Saturday, January 15, 2005

Munnich welcomes son into family

Joe Munnich (MPP '00) welcomed a son, Malcolm Mortensen, born on November 8, 2004.

Moreira works at Patrick Henry High School

Mary Moreira (MA '70) is the instructional leader for research and data at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis.

Moore joins the staff of U.S. Senator Mark Dayton

Demian Moore (MPP '99) left the U.S. Government Accountability Office for a position on Minnesota U.S. Senator Mark Dayton's staff.

Mohs accepts position with Office of the Mayor, New York City

Dean Mohs (MA '97) recently took a position as program manager in private health insurance access at the Office of the Mayor, New York City.

Mertz joins Oxfam Great Britain

Anne Mertz (MPP '02) writes, "I am working for Oxfam Great Britain in Oxford, England. I came as a volunteer and was quickly hired into a full-time job. In my volunteer role, I am writing research briefs on how to change ideas and attitudes toward poverty. In my paid job, I am recruiting, inducting, and deploying people to places like Pakistan and Banda Aceh. I am here on a six-month student/newly graduated student work visa. I have no idea what will happen at the six-month point, but I am too busy to worry about that now! It is quite difficult to get a work visa for the UK, so if there are HHH students who have ever thought it would be great to work here, they should check out the BUNAC or CIEE web sites and `Just Do It'."

Mendis featured in Fergus Falls Journal

Patrick Mendis (MA '84) is collecting donations for tsunami victims in his native Sri Lanka. Read about his support efforts in the Fergus Falls Journal or in this University of Maryland's University College online article.

Mehta marries and beings work on envisioning local nonprofit organization

Neeraj Mehta (MPP '01) married Erin Johnson on November 12, 2004. He also is helping to start a nonprofit organization called Sanctuary Community Development Corporation. He writes: 'Our mission is to partner in North Minneapolis for change. We are actively working on the following initiatives in local schools: one-to-one tutoring; a hip hop academy that teaches kids the positive aspects of hip hop while helping them use their voice and creativity for change; an arts program; a health initiative; and a faith-based job training and mentoring program.' He is interested in building partnerships with other alumni and welcomes your contact. Please see to learn more.

McMahon joins Uiniversity of St. Thomas faculty

Scott McMahon (MPP '03) left the Humphrey School office of the dean in October for the "soon to be official" title of senior research director with the National Institute of Health Policy at the University of St. Thomas.

McLaughlin announces candidacy for mayor

Peter McLaughlin (MA '75) announced his candidacy for mayor of Minneapolis on December 16, 2004. McLaughlin currently serves as a Hennepin County commissioner. Keep abreast of the race through Peter's campaign website.

Marohn celebrates addition to family

Charles (Chuck) Marohn (MURP '00) welcomes a daughter, Chloe Grace, born August 24, 2004.

Lucas takes on role at Minnesota Department of Health Services

Anne Lucas (MPP '03) recently started work as a research analysis specialist with employment services at the Minnesota Department of Health Services, Disability Services.

Letofsky featured in The Southeast Angle regarding her candidacy

Cara Letofsky's (MP '96) candidacy for the open Ward 2 city council seat in Minneapolis was announced in the January issue of The Southeast Angle.

Lenczewski re-elected to Minnesota House of Representatives

Ann Lenczewski (MA '85) was re-elected to her fourth term to the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 40B, Bloomington.

Lemke joins the Government Accountability Office

Jessica Lemke (MPP '03) has taken a position as an analyst with the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C.

Larson Graham building consulting practice

Jennifer Larson Graham (MP '94) left United Health Group in October. She is building a consulting practice in Medicare product development regulatory compliance and spending more time with daughters Elena and Zoe.

Kremidas works in Turkey

Damaris Kremidas (MPP '01) is in Turkey working as a service manager at an English education center.

Koski begins position with Dallas County Public Works

Don Koski (MP '97) relocated to Dallas, Texas. He is a transportation planner at Dallas County Public Works.

Kiedrowski joins Humphrey School as a senior fellow

Jay Kiedrowski (MA '71) retired on September 30, 2004, from Wells Fargo after 17 years, most recently in the role of executive vice president. He has since joined the Humphrey School as a senior fellow with the Center for the Leadership of Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and the Public Sector. Kiedrowski specializes in public finance, organizational development, and leadership. He is working on a project to determine the ongoing financial status of nonprofits within Minnesota.

Jordan works for the Great Plains Institute

Brendan Jordan (MS-STEP '02) is a project manager for the Great Plains Institute in Minneapolis.

Jones-Kreager welcomes a son to family

Cheryl Jones-Kreager (MA '98) welcomes a son, Jack Douglas, born on August 21, 2004. He joins big sister Gabrielle Marie.

