Full-time UST MBA
Meet Our Staff
Our goal is to ensure the UST MBA programs provide you with essential knowledge, learning resources and challenging experiences on par with any top MBA program in the country. In addition, we strive to exceed expectations for our students with elements unique to St. Thomas:
You will interact with talented leaders in business education on our faculty, who integrate ethics and societal considerations into our entire curriculum.
You will be challenged academically and intellectually, but in a supportive environment.
You will get to know your professors, peers and professional program staff.
You will find a professional community that will benefit you for the rest of your career.
We invite you to become a part of the exciting UST MBA community today!
The Full-time UST MBA Team
As you explore the advantages of our program and the UST experience, feel free to contact us with questions or just to get to know us. Our team is experienced, accessible and dedicated to your professional development.
Director of Admissions
Tiffany Cork is director of admissions for the Full-time and Evening UST MBA programs and leads the recruiting and admissions efforts of the UST MBA programs. Before joining St. Thomas in 2012, she worked for Ernst and Young in the Midwest region as a campus recruiter. Prior to that experience she worked in graduate student recruitment and admissions at a number of schools, as well as volunteer recruitment for non-profits including the Girl Scouts and 4-H. Cork earned a B.A. in international studies and a master's of education from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. Tiffany volunteers as a Guardian Ad Litem in Ramsey County.
Assistant Director of Admissions
Sandra Thomas is one of two assistant directors of admissions for the Full-time UST MBA program. She plays a critical role in recruiting, advising and serving as an important contact for prospective students interested in the Full-time UST MBA program. In addition, Thomas serves as a board member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter. Thomas earned a B.A. in social studies education from St. Olaf College and an M.A. in management and nonprofit management from Hamline University. Prior to coming to the University of St. Thomas, Thomas worked for the Saint Olaf TRiO programs. She advised, coached and assisted first-generation, low-income junior high and high school students living in St. Paul through the college admissions process. In her spare time, Thomas volunteers in her community, mentors TRiO students and donates her time as a “Big Sis” with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Debra A. Basarich
Associate Director of Student Life
Deb Basarich is responsible for helping create an outstanding student experience from Launch Week until graduation. She advises the MBA Student Association leadership team, collaborates with core faculty members to develop the Launch Week and Professional Fridays schedules and works closely with MBA student clubs on case competitions, conferences and on-campus events. Basarich provides academic advising for students and helps identify and develop co-curricular opportunities that meet their needs and interests.
Deb Basarich is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to St. Thomas. Her previous roles at the University of Minnesota included registrar and academic advisor, education abroad coordinator for international programs, and director of student affairs for MBA programs. Basarich enjoys watching hockey and college football as well as spending time in northern Minnesota with family and friends.
M. Kay Wimer
Kay Wimer is the program adviser for the Full-time UST MBA program. In addition to counseling students on course selection and other academic issues, she serves as co-advisor to the UST MBA Student Association and assists students with a wide variety of student life activities. Wimer holds a B.A. with a double major in fine arts and psychology from Indiana University, and she earned an M.A. in education from the University of St. Thomas. She previously advised Evening UST MBA students, and before joining the UST MBA team Wimer coordinated the off-campus programs for the School of Professional Studies.
Department Coordinator, Full-time and Evening MBA Admissions
Hannah Hedegard is the department coordinator for UST MBA admissions. She plays a vital role in assisting the entire team in scheduling interviews, managing the application process and serving as a contact for prospective students enquiring about the Full-time and Evening UST MBA programs. Hedegard received her B.A. from Hamline University in English and secondary education. Prior to coming to the University of St. Thomas, she worked for a design college as a financial aid officer. In her spare time, Hedegard enjoys reading, “up-cycling” thrift store finds in to DIY home decorations and spending time with her family.