Beth Holger-Ambrose ’98 MNM ’04
Beth Holger-Ambrose graduated from Hamline University in 1998 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and anthropology. She received a master of nonprofit management degree in 2004. Holger-Ambrose began her social justice work through MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group), volunteering at Simpson Shelter and internships through Native American Repatriation at the Science Museum and for Paul Wellstone (both through Hamline).
Upon graduation, she worked as a street outreach worker and case manager for runaway, homeless and sexually exploited youth for Avenues and The Bridge in Minneapolis. Then she went to work for the state of Minnesota as their Homeless Youth Services Coordinator which oversaw policy and legislation, program development, administration of funding and coordination of services for homeless youth as well as the Safe Harbor-No Wrong Door Response. She is currently the Executive Director of a nonprofit called The Link which provides services and housing for homeless youth and young families, juvenile justice programs and shelter, housing and services for sexually exploited youth.
Holger-Ambrose is a Bush Leadership Fellow and a former recipient of the Virginia McKnight-Binger Award in Human Services. She has also published research in the Journals of Adolescent Medicine (2011) and Child Sexual Abuse (2013). Holger-Ambrose lives in south Minneapolis with her wife and one-year old son. She also still enjoys running, as she did in her college days for Hamline’s cross country and track teams under Shawn Johnson Hipp. Read more.
Shanelle Evens Montana graduated from Hamline University in 2006 with a double major in environmental studies and legal studies. She describes her “day job” as “a project developer for EDF Renewable Energy. I focus on developing utility scale wind and solar projects, as well as driving Minnesota renewable energy policy.” Shanelle, along with her husband, Chris Montana JD ’13, is co-owner of Du Nord Craft Spirits. At Du Nord, Shanelle manages marketing, regulatory requirements, and public relations. “My husband and I also have an 18-month-old who is the center of our world. As you can imagine, we are often running on fumes, but we wouldn't change it for anything!” Read more.
Jennifer Pennington has come a long way from her first job picking strawberries on her family's fruit and vegetable farm. This spring, she will receive her master of public administration from Hamline University. Jennifer has spent 18 years working with nonprofits and served on a number of nonprofit boards. She is launching the first arts organization to become a public benefit corporation, Can Can Wonderland whose social purpose is to be an economic engine for the arts. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband and their two daughters. Read more.
Kari Christesen MBA ’11
Kari Christesen graduated from Hamline School of Business in 2011 with a desire to change her future. After ten years as a recruiter, and completing the Hamline MBA program, she decided to make a radical change in career and transition into the world of finance. Hamline taught her that she could use her new found interest in finance and blend it with her human resources experience. After four years recruiting finance individuals at Ecolab, Inc., Kari made the transition to a senior financial analyst role. Now, more than two years after making the move, she has found her true passion working in finance within the healthcare division at Ecolab, Inc. "If you chase your dreams, you can change your future."
Jeff Freeland Nelson ’94
Jeff Freeland Nelson is founder and CEO of YOXO, a sustainable toy company based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Jeff has twenty years of leadership experience in creative and executive roles across the for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors, including the Minnesota Children’s Museum and American Public Media. The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits recently recognized Jeff as a "Catalytic Leader of the Year." The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal also named him as one of the Twin Cities’ most successful professionals under age 40. Jeff holds a BA in theatre arts from Hamline University and an MPA from Harvard University. He is also a part-time carpenter, designer, electrician, musician, sculptor, painter and restorer of old barns, and full-time husband and father of two amazing kids. See who motivated Jeff most while a Hamline student.
Leah Driscoll MNM ’12
Leah Driscoll received her master in nonprofit management from Hamline in December 2012. For her final capstone project, Leah researched urban “food deserts” and explored solutions for increasing access to healthy foods in low-income, urban neighborhoods. This work led her, with her husband, Mike, to develop the Twin Cities Mobile Market, a former Metro Transit bus converted into a grocery store-on-wheels that sells fresh produce and healthy foods at below-market prices. Now a program of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, the Mobile Market launched in December 2014 and serves 18 locations on a weekly basis. Leah now serves as the program’s manager at the Wilder Foundation. Read more.
