We are proud of our talented and integral staff. Here is a bit about each of us. If you would like to contact us, click on our name or picture to send us an email. 

Pictured left to right: Mark Spaniol, Joan Leedy, Julia Northwick, Rhonda Anderson, Julie Bunch, Kathy Krueger, Alyssa Dunn, Lizzie Henschell, Roberto Gonzalez, Jack Obermeier, Gabrielle Thelen, Grant Lobdell, Mary Ann Poulin, Kyle Mykkelvedt, Jennie Novak, and John Langteau
Rhonda Anderson - Office & Purchasing Coordinator x 612

I have joined the Dyne team with a variety of skills, 5+ years of administrative skills, 5+ years of customer service skills and 5+ years of shipping and receiving knowledge. When I started working at Dyne in July of 2019, I had no idea what type of work they did here. I started out learning how to enter the incoming foam samples for testing. Eventually I learned to enter incoming sprinkler samples and from that point I started learning so much more. I now perform a large variety of duties here. I manage the incoming lab emails, prepare and ship kit requests, answer incoming phone calls & chats, customer service, accounting, and purchasing.

I am married and have one daughter and three dogs, In my free time during the summer we enjoy hanging out at our pool with friends and family, in the winter we spend every possible weekend ice fishing in our Ice Castle.

Julie Bunch - Customer Service Manager x 605

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Minnesota and before joining Dyne worked in managing service teams in the retail and insurance industries. Having been with Dyne Fire Protection Labs since 2001, I’ve had the opportunity to work with most of our wonderful customers, and have enjoyed my time here helping to develop a growing staff and many of the quality systems which help push Dyne’s growth each year. As the Customer Service Manager, my main goal is ensuring our customers have a good experience testing with Dyne and work with them on everything from setting them up as a new customer to answering questions after test reports have been sent. I also handle the newsletter communication, accounting, purchasing and Dyne’s ISO certification.

My favorite job has been being mom to my two grown kids—both out of college and adulting. In my off time, I enjoy traveling with my husband Bill (usually to warmer places during Minnesota winters), spending time gardening, biking, boating and enjoying our lake home. We also have a furry family member…Luna, a boxer who keeps us very busy.

Alyssa Dunn - Lab Manager x 609

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in May 2018 with my bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in psychology. I also completed my master’s degree in forensic science in May 2021 from Stevenson University. I was hired as a lab technician for Dyne in the summer of 2018. Starting in that position piqued my interest in the fire and safety industry and I have since been promoted to Lab Manager at Dyne!

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, kayaking, hiking, and shopping. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Patrick Ennis- Shipping/Receiving Coordinator x 624

Before joining the Dyne Fire Protection Labs team, I worked in various shipping, receiving and warehouse management positions for over 15 years. The fire protection industry is a new field to me but after joining I find it extremely interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on here. I bring in knowledge of technology, mailing processes, shipping/receiving, and warehouse safety protocol. You will find me to be a team player who is always looking for ways to maximize efficiency in our spaces and processes.

I am married to my wife, Courtney, and we are parents to our 3 cats. Originally from Wisconsin, but I am a die-hard Minnesota sports fan. I love all things sports and played football, hockey and golf growing up. For fun I enjoy playing poker, gaming, watching comedy and spending time with family and friends. 

Roberto Gonzalez - Lab Analyst x 617

I was born and raised in Saint Paul, MN and I’ve lived here all my life. I graduated from Hamline University with a Bachelors of Arts in Biology and a minor in Philosophy in 2014. During my spare time I like spending time with loved ones as well as travelling & trying new foods and restaurants. I love anything that has to do with Football, Marvel Comics and other animated comedy shows. 

Prior to joining Dyne Fire Protection Labs, I was a lab technician at a medical laboratory company. I came to Dyne to learn more about the fire & safety industry. I’m excited to work in a different lab setting and learn a lot more.

