Kevin DiLorenzo is a senior advisor, director, and shareholder at Olson – one of the top 10 independent, full-service agencies in North America.
He previously served as its president and most recently CEO, before transitioning the agency to new leadership in 2013. During his nearly 10-year tenure, Olson experienced incredible organic and acquisition-driven growth. Today, the 450+ person agency has seven offices across the continent. Known as the “agency of the future,” Olson is in the business of building and activating brand communities.
Under Kevin’s leadership, Olson grew from an emerging regional agency to a nationally recognized player. In addition to being named to Advertising Age’s prestigious “Agencies to Watch” list, Olson was honored with numerous awards, including 26 Effie Awards, a Jay Chiat Award for Strategic Excellence, multiple Silver Anvil Awards, RAC Awards, and notable industry recognitions for innovative creative campaigns.
Kevin has guided brand development and communications strategy for some of the world’s most recognized and respected brands, including BAUER Hockey, Belize Tourism, BMW, Capital One, Caribou Coffee, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Ecolab, Land O’Lakes, General Mills, PepsiCo, Silk, Target, United Airlines, UnitedHealth Group, U.S. Bank and others.
Outside of work, Kevin is a founding member and active Board member of The BrandLab. Its mission is to create opportunity in the marketing industry for students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Angie’s Artisan Treats, the makers of Angie’s Kettle Corn, and mentors college students who are seeking careers in marketing.
Prior to joining Olson, Kevin was a senior partner at Carmichael Lynch Spong, the public relations division of Carmichael Lynch. He was also a founding member of the integrated marketing division at Fallon Worldwide. Kevin began his career as a broadcast journalist and worked for two CBS-affiliated news stations in the Upper Midwest.
Kevin is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. Flynn received a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry summa cum laude from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. His MD was awarded by the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University/Barnes Hospital in St Louis, followed by a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Minnesota.
For seven years he was on staff in the Hematology-Oncology section at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center and a member of the University of Minnesota Medical School faculty. Since 1987 he has been in the private practice of hematology/oncology as a partner at Minnesota Oncology with a clinical practice based in Minneapolis. Dr. Flynn served as the group’s President for 12 years, from 2001 to 2013. Since 2012 Dr. Flynn has served as Chair of the National Policy Board of The US Oncology Network.
In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors, he has been involved with the Angel Foundation since 2001, and has been a member of the board of directors since 2010, serving as board chair in 2014. He also chairs the board of the Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania, and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Minnesota Cancer Alliance.
Dr. Flynn lives in Mendota Heights with his wife, Helen who recently retired from oncology nursing. Their three daughters all work in medical fields, and one received an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Flynn enjoys travel, music, skiing and spending time at their lake cabin.
Nate Garvis is President of Naked Civics, LLC, an innovative public affairs consultancy focusing on Interaction and Influence Design. Naked Civics produces value for clients by connecting them to the most important ideas, people and institutions in their communities of interest. Operating at the crossroads of Fortune 100 business, governments worldwide, health care systems, academic institutions, non-profits and non-governmental organizations for the past twenty years, Garvis has built the skills and relationships that help clients navigate for success by earning influential reputations in addition to asserting their brands.
Prior to creating Naked Civics, Garvis served as V.P. Government Affairs and Senior Public Affairs Officer for Target Corporation, one of the world's largest retail concerns. He serves on a number of academic, think-tank, business and non-profit boards throughout the country, including Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Rational Energy, the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Thomas University and the Public Affairs Council, which he formerly chaired. He is one of the co-founders of Dotopia, a social enterprise that is creating lifestyle philanthropy for all. Nate is a frequent lecturer and public speaker on the subject of cross-sector approaches to reengineering communities for better prosperity.
He also serves as Social Innovator in Residence and Design Council at the Social Innovation Lab at Babson College, the number one ranked business school for entrepreneurs in the nation for eighteen years running. The Social Innovation Lab is designing multi-sector approaches to creating common good outcomes for communities through the power of enterprise and design.
Nate has a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two young daughters.
Mary Beidler Gearen received a B.A. in Theater from her home state of Ohio’s College of Wooster, an M.A. in Theater History, Literature and Criticism from the Ohio State University, and an M.F.A. in Theater Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
She has enjoyed a 30+ year career in professional theater as an award-winning and nominated actor, director, and producer. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and continues to enjoy commercial and film work as well as directing and producing. She has directed, performed, and produced in Munich, Vienna and Salzburg, and from coast to coast including Off Broadway in NYC, and in Boston, Michigan, Ohio, Chicago, Door County, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. She has been honored to appear as a guest artist, and has given workshops, in acting and directing. She has served as an adjunct professor at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University of Ohio. Mary is a board member for Theatre Latte Da.