Jim Hayes ’94
You could say that head Hamline men's basketball coach Jim Hayes came home to Hamline. As a student, he played basketball for Hamline for four seasons and is ranked fifth in career rebounds and ninth in points. He served as an assistant coach here for a decade afterwards and also worked as an administrative assistant in the athletic department. In 2013, he was named head coach.
During his time as a student athlete, the two-year captain and all-MIAC player led the Pipers to a rare playoff appearance in his senior season, 1993-94. Upon graduation, he stayed at his alma mater, serving as an assistant for the next ten seasons. HU became a defensive stalwart in that time period. In his final season here, the Pipers finished second in the league without the ball, holding opponents to just 41.5 percent accuracy. Read more.
Jake Walsh ’10
Jake Walsh graduated from Hamline with a degree in biology in 2010. He is currently wrapping up his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Center for Limnology (CFL). His research has focused on the spiny water flea, an economically and ecologically invasive species that has plagued Madison’s chain of lakes since 2009. His research has allowed him to dig deeper into the applied questions regarding invasive species, like “modeling the lakes’ vulnerability to invasions; quantifying invasive species’ ecological and economic impacts; and structuring how we think about and manage invasions, particularly here in the Midwest.” Read more.
Derek Johnson ’03
Derek Johnson, a 2003 theatre arts major, is an award-winning commercial and music video producer with Mirada Studios in Los Angeles. In his role as a post and visual effects producer, he’s produced numerous national and international projects for clients including Team Detroit, Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, Ogilvy, Publicis, Target, inHouse, and more. Working with Capital Records, he produced the Grammy nominated video “Safe and Sound” for Capitol Cities, which also garnered him an MTV Video Music Award (VMA) win. He also produced the videos for Katy Perry’s “Roar” and “Dark Horse,” the latter being his second consecutive VMA win, when it took home Best Female Video. “Dark Horse” has since gone on to win Best Video at the European Music Awards and has become the most-watched on-line video, world-wide, in 2014. Most recently, he was one of several producers on U2’s video “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” off of their latest album. Read more.
Tracey Tennyson Peters ’04
Tracey Tennyson Peters, a 2004 social justice major, is a familiar face at Hamline. Tracey joined the Hamline staff in 2011, working in the admissions office, and became director of university events in 2012. Her role includes planning everything from commencement ceremonies, internal events for students, faculty and staff, formal academic ceremonies, holiday parties, and Hamline's booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
Tracey lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two-year-old son. When she's not busy planning Hamline events or being mom, she enjoys working out, running races, and being a Twin Cities foodie. Read more.
Nicole Flam ’08
Nicole Flam graduated from Hamline in 2008 with a double major in studio arts and psychology. After working two years in the field of mental health, she shifted her career focus to her fine arts degree. In 2010, she discovered the field of art conservation while working part-time at Hamline as the slide librarian and museum registrar.
In the four years since, Nicole has been preparing for a graduate degree in art conservation. In 2013, she received a Genevieve Rust Ehlers Fellowship, which allowed her to complete a year-long internship studying stone conservation at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, Italy. She is currently in the process of applying to the three art conservation programs offered in the United States. Read more.
John Koziol, Jr. ’79
John Koziol, Jr. graduated from Hamline in 1979 with BA in music education. John’s teaching career spans more than 25 years, teaching instrumental music and directing band for grades 5-12 in Minnesota. In 1995, John joined the faculty of Hamline as adjunct professor of music and director of Hamline’s jazz program.
An established professional pianist and keyboardist, John has shared the stage with musicians from bands like Journey, Toto, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Survivor. Locally, he plays with Steve Clarke and the Working Stiffs, The Zebra Mussels, Heartbreaker, and The Jerry O'Hagan Big Band. John also performs at various local churches. Read more.
Ben Shaw ’03 JD ’12
Ben Shaw graduated from Hamline University in 2003 with a double major in philosophy and legal Studies and received a paralegal certificate. He worked as a paralegal until starting law school at Hamline University School of Law in 2009. After passing the bar, Ben was hired as an attorney at his current firm. Ben is now an Associate Attorney at Ferdinand F. Peters, Esq. Law Firm. He has continued writing and performing music since college performing in various bands and as a solo act. He currently plays banjo and percussion in the band Farewell Tenney (modern folk/Americana).
