Spring 2016


Jim Schoenwetter, ’65 MBA, and wife, Claire; Jerry Leener, ’70 BSB, and wife, Dina; alum Mike Newell, ’75 BSB, and wife Robin; and Emeritus Dean David Kidwell and wife, Jill, gathered on December 26 for a holiday get together at Carrol’s Creek Cafe in Annapolis. The group has been getting together since 2005.


Harald Borrmann, ’76 BSB, has been named the president, CEO, and chair of the board of directors at Catholic United Financial in St. Paul.


John Stumpf, ’80 MBA, has been selected by AACSB as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in the world. Stumpf’s work as CEO of Wells Fargo in San Francisco has helped grow the bank to serve one in every three Americans.

John Gappa, ’81 BSB and ’82 MBA, is the chief financial officer and executive vice president of Ability Network in Minneapolis. Ability Network is a leading healthcare information technology company.

Steve Moen, ’83 BSB and ’88 MBA, has been promoted to senior vice president of business development and investment solutions at Advantus Capital Management in St. Paul.

Gary Moheban, ’85 BSB, is now a compliance initiatives manager at Wells Fargo Bank in Minneapolis after spending several years working as a consultant in various industries.

Dennis Long, ’87 MA-HRIR, recently published a book titled Managing Genius: Master the Art of Managing People.

Mike Zechmeister, ’89 BSB, is the chief financial officer and treasurer at United Natural Foods, Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island. United Natural Foods is a leading independent distributor of natural, organic, and specialty foods.


Mirja Hanson, ’90 MBA, was conferred on The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays by the Emperor of Japan on April 15, 2015. As the Consul General of Japan in Minneapolis, this award recognized Hanson’s work to strengthen cross-cultural understanding between the United States and Japan.

Julie Janckila, ’91 BSB, has joined the Network of Executive Women in Minneapolis as director of corporate partnerships.

George Hadjiyanis, ’92 MBA, has been hired as senior director of industry marketing for Workiva in Minneapolis. Workiva is a cloud-based productivity suite.

Kathy Megarry, ’92 MA-HRIR, is director of labor relations for Hennepin County.

Paul Ackerman, ’94 MBA, is vice chairman and senior banker at Wells Fargo Securities in San Francisco. He is responsible for serving global financial institutions.

Susan Park Rani, ’94 MBA, was honored at this year’s Twin Cities Business Women’s Leadership Awards on February 18. The Women’s Leadership Awards (previously known as Wonder Women) honors women who are trailblazers within their respective fields, accomplished, and highly respected for their professional acumen and achievements. She is the president of Rani Engineering in Minneapolis.

Robert Shelley, ’95 MBA, is chief sales officer at Pharmaceutical Strategies Group, based in Plano, Texas. Pharmaceutical Strategies Group is the nation’s largest independent pharmacy benefit and strategic consulting firm.

Neal Blinde, ’96 BSB, is corporate treasurer at Wells Fargo Securities in San Francisco. Blinde is responsible for managing Wells Fargo’s capital, liquidity, and funding,

Don Clark, ’96 BSB and ’00 MBA, is the global vice president of purchasing for non-perishables at Whole Foods Market in Austin, Texas.

Erica Bergsland, ’97 MBA and a vice president with Advantus Capital Management in St. Paul, has been honored as one of the 2015 Top Women in Finance by Finance & Commerce. Now in its 15th year, the Top Women in Finance program recognizes women who are making an impact not only in their professions, but also in their communities.

John Csargo, ’97 MBT, is a partner at Boyum & Barenscheer, LLP in St. Paul.

Monte Johnson, ’97 MBA, is CEO of Cymbet Corporation in Elk River, Minnesota. Cymbet Corporation is a leading company in thin-film, solid-state storage devices and energy harvesting technology.

Tom Moore, ’97 MBA, is president at StimGuard LLC. StimGuard is a commercial stage medical device company headquartered in Miami Beach, Florida.

Heidi Capozzi, ’98 MA-HRIR, is corporate senior vice president for human resources at Boeing in St. Louis, Missouri.


Rita Groneberg, ’00 BSB, has joined Edina Realty’s White Bear Lake office as a licensed realtor in the state of Minnesota.

Eric Wilkowske, ’00 Masters of Science in Management of Technology, is vice president of account management for Logic PD in Minneapolis. He is responsible for supporting Logic PD’s customer needs, including their product lifecycle and connected device requirements.

