Staff

Lindsey Altermatt

Leadership Team Coordinator & Portfolio Support Specialist

Lindsey, a US Navy Veteran joined Twin Cities In Motion in 2007. In her role, she supports the Leadership Team and Board of Directors, delivering against TCM’s business plans, and strategic vision for the future. Lindsey also sits on the product development teams for our community of events to advance the participant experience. On race day you can find her trailing the last runners.

Lindsey has hiked the entire 310-Mile Superior Hiking Trail, and now has plans to thru-hike the Kekekabic Trail, Border Route Trail, and other mid-distance wilderness trails in the Boundary Waters. She enjoys spending time anywhere in the arrowhead region of Minnesota, including Voyageurs National Park where her family vacations each year.

When she is not working at TCM or vacationing up north, you can find her on the Peloton Leaderboard, doing barre, chasing down PRs on the bike, or running outdoors.

lindsey@tcmevents.org

Eli Asch

Race Director

An endurance sports industry veteran, Eli joined Twin Cities In Motion in May of 2020 from the Sacramento Running Association, where he was Director of Race Operations and served as Race Director of the California International Marathon. During his tenure CIM was America’s fastest-growing major marathon and hosted two USATF marathon national championships. Prior to that he served as Logistics and Operations Manager for the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. He also holds a MBA in Sports Business from San Diego State University and a BA in English from Whitman College, where he was captain of the cross country team.

When not working, Eli can be found running or hiking with his wife Leslie, walking his two ill-behaved but very cute rescue dogs around their Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood, or lining up interviews for his endurance events-focused podcast, Early Call Time. His decade-plus of industry experience has solidified his belief that running changes lives for the better and should be accessible to everyone, and also in events' unparalleled potential to impact their community positively through charitable giving, sustainability initiatives, and economic impact. He considers himself lucky to help Twin Cities In Motion fulfill that potential.

elia@tcmevents.org

Jenny Borgman

Warehouse, Procurement & Event Logistics Coordinator

Jenny has such a love for the running community that she has found her dream job with Twin Cities In Motion. She has volunteered with Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and has run it 2 times. She's run various other races, mud runs and an Ultra Ragnar which she says is her craziest running event she has ever done and is in a group for another Ragnar.

Jenny loves to be busy and can be found out running (of course), hiking on the SHT or locally, kayaking with her husband, snowshoeing and skiing in the winter, doing a Polar Plunge, snowmobiling with her 17 year old daughter, hanging out with their 2 dogs and cuddled up on the couch watching terrible (yes, she said terrible) kung fu movies with her husband.

jennyb@tcmevents.org

Virginia Brophy Achman

Executive Director

Virginia Brophy Achman is executive director of Twin Cities in Motion (TCM), the organizer of the region’s premier running events, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. Marathon and a year-round calendar of events.  She joined TCM in 2000 as Race Operations Manager and served as Race Director before becoming Executive Director in 2004. During her leadership TCM has evolved into a mission-driven organization that promotes healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach, raising more than $1 million annually with its community partners.

Virginia is active in the running industry, currently serving on the Running USA Board of Directors, Co-chairing the Marathon & Endurance Events Advisory committee and is a member of the National Advisory Committee at the National Center for Spectators Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) and sits on the Advisory Board for TrackGirlz.  Virginia served as Chair of Women's Long Distance Running for USA Track & Field (2008-2012) and President of Running USA (2009-2012).  Virginia served 28 years as Chair of Registration for Race for the Cure-Susan G. Komen Twin Cities.  Virginia is a marathon runner, foodie, and advocate for kids in motion and professional athletes.

virginia@tcmevents.org

Alana Dillinger

Event Management Intern

Alana is joining TCM as the Event Management Intern from the Bank of New York Mellon and is looking forward to a career change. She is a Colorado native and graduated from Gonzaga University in 2020. At Gonzaga she studied applied mathematics and worked in event operations on campus all four years. After graduating she worked at BNY Mellon in technology as an analyst, but as an outdoor enthusiast, decided NYC was not for her and moved to Minnesota instead. She is excited to return to the event industry with a group that shares her passion for running and being active.

