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Through the Piper Center, students can find more information about life after graduation from St. Olaf. They have prepared resources profiling recent alumni from the Asian Studies program, including representative First Destinations and alumni contact information.

Asian Studies Alumni

  • Steven Chapman ’76, Group VP-China and Russia, Cummins, Inc.
  • Liv Hustvedt ’79, Principal/President, Liv Concepts, Inc.
  • Jonathan Stromseth ’85, PhD from Columbia, Policy Planning Staff at the State  D epartment
  • Armstrong Wong ’85, Hewlett Packard
  • Jonathan Stromseth ’85, U.S. Secretary of State Policy Planning Staff (will cover the East Asia and Pacific portfolio)
  • Michael Cole, ’86, RightSiteAsia Managing Director
  • Doug Bond ’87, CEO, B & W Specialty Coffee Company
  • Eric Halvorson ’87, Hitachi Research Institute, Tokyo
  • Marc Conrad ’88, librarian, Chicago Public Library
  • Erica Burull-Araneta ’88, veterinarian
  • Kari Groth Swan ’88, J. P. Morgan Chase
  • Michael Christiana ’89, vice president for Mission and Identity at the Bebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis
  • Paul Larson ’90, country manager, TDI Thailand
  • John Redick, ’90, Director, Standard Chartered Bank, Hong Kong
  • Paul Swenson ’90, U.S consulate, Shanghai
  • Kaomi Takami Natsume ’91 , fiber artist
  • Kari Roe ’91, Senior Product Manager, amazon.com, Beijing
  • Nancy Cullinan ’91, National Security Council
  • Kevin Cheatham ’92, academic support, TRiO program, Augsburg College
  • Luyen Phan ’92, Associate Director, Intercultural & International Life, Carleton
  • Karl Jacobson ’92, Assistant Professor of Religion, Augsburg College
  • Pam Brondos ’93, attorney
  • Yee Chang ’93, realtor
  • Kenneth Sacks ’93, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force
  • Raina Young-McGowan ’93, physician
  • Jennifer Waslien Peattie ’94, Transplant I.S. Manager, Baylor U Med Center
  • Norie Negishi ’95, Senior Operations Manager, Disney Character Voices International, Inc., Hong Kong
  • Yu Sakikabara ’95, Associate Director, Corporate Communications, Barclays Services (Japan) Limited
  • Xuan Quach ’96, Asst. Director, Rotary Center, Int’l. Studies in Peace/Conflict Resolution, UC Berkeley
  • Paul Boruta ’98, Senior Director, Yahoo
  • Trina Alvero Iijima ’97, attorney
  • Ann-Marie Dunbar ’99, visiting lecturer, Indiana University
  • Henry Adams ’00, Buddhist priest, Oxnard Buddhist Church, Oxnard CA
  • Justyna Swica Kottke ’00, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Adam Davis ’00, US Foreign Service
  • Mee Vang ’00, Assistant Director of Admissions, College of St. Catherine
  • Timothy Hildebrandt ’00, Lecturer in Chinese politics at University College, London
  • Avery Udagawa ’01, Japanese-English translator
  • Sara Luttio Johnstone ’01, physician
  • Michael Hill, ’02, clinical psychologist in Hibbing MN
  • John Duong Phan ’02, PhD Cornell University, Nat’l Inst. for Japanese Language & Linguistics, Tokyo
  • Nicolas Wallace ’02, Associate Director of Admissions, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Anna Goldammer ’02, Refugee Resettlement Caseworker, Lutheran Social Services
  • Tong Xiong ’02, registered nurse in Seattle
  • Sean D’Evelyn ’03, working on PhD at the University of Hawaii
  • Alex Potter, ’03, Equity Research Analyst, Piper Jaffray Companies
  • Kristopher Lee ’04, judicial clerk, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Wilhelmina Roepke ’04, Interim Education Director, Congregation Beth Emeth, Alexandra VA
  • Sam Lee, ’05, Pearson Education Korea, Seoul, Korea
  • Carl Gellert ’05, working on PhD in art history at the University of California – Berkeley
  • Lauren Christiansen ’05, working on PhD in art history at the University of Kansas
  • Brendan Eagan ’05, working on PhD in education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Peter Johnson ’05, completed MA, University of Washington
  • Kirk Sandvig ’05, graduate student, University of Edinburgh
  • Kristin White, ’05, law school
  • Jonathan Xiaaj ’05, Senior Community Health Worker, Hennepin County Community Health Department
  • William E. Young ’05,  PhD, Princeton University, tenure-track at Dickinson College
  • Sarah Hallgren ’06 is working in Japan as a translator
  • Leigh Billings, ’07,  Shanghai working as consultant to environmental NGOs
  • Nick Anderson, ’07,  Shanghai working as a model, esee Model Management
  • Gretchen van der Linden, ’07, graduate student pursuing a PhD in psychology at the University of Minnesota
  • Andrea Horbinski, ’07, graduate student working on PhD in history at the University of California – Berkeley
  • Anning Yang, ’07, Marketing Analyst, Delta Airlines
  • Arisa Iizuka, ’08, working on MA, University of Glamorgan, Wales
  • Amanda Wood, ’08, just returned to MN from working several years at a human rights NGO in DC
  • Maya Shah, ’08, Coordinator for Dan Powers for Congress campaign, MN
  • Sarah Kirby, ’09, graduate school in film studies at the University of Southern California
  • Guillaume Carmes, ’09, graduate school for business at University of Rennes
  • Jack Adams, ’09, Best Buy
  • Ilse Peterson ’09, Science and Policy Analyst, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Chris Mohler-Morgan, ’10, Target Company
  • Eliza Wilcox ’10, teaching English in Shenzhen, China
  • Zach Henschel ’10, studying Mandarin and workig in Yinchuan, China
  • Eric Becklin ’12, pursuing a PhD  in Chinese history at University of Minnesota
  • Catharine Struss, ’13, Hubei Xiangyang University of Arts and Science
  • Sujata Singh ’13, graduate student at University of Chicago’s Policy School