Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Heggeness welcomes daughter into family

Misty Heggeness (MPP '00) and her husband, Mauricio, welcomed the birth of their first child, Magdalena Amelia Bascunan, on July 19.

Hendricks welcomes a son

Matthew (Abts) Hendricks (MPP '01) and Shelly Hendricks (MPP '00) welcomed a son, Micaiah Emerson, on August 29. He joins big sister, Noelle.

Hornack studies at Case Western Reserve University

Emily Hornack (MPP '02) is a student at Case Western Reserve University. She is studying speech-language pathology.

Jernberg recieves University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award

James Jernberg (MA '57) will be recognized as a 2008 recipient of the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award from the Humphrey School on October 29. He also began a 3-year term to the Humphrey School alumni board and as representative to the Institute's advisory council on July 1.

Johnson works for Saberpack, Inc.

Sharon Johnson (MPA '03) is the director of operations for Saberpack, Inc.

Jones works for the American Montessori Society

Gregory Jones (MA '92) is senior director of operations for the American Montessori Society in New York, New York.

Keesey joins the National Institute of Health

Peter Keesey (MPP '06) recently began a new position as a human resources specialist with the National Institute of Health in Rockville, Maryland.

Kieves works for Excelsior Energy, Inc.

Nicola Kieves (MPP '04) currently is the assistant general counsel for Excelsior Energy, Inc.

Kolles directs the Carmel Bach Festival

Camille Kolles (MPA '03) is employed as the executive director of the Carmel Bach Festival. She was featured in the July 17 article, "Barbara Rose Schuler: Carmel Bach Festival offers a banquet of classical events," in The Monterey County Herald.

Lewis elected vice president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Stephanie Lewis (MPP '04) was elected vice president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Lomax accepts position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Zeia Lomax (MPP '04) now works with the agriculture marketing service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Madsen joins Navitas Energy

Yang Madsen (MURP '98) left her position with the City of St. Paul and now works as a project developer for Navitas Energy. Her responsibilities include zoning and building permitting, land leasing, public relations and outreach, and overall project coordination.

Marx accepts directorship of Common Ground

Tim Marx (MA '79) resigned from his position as commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to accept a new role as executive director of Common Ground, a housing and community development organization based in New York City, and one of the nation's largest providers of supportive housing for the formerly homeless.

Mason-Oramalu elected president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Lawrencina Mason-Oramalu (MA '96) was elected president of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Myers is employed by Wells Fargo

Jennifer Myers (MPP '01) works as a marketing analyst for Wells Fargo.

Nakasaka joins the Humphrey School's Advisory Council

Kiyoshi Nakasaka (MA '89) began a 3-year term as alumni board representative to the Humphrey School's advisory council on July 1.

Olson works for Graham Construction Services

Mary Kay Olson (MA '93) is a LEAD-certified field engineer with Graham Construction Services in Eagan, Minnesota, specializing in green construction.

Opot joins the Harris County Community Services Department

Kelly Opot (MPP '05) is a program analyst for the Harris County Community Services Department in Texas.

Partenheimer accepts position with the City of Richfield

Kirsten Partenheimer (MUPR '03) left the City of Columbia Heights in May to take a position as a housing specialist with the City of Richfield.

Peterson works at SRF Consulting Group

Steve J. Peterson (MURP '05) is employed as a transportation planner at SRF Consulting Group.

Piehl accepts position with Volunteers of America

Katie (Dvoracek) Piehl (MPP '04) left the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor in September for a new position as director of the charter schools program at Volunteers of America.

Pitman is employed by Washington State University

Kirby Pitman (MA '94) is employed as a research associate with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at Washington State University.

Shanker works for Rainbow Research

Srividhya Shanker (MA '98) is a research assistant for Rainbow Research. She also is pursing at Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

Slotterback welcomes daughter into family

Brendon Slotterback (MURP '03) and wife, Humphrey School Assistant Professor Carissa Schively Slotterback, announce the birth of their daughter, Liesl Ann Slotterback, born July 5.

Stembler joins the Western States Contracting Alliance

Paul Stembler (MA '75) has taken a new position as cooperative development coordinator for the Western States Contracting Alliance based in Eagan, Minnesota.

Strauss accepts position with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Amy Strauss (MPP '03) left the Joint Legislative Budget Committee at the State of Arizona. She relocated to Washington, D.C., for a position as congressional liaison specialist at the Office of Congressional Affairs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Sullivan works at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management

Mackenzie Sullivan (MA '94) is employed as an assistant counselor at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management's Undergraduate Business Career Center.