Outside of running, Alana enjoys hiking with her rescue Klee Kai Twila, traveling, trying new breweries, and cheering for the Zags basketball team. She is looking forward to exploring all of the outdoor activities MN has to offer this year!

alanad@tcmevents.org

Olivia Gadberry

Partnerships Coordinator

Originally from Forest Lake, Minnesota, Olivia spent her college years at the University of North Dakota. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a minor in Leadership and came back to her home state, Minnesota. Both her appreciation and personal interest in event planning had her on the lookout for an internship that could teach her the ways of the event organization industry. She spent 4 months as TCM’s Volunteer & Registration Management Intern, until moving to a full-time position on the Partnerships Team. Although Olivia isn’t an endurance runner, the athlete in her knows that she fits right in at Twin Cities In Motion (and maybe will consider running, if Scott & Isaac can convince her!). Her duties include working as the primary contact for TCM’s partners/sponsors, creating sponsorship contracts, activating partnership entitlements and more.

Olivia has an energetic, bubbly personality and hates to be bored. When she finally gives herself time to relax between busy social and work lives, she can be found inside, cozied up with her cat, Layla, and a true crime book, or outside laying in the sun (depending on which season it is). She can’t wait to see what TCM has in store for her as she kicks off her career in the events industry.

oliviag@tcmevents.org

Kelli Haapala

Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager

Kelli, a former Twin Cities In Motion intern and volunteer, joined the full-time staff in August of 2012 after serving as the Outreach Coordinator at Bolder Options. Her responsibilities at TCM include recruiting and organizing the 5,000 volunteers needed to manage our year-round events. Additionally, she oversees the charity program, and focuses on outreach initiatives in an effort to grow participation and engages with many of TCM's non-profit partners to maximize their fundraising efforts.

Kelli grew up in Shoreview, MN, graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a degree in Sport Management, and now resides in Duluth. Kelli has a passion for running and loves spending time with her favorite people in the world: her husband, Greg; golden retriever, Gracie; and her two daughters, Lyla and Kinley! 

kelli@tcmevents.org

Kayley Hyland

Social Media & Marketing Intern

Kayley is currently a senior and majoring in marketing at North Central University in Minneapolis. She also runs for her college’s cross country and track teams. She is excited to learn more about marketing and receive great opportunities through her internship with TCM.

When not working, in class, or at practice, Kayley loves hiking, bouldering, and anything that involves being outside or traveling. She hopes to one day run in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon!

kayleyh@tcmevents.org

Alxndr Jones

Senior Graphic Designer

Alxndr proudly grew up in Iowa and, after moving to Minneapolis for school, has called the Twin Cities home for the last 12 years. A veteran designer and illustrator, he has worked with big agencies, small shops, breweries, snack brands, the Minnesota twins, and everything in between. Alxndr is an avid trail runner with no desire to run an “actual” marathon, but instead hopes to run a few 100+ milers in the near-ish future.

When Alxndr isn't creating graphics and illustrations, he can be found getting lost on a run, writing terrible indie rock songs, at a baseball game, remodeling his mid-century house with his partner, Sarah, or practicing animal sounds and singing "take me out to the ball game" with his daughter, Lucy.

alxndrj@tcmevents.org

Noelle Lynch

Communications & Engagement Intern

Noelle is the Communications & Engagement Intern for Twin Cities In Motion. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, majoring in mass communications and minoring in English. Noelle loves to run races with her family and go to the gym with her friends.