Lizzie Henschell - Lab Samples Input Coordinator x 759

I was born in California, I have 4 siblings, I am in the middle. My parents moved us back to Minnesota when I was 2 so I grew up in St. Paul. When I graduated from high school, I immediately moved to Arizona, where I learned so much. I worked as a Store Manager, Training Store Manager, Multi Unit Store Manager, District Manager in Training, Sales Manager, Assistant Sales Manager and Personal Trainer. I came back to Minnesota a couple of years ago to work for Lifetime Fitness as a Personal Trainer (and because I love the winters so much "wink").

My background mainly revolves around the Fitness Industry and I love it, but I needed something different, which is how I ended up at Dyne Fire Protection Labs! I’m honestly so excited to work here, learn more skills, and utilize the skill set that my previous experiences have taught me! – being able to; listen, communicate, build rapport, be empathetic, educate in ways the person I am speaking to, understands, problem solve, multi-task, prioritize, etc. That being said, I’m really looking forward to what I’ll learn here and will be able to add to my list of skills.

What I like to do in my free time: Be outdoors, in the gym or reading psychological thrillers.

Kathy Krueger - Lab Samples Input Coordinator x 622

I am excited to be a part of the Dyne team! I bring with me various administrative skills and 20+ years of customer service experience. I am looking forward to learning all the different aspects of Dyne, our customers, and the fire and safety industry.

During my off time my husband Dave and I enjoy traveling and being out on our deck in the summer. I also love to read and spend time spoiling our Basset Hound, Rosco.



John Langteau - Lab Analyst x 619

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 2015. My background is in environmental science. I started at Dyne in 2018 as a novice to the fire and safety industry. Dyne provides an excellent working environment with knowledgeable professionals who take pride in their work. Being part of a great team allows me to continue my education in the fire and safety industry. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, bow hunting, fishing and camping up north. If I’m not up to any of those activities, you can find me on a golf course somewhere.

Joan Leedy - Technical Director x 607

I founded Dyne Technologies, LLC in 1999 after working for over 15 years in laboratory and marketing fire protection positions at 3M—firefighting foam and clean agent. Dyne was built on the premise that if we made testing foam easier, faster and more accurate, it would be more likely to get done, and today we are extending that same principle to sprinkler testing. My responsibility as technical director is to make Dyne one of the best testing laboratories in the world by ensuring accurate, precise and unbiased results within the requirements of an ISO-certified quality management system. Having been a member of NFPA 11 for over a decade, I am now the chairman and I am looking forward to the responsibilities that will entail.

In my off time, I split my time between Wisconsin and Arizona, hiking, snow skiing, waterskiing and golfing. I also find time to visit my three adult children and their families (yes I am proud to say I am a grandmother but like to go by the name Gigi) who have had the sense to move out of the cold and now reside in Texas and Arizona.

Grant Lobdell - General Manager x 606

I started at Dyne Fire Protection Labs in 2013 as a Laboratory Technician.  I managed the laboratory from 2014 to 2019 before moving to the General Manager position in 2020.  Most of my time at Dyne is spent educating employees and customers about our current services as well as researching and developing new services.  In my free time, I enjoy keeping up with Minnesota sports teams and the video game industry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Kyle Mykkeltvedt - Lab Analyst x 616

I studied abroad at Thammasat University in Bangkok for two years then finished my BA in Global Studies at the University of Minnesota. I have a strong passion for music and spoiling my four unruly kitties while knitting, PC gaming, or splurging on new computer parts. Much of my work experience lies in Customer Service, but my goal has been to find a career that benefits all living creatures. Dyne fulfills this goal and I take great satisfaction in knowing that we are behind the scenes saving lives, no matter how furry and flammable.

Julia Northwick - Lab Samples Input Coordinator x 618

Joining the Dyne team, I bring a wide range of skills including administrate, HR, recruiting, and customer service.  I come from a manufacturing background ranging from plastic injection molding to wire manufacturing.  I am excited to be a part of the Dyne team where I can apply all my skills I have developed in the past.

