Meet the Staff

Branden Grimmett '03
Director

Branden coaches students interested in Fine Arts (Studio Art, Art History, Dance, Music, Theater), Government, Religion and Ministry. He is responsible for overall leadership of the Piper Center and represents the center to external audiences.

Donna Blazis
Career Technology & Recruiting Coordinator

Donna advises students and alumni on Ole Career Central, the Piper Center's career management system. Her responsibilities also include Peer Advisor management, budget, and office management.

Kirsten Cahoon '98
Senior Associate Director, Career Education & Coaching

Kirsten coaches students in Accounting, Advertising/Sales, Banking/Finance, Consulting, and Journalism/Media. Her program areas include On-Campus Recruiting, Peer Advisor Management, Ole Biz, and the Senior “First Destination” Survey.

Kris Estenson
Associate Director, Alumni Engagement

Kris coaches students in the process of networking with alumni and parents. Her program areas include the Connections Programs (Chicago, Denver, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.), alumni outreach, and Alumni in Residence.

Grant Eustice
Assistant Director, Fellowships

Grant coaches students pursuing competitive academic fellowships (Carnegie, Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, and Rotary) as well as Gap Year/Post-Grad Service. His responsibilities include collaborating with the Faculty Fellowships Committee.

Nate Jacobi
Associate Director, Service & Leadership

Nate coaches in Civic Engagement, Gap Year/Post-Grad Service, and Leadership. Program areas: Academic Internships, Quo Vadis Sophomore Retreat, Davis Projects for Peace, Asian Rural Institute, Social Entrepreneurship Scholars, Northfield Connect.

Janine Knutson
Associate Director, Career Education & Coaching

Janine coaches students in Education, Management, Nonprofit/Human Services, Science/Technology, Undecided, & Student Support Services (SSS). Her program areas include Oles for Public Interest, Career and Grad School Fairs, and Focus on First Years.

Susie Kramer
Assistant Director, Career Education and Coaching (Pre-Health)

Susie coaches students in the Health Professions. Her program areas include Ole Med, Health Professions Committee, Rockswold Health Scholars, Health Scholars at the Mayo Clinic, and Clinic Health Care Program–Allina Clinic.

Roberto Zayas
Associate Director, Entrepreneurship (Pre-Law Advisor)

Roberto coaches students interested in Biotechnology, Entrepreneurship, Intellectual Property, Law, and Venture Capital. His program areas include pre-law advising, Ole Law, Legal Scholars, Ole Cup, Mayo/Norway Scholars, and the Finstad Grant.