Outside of fitness and school, Noelle loves to read, bake, do puzzles, and travel with her family. Noelle's goal after college is to find a job in the media industry and adopt a cat!

noellel@tcmevents.org

Celia Magistad

Participant & Member Services Coordinator

Celia is excited to return to Twin Cities In Motion, as she was a former Race Operations intern in 2017. She has extensive customer service and administrative experience from working at Life Time Athletic and most recently a health & wellness clinic. As a former intern and loyal race participant, Celia knows the ins and outs of TCM, and she is ready to bring these skills to the team as Participant and Member Services Coordinator.

Celia’s two biggest hobbies are running and visiting local breweries. To her there is nothing better than an ice-cold beer after a long hot run in the summer. She also enjoys salsa dancing, kayaking, going to movies (especially Marvel movies) and spending time with her family.

celiamg@tcmevents.org

Charlie Mahler

Senior Media & Communications Manager

Charlie joined TCM after wearing many hats in the running industry. A former college coach and founder of the popular running website Down the Backstretch, Charlie is pleased to work for an organization that has long been important to him.

A spectator at the first Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon (previously named Twin Cities Marathon) in 1982, Charlie won the inaugural Medtronic TC 10 Mile in 1999 and served the organization in various capacities prior to joining the staff in 2012. Charlie enjoys running, reading, cycling, playing the banjo, and being active in the outdoors.

charlie@tcmevents.org

Nichelle Middleton

Registration Coordinator

Nichelle is the Twin Cities in Motion “Number Nerd” who joined the team in 2022. Her responsibilities include the setup and maintenance of the registration system as well as the resulting data and analytics. On race days, you can find her at the Registration Tent making sure shirts and bibs end up in the right hands. Nichelle is looking forward to putting her enjoyment of event management and logistics to good use.

Nichelle is originally from Chicago, IL but has been living in the Twin Cities for almost 20 years. She has a degree in Management Information Systems, from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Nichelle enjoys bike riding around the many lakes and parkways in Minneapolis. She also has a passion for travel, including a recent trip to Egypt which included a cruise down the Nile River. Currently, she is working on a goal to visit all 50 states, only 7 more left to visit.

nichellem@tcmevents.org

Isaac Milkey

Senior Partnership and Events Coordinator

Isaac is a born Wisconsinite, and holds close to his roots with the love for beer and cheese curds. He is an avid trail runner during the warm months, and nordic skier when the snow comes down. When he isn’t out on the trails, you can find him running after his two daughters. Isaac also loves to check out local breweries and ice cream shops, as well as do anything outdoors (hike, bike, camp, skiing - you name it) with his wife, Jessica.

Isaac has been within the running industry, professionally, since 2013. He joined TCM in 2019 after spending 6 years working for other race organizations within the Twin Cities. Isaac is thrilled to work for TCM and bring his relationship building and event operations skills to the team as Senior Partnerships and Events Coordinator. 

isaacm@tcmevents.org

Colleen O'Connell

Accounting & HR Manager

Number crunching is the name of the game for Colleen! Colleen's duties range from managing company budgets to last-minute, emergency snow-clearing on race morning with Lindsey! Colleen joined the team in December 2013, coming to TCM from many years at REI.

An avid runner, Colleen can often be found around the Saint Paul trails with her running group training for one of her marathons or half marathons. When she isn't laced up, she can be found cozied up on the couch with a good show, a good book, and some good wine!

colleen@tcmevents.org

Cecile O'Hagan

Social Media & Digital Engagement Manager

Cecile is an integrated marketeer with 13 years of professional experience working for Citibank N.A., Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, and Reinsurance Group of America.

Running has always been one of the major happy factors in Cecile's life. Growing up global -- raised in Stamford, United Kingdom; interned in Cambodia; completed her degree in Hong Kong, majoring in International Journalism; developed a career in Hong Kong and Shanghai; moved to Minnesota with her husband Liam and cat Tiggles in December 2020. Despite of being a trilingual speaker, fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, Cecile has learned that sport is the international language that creates relationships and builds bonds.

Cecile has run five marathons on three continents. While enjoying all marathons and the memories that each marathon created. She fell in love with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon -- the beautiful scenery and the people along the way.

