Former Lilydale, Minnesota mayor and University of Minnesota vice president Tom Swain, ’42 BSB, was awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award for his long and distinguished life of active citizenship, and his commitment to education, government, and developing opportunities for future civic leaders.


Bob Thomson, ’50 BSB, has been named the 2016 Pancheros National Franchisee of the Year. Based in Charles City, Iowa, Thomson was lauded for maintaining a superior level of service and growth at his three Minnesota Pancheros locations—Golden Valley, Bloomington, and Fridley.


The governor of Florida appointed Joel Schleicher, ’74 BSB, to the governing board of the Southwest Florida Management District.

Bryan Whitehead, ’76 BSB, was named director of Stout Risius Ross, Inc. in Chicago. Stout Risius Ross is a global advisory firm that specializes in investment banking, valuation advisory, dispute consulting, and management consulting.


Brian Fitterer, ’80 BSB, recently opened a new restaurant in Greenwich Village, New York. The restaurant, called 33 Greenwich, serves elevated American food with influences from New Orleans along with high-quality cocktails, in a “comfortably glamorous” atmosphere.

Elizabeth Abraham, ’81 MBA and Top Tool CEO, was recently recognized with the 2016 Governor’s International Trade Award. Top Tool, a company that manufactures complex precision micro components, was honored for its exceptional progress and success in foreign markets among other Minnesota companies.

Todd Chaffee, ’82 BSB, has been named among The Top 100 Venture Capitalists by CB Insights and the New York Times. Chaffee is managing director and general partner of Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in Menlo Park, California.

Marcia Page, ’83 MBA, is the University of Minnesota’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017. After earning her MBA at the Carlson School, Page went on to Cargill, and later co-founded the global investment firm, Värde Partners, where she now serves as chairwoman.

Liz Swanson, ’84 BSB, is the executive director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation in Issaquah, Washington.

Molly Jungbauer, ’88 BSB, was honored by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal with a 2017 Women in Business Award. Jungbauer, CEO of Hollstadt Consulting in Minneapolis, was among 51 other honorees recognized for being industry-leading executives and entrepreneurs.


Brenda Southwick, ’91 MA-HRIR, is manager of health and welfare benefits for The Clorox Company in Pleasanton, California.

Jennifer Anderson, ’92 BSB, is vice president and assistant treasurer of Vista Outdoor in Anoka, Minnesota. Anderson is responsible for all aspects of treasury operations, including financing and risk management.

Paula Phillippe, ’93 MA-HRIR, was named a recipient of the 2017 Women in Business Awards by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She is senior vice president, HR and external relations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

John Carroll, ’97 MBA, is vice president, trading and risk management, for Ceres Global Ag Corp., based in Minneapolis.

Michael Heller, ’98 BSB, was appointed vice president of concept development at Caribou Coffee in the Twin Cities area. In this role, Heller manages design and construction teams across the Caribou Coffee and Einstein Noah Restaurant Group.

Jeffrey Jagerson, ’98 MBA, is chief financial officer of Insignia Systems, Inc., based in Minneapolis. Insignia markets in-store advertising products, programs, and services primarily to consumer packaged goods manufacturers.

Robert Jackson, ’99 MA-HRIR, is principal consultant, customer enablement at Workday in Minneapolis.

Angela Lurie, ’99 MBA, senior regional vice president for staffing firm Robert Half Minneapolis, was honored with a 2017 Women in Business Award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The business magazine noted Lurie’s management of several of the firm’s key divisions, including Accountemps and OfficeTeam, along with her volunteer work on the advisory board of the Minneapolis/St. Paul chapter of the CFO Leadership Council and her support for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery.

William Righeimer, ’99 MBA, is chief executive officer of Lindora in Costa Mesa, California. Lindora is the largest medically supervised weight loss, wellness, and consumer products company in the United States.


Whit Alexander, ’00 BSB, was named chief marketing officer of Best Buy in Minneapolis.

John Flynn, ’00 MBA, is vice president of sales at Birko, based in Henderson, Colorado. Birko provides food safety solutions for the protein, further process, produce, and brew industries.

Susan Otto, ’00 MA-HRIR, is chief human resources officer for TrueCar, Inc. in Santa Monica, California.

Rich Simons, ’02 MBA, is vice president and general manager of Laars Heating Systems in Rochester, New Hampshire. Laars Heating Systems is a subsidiary of Bradford White Corp.

Kenneth Jones, ’03 MBA, is the new CEO of Illinois-based Presence St. Francis Hospital. Jones has previously held prominent executive-level positions in healthcare and says his interest in the industry stems from memories of his grandma working as a nurse.

