OUR STAFF

Leaders

 

JANA WEBSTER
PRESIDENT AND CEO

Responsibilities: Jana is responsible for the strategic direction of the Foundation and assuring the Foundation has the resources needed to meet its mission of enhancing the experience and exceeding the expectations of travelers at MSP International Airport, as well as supporting the airport and broader aviation community.

 

Background: Prior to her position with the Airport Foundation MSP, Jana served as the Director of other Twin Cities nonprofits and held positions in broadcast and print media. She continues to be involved in the Twin Cities community and has served as a Board Member of Wings Financial, Stillwater Library, the U of M Tourism Center, the Learning Jet and is a Council Member of Explore Minnesota.

 

 

PATTY LUPKOWSKI
MANAGING DIRECTOR

 

Responsibilities: Patty is responsible for internal organizational operations and support to the President and CEO including human resources, finance and budgeting, Board Member communications and departmental support up to and including supervision of staff.




Background:
Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Patty was employed by Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines as a Buyer in the Projects Group. She was also a Vice President and Controller in New Jersey for an executive search firm.





LAURA SARTAIN
VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMS


Responsibilities:
Laura is responsible for program development, collaboration, capacity-building, and organizational impact. She also provides leadership and support to strategic Foundation initiatives and the expansion of services for travelers.

 

Background: Laura’s background includes nearly 20 years of non-profit senior leadership experience in Minnesota and California. Most recently, she served as Director, Volunteer Programs at the Foundation and was Senior Director of Volunteer Support for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys. 

 

SARA ERNST
DIRECTOR, VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

Responsibilities: Sara recruits, trains, retains, and recognizes Airport Foundation MSP Volunteers and provides strategy and direction for Volunteer Program development. Sara has nearly 20 years of experience in volunteer management, program operations, community partnerships and stakeholder engagement.

Background:

Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Sara was in local youth social enterprise. Most recently, as Associate Director with Cookie Cart, she oversaw the organization’s youth program, bakery operations and volunteers at both their Minneapolis and Saint Paul locations.

 

 

BEN OWEN
DIRECTOR, ARTS@MSP


Responsibilities: Ben leads the Arts and Culture program at both Terminals 1 and 2 at MSP International Airport. The Arts@MSP Program is comprised of Commissioned Artwork, Rotating Exhibits and the Performing Arts.

Background:

Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Ben was Program Officer for the Minnesota State Arts Board, where he managed the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program, acquiring works of art for communities throughout Minnesota using up to one percent of state-funded capital construction or renovation project budgets. He has more than a decade of experience in public art management for statewide public art agencies in the United States.

DAVID RIVARD
DIRECTOR, MARKETING
AND COMMUNICATIONS

Responsibilities: David is responsible for implementing and managing all marketing initiatives of the Airport Foundation MSP including Communications, Events and Public Relations, as well as helping to manage Sponsorships and Tourism-related activities.

Background: Prior to his position with the Airport Foundation MSP, David’s background included more than 30 years with Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines in a variety of Corporate Communications, Global Sales Communications, Sales Support, Customer Care, Flight Operations, and In-Flight leadership roles.

Sponsorships

JUDY TAMBORNINO
MANAGER, SPONSORSHIPS

Responsibilities: Judy oversees the Foundation’s sponsorship initiatives and other revenue-generating opportunities. She also and assists with events, donor management and grant making.

Background: Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Judy spent more than 25 years in non-profit corporate development and sponsorships.

 

 

 

 

Travelers Assistance

JOHN HEWITT
MANAGER, TRAVELERS ASSISTANCE OPERATIONS

Responsibilities: John manages Travelers Assistance program activities at MSP International Airport including implementation of program policies and procedures. He also ensures that the assistance provided by Volunteers meets and exceeds the Foundation’s customer service standards. In addition, John builds and maintains key strategic relationships with various airport stakeholder groups to assure the best possible level of customer service for MSP travelers.

Background: Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP as a Volunteer in 2013, and being promoted to Supervisor in 2016, John had more than 30 years of experience in the copier industry and previously the U.S. Air Force as an electro-mechanical technician.

 

 

 

JULIE NORDENDALE
SUPERVISOR, TRAVELERS ASSISTANCE

Responsibilities:
Julie coordinates program activities and services. In partnership with the Travelers Assistance team members, she provides hands-on supervision, guidance, and support to Volunteers to ensure that Travelers Assistance delivers quality service to travelers and the airport community.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Background: Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Julie worked in Finance for the cities of Richfield and Roseville and also in Finance with Target Corp. 

