Board of Directors

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is overseen by a volunteer board of alumni from around the world.

About the Board of Directors

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is a 501©3 non-profit organization governed by a board of 27 directors. The Board of Directors represents at-large, council and ex-officio positions. See archived minutes of board meetings here.

Board Officers


Sandra Ulsaker Wiese

Graduation Year/Degree: B.A. ’81, Political Science; J.D. ’84, William Mitchell College of Law
Career: Currently vice president of government affairs and law for Data Recognition Corporation; previously vice president of government affairs at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and assistant vice president of law and corporate secretary at The St. Paul Companies, Inc.; have also served in both state and federal government positions.
Interests and Hobbies: Gopher sports, politics, golf, tennis, and volunteer activities.
Favorite U of M memory: Walking down University Avenue from my sorority house to the football stadium on a crisp fall day to attend a Gopher football game; a congressional internship that impacted my career choice; and great U of M professors and classes.


Doug Huebsch

Graduation Year/Degree: B.A. ’85, Agricultural and Applied Economics
Career: Agriculture, retail, and real estate development, Otter Tail County Commissioner
Interests and Hobbies: Family, travel, Minnesota’s lakes, hunting, spectator sports, reading, agriculture.
Favorite U of M Memory: Graduation, Farmhouse, and having all three of my children attend the U of M.


Laura Moret

Graduation Year/Degree: B.A. ’76, History; M.B.A. ’81, Finance; J.D. ‘86
Career: Financial Services Attorney
Interests and Hobbies: Travel, Gopher sports, and baseball.
Favorite U of M Memory: Going to Gopher basketball and football games.


Scott Wallace

Graduation Year/Degree: BSB ’80, Accounting
Career: Managing Director for Salo LLC, a human resources consulting organization
Interests and Hobbies: Golf, reading, and spending time with my family
Favorite U of M Memory: Graduation at Northrop in front of my wife and family. I was the first member of my family to graduate from college

Dan McDonald, Chair

Dan McDonald
Past Chair

Graduation Year/Degree: B.E.E. '82; J.D. '85
Career: Lawyer concentrating in intellectual property litigation for Merchant and Gould, P.C. Head of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.
Interests and Hobbies: Tennis, biking, traveling, and raising five kids.
Favorite U of M Memory: Sophomore year internship for Representative Bill Frenzel in Washington DC during fall quarter 1980.


Matt Kramer
President's Designate

Career: Vice President, University Relations


Lisa Lewis
Alumni Association President and CEO

Graduation Year/Degree: University of South Florida, marketing and public relations
Career: 26 years of alumni association experience, serving most recently as executive director for the University of Connecticut Alumni Association, and before that in alumni relations positions for the University of South Florida.
Favorite U of M Memory: Seeing Northrop Mall for the first time.

Board of Directors


Jim Abrahamson
At-Large Director

Graduation Year/Degree: BS ’81, Business Administration
Career: Chief Executive Officer of Interstate Hotels and Resorts
Interests and Hobbies: Golf, all outdoor activities, classical music, opera, and art
Favorite U of M Memory: The West Bank, football Saturdays at Bierman Field, and basketball at the Barn


Eric Brotten
Student and Recent Alumni Council Director

Graduation Year/Degree: BS ’03, Economics; BA ’03 German
Career: Vice President of Global Products at Optum, a global healthcare corporation
Interests and Hobbies: Travel, home brewing, running, and volunteering
Favorite U of M Memory: Semester study abroad to Freiburg, Germany and watching Goldy slide down the dangerous Metrodome steps on a snow sled


Rachel Cardwell
Minnesota Professional Student Government President

Graduation Year/Degree: J.D. ’18
Career: Student
Interests and Hobbies: Aspiring queso connoisseur and lover of 60 Minutes
Favorite U of M Memory: Seeing Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor speak


Pat Duncanson
At-Large Director

Graduation Year/Degree: B.B.A. ’83, Agricultural Business Administration
Career: Owner/Partner, Duncanson Farms


Natasha Freimark
Young Alumni Council Director

Graduation Year/Degree: B.A. '95, Journalism
Career: Events and Marketing Director at Fort Worth magazine and FW Inc.
Interests and Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, dogs, travel, athletics, theater, the arts and music, and volunteerism.
Favorite U of M Memory: Many! Graduation commencement by Hillary Clinton, working as a nursing assistant at the U of MN Medical Center, the Minnesota Daily, Gopher sporting events and late nights at Bullwinkle's Saloon.

Catherine French, Faculty Consultative Committee Representative

Catherine French
Faculty Consultative Committee Representative

Graduation Year/Degree: BCE ‘79, Civil Engineering
Career: Professor, University of Minnesota
Interests and Hobbies: Drawing, skiing, and hiking
Favorite U of M Memory: Great friends and working as an undergraduate research assistant


Chad Haldeman
Collegiate Council Director

Graduation Year/Degree: B.A. '08, Journalism
Career: Advisor and management consultant, Generate Consulting Star
Interests and Hobbies: Family, biking, gardening, travel, and arts.
Favorite U of M Memory: The many wonderful student/peer relationships and faculty inspiration.