Allen Eskens JD ’91
Allen Eskens JD ’91 releases first novel, The Life We Bury
In the early 1990s, when Hamline Law student Allen Eskens was informed that his Jessup International Moot Court team’s appellate brief was deemed the best in the world, his first thought was, “Maybe I can make it as a novelist!” His premonition proved to be right.
Alex Morawiecki ’06
Alex Morawiecki graduated from Hamline in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a double minor in Business Management and Communication Studies. Following his time at Hamline, he began his career in coaching and has held assistant coaching positions at Xavier University, Northern Illinois University with the men's programs and Concordia University - Saint Paul with the women's team. He begins his third season as the Head Coach of the Hamline Men's Soccer team this year.
Brian Johnson ’87
Brian Johnson '87 first stepped onto the Hamline campus in the fall of 1983 and he's never left -- he loves Hamline that much. In his current role, Brian focuses on classroom and event technology.
Brian lives in St. Paul, and when he is not at Hamline, spends his time on his music, his real passion. He says that music can denote a time, place, and emotion. Catch him playing the bass with Ibaba at the Big Bash, Saturday, October 11 during Alumni Weekend.
Lindsay Conrad ’04
Lindsay Conrad, a former cross country and track athlete, graduated from Hamline University in 2004 with a major in sociology, and embarked on a career in advertising. As an athlete, she found that yoga was a great way to stay fit and injury free for long distance running. With a strong background in running and yoga practice, Lindsay changed directions deciding to pursue what has been her lifelong passion of fitness.
Howie Anderson ’70
When deciding where to attend college, Howie Anderson ’70 followed his heart and based part of his decision on the fact that his high school sweetheart was attending Concordia University, St. Paul. They were married forty-five years ago while in college and paid for it using the stipend that went with winning the Allan T. Bluhm Outstanding Junior Award.
At Hamline, Howie felt that the personal interest his professors and mentors paid him made his experience as a first-generation student remarkable.
Sean Pratt JD ’11: Reporting from Shanghai
Since February 2012, alumnus Sean Pratt JD ’11 has served as foreign counsel in the Shanghai branch of the Global Law Office. He was admitted to practice in New York in 2011 and Minnesota in 2012. In addition to speaking, reading, and writing Mandarin Chinese, Sean has a master’s degree in Chinese language and literature from the University of Minnesota and did research in Tianjin, China, during 2000-2001.
Ann Donaldson Hazen ’76
Ann Donaldson Hazen ’76 ran away to New York City after graduating from Hamline. She has been living a really big adventure ever since. She has sung professionally in opera, concert, and recital settings throughout the United States as well as in Europe.
The Origin of the Hamline Law Twins Home Opener Tradition
I was the founder of the first Hamline University School of Law Twins Home Opener event. It was the Spring of 1981, and the last home opener to be held at the old Met Stadium. It was an afternoon game, and after a long brutal winter, and our first year of law school, I knew my class mates would be ready to get outside for a afternoon of beer and baseball.
Lady Macbeth Remanded for Competency Hearing
Lynn Boughey JD ’83 was one of three Hamline Law Alumni who participated in the cases of Scotland v. Macbeth & Lady Macbeth and Denmark v. Hamlet in Fargo, ND in April. Lynn, who represented Hamlet, Macbeth, and Lady Macbeth, is a Bismarck lawyer, author and Shakespeare scholar. Robert Martin JD ’88, a North Dakota public defender and a candidate for judgeship, represented Denmark. Birch Burdick JD ’92, North Dakota’s Cass County Attorney, represented Scotland.
DeeDee Shogren LeMier ’06
DeeDee Shogren LeMier ’06 is applying what she learned through her Hamline degree directly to her alma mater. Several experiences highlighted where DeeDee wanted to focus her career: on people moving from one stage of life to another. While an undergraduate she worked with incoming students as an SOS Leader and graduating students as a Student Alumni Board member.
Carrie Bakken JD ’98
It wasn’t too long after Carrie Bakken JD ’98 received her law degree, that she tried something completely different and never looked back. In 2001, Carrie and a group of teachers founded the Avalon School, a Saint Paul charter school that is teacher-led and where students learn through self-directed, project-based study.
