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 the 46,000 person event for over 15 years. Virginia is a lifelong runner and has completed more than ten marathons! In February 2017, Virginia was recognized with the Running USA Women's Trailblazer Award. This award goes to a woman who has been a leader and a pioneer in the sport and has served the sport with distinction.

 

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, sometimes triple, 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 five years before coming on board as a staff member. Not really a runner before working at TCM, Catherine has become a five-time 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! She especially loves curling up with a book and admiring the view from her high-rise condo in downtown Minneapolis.

 

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, she's now enjoys her time exploring the Twin Cities. Also known as Webnessa, you'll find her maintaining all TCM's online accounts and near the finish line on race day. Vanessa spends her free time soaking up the sun, traveling to visit besties, and posting on Instagram. She enjoys training for and completing half marathons, and became a marathoner thanks to the encouragement from her coworkers. She serves on the Young Professional Board at Cornerstone, a domestic violence prevention and care agency in Minnesota.

 

Kelli Bartholow - Operations & Volunteer Manager 

Kelli, a former Twin Cities In Motion intern and volunteer, joined the full-time staff after serving as the Outreach Coordinator at Bolder Options, a local non-profit focused on healthy youth development through mentoring, wellness activities, and leadership opportunities. Her responsibilities at TCM 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 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! 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!

 

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 division director for the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon before 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. His 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, running around the lakes, and most of all, caring for her adorable newborn son! 

 

Kelly Donahue - Event Experience Manager

Having worked at all types of events across the nation over the past five years, watching participants cross a finish line for the first time is still Kelly’s favorite part of a race. Kelly’s love for endurance sports started basically as soon as she could walk and has only grown since working as a race director and coach. Out of all the races she’s participated in and worked on, the oddest race would have to be the Run to the Dump Quarter Marathon, where you follow a dump truck to the town’s old dump. Kelly joined TCM in 2017 focusing on designing the athlete’s experience through their race day journey. You can find Kelly doodling site maps and drumming up new ideas for delighting participants around race week.

 

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. 

 

Cyndi Hovey - Corporate Relations Assistant

Cyndi feels blessed by the opportunity to continue combing her talent and love of movement motivation, community outreach, and event planning for TCM as the Corporate Relations Assistant. 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!

 

Chelsea Kipp  - Marketing & Communications Intern

Chelsea began running as a senior on Central High School’s cross-country team. Never the fastest on the team, her passion grew around the camaraderie that was shared amongst the team and the sense of accomplishment felt after every run. Growing up in a family of runners, for Chelsea, “marathon weekend” seemed like a national holiday and she couldn’t be more excited for an internship that allows her to be a part of bringing those events to life. On her days off, she can be found chasing down PRs on Summit Avenue, catching up on The Bachelor, or planning her next Disney vacation.

 

Mark Gilkerson - Sports Management Intern

Mark Gilkerson graduated from Northern State University in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Sports Marketing & Administration. Mark started running not long after he started to walk, running all through high school where he was a state runner-up in track. He also ran in college where he received All-Conference Honors. When he isn’t running, Mark enjoys cycling, spending time with his girlfriend and cheering for Minnesota sports teams. Some of his favorite movies include Stars Wars, Back to the Future, Saint Ralph and anything Batman-related.

 

Mikayla Nelson - Corporate Partnerships Intern

Mikayla is excited to join the TCM team and have the opportunity to grow with the organization and the running community while finishing her Sports Management degree through the University of Minnesota. Mikayla has never been into running but since joining TCM has pushed herself to new distances. When Mikayla is not in the office, she is probably at an ice arena pursuing her first passion in figure skating. Mikayla was a competitive figure skater for 11 years and has now been coaching her own students since 2011. Mikayla also enjoys working out, going to music festivals and concerts, and spending time with her cats, dog, friends and family.  

 

Sydney Allison - Volunteer & Community Outreach Intern 

Sydney has recently graduated college from Bethel University with a degree in Psychology and Business. Sydney now spends her free time traveling, spending time on the lake, reworking her winning brackets for The Bachelor, and volunteering. Although she used to be a disciplined runner, due to injury she now finds various activities she enjoys to stay active including, yoga, biking, paddle boarding, alpine skiing, wakeboarding, and chasing after her dreams.

 

TBD - Event Experience Intern

TBD - Merchandise And Office Assistant