 
 
 

JEFF PRAUER
SUPERVISOR, TRAVELERS ASSISTANCE

Responsibilities: Jeff coordinates program activities and services. In partnership with the Travelers Assistance team members, he provides hands-on supervision, guidance, and support to Volunteers to ensure that Travelers Assistance delivers quality service to travelers and the airport community.

 

 

 

 

Background: Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Jeff had a 42-year career in nonprofit arts management. His experience in the travel industry includes Cargo operations at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

CHRIS STEWART
SUPERVISOR, TRAVELERS ASSISTANCE

Responsibilities:
Chris coordinates program activities and services. In partnership with the Travelers Assistance team members, he provides hands-on supervision, guidance, and support to Volunteers to ensure that Travelers Assistance delivers quality service to travelers and the airport community.


Background:
Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP as a Volunteer, Chris spent over 30 years as a highly-awarded federal bankruptcy litigator. During his career as an attorney, he was also active in the legal community and presented regularly at continuing education seminars.

JOEL LAGERQUIST
SUPERVISOR, TRAVELERS ASSISTANCE

Responsibilities:

Joel coordinates program activities and services. In partnership with the Travelers Assistance team members, he provides hands-on supervision, guidance, and support to Volunteers to ensure that Travelers Assistance delivers quality service to travelers and the airport community.

 


Background: 

Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP as a Volunteer, Joel enjoyed a 40-year career as a Software Engineer, mostly with Toro. 






RACHEL MCLEAN
SUPERVISOR, TRAVELERS ASSISTANCE

Responsibilities:

Rachel coordinates program activities and services. In partnership with the Travelers Assistance team members, she provides hands-on supervision, guidance, and support to Volunteers to ensure that Travelers Assistance delivers quality service to travelers and the airport community.

 

 

Background: 

Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP as a Volunteer, Rachel had a25-year career in Sales, Marketing and Business Development for retailers and garment manufacturers in California and Minnesota.

Volunteer Programs

JONATHAN TURNER
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Responsibilities: Jonathan recruits, trains, retains and recognizes Airport Foundation MSP Volunteers and provides strategy and direction for volunteer program development.

Background:

Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Jonathan worked for Every Meal, ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) and the Minnesota Twins. He has extensive experience in volunteer management as well as proven skills developing strong partnerships in the community. 

KATIE HANNESTAD
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Responsibilities: Katie is responsible for operational and administrative support related to Volunteer recruitment and retention.

Background:

Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Katie was with the Minnesota Historical Society where she worked with its Volunteer and Intern programs. Prior to that, she was with Minneapolis Public Schools.

Arts @ MSP

SAM FUENTES
COORDINATOR, EXHIBITS

Responsibilities: Sam administers and coordinates high-quality and diverse exhibits at MSP International Airport facilities, events and related venues. He oversees every step of the logistical end-to-end process.


Background: Prior to joining the Foundation, Sam had more than eight years of experience in visual arts as an Art Handler and Transportation Specialist for Crozier Fine Arts and as a Senior Designer for Chelsea Frames, both in New York City. Sam has also served as an Events Attendant for the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, managing the setup and take-down of public and private events.

NOAH KEESECKER
COORDINATOR, ARTS PROGRAM

Responsibilities: Noah supports the Arts@MSP and Marketing teams with arts activations, event coordination and digital marketing communications as well as special projects.

Background: Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Noah was an independent Creative Consultant since 2019 and prior to that, he was the Program Director for Artist Development with Springboard for the Arts, where he facilitated professional development workshops centered on economic development and entrepreneurial skills for artists.



KRIN MCMILLEN
COORDINATOR, PERFORMING ARTS

Responsibilities: Krin McMillen orchestrates the diverse and engaging Arts@MSP Performing Arts program. She also manages daily program operations, performer recruitment, engagement, retention and training.

 

Background: Prior to joining the Airport Foundation MSP, Krin was the operations manager with Minnesota Youth Symphonies since 2017. Prior to that, she spent six years with Valleyfair Amusement Park Live Entertainment in Shakopee, Minnesota, where she served as a singer, dancer and entertainer, as well as the casting director and manager for all-park entertainment.

Gambling/Lottery

CHRISTIE SCHMIDT
GAMBLING/LOTTERY DIRECTOR

Christie Schmidt is responsible for the overall management and daily operations of all lottery, pull-tab gambling and charitable gaming activities of the Foundation. She has worked with the Foundation in a financial capacity for many years, and aside from her work for the Foundation, Christie has more than 20 years of experience in Finance and Gaming and has helped organizations raise money for their respective missions.

about us

The Airport Foundation MSP dedicates itself to enhancing the experience and exceeding the expectations of travelers at MSP International Airport, as well as supporting the airport and broader aviation community.