Desta Collier Klein ’99
Since her time at Hamline, Desta Collier Klein ’99 has applied her education to become an entrepreneur with values in the Twin Cities.
As a child, both of Desta’s parents worked in the restaurant industry and she followed in their footsteps by bartending and waiting tables prior to college. This proved to be a great way to have a flexible schedule and learn how the hospitality-side of a restaurant functioned.
Michael Martinez JD ’07
Michael Martinez JD ’07 was in town from Washington DC last semester, when he offered to meet up with a group of current law students exploring careers in our Nation’s Capital. Michael, who attended Hamline Law as a weekend student while serving as a project and team manager at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, landed a job with the Obama Administration in 2009.
Jonathan T. Trexler JD ’03
Admitted to the bar in Minnesota, New York and New Jersey, Jon Trexler JD ’03 has practiced law in New York City since 2009. A Minnesota native, Jon moved to Manhattan after four years representing clients in commercial and real estate matters with a Brainerd, MN law firm. Jon said when he first arrived, he set about building his law practice “brick by brick” to show his commitment to the local New York City market.
Robert Mikulak '64
Hamline alumnus Robert Mikulak '64 has dedicated his career to stopping the proliferation of chemical weapons with the ultimate goal of eradicating them altogether. He is at the forefront of that work on a global stage in his role as the United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) located in The Hague, The Netherlands. The OPCW recently received one of the highest honors in the international community when it was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
Patrick M. Kelley JD ’95
Patrick M. Kelley JD ’95 is director and regulatory counsel at Asurion Corporation, a privately held corporation headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. Asurion is one of the country’s leading providers of technology protection plans for cell phones and home electronic products. Pat’s exposure to in-house corporate counsel work began in his third year of law school when he interned at Best Buy.
An Authoritative Career
Alumna Christina Bruno JD ’95 graduated eighteen years ago yet neither time nor distance have diminished the strong connections with her classmates who are spread across the country. Thus, in 2010, when she received an invitation to attend a classmate’s wedding in New Jersey, Christina instinctively knew the wedding set the scene for a mini-class reunion as well the celebration of a marriage.
Kyle Hahn '12 Talks About Life After Hamline
After graduating from Hamline, Kyle Hahn '12 has been keeping busy. Here’s a glimpse of what he’s been up to and how his time at Hamline helped him get there.
Two recent alums honored by ABA
Alumni Sarah Jewell JD '11 and Malika Kanodia JD ’10, co-chairs of the Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyer Section Diversity Committee, led a team selected as first-place winner in the ABA Young Lawyer Division’s 2012-2013 Next Steps Challenge competition.
Hamline Law Alums Join Forces
Transactional lawyer Brad Rapp JD ’93 knew early on he wanted to return to his home state of Texas to practice law. Now, 25 years later, Brad is a founder and principal at Rapp & Krock, PC, in Houston, Texas.
Volin helps victims break free
Noelle Volin JD ’11 originally went to law school to be an FBI agent, “to get the bad guys.” But it wasn’t too long before Noelle figured out that, “Fighting for victims is what I’m meant to do.” Noelle was awarded the Hamline Law Student Bar Association’s inaugural “Young Alumni Award,” at its Barrister’s Ball in February, for her groundbreaking work with the St. Paul-based nonprofit Breaking Free.
A Passion for Research
It was just a few years ago that Michael Pesko '07, a young man from Shell Lake, Wisconsin, walked across the graduation stage and turned his tassel, marking the completion of his undergraduate degree at Hamline University. Using his Hamline education, it did not take him long to accomplish many things, including recently becoming a tenure-track faculty member at an Ivy League school.
For the Love of Leadership
Some people enjoy knitting -- Jozie Nummi ’11 enjoys leadership training. “I like personal development -- striving to reach the next step,” says the junior global studies major and social justice and legal studies double minor. “Leadership training is collaborative and constructive.”
Chris Messerly didn’t think he’d done anything heroic. Well, yes. He had won his case. It was a big case, too, one that went all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court. But winning was what he’d been hired to do. As a partner in the Minneapolis office of the law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, winning cases was just one part of his job description. It didn’t mean he was a hero.