2023-24 Board of Directors

Board Chairs

Angela Christman 
President, Marketing and Membership Co-Chair

Angela is the founder of Lift Bridge Strategy, a boutique consultancy focused on more personal and human-centered approaches to helping companies grow. Angela is known for building innovative teams to focus on people during periods of high growth, talent shortage, internal shifts in culture due to leadership or ownership transition, and M&A integration. The Lift Bridge team helps businesses build and execute strategies to make sure they have the right people in the right places, performing at their best. Angela has nearly 20 years of experience leading teams and guiding leaders through all phases of business evolution and macroeconomic cycles. The common thread is understanding that talent is a customer, the workplace is a product, and this dynamic creates a market.

Prior to founding Lift Bridge, Angela led teams focused on talent and the team member experience at Marvin. Angela also held multiple leadership roles in Human Resources with Walmart, where she helped impact talent and engagement for associates across the business. Angela holds a B.A. in Psychology from Coe College and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. When not working, Angela enjoys reading, traveling with her husband and spoiling her two springer spaniels, George and Grace.

Christina Spriggle
Vice President, Partnerships Co-Chair

Christina Spriggle joined Constellation and its growing portfolio of medical professional liability (MPL) insurance companies in 2015. Prior to joining Constellation, Christina worked in leadership positions at UnitedHealth Group and Express Scripts.

With over 25 years of experience working in human resources, Christina brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role as Senior Director, People Team. As the leader of Constellation's people operations, Christina champions the company's talent strategy and philosophy. She and her team partner with leaders across the organization to address and provide solutions to talent and resourcing needs. Christina also guides the company's suite of benefits, manages incentive and compensation plans, coordinates leadership coaching and training opportunities, and more. She enjoys working for Constellation and is inspired by the organization's purpose and vision.

In her free time, Christina enjoys reading—particularly non-fiction and historical fiction—and learning about people and events from a variety of different perspectives. 

Janis Hardie

As the VP of Talent Management for Agiliti, Janis leads the recruiting, training and talent practice areas.  Janis is a strategic and execution-focused leader with a proven track record of designing and implementing integrated talent solutions to ensure an organization has the capabilities needed to achieve results and improve engagement.  She is intrigued by people, their potential and what gets in the way.  With over 25 years of HR experiences, she has led teams and impacted leadership development in a number of different industries including Target, Accenture and Heitman Financial. 

Heidi Grange
Secretary, Program Committee Co-Chair

Heidi is currently the SVP/Human Resources Officer for Northmarq, a Pohlad Company, since 2020. In her current role, Heidi is responsible for leading the development and execution of HR strategy, aligned with business priorities. Heidi leads all aspects of the HR function, including talent acquisition and management, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy, HR operations, and the overall employee experience.  

Heidi has over 25 years of human resources experience, including various business partner and senior HR leadership roles in large to midsize organizations. Prior to joining Northmarq, she spent most of her career at Thomson Reuters. While at Thomson Reuters, was a senior HR leader involved in M&A activity, change and transformation initiatives, talent development, and partnership with senior/executive leaders. Prior to Northmarq,  Heidi was the SVP of HR of a global medical device engineering and manufacturing firm located in the Minneapolis area. 

Heidi is an active member of the local MSP HR community, serving on the Board of HR Executive Forum (HREF) and involved in various HR professional groups. She has a BA in Psychology and MS in Human Resources Development and Training.

At Large Board Members

Dr. Kevin Anderson

Dr. Anderson is a consultant in organizational design and performance, leadership, change management, and cultural initiatives. Kevin has over twenty-five years of experience in designing and delivering high impact, global organizational solutions. He is currently a senior organizational development consultant at Cargill. Organizations he has worked with include Thomson Reuters, City of Minneapolis and Accelare Consulting where he worked in health care, retail and education. Kevin has a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development from the University of Minnesota.

Kevin brings a practical point of view to his work where academic meets action.  In the organizational design sessions he designs and hosts each year, he is always seeking to transfer practical, impactful approaches.  In his books, including The New Workplace: Performance Through Virtual and Hybrid Teams and Organization Design Made Easy he similarly writes about how all leaders and teams can adopt these powerful mind sets and tools.   