Joshua Krsnak, ’01 BSB and president of commercial real estate investor Hempel in Minneapolis, was honored as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40. Each year, the Business Journal chooses 40 leaders under the age of 40 who are leaders in the Twin Cities community and are known for their professional achievements.

Andrew Mellin, ’01 MBA, is vice president, medical director of RedBrick Health in Minneapolis. He supports RedBrick’s health system clients as they roll out RedBrick-powered employee and population health initiatives.

Basant Ahluwalia, ’02 MA-HRIR, is a human resources business partner at Unimin Corporation in Mankato, Minnesota. Unimin Corporation produces non-metallic industrial minerals.

Manjit Gill, ’02 MA-HRIR, is director of global compensation at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in The Woodlands, Texas.

Mee Warren, ’02 BSB, was selected by Traders Magazine as one of its Women on Wall Street Trailblazer Award winners in 2015. She is a senior vice president at Two Sigma Investments in New York City.

Blake Durtsche, ’03 BSB, is a project manager within business operations at Lyft. Lyft is a ride-sharing platform based in San Francisco.

Jennifer Jensen, ’03 BSB, is a managing director in federal tax practice at KPMG in Minneapolis. She focuses on middle-market companies.

Andy Knutson, ’03 BSB, is a partner at John A. Knutson & Co. in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

Alissa Montbriand, ’03 BSB and ’08 MBA, was honored as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40. She is vice president of global integrated marketing communications for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Minneapolis. She received this honor for her professional accomplishments and leadership in the Twin Cities.

Steve Kistner, ’04 MBA, is the general manager of Kalins Indoor Comfort in Sioux City, Iowa.

Chris Ryan, ’04 MBA, co-founded a boutique winery called Bailarin Cellars in Healdsburg, California. Before the founding of his new wine venture, he co-founded Shamrock Surgical, a cardiac surgical distribution business; Insight Coffee Roaster; and Sun & Soil Juice Company.

Siddharth Gandhi, ’05 MBA, was honored as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40. He is the head of enterprise strategic development at Securian Financial Group in St. Paul and was chosen as one of the 40 Under 40 for his exceptional professional achievements and leadership.

Ryan Miske, ’05 MBA, was featured by Minnesota Lawyer as an “Up and Coming Lawyer.” He is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in Minneapolis.

Brian Sartain, ’05 Minnesota Executive Program Graduate, is vice president of commercial aero and military at Chromalloy in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Chromalloy is a $1.5 billion aerospace conglomerate.

Brett Shockley, ’05 MBA, is an executive board advisor at Servion Global Solutions in Princeton, New Jersey. Servion Global Solutions is a customer interaction management consulting firm.

Alex (Crump) Smith, ’05 MA-HRIR, is chief HR officer for the city of Memphis, Tennessee.

Laura Durmaskin, ’06 BSB, is an associate pricing manager at Best Buy in Minneapolis.

BJ Bronston, ’07 BSB, is manager of the communications, media, and technology practice at Strategy&, a PwC company located in New York City.

Rebecca Bearse, ’08 MA-HRIR, has founded her own talent acquisition company called Diverse Talent Solutions in
San Francisco.

Haijing Zhu, ’08 MBA, has been appointed to the board of directors at Oceanic Iron Ore Corp. in Montreal, Quebec.

Michelle Anderson, ’09 MA-HRIR, is regional manager, employee relations and engagement, for Comcast’s
Twin Cities region.

Chelsea Chung, ’09 BSB, is a marketing manager at Coloplast in Minneapolis.

Jonathan Pearce, ’09 MBA and co-founder and CEO of Zipnosis, was honored as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40. Honorees are recognized for being up-and-coming leaders and professionals in the Twin Cities.

Mary Podvin, ’09 BSB, is associate director at Nielsen, a performance management company in Minneapolis.

Travis Swenson, ’09 MBA and senior managing director at CBRE, was honored as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40 for having accomplished much in his professional life in the Twin Cities.


Susan Dordal, ’10 BSB, is a senior merchandise manager at Jet.com, an e-commerce retail company in New York City.

Erin Edgar, ’10 BSB, is an in-store design team strategic events lead at General Mills, headquartered in Minneapolis.

John Engelbrekt, ’10 BSB, is a supply planner at Cenveo in Minneapolis.

Doug Everling, ’10 MBA, is director of OptumRx product strategy at UnitedHealth Group in Minneapolis.

Joel Gitar, ’10 BSB, is a coronary sales representative at Medtronic in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Jason Kang, ’10 BSB, was commissioned as a National Bank Examiner, one of just 50 nationwide to have earned this commissioning. The commission qualifies Kang to perform examinations of national banks, federal savings associations, and their affiliates on behalf of the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Kang works in the OOC’s Minneapolis office.

Amy Kuehn, ’10 BSB, is a marketing and promotions manager at Valleyfair Family and Amusement Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. She also has joined the board at InSports, a non-profit company that sponsors youth who cannot afford to pay sports fees, as well as puts on one-day sports camps that are free for youth to attend.

Charles Youakim, ’10 MBA, is CEO of Sezzle, a North Carolina-based company focused on bringing ACH payments to the mainstream for mobile and online.

Aparna Amitkumar, ’11 MA-HRIR, is a senior HR business partner at Knowles Corporation in Chicago. Knowles Corporation is a global supplier of advanced micro-acoustic, specialty components, and human interface solutions in the mobile communications, consumer electronics, medical technology, military/space, and other industrial end markets.

Alex Baker, ’11 BSB, is a pricing manager at Macy’s, Inc. in New York City.

Eric Evanson, ’11 BSB, is a business analyst II in C.H. Robinson’s global forwarding group in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He is charged with integrating financial and technological systems from a recent acquisition.

Jennifer Harms, ’11 BSB, is the HRIS operations manager at Tishman Speyer in Washington, D.C.

Jake Kleiner, ’11 BSB, is a senior associate at Vista Equity Partners in San Francisco. Vista is a private equity firm focused on investing in software and technology enabled businesses.

Maya Suresh, ’11 BSB, is a business analyst at Deloitte in Minneapolis.

Karthik Viswanathan, ’11 MBA, is the director of integrated venting solutions at Donaldson Co. Inc. in Minneapolis.

Angela Kealey, ’12 BSB, is a product specialist at Medtronic in Minneapolis.

Lacey Kraft, ’12 BSB, is a development director at Friends of Ngong Road, a Minneapolis non-profit organization that provides education and support for Nairobi children living in poverty whose families are affected by HIV/AIDS.

Paul Riedner, ’12 MBA, is the executive director of the Veteran Resilience Project in Minneapolis.

Adam Stevens, ’13 BSB, has been promoted from analyst to associate at Huron Consulting Group in Chicago.

Angie Veldhuisen, JD, CFP, ’13 MBT, is a wealth manager at Accredited Investors, Inc. in Edina, Minnesota.

Taylor Williams, ’13 BSB, is on the business development team at Kipsu in Minneapolis. Kipsu is a start-up guest engagement platform.

Eartha Bell, ’14 MBA, is the executive director at Frogtown Community Garden in Minneapolis.

Kelsy Gaida, ’14 MA-HRIR, is a staff specialist at Renewal by Andersen in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

Andrew Jison, ’14 BSB, is a management consulting analyst at Accenture Consulting in Minneapolis.

Gunjan Sharma, ’14 MA-HRIR, is a compensation analyst at Datalink in Eden Prairie. Datalink is an IT service provider that helps organizations transform technology to meet business challenges.

Sam Leidholt, ’15 BSB, is a program manager with Special Olympics Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Ngan Pham, ’15 MAcc, recently co-founded Rakuna, a San Francisco HR technology company that provides on-demand campus recruiting solutions for employers.

Andrew Zinkel, ’15 MBA and medical director at HealthPartners in St. Paul, was honored as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40. He was honored for being a leader in the Twin Cities community and having many professional accomplishments.

Melissa Kjolsing Lynch, MBA Class of 2016, was honored as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2016 40 Under 40. Each year the Business Journal honors 40 leaders under the age of 40, recognizing them for their professional work and leadership. She is a Carlson School staff member and director of the MN Cup.

Future Gophers

On October 16, Tim Amundson, ’06 BSB, and Lindsay Amundson, ’07 BSB and ’12 MBA, welcomed their son, Graham Amundson.

On October 10, Katie Doerer, ’07 BSB and ’14 MBA, welcomed twin boys: Mark and Jack Doerer.

In Memoriam

Roland “Rollie” Sullivan, ’47 BS, ’49 MBA, passed away in March 2016.

David Hubers, ’65 BS, ’70 MBA, passed away in March 2016.

John Goodman, ’72 BSB, passed away in March 2016.

Saaniya Jairath, ’14 MBA, passed away in March 2016.

Orville Walker, Jr., Marketing Professor Emeritus, passed away in March 2016.



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