Mary founded MBG Productions, Inc. She enjoys putting people and projects together and exploring edgy new ideas. She loves to travel, play guitar, and mom to her daughter Molly.
George Grieve received a B.A. in Political Science from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1965 and received a M.A. in Political Science with a Certificate in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, Washington D.C. in 1981.
He served in the United States Army, from 1966 to1969, as an intelligence specialist—after which George joined the Central Intelligence Agency where he specialized in Soviet military analysis. He was manager of the 1983 National Intelligence Estimate on Soviet Capabilities for Strategic Nuclear Conflict. From 1985 to 1988, Mr. Grieve served on the National Intelligence Council as the Assistant National Intelligence Officer for Strategic Programs. When he retired from the Central Intellig ence Agency he was the Senior Military Analyst for Strategic Defense.
From 1993 to 2010, George was a practicing financial planner with Money Concepts International in Alexandria, Virginia. George is currently writing a book on the national security policy of the Russian Federation.
Meg Gehlen Nodzon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of St. Thomas in 1999 and her Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Hamline University in 2004.
Meg is a Program Officer for GHR Foundation in Minnetonka, MN. In her current position, she focuses on providing program development in the areas of education innovation and Catholic schools. Prior to joining GHR Foundation in 2013, she served as Director of Development at MacPhail Center for Music and held various positions at The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Meg is very active in the St. Paul community and created a social media booster feed called True St. Paulite.
In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors, Meg also serves on the St. Thomas Alumni Board of Directors. She is married to B.J. Nodzon, a graduate of St. Thomas and William Mitchell College of Law.
More information on College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advisors member, Gretchen Holland, coming soon.
Joseph Lally received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in 1986, and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1992.
Joseph Lally is Vice President for Strategic Planning at Delta Dental of Minnesota, a position he has held since 2001, where he is responsible for managing business and legal issues related to strategic transactions and operational implementation of new business lines, regulatory compliance matters and legislative relations. He has more than 20 years of professional experience, and practiced law in both the public and private sectors. He worked at law firms in Washington, D.C., New York and Minnesota, served as a Minnesota Assistant Attorney General and consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice.
He volunteers with a number of community efforts and serves on non-profit boards, including as trustee for the Convent of the Visitation School, chairman of the Mendota Heights Planning Commission, and as past board chairman for the San Miguel Middle School in Minneapolis. Mr. Lally is a past president of the Alumni Association and trustee emeritus for the University of St. Thomas and a former board member for the Minnesota Private College Council and Foundation. He is the son of Patrick Lally, who was a professor of English at St. Thomas for more than 35 years.
Kelly Larmon received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of St. Thomas in 1997, her M.B.A from the University of St. Thomas in 2003 and her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in 2006.
Kelly is Senior Counsel at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Minneapolis, MN. In her current position, she focuses on distribution and regulatory issues involving insurance as well as general matters relating to broker-dealer and investment advisory firms.
In addition to serving on the College of Arts and Science Board of Advisors, she is also a member of the Women Connect Steering Committee at the University of St. Thomas. Kelly resides in St. Louis Park with Henry, her yellow Lab. She enjoys golfing and spending time with family and friends.
The Reverend John M. Malone is Vice President for Mission at the University of St. Thomas, and retired pastor of Church of the Assumption in St. Paul.
Father Malone earned a B.A degree in Philosophy and Classical Languages from the St. Paul Seminary in 1963; an M.A. degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas in 1967; a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1974; and a Licentiate in Theology from the Angelicum, University of St. Thomas, Rome, in 1983. He was ordained in 1967.
A man for all seasons, he taught at St. Thomas from 1974 to 2000, and then served in the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations. Subsequently, he was Special Assistant to the President. Father Malone has also been a Ramsey County public defender and has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Board of Governors of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Clare House, the Marian Center, and Civil Society (an organization which provides legal advice for disadvantaged communities). In his years at St. Thomas, Father Malone has provided pro bono legal assistance and counsel to students in need.
Father Malone has received numerous awards for his service to the community, including the Humanitarian Award from the Ramsey County Bar Association in 1999, and the St. Thomas More Award in 2004 from the Lawyers Guild of St. Thomas More. The latter is given to an individual who embodies the ideals and values of a Catholic lawyer, and has only been awarded five times in the Guild’s 54 year history.
Known for his commitment to assisting the poor and disadvantaged, Father Malone is also equally famous for his legendary sense of humor and unmatchable wit.
The Reverend John Malone was elected to the University of St. Thomas Board of Trustees in 2008.
An Edina resident, Brian earned a B.A. in Finance from St. Thomas in 1985 as well as a mini-Master’s in healthcare technology from St. Thomas. He has held a variety of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development positions, primarily in the healthcare software and technology industry. He is currently with Alliance Healthcare Solutions representing GE Healthcare software solutions in the central U.S. He has also worked as an industry technology consultant and has participated in two healthcare technology start-up organizations.
