Our Team

The team at Minnesota Realtors® is committed to supporting association members with the tools, knowledge and support they need to thrive.

Leadership Team

Minnesota Realtors® all-volunteer leadership team draws on the deep experience and far-reaching vision of dedicated leaders in our industry.
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Emily Green

President

Sandy Green Realty
Minneapolis, MN

A real estate broker and Realtor®, Emily Green has served the Twin Cities metro area for 30 years. Committed to safe, quality, and sustainable housing opportunities for all, she works locally and nationally with industry professionals and policymakers to advance those goals. Green received her MBA from Metropolitan State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She served as president in 2014 for Minneapolis Area Realtors (MAR), the largest local Realtor® association in the state, and currently is a director for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) representing Minnesota. Additionally, she is a member of NAR’s Real Property Valuation Committee, and Federal Housing Policy Committee. Green volunteers for local non-profit organizations as a speaker for the accredited Homestretch Workshops and has counseled and assisted many first-generation homebuyers to achieve the dream of homeownership. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and enjoys music, her pets, and other creative pursuits.

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Geri Theis

President-Elect

Scenic City Realty
Redwood Falls, MN

Dedicated and hardworking, Geri Theis was awarded the 2020 MNR Realtor® of the Year, and is actively involved in local, state, and national associations, serves on many committees, and volunteers for community charities. She is the owner and broker of Scenic City Realty in Redwood Falls. Bringing a wealth of experience to the president-elect position, Geri has served many roles in the association. Most recently serving as 2022 MNR treasurer, she has also served on the Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and the Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) program, as well as MNR’s Professional Standards and Governmental Affairs committees. Additionally, she is on the board of directors for both MNR and the West Central Association of Realtors®.

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Patti Jo Fitzpatrick

First Vice President

Coldwell Banker Realty
St. Paul, MN

As an associate broker at Coldwell Banker Realty in St. Paul, Patti Jo Fitzpatrick brings over 30 years of real estate experience to the new position of first vice president at MNR. In this role, she will lead and coordinate development of MNR’s strategic plan and serve as vice chair of the Finance Committee. Additionally, Fitzpatrick will represent MNR at local, state, and the NAR Legislative Meetings and Conference and Expo. Although she is third in line to the president, and can fill that role when the president and president-elect are absent, those in the first vice president position do not automatically advance to president. Prior to assuming the post, Fitzpatrick served as president of the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors® (SPAAR) and was also named SPAAR’s Realtor® of the Year. 

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Pat Paulson

Treasurer

EXIT Realty Metro
Minneapolis, MN

Acting as treasurer for a term that has been expanded to two years, Pat Paulson’s background as an accountant makes him well suited for the challenges of this important role. MNR extended the treasurer’s term to allow more in-depth analysis and oversight of the association’s financials. Currently with EXIT Realty Metro in Minneapolis, Paulson has worked as a Realtor® since 1985 and served in many areas, including terms as both treasurer and president of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors® (MAR). As a volunteer leader, he has worked in governmental affairs to expand access to fair and affordable housing and is dedicated to improving professionalism in Minnesota’s real estate industry. Deeply aware that first-time homebuyers are the foundation and future of the real estate market, he has taught classes on the fundamentals of homebuying for more than 20 years.

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Jason Miller

Immediate Past President

Premier Real Estate Services
St. Cloud, MN

Born, raised and educated in St. Cloud, Jason is dedicated to serving the communities of central Minnesota. Known for his strong work ethic, he is a tireless advocate for his clients and specializes in wide range of areas, including residential real estate, relocation, foreclosure purchases and sales, and investment properties. Jason holds multiple certification and professional designations, including MS, CRS, GRI, e-Pro, CDPE, GREEN, PSA, and C2EX. He serves on several local boards and committees, including the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he has served as the Chair of Minnesota Realtor’s® Professional Standards Committee. In 2014, he was named Realtor® of the Year by the St. Cloud Area of Realtors®.

Board of Directors

Managing the business and affairs of Minnesota Realtors®, the Board of Directors is a volunteer body comprised of diverse real estate professionals from across the state.

Staff

From expertise in law and government affairs to education, marketing and events, Minnesota Realtors®’ team is dedicated to helping our members thrive in their careers.

Senior Staff

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Christopher Galler

Chief Executive Officer

Overseeing Minnesota Realtors® and its subsidiaries, Chris directs its operations and activities. This includes advising and making recommendations to the Officers, Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. He has been in the real estate industry since 1985 and joined Minnesota Realtors® in 1996.

Chris teaches a variety of real estate industry courses, specializing in agency law, demographic trends, fair housing, industry change, and legislative issues. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Data Protection Legal Association and Asian Real Estate Association of America, Twin Cities Chapter. He also serves as the Treasurer for Minnesota Realtors® Political Action Committee.

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Susan Dioury

Senior Vice President, Risk Management & Legal Counsel

Susan serves as in-house counsel for the association and oversees its risk management programs including Minnesota Realtors®’ approved Forms, Buyer-Seller Arbitration, Professional Standards Program, Legal Hotline and other legal and risk management issues.

Susan joined the association in 1995, and is a licensed attorney in Minnesota with a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and a B.A. degree from Augsburg College. Additionally, she has numerous certifications in dispute resolution from the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Office of Continuing Education, and William Mitchell College of Law.

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Carrie Andersen

Senior Vice President, Member Services

Since joining Minnesota Realtors® in 1994, Carrie has held many different positions.  In her current role, she directs the activities of Member Services, including board administration, outreach, education and events such as Housing Day at the Capitol and UNITE, the association’s annual member convention. Born and raised in Racine, WI, she is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.

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Thom Fox

Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Directing financial management, business operations, and human resources, Thom provides monetary and business management advice, oversight and analysis, collaborates with the leadership team, serves as staff liaison with the finance board, and manages human resources, IT and the support function of office administration. He also consults for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) on developing, implementing and training for the Realtor® Association Membership Cooperative (RAMCO), a customer-relationship management (CRM) and association management system (AMS) based on Microsoft technology.

Paul Eger

Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs

Leading the activities of Minnesota Realtors®’ Government Affairs team, Paul advocates at the state capitol for legislation that supports Realtors® and protects the rights of homeowners.

Joining Minnesota Realtors® after nearly 14 years in the Executive and Legislative branches of state government, Paul served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) from 2009 – 2010 during the tenure of Governor Tim Pawlenty. Before that, he held a variety of positions at MPCA, including Legislative Liaison, Clean Water Policy Manager, Assistant Commissioner for Water Policy, and Deputy Commissioner.

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Stephanie Teig

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Stephanie leads the Marketing and Communications for Minnesota Realtors®. Her focus is on clear messaging, compelling creative, and crafting ways to engage membership. She comes to the association with 20 years of leadership roles in Marketing Communications and has worked with some of the biggest Fortune 100 clients around. That work has made her highly respected in her field and she has a cabinet full of awards to back it up. She and her team are engaged by every department at MNR® and they approach each request in a collaborative manner.

Stephanie has lived in New York and California, but now calls Minnesota home. She and her husband have four children and a dog (who has a bigger wardrobe than the six of them put together).

Staff

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William Annett

Editorial Director

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Celina Carpenter

Manager of Finance and Operations

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Seth Conover

Marketing & Communications Manager

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Joshua Copeland

Graphic Designer

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Laurie Ganz

Director, Professional Development

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Ben Hansen

Communications Director

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Jonathan C. Kopecky

Associate Legal Counsel

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Megan Rossbach

Director, Political Affairs

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Matthew Spellman

Director, Governmental Affairs

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Ryan Torpey

Associate Legal Counsel

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Amy Vannurden

Member Services Coordinator

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Kristan Waltz

Events Manager

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Tracy Wehner

Professional Standards Coordinator

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Heather Zebott

Risk Management Coordinator