University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources
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2011-12 Program Participants


Andrew Allen

Andrew Allen

Research Compliance Supervisor, HRPP
Office of the Vice President for Research

Andrew Allen joined the University in the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) in May of 2004 and is currently a Research Compliance Supervisor. Initially hired as an Office Specialist, Andrew was promoted twice within HRPP and is primarily responsible for managing full committee review of health and biological/medical human subjects research by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). He sits on the IRB committee as a non-scientific member and fulfills the role of regulatory specialist, advising the committee on regulatory issues with regard to human subjects research. In doing this, he helps promote one of the core missions of the University in research and discovery.

Andrew received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota in 2004. He is currently preparing to take the certification exam to become a certified IRB professional. Andrew also has been a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House for the past four years.


David J. Anderson

David J. Anderson

Information Technology Manager
Office of Information Technology (OIT)

David Anderson has been with the University of Minnesota since 2005 and joined OIT in 2009. David's primary role is as the customer service manager overseeing the Technology Helpline and University Operators. These two groups are the primary customer facing entities at the University, providing tech support and general information to staff, faculty, students, alumni, and guests of the University of Minnesota.

David received a bachelor's degree in classical archaeology from the University of Minnesota - Duluth in 2001. Outside of his primary job, David is the 2011-12 chair of the CIC IT Customer Support group, which is a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago, and is also the co-founder of a new group on campus that merges the Helpdesk Consortium and Technology Trainers into a collaborative effort that bridges the gaps between technology support and technology training.


Matt Aro

Matthew Aro

Research Fellow
UMD Natural Resources Research Institute

Matt Aro joined the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2003 and is a research fellow for UMD’s Natural Resources Research Institute. His chief focus is to foster regional economic development by identifying, transferring, and developing innovative, environmentally-friendly, and energy-efficient building technologies. He provides product, process, and business concept research and development services to OEMs, entrepreneurs, organizations, and agencies associated with the wood products industry. Other key responsibilities include identifying funding sources, writing proposals, developing applied research project work plans, developing project budgets, performing research tasks, producing technical reports, and delivering positive outcomes.

Matt received a bachelor’s degree in broad field science from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a master’s degree in the management of technology from the University of Minnesota.


Vikki Auzenne

Vikki Auzenne

Information Technology Manager
Academic Support Resources

Vikki Auzenne is an IT executive with experience in creating strategies and plans that define IT operational excellence. Her broad industry experience includes telecommunications, retail, healthcare, and service organizations. Ms. Auzenne currently holds the position of information technology manager at the University of Minnesota. With her diverse and in-depth background in all elements of IT, she was well prepared for the challenge of implementing a new service unit to provide desktop support to the administrative units at the University. Additionally, she provides formal structures, policies and procedures into supporting 2000 (and growing) employees on the Twin Cities campus. The unit she has established will be a key to reducing the University's risk and will be a model of providing efficient and effective computer support.

Ms. Auzenne earned a BCompSci. concentrating in computer engineering from the University of Minnesota. She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and holds several ITIL-related credentials. In addition, she is working on her CISSP and PMP certifications.


Jennifer Bentrim

Jennifer Bentrim

IT Manager
Office of Human Resources

Jennifer Bentrim joined the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2000 as an information technology professional and was promoted to manager in 2002. During her 10 years with the Office of Human Resources, Jennifer has transformed the IT Systems Support team into a proactive, customer-focused unit. She currently manages a team of six who meet the technology needs for OHR staff in the areas of workstation support, server systems administration, intranet foundation, internal business analysis, database & web tools development, and technology production. In addition to managing OHR's day-to-day technology operations, Jennifer is also responsible to stay abreast of technology changes and strategically plan for all technology needs internal to OHR while maintaining alignment with the office of Information Technologies initiatives and policies. She also currently serves on the University’s Privacy Committee.

Jennifer attended North Dakota State, St. Cloud State, and the University of Minnesota, completing coursework in management information systems and psychology. Prior to joining the U of M, Jennifer worked in technology at several companies including IBM and ADP Checkmate, as well as in educational finance and retail sales. Using her customer service, technology, and leadership skills, she has received "great works" achievement awards from all her employers. During her down time, Jennifer enjoys movies, reading , drawing, and painting.


Jayne Blodgett

Jayne Blodgett

Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator
Briggs Library

Jayne Blodgett started at the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2007. She is currently the Metadata and Technical Services Coordinator for Briggs Library, which gives her the opportunity to work with both books and emerging technologies. Because UMM is a small campus, she also has the opportunity to work closely with students at the reference desk and as an embedded librarian. In addition, she serves as the advisor to the student government and teaches classes on popular culture and film.

Jayne received a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2003 and a master’s of library and information science from Dominican University in 2008.


Alison Blomster

Alison Blomster

Public Relations Representative
U Card Office

Alison Blomster has been at the University of Minnesota since 1999, and at the U Card Office since 2004. Initially hired as U Card Office editor, Alison later accepted the responsibilities of operations manager and was reclassified as public relations representative in 2007. In her current position managing the marketing and communications for the office, Alison develops and implements marketing plans, designs all printed and online promotional materials, maintains card designs, and Web site development and maintenance. In addition, she also manages the operations area, which includes U Card, ID badge and specialty card production, equipment maintenance, and production training. Alison supervises full-time and part-time staff and participates in annual budget planning.

Alison earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and English and her secondary education licensure from the University of Minnesota Morris.


Brenda Carriere

Brenda Carriere

Director, Herman Library
Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies

Brenda Carriere joined the University of Minnesota in 2005 and the staff of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies at the Carlson School of Management in 2006 as the director of the Herman Library. The library is one of only a few dedicated libraries in human resources and labor studies worldwide and is a centerpiece of students' academic lives for studying, researching and working on group projects. As director, Brenda is responsible for all aspects of the library, from financial and administration, to librarian functions such as collection development and research assistance to students, faculty and staff.

Brenda is an active and engaged member of the University community, and serves on college-wide and campus-wide committees such as the Council of Academic Professionals and Administrators (CAPA) as a representative for the Carlson School of Management (2009 – 2012); the Women’s Leadership Institute – 2010 cohort, and the Carlson School of Management's Staff Consultative Committee (2008 - 2009). Brenda is active in alumni relations for the center and fundraising for the library.

Brenda holds a BA in management from the University of Mary, and MS degrees in both library science and information science from Indiana University-Bloomington.


Rod DeVriendt

Rod DeVriendt

Human Resources Specialist
College of Veterinary Medicine

Rod DeVriendt joined the College of Veterinary Medicine in April 2003, as a human resources specialist. In his role, DeVriendt provides essential employee services and maintains a healthy workforce by addressing labor relations issues, developing staffing and recruitment strategies, creating and managing onboarding initiatives, and managing the leave and payroll functions. In addition, DeVriendt serves as a Civil Service Senator on the University Senate and currently serves on the board for MnCUPA-HR as the communications coordinator.

DeVriendt received his bachelor’s degree in human resources management and business administration from Winona State University and earned his certification as a professional in human resources (PHR) in December 2004.


Sara Foster

Sara Foster

External Relations Office Administrator
College of Education and Human Development

A native of northwestern Minnesota, Sara Foster began working at the University in 2002 for the College of Science and Engineering in the dean’s office. She was promoted to director of alumni relations where she enjoyed working with the alumni society board, overseeing the IT Mentor Program, and planning the Science and Technology Banquet. In 2007, she became the administrator for the College of Education and Human Development’s office of external relations. In her current role, she plans and carries out special events such as the Distinguished Alumni Awards and the Celebration of Scholars. She also serves as assistant to the director, supports the Dean’s Advisory Council, and manages the gift acknowledgment process.

Prior to working at the U, Sara spent a number of years in long term health care facilities specializing in memory care. Sara earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2004.


Ellen Freeman

Ellen Freeman

Pre-award Grant Coordinator
College of Education and Human Development

Ellen Freeman joined the University of Minnesota in 2004. Originally from rural Iowa, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and journalism from the University of Iowa. As a pre-award grant coordinator for the College of Education and Human Development, she assists faculty members in all aspects of research grant proposal preparation. Ellen’s work involves research strategy, locating funding opportunities, budgeting and writing grant proposals, managing the award process, and offering educational opportunities for researchers interested in grants. She has an ongoing interest in data organization and management projects, especially in online applications.

Ellen enjoys spending time with her family, a good book, and gardening or knitting as the seasons allow.


Susan Geller

Susan Geller

Director of Special Projects
School of Social Work

Susan Geller facilitates major change initiatives in the School of Social Work and is currently working on a new curriculum design with faculty, staff, students, and community members. She has been at the University since 2001 in the College of Continuing Education, the Graduate School, and Office of Information Technology. Susan is a founder and chair emeritus of Project and Change Management Collaborators (http://pcmc.umn.edu), a campus professional network. She was a leader in the Workflow Software Consortium, a cross-unit project focused on addressing a common problem with a shared solution. Susan begins a three year term on the University Senate Library Committee in fall 2011.

Susan completed her B.A. at Barnard College in women’s studies and her M.A. at University of Minnesota in psychology with a minor in feminist studies. She was a Women’s Leadership Institute participant in 2007-2008.


Cory Goracke-Postle

Cory Goracke-Postle

Assistant Director, IACUC Office
Office of the Vice President for Research

Cory Goracke-Postle  was recruited in 2008 to the Office of the Vice President for Research to develop the inaugural position of IACUC faculty liaison, which is charged with assisting faculty in meeting their compliance expectations. Currently as assistant director of the IACUC, Cory oversees both the administrative and compliance arms of IACUC. Her mission remains to optimize the University’s research portfolio through strategic management of faculty burden, streamlining inefficiencies, and collaboration with ancillary units to ensure we remain in excellent standing with our regulatory obligations.

Cory earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, and her Ph.D. in neuroscience with a supporting program in pharmacology/pharmaceutics from the University of Minnesota. Her interest in regulatory research affairs was initiated during her clinical pharmacology postdoctoral training at Upsher-Smith Laboratories.


Mary Jetter

Mary Jetter

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

Mary Jetter is an Education Specialist at the Center for Teaching and Learning, where she has worked since 1999. She is an instructor in the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) program, which provides current and prospective ITAs with the language and teaching skills as well as cross-cultural competencies needed to be successful in the classroom. In addition, she coordinates the Center’s August Teaching Enrichment Series. She is a University Senator and has served as CAPA’s Professional Development and Recognition committee chair and as the alternate representative for the Office of Human Resources.

Mary received her B.A in Latin American studies and Spanish from Central College in Pella, Iowa and her M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Northern Iowa.


Daniel Jones-White

Daniel Jones-White

Analyst
Office of Institutional Research

Daniel Jones-White joined the University of Minnesota in 2007. As an analyst in the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) he is actively involved in research related to the undergraduate and graduate student experience. He provides OIR with expertise in statistical analysis and complex data modeling and pursues a research agenda that attempts to identify factors related to student success in college. He is actively involved in numerous professional associations and currently serves on the editorial board for Association for Institutional Research’s Professional File and as chair for the Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM).

Daniel is currently completing a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Minnesota with a minor in quantitative methods in education. He previously earned an MA in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Maureen Long

Maureen Long

Associate Administrator for Educational Services & Communications
Technological Leadership Institute (TLI)

Maureen Long returned to the University in 2009 to join the TLI as a student communications and support associate. She currently oversees TLI’s educational services team, working with staff members to recruit, assess, enroll, and provide support for students in three masters programs in technology leadership and management. She also serves as the Institute’s web master, database manager, and social media coordinator.

Maureen first joined the University of Minnesota in 1998, and held positions in the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the School of Physics and Astronomy until 2005. After a year-long internship, she earned her master of arts in counseling and family psychology from the University of St. Thomas in 2006. Maureen sings in various Twin Cities choirs, is a freelance alto soloist, and enjoys travel, reading, and watching movies.


Anne Mason

Anne Mason

Assistant Director of Communications
Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Anne Mason joined the University in 2008. She works in communications at the Humphrey School, the University's graduate school for public affairs. There, she is primarily responsible for media relations for the school, matching University expertise with reporter requests and offering media training to faculty members. In addition, Anne works to promote the work of the School through online and social media, and writing, editing internal and external newsletters. Her strong background in politics and government is helpful in promoting the school's 50 public events each semester focusing on public policy issues.

Anne received a B.A. in politics from Drake University, with concentrations in journalism and French.


Michael McDaniel

Michael McDaniel

Principal Accountant
Lab Medicine and Pathology - ALRT

Michael McDaniel joined the University in the Fall of 2007 and is currently a principal accountant and certified approver for the Lab Medicine and Pathology Department within the Medical School. In his current role he manages the research accounts for principal investigators, as well as creates customized financial reports for submission to various agencies. The most beneficial part of his job is the opportunity to work with two of the passions in his life; finance and medical research. This passion has already led to his next endeavor of pursing his masters in healthcare administration here at the University of Minnesota starting in January 2012.

Michael completed his bachelor of arts degree at the University of St. Thomas with a major in accounting. Outside of work he is actively involved with volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House; as well as traveling the world with his wife. They plan on attending the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.


Jean McElvain

Jean McElvain

Assistant Curator
Goldstein Museum of Design

Jean has been the assistant curator at the Goldstein Museum of Design since January of 2008. One aspect of her position includes the development of programs and learning experiences for special interest groups, youth groups, college and university students, independent researchers, and lifelong learners. In addition to this, Jean works closely with collection development, exhibition curation, grant writing, and donor relations.

