Twin Cities in Motion

Staff

The staff at TCM prides itself in its culture. This group thrives on teamwork, respect, and fun (and good food)!

Mike Logan - President

A recovering (brief) collegiate cross-country and track runner, Mike spends most of his time running these days as a competitive amateur soccer player. He joined the TCM team in October of 2015 as the organization’s inaugural staff president, charged with of evolving the organization’s reach as an active-living events organization. Mike is a board member of the Sanneh Foundation and also serves as an executive committee member of the British American Project. Prior to joining TCM, he was an external affairs executive at Comcast and Target Corporation. Mike spends his free time travelling with his wife Jen and chasing his obstinate basset hounds.  

 

Virginia Brophy Achman - Executive Director

Virginia joined the TCM team in June 2000 as Race Operations Manager, became Race Director in 2003, and Executive Director in 2004. She recently re-joined the Board of Directors for Running USA, also serving on the advisory Board of Directors for Team USA Minnesota and Bolder Options. In December 2008, she was elected Chair of Women's Long Distance Running for USATF. As a volunteer, Virginia has been involved with Susan G. Komen Twin Cities for many years, and has served as Chair of Registration for a 46,000 person event for the last 15 years. Virginia is a marathon runner, and has completed more than ten marathons!

 

Terry Ryan - Director of Operations

For some of us, a love of running comes natural and for others, it has to be learned. Terry is one of the others. As a junior high student, Terry dabbled in other sports, mainly football. He thinks his love for running developed as he was being chased down the football field by guys twice his size, where outrunning his opponents was nearly a matter of life and death. He's continued to run on and off over his adult life, running 12 marathons and countless other road races. He's been a coach for a local running group and a volunteer for a number of road races, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. Terry joined the staff in the summer of 2006.

 

Breanne Hegg - Marketing & Media Director 

Breanne's loves of running and marketing came together in this position, which combines her many years of experience in marketing with her passion for physical fitness. She knew she'd found her home when she was presented with a stack of tech shirts on her first day and was welcomed at the lunch table by several coworkers who had also brought quinoa. Breanne enjoys the balance of diving into spreadsheets, analytics and marketing plans while also exploring the creative execution of TCM's brand. A fiercely proud Minnesotan, Breanne can often be seen running around the Lakes with her husband and two young daughters. 

 

Amy Farsht - Director of Partnerships

Joining Twin Cities in Motion in April 2016 combines Amy’s love of fitness and community with her professional experience in partnerships and event marketing. Amy enjoys building meaningful and lasting relationships between brands, companies and consumers by creating positive and impactful partnerships. With multiple previous positions in corporate sponsorships, special events, partnership marketing and merchandising in the retail and legal industries, Amy is thrilled to continue her career journey at TCM. Volunteer work allows Amy to focus on inspiring and promoting women to achieve their professional goals, hopes and dreams as a founding member of the Ellevate Network Twin Cities Chapter and with Dress for Success. Amy’s other passions include travel, running (when her back allows it), yoga, cooking and entertaining. She can also be found enjoying Lake Harriet in the peaceful morning hours, on weekends supporting the fantastic local chef-driven restaurant scene with her husband Dan and playing referee to their two young and very active sons.  

 

Elizabeth Vincenty - Race Director

Elizabeth has been passionate about events since she learned you don’t need to have a birthday to throw a party at the age of five. Since then, all signs have pointed her towards a career combining her love of sports and events. Shortly after receiving a degree in Sports Marketing and Management from Indiana University, Elizabeth found her calling working on the Chicago Marathon and continued to work on the event directly and with event partners for nearly 20 years. Along the way, she worked on dozens of other events and couldn’t wait to get more involved with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon when she moved to Minneapolis with her husband and two school-aged children in 2014. A dream realized, Elizabeth proudly accepted the role of Race Director for TCM in 2016 and has run with it! When she isn’t planning events, she enjoys running (at a leisurely pace), playing volleyball, cooking, photography and exploring the Twin Cities and the rest of the great state of Minnesota with her family.

 

Catherine Bishop - Registration Coordinator

Catherine keeps everything in working order with our event registration. You'll often find her working with duo monitors and her Shih Tzu, Dutchess, lying nearby. Catherine started working for TCM in 1999 before online registration was available and was paid $.25 for each registrant she entered in the database. She did seasonal data entry for 5 years before coming on board in a year-round capacity. Not really a runner before working at TCM, Catherine has worked her way up to being a half marathoner! 

 

Lindsey Altermatt - Administrative Coordinator

Lindsey, the voice of TCM keeps the physical office in motion by keeping up with office supplies, providing administrative support to managers, and providing every day frontline customer service. Lindsey also spends time helping with course operations. Favorite activities include: singing while she works, drinking wine around a bonfire, keeping up with her two dogs and two cats, gardening, biking, and spending time with her husband and daughter!

 

Sandy Unger - Youth Programs & Community Outreach Manager

Sandy is a recovering New Yorker, having been born and raised there. She settled in Minnesota right out of graduate school and fell in love with the people and the green spaces and only goes back to NY to visit friends and for an adrenaline rush. After spending a "lifetime" working for multiple municipal Park and Recreation Departments, School Districts and non-profits, she found a place with TCM. When not helping kids develop healthy lifestyles by learning to love running, she can be found traveling the world, geocaching, collecting matchbooks, cooking, and providing leadership to local and national non-profits helping to prevent domestic violence.

