Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Shipley joins the office of U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Amber Shipley (MPP '05) was selected as a 2007 Women's Research and Education Institute Fellow in Washington, D.C., where she covered women's health and environmental issues for U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN). When her fellowship ended, Shipley joined the office of U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), staffing the congresswoman on the Judiciary Committee and covering a portfolio including LGBT issues, foreign relations, immigration, and domestic violence.

Siggerud promoted within U.S. Government Accountability Office

Kate Siggerud (MA '85) was promoted to managing director of the physical infrastructure division at U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, D.C., effective June 1, 2008. Siggerud joined GAO in the Chicago field office in 1987, transferring to headquarters in 1998. Siggerud is the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for her leadership in directing significant bodies of work on Postal Service transformation and surface transportation and in supporting GAO recruiting efforts.

Simon works for the University of Minnesota

Kimberly Simon (MPA '05) works for the University of Minnesota.

Skrebes works for Midwest Human Rights Fellowship

Robyn Skrebes (MPP '06) works for the Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship, Save Yar Campaign.

Stewart is a research manager at the Improve Group

Rebecca Stewart (MPP '04) is a research manager at the Improve Group.

Szopinski assumes position with the Maryland Transit Administration

Aaron Szopinski (MPP '05) has taken a new position with the Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore as a senior financial analyst.

Umimana secures position with Hennepin County

Jean Baptiste Uwimana (MPP '06) has taken a position with Hennepin County.

Vidas quoted in Star Tribune

Mary Vidas (MPA '03) was quoted in the March 27, 2008 Star Tribune article "Mom's right: Kids need to get outside, play, researcher says" by Heron Marquez Estrada.

Waddel Boie begins doctoral program at Princeton

Jaquilyn Waddel Boie (MPP '06) will begin a doctoral program in the politics department at Princeton University in the fall.

Wall accepts position with Steven Engineers

Nolan Wall (MURP '06) has taken a planning position with Stevens Engineers.

Wiger is employed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Christopher Wiger (MURP '06) is employed by Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

Johnson pursuing a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Amanda Johnson (MURP '04) is a doctoral student of city planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

Johnson directs operations for Saberpack, Inc.

Sharon Johnson (MPA '03) is director of operations for Saberpack, Inc., in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

Sharon Johnson (MPA '03) is director of operations for Saberpack, Inc., in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

Karki works at the University of Minnesota

Apeckchya Karki (MURP '06) is working at the University of Minnesota.

Karki employed as a consultant

Avigya Karki (MURP '05) is a consultant currently working in Japan.

Wilson accepts position with the Minnesota Department of Transportation

Ryan Wilson (MURP '06) has taken a job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Investment Management.

Kinders re-elected within the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Mark Kinders (MPA '00) has been re-elected to a second term as chair of the Advisory Council for Communications and Public Affairs to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The purpose of the council is to advise AASCU on its communications work with Congress, the administration, and the public to promote broad public understanding of the essential role of public higher education in society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AASCU monitors, analyzes, and develops federal public policy in such areas as student financial aid, education, international programs, economic and work force development, teacher education, and undergraduate experiences. Additionally, it coordinates the American Democracy Project, which encourages students to become involved in civic leadership through such projects as voter registration, public policy advocacy, The New York Times readings in the classroom, Constitution Week, and resources sustainability. During Kinders first term as chair, the Council conducted its inaugural national conference for senior communications professionals at comprehensive public universities. It also initiated a benchmark national survey of professional responsibilities and practices for communicators and government relations senior leaders at AASCU institutions. The Associations membership includes 430 public higher education colleges, universities and higher education systems nationwide. Its institutions, which are partially or completely state funded, enroll over three million students and represent 55 percent of all students attending public institutions nationwide. Kinders is the director of public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he is responsible for the institution's relations with the Wisconsin Legislature, Congress, service region communities, and media.

Landreau works for the St. Paul Public Schools

Charlotte Landreau (MPA '04) works for the St. Paul Public Schools.

Wing featured in the River Falls Journal

Christine Wing (MA'94), a speech and language pathologist, was quoted in an article by Phil Pfuehler, "Can school-run, 4-year-old program bridge possible kindergarten divide." The article was published on April 17, 2008, in the River Falls Journal.

Hotz promoted within Steier Group

Robert (Bob) Hotz (MA '92) has been promoted to associate vice president at the Steier Group. A former development director for the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago, Hotz joined the Steier Group in 2004.

Lindsley employed by the Governor's Workforce Development Council

Bryan Lindsley (MPP '06) works for the Governor's Workforce Development Council.

Yi is an attorney at the firm Polsinelli Shalton Welte et. al.

