Featured Alumni

Breanna Simon ’16
When she was 17, Breanna Simon started her own ice cream business, Bee’s Ice Cream, to help pay for college. It has grown to include a food trailer as well. After graduating from Hamline she started work toward a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in Health and Wellness Management. She juggles academics, small business ownership, and coaching youth hockey all while planning her upcoming wedding.  

Dr. Artika Tyner ’03
Hamline University helped Dr. Artika Tyner ’03 become a leader and a change agent and she is working to inspire others to find the courage and strength to do the same. Watch her TEDx Talk, learn about her award winning small business, and find out how she encourages students to unleash their inner superhero.  

Shannon Bitney MBA ’10

Shannon Bitney graduated from Hamline’s MBA program in 2010 with a concentration in Conflict and Negotiation. As an independent consultant helping organizations manage change, she frequently refers back to the skills she learned in the Hamline MBA program.

Roland Lang MBA '09
Roland Lang MBA ’09 is the Division Finance Manager for the Separations and Purification Sciences Division at 3M. Before moving to the United States, he worked for DaimlerChrysler in Europe. In 2010, he started his career at 3M as an M&A Analyst. He has held other positions such FP&A and Finance Business Counsel, or Finance Integration Manager roles at 3M. He enjoys the day-to-day interaction with customers, and the strategic component to support sustainable growth for 3M. Read more.

Spotlight: Dave Thorson ’89
Dave Thorson ’89 saw first-hand how hard work leads to improvement while playing basketball at Hamline. He has taken those lessons to DeLaSalle High School where he has led his team to eight state basketball titles. He is widely known for his energy and early morning practices - just what you'd expect from the 1986 Hamline basketball "Mr. Practice" award winner.

Justin Dahlheimer '06
In 2006, Justin Dahlheimer became the fifth generation of his family to graduate from Hamline University. Since then, he’s taken his passion for community economic development back home, to Osakis, Minnesota where Justin took over as President of the First National Bank of Osakis in 2016. After graduating with a BA in Economics and History from Hamline, Justin spent time working as a research associate with The Institute for Local-Self Reliance and eventually acquired a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota. Since moving back to Osakis in 2010, Justin has become avidly involved in his community as a volunteer firefighter, high school track & field and cross country coach, a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, and recently elected City Councilman.

Ingrid Christensen MAM ’06
Ingrid Christensen is the founder and President of INGCO International, a global language services firm that provides corporate on-site interpreting and document translation in over 200 languages. Formed in 2006, INGCO works with Fortune 500 companies like 3M, HB Fuller and Nike as well as many small and mid-sized companies and nonprofit organizations. 

Ingrid has been honored for her work and community commitment by the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Business Journal as a 40 Under 40, the Leader of the Pack award from the National Wolf Center, the Innovation in Service award on behalf of the National Association of Woman Owned Businesses and multiple Deubener Awards from the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce.  Read more.

Juan Grimaldo ’90 MAM ’04
Juan Grimaldo graduated from Hamline in 1990 with a double major in communication studies and French. After graduating, Juan dedicated his professional career to TV production and teaching English as a second language at a university in Medellin, Colombia. He returned to Hamline to expand his professional opportunities and earn a Master of Arts in Management. Upon completion, he returned to Colombia and has held a variety of rewarding positions. This past year, he became the Senior Press Information Specialist for the U.S. embassy in Bogota.

Tom Shu ’12
Over the past three years, Tom Shu ’12 has juggled the management of two start ups while also working on seven different projects spread over six states for Optum. He recently dropped by the Alumni House to share some Cold Brew Elixir from his company Blue Penguin Coffee and to share his thoughts on how Hamline helped him get to where he is today. Read more

Brandon Zeman ’14
Brandon Zeman graduated from Hamline in 2014 with a degree in finance. After graduation he accepted a role in Mergers & Acquisitions at UnitedHealth Group working on inorganic growth initiatives for Optum, UnitedHealth Group’s healthcare services division, where he closed eight deals representing $380 million in invested capital. Brandon is now a Venture Capital Associate at 301 INC, the venture capital arm of General Mills, where he evaluates and invests in disruptive food start-ups. He also advises 301 INC’s portfolio companies on growth strategies and key financial matters. Brandon is very passionate about entrepreneurship and enjoys helping entrepreneurs build their businesses. Read more.

