Contact Us

HealthCareMBA@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-8817

(651) 962-4508

Parking:

The 11th Street & Harmon public parking ramp is connected to the campus via skyway. On-street meter parking is also available.

In Person:
46 11th Street South
Schulze Hall, Suite 400

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

 

Mailing Address:
University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
Health Care UST MBA Program
Box 5
1000 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005

 

 

Admissions Team

Tiffany Cork

Director of Recruiting and Admissions

(651) 962-8801
tiffany.cork@stthomas.edu

Tiffany Cork is director of recruiting and admissions for the graduate business programs at the college. 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 nonprofits 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.

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Tiffany Cork

Director of Recruiting and Admissions

(651) 962-8801
tiffany.cork@stthomas.edu

Tiffany Cork is director of recruiting and admissions for the graduate business programs at the college. 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 nonprofits 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.

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Alley Benton

Assistant Director, Recruiting and Admissions

alley.benton@stthomas.edu

Alley began working with the University of St. Thomas’ Graduate Admissions team in 2016, recruiting for the Health Care and Executive MBA programs. Prior to joining St. Thomas, Alley moved to Minnesota from the DC area where she spent several years working in Graduate Admissions at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. She also worked with the University of North Carolina, facilitating their online MBA program. Alley holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Michigan State University.

 

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Alley Benton

Assistant Director, Recruiting and Admissions

alley.benton@stthomas.edu

Alley began working with the University of St. Thomas’ Graduate Admissions team in 2016, recruiting for the Health Care and Executive MBA programs. Prior to joining St. Thomas, Alley moved to Minnesota from the DC area where she spent several years working in Graduate Admissions at the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. She also worked with the University of North Carolina, facilitating their online MBA program. Alley holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Michigan State University.

 

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Sandy Bauer

Program Coordinator

(651) 962-8800
sandy.bauer@stthomas.edu

Sandy Bauer manages event planning and event communication for recruiting and admissions activities in the graduate business programs. Before joining the team, she worked at the National Institute of Health Policy and various centers within the Opus College of Business. Bauer has also worked in marketing for a pharmaceutical company and at UnitedHealth Group. She has a bachelor of arts in English and in mass media from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a master’s degree in library and information science from St. Catherine University.

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Sandy Bauer

Program Coordinator

(651) 962-8800
sandy.bauer@stthomas.edu

Sandy Bauer manages event planning and event communication for recruiting and admissions activities in the graduate business programs. Before joining the team, she worked at the National Institute of Health Policy and various centers within the Opus College of Business. Bauer has also worked in marketing for a pharmaceutical company and at UnitedHealth Group. She has a bachelor of arts in English and in mass media from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a master’s degree in library and information science from St. Catherine University.

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Mike Leach

Candidate Outreach Advisor

(651) 962-8804
michael.leach@stthomas.edu

Mike is the Candidate Outreach Advisor in recruiting and admissions for the Opus College of Business graduate business programs, and serves as a first point of contact for prospective students.  Prior to working at St. Thomas, Mike worked in project management and marketing around the Twin Cities area for six years.  As a St. Thomas alum himself, Mike is proud to be back working at his alma mater.  He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of St. Thomas in 2011.

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Mike Leach

Candidate Outreach Advisor

(651) 962-8804
michael.leach@stthomas.edu

Mike is the Candidate Outreach Advisor in recruiting and admissions for the Opus College of Business graduate business programs, and serves as a first point of contact for prospective students.  Prior to working at St. Thomas, Mike worked in project management and marketing around the Twin Cities area for six years.  As a St. Thomas alum himself, Mike is proud to be back working at his alma mater.  He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of St. Thomas in 2011.

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Program Management and Advising

Portrait of John McVea

John McVea

Faculty Director

(651) 962-4202
jfmcvea@stthomas.edu

John McVea researches and teaches in the areas of entrepreneurial strategy and social entrepreneurship. His work had been published in journals such as The Journal of Business Venturing and The Journal of Business Ethics.

He has written more than a dozen business case studies focusing on issues such as market entry strategy, innovation field studies, cash flow forecasting, the challenges of growth and the use of social media. His teaching philosophy brings together three approaches: student centered learning through case discussion, writing across the curriculum and place-based education. These approaches result in highly interactive discussion based classroom experiences.

Originally from the North of Ireland, he has undergraduate degrees in both engineering and economics from the University of Birmingham, England, an M.B.A. from the Darden School and a Ph.D. from The University of Virginia.

