Spring 2013

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Thomas Odell, ’72 MBA, is now serving a two-year term as the mayor of Sammish, Wash., population 47,000.

Barbara Mowry, ’75 MBA, has been appointed chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Board of Directors. Before joining the Kansas City head office board, she served on the Denver Branch Board of Directors and the Bank’s Economic Advisory Council. She is the CEO at GoreCreek Advisors.

Cindy Rodahl, ’76 BSB, is executive vice president of human resources and communications at Carlson, the global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn.


Tom Collison, ’80 BSB, recently retired from U.S. Bancorp after a 30-year career as an investment advisor.

Rebecca Driscoll, ’81 MBA, was featured in the latest volume of Pollen.

Barbara Edwards Farley, ’84 BS, is the 14th president of Illinois College. She was previously the vice president of academic affairs and dean at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

Douglas Vitek, ’88 MBA, is a senior vice president at Minneapolis-based Dougherty Funding.

Aleda Marshall, ’89 BSB, retired as a CPA from Siemens Westinghouse to full-time ministry, working with senior neighbors and those not visited in nursing homes. She has authored two books, No, Never Alone and Land of the Homeless Brave.

Gene Neshek, ’89 MBA, is now working as the vice president of engineering at Aero Electronics in Titusville, Fla.

Christopher Sebald, ’89 MBA, is president of Advantus Capital Management in St. Paul. Formerly the firm’s executive vice president and CIO, he continues to serve as CIO.


Mark Henneman, ’90 MBA, was named a 2012 Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Year by Morningstar. He manages the Mairs & Power Growth Fund.

David Sikkink, ’90 BSB, is the acting zone administrator for the Hawaii Foreign Trade Zone No. 9 and also has appeared in about 15 episodes of the CBS television show Hawaii Five-O.

Don DeMorett, ’92 MEP, is chief operating officer of MOCON, Inc. based in Minneapolis. He had been on MOCON’s board of directors since 2006.

John Gustafson, ’92 BSB, is vice president ecommerce, mobile, and distribution for US Airways in Tempe, Ariz.

Dave Davis, ’93 MBA, is vice president and CFO of Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. in Los Angeles. He was previously CFO of Northwest Airlines Corporation and US Airways Group.

Terry Sandven, ’93 MBA, is chief equity strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Minneapolis.

Mark Stoering, ’93 MBA, was recently promoted to president and CEO at Northern States Power Company-Wisconsin, an Xcel Energy Company. Stoering has served as a member of the Carlson School Alumni Advisory Board (AAB), including two years as AAB President.

Laura Newinski, ’94 MBT, has been promoted to the role of national managing partner of tax at KPMG LLP in Minneapolis.

Jeffrey Spethmann, ’94 MBA, is vice president, exhaust and emissions of Donaldson Company, Inc. in Minneapolis.

Mike Magnuson, ’95 MBA, is the site director at 3M in Hutchinson, Minn.

Sheila Peyraud, ’96 MEP, has been promoted to vice president and chief technology officer at Donaldson Company in Minneapolis.

Chris Carlisle, ’93 BSB, ’98 MBA, has been named vice president of marketing and consumer affairs, Jarden Home Brands in Daleville, Ind. He is responsible for Ball® Brand Canning Goods and Diamond® Brand Casual Entertaining Products.


Marc Detampel, ’00 MA-HRIR, is a partner at Ernst & Young LLP. He leads the firm’s Midwest Human Resources Performance Improvement practice in Chicago.

Adam McCombs, ’00 BSB, is executive vice president of professional services and strategy at LaSalle Solutions, an IT live-cycle asset management service company based in Chicago.

Brandon Wayne, ’01 BSB, has acquired the financial planning practice of Stephen I. Ross at Ameriprise Financial. Dufresne, Wayne & Associates, also of Ameriprise Financial, now manages $200 million for its clients in Minnesota and neighboring states.

Annie Young-Scribner, ’03 MBA, is president of Starbucks-Canada.

Nadia Keric, ’04 BSB, has relocated to Naples, Fla. Keric joined the Family Wealth Planning Group of Raymond James, providing comprehensive wealth management services to individuals and families in Southwest Florida.

Samir Keric, ’04 BSB, ’11 MBA, has relocated to Naples, Fla. He has maintained his role as associate operations director for Optum.

Jennifer Tichelaar, ’04 BSB, an attorney with the Gallagher Law Firm, has been appointed by the Michigan State Bar Association Board of Commissioners to serve on the State Bar Character and Fitness Committee. The committee investigates the character and fitness of candidates for admission to the bar. Tichelaar resides in Grand Rapids and focuses her practice on business, real estate, and probate litigation.

Bethany Mammenga, ’05 BSB, has accepted a new job as director of operations with CityKid Java in Minneapolis.

Evan Schnell, ’05 MBA, was named the first McKesson Fellow in more than six years. The fellows program rewards “Intentional Innovation” as demonstrated by a McKesson technologist who has a reputation for strategic delivery and innovation. This elite award and designation recognizes current and sustained accomplishments over many years with the company.

Brian Arneson, ’06 MBA, is president and chief operating officer of Sovran, Inc., a Minnesota-based technology solutions provider.

Lars Leafblad, ’06 MBA, was mentioned in Twin Cities Business magazine for being a “Top Nonprofit Leader.” He founded Pollen, the regional social network with more than 4,000 members and counting. He also has joined the St. Paul-based Bush Foundation as its new head of leadership programs.

Anna Simanovsky, ’07 BSB, is an assurance HR manager at PwC in Minneapolis.

Stacy Crakes, ’08 MBA, is the business development manager for the Scott County [Minn.] Community Development Agency.

Alex Detrick, ’08 MBA, is president of Sol Inspirations, a nonprofit organization that has launched an eco-friendly certification for fashion labels.

Parker Schultz, ’08 BSB, recently got engaged to Kristina Bruns and was promoted to senior consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Minneapolis.

Sawan Patel, ’09 BSB, has joined Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren in Minneapolis as a corporate attorney representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established companies in a variety of business matters.

Jon Podvin, ’09 BSB, has accepted a place in the 2015 MBA Class of London Business School, where he plans to study international business, finance, and strategy. He and his wife, Mary Podvin (nee Krepel), ’09 BSB, will be moving to the U.K. at the end of July.


Charlie Youakim, ’10 MBA, is a managing partner of PassportParking, a leader in the parking industry with high-tech, cloud-based parking solutions. Its flagship product is PassportParking Mobile Pay.

Andy Post, ’10 BSB, is the grassroots director of Minnesota for Americans for Prosperity, a political nonprofit that advocates for and educates citizens on economic freedom issues.

Nick Pilger, ’10 BSB, is employed with the American Cancer Society, where he is the community relations staff partner for five high school Relay for Life events in the Twin Cities.

In Memoriam

Ken Kaplan, ’61 BS, passed away in February 2013.

Margaret Murray, ’82 MBA, passed away in December 2012.

Rachel Ann Kowalski Roen, ’89 MA-HRIR, passed away in November 2012.

Steven LeBarron, ’95 MBA, passed away in October 2012.

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