Dave Polson ’69
Dave Polson's November, 2016 induction into the Piper Athletic Association Hall of Fame may be long overdue. Statistically, he is very deserving. Over forty years after his last intercollegiate basketball game, he still holds the record for the most career rebounds for a Piper. He averaged a double-double (double digit points and rebounds) over his four years on the basketball team and was the captain of the 1968-69 team. 

Yet his dedication to Hamline throughout his life may be what pushed his Hall of Fame nomination to the top. As Dave says, "I believe the terrific men and women who have been, and always will be Hamline, are HU's greatest asset." Read more about Dave's time before and after Hamline. 

Valerie Kelley Amsden ’03 MBA ’12
Valerie Kelley Amsden graduated from Hamline’s College of Liberal Arts in 2003 with a double major in Management and Economics, and completed her MBA at the Hamline School of Business in 2012. After a few years working in marketing, she joined Kelley Fuels in 2006, a wholesale distributor of petroleum products in Shakopee, Minnesota. Founded by her great uncle in 1939 and guided since by her grandfather and then her father, Val works hand-in-hand with her older brother to oversee daily operations, and they will officially be 3rd Generation owners in 2017. She is currently CFO and manages the Shell brand for locations throughout the Midwest. She has served on the Hamline CLA Alumni Board, and is the 2016 Board of Directors Chair of the National Association of Shell Marketers. She was recently nominated for a second term as NASM Chair for 2017. Val and her husband, Doug (CLA ’02), live in Burnsville, Minnesota, with their three children: son Carson, six, and daughters Piper (as in the Hamline Piper!) and Henley, four and two. Read more.


Amber Eisenschenk JD '12 MPA '15
Amber Eisenschenk graduated from Hamline University School of Law in 2012 and returned to complete a Master’s in Public Administration in 2015. She has always had an interest in government and got her first experience interning for former United States Congressman Jim Ramstad and then worked as an elections clerk for Anoka County. Amber has worked for the League of Minnesota Cities since law school, first as a law clerk and now as a research staff attorney. She lives with her husband Joe in Coon Rapids where Joe is a member of the Coon Rapids Fire Department. They have a two-year-old daughter and just welcomed a son this summer. Read more.


Patrick Keithahn ’92
Patrick Keithahn graduated from Hamline in 1992 with majors in English and sociology. His experiences editing The Oracle, working through writing intensive courses, and gaining skills through an internship helped him start a career in editing. He is now following a passion that he has worked at since age 12, fiction writing. Reviews of his first novel, Ring of Ages, are excellent and he is currently working on two more novels. Read more.

Kris Jensen '07 MNM '12
Kris Jensen earned both of her degrees from Hamline University, a BA in Women’s Studies in 2007 and a MA in Nonprofit Management in 2012. After a three and half year stint working in Washington D.C., Kris recently returned to the Twin Cities and is now proud to serve as the Basic Needs Program Manager at Keystone Community Services. In this role, she supervises four emergency food shelves and a crisis assistance program. Prior to Keystone Community Services, Kris served as the Volunteer and In-Kind Manager at Bread for the City, an anti-poverty organization in Washington D.C. Read more.

Serri Graslie '10
Serri Graslie graduated from Hamline in 2010 with a major in anthropology (and, unofficially, The Oracle). Shortly after graduating she moved to Washington, D.C., where she spent a year reporting and producing stories for NPR as a Kroc Fellow. Since then she has continued to work at the network as a producer and rundown editor for All Things Considered. Read more

Devin Monson '12
Devin Monson graduated from Hamline in 2012 with a major in exercise sports science and minor in education. He went back home to Thompson, ND after college and was the Assistant Cross Country coach at UND for one year before moving down to Austin, TX to run for Rogue Athletic Club. Rogue is an Olympic Development group that gives the opportunity to athletes who have the potential to make the Olympic trials but not the means/experience to get a big athletic contract. Read more


Patrick Hueller ’07
Patrick Hueller ’07 majored in English at Hamline has an MFA from the University of Minnesota. He is a writing instructor and academic specialist at Hamline. Through various pen names, he has written several YA and MG novels. "Foul", a sports-horror story written under the name Paul Hoblin, was described by Booklist as “the strongest entry yet in the Night Fall collection” and “unbearably tense.” The Beast (also as Paul Hoblin) was a School Library Journal selection. Read more.

