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.

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Past topics include:

  • Arts Management & Performance
  • Banking & Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Food & Theology
  • Global Communications
  • Healthcare
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Journalism
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Ministry
  • Money Management
  • Museum Administration
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Physical Therapy & Owning a Practice
  • Private Equity & Finance
  • Public Health
  • Technology
  • Theater
  • US Department of State
  • Ventures & Investments


2015-16 Alumni Participants

Josh Baltzell ’91  – Managing Director of Split Rock Partners
John Long ’91 – CEO of Avointe
Jon Pearce ’01  – CEO of Zipnosis
Sean Benson ’90 – VP of Innovation, Wolders Kluwer Health
Susan Jacobson ’87 – Case Management Consultant, Sedgwick CMS
Eric Otterson – Physician Assistant at Health Alliance Hospital


2014-15 Alumni Participants

Dr. Andrew Baker  – Hennepin County, Chief Medical Examiner
Sean Benson ’90 – Co-founder of ProVation Medical, Inc.
Knut BrakstadPrivate Secretary to His Majesty King Harald V of Norway, former Senior Advisor in the Oslo Foreign Affairs, and Project Manager for the Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games
JB Dudley ’94 – PT, CPed, founder of Northfield Physical Therapy
Eric Fawcett ’92 – Prinicpal & Executive Producer for Egg Creative Corp.
Matt Frauenshuh ’05 – CEO of Fourteen Foods and owner of the largest number of DQ franchises in the US
Daniel Grossman ’03 – Senior Director of Global Health Innovation, Medtronic   
Glen Gunderson ’90 – President and CEO of YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
Rachel Hatch ’03 – Research Director, Institute for the Future
Antonio Jennings ’11– Founder, Each One Reach One 
David Jones ’86 – General Counsel, Hubbard Broadcasting
Jeff Kvam ’83 – Founding partner, SE Capital
Dr. Elizabeth Nabel ’74 – President, President, Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief Medical Adviser, NFL; St Olaf Regent
Jeff Neidt ’05 – Neidt Writer, The Loft Literary Center 
Ben David Rose ’89 – CEO, Ditto Labs   
Geralyn Sheehan – Director of Global Innovation, Opportunity International
Derek Zobel ’06 – Marketing Communication Specialist, Medtronic


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


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