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.
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.