Stacy L. Schaffer MPA '11

Stacy L. Schaffer is the Founder of 31:8 Project (a non-profit that educates others on the topic of human trafficking) and Development Officer for the North Dakota Humanities Council. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Before attending Hamline, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Behavioral Sciences from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND.  Stacy has dedicated much of her time towards advocating for human rights. In 2011, she was crowned Miss North Dakota International and represented a platform on combating human trafficking. She currently serves as a board member for the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and Farwest Rotary Club – Bismarck. She continues to work with organizations including the North Dakota Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network, North Dakota Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Commission, Not For Sale Campaign, and Soles4Souls. Stacy  resides in Bismarck, ND and credits her motivation, work ethic, and determination from growing up on a farm near the small town of Wishek, ND. Read more.

Jake Spano '91
 After graduating from Hamline with an art major, Jake worked as a sculptor, bronze foundry worker, and custom metal fabricator for several years before moving into managing some of the places he was working in.  About 10 years ago he quit his job, went to graduate school, and switched careers, moving into public policy/service. Since then, Jake has had an opportunity to serve on the staffs of U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and now as Deputy Secretary of State/Chief of Staff for Steve Simon, Minnesota's Secretary of State.  In addition, Jake just started his term as mayor of St. Louis Park after four years on the city council. Jake says, “It's definitely the busiest time of my life, but in a good way.” Read more.

Jake Goudey '15
Jake Goudey graduated from Hamline in 2015 with a degree in economics. During his final year at Hamline, he interned at Digital River on their marketing analytics team. After graduating, he was hired on full-time as a data analyst. As an analyst for Digital River’s marketForce agency, Jake uses his knowledge of data science and digital marketing to produce actionable, data-driven insights for Digital River’s clients. Since joining Digital River, Jake has assisted or led the development of several key analytics projects. These projects have ranged from the pragmatic, such as automating client reporting, to the experimental, such as using algorithmic sentiment analysis to evaluate how online chat agents interact with customers. His primary areas of expertise are demographic analysis, firmographic analysis, statistical modeling, and forecasting. Read more about Jake here.

Thang Nguyen MBA '11
Thang Nguyen graduated from Hamline’s MBA program in 2011 with a concentration in international business management.  He is currently IT operations supervisor, Medtronic PLC. His current duties include sharing management responsibilities of Medtronic’s data center operations as well as coordinating efforts for major incident resolution to minimize impact. Thang is quick to acknowledge his current success is founded on the connections he’s made during his tenure at Medtronic and the skills he developed from his Hamline MBA experience. A source of great pride for Thang is the role he’s played in assisting others in developing their careers. He has directly and indirectly played a part in at least 5 individuals attending Hamline’s MBA program. In addition to coaching and mentoring others, Thang is active in Medtronic’s Asian Enterprise Resource Group (ERG) and has joined with other like-minded employees to help develop Asian leadership within the corporate environment. As a Vietnamese refugee blessed with U.S. citizenship, he is living the “American Dream” and always has a smile to remind himself and those around him. Thang lives in Saint Paul with his wife and three children (who make him a better person every day). Read more.

Ina Baum ’07
Ina Baum graduated from Hamline in 2007 with a degree in communication and media studies and international relations. After graduating from Hamline, Ina lived in China for a year, teaching at United International College, a Hamline partner. She then returned to Germany to work for the German Commission for the United Nations Educational, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). While managing the publication of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, she earned her master’s degree in international relations and affairs from the Freie Universitaet Berlin. Ina currently serves as Wissenschaftsreferentin (science coordinator) at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Read more.

Amanda Hedin MBA ’09
Amanda Hedin holds a bachelor's degree in leadership and business management from the University of St. Thomas, and graduated from Hamline University with a master of business administration in 2009. While at Hamline, she traveled abroad to Italy and China and also received the Holt Fellowship. Amanda has worked in the healthcare field for 16 years, and currently has a full-time position with Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health in the Mother Baby Clinical Service Line. In 2013, she and her husband Scott started a nonprofit in honor of their daughter Eden called Eden’s Garden. Amanda lives in Blaine, Minnesota with her husband Scott and daughter Reagan, and enjoys spending time with her family and CrossFitting, biking, hiking, swimming, and traveling. Read more about Amanda and her work with Eden's Garden.


Heather Worthington
MPA ’10

Heather Worthington has been deputy county manager at Ramsey County since October 2010. In June 2015, she was appointed to lead the county’s Economic Growth and Community Investment Service Team. The team is made up of the departments of Parks & Recreation, Property Management, Public Works and Workforce Solutions, as well as the Housing Redevelopment Authority, Library, and Regional Railroad Authority. Heather is also the project manager for the Rice Creek Commons redevelopment project and serves as the administrative director for the project’s Joint Development Authority (JDA). With more than 15 years of leadership experience in local government organizations, Heather previously served as assistant city manager in Edina, Minnesota and as city administrator in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Read more.

