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Connecting Places with People; Achieving Dreams

MetroPlains Management is guided by leaders in the Multifamily property management industry. Dedicated to the satisfaction of the residents, owners, and investors. Get to know those that make up our leadership team.

Tammy Burtness, President

Tammy Burtness


Tammy Burtness oversees both the financial and physical operations of approximately 5,500 apartment homes and 550,000 sq. feet of commercial space located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Oklahoma.  Ms. Burtness has over 25 years of experience in the affordable housing industry and is proud to say she gained all of her experience by working at MetroPlains Management.  Ms. Burtness is also an owner of MetroPlains Building Services, LLC, a construction company located in North Dakota specializing in the rehabilitation of apartment communities.   

Ms. Burtness is a Certified Property Manager (CPM) as designated by the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and holds the STAR and C3P designations by Spectrum as well as the NALP (National Apartment Leasing Professional) designation through the National Apartment Association.  Ms. Burtness is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Minnesota and North Dakota.  Ms. Burtness is the past President of the Lake Region Apartment Association and a past Board Member of the North Dakota Apartment Association.  Ms. Burtness is a Board Member of the Rocky Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA).   Ms. Burtness has been the past Committee Chair on the Best Practices and Education committee for the National office of Council of Affordable Rural Housing (CARH), as well as a past Board Member of this organization.  Currently, Ms. Burtness serves on the Executive Board of the National CARH as the President.

Michael Koch, Senior Vice President

Michael Koch

Senior Vice President/ Commercial Real Estate Manager

Michael Koch has been with MetroPlains Management, LLC. for the past 30 years. Mike is the Commercial Real Estate Manager for the company's commercial properties. He began his career when there were only 6 employees in the company. Mike is experienced in commercial and multi-family housing residential property management and real estate investments. He is a licensed real estate agent in Minnesota and North Dakota. He also is active in the management and placement of insurance coverage for MetroPlains. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Master's in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.

Theresa Nesbitt, Senior Vice President

Theresa Nesbitt

Senior Vice President

As the director of regional operations for the State of Minnesota, Theresa’s responsibilities include working with owner’s, federal, state and local officials, and employees to be sure that developments are performing in a manor most beneficial to owners and the residents we serve. She has worked in the industry since 1998, and has experience in LIHTC, project based subsidized program, any number of different supportive, long-term homeless or transitional housing programs, Rural Development 515 projects, HOME, MARIF, TIF and bonds. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Metropolitan State University.

Matt Olson, Chief Financial Officer

Matt Olson

Chief Financial Officer

Matt Olson, Chief Financial Officer of MetroPlains Management, LLC holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from the University of North Dakota and is a licensed CPA.  He began his career in public accounting serving a variety of clients with audit and assurance as well as tax services. Matt spent the last 22 years as a controller and then chief financial officer in the construction industry.  His responsibilities include consultation and management in areas of internal controls, human resources, financial, operational and technology management, planning and implementation. Matt also supervises MetroPlain’s property accountants and oversees their responsibilities to it’s clients.

Linda Risinger, Vice President of Compliance

Linda Risinger

Vice President Of Compliance

Linda also holds the title, Director of Compliance, for MetroPlains Management, LLC.  She has been in the property management field for 29 years.  Her specialty is compliance for affordable housing.  Linda is a graduate of Lake Region Community College and has extensive experience in government subsidized housing programs and the Housing Tax Credit (HTC) compliance monitoring.  Ms Risinger has obtained the following designation in the Property Management Field: Certified Credit Compliance Professional, FMHA 515 Shining S.T.A.R, Section 8 Certified and NALP (National Apartment Leasing Professional).

James Rokusek, Vice President

James Rokusek

Vice President of Maintenance

James Rokusek oversees both the maintenance and capital improvements operations of approximately 5,500 apartment homes and 550,000 Sq Feet of commercial space located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Oklahoma.  Mr. Rokusek also assists the company in many different technical aspects of insurance related claims throughout the company.  Jim has over 30 years of maintenance experience with 15 of those years’ experience in the apartment housing industry.  Jim also has an active role in the company’s safety council.

Jim is a Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) as designated by the National Apartment Association and holds certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for CFC/HCFC Refrigerant Handlers and Lead Based Paint Renovator.  Mr. Rokusek possess a Class 2C Minnesota State Boiler Engineer License.  Jim also has an Associates of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Mechanical Applications.