Judy Yi (MA '98) is an attorney at the law firm of Polsinelli Shalton Welte et. al. in Kansas City, Missouri.

Knuth works at Minnesota Lawyer

Sherri Knuth (MPA '05) is an opinion digest writer at Minnesota Lawyer.

Horning employed by Cambridge Systematics

Jessica Horning (MURP '06) is employed by Cambridge Systematics.

Schroepfer works with the Minnesota State Council on Disability

Kelly Schroepfer (MPP '06) is employed with the Minnesota State Council on Disability.

Scanlan assumes position with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

Kelly Scanlan (MA '95) accepted a position with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's Minnesota office as the environment and transportation outreach director.

Agresta begins consulting business

Stephanie Agresta (MA '94) started a private consulting business specializing in internet marketing, Stephanie Agresta Consulting. Read more at www.stephanieagresta.com.

Becker completes doctorate at Hamline

Carol Becker (MA '87) recently completed her doctorate in public administration at Hamline University. Her dissertation was titled 'Government without Government: Alternatives to Market and Government Failure.' Becker also won the PA Times Article of the Year award with her entry titled 'Is Public Administration Dead?'

Broeke directs Heading Home Hennepin

Cathy ten Broeke (MPA '04) is the coordinator to end homelessness for Minneapolis and Hennepin County, and directs the planning and implementation of Heading Home Hennepin. She presented "Ending Homelessness in 10 Years: Progress and Challenges" at the Urban Currents session on June 18. 2008.

Brudvik works for the University of Minnesota

Erin Brudvik (MPP '06) has taken a job with the University of Minnesota.

Butson works for the State of Wisconsin

Coral Butson (MPP '06) works for the State of Wisconsin, as a policy advisor in the Office of the Governor.

Chavez is a law clerk at Girardi and Keese

Ricardo Chavez (MPP '02) recently left the Los Angeles district attorney's office and now is a law clerk at Girardi and Keese.

Jethwani joins Guttmacher Institute

Vinita Jethwani (MA '95) accepted a position as research administrative manager for the Guttmacher Institute in New York.

Cole appears on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Terra Cole (MURP '04) appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on March 20 and 21. She was part of a discussion with citizens from across the country.

Conduff joins the Cherokee Nation Washington Office

Stephanie Conduff (MPP '06) will begin working for the Cherokee Nation Washington Office.

Cornell recieves Quorum Award

Jennifer Cornell (MA '96) recently received a $5,000 Quorum Award, a Philanthrofund Foundation (PFund) award that recognizes and supports emerging GLBT and allied leaders.

Kinders re-elected within the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Mark Kinders (MPA '00) has been re-elected to a second term as chair of the Advisory Council for Communications and Public Affairs to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The purpose of the council is to advise AASCU on its communications work with Congress, the administration, and the public to promote broad public understanding of the essential role of public higher education in society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AASCU monitors, analyzes, and develops federal public policy in such areas as student financial aid, education, international programs, economic and work force development, teacher education, and undergraduate experiences. Additionally, it coordinates the American Democracy Project, which encourages students to become involved in civic leadership through such projects as voter registration, public policy advocacy, The New York Times readings in the classroom, Constitution Week, and resources sustainability. During Kinders first term as chair, the Council conducted its inaugural national conference for senior communications professionals at comprehensive public universities. It also initiated a benchmark national survey of professional responsibilities and practices for communicators and government relations senior leaders at AASCU institutions. The Associations membership includes 430 public higher education colleges, universities and higher education systems nationwide. Its institutions, which are partially or completely state funded, enroll over three million students and represent 55 percent of all students attending public institutions nationwide. Kinders is the director of public affairs at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he is responsible for the institution's relations with the Wisconsin Legislature, Congress, service region communities, and media.

Davis works for the University of Minnesota

Michelle (Mosner) Davis (MPP '05) works as an ombudsman for the University of Minnesota.

Day joins St. Stephens Human Services

Katie Day (MPP '06) is employed by St. Stephens Human Services in Minneapolis.

Duran Deffley works for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Ruth (Eklund) Duran Deffley (MPP '05) is the membership and chapter coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Espinosa takes a position with the City of Winona

Carlos Espinosa (MURP '06) has taken a position with the City of Winona.

Farrell published in Star Tribune

John Farrell (MPP '04) was published in the May 1, 2008, Star Tribune for his opinion piece titled "An energy incentive is drifting in the wind." Read the full article here: http://www.startribune.com/opinion/18430419.html?page=all&prepage=2&c=y.

Finke is employed by the City of Medina

Dustin Finke (MPP '05) has taken a job with the City of Medina.

