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Key Personnel

Mary Lehecka Nelson

Deputy Commissioner

Mary is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office and office communications. She also oversees the marketing division and coordinates and implements the office marketing efforts. She works closely with development directors, advertising agencies and staff to ensure effective internal and external communications.


Joe Fiala

Development Director

Joe is responsible for coordinating the business development team’s efforts on in-state expansions and out-of-state recruitment. He also oversees a statewide community development strategy that will assist local economic development corporations in positioning their community or region for economic growth.


Cassie Stoeser

Finance Director

Cassie’s responsibilities include managing the various loan portfolios, other finance programs and finance staff.


Travis Dovre

Director of Administration

Travis provides direction, coordination and supervision to meet the fiscal, human resources and office management need of the department.


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