Mark Jessen
At-Large Council Director

Graduation Year/Degree: BA ’85, Political Science
Career: Owner of Jessen Press, Inc.
Interests and Hobbies: Season ticket holder for University of Minnesota football and men’s basketball, golf, going to our cabin up north, and lawn bowling
Favorite U of M Memory: Many memories so tough to choose: Middlebrook Dorm, Football games, Campus Carni, great Professors. One that stands out even though it was kind of scary was the day I was studying for a French Mid-term at Wilson Library when I experienced severe chest pains. I stumbled across the Washington Avenue Bridge but ended up lying down on the lawn in front of Coffman. Two kindly professors from the Mechanical Engineering Department came to my aid and insisted they take me to Boynton where they diagnosed I had suffered a collapsed lung. The professors waited in the lobby until they knew I was ok. I was admitted to the University Hospital where I stayed for 4 days until my lung re-inflated and was well cared for. I visited the professors afterwards and thanked them for their help. The experience made me feel like I was part of a family at the U of M. And the French professor let me take the test upon my return…


Eric Kaler
President, University of Minnesota (ex-officio)

Graduation Year/Degree: Ph.D. '82, Chemical Engineering
Career: 16th president of the University of Minnesota.


Maureen Kostial
Collegiate Council Director

Graduation Year and Degree: B.S. '71
Career: Product designer and manufacturer, Wuxi Jinmao Interests and Hobbies: Family activities, travel, volunteering, reading and golf.
Favorite U of M Memory: Autumn on campus, homecoming, and ongoing discussions with professors about my future, business and design.


Quincy Lewis
Athletic Director Designate

Graduation Year and Degree: B.S. '04, Environmental Studies; M.Ed. '10, Educational Sports Management
Career: Development Officer, University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics.
Interests and Hobbies: Sports, outdoor, and the arts.


Peter Martin
At-Large Director

Graduation Year and Degree: B.A. '00, Political Science
Career: Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, Cambria USA; Served as Executive Director of Public Affairs for the Minnesota Twins and held community and government affairs with Piper Jaffray Companies, U.S. Bank, and Marquette Financial Companies
Interests and Hobbies: Golf, bird hunting, water skiing, boating, going to the cabin, family.
Favorite U of M Memory: Meeting my wife through Mark Allen (U of M Alumni Association) and Goldy Gopher!


Akira Nakamura
Geographic Council Director

Graduation Year/Degree: BS ’92, Business Administration
Career: I have been working in the financial industry since 1987, and have held various leadership positions in Japanese bank and GE capital. Currently, I am a general manager of business promotion at Lotte Capital, a financial company of Korean-Japanese conglomerate
Interests and Hobbies: I swim competitively focusing on open water races and I also play the jazz piano
Favorite U of M Memory: Working in the MBA office to help Carlson School’s efforts to recruit foreign students including those from Japan

Trish Palermo
Minnesota Student Association President


Roshini Rajkumar
At-Large Director

Graduation Year/Degree: B.A. ’93, Boston College; J.D. ‘97
Career: Professional speaker, executive coach, and radio host, formerly TV news reporter
Interests and Hobbies: Running, photography, travel, foodie.
Favorite U of M Memory: Many but two standouts: 1) The ceremony and festivities around law school graduation 2) As adjunct faculty for two years in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, seated on the stage attending the graduation for the class of 2007 and one of my students picking me up and spinning me around as I hugged her.


Clint Schaff
Geographic Council Director

Graduation Year/Degree: B.A. '00, Communications and Political Science
Career: Vice President, Strategy and Development, Los Angeles Times
Interests and Hobbies: Media, sports, music, politics and service, social media, social justice, the Internet, all things "geeky"
Favorite U of M Memory: Homecoming parades with friends on fraternity row.


Kathleen Schmidlkofer
President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Minnesota Foundation

Graduation Year/Degree: M.B.A. ‘97
Career: Executive leadership in the private and public sector.


Ann Sheldon
Collegiate Council Director

Graduation Year/Degree: BME ’88, Mechanical Engineering; ’04 Minnesota Executive Program Certificate
Career: Rosemount Inc: 1988-1993, NordicTrack: 1993-1995, Medtronic: 1995-Current
Interests and Hobbies: Playing golf, boating, fishing, downhill and cross country skiing, traveling, reading, and attending University of Minnesota activities
Favorite U of M Memory: Walking across the bridge between East and West Bank (what a beautiful view of the city) and most importantly, walking across the stage in Northrup to get my diploma!


Myah Walker
Collegiate Council Director

Graduation Year/Degree: BS ’10, Animal Science
Career: Production agriculture/food safety at Sparboe Farms
Interests and Hobbies: Traveling, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, volunteering at various poultry industry events and CFANS events, and sharing my story as a “city girl gone ag” in hopes of inspiring youth to pursue a career in agriculture
Favorite U of M Memory: My favorite memory from the U of MN would have to be my study abroad trip to Norway. I was able to earn my history credits through hands on study of the natural history of Norway and its similarities to Minnesota. It was an amazing experience learning about the native Sami culture, Norwegian wildlife, Norwegian agriculture, and their geological origins. The highlight of the trip was going to Runde Island and hiking to the top to see puffins in flight as they came in to nest for the evening. I’ll never forget how such a tiny bird could sound like a jet as it zipped by.


Tony Wagner
At-Large Council Director

Graduation Year/Degree: ’96, BSB Carlson School of Management
Career: 20 year career at Carlson, currently leading CWT Meetings & Events in the Americas
Interests and Hobbies: #Lakelife in Spicer, Gopher sports, public service serving on the Minnetonka City Council, travel, and creating memories with my wife (April) and two children (Kate & Will)
Favorite U of M Memory: Too many to mention – tops include serving as Student Body President, Gopher Basketball in the barn seated with 20 friends plus a last minute road trip to ’93 NIT finals in NYC, and the lasting friendships & memories made and experiences gained in my fraternity (Sigma Phi Epsilon).


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