Chad Roberg, ’03 BSB, is now the assistant vice president at Hays Companies in the Duluth, Minnesota area. Hays Companies is one of the fastest-growing risk management, insurance, and employee benefits consultancy firms in
the country.

Gabriel Garcia, ’04 MBA, is the global policy manager for Molson Coors in Denver. Molson Coors brews and markets premium brands, including Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Carling, Staropramen, and Blue Moon.

Michael Hammond, ’04 MA-HRIR, is HR manager at Hubbard Broadcasting in St. Paul.

Michael Klinger, ’04 MBA, began his new position as Geschäftsführer, or CEO, at K1 Unternehmensberatungs-und Beteiligungs-GmbH in the Austria area.

Mark Goblirsch, ’05 MBA, is the big data and analytics practice lead at Teradata in the Denver area. Teradata empowers companies with business solutions for analytics, ecosystem architecture consulting, and hybrid cloud solutions.

Jill Kokkinen, ’05 BSB, is the area sales manager of general aviation at AkzoNobel in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals.

Amanda Rusin, ’05 MBA, was named a 40 under 40 honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Rusin was chosen out of hundreds of nominees and honored for being a top business and civic leader in the Twin Cities area. She is the assistant general counsel for Polaris Industries, Inc.

Anne Soash, ’06 MBA, began working as the strategic planning manager for enterprise incentive design and governance at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In this new position, Soash develops and oversees the design and governance of incentive plans across the enterprise.

Lisa Sorenson, ’05 MA-HRIR, was named a recipient of the 2017 Women in Business Awards by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. She is director of HR at RBC Dain Rauscher in Minneapolis.

Chris Geyer, ’08 MBA, is part of the diversified industrials and services investment banking group at Piper Jaffray Companies in Minneapolis.

Nate Pearson, ’08 MBA, is a partner and shareholder at the TEGRA Group, Inc. based in Minneapolis. The TEGRA Group provides real estate and project advisory services to organizations for office, data center, manufacturing, high technology, distribution, public assembly, and other complex facilities.

Aravind Chandrasekaran, ’09 PhD, was selected by Poets & Quants as one of the best 40 Under 40 Professors. He is an associate professor of operations at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

Chinsuk Lee, ’09 MA-HRIR, is senior HR manager for Microsoft in Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Matt Mahmood, ’09 MBA, is chief operating officer at Nortech Systems, Inc. in Minneapolis. He oversees all aspects of Nortech’s manufacturing, engineering, global sourcing, and business development for its three core markets: medical, industrial, and aerospace/defense.

Andy Rose, ’09 MBA, has been named to the board of directors of Grand Symphonic Winds, a Twin Cities-based civic wind ensemble.


Jennifer Carnahan, ’10 MBA, was elected Minnesota state GOP chair. Carnahan has previously served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention and worked at companies like McDonald’s, General Mills, and Ecolab. She currently is the general manager of a retail business she founded. Carnahan says, “My strength is my business background, and I view the party as a business organization.”

Francine (Barley) LeBlanc, ’10 MA-HRIR, is partner resources manager at Starbucks in Seattle.

Norman Owens, ’10 MBA, is a chief technologist at Unisys. Working from the greater Boston area, Owens engages in technical assessments of new offerings to enhance current company architectures and create competitive wins for Unisys.

Corey Smith, ’10 BSB, is the business manager for the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) and is responsible for managing/monitoring the purchasing and accounts payable functions across the NHED colleges in the Duluth, Minnesota area.

Michelle Staack, ’10 BSB, accepted a new position as a math specialist at Prodeo Academy in Minneapolis after working as a middle school math teacher in Chicago. Prodeo Academy is a K-8, free, public charter school.

Chel Stewart, ’10 MA-HRIR, is vice president of HR and organizational development at Starz in Denver.

Eva Treuer, ’10 MA-HRIR, is global HR project manager at Amazon in Minneapolis.

Maggie Wilkie, ’10 MA-HRIR, is a HR business partner at Amazon in Seattle.

Kara Zetzman, ’10 MA-HRIR, is a talent resources generalist at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.

Dipanjan Chatterjee, ’11 MBA, is a strategist at Zeus Jones Ltd. The Minneapolis-based company focuses on business innovation and design, doing both agency and consultancy work.

Alex Kopco, ’11 BSB, is product manager of devices and accessories at Amazon in Seattle.

Andrea (Lowe) Leatherberry, ’11 MA-HRIR, is HR business partner at Lockheed Martin Aerospace in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dustin May, ’11 MBA, is Hennepin County Medical Center’s new senior project manager.

Beth Oddan, ’11 MA-HRIR, is senior manager, talent acquisition for Capella Education Company in Minneapolis. Capella Education Company develops online, high-quality degree programs for adults.

