Julie Eide joined The Barnabas Group MN near the end of 2016 after five years working in Commercial Real Estate. Prior to that in the 80’s and early 90’s Julie worked for Project for Pride in Living as General Manager running a social enterprise in the Phillips neighborhood. Eide received her undergraduate degrees in Economics and Religion from St. Olaf College and her MBA with a concentration in Inner City and Two-Thirds World Development from Eastern University in Philadelphia PA. She has also lived and worked internationally. Currently Julie co-chairs Younglives, a Young Life program for teen moms and their babies in North Minneapolis. Julie also currently serves as board secretary of a church plant called The Table Mpls. Julie has three children, enjoys new adventures and getting her hands dirty. Her happy place is Red Lodge, Montana.
Allison joins Amplify Mission Network in 2020 as her career and faith journeys have crossed paths. Allison earned a degree in International Relations from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. For the past 30 years she has worked in advertising, marketing, finance, business development and leadership. However, it is her personal life experiences that have shaped her faith and brought her to Amplify. Allison has one daughter and son-in-law, a fiancé, David and two soon-to-be stepchildren. She has served in leadership and been active with Community Bible Study for 19 years, attends Hosanna Lutheran Church and Westwood Community Church. Allison enjoys horseback riding, being at the beach, reading and spending time with her family who all live in the same town.
Marie has spent nearly 20 years working to advance the mission of nonprofits through creative and innovative marketing and fundraising strategies. Marie thrives in a space where her passion for creative marketing work intersect with her desire to make a difference in the lives of others. In addition to joining Amplify as the Communications & Engagement Consultant, Marie also serves as the Director of Marketing for New Life Family Services, bringing fresh ideas to life through forward-thinking leadership. When she’s not dreaming up her next creative marketing idea, you will find her sitting at the piano or cycling around the city. Marie lives in St. Paul with her husband and two daughters.
Reid Evenson is president and CEO of the holding company, Tradition Bancshares, Inc. He is past president and CEO of Tradition Bank. Reid is also on the board of directors of Tradition Capital Bank and has more than 40 years of banking experience, most recently as president of Eagle Crest Capital Bank, a division of Home Federal Bank in Edina, MN. Mr. Evenson has significant experience in private banking, commercial loan origination, cash management systems and operations. As a graduate of the Master’s Program, Reid is one of the founding members of The Barnabas Group MN.
Becky Walker spent over 25 years in the mortgage banking industry serving in various leadership roles including Executive Vice President, Division Head and President for the companies of Norwest (now Wells Fargo), Residential Funding Corporation, FBS Mortgage (now U.S. Bancorp), and Bank of America. Becky was blessed to be called to the non-profit industry and served for 10 years as President & CEO of TreeHouse. She is currently enjoying her consulting business as Strategist, Consultant and Coach. Becky is most importantly a Wife, Mother, Mother-in-law and Gramma of three and loves every minute of it!
Ann has spent over 20 years helping organizations capture the heart, inspire the mind, and motivate the hands of key stakeholders through strategic change management, human resource, and communication practices. Ann is currently owner of Next Chapter Communications, providing strategic consulting services to organizations doing good in our communities. Her prior roles include SVP Human Resources for Tradition Capital Bank as well as 13 years in various change management and communication consulting and leadership roles with Willis Towers Watson. In addition to her role with Amplify, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for START Senior Solutions, a ministry dedicated to helping older adults and their caregivers navigate the challenges of aging. In her free time, Ann enjoys traveling the world and soaking in the culture, food and music wherever she goes. Ann lives in St. Paul with her husband and two children.