Claire Edmondson
At-Large, Partnerships Co-Chair

Claire Edmondson is the Vice President of Talent Management Solutions for CPI Twin Cities, responsible for growing CPI’s Practice Areas of Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Career Transition and HR Advisory Services.  In addition to consulting on leadership projects and coaching candidates in career transition, Claire builds and maintains the talent pool of consultants and facilitators who deliver work to CPI’s clients.  She brings progressive, talented and timely educators to our candidates and clients through the EMPOWER! HOUR, Vantage Executive Forum and CPI@TheForefront workshops and special corporate learning events. She was most recently Principal Consultant for Key Leader Resources (KLR) where she delivered coaching and training programs around the country to leaders at all levels.  

For the past 23 years, Claire has coached, trained and consulted with clients in countries all over the world to deliver hundreds of assessments, coaching and customized training programs. She has built her reputation on delivering business insights combined with outstanding service and a heavy dose of humor. She brings her knowledge of people, processes and tools to help solve client challenges quickly. Claire’s background lends her a broad range of corporate industry exposure to draw upon, along with her personal experience as an entrepreneur and executive leader. 

Carita Hibben
At-Large, Program Committee Co-Chair

Carita is the Vice President, Human Resources at C.H. Robinson leading the areas of Talent Management, Total Rewards, HR Operations, HR Technology, Payroll, and Global Mobility. Additionally, I serve as the Executive Sponsor on our HR Digital transformation journey.  I am considered a highly accomplished, strategic Human Resources professional with over 20 years of experience. Formally recognized for leadership, integrity, collaboration and an ability to establish and execute strategies while meeting company business objectives.  Sharp business acumen in managing a broad scope of Human Resources functions, including operations, talent management, talent acquisition, performance management, succession planning, total rewards, implementing information/data systems, leadership, and coaching.  Passion in designing rewards and recognition programs that align with organizational strategies.  Strong ability to partner and collaborate with Executive Team Members, Board Members, and Senior Leaders to reach company goals and targets.  Lastly, I serve as a member of the board of directors for Make-A-Wish Minnesota.

Rachel MeinertRachel Meinert

At-Large, Marketing and Membership Co-Chair 

Rachel is a Director, HR Business Partner on the Allianz Life team who believes business results come from building trust and collaboration. She understands where the business strategy is going, and partners to develop the talent and people strategies to meet organizational goals with a focus on culture and employee engagement. With nearly 25 years as a HR professional, Rachel has demonstrated success working in high growth, fast paced organizations including Target, US Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield MN and UnitedHealth Group.


Rachel has been a part of HR Executive Forum since 2019 and looks forward to being more involved as a member of the HREF board of directors.

Marie Carlson


Marie is the founder of UpSwing HR, a boutique consultancy focused on elevating her clients’ people practices. As an HR leader and practitioner with decades of experience, her interest in emotional intelligence has been nurtured over the course of her career and formed her approach to talent acquisition, productive conflict resolution, performance management, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her background includes roles in contract administration, advertising sales, and operations management prior to focusing fully on HR. In addition to 25+ years of HR consulting work, Marie also served in an executive role as the VP of HR for a global communications firm. This breadth of experience shaped her systems thinking approach and has enabled her to forge relationships quickly across a diverse set of stakeholders.

Marie has contributed to the cultural evolution and process transformation of numerous organizations. Her adaptability, curiosity, and roll up your sleeves attitude has inspired many a colleague, improved cross functional collaboration, and improved operational effectiveness.

Gregg Peterson, MAIR
At Large

Gregg has been the Vice President of Human Resources at Horton for just over seven years.  Prior to Horton, he spent 5 years at Heraeus, 11.5 years at Medtronic, 4.5 years at Tool Products, and 1.5 years at Exxon.  His primary roles have been as a HR Business Partner/HR Leader.  He was also in the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa.

Gregg has a Masters in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from St. Olaf College.

Married, with two kids, Gregg lives in Hopkins, is a runner, loves to camp, hike, and is an avid movie watcher!

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