Jean received a B.S. in costume design in 1993, and a masters of architecture in 1999 from the University of Minnesota. After working in the field of architecture for six years, she returned the University to work on a Ph.D. in design, housing, and apparel, which she completed in 2008.


Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson

Accountant
Technological Leadership Institute

Chris Nelson joined the University of Minnesota in 1999 and is currently responsible for finance, budget, and accounting for the Technological Leadership Institute, an academic unit serving 130 graduate students in three masters programs focusing on technology leadership and management. He oversees accounts payable and receivable and works closely with incoming students as they finance their educations.

Chris received his bachelor's degree with a double major in English and chemistry from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Chris served three years as residence hall director and then housing coordinator for Carleton's Office of Residential Life. Outside of work, he enjoys writing, games, and the outdoors.


Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson

Administrative Director
Schulze Diabetes Institute

Heather Nelson serves as the administrative director for the Schulze Diabetes Institute, a research program focusing on islet transplantation as a treatment for type 1 diabetes. In her position, Heather manages operations, serves as human resource liaison, operates as finance and grant manager, and sits on the executive leadership team for SDI. During her 10 years with SDI, she has promoted into a leadership role serving 6 faculty and 72 fellows and staff who conduct research in clinical trials, immunobiology, and preclinical and basic studies as well as the manufacturing of a product used to treat patients with chronic pancreatitis. Prior to her current position, Heather worked with the Transplant Division in the Department of Surgery for two years as administrative support for transplant surgeons.

Heather received her bachelor’s of science degree in environmental science and chemistry from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. She anticipates completing her master’s of science in health services, research policy and administration in the School of Public Health in the summer of 2012.


Rebecca Noran

Rebecca Noran

Assistant Director and Communications Manager
Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences

Rebecca manages center initiatives and operations for the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, provides leadership for the center's communications strategy and web presence, and supervises the creative team. She enjoys contributing to the University's land-grant mission by aiding in educational programming and communications efforts that help people make informed decisions on topics that impact Minnesota's environment and economy. Rebecca joined the University in January 2001 as a member of the communications team for the College of Education and Human Development, where she worked as a graphic designer, editor, writer, and communications specialist. She has been with University of Minnesota Extension since August 2008.

Rebecca has an M.F.A. in design with a museum studies minor from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. from Macalester College with an English major and art and philosophy minors. Prior to joining the University she worked in communications roles for First Avenue & 7th St. Entry Nightclub, Medtronic, Best Buy, and Miramax Films. She has done freelance design and communications for a variety of clients including the Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota Children's Museum, Goldstein Museum of Design, Hennepin History Museum, and WomenVenture.


Michelle Overtoom

Michelle Overtoom

Manager
One Stop Student Services

Michelle joined the University of Minnesota in 2004. As a manager in the One Stop Student Services Center in the Science Teaching & Student Services building, she works on a daily basis with students to help them manage the business of being a student. Michelle is passionate about educating students and their families about financial aid and making wise financial choices while in college. She is actively involved in doing outreach in the community as well as promoting One Stop’s “Live Like a Student” campaign. Prior to coming to the University, Michelle worked in Residential Life at Franklin College in Indiana and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.

Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College in 1996 and her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration in 2001 from Indiana University. Michelle is a Twins season ticket holder, enjoys dining out, and recently completed her sixth triathlon.


Amber Schultz

Amber Schultz

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
University of Minnesota Crookston

Amber Schultz is the director of admissions and enrollment management at the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. Amber is tentatively scheduled to complete her Ed.D. in higher education administration and policy analysis from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in June of 2011. Amber has been the director of admissions on the Crookston campus since 2007 and has been instrumental in increasing Crookston’s enrollment over the past four years. Amber is currently active on the Admissions Committee, the Sustainability Committee, the Retention Committee, the Athletics Advisory Committee, the system-wide GLBTA commission, the AQIP Retention project, and Executive Committee.

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus Amber served the Admissions Office at Winona State University for eight years and earned a MS from Winona State and a BS from UW-La Crosse.


Terry Straub

Terry Straub

Community Program Associate
Extension

Terry Straub joined the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program in Hennepin County in 2005, having worked with volunteers in both nonprofit and government agencies. Terry supports over 300 volunteers, engaging them in horticultural education efforts throughout the county. He received the Dean’ Distinguished Staff Award in 2009.

Terry received his BA in music from Minnesota State University – Mankato; and his certificate in volunteer management from Hamline University. Terry has worked as the director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Greater Twin Cities, and as volunteer program manager for the former Minnesota Office of Citizenship and Volunteer Services and the Minnesota AIDS Project. He is the 2008 winner of the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration Award for Excellence in Volunteer Leadership.