Steve is an attorney and small business owner in the Twin Cities. He was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago (2012-2018). In that role Steve served on the Moody Executive Leadership Team and also led all centralized functions of Moody, including technology, human resources, fund raising, marketing, corporate communications, legal, and facilities management. From 2006 to 2012, Steve was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Midscale Hotel Group of Carlson Hotels in Minnetonka, Minnesota, which operated the Country Inns & Suites by Radisson Hotel Company. In that role Steve had responsibility for all franchised and managed operations of the Country Inns and Suites and Park Inn hotel chains in the Americas. Previously, Steve also served as Senior Vice President, Legal for Carlson Hotels Worldwide. Prior to joining Carlson, Steve worked in Minneapolis in private legal practice. Steve received his Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City, Iowa, Master of Business Administration with distinction from DePaul University in Chicago, and Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Steve has been married to Heidi Mogck for 34 years and they have three children. Steve and Heidi are members of Westwood Community Church in Chanhassen, MN.
John Trautz has spent his entire career in commercial real estate in the Twin Cities in a variety of roles including sales and leasing, development and investment. He has a B.S. and MBA from the University of Minnesota. John and his wife, Jill, have been married for 28 years and have 4 adult children. John’s avocations include traveling, biking, hiking and reading. Ministry interests focus on local organizations that assist people in pursuing a better life through better housing, career assistance and life skills training.
Rich’s practice is devoted to helping clients in all aspects of dispute resolution. Naturally collaborative and client-centric, Rich enjoys working with his clients to find a resolution that works for them.
Rich has litigated cases in state and federal court as well as administrative hearings on matters involving non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, collections, breach of contract, construction defects, tenant/landlord disputes, business torts, real estate disputes, mortgage repurchase litigation and HOA disputes.
Specialties: Attorney, Commercial Litigation, Construction Defect, Employment Law, Minnesota Human Rights Act, Unemployment Law, RMBS Litigation, Mortgage Repurchase Litigation, Trade Secrets, Non-Compete, Breach of Contract, Tenant and Landlord, Unlawful Detainer, Eviction, HOA, Lease Collection, and Debt Collection.
Graduate of the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota.
Developed an insurance investigation business for ReliaStar Financial that specialized in insurance fraud. The business sold fraud investigation services to other group health insurance carriers in the industry. It was the first such business in the U.S. utilizing specialized detection tools to identify problematic provider fraud during the claim process. Testified before the Minnesota Senate and the U.S. Congress on the issues of insurance fraud as an expert in the field. In 1995, chaired the National HealthCare Insurance Fraud Association. This was a national association that brought together payers to combat insurance fraud.
In 1999, United Health Care (now United Health Group, UHG) purchased the fraud investigation business from ReliaStar. UHG wanted a similar business that they could use both internally and take out to the marketplace. This was one of the first business units in what is now OPTUM. My role, as a Senior Vice President, expanded to encompass claim analysis, development of medical coding techniques to better manage medical outcomes, fraud investigations and subrogation. When I left in 2004 we were generating revenue of $80M a year.
Since retirement from the corporate world, I have spent time consulting for Urban Ventures, fundraising for various organizations, taken on leadership roles for Benilde St. Margaret’s Parent Association, auction, and been a buyer for the school shop. One of my favorite activities is leading a Bible Study called 12 Ordinary Woman.
Sam has spent more than 20 years of his career in government administration management. He served with Minneapolis Housing Authority as Director of Procurement. He was Deputy Director of Procurement for The City of St. Paul. He is a native of Starkville, Ms. He has a B.S. from Tuskegee University and His Executive Management Degree from The Carlson School at University of Minnesota.
He is a professional consultant focusing on Inclusion and Diversity in Procurement. He is the proud father his son (Jae’) who resides in Minneapolis. He is a foster parent for teen boys. He is a servant leader and serves in that capacity with the St.Paul-Minneapolis Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity an organization rooted deep in the community providing community service with Habitat for Humanity, Highway Cleanup and Second Harvest Heartland. Sam enjoys studying the word, physical therapy work outs, baking specialty deserts, cooking fish and grilling.
Tony and his wife Linda have been married since 2002. They have two beautiful daughters.
For the past 14 years Tony has worked for the City of Rosemount in their Public Works department.
