to the transition to becoming program alum.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Restorative, Individualization, Arranger, Ideation, Activator

rich-pederson

There are so many great success stories from the mentoring partnerships. They come in on almost on a daily basis and it is very rewarding to be a part of it.
I wanted to be a millionaire when I grew up...and an architect.

Rich Pederson, Senior Project Lead

After 10 years at American Express in training and project management, Rich took on a project management role at Menttium. He has been a jack of all trades leading projects from moving the company to different locations to moving the technology platform into the cloud. Flexibility is his middle name.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Individualization, Developer, Adaptability, Positivity

persigehl2015

One of my favorite things about working with our clients is having the opportunity to engage a very diverse group of professionals in conversations that matter. Helping people create a work environment where they feel seen and heard is very rewarding for me.
I wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up.

Cheryl Persigehl, Senior Consulting Partner

Cheryl started her career in corporate America as a marketing communications professional. While working in this field, I she served as an internal diversity educator and facilitator. This experience ignited her passion for facilitation and personal growth, and inspired me to make a cross-functional move within the organization to Organizational Development. She established her consulting practice in 1996 and has been serving Menttium’s clients for the past 20 years.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Strategic, Connectedness, Relator, Input, Maximizer 

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I love working at Menttium because I believe in the principles by which this company brings mentee and mentors together with near perfection which yields great rewards for both participants.
I wanted to be a physician when I was growing up.

Sally Friisoe, Consulting Partner

 

Sally is a scientist by education and worked initially in research and development. She then grew to be a global technical leader for a Fortune 500 company. She experienced Menttium early in her career as a mentee and has been a mentor now for ten mentees. Sally recently began providing strategic consulting to Menttium and is active in our interview and matching process.

 

Top 5 Strengths:  Achiever, Responsibility, Strategic, Individualization, Learner

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I enjoy working with extremely talented mentees and mentors dedicated to purposely developing their strengths and share their experience with others.
I wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up.

Brenda Ness, Senior Consultant

Brenda worked within the Financial Industry for 25+ years and held various leadership and human resources roles. She had the opportunity to work with various leaders across the country that have inspired, encouraged and developed me throughout my career. She takes this experience into each engagement with clients, mentees and mentors.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Arranger, Maximizer, Strategic, Relator, Individualization

jeff

The constant change and my need to adapt and remain flexible are things I enjoy most about working at Menttium. I'm fortunate to have many different technology topics and tasks to focus my time on.
I wanted to be an air traffic controller when I was growing up.

Jeff Swanson, IT Director

Perpetually behind the scenes, Jeff has been supporting Menttium’s technology since 2001. Jeff is an IT generalist with a very broad skill set.

 

Top 5 Strengths: Decisive, Resourceful, Analytical, Thinker, Calm