Monte Hilleman

Monte Hilleman

Monte Hilleman came to Saint Paul Port Authority in 2005. In his role as senior vice president of real estate redevelopment, and 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 Sarnecki

Kathryn Sarnecki

Kathryn joined Saint Paul Port Authority in 2013. In her role as vice president of redevelopment and harbor management, she is focused on maintaining a thriving harbor system in Saint Paul and cleaning contaminated sites to ready them for successful development.

Kathryn 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.

Kathryn 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 Bauer

Tonya Bauer

Tonya Bauer

Tonya has been with Saint Paul Port Authority since 2008 and was recently promoted to director of strategic development. In this role, she manages tenant relations, business retention and expansion activities, and community engagement.

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

Ava Langston-Kenney

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

Keith Mensah

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.