Tony is a member of Hosanna Church and is the Director of the Heart Ministry.
Tony along with his dedicated staff of volunteers serve the needs of people locally and nationally. Heart Ministry is known nationally for their disaster relief work.
Locally Heart serves the less fortunate through gifts in kind from big retail stores.
Hearts warehouse is located in Shakopee where it serves as a distribution center for Gods Kingdom.
Gregg offers a unique blend of digital strategy, e-commerce and CRM expertise, having worked in senior level positions in digital marketing firms, advertising agencies and technology management consultancies. He has a passion to drive the development of enterprise-level strategies as well as to actively manage major projects and teams.
He led the launch of Target Corporation’s first e-commerce site, and has continued to create new e-commerce solutions in B2B and B2C channels, developed portals to empower customers and employees, designed CRM strategies to boost personalization effectiveness, and more.
A specialist in helping organizations improve their customer experience effectiveness, Gregg is uniquely qualified to guide cross functional teams toward a shared vision, with the tools , data and business processes to make it possible.
Greg is a problem solver, team builder, strategist and advisor to his clients – with hands on management capabilities to guide key initiatives through successful execution and measurement.
Kristin Vlasak is a strategic marketing professional who leads with authenticity and enthusiasm. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications strategy, she thinks big and effectively brings others along. Motivated by a deep connection to people and a belief in possibilities, Kristin is known for inspiring teams to face challenges head-on to deliver results.
Equal parts creative and strategic, Kristin quickly grasps the big picture and connects the dots. She is a natural leader but believes collaboration is key to breaking through the ordinary and getting to something better. Never satisfied with what’s worked in the past, she always pushes to maximize limited resources to stand out in an ever-changing marketplace.
Kristin’s strengths include:
Translating business objectives into strategic plans.
Bringing ideas and vision to life through words, images, and storytelling to engage and inspire.
Creative ideation and problem-solving.
A hunger for learning new things and bringing others along in the learning.
Building and maintaining strong relationships and earning trust quickly.
When not taking on big marketing problems, Kristin is either devouring her latest read, cooking up way too much food for just two people, channeling her inner Joanna Gaines as she transforms dollhouses into tiny fixer-uppers, or hosting dog parties at her home in Lakeville. Kristin and her husband Dan have three grown children and were recently blessed with their first granddaughter.
Mike Martiny spent 34 years in Consumer Foods in a variety of leadership roles including Engineering, Manufacturing, and Technology before retiring in August 2018 as Chief Information Officer, General Mills. Mike is the Executive-in-Residence for the Information and Decision Sciences Department at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and serves as a Board Member for The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and Medicare services pioneer HRA IQ.
An engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee, Mike and Susan have been married for 33 years and have 4 children. Mike’s interests include mountain biking, motorcycle riding, and keeping little British and Italian cars running.
While building businesses over the past 25 years, Steve has also been earning respect as a true out of the box thinker. As co-founder of Minute Clinic, he established a new way to think about common illnesses and treatment outside traditional medical facilities, changing the way medical services are delivered. Minute Clinic was acquired by CVS in 2006.
With 50 million people currently on Medicare and Annual Wellness visits averaging a dismal 6% completion rate, Steve saw an opportunity. HRA IQ™ collects data on the senior population and produces a care plan that is shared with the patient and his /her Doctor, supporting their efforts to produce better health outcomes for their patients.
Steve holds a BA degree in Business Administration/Commerce from Westminster College, and holds board positions at the Boys and Girls Club of Minneapolis and Groves Academy.
Wade has spent 30 years in the Credit and Collection Industry. He is the co-founder of Financial Recovery Service Inc. a leading service provider in the collection industry based in Edina, MN. He spends a majority of his time in a variety of operations management roles and heads up the training department for all 3 domestic locations and one location in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He has a BA in Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College. Wade is involved in a variety of charitable organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, 363 days and Habitat for Humanity along with other fundraising projects.