Gary leads the Human Resources Division and heads the executive search and organizational analysis services. Since joining us in 2013, he has provided human resource management services, executive searches, organizational studies and management support. Gary has conducted over 70 executive searches and assisted with dozens of organizational related projects.
Prior to joining DDA Gary worked his way up the county government ladder, rising from social worker to social services director, and culminating with 11 years as Rice County's Administrator where he managed 16 departments with 350 employees and an annual budget of $50 million. This included organizational oversight of the human resources function for the County.
Tessia recently joined DDA, after working city and county government for nearly 13 years. Tessia heads our Classification and Compensation service area.
As City Administrator in Maple Plain, Tessia created a five-year budget, Capital Improvement Plan, Infrastructure Improvement Plan, strategic planning and worked significantly in human resources and communications. While in Dakota County, Melvin provided leadership training, managed their performance management system and worked with compensation and benefits. Prior to government, Tessia worked at Carlson Companies. In this role, she focused on communications and lean thinking. Dedicated to local governments and continued learning, Melvin earned her doctorate in Public Administration at Hamline with an emphasis on city development and planning.
Liza is a Management Consultant and specializes in Executive Search services. Like all DDA HR consultants, she has a background in public administration at both the city and county level, most recently in Kansas and Minnesota. Liza worked in Wright County providing administrative support to the Commissioners, Coordinator, and Human Resources Department. This path lead her into city management for Clearwater, Kansas, and Arlington, Minnesota. Throughout the years, her work has centered on human resource management, strong community participation, and leadership development. Liza received her MBA with an emphasis in public administration from St. Scholastica.
Mark recently joined DDA as a Management Consultant specializing in executive searches, strategic planning, and organizational consulting in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In his thirty-three years of public service, Mark has served as the City Manager for the City of St. Anthony Village, City Administrator for the City of Annandale, and Director of Community Education for both the Annandale and Maple Lake school districts. He also worked for the Cities of Faribault, Saint Peter, and Columbia Heights. Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s from St. Cloud State University. He has served on numerous boards and commissions including the League of Minnesota Cities, Metro Cities (President), Metro Area Management Association, and the Allina Hospital Board of Directors (Buffalo, MN), and has been a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Hamline University, and Metro State University.
Since joining DDA in 2015, Liz has been involved in numerous executive searches and other HR related projects. Some of Liz’s duties include community research, creating position profiles, assembling interview materials for our clients, and providing general administrative support to our consultants. Liz is an Assistant Consultant that provides support and assistance throughout our Human Resources Division.
Melanie Ault brings over 20 years of experience leading Minnesota county human resources and labor relations operations with additional experience at the city, regional, and state levels. You might recognize her by her passion for examining pending legislation and its ramifications for the public sector. Melanie holds BA, MAPA, and JD degrees, with further education in public administration. She is an avid supporter of professional organizations, serving on the state and national levels. She loves making new connections and looks forward to helping you find answers and ideas. Melanie is one of our AMC Human Resources Technical Assistance Program staff.
Kerie Anderka is passionate about strengthening and building up communities through excellence in local government service. Kerie has over 15 years of human resources leadership experience, including 10 years in county government and labor relations. Her work overseeing a full array of county human resource services has been marked with innovative problem solving, positive organizational culture change, strategic planning, and building strong relationships and communications to partner with local government leaders in reaching organizational goals. She holds a BA in both philosophy and Spanish, relishes the nuances of English while drafting union contract provisions, and loves to ponder a good question in either language. Kerie is one of our AMC Human Resources Technical Assistance Program staff.
Kristin Hack has 20 years of experience in human resources and labor relations, including 12 years of applicable public sector human resources and labor relations experience. Kristin is an innovative HR practitioner and excels at researching and applying human resource principles and best-practice solutions to complex human resource issues. Kristin holds a BS in Communication and Public Relations. Kristin is also SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified. Kristin is one of our AMC Human Resources Technical Assistance Program staff.