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David Benedict was named executive associate athletics director in July 2012. Benedict, who has more than 15 years working in collegiate athletics, came to Minnesota from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). At Minnesota, he oversees the Gophers’ external relations which includes marketing, communications, fundraising and ticketing. Benedict also serves as the administrator for the Minnesota football program.
Benedict, an accomplished fundraiser and marketer, served as head of VCU’s athletics development operations before joining Gopher Athletics. During his two-year stint at VCU, he helped raise more than $15 million which benefited a number of platforms. Benedict has also worked as a senior associate athletic director for external relations at Long Beach State University and as an associate athletic director of development at Arizona State University. Benedict played football at Southern Utah University where he received his bachelor's degree in physical education. He also holds a master's degree in sports management from New Mexico Highlands University.
Director of Distance Learning Strategies and Solutions
School of Public Health
Sue Borowick is the director of distance learning strategies and solutions for the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. In this capacity, she is responsible for the Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach, the School’s chief continuing education and workforce development arm, and the Digital Learning Group, which designs and develops online courses used in both academic and continuing education programs. Sue has over 28 years of general business and management experience, including over 19 years focusing on adult education and workforce development. She has collaborated on global implementations of instructor-led, online, and blended learning solutions and platforms, and is experienced with all aspects of training and organization development. Prior to her appointment at the School of Public Health in 2009, Sue worked with corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations on a wide variety of training and organization development initiatives, serving at various career points as an instructional designer, project manager, training director, human resources director, and consultant.
Sue received a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in organizational learning and development from the University of St. Thomas.
Freshman Recruitment Coordinator
Office of Admissions
Bill Cleveland graduated from the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts with two B.A. degrees in child psychology and sociology of law, criminology and deviance in 2008. In 2012, he completed a M.A. in higher education from the College of Education and Human Development. He has been employed in the Office of Admissions since 2008, and recently began work in transfer admission after four years in freshman admission. He currently is working to enhance the office's efficiency in transfer processing and recruitment efforts for prospective transfer students.
Associate Director - Operations
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Academic Health Center
Elaine Collison is responsible for the administration of the overall day-to-day operations and management of the center. This includes fiscal oversight and budget management, human resource management, and direction in the management of Web application development projects. Elaine is also the part-time Deputy Director of the AHC Office of Emergency Response. In this capacity she participates in the development of campus-level plans that address a variety of health emergency scenarios. She is also involved in emergency response activities as a member of the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps.
Elaine received a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University and a bachelor’s degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining CIDRAP in 2006, Elaine was assistant director of the infectious disease division at the Minnesota Department of Health.
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Services
College of Education and Human Development
Jennifer Engler began her career at the University of Minnesota in 1998 when she completed her pre-doctoral internship at University Counseling and Consulting Services (UCCS). Jennifer’s first professional position was in the counseling office at the College of St. Benedict, but after one year returned to UCCS as a staff psychologist. Jennifer worked in UCCS until 2006 providing leadership to the Outreach and Consultation and Career Development Programs and working as senior psychologist, counseling undergraduate and graduate students for personal, career, and academic concerns.
Jennifer joined the College of Education and Human Development in January 2007 as the associate director of Undergraduate Student Services, providing leadership to key initiatives in the college, including working to successfully recruit and admit the college's first freshman cohort. Jennifer worked in the College of Continuing Education as the director of student services and advising for the 2009-10 academic year prior to returning to CEHD. She is currently the assistant dean of students and director of student services.
Jennifer graduated from Macalester College in 1991. She attended graduate school at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning her doctorate in clinical psychology in 1998.
Senior Development Officer
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Adam Fischer joined the University of Minnesota in 2007 as an Associate Development Officer for the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). In 2012 Adam was promoted to Sr. Development Officer, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. As Director, he is engaging genreous benefactors, leading edge research faculty and leaders of industry in discussions that have global impact relating to food safety and security, environmental health and the education of our future agricultural and natural resources workforce.
Prior to his work at CFANS, Adam worked as a Financial Adviser with Edward Jones Investments, Development Director at the Lakeview Hospital Foundation and nearly ten years working in various fundraising, sales and volunteer management positions with the Boy Souts of America. Adam was born and raised in Blue Earth, MN and earned his batchelor’s degree in Management from Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN.