Cecile's mission is to capture and spread the goodness of TCM, as the greatest satisfaction comes from sharing goods with others.

cecileo@tcmevents.org 

Dean Orton

President

As a Minnesota native, Dean brings extensive experience in non-profit leadership, including serving broad communities through his public radio and TV background. Dean is proud to join such a dedicated team of board members, staff, volunteers, corporate partners, community leaders and of course the amazing community builders that are our TCM runners. Dean is committed to supporting this collective team to create not only the best in running experiences, but to help align this shared passion for motion in ways that increasingly support an engaged, inclusive and vibrant community. 

Dean, his wife, Hilarie, and their three children can be found participating in activities that make this such a great state to work and live. From canoeing, running, hiking, fishing, and paddle boarding, to even a game of ice golf, the Orton family is willing to give any MN activity a try.

deano@tcmevents.org

Sam Rush

Events Operations Manager

Sam has been involved in the running community for over 25 years as a runner, volunteer, coach, race director, timer, administrator and Authorized Athletic Representative. As a runner he has run anything from 400m to 50km. His first marathon was Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon (previously named Twin Cities Marathon) in 2001 and his biggest challenge has been Pikes Peak Marathon. He has coached all level of runners to personal records. In 2012 an injury prevented him from running, so he started his own event management company, directing and timing road races, trail races, cross country meets, and track meets. In 2014 he joined the Association first as member for the Communications and Public Relations committee and then the Red, White and Boom event committee. He has served on the board of directors of USA Track & Field Minnesota Association as Mountain/Ultra/Trail Chair, Vice President and Treasurer over 10 years.

In his free time, he volunteers at the Animal Humane Society walking dogs and assisting with dog training. He also enjoys spending time with his German Shorthair Pointer hiking, running, scent training or playing at the dog park.  You may catch him also geeking out on the latest Star Wars movie, tv show, book or podcast.

samr@tcmevents.org

Jessie Sand

Marketing and Experience Director

Jessie Sand joined Twin Cities In Motion in August 2017 ready to hit the ground running. Jessie’s passion to connect with people only comes second to the joy she feels seeing others achieve the goals they set for themselves. With a strong background in the corporate wellness space, Jessie has lead strategic communication and product development efforts for companies like Life Time and StayWell.

These days, most of Jessie’s running is done when chasing her two boys from one activity to another, but she does enjoy a peaceful hike when she gets the chance. Besides her two boys, Jessie’s other passions include having a bit of a green thumb.  She loves a good bouquet of flowers and enjoys working on the beautiful landscape she has created at her home. Jessie also has the travel bug having lived in several different parts of the world such as New Zealand and Belgium to name a couple. Jessie is certainly glad her journey has landed her here at Twin Cities In Motion.

jessier@tcmevents.org

Ed Whetham

Senior Events & Operations Manger

Ed, a former Twin Cities In Motion volunteer, joined the full-time staff in August of 2014 after serving as a Race Director with Minnesota Distance Running Association (now Run Minnesota). On any given day, you will find him designing site layouts, working on safety & security plans with government agencies and placing orders for tents, audio equipment, environmental services, portable toilets and traffic safety.

Ed grew up in Stillwater, MN, and is a former avid runner with five marathons finished. When he is not busy planning the next TCM event, he can be found keeping up with his wife and daughter, at a local brewery, Vikings game, Wild game or finding the next fun outdoor activity for his daughter.

ed@tcmevents.org

Scott Wilson

Senior Partnerships Manager

Scott joined TCM after 15 years of working in partnerships and sports sponsorships at the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, Minnesota Medical Association and Hubbard Broadcasting.

An avid runner with ten marathons, including four Twin Cities Marathons under his belt, he was excited to bring his experience and his passion for running and wellness together. When he is not running himself, he can be found going on road trips, hiking or practicing mixed martial arts alongside his wife and two daughters.

scottw@tcmevents.org