Eric Semborski, ’11 BSB, is a senior analyst of transportation systems at Best Buy in Richfield, Minnesota.

Sarah Ulici, ’11 MAcc, is a new assurance manager at PwC in Minneapolis.

Corey Walther, ’11 MBA, is head of business development and relationship management at Allianz in the Minneapolis area. Walther has been with Allianz for 18 years, and also serves as COO of the company.

Lisa (Singh) Zajac, ’11 MA-HRIR, is HR manager at The Toro Company in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Murtaza Dawood, ’12 BSB, recently started working at Amazon in Seattle as an account manager.

Jennifer Hawkins, ’12 MBA, is now assistant extension professor of community economics at the University of Minnesota Extension office in the Twin Cities area.

Omar Khaleel, ’12 BSB, is the new associate vice president of C2 Energy Capital in the New York City area.

Jenn Lambert, ’12 BSB, has transitioned to the new role of construction accountant with Kilbourne Construction Management in the Fargo, North Dakota area.

Brandon Dorsey, ’13 MBA, has been named an associate of Booz Allen Hamilton in McLean, Virginia. In this role, he helps lead business development initiatives as well as mentor junior staff members. He had worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant for two years.

Darin Hawley, ’13 MBA, is an enterprise architect at SuperValu in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In this role, he defines principles and standards that guide technology decisions at SuperValu.

Blake Holman, ’13 MBA, is marketing manager of snacks accelerator channels at General Mills in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Diedre Jackson, ’13 MA-HRIR, is senior rep, HR generalist at UTC Aerospace Systems in Rockford, Illinois.

Roshni Muralidharan, ’13 BSB and ’14 MAcc, is a financial analyst at General Mills in Minneapolis.

James Ross, ’13 BSB, is general manager with Simon Property Group in the Philadelphia area.

Lindsay Tietz, ’13 MA-HRIR, is organizational development consultant at Church Mutual Insurance Company in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Meng Guo, ’14 MA-HRIR, is e-learning and initiatives assistant manager at Jaguar and Land Rover in Shanghai City, China.

Morgan Hawley Ford, ’14 MBA, accepted a promotion to principal enterprise strategy developer at Target in Minneapolis, after working for the company for over a year as a lead strategist.

Rohini Khanna, ’14 MBA, is the director of business development at Fenox Venture Capital in the San Francisco Bay area. Fenox Venture Capital invests in internet, mobile, social, cloud, big data, and next generation technology.

Jingrong Ren, ’14 MBA, is an accountant at Shiftboard in Seattle. Shiftboard is an online scheduling software provider.

Jacquelyn Rice, ’14 BSB, is a production control supervisor at Donaldson Company, Inc. in the Auburn, Alabama area. Donaldson is one of the nation’s largest and consistently growing filtration manufacturers.

Jake Titus, ’14 MBA, is director of finance and operations at Fair State Brewing Cooperative in Minneapolis. The company’s goal is to create “the natural connection between brewer and community.”

Jeff Weiss, ’14 MBA, accepted a promotion to senior associate in the corporate strategy and development group at Cargill in Minneapolis earlier this year. Weiss has actively been a great resource for Carlson School students who are interested in learning about Cargill.

Aaron Grossman, ’15 BSB, is the client relationship manager at Real Staffing in Minneapolis. Real Staffing is a global leader in the provision of pharma, biotech, and medical devices recruitment services.

Brad Horras, ’15 MBA, is a pricing and trade manager at Coloplast. After accepting the position in March, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark as part of the company’s global leadership program.

César Carmona, ’16 MBA, is a new project manager for Airbus Defense and Space. Carmona is leading project management for GlobeNet Phase B within the communications, intelligence, and security division in Munich, Germany.

Grace Hung, ’17 MBA, is a business analyst at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minnesota. She helps to guide business validation for the company’s tools and products.

Engagements, Marriages, Births

Lisa Dotzenrod, ’09 MBA, and Phil Segner, ’10 MBA, were married at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Minneapolis on May 19, 2017.

In Memoriam

Vernon Heath, ’50 BSB, a former Carlson School Board of Overseers member, a 1999 Outstanding Achievement Award recipient, and a 1995 commencement speaker, passed away in April 2017.

Bob Trautman, ’83 MBA, passed away in April 2017 at his home in Minnesota. He will be remembered as a husband, father, brother, son, engineer, salesman, handyman, hitchhiker, cineaste, and master of “dad jokes.”

Professor Bob Morrison, ’95 CEMBA and University of Minnesota faculty member, passed away in May 2017.

Jack Gray, a chairman of the Accounting Department for many years, passed away on August 17, 2017. He was 86 years old.

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