Heather Alden ’91
Heather Alden graduated from Hamline University in 1991 with majors in anthropology and French. For over twenty years, Heather has dedicated her professional energies to urban education, supporting families as they overcome barriers that can pose obstacles to their children’s success and helping students overcome adversity, achieve great things, and move forward with increased hope and confidence. Among Heather’s professional highlights is Project Connection, a highly successful mentoring program she created and led that has served more than 250 students and families in Saint Paul. This year, the CLA Alumni Association presented Heather with the Making the World a Better Place Award. Read more.

Ahmed Sirleaf ’05
Ahmed Sirleaf graduated from Hamline University in 2005 with a major in legal studies and a minor in conflict studies. Ahmed currently works as the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Liberia Mission, where he enjoys the ability to have a positive impact on people’s lives while promoting human and economic development. He also volunteers his time as a lecturer at the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation at the University of Liberia. This year, the CLA Alumni Association presented Ahmed with the First Decade Award. Read more.

Nick Boyd MBA ’10
Retail veteran Nick Boyd graduated from the Hamline School of Business with a MBA in 2010. His very first job was in retail as a sales associate at TJ Maxx, so when it came time for a professional career, retail was a perfect fit. Nick started his career as a marketing intern at Target Corporation and held various marketing and human resource titles during his eight years with the company. Nick is currently leading the global talent brand function for Gap Inc.’s talent acquisition group. Nick lives in San Francisco and enjoys exploring the city and all it has to offer. Read more about Nick, his work at Gap Inc., and Hamline's influence on his career.

Steven C. Anderson ’88
Steven C. Anderson graduated from Hamline in 1988. A music major, Steven's studies focused on piano and organ performance, and he studied extensively with the late jazz legend Manfredo Fest. He is a multi-platinum pianist who composed the piece "Gratitude" for Hamline University in honor of the dedication of the Anderson Center in 2012. His work has been featured on The Today Show, Oprah, Minnesota Public Radio, and the Discovery Channel.

On December 10, Steven performs a free concert at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and invites the Hamline community to attend.

Paul Rice ’14
Paul Rice ’14 earned his bachelor's degree from Hamline with a double major in economics and computer science. Upon graduation, Paul had the opportunity to interview with many organizations including more than five hedge funds, Google, Amazon, and several other technology companies. He took a position as a data scientist with a startup called RedBrick healthcare. While there, he worked on algorithms that used big data to gain insights into the habits of consumers using their platform. He worked as a data scientist for eleven months before being recruited by Supervalu, Inc. to start their data science initiatives. Read more.

Jeff Metzdorff ’05
Jeff Metzdorff graduated from Hamline in 2005 with a major in political science and a minor in psychology. While at Hamline, Jeff competed in track and field and cross country. He and his wife Bekah own Mill City Running, a running specialty store in northeast Minneapolis. "It's been a labor of love for my wife Bekah and I for the past three years. I'm lucky to say I've been able to turn my nerdy obsession with running into a thriving business." Read more.

Megan Granlund MBA '12
Megan Granlund graduated from Hamline in 2012 with an MBA and emphasis in international business. She has worked at Thomson Reuters since January 2005. She spent the first decade in sales and marketing,  and the second decade in marketing. Megan has held a number of leadership positions including guiding teams in lead generation, brand launches, product awareness, tradeshow and event planning, sales tools, training and programs, and most recently, bringing the voice of the customer back into the business to make critical decisions.  Megan lives in Cottage Grove, Minnesota with her husband of 20 years and four children. Outside of work, you’ll find Megan cheering at her kids sporting events, at the movie theater (anything but scary movies), and traveling (she has visited 43 of the 50 States). Read more.

Megan Marsnik ’92
Megan Marsnik graduated from Hamline in 1992 with a BA in English. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Colorado. She has written a collection of short stories, Mine Town Memoirs, and a poetry collection, Blue Collar Love Poem, that she hopes to publish soon. She is the author of the featured serial read in the Star Tribune this summer. Read more.

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 her involvement with the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), volunteering at Simpson Shelter, and internships with Native American Repatriation at the Science Museum and for United States Senator Paul Wellstone (both through Hamline). Read more.

Jennifer Pennington
MPA ’15

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.

Shanelle Evens Montana ’06
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.

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.

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.

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.”

Lawyer Hero
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.