Advisory Council


The CHRLS Advisory Council is comprised of leaders in business, labor, government, and education. The Council provides an important channel through which faculty, staff, and students can communicate with corporate, labor, and governmental leaders and help the Center incorporate important issues into its teaching, research, and community services.


  • Gail Blackstone, Director of Human Resources, Ramsey County Human Resources Dept
  • Lyndon Carlson, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Tricia Dirks, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Capital Officer, Select Comfort
  • Brian Dreibelbis, Senior Director, Supply Chain HR, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
  • James Dworkin,Chancellor, Purdue University North Central
  • Chuck Edward, General Manager of Global University Recruiting, Microsoft
  • David Foster, Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance
  • Jerry Friedmann, Retired President, the Friedmann Group
  • Laura Gillund, Vice President of Human Resources and Professional Development, Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
  • Nancy Goldman, President, UNITE Here Local 17
  • Jennifer Hadsall, Associate Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board
  • Tom Hall, Vice President International Technology & Operations, Allstate Insurance
  • Michael Howe, Principal, MW Howe Consulting
  • Ann Judge, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Ryan Knapp, Divisional Vice President, Business Human Resources, Abbott
  • Deb Knutson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Medica
  • Shar Knutson, President of the Minnesota AFL-CIO
  • Chris Larsen, Vice President of Compensation & Benefits, Ecolab, Inc.
  • Jing Liao, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, TriNet Corporation
  • Kathy Megarry, Vice President of Regional Labor Relations, Macy's Inc.
  • Donald Moersch, Retired, Vice President - ADC
  • Charles Montreuil, Vice President, Enterprise Rewards, Best Buy Inc.
  • Shawn Moren, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Bluestem Brands
  • Joseph Mucha, Retired, Vice President of HR - General Mills Bakeries
  • Erin Murphy, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Jennifer O'Keelan, Vice President of Human Resources, Ingersoll Rand
  • Peter Obermeyer, Retired Director, Bureau of Mediation Services
  • Scott Peterson, Chief Human Resources Officer, The Schwan Food Company
  • Jacqueline Williams-Roll, Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources, General Mills
  • Patricia Wyffels, Consultant