Human Resources Consultant
Carlson School of Management
Bob Glunz is an active member of the University community and serves on college-wide and campus-wide committees such as the Human Resources Management System (HRMS) Functional Steering Committee (April 2012 – present); the HRMS Policy Working Group (July 2012 - present), and the Carlson School of Management Academic Departmental Administrators Committee (1999 –present). In addition he has served on the Human Resources and Industrial Relations Graduate Admissions Committee (July 2006 – August 2011), and the Carlson School of Management Staff Consultative Committee (June 2008 – 2010). Bob is also active in the community having recently been appointed Director of the Woodbury Area Little League.
Bob holds a BA in Economics and a MA degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota.
Director of Business Services
Capital Planning & Project Management
Bruce Gritters joined the University of Minnesota in July of 2012, and serves as the director of business services in the Capital Planning and Project Management (CPPM) department of University Services. In his position, Bruce provides leadership and management of all business services including financial management, strategic business process development, contract management, technology and administrative functions to support the Planning, Space & Architecture and Project Management units of CPPM. In addition, Bruce interfaces with CPPM’s internal and external stakeholders and serves as a member of the CPPM Executive Leadership Team.
Bruce has more than 25 years of professional legal, project management, construction and procurement experience in the Twin Cities local government and private sector. He previously worked as assistant director of procurement for the City of Minneapolis, as assistant city attorney for the City of Minneapolis assigned full-time to the project construction office for large complex priority city projects, and as a project executive at HKL Cladding Systems, a window wall/curtain wall subcontractor.
Bruce earned a B.S. in construction engineering from Iowa State and a Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Chief of Staff
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Stephanie Haddad joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in June, 2012 and serves in the role of Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff, Stephanie works closely with Dean Eric Schwartz to implement the School's strategic priorities, and oversees and connects some of the School's administrative functions. Before joining the Humphrey School, Stephanie worked with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) as Program Director where she was responsible for developing and implementing MCN’s educational and training programs and guiding MCN’s Leadership Program.
Before joining MCN, Stephanie worked in management and leadership roles at several Minnesota nonprofits including the Minneapolis-based neighborhood organization Longfellow Community Council where she was Executive Director. She also worked with the Southeast Asian Community Council, YouthCARE/Camp Sunrise, and Youth Frontiers. Stephanie also spent two years instructing and developing programs with Outward Bound in South Africa and drove new voters to the polls during their first democratic elections in 1994. She has served in several nonprofit volunteer leadership roles including as board member of the Resource Center of the Americas and as strategic planning committee member with YouthCARE. Stephanie participated in Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange Program to India in 2010, and is an alumnus of Leadership Twin Cities.
Stephanie has a M.A. degree in public policy from the Humphrey Institute and a B.A. degree in history from Dartmouth College.
College of Biological Sciences
Tami Jauert joined the University of Minnesota in 2003 in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development as an informational representative. In 2005 she assumed the duties of a personnel specialist, focusing her effort on payroll and employee relation needs for graduate students in two large PhD programs. In September 2012, Tami was promoted into her current role as human resource consultant for the College of Biological Sciences. In this role, she provides strategic guidance and coaching regarding HR policy interpretation and best practices, workforce planning, employee and labor relations, and performance management.
Tami was a member of the 2011 Women’s Leadership Institute cohort and earned her bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University. Outside of work, Tami enjoys reading books with her two children and movie night with her husband.
Director of Strategic Enrollment Management
U of M Duluth
Mary Keenan was appointed director of strategic enrollment management at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) in July 2012. Beginning in August 2011, Keenan led the University’s strategic process for enrollment planning and action plan development. Prior to her current position, Keenan held positions in student retention, academic advising, and new student programs. Keenan has presented at national and regional conferences, including the National Symposium on Student Retention and the National Academic Advising Association annual conference. Keenan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and a Master of Liberal Studies degree, both from the University of Minnesota.
U of M Law School Library
Dawn Kildow is the administrative director for the University of Minnesota Law School Library. Her responsibilities include financial oversight and accounting, human resources, and management of the Law Library facilities.
