Spring 2017


Richard Murphy, Jr., ’86 MBA, FASLA, president and CEO of Murphy Warehouse Company, was honored with two awards in 2016. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named Murphy to its inaugural list of Most Admired CEOs and AARP and Pollen included him in their “50 Over 50” business honorees.


Donald Keysser, ’90 MBA, was hired as an adjunct finance professor at the Carlson School in Minneapolis. He will be teaching classes in the evening to Part-Time MBA students. He previously served on the Carlson School Alumni Board.

Andy Cecere, ’91 MBA, is U.S. Bancorp CEO. U.S. Bancorp is headquartered in Minneapolis. Cercere has been with U.S. Bancorp since 1985 and previously held the positions of vice chairman and chief financial officer.

Sandee Joppa, ’91 MA-HRIR, is executive director of RealTime Talent in Minneapolis.

Gary Tenison, ’93 MBA, is vice president of business development at the Triumph Group in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.

Leander LeSure, ’95 MA-HRIR, is chief human resources officer at Getty Images in New York.

Angela Riley, ’96 MBA, is vice president and CFO of St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Adam Ehrmantraut, ’97 BSB, is president at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Ehrmantraut has worked in education in Minnesota for more than 18 years.

Jing Liao, ’97 MA-HRIR, is chief human resources officer at SoFi in San Francisco.

Hilke Riechardt-Martinez, ’99 MBA, is vice president of finance of Nexus: Youth and Family Solutions, headquartered in Minneapolis. Riechardt-Martinez shares a passion for supporting underserved populations, aligning with Nexus’ mission to provide youth and family mental health solutions.


Matt Dudley, ’00 MBA, received an Alumni Service Award from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) on October 20. Recipients are recognized for their impact and contribution to the University. Since 2005, Dudley has been a member of the Carlson Funds Enterprise’s advisory board, and has served as chair since 2010.

Melissa Gruys, ’00 PhD-HRIR, is dean of the Doermer School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Andrew Mellin, MD, ’01 MBA, is chief medical officer of Spok Holdings in Springfield, West Virginia. In this role, he is responsible for representing physicians’ needs in order to find ways to improve efficiency and patient care.

Zach McGillis, ’02 BSB, ’09 MBA, is senior director of transplant services at UnitedHealth Group in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Will Schultz, ’02 MA-HRIR, is HR director at Whirlpool Corporation in Toledo, Ohio.

Bryan Mullin, ’03 MBA, is head of alternative investment platforms at RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis.

Stephanie Thomes, ’04 MBA, is vice president, head of alternative investments at Allianz Life Insurance Company in Minneapolis. In her role, she works to grow the company’s assets portfolio.

Greg Cline, ’05 MA-HRIR, is a managing partner at InclineHR in Boston.

Laura Kato, ’05 MA-HRIR, is people and culture business partner manager at Stitch Fix in Phoenix, Arizona.

Todd Laddusaw, ’05 MBA, joined RedBrick Health in Minneapolis as chief financial officer. In this role, he oversees the company’s financial strategy and operations as RedBrick continues to grow opportunities to help its clients improve engagement, well-being, and performance across diverse populations.

Niles Randolph, ’05 MBA, is digital marketing director at Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Minneapolis.

Tyree (Zapata) Boze, ’06 MA-HRIR, joined team relations at Quicken Loans in Phoenix.

James Malley, ’06 MA-HRIR, is human resources director at Shire in Boston.

Lindsay Amundson, ’07 BSB, ’12 MBA, started as an intern at Land O’Lakes in 2011, and is now marketing manager of the retail cheese division in Arden Hills, Minnesota. Amundson’s career with Land O’Lakes includes experience with global dairy ingredients, butter and spreads, and the marketing innovation department.

Frank Grazzini II, ’07 MBA, received an Alumni Service Award from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) on October 20. Recipients are recognized for their impact and contribution to the University. Grazzini is a founding member of the Carlson School MBA Alumni Board and participated in the Carlson School Mentor Program for four years.

Krista Steinbach, ’07 BSB, was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Steinbach is currently co-founder and COO at WholeMe in St. Paul.

Na Sun, ’07 MA-HRIR, is compensation manager at U.S. Bank in Minneapolis.

Dave Dahlgren, ’08 MA-HRIR, is Workday HRIS systems administrator at American Crystal Sugar in Minneapolis.

