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Staff

Sara Dziuk

President and CEO
Junior Achievement North

Sara Dziuk has served as President and CEO of Junior Achievement North since June 2020. In her role at Junior Achievement, Sara works closely with the JA Board of Directors to set the strategy for the multi-state education organization. Under Sara’s leadership, the talented Junior Achievement team partners with business and community volunteers to deliver innovative and relevant programs to thousands of students across Minnesota, North Dakota and Western Wisconsin.

Prior to becoming CEO at Junior Achievement, Sara was an executive leader at College Possible, a national organization focused on college readiness and success for students from low-income backgrounds. Most recently, Sara served as the organization’s Chief Advancement Officer, overseeing fundraising, marketing and communication for the $30M organization. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the organization’s flagship site in Minnesota. Under her leadership, the organization experienced record growth in revenue, students served and program impact.

Sara is no stranger to Junior Achievement, serving as a volunteer since 2002, a member of the Mankato Advisory Board until 2006, and working in education and development leadership positions in the organization from 2007-2010. Sara holds her MBA from Minnesota State University and BA in Management from Gustavus Adolphus College. She resides in Apple Valley with her husband, Mark, and three young children.

JA North Senior Leadership

  • Kumar Balasubrahmanyan

    VP - Innovation
  • Maryse Birr

    VP - Corporate Partnerships & Community Engagement
  • Jolene Hart

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Jen Kmecik

    VP - Programs
  • Sarah Trenda Martin

    VP - Development

JA North Staff

  • Jennifer Baldwin

    Senior Director of Capstone Programs
  • Cassidy Bins

    Development Operations Associate
  • Tracy Botten

    Executive Assistant & Office Manager
  • Ryan Brown

    Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Erin Brum

    Program Coordinator - St. Cloud area
  • Marie Buchli

    Regional Director - North Dakota
  • Ebony Campbell

    Manager - Community Partnerships
  • Skyler Carlson

    Program Coordinator - Greater Mankato area and New Ulm area
  • Leigha Casper

    Senior Manager - Relationships
  • Mai-Khanh Do

    Specialist - Human Resources & Accounting
  • Marissa Dorschner

    Manager - High School Pathways
  • Andy Dwyer

    Director of Data Operations
  • Sarah Erdahl

    Program Coordinator
  • Ann Marie Giefer

    Director - Financial Literacy Programs
  • Kadie Hansen

    Program Coordinator - Fargo-Moorhead area
  • Lucell Hanson

    Director - Engagement & Equity
  • Tommy Hartwell

    Front Desk Representative
  • Diana Hernandez-Hernandez

    Front Desk Representative
  • Amanda Hillmann

    Director - Metro K5 Programs
  • Alyssa Isackson

    Front Desk Representative
  • Vanessa Jensen

    Manager - Owatonna area
  • Jerad Justesen

    Coordinator - Capstone
  • Igor Kanashiro Balota

    Program Coordinator
  • Sam Keyes

    Manager - Capstone
  • Timi Jinadu

    Capstone Coordinator
  • Karen Johnson

    Capstone Coordinator
  • Jennifer Larson

    Manager - Events
  • Hope Lockett

    Relationship Manager
  • Maria L√≥pez

    Grants Manager
  • Kerri Lynch

    Manager - Communications & Marketing
  • Basanti Miller

    Program Director
  • Safiya Mohamed

    Capstone Coordinator
  • Katie Mons

    Senior Manager - Greater Mankato area
  • Sam Mott

    Director - Development Operations
  • Pam Nelson

    Manager - Data
  • Wendy Patzlaff

    Director - Capstone
  • Dan Peck

    Manager - Grants
  • Casaundra Pfeiffer

    Manager - St. Cloud Area
  • Jianna Reynolds

    Program Coordinator
  • Grace Robinson

    Capstone Coordinator
  • Dr. Karen Ruth-Jarmon

    Program Coordinator
  • Olivia Segura

    Capstone Coordinator
  • Joy Sparks

    Relationship Manager - North Dakota
  • Lennon Sundance

    Coordinator - Capstone
  • Naly Yang

    Capstone Coordinator
  • Moses Yazachew

    Capstone Coordinator
  • Sonya Yermishkin

    Volunteer Manager