Before returning to academia, McVea spent a dozen years working in industry for Dupont, initially in product/market development in the U.S. and ultimately as manager of textile filament manufacturing operation in the U.K. After earning his M.B.A., he worked for Bain & Co. in Boston as a strategy consultant advising in fields ranging from paper manufacture to oil drilling to private equity acquisition assessment.

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Portrait of John McVea

John McVea

Faculty Director

(651) 962-4202
jfmcvea@stthomas.edu

John McVea researches and teaches in the areas of entrepreneurial strategy and social entrepreneurship. His work had been published in journals such as The Journal of Business Venturing and The Journal of Business Ethics.

He has written more than a dozen business case studies focusing on issues such as market entry strategy, innovation field studies, cash flow forecasting, the challenges of growth and the use of social media. His teaching philosophy brings together three approaches: student centered learning through case discussion, writing across the curriculum and place-based education. These approaches result in highly interactive discussion based classroom experiences.

Originally from the North of Ireland, he has undergraduate degrees in both engineering and economics from the University of Birmingham, England, an M.B.A. from the Darden School and a Ph.D. from The University of Virginia.

Before returning to academia, McVea spent a dozen years working in industry for Dupont, initially in product/market development in the U.S. and ultimately as manager of textile filament manufacturing operation in the U.K. After earning his M.B.A., he worked for Bain & Co. in Boston as a strategy consultant advising in fields ranging from paper manufacture to oil drilling to private equity acquisition assessment.

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Kate DiAna

Senior Program Director

(651) 962-4135
kddiana@stthomas.edu

Kate DiAna is the program director for the Health Care MBA, the Executive MBA and the MS in Health Care Communication programs. Before joining St. Thomas, she had extensive experience in admissions, student services and academic affairs at several universities either specializing in health care or MBA programs. She has a B.S. from Purdue University and a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota.

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Kate DiAna

Senior Program Director

(651) 962-4135
kddiana@stthomas.edu

Kate DiAna is the program director for the Health Care MBA, the Executive MBA and the MS in Health Care Communication programs. Before joining St. Thomas, she had extensive experience in admissions, student services and academic affairs at several universities either specializing in health care or MBA programs. She has a B.S. from Purdue University and a master's degree in education from the University of Minnesota.

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Melissa Lammers

Assistant Director

(651) 962-4114
melissa.lammers@stthomas.edu

Melissa Lammers facilitates student life and the academic learning environment for the Health Care MBA, Executive MBA and the MS in Health Care Communication programs.  Before joining St. Thomas at the end of 2015, she worked in marketing at UnitedHealthcare.  She has a bachelor of arts in business communication from the University of St. Thomas. In addition to being thrilled about working for her alma mater, Lammers is delighted to have the opportunity to build and foster relationships with students.

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Melissa Lammers

Assistant Director

(651) 962-4114
melissa.lammers@stthomas.edu

Melissa Lammers facilitates student life and the academic learning environment for the Health Care MBA, Executive MBA and the MS in Health Care Communication programs.  Before joining St. Thomas at the end of 2015, she worked in marketing at UnitedHealthcare.  She has a bachelor of arts in business communication from the University of St. Thomas. In addition to being thrilled about working for her alma mater, Lammers is delighted to have the opportunity to build and foster relationships with students.

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Kilee Pertl

Program Coordinator

kilee.pertl@stthomas.edu

Kilee Pertl assists in coordinating the Health Care MBA, the Executive MBA and MS in Health Care Communication cohort programs through the Opus College of Business.  She joined the team in Summer 2017 after working at Target in Apparel Merchandising.  Kilee is a St. Thomas '16 alumna herself with a degree in Management & Leadership, Marketing and Business Communications.  As a Minnesota native, she is excited to continue working in beautiful downtown Minneapolis with students and faculty to engage in continued learning and professional development.

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Kilee Pertl

Program Coordinator

kilee.pertl@stthomas.edu

Kilee Pertl assists in coordinating the Health Care MBA, the Executive MBA and MS in Health Care Communication cohort programs through the Opus College of Business.  She joined the team in Summer 2017 after working at Target in Apparel Merchandising.  Kilee is a St. Thomas '16 alumna herself with a degree in Management & Leadership, Marketing and Business Communications.  As a Minnesota native, she is excited to continue working in beautiful downtown Minneapolis with students and faculty to engage in continued learning and professional development.

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