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Diane Thormodsgard ’77 MBA, has been appointed to the Board of Regents of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.


Debra Bly ’80 MBA, has been named Enterprise Minnesota’s newest business growth consultant. Bly will work alongside Minnesota manufacturers to identify and implement marketing strategies for growing business.

Dan Dooley ’80 MBA, has been named CEO of MorrisAnderson. Dooley joined the firm in 1997 and has managed its operations as chief operating officer for the past five years.

James Stewart ’82 MBA, joined Rimage in July 2010 as its new CFO. Stewart was previously CFO at Plymouth, Minn.-based Comm-Works Inc.

Ted Cadwell ’88 MBA, has been named senior counsel by the Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America and a member of its corporate governance team. He came to Allianz from Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Paul Crist ’82 BSB, has been appointed senior vice president of worldwide sales at AssetPoint, a provider of integrated maintenance software and program improvement services.

Steven Schmidgall ’89 MBA, has joined Minneapolis-based Braun Intertec as a building sciences specialist for the firm’s Building Sciences Group. He performs property condition assessments, building envelope studies, construction management, and owner construction project representation.


John P. Vanderheyden ’91 MBA, has joined National Financial Partner’s broker dealer, NFP Securities Inc., as senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Grant Campany ’92 MBA, has been appointed senior director of the $10 Million Archon Genomics X PRIZE, which challenges teams of scientists and entrepreneurs to sequence 100 genomes within 10 days or fewer for a cost of $10,000 or less per genome.

Terry Mason Moore ’92 MBA, was sworn in as gaming commissioner for the Osage Nation. She had served on the Osage Tribal Council from 2003–2006 and was vice chair of the Osage Tribe Gaming Enterprise Board.

Patrick Wethington ’92 MBA, has joined Hemosphere Inc. as its new CEO. He previously was vice president of sales and marketing at Gambro Inc.

Michael Nealy ’87 BSB, ’93 MBA, has been named chief operating officer of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. He was previously the Coyotes’ executive vice president and CFO.

Christopher Brown ’95 BSB, and his wife, Kelly King-Ellison, announced the birth of their son, Roenen Christopher King-Ellison, on May 13, 2010. The family resides in Minneapolis and Chris is a solutions director at Ingenix.

Eric P. Strauss ’95 BSB, was promoted to associate partner and supply chain planning service area leader in IBM Global Business Services’ Public Sector in July. He and his wife, Laura, are expecting their second child in October. They live in Fairfax, Va.

Richard D. Nelson ’96 MBA, has joined Implant Sciences Corp. as general manager of air cargo screening. He has held senior marketing management roles at Philips Medical Systems and GE Medical Systems.

Theo Black ’98 MBA, was elected to the Toastmasters International Board of Directors for 2009–2011. He is an ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Consulting Black Belt and project manager with OptumHealth Financial Services.

Richard Shannon ’98 MBA, a Northland Securities analyst, was named the top stock analyst in the Semiconductors category in the Wall Street Journal’s annual “Best on the Street” survey.

Greg Waibel ’98 MBA, who attended Cathedral High School in New Ulm, Minn., recently received the Cathedral High School Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, which is given annually to a graduate who has gained high professional rank and had a positive effect on his or her community.


Jeannee Hoppe ’00 MBA, was named senior director of market management and production innovation for Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America. She previously held several leadership roles with Ameriprise.

Shambhu Nath ’00 MBA, recently wrote The Second Coming of Da Vinci—Real Lost Symbols of the Bible. The book aims to promote an exchange of learning between Eastern and Western religious philosophies and focuses on the common principles of all religions.

Camerone Bey ’06 MA-HRIR, is the new director of research and sponsored programs at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Charanjit Rihal ’00 MBA, was named head of the Mayo Clinic’s Cardiology Department.

Eric Granstrom ’04 MBA, is vice president of research and development and general manager of Cima NanoTech, a manufacturer of nanomaterial-based products for use in electronics applications.

Preston McKenzie ’04 MBA, has been named CEO of MicroEdge LLC, a New York City-based provider of software and services to the worldwide charitable giving community.

Jed Gorlin ’05 MBA, was one of two speakers invited to present at the 50th anniversary of the Guangzhou blood center in Guangzhou, China, in May. An associate clinical professor of laboratory medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, Gorlin also moderated a workshop in Kigali, Rwanda, in March to establish national transfusion guidelines for the country.

Don Kim ’08 MBA, and Hyunjoo Lee ’09 BSB, were recently married.

Mike Ramlet ’09 BSB, a research analyst at the Advisory Board Co. in Washington, D.C., recently had a piece titled “Health Care Reform is Likely to Widen Federal Budget Deficits, Not Reduce Them” published in the journal Health Affairs.

Nicklas Beste ’10 BSB, has founded or co-founded a half-dozen businesses at the age of 23. He also has raised about $500,000 in equity capital for ManCave, an in-home marketer of grilling foods and accessories that he co-founded in October 2008.

John G. Schmidt ’10 MBA, recently co-authored Lean Integration: An Integration Factory Approach to Business Agility. The book applies lean principles to the challenges of enterprise data and process integration.

In Memoriam

Gerald Oestreich ’40 BSB, of White Bear Lake, Minn., passed away on June 21, 2010. Oestreich was the Tomoto Can Loving Cup Award winner in 1940.

Philip Whittaker ’48 BBA, passed away in May 2010.

Ben Balto-Bongard ’08 MBA, age 32 of Minneapolis, passed away June 24, 2010.

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