Dawn earned her B.A. degree from Chapman University and her M.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to working at the University of Minnesota, Dawn worked at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) for nine years. She served for four years as a credential counselor in the Office of Student Services, after which she took over administrative management responsibilities for the Teacher Education Program. Dawn moved to Minnesota after accepting an offer to take over administrative coordination for the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity (formerly, Institute on Race & Poverty), a research institute with the University of Minnesota Law School. After five years of service with the Institute, she joined the Law Library staff.
Director of Student Affairs
School of Dentistry
Sara N. Johnson is the director of student affairs in the School of Dentistry. Prior to joining the school, Sara was an advisor in the College of Biological Sciences, also at the University of Minnesota. Sara previously held positions at University of Iowa Health Care and Deloitte Consulting. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa.
Lisa Johnston is an associate librarian in the University Libraries. In her position as the research services librarian and co-director the University Digital Conservancy, the University of Minnesota's institutional repository, she coordinates the Libraries' efforts around researcher support services with a particular focus on digital curation of research and scholarship. Prior to this position, she served as a physical sciences and engineering librarian to the Physics, Astronomy, and Geology departments at the U of M(2007-2011). Her current research areas of focus are scientific data curation, open access models for archiving research publications and data, and educational approaches to training faculty, staff, and students in data management skills and best practices. She has a Masters of Library Science and Bachelors of Science in Astrophysics, both from Indiana University.
Manager, OHR Contact Center
Office of Human Resources
Lori Mein joined the University in the Office of Human Resources in June 1982 and is currently managing OHR’s Contact Center. Lori’s primary role is as the customer service manager overseeing the OHR Helpline, Position Management and Data Integrity. The Contact Center is the gateway into the Office of Human Resources, providing general and specific information to staff, faculty, students, alumni and applicants.
Lori received a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from the University of Minnesota. Lori has been a volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation for the past five years bringing awareness of kidney disease and organ donation.
Chief of Staff
Office of Information Technology
Ben Neeser joined the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology in 2006. Initially hired as a technical writer, Ben has provided a broad range of communications functions in his first five years at the University, gaining broad purview of information technology at UMN. Beginning in the spring of 2012, Ben started working in the Office of the Vice President for OIT. Much of his focus over that time has been on helping to create alignment across the entire IT function at the University of Minnesota, and helping all IT staff, regardless of which unit they report to, feel like they are a part of one team: IT@UMN.
Ben received a master’s degree in scientific and technical communication from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and cat, and is a recreational distance runner.
Career and Internship Services, Office for Student Affairs
Heidi Perman has worked at various departments around the University of Minnesota since 1996. She currently works as an assistant director at Career and Internship Services within the Office for Student Affairs. In this role, she works individually with students, teaches career courses, serves as the liaison for the College of Design, supervises staff and also manages the office's marketing and communications efforts. During her career she has provided leadership on many University wide committees and currently serves as the chairperson for the Career Development Network Diversity Committee.
Heidi has a Bachelor of Science degree in English education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Arts degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Director of Education
Office for Equity and Diversity
Anne Phibbs has served as director of education for the Office for Equity and Diversity since August, 2011. Prior to this position, Anne directed the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office, also within the Office for Equity and Diversity. For 11 years, Anne served as the first-ever director of GLBT Student Services at Metropolitan State University, and still teaches gender studies courses there as a community faculty member. Anne earned her PhD in philosophy with a minor in feminist studies at the University of Minnesota.
Director of Student Activities/Sargeant Student Center
U of M Crookston
Lisa Samuelson joined the University of Minnesota Crookston campus in 2002 and has been the director of student activities/Sargeant Student Center since 2005. Prior to her current position Lisa was the assistant director of residential life. In her current role, Lisa is responsible for the advisement and oversight of student government, the programming board, student clubs and the information desk. Additionally, Lisa leads several campus committees including: Concerts and Lectures, Student Awards, Retention, Student Service Fee, and the UMC Women’s Commission. Lisa considers herself to be truly fortunate as through her work she is able to make a significant positive impact in the lives of students on a daily basis, and finds no greater professional joy than to witness first-hand an “ah hah” moment.
Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999 and her M.B.A. in 2001, both from North Dakota State University. She was a participant in the Women’s Leadership Institute in 2008-2009 and is anticipating a doctoral program in the near future.
Molly Schwartz joined the University of Minnesota in August 2012. As communications director for the Graduate School, Molly leads the development and implementation of the unit’s communications and public relations strategies. Molly serves as a key liaison between the Graduate School and the President's and Provost's Offices, University Relations, Academic Support Resources and the Office for Student Affairs to ensure successful coordination of effective internal and external communication related to the work of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education.
Prior to her position at the U of M, Molly worked in marketing and communications at design firm Little & Company and at Pillsbury United Communities, a non-profit based in Minneapolis. Molly received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Minnesota in 1998. She returned to the U of M nearly ten years later to earn her master’s degree in strategic communication at the University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Department of Medicine
Angie Simonson joined the University of Minnesota in 2005 and is currently a financial analyst in the Department of Medicine. In her position, Angie manages clinical contract revenue, drafts financial terms for clinical contracts, completes financial analyses for department leadership, assists in the implementation of the faculty compensation plan, and develops the internal process for recording changes in compensation for over 200 faculty members. Before she was in her current role, Angie was the administrative director for the Division of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases and the Division of Renal Disease and Hypertension.
Angie received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and cultural studies from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dianne Sivald has been the Grant Manager for University of Minnesota, Extension since September of 2009. She manages Extension's program development grants and sponsored projects for Extension's four outreach centers: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, Youth Development, Family Development and Community Vitality and also Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Dianne has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota. Prior to becoming Extension's grant manager, she was a senior development officer at Minnesota Public Radio with a portfolio of state and federal grant programs.
Director of Student Activities
Conferences and Special Events, U of M Morris
David Swenson has been the Director of Student Activities, Conferences and Special Events at the University of Minnesota, Morris since 2004. In this role, he oversees the campus' New Student Orientation program, advises the Campus Activities Council, manages the Student Center, works with student organizations and leadership, coordinates the student service fees committee and assures that the campus has an engaged and active co-curricular life. In addition to this, he also supervises Conferences and Special Events working with all major faculty events from named lectures to commencement, and all external use of campus facilities.
David has a bachelor's degree in theatre from Missouri Southern State University and a master's degree in counseling from Pittsburg State University.
IT Relationship Manager
College of Liberal Arts
Karen Swoverland joined the University of Minnesota in 1998, and the College of Liberal Arts in 2005. In her current role, she manages complex projects that help solve CLA’s ever-changing needs. Most recently, she co-hosted an all-day “web charrette” of over 70 CLA community members to reimagine the college’s approach to web communication and social media. Next, she will be spearheading the establishment of relationship management principles within CLA’s IT unit.
Karen received her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro in 1996 and has completed MBA coursework through the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. She holds several ITIL-related credentials and is pursuing ITIL Expert and PMP certifications. Karen anonymously donated her kidney in September of 2012 through the University of Minnesota Medical Center and is an advocate for living donation through the National Kidney Foundation.
Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program Director
College of Continuing Education
Danielle began at the University of Minnesota in 1997 as a graduate student in the Department of English. While completing her Ph.D., she decided that student services was a better professional fit than becoming a professor, and began her professional career as an adviser in the College of Liberal Arts. In 2005, she became the Director of the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program, a state-funded program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take classes on college campuses.
Danielle has her B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Wyoming, and her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is currently also enrolled in the CEHD Curriculum and Development Learning Technologies M.Ed. program.
College of Pharmacy
Stacy Tomhave joined the College of Pharmacy in 2004 as a student services coordinator working with prospective pharmacy students on the Duluth campus. She was appointed as admissions coordinator in 2008 and currently oversees admissions for the pharmacy program. She works closely with faculty, staff, and students to manage the admissions process which includes interviewing and enrolling students on both the Duluth and Twin Cities campuses. Prior to joining the College of Pharmacy, Stacy worked at the University of Wisconsin-Superior serving as a residence hall director for four years and later associate director of residence life and staffing for four years.
Stacy holds a BS in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a MS in counseling and student personnel from Mankato State University. In her free time, she enjoys biking with her family and teaching karate to children with differing abilities.