Brenda “B” Kyle
B Kyle started at Saint Paul Port Authority in 2006. In her current role as senior vice president of strategic development and co-lead of the development team, B is responsible for project development and relationship building. Prior to joining Saint Paul Port Authority, B worked in the private sector, gaining experience in sales, finance, and capital equipment/manufacturing. She also spent four years as an active duty Army officer in Europe.
B earned her B.A. from the College of St. Benedict. She is the board president for Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) and serves on the Midway Chamber’s board of directors. B was awarded with MPMA’s President’s Award in 2007 and 2014. B also holds her real estate license.
Monte Hilleman came to Saint Paul Port Authority in 2005. In his role as senior vice president of real estate development, and co-leader of the development team, Monte is responsible for redeveloping brownfield properties for light industrial use and leading Saint Paul Port Authority’s real estate consulting services across Minnesota.
Monte has an additional 10 years of experience working on brownfield redevelopment and economic development. He holds a B.A. in urban studies from the University of Minnesota and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council.
Kathryn (Kat) Sarnecki
Kat joined Saint Paul Port Authority in 2013. In her role as vice president of redevelopment and harbor management, Kat is focused on maintaining a thriving harbor system in Saint Paul and cleaning contaminated sites to ready them for successful development.
Kat brings to this role 10 years of experience as an environmental engineer consultant. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Washington University and an M.S. in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne.
Kat is certified as a Professional Engineer in Minnesota. She serves as a board member for the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, co-committee chair for the Minnesota State MathCounts program and treasurer for the Upper Mississippi Waterways Association. On a personal level, Kat also serves as a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Tonya has been with Saint Paul Port Authority since 2008 and was recently promoted to development coordinator. In this role, she manages tenant relations, business retention and expansion activities, and community engagement. She is also a go-to for technical real estate assistance and project management support.
Prior to joining the Saint Paul Port Authority, Tonya spent nine years working for the City of Woodbury. She currently serves as a board member for both the Midway Area Chamber of Commerce and East Side Area Business Association. On a personal level, Tonya is actively engaged in her community’s youth athletic and hockey associations.
Ava Langston-Kenney joined Saint Paul Port Authority in 2016. In her role as project manager, Ava assists with harbor and brownfield management.
Ava brings to this role 20+ years of experience with environmental projects in both Minnesota and California. She also served in the U.S. Navy. Ava holds a B.A. in bio-medical ethics from Brown University and will earn her M.S. in environmental management from the University of San Francisco upon completion of her thesis. On a personal level, Ava currently serves as the Board Secretary for the Southwest Foundation Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of Southwest High School in Minneapolis.
Keith Mensah joined Saint Paul Port Authority in 2015. In his role as development services associate, Keith focuses on property management, grant development and real estate support.
Keith has two years of professional community development experience and holds both a B.A. in Metro-Urban Studies from Augsburg College and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He also holds a Commercial Real Estate Pro Forma Fundamentals Certificate through the Urban Land Institute.
On a personal level, Keith is a mentor with Project Alpha, a member of African Partners Medical fundraising committee and a member of the Twin Cities New Leaders Council board of directors.