Staff
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Meet the Staff

Get to know us or visit the Associations North office - the coffee is always on, stop on by!

We are here to serve and meet your needs.



Angela Kisskeys

Co-Director, VP of Operations & Communications


Favorite Associations North event?
I love the new ideas, innovative formats and education each event brings!

Favorite thing to eat?
Anything my mom cooks. And it's not something I eat, but Caribou Coffee is right up there on the top of my list. 

Favorite thing about your job and associations?
Making a difference everyday. Working with and learning from the best and brightest in the industry.

Sarah Kragness

Education & Project Manager


Favorite Associations North event?
My favorite Associations North Event would be the Holiday Party and Silent Auction because it is a time when everyone gets together to network and have fun.

Favorite thing to eat?
Sushi! I could have sushi every day and never get tired of it. 

Favorite thing about your job and associations?
My favorite thing about my job is the people I get to work with and providing education to help association members succeed in their roles.

Erica Nelson

Directory Sales Representative


Favorite Associations North event?
The Annual Meeting & Expo is such an impressive event! I really enjoy seeing the energy and enthusiasm from everyone who is there to engage with their peers and learn from the experts. It will be fun to see the path this event takes in the coming years as it is “re-imagined”.

Favorite thing to eat?
Anything I have the pleasure of baking or making with my girls – the treats are great but the memories mean the world to me!

Favorite thing about your job and associations?
I get to talk with so many people every day – helping them build their brand, capture market share and drive business with their marketing and advertising plans! Working with associations offers vendors quick and concentrated access to their target market. I love helping to connect the two – vendors and customers.

Betsy Pierre

Directory Sales Manager


Favorite Associations North event?
The Holiday Celebration! Everyone is so bright and cheery. This event always has such a fun and relaxing vibe to it which makes it a real end-of-the-year highlight for me!

Favorite thing to eat?
I can NEVER turn down ice cream! My teenage boys know that asking mom to make a DQ run is usually a sure bet – dang it!

Favorite thing about your job and associations?
I love to help associations do the important work they do by bringing in much needed revenue to support their projects. It’s fun to see how my efforts help fund things that ultimately improve industries and professions.

Sarah Ruzek

Co-Director, VP of Finance & Education


Favorite Associations North event?
Is this a trick question? All of them! I enjoy all of Associations North meetings and events for different reasons but really love seeing the Annual Meeting & Expo come to life – it's amazing what we accomplish on that one day! We have great volunteers, vendors, exhibitors and members that help us make it happen.

Favorite thing to eat?
Right now, I'm on a veggie kick and like trying new dishes with them – cauliflower pizza, zucchini lasagna and minestrone soup are a few of my favorites. 

Favorite thing about your job and associations?
I love getting the opportunity to work with (and learn from) so many great members – if you haven't already heard, Associations North members are the best!

Chris Villeneuve

Membership + Office Manager


Favorite Associations North event?
The Annual Meeting and Expo. It was the first big event for me as a part of Associations North and it was awesome.

Favorite thing to eat?
Chocolate, in any form! And it is good for you!

Favorite thing about your job and associations?
Working with the best people - loads of experience and talent and super friendly!