Dara Rudick, CAE

As CEO of Management HQ, LLC, Dara Rudick leads the association management firm, whose team of outstanding business professionals and partners drive unprecedented results to clients. Dara is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with nearly two decades of proven success in serving associations that are determined to thrive.  To date, she has engaged dozens of team members to serve 10,000+ members, implement the vision of 25 boards of directors, manage hundreds of volunteers and deliver nearly one thousand stellar events. Read Dara’s Full Biography.

Kevin Ward

As President of MHQ, Kevin leads MHQ’s team in supporting clients, increasing operational efficiencies, and driving strategic organizational growth.  He brings more than 15-years’ of leadership experience to support associations in strategic business growth, leadership development, and member services. Read Kevin’s Full Biography.

Tammy Schoenberg

ammy Schoenberg is a seasoned association professional with more than 15-years’ experience in association leadership, operations and technology solutions.   Tammy has more than 10 years’ experience administering credentialing programs. Before joining MHQ, Tammy most recently served as the Executive Director of a large international professional association.  Read Tammy’s Full Biography.

Danny Ackert

Danny joined Management HQ (MHQ) in April 2017 as the Development Coordinator focused on an association client serving community mental health program providers. In his role, Danny is both leading efforts and assisting the MHQ team in strategically creating meaningful and lasting relationships for clients amidst the continually shifting world of health care and health policy.  Read Danny’s Full Biography.

Kathy Choh

Kathy is a member service and communications professional. Having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Kathy has a track-record of driving strong business development and successful communications efforts for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  Kathy is a member of the Midwest Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Association Management Company Institute.

Kate Cole, CAE

Kate Cole is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with nearly two decades of association management experience. Kate served as vice president of a large regional association for 16 years. Having worked both as a full-time association staff member, and as a consultant to associations, Cole possesses the big-picture understanding of successful association management, as well as an astute attention to details. Kate has extensive knowledge of national accreditation programs, and has been heavily engaged in credentialing and certification programs, including serving on a national credentialing advisory panel for four years. Read Kate’s Full Biography.

Ashley Driste

Having worked on behalf of associations and non-profits for nearly 20 years, Ashley possesses a solid understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges that membership associations face.  She is responsible for MHQ’s overall event leadership, management, and marketing.  Ashley has earned her Master’s degree in Mass Communications and her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.  Read Ashley’s Full Biography.

Rhianna Gawrys

Rhianna Gawrys brings a diverse spectrum of events, operations and project management experience to MHQ, having nearly a decade of experience working with associations. She has a successful track record of supporting MHQ clients with their membership recruitment and retention boals, as well as assisting with event coordination.  Read Rhianna’s Full Biography.

Sabrina Khwaja

Sabrina Khwaja is the Policy Coordinator of a MHQ client association, which serves community-based mental health providers. She provides support for policy-related initiatives. Sabrina is a current graduate student at The University of Minnesota School of Public Health, pursuing her Masters in Public Health in Community Health Promotion. Sabrina has a strong interest in mental health, and is currently conducting research focused on mental health disparities in Muslim American adolescents in the Twin Cities.  Read Sabrina’s Full Biography.

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy serves as the executive director for a MHQ client association, where he was previously president-elect and had served on numerous leadership committees. Prior to joining MHQ, Jim worked for more than 30 years with and for children, youth, adults and families.  Read Jim’s full biography.

Jin Palen

Jin (Jinny) Palen serves as the executive director for a MHQ client association, serving communty-based mental health providers.  She previously served as a health policy specialist for a state association of community health centers, where she conducted legislative analyses, government liasing and direct advocacy.  Read more about Jinny.

Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas joins the MHQ team as an interim executive director for a MHQ client association. Steve is a social entrepreneur with 35 years of success in designing, launching, and operating innovative public service ventures in communities across the country. In 2007, he developed and launched Better Futures Minnesota, a social enterprise that offers integrated care and opportunities for single men, mostly Black men, with histories of incarceration and homelessness and little to no work experience. Read Steve’s Full Biography.

Kent Fordyce

Kent Fordyce brings over 30 years of experience working with small business and the non-profit community, providing accounting services to fit their specific needs. He has been a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor since 2005 and recently he has been Certified for QuickBooks Online since 2013. Fordyce’s ability to attend to details compliments his skill for explaining complex financial issues in an easily understandable way.

Photography Credit: Jeff Achen Photography