Alumni in Residence

The Alumni in Residence program brings alumni back to campus to meet with students to discuss careers in a specific field. Students have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss, and gain insight into a career from the perspective of an Ole alum.


This year’s topics include: Entrepreneurship, Innovation Creativity, Physical Therapy and Owning a Practice, Private Equity & Finance, Healthcare, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Arts Management & Performance

Past topics include:  Ministry, Museum Administration, Ventures & Investments, Public Health, Non-Profit Management, Marketing & Advertising, Money Management, Food & Theology, Theater, Entrepreneurship, Global Communications, Journalism, Banking & Finance, US Department of State

For students to view more details about upcoming Alumni in Residence programs & registration information, log in to Ole Career Central. For alumni interested in participating, please contact Kris Estenson, Piper Center Associate Director, Alumni Engagement (

2014-15 Alumni Participants:
Matt Frauenshuh ’05 - CEO of Fourteen Foods and owner of the largest number of DQ franchises in the US
Knut Brakstad - Private Secretary to His Majesty King Harald V of Norway, former Senior Advisor in the Oslo Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Project Manager for the Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games
JB Dudley ’94 - PT, CPed, founder of Northfield Physical Therapy
Jeff Kvam ’83 - Founding partner, SE Capital
Sean Benson ’90 - Co-founder of ProVation Medical, Inc.
Eric Fawcett ’92 - Principal & Executive Producer for Egg Creative Corp.
David Rose ’89 - CEO, Ditto Labs

2013-14 Alumni Participants:
Ben Cieslik ’02 – Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry & Technology at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Josh Baltzell ’91 – Managing Director of Split Rock Partners
Victor Wong ’08 – Administrative Resident at Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Ford Bell P’16 – President at American Alliance of Museums
Trisha Reinwald’ 03 – Vice President of Member Services at MACC CommonWealth
Peter Tressel ‘ 84 – VP/ Interactive Creative Director at Preston Kelly
Bob Klefsaas ’82 - Founder of All Star Financial
Chance Voigt ’10 – Baker at Rustica Bakery and former LVC member
Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri ’04 – Actor, Director and Theatre Educator, Co-Founder of GreenHouse Theater Project
Chris Sheffert ’99 – Sr. Managing Director at Inoca Capital Partners
Kari Bjorhus ’80 - Vice President of Global Communications at Ecolab
Barbara Spurrier ’85 – Director at Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation
Gretchen Morgenson ’76 – Assistant Business and Financial Editor and Columnist for the New York Times
Dave Pelka ’03 - Director at CarVal Investors
Ian Kelly ’77 – Former Ambassador, Diplomat in Residence, U.S. Department of State

Networking with Alumni - Build your professional network with the connections you make on campus with alumni in residence.