Senior Leadership Team
The MDI leadership team provides guidance and oversight to the organization in pursuit of its mission to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Their individual and collective leadership experience ensures that the strategies, operations and culture of the organization lead to service excellence, organizational vitality and meaningful job opportunities.
President & CEO
Prior to joining MDI in 2021, Eric amassed twenty-three years of progressive leadership experience in both commercial and manufacturing roles spanning distribution, food ingredients, animal nutrition, and biotech; working for Cargill, Inc., a global agricultural products and service company, and Univar Solutions a global chemical and nutrition distribution business. In manufacturing leadership and global marketing roles, he held responsibilities for the earnings generated by new products, services, and solutions in over 18 countries, serving customers in more than 100 countries. Eric earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri-S&T and his MBA at the University of St Ambrose, IA.
Chief Operating Officer
Rod has served on the MDI management team since 2004. He has over 29 years of experience in manufacturing operations. He holds a bachelors’ degree in industrial management from Missouri State University. He is a graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership Program and serves on the board of the Habitat for Humanity in Grand Rapids, MN.
Chief Financial Officer
Marv has 35 years of experience in the financial arena, including twenty five years in executive leadership roles at variety of manufacturing and service organizations. Most recently, he was a financial executive at TCF Financial Corporation. Marv is a CPA with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Dakota. He is a Board Member of the Wayzata Community Education Board, head coach for Special Olympics golf and floor hockey teams and member of multiple professional organizations.
Vice President of Sales
As the Vice President of Sales, Barbara has served in a leadership capacity at MDI for 12 years. For 20 years, Barbara held multiple executive leadership roles at for-profit manufacturing organization ADC Telecommunications (Tyco Electronics). Barbara holds a Master of Science in Leadership degree from Capella University and a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of St. Thomas. She is a graduate of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, and serves on the board of the Allina Hospice Foundation.
Director of Employment Services
Jeanne Eglinton, Director of Employment Service has been at MDI since 2014. She has spent more than 30 years in the human services field, supporting people with disabilities. Jeanne’s passion for making a difference in the lives of others led her to working with people with disabilities who were interested in finding and keeping a job in their community. Jeanne graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and holds a certification in Benefits Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Peg McQuillan Porter
Director of Development
Peg McQuillan Porter, CFRE, joined MDI in 2015 as the Director of Development. She served in similar positions at Emergency Foodshelf Network and Memorial Blood Centers, both in the Twin Cities. She started her career in marketing at Hearst’s Country Living Magazine followed by Connecticut Magazine. Peg studied journalism at South Dakota State University and fundraising at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and has served on several nonprofit boards.
Director of Operations
Todd Witherill, Director of Operations, joined MDI August 2016. He holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology from the University of North Dakota. His primary responsibilities are providing leadership for all aspects of the operations department which includes production, assembly, quality, engineering, safety, purchasing, scheduling, and maintenance. He has over 24 years in manufacturing experience. Todd's impressive work experience includes Director of Operations at Warrior Manufacturing and Operations Manager at ASV.
Human Resources Director
Laura Schwartz grew up in Mexico, where she obtained her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the “Instituto Tecnologico de Tepic”. With 20 years of expertise in Human Resources, she is a results-focused leader who is dedicated to help organizations harness the full potential of their most valuable asset – their people. Laura started her career in Human Resources in the food manufacturing area with Good Sense Snacks. From there she moved to the distribution industry with Core-Mark International. Most recently, Laura lead the HR Department for Berger Transfer & Storage, Inc., a nation-wide company in the moving, storage and relocation industry. As the Human Resources Director at MDI, Laura is focused in developing and aligning HR Strategies with the MDI’s mission, vision, community and business goals. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family in Elk River and her 3 dogs, Louis, Chanel and Coco.
Director of Marketing
Katie Johnson has 16 years of experience in marketing communications in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. She is responsible for leading the marketing team and developing strategies that advance MDI’s revenue and mission. Before joining MDI Katie held numerous marketing and communications positions with International companies, such as General Mills, GN ReSound and Boys Town Hospital. A proud graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Katie received his B.A. degree in Marketing. She has a MBA in Digital Marketing from Rutgers University. Katie has a strong passion for learning and is on the board of directors at the Northland Family Center.
Board of Directors
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center
Dr. Michael Raich
Northeast Higher Education District
Y. Elaine Rasmussen
Social Impact Strategies Group
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living