Brian is an active community connector and has participated in a wide variety of civic volunteering positions with particular emphasis on public policy, the arts, and, of course, St. Thomas. He founded an organization that was dedicated to raising funds for and lifting the profile of smaller community charitable organizations.
Teresa has spent more than two decades providing strategic, no-nonsense public relations counsel to a myriad of individuals, politicians and organizations in Minnesota and beyond.
She started her career working for two governors and a congressman, honing her skills in politics before applying them at Mall of America where she worked as the Director of public relations during the mall’s “disruptive teen years” – when crisis and creativity went hand-in-hand.
She also spent 10 years as a partner at McFarland Cahill Communications, where she generated impressive campaigns for a multitude of clients and served as Communications Director for the 2008 Republican National Convention’s Host Committee.
In 2012, Teresa launched her own company in downtown Minneapolis – McFarland Communications – a boutique shop that specializes in generating media coverage and content creation for clients in creative cut-through-the-clutter fashion.
Teresa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also completed a Mini-MBA Program for Non-Profit Management at the University of St. Thomas. She lives in Prior Lake with her three children, two dogs and occasional duck, tadpole, caterpillar and more.
Odeh Muhawesh is the Adjunct Professor and Associate at the Muslim Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas where he teaches as a specialist in theology and Modem Middle Eastern history. He serves as a board member for the Norris Institute. He has written several books and publications and speaks across the nation on issues related to policy, theology, and business.
Dr. Muhawesh has founded several very successful businesses over the course of 26 years, developing products for software and service companies in the IT field. He has led both private and publicly traded companies and has created thousands of jobs in the state of Minnesota and elsewhere. One of his companies was listed among the 100 fastest-growing privately-held companies in the United States. He currently serves as honorary Co-Chairperson of the Congressional National Business Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.
Brad Palecek is a 1991 Graduate of the University of St. Thomas and has been a top selling Realtor with Edina Realty for nearly 20 years. Brad is very active in the Minneapolis & St. Paul Arts community and has served and volunteered on a variety of organizations, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Decorative Arts Council, Museum of Russian Art and the Ordway Circle of the Stars.
In addition to being a Board Member of the Minnesota Aids Project, Brad is also an active community volunteer and has worked with such organizations as the Center for Grief & Loss as a Grief Counselor, the Take-a-Tommy to Lunch Program, Friends of the Mississippi and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Brad also loves to travel and is an avid art collector.
Mary Beth Schubert earned a B.A. in journalism and a M.A. in business communication from the College of St. Thomas.
Currently, she serves as vice president of corporate affairs for the Twin Cities Region of Comcast, providing strategic leadership for media relations, internal communications and community relations for systems including western Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri.
Before joining Comcast, Mary Beth served as a spokesperson for Northwest Airlines and for the Minnesota Attorney General as executive director of the Minnesota DARE program. She has served in many industry and community leadership positions, including Midwest Chair, Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT); Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Fellow; Governing Board Member, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and was appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also was selected by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of the Twin Cities' "40 under 40" business people.
Jim Seidel is a Financial Advisor with The Brennan Group at Baird Private Wealth Management. Jim and his business partner, Jerry Brennan, offer “Purposeful Wealth Management” services to successful families, individuals, and charitable organizations. Jim’s prior experience includes The Northern Trust Company, Smith Barney/Citigroup, RBC Dain Rauscher, and the Catholic Community Foundation.
Jim earned an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, a B.B.A. in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.
In addition to the University of St. Thomas College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board, Jim serves as Chair of the Our Lady of Grace Church Endowment Committee and as a member of the Catholic Charities Planned Giving Committee. He is Past-President of the St. Thomas Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors, a member of the Minnesota Planned Giving Council and the Financial Planning Association, and he serves on other committees in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and at the Minikahda Club as well. And, in the year 2000, Jim completed the Twin Cities Marathon.
Jim lives in Edina with his wife Annie and their two daughters. Jim’s father (Jim Sr.) is a graduate of St. Thomas College, and his mother, Lucia, graduated from St. Catherine’s.
Niels Sorensen graduated from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, and from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1974 with a Doctor of Medicine.
After graduating from medical school, Sorensen interned at Baylor University Medical Center, in Houston, Texas. He completed his surgical residency training at Ramsey County Hospital, now known as Regions Hospital, and is currently a general, and laparosco pic, surgeon for Allina Health Systems in Forest Lake, Minnesota.
In 2006, he and his wife Carol endowed a scholarship for students majoring in biology, chemistry, or engineering who are also planning on attending medical school after graduation. Sorensen is also helping to create a mentorship program for pre-medical students at St. Thomas.