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Last Updated: 2/7/2017

Leadership Team

Cynthia Bauerly, Revenue Commissioner

Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly became commissioner in January 2015 after joining the department as deputy commissioner in the spring of 2014. As commissioner, she oversees an agency with more than 1,500 employees that manages over 30 different taxes and collects over $20.5 billion annually.

Prior to joining Revenue, she served as Deputy Commissioner of Workforce Development at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) where she led the department’s work of providing economic security for transitioning workers and workforce training and readiness.

Bauerly has extensive experience in law, management, and public policy. She has served in key leadership and management roles including as a Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission from 2008-2013, and as Chair of the agency in 2011. She also worked in the United States Senate developing and implementing a broad policy agenda that included working with the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committees and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

She has also worked in private practice in both Minnesota and Washington, D.C., most recently as a lawyer at Fredrikson & Byron in Minneapolis. Bauerly earned a B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Environmental and Public Affairs.

 

Ryan Church, Deputy Commissioner

Ryan Church is the Deputy Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Revenue where he helps oversee the day-to-day operations for an agency with more than 1,500 employees that manages over 30 different taxes and collects over $20.5 billion annually.   

Prior to coming to Revenue in early 2015, Church was Assistant Commissioner at the Department of Administration and had completed special assignments at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter and the Olmstead Plan Implementation Office. He has previously served as the Department of Administration’s Deputy and Acting Commissioner.

Church has over 30 years of managerial and senior executive experience in state and local government, working with managers and leaders across all three branches of government.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass., and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan State University.

 
 

Greg Tschida, Chief Business Technology Officer  

R. Gregory (Greg) Tschida is the agency’s Chief Information Officer where he manages a staff of over 125 IT professionals who are responsible for the information technology systems that support Minnesota’s revenue systems. He is a member of the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Senior Management Team, is a co-chair of the Department’s Business/IT Alignment Governance team, and is Executive Sponsor of the Integrated Tax System Oversight team. 

Tschida has over 25 years of experience managing large-scale, department-wide projects including Strategic Planning, Tax System Re-engineering, and Data Warehousing. Additionally, he has been active in the statewide Enterprise Architecture Team, the statewide Project and Portfolio management team, and the Government CIO Forum.

He has Bachelor’s Degrees in Economic and Political Science and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. 

 

Terri Steenblock, Assistant Commissioner, Individual Income Taxes

Terri Steenblock is the Assistant Commissioner for Individual Taxes at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. She is responsible for the department’s Individual Income and Withholding Tax Division, Collections Division, Tax Operations Division, and the business side of Revenue’s integrated tax system. She oversees the department’s individual and withholding auditing, review and processing of all returns, collection of tax and other state agency debt, and the integrated tax system. 

Steenblock joined Revenue in 2004, serving as director of the agency’s Collection Division, responsible for collecting delinquent taxes and other agency debts. Prior to joining Revenue, she was a manager in the insurance and finance industry where she oversaw organizational call centers, customer facing technology projects, enterprise learning and development, and human resources. 

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organization Communication and a Master’s Degree in Organization Management. 

 

Jenny Starr, Assistant Commissioner for Business Taxes

Jenny Starr is the Assistant Commissioner for Business Taxes at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. As Assistant Commissioner, she oversees the department’s operations for corporate taxes, sales and use tax, property tax, and other business taxes.  Starr has been with the department since 2007, serving primarily as an attorney in the areas of corporate franchise tax and estate taxes.

Prior to joining the department, Starr provided free legal services to low-income families at Legal Assistance of Dakota County and clerked at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law.  Starr graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.

 

 

Paul Cumings, Manager for Tax Policy

Paul Cumings is the Manager of Tax Policy at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. He leads the department’s tax policy operations and manages the tax policy development process between the department and the legislature. He oversees the department’s legislative support staff and the Tax Research Division.

Cumings joined the department as legislative liaison in 2011, after serving four years in the Minnesota House of Representatives as a committee legislative assistant and caucus researcher.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  

 

 
 

Peter Skwira, Assistant Commissioner for Administration

Peter Skwira is the Assistant Commissioner for Administration at the Minnesota Department of Revenue. He aligns the department’s Financial Management, Human Resources, Business Planning and Improvement, and Facilities divisions with the agency’s mission and operations. 

Skwira previously served as the department’s Director of the Financial Management Division where he led the agency’s efforts to strategically manage its financial resources in challenging times and built a budget to best support Revenue’s mission for the next biennium. 

Skwira has worked for the State of Minnesota for 20 years.  Prior to joining Revenue, he worked with the Pollution Control Agency, Department of Trade and Economic Development (now known as DEED), the Minnesota House of Representatives, and the Department of Natural Resources. 

Skwira has experience managing multi-million dollar budgets for the Department of Revenue, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, and Minnesota State Parks.  He has directed financial business units, grant programs, volunteer programs, the DNR license center, and human resource and labor relations activities.  At the legislature, he provided financial and programmatic analysis, supported budget priorities, provided budget options and alternative solutions, and, when requested, specific program funding levels.  Skwira has a degree in Biology from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN.