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2010-11 Program Participants


Susan Andre

Susan Andre

Design Lead
Academic and Informational Technology

Susan Andre began working at the University in 2008. As the design lead for the College of Education and Human Development, she guides the overall strategic design direction for the college's web presence. Susan provides art direction for photography and video projects with engaging compositions that communicate authentic voices of students and faculty. By integrating design and research, she advises departments and centers how to develop effective communication tools that create significant media experiences for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community at-large.

Susan received her B.F.A. in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her M.F.A. in photography, video, and related media from the School of Visual Art in New York.


Jeremy Casper

Jeremy Casper

Senior Web Specialist
Office of University Relations

Jeremy Casper joined the University in 2004. He currently works in University Relations’ Electronic Communications group where he manages both small- and large-scale projects, provides design and coding support for some University websites, and suggests and implements web marketing strategies. Jeremy also works with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) where he holds similar responsibilities and serves as a liaison to improve communication and strengthen the partnerships between OIT and University Relations.

Jeremy received his bachelor and master of science in electrical engineering from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He also holds an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management.


Erik Dussault

Erik Dussault

Assistant Director, Student Activities
Student Unions and Activities

After working in the non-profit camping industry for four years, Erik Dussault joined the University of Minnesota in 2003 as an advisor in the Student Unions and Activities department. He has worked to create a registration system and coordinate resources for more than 700 student groups on campus. Erik has also coordinated the President’s Student Leadership and Service awards process on behalf of the Office of the President and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. In his current role Erik is responsible for overseeing the work of the Student Program Board who plan community-building events for the entire campus population including, campus films, the Whole Music Club venue, and late-night programs in Coffman and the St. Paul Student Center known as Gophers After Dark.

Erik has earned a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation services management and a master's degree in youth development leadership from the University of Minnesota.


Eric Eklund

Eric Eklund

Information Technology Professional
Disability Services

Eric Eklund joined the Computer Accommodations Program, a partnership between Disability Services and OIT, in March of 1999. In his primary role, Eric assists University students, staff, and faculty with disabilities in accessing computers and information through the use of adaptive technology. In addition, he is responsible for providing systems administration, project management, and technology consultation for several units within his department.

Across campus, Eric regularly participates in various collaborative groups. He helped co-found the Web Standards & Accessibility Group and the annual professional development conference for Web professionals, MinneWebCon. Eric was also instrumental in getting the University’s workflow software consortium up and running. Eklund excels at problem solving by leveraging technology to improve efficiency.

Eric received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2002 and later completed his business process management certification.


Chad Ellsworth

Chad Ellsworth

Coordinator, Fraternity & Sorority Life
Office for Student Affairs

Chad Ellsworth advises and mentors student leaders, develops educational and leadership programs, and serves as a liaison for the fraternity and sorority community to the campus and Twin Cities communities. In addition, he is an instructor in the leadership minor at the University of Minnesota, teaching Personal Leadership in the University, and is president of the board of directors for the educational non-profit organization HazingPrevention.Org

Chad graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001 with a bachelor of arts in Latino and Latin American studies, and from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2004 with a master of arts in counseling and personnel services.


Meredith Fisher

Meredith Fisher

Administrative Director
Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Meredith Fisher manages operations of CTSI’s administrative team, serves as human resources liaison, and oversees the institute’s “front door”, which facilitates access to CTSI resources for UMN faculty and staff, community researchers, and individuals interested in participating in clinical research. She also assists in the development and implementation of business systems, including an online scheduling system for three clinical research facilities, a business management system to support the internal service organization, and a Web-based system for the intake of new inquiries.

Meredith joined the University of Minnesota Office of Clinical Research in 2005, where she held positions as administrative assistant and communications assistant before transitioning to her current position in 2009. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing a master of public policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.


Jennie Germain

Jennie Germain

Communications Coordinator
Department of Theatre Arts & Dance

Jennie Germain has been working as the communications coordinator for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance since 2008. Through this position, she oversees public relations and marketing efforts, as well as audience services, ticketing, budgeting, event planning, and various other projects. Prior to taking on her current position, she worked for three years as a graduate assistant in the department after receiving the honor of being the first student recruited into the developing arts administration program at the U of M. Besides working at the University during graduate school, Jennie also interned at numerous arts organizations throughout the Twin Cities, including The Southern Theater, Theatre in the Round, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Bloomington Arts Center.

Jennie received her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts and communication studies with an emphasis in public relations and organizational communication from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and her master of liberal studies degree from the University of Minnesota.


Faith Goenner

Faith Goenner

Program and Operations Manager
Institute for Health Informatics, Academic Health Center

Faith Goenner was appointed in November 2010 as program and operations manager of the Institute for Health Informatics. In this position, she manages the operations for the Institute, which includes two graduate programs and one PhD program and research portfolio of approximately $5 million annually. Over her 15 years at the University, she has held financial positions at Schulze Diabetes Institute, Northrop Auditorium, Sponsored Projects Administration, and within the Academic Health Center. Her expertise has been used to implement compliant administrative processes in high-profile research laboratories and she is consulted regularly on various research administrative issues.

Faith received her bachelor of arts in sociology. She enjoys serving on committees and was the chair of the Certified Approver Advisory Committee for two years. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at church.


Maggie Heier

Margaret Heier

Student Personnel Coordinator
School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC), College of Liberal Arts

Maggie Heier serves as premajor adviser for prospective undergraduate journalism majors. She also manages the undergraduate admissions process within the school, serves as enrollment manager, and manages student records. She assists the coordinator of student services and the director of undergraduate studies and contributes to special projects like the school’s alumni mentoring program. She also handles coordination for the school’s outcome assessment work and is the primary liaison to the SJMC communications manager for all undergraduate student services communications.

Maggie received her bachelor’s degree in journalism – strategic communications with a minor in leadership from the University of Minnesota. Prior to her current role, Maggie worked as both a student and full time staff member with the University’s Orientation & First Year Programs office. Most recently she returned to the University from a role in corporate communications with Cargill.


Apeckchya Karki

Apeckchya Karki

Program Associate
Capital Planning and Project Management

Apeckchya Karki supports the Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS)/Best Value program, a program that is used to increase performance and efficiency at Capital Planning and Project Management (CPPM). In her role, she assists the project delivery group, planning team, clients and vendors in all aspect of the Best Value program; including administrative planning, training, promotion, procurement, project management, data analysis, process improvement, and coordination of outreach efforts. Her responsibilities also include organizing and analyzing data to assist CPPM leadership in data driven decision making process.

Apeckchya received her master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She is also a graduate of Transformational Leadership Program (TLP) offered by Office of Services and Continuous Improvement to build resources at the University to lead strategic process improvement projects.


Aron Khoury

Aron Khoury

Project Manager
Office for Business and Community Economic Development (BCED)

Aron first worked with BCED as a graduate research assistant while completing his masters in urban planning from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Since 2006, Aron has worked to increase the university’s utilization of small businesses, particularly those businesses from historically disadvantaged communities. Aron's responsibilities include evaluating requests for proposals and ongoing management of the resulting contracts; conducting outreach to the small business community; linking businesses to the development resources and business opportunities available at the University.

Aron received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of St. Thomas in 2000. Prior to arriving at the University, Aron worked with a local non-profit environmental advocacy organization and currently serves as treasurer for the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce.


Kristy Lashbaugh

Kristy Lashbaugh

Education Coordinator
Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Kristy Lashbaugh joined the College of Veterinary Medicine in August 2004. Kristy works with faculty to develop technology enhanced learning materials, engaging classroom experiences, online course offerings, and distance education for veterinary practitioners.

Kristy completed her bachelor of arts degree at Frostburg State University in Maryland with a major in English and minor in French and Spanish literature. She’s pursuing a master of science in educational technology from Minnesota State University.


Andy Merrill

Andy Merrill

Assistant Director
Office of Measurement Services

Andrew Merrill is originally from Madison, WI, but attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a B.A. in public relations and psychology. After receiving his degree, Andrew worked on the development of a consulting startup company. In addition to business formation, he provided organizational efficiency and communications consulting to clients in China, Japan, and the Philippines. Andrew is now assistant director for the Office of Measurement Services. He provides strategic planning counsel to University senior administrators as well as project management on market research projects. Andrew serves as a member of the management team for the Office of Planning. He received his M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management in 2008 with a focus in marketing and brand management.

Andrew is a Gopher football season ticket holder, and enjoys fishing, attending concerts, yard work, and traveling.


Amber Peifer

Amber Peifer

Student Programs Manager
Law School

Amber joined the University of Minnesota Law School in 2002 as the assistant to the dean of students. Her work focuses on critical student experiences: coordinating orientation, special needs exams, student counseling and referral, advisor to the student government, and resource for the 50+ active law student organizations. She also plans and executes the Law School’s largest event- the Race for Justice 5K- a fundraiser to support law graduates pursuing public interest work benefiting low-income Minnesotans. The Race for Justice continually has more than 850 participants, one year topping 1,000, and has raised more than $100,000 in 8 years in support of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota. Amber has served on the executive committee of CAPA (Council of Academic Professionals & Administrators), as a CAPA senator to the University Senate, represented staff on the University’s Future Financial Resources Task Force, and was appointed to the President’s Advancing Excellence Committee, an effort to identify opportunities and priorities consistent with the task force recommendations to improve long-term planning and strategic transformation for the University.

Amber earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Cornell College and a master’s degree in student development in post-secondary education from the University of Iowa.


Christina Petersen

Christina Petersen

Assistant Education Specialist
Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Human Resources

Christina Petersen brings her biomedical sciences research background to the Center for Teaching and Learning which she joined in 2007. She received her Ph.D. in pharmacology and performed postdoctoral research at Vanderbilt University. Christina is broadly interested in evidence-based teaching practices as an approach to improve student learning. Her teaching experience at the University of Minnesota includes the Preparing Future Faculty program and scientific presentation skills for graduate students. She also works with the Applied and Professional Studies program in the College of Continuing Education as a faculty teaching consultant.

Christina’s research interests include the role of collegiality in academia and investigations of disciplinary influences on what constitutes teaching evidence. She is also involved in community science education for lay audiences.


Paige Rohman

Paige Rohman

Assistant to the Dean and the Associate Deans
College of Design

Paige Rohman has been at the University of Minnesota since 2004, and at the College of Design since its inception in 2006. In addition to his work for the dean and both associate deans, Paige administers college-wide curriculum processes, freshman seminars, the interdisciplinary design minor, facilities on both campuses, and the college's advisory board. He is a project manager for initiatives that originate in the Dean's office. Before joining the U community, Paige worked in student affairs at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (residence life) and Western Michigan University (residence life and student conduct.)

Paige holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Minnesota State University, Mankato and a master's degree in student development and higher education administration from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.


Lisa Rogers

Lisa Rogers

Research Coordinator
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health

Lisa Rogers originally joined the University of Minnesota in 1993 and returned to the University in 2003 following four years in pharmaceutical research. Her current position as research coordinator combines coordinating and performing translational and basic research in gynecological cancers with responsibility for grants and research administration. Lisa ensures regulatory compliance for all research conducted in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health and serves as the departmental liaison with OVPR and SPA. She oversees graduate medical education research and serves as a technical mentor to medical fellows in gynecologic oncology and maternal fetal medicine. She recently led a team that revised the resident scholarly activity curriculum.

Lisa received her B.S. from the University of Florida in food science and human nutrition. She anticipates completing her M.S. in technical and scientific communications with a minor in public health in Summer 2010. Previously, Lisa worked for 3M Pharmaceuticals and the Research Institute of Scripps Clinic.


Alyssa Ruesch

Alyssa Ruesch

Classroom Support Coordinator
CLA Language Center

Alyssa Ruesch joined the University of Minnesota in Fall 2007. As classroom support coordinator at the CLA Language Center, she is responsible for overseeing the customer support of computer classrooms and coordinating technology training workshops for second-language instructors at the University. In addition, she teaches sections of summer intensive workshops and graduate-level courses in second-language teaching and technology. She also teaches English as a Second Language in the Minnesota English Language Program.

Alyssa earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a master’s degree in English as a second language from the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the learning technologies program in the College of Education and Human Development.


Emily Saunoi-Sandgren

Emily Saunoi-Sandgren

Research Fellow
Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Emily Saunoi-Sandgren is a research fellow in the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She develops and manages the research activities of the PNLC where she works in the areas of organizational management and governance; cross-sectoral partnerships; state and local public finance; and social policy implementation. Before coming to the Humphrey Institute, Emily worked in the nonprofit sector on policy issues affecting women and children, such as domestic violence and education finance.

Emily has a master’s degree in public policy with a minor in population studies from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, French, and women’s studies from St. Olaf College.


Chuck Semrow

Charles Semrow

Senior Development Officer
Minnesota Medical Foundation (MMF)

Chuck Semrow joined MMF in November 2008, where he directs the fundraising efforts for the medical school’s Department of Ophthalmology. He works closely with volunteer leaders and faculty to communicate the department’s organizational vision and mission to grateful patients, alumni, and other external audiences. Prior to joining the team at MMF, Chuck was a regional development officer for Hazelden Foundation. He has twelve years of experience in higher education development, including eight years as a major gifts field officer.

The most gratifying aspect of his job is helping donors make a difference with their money, time, and talents in a way that is most meaningful to them and their families. He contributes to the profession of fundraising by volunteering with the Minnesota Planned Giving Council and mentoring newcomers to the profession.

Chuck graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in German. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Epsilon Chapter (1993). Currently, Chuck is also exploring advanced degree opportunities at the University of Minnesota. Recently he and his wife celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary and are expecting their first child in November. They are active members at Redeemer Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake, Minn.


Jamie Spanks

Jamie Spanks

Development Officer
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Jamie joined the University in August, 2006. She is a development officer at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In this position, Jamie develops relationships between philanthropic sources, primarily foundations and corporations and the Arboretum. In addition, she works with colleagues to develop programs which fit within the Arboretum’s mission and also have broad base of support. Prior to coming to the University, Jamie worked as an executive director and also a development director in the nonprofit sector with agencies focusing on education, youth engagement, homelessness, and immigrant and refugee issues.

Jamie received her bachelor’s degree in history and American studies from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and her master’s degree in education from the University of New Hampshire in 1996.


Larry Storey

Larry Storey

IT Services Supervisor
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Larry Storey joined the University with the department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in 2001. In his role as IT service supervisor, Larry supervises a team developing and implementing computing technology strategies to help advance the department's mission and goals. From 2006 to 2009, Larry served the College of Science and Engineering as an elected staff representative on the Council of Academic Professionals and Administrators. Recently, Larry helped found three college-level cohorts as a means to share best practices, implement new services, and make computing technologies more efficient within the college.

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Larry received a bachelor's degree in English with a publication design track from North Carolina State University in 1993. He earned a master's degree in English literature from George Mason University in 1998. Prior to joining the University, Larry was the information technology supervisor for the Prince William Campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia.


Missy Sullivan

Missy Sullivan

Administrative Director
Department of Applied Economics

Missy joined the Department of Applied Economics as a temporary employee in August of 1998 and was soon offered a principal secretary position, supporting the department head and senior administrative director. In 2002, she was reclassified to program associate in recognition of her role in assisting principal investigators with grant proposal submissions and administering the department’s Agricultural Experiment Station projects. When the senior administrative director phased out of her role as the chief administrative officer of the department at the end of 2007, Missy was tapped to assume many of her duties. Currently, Missy is the HR contact for the department, assists the department head with budgetary and personnel issues, continues to administer grant proposal submissions, and edits the department’s alumni newsletter. She enjoys working with the faculty, staff, and students in her department. She is committed to exploring ways to best support the programs in Applied Economics, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the University.

Missy earned her B.A. in international relations with a minor in German from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.


Brian Vetter

Brian Vetter

Radiation Safety Officer
Environmental Health and Safety

After completing the master of science program in nuclear engineering at the University of Missouri, Brian was hired as a health physicist by the University’s Radiation Protection Division in 1992. In addition to managing the radiation protection staff, he has been extensively involved with the development and implementation of radiation safety policies and procedures system-wide, and at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, which supports renowned programs in radiology and radiation oncology. In 2007, Brian was hired as the University’s radiation safety officer, and his responsibilities expanded to the management and administration of the University's licenses for the use of radioactive materials and radiation producing equipment held with state and federal regulatory agencies.

Brian is very active in the regional and national efforts and programs of the Health Physics Society, the scientific organization of professionals who specialize in radiation safety. He most recently served as the dean of the society’s 2009 professional development school conducted at the University’s Law School.


Stephanie Xenos

Stephanie Xenos

Assistant Director, Communications
College of Biological Sciences

A writer, editor and communicator, Stephanie joined the staff of the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences in 2006. Stephanie led efforts to introduce social media and video to the college's communications offerings, and worked closely with her team to transition from a print-based to a Web-based approach. In her role as assistant director of communications for the college, she works closely with administration, student services and development and alumni relations staff to create content that reflects the priorities of the college.

Stephanie received her B.A. in history from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994. She has additional training in publishing, editing, and video production. Before coming to the University, Stephanie worked in a variety of editorial roles including as a writer and editor in the marketing department at Minnesota Public Radio. She also writes about visual arts and travel for Mpls/St Paul magazine, and has contributed to a number of other Twin Cities-based publications.