Our Team

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// Our Leadership

Nick Tietz


Nick Tietz

Founder & CEO

Nick Tietz

Co-Founder, CEO

Nick Tietz has spent the last 15 years working as a serial entrepreneur, innovator, technologist, user experience designer, business and technology consultant. Nick has designed more than 100 apps, helped redefine the public education experience at MSP Public Schools, and led innovation efforts at Life Time Fitness as the Director of Innovation. Most recently Nick was a Co-Founder of Vitals Aware Services and has spent the past decade donating his time and creative services at multiple non-profits including The Nairobi Leadership Foundation, The Uganda Leadership Foundation, PACER Center, a board member for Playworks Minnesota and currently is partnering with StudiOne Eighty at Urban Ventures and both Totino-Grace High School and St. Vincent DePaul School advisory boards.

Sara Dolan


Sara Dolan, M.A.Ed

Director, Education & Digital Development

Sara Dolan

Director of Education and Digital Development 

Sara is a purpose-driven leader in the ed tech space. She has worked with the University of California, Google, San Francisco State University, and charter/public schools to transform and improve learning environments. By leveraging her early experience and insights as an educator in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now leads diverse teams through tech-driven, user-centered research and development initiatives.
 

While earning a Master’s in Education and Instructional Technologies, Sara also worked as a technology ambassador and successfully facilitated faculty adoption of affordable instructional materials, including online content delivery and the use of open-source materials to increase equity and accessibility.

Currently, Sara supervises course and program development projects while working to establish innovative practices in video production and personalized learning environments. Her specialties and passions include emergent e-learning technologies, multimedia design/production, and design for equity.


Susan Otten, MBA, ABC

COO

Susan Otten, MBA, ABC

A veteran branding, marketing, sales and communications executive, Susan learned her craft and developed her creative, entrepreneurial spirit during 15 years at Apple. Adding what she learned at other global companies, small businesses and as an independent consultant, Susan works extensively to develop strategies and processes to help entrepreneurs.

As Founder of Indie Do Good, Susan supports entrepreneurial companies who do good. Services include strategic planning; engineering, prototyping, manufacturing; branding, marketing, business development; logistics, fulfillment, warehousing. Indie Do Good strives to be the “Easy Button,” serving as a virtual, fractional team to help companies do more good.

Susan earned her BS from the UofM, MBA from Benedictine University, Chicago and has certifications as Strategic Communication Management Professional, Accredited Business Communicator and GRI Sustainability Reporting Process. She is an avid runner, vegan/health enthusiast and volunteers with children’s and women’s ministries through her church.

Otten Associates & Indie Do Good

Founder/CEO

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sueotten

Susan@indiedogood.com


// Our Team

Amy Trombley

Amy Trombley,
Instructional Lead

Brian Larry,
Instructor, Community Connector


// Advisors

Ryan Weber

Ryan Weber

Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Great North Labs

Trent Janezich, Ed.D

Trent Janezich, Ed. D

Executive Director, Advanced MN Northeast Higher Education District – Minnesota State
Board Chair, Northland Foundation

Bonnie Speer McGrath

Bonnie Speer McGrath

President, Speer McGrath & Co

Bob Dockendorf

Bob Dockendorf

Principal, Big Lake High School

Joseph Hill, Ed.D

Joseph Hill Ed.D

Founder, Higher Performance Group

Stan Alleyne

Stan Alleyne

Chief of Communications and Partnerships, Vitals Aware Services

Ramon A. Pastrano IV, D.Min-GCL., MSM, MATS

Ramon A. Pastrano IV, D.Min-GCL., MSM, MATS

Founder, Impact Lives

Elena Imaretska

Elena Imaretska

Chief Innovation Officer, Brave New Workshop

Alberto Monserrate

Alberto Monserrate

CEO & Co-Founder, New Publica

Mike Dehiem

Mike Dehiem

Co-Founder Prime Digital Academy
Co-Founder and Board Member for The Nerdery

Houston White

Houston White

Serial Entrepreneur + Fashion Designer, HWMR

Sandy Hansen-Wolff

Sandy Hansen-Wolff

Executive Coach & President, New Heritage Feed Co.

Liz Josefsberg

Liz Josefsberg

Founder & CEO of Target 100 Inc.

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