Shaping high-quality technology education and career development opportunities

The IT Discovery Network Advisory Council provides guidance and expertise to help shape high quality technology education and career development opportunities for students in grades 8-12. The council consists of high school students, technology professionals, workforce/career development professionals, community-based organizations and educators who share a passion to inspire youth to become our next, best Minnesota-grown technologists.

Additional members are welcome

For more information on the work of the council and the required commitment, contact Russell Fraenkel.


Tim Barrett

Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) STEM Coordinator.

Joel Crandall

Program Manager for Genesys Works, a youth serving non-profit focused on helping high school students prepare for college and professional careers.

Russell Fraenkel

Director of Collaborative Programs and Outreach for Advance IT Minnesota, a Center of Excellence for the Minnesota State College and Universities (MnSCU) system.

Martin Hebig

Founder and President of Maverick Software Consulting.

Don Jess

Practice leader for infrastructure operations management and operations manager at United Healthcare IT.

Alyssa Klein

Project Manger, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Gabriella Knight

Student at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN.

Mirela Miresan

Chair of the doctoral programs in Business Administration (DBA) and Organizational Leadership (EdDOL) at Argosy University

Matt Packowski

General Mills

Sifora Tek-lab

Student at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN.

Michael Wulf

Karen Young

IT Network Engineer Consultant