Gaug is employed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation

Ryan Gaug (MURP '06) has taken a job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Geisler is employed by the City of Minneapolis

Amy Geisler (MURP '01) left the City of Ramsey to pursue a job with the City of Minneapolis.

Gonzalez works for the Department of Defence

Luis (Angel) Gonzalez, Jr., (MPP '06) is employed by the Department of Defense, U.S. Navy.

Hale directs the Loft Literary Center

Jocelyn Hale (MPA '06) serves as the executive director of the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

Hampton joins the Wisconsin Audit Bureau

Heather Hampton (MPP '06) has begun a job with the Wisconsin Audit Bureau.

Hanauer is employed by the City of Minneapolis

Aaron Hanauer (MURP '04) is a city planner with the City of Minneapolis.

Hannert joins Catholic Charities

Adrienne Hannert (MURP '05) has taken a position with Catholic Charities.

Hoffman is employed by Hennepin County

Sarah Hoffman (MPP '06) is employed by Hennepin County.

Hooper employed by the United States Department of State

Rebecca Hooper (MPP '01) is employed as the director of management and budget for the United States Department of State.

Holland accepts position with Lake Research Partners

Kelly Holland (MPP '06) has taken a position with Lake Research Partners.

Kong-Thao is employed by the St. Paul Public School Board of Education.

Kazoua Kong-Thao (MPA '06) is employed by the St. Paul Public School Board of Education.

Oramalu joins staff of the University of Minnesota

Lawrencina (Mason) Oramalu (MA '96) joined the University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) in March. In her role as equal opportunity consultant, Oramulu will investigate and analyze complaints of discrimination and conduct dispute resolutions in these cases. She will also serve as a resource to campus units and will develop and present training and education programs on EOAA issues.

Lofgren begins with the U.S. Government Accountability Office

Joanie Lofgren (MPP '06) has taken a position with the U. S. Government Accountability Office.

Miller is employed by NASA

Kevin Miller (MA '87) is deputy project manager of resources at NASA (Goddard Space Flight Center) in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Mingus promoted within the U.S. Government Accountability Office

John Mingus (MA '89) was promoted to assistant director in the data analysis division at U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). He continues to support GAO projects in the areas of tax policy, education, and community development.

Mills works for the University of Minnesota

Nicole Mills (MPP '06) works for the University of Minnesota.

Moe joins the Bio Business Alliance of Minnesota

Karen Moe (MPP '06) has taken a job at the Bio Business Alliance of Minnesota.

Nord is employed by the Community Growth Institute

Alec Nord (MURP '06) is employed as a planner for the Community Growth Institute in Minneapolis.

Monson joins the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mahri Monson (MS-STEP '06) will begin a new position with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Novillo joins Action Consulting and Evaluation Team

Walter Novillo (MA '96) recently joined Action Consulting and Evaluation Team (ACET), Inc. of Minneapolis as a research specialist. His current research interests include postsecondary transition, organizational development, and multicultural education.

Osdoba is employed by Oregon's Office of Sustainable Development

Thomas Osdoba (MA '86) is director in sustainable economic development in the State of Oregon's Portland Office of Sustainable Development.

Peacock accepts position with the University of Minnesota

Kathryn (Katie) Peacock (MPP '05) has taken a position with the University of Minnesota.

Plummer is employed by the Minnesota Department of Commerce

Joseph Plummer (MS-STEP '05) works as a senior engineering specialist for the Minnesota Department of Commerce in St. Paul.

Phan is employed by the State of Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau

Hai-Phuong "Kinnic" Phan (MPP '05) is working as a legislative analyst with the State of Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau in Madison.

Qurik is a project manager for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

Mary Quirk (MA '81) is the volunteer resources leadership project manager for the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration.

Quinonez is executive director of Christian County Senior Citizens, Inc.

Jose Quinonez (MA '94) is executive director of Christian County Senior Citizens, Inc., in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Ruter begins doctoral program

Brent Ruter (MPP '06) will enter a doctoral program in comparative international development education in educational policy administration in the fall.

Rosenberg joins Ameregis, Inc.

Jeffrey Rosenberg (MURP '06) has taken a position with Ameregis, Inc.

Rutledge works for the University of Minnesota

Connie Rutledge (MPA '05) works for the University of Minnesota.

Salsbery begins position with U.S. Representative Tim Walz

Meredith Salsbery (MPP '05) has taken a position with U.S. Representative Tim Walz.

Schumacher is the owner of Solaris Management, L.L.C.

Mary Schumacher (MA '86) is the owner of Solaris Management, L.L.C., in Madison, Wisconsin.

Schweser takes position with NASA

Greg Schweser (MURP '06) has taken a position with NASA.