Our Board & Staff

The work of The BrandLab is possible because of the ongoing commitment, guidance, and leadership from our Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

July 2016 – June 2017

Alfredo Martel – Chair,  Chief Marketing Officer, Famous Dave’s of North America

Raquel Melo – Vice Chair,  Vice President, Innovation & New Business Development, Land O’Lakes, Inc.

M. Barry Westrum – Treasurer, Executive Vice President of Marketing, International Dairy Queen

Mark Derks – Secretary,  Director of Marketing, C.H. Robinson

Mike Caguin, Chief Creative Officer, Colle+McVoy

Rosalind Chevreuil, Vice President of HR, Talent Acquisition and Training, Learning and Development, Best Buy

Dawn Cunningham, Chief Insights Officer, 3M

Karen Deutsch, Director of Creative Strategy & Planning, Target

Kevin DiLorenzo,  Partner, Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo

Mike Lescarbeau, Chief Executive Officer, Carmichael Lynch

Spiwe Pierce,  General Counsel, Christlight Productions

Sonya Roberts, President, Cargill Proteins, Growth & New Ventures & Strategic Pricing

Ann Simonds, Chief Marketing Officer, General Mills

Brenna Smithson, Strategic Planning Director, mono

Steve Wehrenberg, Teaching Professor & Program Director, University of Minnesota

Advisory Members

Mark Addicks, Marketing Consultant

Eric Erickson, Owner, Erickson McGee

Christine Fruechte, Chief Executive Officer, Colle+McVoy

Barry Wolfish, Senior Vice President, Mergers, Acquisitions & Ventures, Land O’Lakes, Inc.

The BrandLab Staff

Ellen Walthour, Executive Director, ewalthour@thebrandlab.org, 612.483.0167

Brian Gioielli, Associate Director, bgioielli@thebrandlab.org, 952.334.2658

Ken Lawrence, Connect Director, klawrence@thebrandlab.org, 612.916.1173

Emily Ronning, Internship Director, eronning@thebrandlab.org, 763.245.7151

Suzanne Oh, Fearless Director, soh@thebrandlab.org, 262.309.4276

Mailee Yang, Classroom Manager, myang@thebrandlab.org, 920.573.2005


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