Maggie Manteuffel, ’08 BSB, ’13 MBA, joined UnitedHealth Group as a digital solutions product manager in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Kelly Marshall, ’09 MA-HRIR, is senior HR consultant with Capital Group-American Funds in Los Angeles.


Josh Edgar, ’10 BSB, is an organizational effectiveness consultant at Slalom Consulting in Minneapolis.

Phil Krump, ’10 MBA, was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Krump is currently with BMO Harris Bank in the Twin Cities.

Kyle LaMere, ’11 BSB, is national account manager at Code42 in Minneapolis. The 16-year-old software company helps businesses protect and realize the value of their endpoint data. LaMere has been with Code42 for two years.

Will O’Brien, ’11 MA-HRIR, is chief human resources officer at Angie’s List in Indianapolis.

Melissa Johnston, ’11 MBA, was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Johnston is vice president of business banking with Highland Bank in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

Tiffany Trzebiatowski, ’11 MA-HRIR, is assistant professor in the Department of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Amelia (Brunelle) Helm, ’12 MBA, is product marketing strategist at Granicus in Minneapolis. Granicus provides technology that empowers government organizations to create better lives for the people they serve.

Dustin Huibregtse, ’12 BSB, was featured in Minnesota Business Magazine’s February “The (Real) Power 50.” The list highlights “remarkable players in the Minnesota business community.” Huibregtse is currently a senior consultant at Deloitte and the program director/curator for TEDxMinneapolis.

Kelly Manke, ’12 MBA, was featured as one of Finance & Commerce’s “Top Women in Finance.” She is senior vice president of Bell Bank in Minneapolis.

Paul Sterling, ’12 MBA, joined United Healthcare in Dallas, Texas as vice president of emerging products.

Alex Bossert, ’13 BSB, founded Bossert Capital, a value-focused investment firm in greater Minneapolis-St. Paul in February. Bossert was included in SumZero’s “Buyside Analyst Honors” published in The Wall Street Journal in 2012.

Jake Stanczyk, ’14 BSB, has joined the wealth management team at Accredited Investors Wealth Management in Edina, Minnesota.

Diego Borgert, ’15 BSB, is a junior trader at Apex Capital Holdings in New York.

Elizabeth Lindskoog, ’15 MBA, joined Xcel Energy in St. Paul as the product portfolio manager for customer experience.

Brock Meyer, ’15 MA-HRIR, was named to the Society for Human Resource Management’s “30 Under 30.”

Benjamin Rosaasen, ’15 MBA, was named as one of 25 citizens selected from 12 of the 23 Native nations overlapping North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota to serve in the eighth cohort of the Native Nation Rebuilders Program. The Rebuilders Program is the leadership component of a larger initiative launched in 2010 to support tribes as they strengthen their governing capabilities. He was selected by the Native Governance Center and the Bush Foundation.

Kara Hedlund, ’16 MBA, joined Magnet 360 in the greater St. Paul-Minneapolis area as an Innovation services associate architect.

Future Gophers

Shanequa Williams, ’08 MA-HRIR, welcomed baby Harper Grace into her family. She was welcomed home by big sister Taylor.

Marc Gauthier, ’12 MA-HRIR, and Renee Vavroch welcomed baby May Elise-Vavroch Gautheir into their family.

Kendall Poch, ’15 MBA; husband Mike Poch; ’15 MBT; and big brother, Michael; welcomed baby Matthew Isaac to the family on October 26.

In Memoriam

1st-Ever Woman MIS Doctor Passes Away

Debra Hua Lu, the seventh graduate of the MIS program at the University of Minnesota and the first woman anywhere to receive a doctorate in the discipline, passed away on December 18, 2016.

She was born in Fujian, China in 1941 and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from National Cheng Kung University in 1963, she came to Minneapolis to pursue her graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her master’s degree in 1967 and her doctorate in 1973. Her dissertation was “An Examination of the Ex Ante and Ex Post Predictability of Computer Programming Time Estimation Models.”

After finishing up her PhD, she moved to St. Cloud with her family to start a teaching career. She was an accounting professor at St. Cloud State University from 1973 to 1996. She subsequently taught at Lingnan University as a visiting professor. She was married for 51 years to Ming-Te Lu, a 1971 PhD in quantitative analysis.

Donald Harper, Emeritus Professor of Marketing, passed away on February 25. He was 89 years old.

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