Zdunich wellcomes a daughter

Julianna Zdunich (MA '92) wellcomes a daughter, Elinor Ute Ishani, born July 6, 2004. She joins big brother Kilian.

Johnson takes on senior management role at Children and Family Services

Charles (Chuck) Johnson (MA '83) was appointed to the senior management post of assistant commissioner for Children and Family Services (CFS), effective December 16, 2004. Johnson will oversee a range of services for low-income families and children, including the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), child support enforcement, adoption, foster care, child protection, and child care assistance. CFS has an annual budget of more than $1 billion and approximately 600 employees.

Jensen works for the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation

Dana Jensen (MA '96) is a grants manager at the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation.

Jensen featured in Echo Press

Loraine Jensen (MPA '01) was profiled in the December 3, 2004, edition of Echo Press. According to the article, she 'conducted an all-day workshop in Moorhead, Minnesota, on the subject of revenue raising for nonprofit organizations. This workshop is part of a training program called, 'The Essentials of Nonprofit Administration,' co-sponsored by the Minnesota State University Moorhead and the United Way of Cass Clay with grant support from the Otto Bremer Foundation. Jensen's session is one in a nine-month series of workshops for executive directors, presidents, and leaders of nonprofit organizations.'

Zimmer Kurtze featured in Star Tribune's business section

Heidi Zimmer Kurtze (MP '93), vice president of the Cornerstone Group in Edina, Minnesota, was the subject of 'Today's Spotlight: Heidi Kurtze' in the business section of the Star Tribune on December 13, 2004.

Hovanetz Lassila employed by Florida Department of Education

Christy Hovanetz Lassila (MA '98) is the director of evaluation and reporting for the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. The department oversees Florida's K--12 accountability system, including calculating school grades under Florida's A+ Plan and adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left behind Act of 2001. Hovanetz Lassila also completed a Ph.D. in public affairs at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University--Tallahassee. Her concentration was in public policy, with a specialization in education policy.

Homma directs Learnology International

Masato Homma (MP '87) is the executive director at Learnology International in Tokyo, Japan.

Hogg re-elected to Iowa State House of Representatives

Rob Hogg (MA '89) won re-election to the Iowa State House of Representatives in November. Keep up-to-date on Hogg's activities through his website.

Herrera starts own cousulting firm

Monica Herrera (MA '83) started her own consulting firm, Community Consulting Group, in October 2004. She partners with alumna Allison Rojas (MA '96).

Hendricks's welcome daughter

Shelley Hendricks (MPP '00) and Matthew Hendricks (MPP '01) welcome a daughter, Noelle Lee, born on October 6, 2004.

Helgason pursues political and cultural interests

Skuli Helgason (MPA '03) is working on two part-time projects and pursuing an internship with Grassroots Solutions. The projects include working on a new manifesto for the Social Democratic Party; and coordinating an Icelandic cultural festival in the Twin Cities.

Harvey welcomes twins into family

Adriel (Bush) Harvey (MA '96) welcomed twin boys, Sebastian and Devon, born on July 13, 2004.

Guo employed by American Planning Association

Yufeng Guo (MURP '02) works as a policy associate at the American Planning Association, managing the Chinese mayors and planners training program. Yufeng and his fiance, Thalia, are preparing for a wedding on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Graham joins the Metropolitan Council

Todd Graham (MP '94) left his position in labor market research at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to pursue a new role as research manager for the Metropolitan Council.

Goodman employed with Washington State Housing Finance Commission

Naomi Goodman (MA '97) works as a senior finance associate for the Washington State Housing Finance Commission in Seattle.

Goldstein joins Lennar Family of Builders

Matthew Goldstein (MP '97) has a new position as land development manager at Lennar Family of Builders, which operates Lundgren Brothers, Orrin Thompson, and Lennar Homes in the Twin Cities. In this role, Goldstein works with communities to create Lundgren Brothers neighborhoods. "This is an exciting career move, and I'm honored to have been invited to join a reputable builder,ʺ Goldstein said. ʺIt is rewarding to have the opportunity to help implement local comprehensive plans and to learn more about the business of community development.ʺ Goldstein holds American Institute of Certified Planners certification and a real estate license and participates in MnAPA.

Godinez honored by Hispanic Business Chamber

Jennifer Godinez (MA '97) was selected by the Hispanic Business Chamber as one of the "25 on the Rise," honoring the top 25 Latino leaders in Minnesota under the age of 40. See for a full profile.

Geisen-Kisch works for City of Richfield

Catherine Geisen-Kisch (MP '97) became the community development coordinator for the City of Richfield, MN, in December.

Fox accepts position with University of Minnesota

Meredith Fox (MPP '99) left the State of Minnesota to become communication coordinator for community and constituent relations within the Office for Service and Continuous Improvement at the University of Minnesota.

Ember works for Montgomery County Planning Commission

Katherine Ember (MURP '99) is a senior planner with the Montgomery County Planning Commission in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Dao accepts position with Whittier Alliance

Phuong Dao (MPP '01) took a position as neighborhood organizer for the Whittier Alliance in Minneapolis. She had been working as a student advisor at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

Dawson employed by City of Baltimore

Kristin Dawson (MPP '03) completed the Baltimore City Mayoral Fellowship Program in August 2005. Recently, she accepted a position as a policy analyst with the Department of Housing and Community Development for the City of Baltimore, Maryland.

Cook welcomes baby boy into family

Karen Cook (MPP '01) welcomes a baby boy, Lucas Jason, on May 11, 2005.

Cogswell employed with Workforce Development Council of Seattle

Cas Cogswell (MA '98) is a planner for the Workforce Development Council of Seattle--King County.

Carlson works at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Elizabeth Carlson (MP '91) is a strategic planner and facilitator at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Burns earns German Marshall Memorial Fellowship

Kathryn (Katie) Burns (MA '97) is the recipient of a prestigious 2005 German Marshall Memorial Fellowship. The German Marshall Fund of the United States created the Marshall Memorial Fellowship program in 1982 to introduce the next generation of Western Europe's leaders to the United States, its institutions, politics, and people, and to reinforce the transatlantic relationship. Burns will travel to Brussels, Hamburg, Leon, Bucharest, and Paris in February and March.

Braun directs planning for City of Anoka and elected president of MnAPA

Carolyn Braun (MP '91) is planning director for the City of Anoka. She recently was elected president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association (MnAPA). Braun previously served several terms as vice president of MnAPA and worked for the City of Minnetonka prior to working in Anoka. Braun's planning experience includes citizen planning, having served on a planning commission, board of adjustment, and regional development commission; consulting and working for many Minnesota townships, and teaching. She previously was an adjunct professor at St. Cloud State University and an instructor in the professional education program at the Humphrey School. Braun is also a contributing author for the Planning Commisisoner's Journal, a quarterly publication based in Burlington, VT. For more information about the Minnesota APA, visit the APA website.

Bonelli joins U.S. Government Accountability Ofiice

Anna Bonelli (MURP '01) has taken an analyst position with U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C.

Bednarz accepts position with U.S. district Court, District of Minnesota

Deborah Bednarz (MA '87) has a new position as the manager of budget and statistics for the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.

Bauer's Youth Farm and Market Project hosts Hines-Kerry

Jeff Bauer's (MPP '00) organization, Youth Farm and Market Project, welcomed Teresa Hines-Kerry for a visit during the fall 2004 presidential campaign.

Aquilina wins Bronze Quill Award

David Aquilina (MA '77) won the International Association of Business Communicators' Bronze Quill Award for excellence in article writing in January. The honored article, ʺFinancially Rewarding Physicians for Quality: HealthPartners' Model,ʺ was published as the cover story in the May 2004 issue of Group Practice Journal.

Andrew heads public affairs practice at Tunheim Partners

Mark Andrew (MA '79) leads the public affairs practice at Tunheim Partners, where he uses many years of elected leadership, policy insight and strategic depth on behalf of clients. His forte is in issues of management, grassroots, strategic positioning and media relations. He has worked on behalf of such clients as Target Corporation, MultiFoods, Owens-Corning, Xcel Energy and the Minnesota Twins. For the past 16 years, Andrew served as an elected official, having been elected five times to the Board of one of the largest county governments in America. While in office, over a dozen of his initiatives received awards from the National Association of Counties. Andrew was twice elected chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party. He is a past member of the Democratic National Committee and the National Association of State Democratic Chairs and is past president of the Minnesota Democratic Leadership Council. Andrew continues to be a sought-after adviser to candidates at all levels of government and regularly counsels corporate clients on public affairs issues and strategies.

Andre earns Virginia McKnight Binger award

Jim Andre (MA '61) was recognized by the McKnight Foundation as one of 12 recipients of the 2004 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service. See the full details here:

Amad wecomes a son to family

Majd Amad (MPA '02) welcomes a son, born in July 2004.

Altman recognized in INC Magazine

Frank Altman (MA '75) received honorable mention for 'Entrepreneur of the Year' in INC Magazine's January 2005 issue. See the slide show and read about Altman's Minneapolis-based nonprofit company, Community Reinvestment Fund, here: