Nicole Bernardi has the distinction of being of the earliest and longest serving members of the Catholic Studies Advisory Board. A native New Yorker, she earned a B.A. in Sociology and International Relations from Clark University in Worcester, a master’s degree in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work in Manhattan, and a nursing degree from St. Catherine University.
Nicole has worked in child protection for Hennepin County, in private practice with teens recovering from physical and sexual abuse, as an employee-assistance counselor at Optum Health Care, and as a home hospice social worker for North Memorial Hospital.
Nicole joined the Catholic Studies Advisory Board in 2003, and currently serves as Chair of the development committee. She also serves on the board of the College of Arts and Sciences at UST. Married to Luigi Bernardi, their daughters both attend UST, Francesca (’16) and Antonella (’18).
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.
More information on Ms. Ann Folkman coming soon.
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.
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’s career has primarily been in the financial services industry, largely in legal and compliance roles. Currently, Kelly is Senior Counsel at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Minneapolis, MN. While at Thrivent, she has been responsible for providing legal support for the following: distribution of insurance products, creation of alternative distribution models and the topic of sales practices to seniors and working with vulnerable adults. Currently, Kelly focuses on new business development activities at Thrivent. Kelly has also acted as Secretary and/or Chief Legal Officer for several subsidiary boards within Thrivent and was a member of the Thrivent Foundation Grant Review Team.
In addition to serving as the Vice Chair for the College of Arts and Science Board of Advisors, she has also been a member of the Women Connect Steering Committee at the University of St. Thomas.
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.
More information on Rev. Larry Snyder coming soon.