Commissioner Roslyn Robertson
Roslyn Robertson is DLI's commissioner. She previously served as deputy commissioner and oversaw the agency operation areas of Apprenticeship, Construction Codes and Licensing, Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health, and Workers' Compensation during 2019 to August 2020.
She has more than 30 years of experience working at DLI in a variety of leadership roles and has significant experience in the program areas of Labor Standards, Apprenticeship, OSHA and Construction Codes and Licensing.
Deputy Commissioner Nicole Blissenbach
Nicole Blissenbach is DLI's Deputy Commissioner. Nicole began work at DLI in June 2019 as DLI’s Assistant Commissioner for Enforcement and Compliance Strategies and Partnerships. Since August 2020, she has also directed the work of the Labor Standards and Minnesota OSHA divisions. She provides leadership and direction for DLI’s enforcement and compliance strategies and develops strong partnerships with labor law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels.
Blissenbach previously worked at Education Minnesota, where she served for nearly 10 years as an attorney representing local unions and educators. Prior to working for Education Minnesota, she worked as an attorney with the law firm of Miller O’Brien Cummins, where she represented individual employees and unions.
Blissenbach is a Minnesota State Bar Association Certified Labor and Employment Law Specialist and has represented the Public Employment Relations Board as a board member and as the chairperson.
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris, and earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota.
Assistant Commissioner Kate Daly
Kate Daly is assistant commissioner for DLI’s Workers' Compensation Division. Daly comes to DLI from the St. Paul City Attorney's Office and has almost two decades of workers' compensation experience in both the private and public sectors.
Daly’s private practice experience was devoted to workers' compensation defense. She advised employers and insurers and arbitrated, mediated and litigated cases before DLI, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals (WCCA). Daly moved to the public sector when she joined the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, where she led the workers' compensation teams for both Hennepin County and the Hennepin County Medical Center. She advised and counseled on liability determinations and litigated cases before DLI, OAH and WCCA.
Daly received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas and her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.
Assistant Commissioner Kate Perushek
Kate Perushek is DLI’s Assistant Commissioner for the Construction Codes and Licensing Division (CCLD), Government Relations and Workforce Development programs. She oversees CCLD, Apprenticeship, Dual-Training Pipeline, Youth Skills Training, Legislative Services, and the Office of Combative Sports.
Since 2019, she has worked as DLI’s Director of Legislative Affairs. Before her work at DLI, Perushek was senior policy advisor to Gov. Mark Dayton in 2017 and 2018 regarding initiatives for DLI and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Prior to that, she worked at the Minnesota House of Representatives for nine years, including a role as Legislative Director to the Speaker, where she helped develop and pass the Women’s Economic Security Act in 2014, an effort that first drew her to the work of DLI.
Perushek earned a master’s degree in both public policy and social work from the University of Chicago.