Thompson joins Hewlett Packard

Holly Thompson (MPP '03) accepted a job with Hewlett Packard in Chicago. She manages the Hewlett Packard partner business accounts in the Chicago area.

Thao welcomes first child

Terri Thao (MPP '00) and her husband, Cheng, are the proud first-time parents of Duabzong Elena Vang, born April 26.

Troy accepts position with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kate Troy (MPP '04) recently accepted a position as an analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Budget Office in Washington, D.C. She will track Head Start and some child welfare programs within the Administration for Children and Families.

Vidas begins with the Ramsey County Tamarack Nature Center

Mary Vidas (MPA '03) left the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to become director at the Ramsey County Tamarack Nature Center.

Winkelman joins the Center for Clean Air Policy

Steve Winkelman (MA '92) is director of transportation and adaptation programs at the Center for Clean Air Policy in Port Chester, New York.

Delaney accepts position with Hope Community, Inc.

Will Delaney (MURP '06) recently accepted a position with Hope Community, Inc. in Minneapolis.

Dufresne works for the U.S. Department of Labor

Matthew Dufresne (MPA '05) relocated to Washington, D.C., in June. He is employed as an immigration policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Earhart receives National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy

Greg Earhart (MA '95) is the men's swimming coach at Carthage College and owner of CollegeSwimming.com. He received the College Swimming Coaches Association of America "National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming Trophy" at the organization's 2008 annual conference. The award is presented to an individual or organization that has contributed in an outstanding way to swimming as a competitive sport and healthful recreational activity at schools and colleges. Greg, the youngest-ever recipient of the award, is only the sixth NCAA Division III member to receive the award in its 50-year history.

Ellgen is employed by the National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration

Sarah Ellgen (MP '96) works as a program analyst for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Maryland.

Hampton accepts postion with the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau

Heather Hampton (MPP '06) has taken a position as a legislative analyst for the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

Harris becomes director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice

Trista (Carter) Harris (MPP '00) left her position as a program officer at the Saint Paul Foundation to become executive director at the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. "Being asked to serve as the foundation's executive director is both an honor and a privilege," said Harris. "The Headwaters Foundation for Justice has a well-deserved reputation as a leader in the field of social justice philanthropy. I am thrilled to join this team and continue this work because I'm convinced that through strong partnerships with donors and nonprofits, ambitious goals, innovation, and a commitment to impact, we can create a more just community."

Appleby begins nursing school

Pamela (Seay) Appleby (MPP '98) has enrolled in nursing school this fall. Prior to this, she was a budget and policy analyst for the Division of Health Care Access and Accountability at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in Madison.

Aspengren welcomes son into family

Jennifer Aspengren (MPP '01) and husband Jeff Schotts welcomed their son, Beckett, on August 1.

Barringer-Mills joins American Refugee Committee

Michael Barringer-Mills (MPP '06) has taken a position as a field support manager at the American Refugee Committee in the Twin Cities.

Batalden accepts position with City of Woodbury

Karl Batalden (MURP '04) left his position with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to accept a position as housing specialist/associate planner for the City of Woodbury. He works with the city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Boyer works for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

William Boyer (MURP '05) works for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Brandt accepts position with the National Institute of Health

Erin Brandt (MPP '04) has a new job as a management analyst for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health.

Bryant, now Jones, gets married

Charissa Bryant (MPA '04) became Charissa Jones when she got married on August 9. She and her husband are relocating to Chicago.

Bull joins staff of George Washington University

Janet (Jan) Bull (MA '87) is employed at the George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health as an associate director. In this role, she assists the executive director in administering grants, managing projects, developing educational initiatives, including a summer institute, and collaborating on a variety of research projects.

Burns accepts position with Minnesota Department of Health

Katie Burns (MA '97) began a new position with the Minnesota Department of Health's Health Economics Program in July. She directs and manages the health care payment and delivery system reforms passed during the 2008 legislative session.

Cole elected secretary of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators

Terra Cole (MURP '04) was elected secretary of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.

Curry leads Public Interest Law Initiative

Susan Curry (MA '95) is the executive director of the Public Interest Law Initiative in Chicago, Illinois.

Davis employed as an independent nonprofit management consultant

Rebecca Davis (Wolfgram) (MA '97) works as an independent nonprofit management consultant.

Gadow works for the City of Wayzata

Bryan Gadow (MURP '06) is employed as an assistant planner at the City of Wayzata.