On my days off I love to spend time with my friends, family and my horse Stella.  I spend most of my time showing competitively at Western Saddle Clubs Association Horse shows on the weekends.  Stella and I love to go fast!  When I am not riding, I love to sew, paint and do leatherwork.  I also love volunteering for the Washington County 4H horse project.     

Jennie Novak - Office & Marketing Manager x 600

My personal experience with my car fire that also damaged my home gives me a special connection to the cause I work for every day here at Dyne. Not only do I believe in the cause, but I am impressed on a daily basis by the integrity and commitment of my fellow coworker’s same determination. With these driving forces, I am able to help the whole team with multiple administrative tasks, manage the website, market our services, coordinate webinars, and assist customers from around the globe.

I hope these efforts set a good example and instill a solid work ethic for my teenage daughter who has a full traveling softball schedule, which means a very busy summer! In my spare time I enjoy watching the Wild play hockey, playing with our dog Sami, selling Color Street, and all of the things our beautiful Minnesota has to offer.

Jack Obermeier - Lab Analyst x 621

I was born and raised in South Carolina, spending most of my first 25 years there.  I studied at Furman and Clemson University for a B.S. in chemistry with background in analytical research and a year’s worth of experience in pharmaceutical quality control.  The move to Minneapolis was a huge change for me but also something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. The fire protection industry is a new field to me but after joining I find it extremely interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on here.  When I’m not working, I fill my time with golf, guitars, exploring the city, and making sure our overly-dramatic cat gets all the attention she demands.

 

Mary Ann Poulin - Lab Analyst x 402

After years of different discipline from being a vegetable farmer, ECFE education assistant, microbiology analyst, and a pharmacy technician, I was able to find my laboratory ground at Dyne Fire Protection Labs. I started as an administrative assistant at Dyne in 2018. Now I am a laboratory analyst using my science background working hands-on with samples submitted by customers around the world. Each sample that I personally encounter goes through my process to understand the sample by feeling them, breathing them, and seeing what they truly are meant to be in existence. I bring in strong work ethics and positivity to the team to help all parties to be efficient and accurate. Working with customers and the analysis of their samples is one of my favorite things to do at Dyne. There are always new discoveries through customer samples or magazine articles that keeps me updated with new fire safety equipment and information.

When I’m not in the office working, I can be found at home tossing dirt around my raised garden bed, cooking delicious food, enjoying time with family, or kicking back and relaxing with a new-to-me book on a lounge chair. Other activities I enjoy are short naps before dinner, long walks on the beach, chasing animals at my parents’ farm, and searching for new food spots with my husband. A medium rare porterhouse steak is my all-time favorite besides the mouth-watering perfectly crusted medium rare filet mignon. Any colorful sides are welcomed that may be consumed with my red meat steaks that sometimes are paired with a lobster tail or jumbo shrimp. I do not discriminate my other favorite delicacies which includes the go-to double burger patty with BLTJ, the Southeast Asian eggroll, chicken shawarma and saffron rice with toum and baba ghanoush, chicken tamales with awesome sauce, mom’s ginger beef soup over rice, and grandma’s slow cooked pork hocks with Chinese mustard greens.

Gabrielle Sliwinski - Lab Analyst x 603

I graduated from Montana State University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. After spending most of my life in Montana, I decided to make a change and move to Minnesota! Dyne Fire Protection Labs has peaked my interest in fire safety and I look forward to learning more in the future. In my spare time I like to read and hang out with my dogs.

 

 

 

Mark Spaniol - President x 602

For over 30 years I have been helping entrepreneurial companies grow and succeed. During these years I have transformed underachieving business systems into high performing businesses by streamlining the operations and sales strategies. My time at Dyne is focused on finance, operations and business development. I spend a lot of time evaluating new business opportunities and making sure we have the proper staff to grow our business and maintain our excellent customer service.

I love being part of the fire and safety industry! We are not on the front line like the firefighters, but knowing that every test we perform helps ensure the safety of people and property is a great feeling.

I am married with three children and enjoy golfing, fishing, hunting and spending time with my family at our cabin in Northern MN.   

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