Breakout Session: Government Relations

Tom Kosel

Katie Misukanis

Randy Morris

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Tom Kosel, Katie Misukanis, and Randy Morris

Presentation Description

Tom Kosel

Tom has worked in the career college field for 36 years as campus director (Minneapolis Drafting School/Herzing University) and director of government relations (Globe University/MSB). He served as MCCA Chair in 2003-2004 and has been Chair of the MCCA Legislative Committee since 2004.  Tom has been a consistent voice for access and choice for all students.

Prior to accepting a position at the Minneapolis Drafting School, Tom taught high school social studies and coached cross-country, basketball and track.  While working at MDS, he also coached women’s basketball at the University of St. Thomas.  Tom lives in the northwestern suburbs with his wife, Sue.  They have five grown children.

Katie Misukanis
Katie Misukanis is currently the Government Relations Director for Rasmussen College,  she has served in this capacity since April of 2011.  Her time with Rasmussen also includes her work as a Director of Admissions for the Rasmussen College’s Lake Elmo/Woodbury Campus.  She is passionate about serving students and helping them attain post secondary credentials.   In her current role,  she acts as a liaison for the college to local and state legislators in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Kansas.  She also advises policy decisions and actions.  In this role she also serves as Chair of the Wisconsin Council for Independent Education and the Vice- Chair of Minnesota Career College Association. 

Prior to Rasmussen College, Ms. Misukanis was a Field Sales Representative at the Bureau of National Affairs.  She spent a majority of her career with Thomson Reuters in their inside sales department.  She was initially a Sales Representative and quickly moved into a Sales  Manager.  In this position she managed 20-25 Inside Sales Representatives focusing on Local and State Government entities in the western part of the United States as well as the Federal Government team with annual quotas exceeding $25M.  She was the recipient of two  President Club awards and consistently exceeded quota. 

Ms. Misukanis is passionate about serving others and her roots.  She has served as the President of the Visitation High School Alumnae Board,  currently sits on the Development Sub-Committee for the Visitation Board of Trustees and recently finished her tenure as President of the Junior League of Saint Paul.  She has been involved with Children’s Home Society and Family Services Polo Classic on the steering committee.    She is active in her church and enjoys reading, boating, and an occasional run.

Randy Morris
Randy Morris is the lobbyist for the Minnesota Career College Association and has represented the Association since 1998.  Over those fifteen years, he has defended the sector from attacks on access to state grants for proprietary students, as well as representing MCCA on numerous other higher education issues.

In 1981, he began representing clients before the Minnesota Legislature and state agencies.  2013 will mark his 33rd year as a state lobbyist representing a wide variety of clients.  His approach is bipartisan, working with legislators in both parties to advocate positions taken by the MCCA.  His legal training helps provide expertise in statutory interpretation and research.

Mr. Morris has served as a partner with two different law firms before starting his own consulting firm, Randy Morris Minnesota Government Relations LLC, in March 2009

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