 

Vanessa Graetz - Online Engagement Manager

Vanessa joined TCM staff in spring of 2012. Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, she's now enjoys her time in Saint Paul, Minnesota with the exception of the purple and gold. ;) Also known as Webnessa, you can find her maintaining all TCM accounts online and near the finish line on race day. Vanessa spends her free time soaking up the sun, traveling to visit friends, and posting pictures of coffee on her Instagram. She likes training for and completing half marathons, and became a marathoner thanks to the encouragement from her coworkers at TCM.

 

Greg Haapala - Participant Services and Events Manager

Greg joined TCM in summer 2012 and hails from the Motor City. Prior to coming to Minnesota, he worked in college athletics at the University of Detroit Mercy, where his main responsibilities were ticket operations, event management, and sometimes donning the mascot costume when students were on break. Greg is excited to bring his love of running and race events to the Twin Cities. His responsibilities with TCM include organizing the Health & Fitness Expo, 27th Mile, and other fun events, as well as working with Corporate Teams. Outside of work, Greg will likely be found running trails, watching his beloved Detroit/Michigan sports teams, or taste testing local brews.

 

Kelli Bartholow - Operations & Volunteer Manager 

Kelli, a former Twin Cities In Motion intern and volunteer, joins the full-time staff after serving as the Outreach Coordinator at Bolder Options, a local non-profit organization focused on healthy youth development through mentoring, wellness activities, and leadership opportunities. Her responsibilities at Twin Cities In Motion include recruiting and organizing the 6,000 volunteers needed to manage our year-round events. Kelli grew up in Shoreview, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a B.S. in Sport Management. Kelli has a passion for running and loves spending time with her two favorite people in the world: her growing nieces, Zoë and Cora.

 

Charlie Mahler - Media and Communications Manager

Charlie joined TCM after wearing many hats in the running industry. A former college coach and the 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 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. Charlie enjoys running, reading, cycling, and being active in the outdoors.

 

Colleen O'Connell - Accounting and Program Support Specialist

Number crunching is the name of the game for Colleen! Coming to us from REI, Colleen joined TCM in December 2013. An avid runner, Colleen can often be found around the Saint Paul trails 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!

 

Ed Whetham - Race Operations Manager

Stemming from his experience as store manager for Run and Fun, and serving as the LDR Chair for USATF MN,  Ed played several key volunteer roles within the Twin Cities In Motion organization such as logistics with our youth events, and most recently was the division director for the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon before officially joining the staff in August 2014. When Ed isn’t at his desk filing permits, and procuring myriad race supplies, he can be found schlepping pallets around the warehouse, or out at the race sites taking measurements. Favorite activities include cheering on the Vikings, running and spending time with his four cats!

 

Sara Brennan - Corporate Relations Manager

Sara was born and raised in the St. Paul area and attended the University of St. Thomas, graduating with a B.A. degree in Marketing Management. She joined the TCM Staff in June of 2014, after running her first marathon at the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon the previous year. Sara began her TCM career as an intern and transitioned into a full-time staff position in January of 2015. Prior to TCM, she worked for her family-owned fence company. When not working, Sara likes to spend her time playing bingo, doing jigsaw puzzles, and running around the lakes.

 

Autumn Eklund - Office Assistant 

Autumn is Lindsey’s right-hand when it comes to any tasks needed to be done in the office, along with being in charge of any interactions and orders with our online store. Autumn was never much of a runner before working at TCM, but with the support from staff, she decided to register for her first marathon! She is finishing her Retail Merchandising degree from the University of Minnesota, and enjoys exploring everything the Twin Cities has to offer. 

 

Jessica Krinke- Race Operations Intern

Jessica is happy to be the Race Operations Intern once again in 2016. Joining the team early in 2015 with no knowledge of what the running community is all about, she has grown to love helping TCM put on races. She helps Ed with everything Race Operations, including permits, vendor orders, and random tasks thrown at her by the team. Currently a senior at the University of Minnesota, she will be graduating in May with a degree in Strategic Communications and a minor in Sports Management. She grew up in nearby Woodbury, MN and spends her free time doing photography and watching or playing hockey. 

 

Cyndi Hovey - Events & Services Intern

Cyndi is unbelievably excited for the opportunity to combine her talent and love of movement motivation, community outreach, and event planning for TCM as the Participant Services and Events Intern. She is energized by creating spaces where people gather for entertaining, engaging and enjoyable events. Her spirit animal is a lion: strong as an individual, but much more powerful within community. Cyndi calls herself a “mover” and tries to live a life where play and exploration replaces “working out.” She prides herself in being a year-long biker in Minnesota. If she’s not biking, she can be found gettin’ after it with November Project Minneapolis, practicing yoga, rock climbing or… eating (her life philosophy: food is good). If you tell her when your birthday is, you’re likely to receive some type of baked good!

 

Ashley Holman - Volunteer & Community Outreach Intern

Ashley is a recent grad of the University of Minnesota with a degree in sport management. She jumped right into helping Kelli, combining her loves of event planning and community building. Ashley is an avid runner who participates in races as often as she can. She has run a couple marathons, but 10 milers and half marathons deem to be her favorite. When she's not running, you will find her eating ice cream, the best food. She is always up for an adventure and is excited to be a part of this team to help motivate other runners and community members to join in on all the events.

 

 

TBD - Marketing & Communications Intern