Michael Johnson Joins The Partnership Academy as Their New Executive Director

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that Michael Johnson will be joining our client, Partnership Academy, as its new executive director!

MJ – Michael Johnson is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been a school leader in Massachusetts for the past three years. In 2014, she earned a Master’s Degree in School Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently serves as an Assistant Principal for Middle School STEM at KIPP Academy Lynn, Massachusetts, and is a consultant for schools looking to implement data-driven academic intervention.

During an intense interview process at Partnership Academy, including students, educators, equity leaders, administrators, and board members, Ms. Johnson wowed our team with her humanistic, relational, and equity-driven approach that aligns closely with PA’s values. We are excited for Ms. Johnson to join the PA team to cement a warm, academically engaging, and affirming environment for all scholars.

We thank the Partnership Academy for entrusting The DEJ Group with this critical search and look forward to welcoming “MJ” to the organization with ice cream on July 14th.


Julie Laven Joins the The DEJ Group as Director of Recruiting Operations

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that Julie Laven has joined our team as our new director of recruiting operations. Julie will provide client support for our current searches and lead some of our new search projects in her new role. Julie is a 2022 MBA graduate from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. We are very excited to hire graduates from our founder’s alma mater and continue to look for diverse talent to support our growth.

Please join us in welcoming Julie to our growing executive search practice.


New Growth in 2022

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that due to the demand for our search services and the evolving job market we are bringing on a director of recruiting to help with upcoming projects. We are also in talks to bring on a director of operations to help strengthen our infrastructure so we are positioned to provide the best service to all of our clients. Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to working with our new clients in 2022.


Teresa Harrington Joins CommonBond Communities as Director of Human Resources

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that Teresa Harrington will be joining our client CommonBond Communities as their director of human resources.

Teresa brings over 20 years of human resources management experience in a variety of industries including consumer goods, insurance, healthcare, petroleum, manufacturing, service, and consulting. Teresa is well-versed in all functions of human resources having spent concentrated periods of time in talent acquisition, employee relations, leadership development, and inclusion.

Teresa will be joining the CommonBond Communities team on August 2.

We would like to thank Karen Law and the team for trusting our firm with this critical search. We greatly appreciate the collaboration and the opportunity.


Mark Fangmeier Joins Bridging as Development Coordinator

The DEJ Group is proud to announce that Mark Fangmeier will be joining our client Bridging as their new development coordinator.

Mark comes to Bridging with a passion for fundraising and experience with accounting and data management. He earned a BA in Business Administration and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas. Professionally, he began his career in events and fundraising by planning alumni donor engagement at the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association, followed by individual giving and annual fund management at The Bridge for Youth and The Autism Society of Minnesota. Mark is proud of the fact that he worked with many Bridging donors when they called The Bridge for Youth looking to donate their furniture!

Mark is inspired daily by his wife, Lindsay, and two young children, Willemina and Lavin. In his free time, Mark is a home brewer, an avid soccer fan (Go Loons!), and is a co-host of the FiftyFive.One Podcast, a weekly Minnesota soccer podcast.

Mark will be joining the Bridging team on September 7th.

We would like to thank Maggie MauMark Wilkening, and the Bridging team for trusting our firm with this critical search. We greatly appreciate the collaboration and the opportunity.


Welcoming Emily Mauter to Tech Dump with Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

This past week The DEJ Group was honored to sponsor an ice cream welcoming party for Emily Mauter. Emily because the first director of advancement for Tech Dump, an e-waste and recycling company that engage our firm to complete the executive search. CEO Amanda Lagrange was on hand to get a customized ice cream sundae with the staff during their break.

We are excited to welcome Emily and look forward to hearing great things about her progress and where the organization is going.