Alumni Board & Committees

About the Alumni Association Board

The UST School of Law Alumni Association was founded in 2006.  All graduates of the School of Law belong to the Alumni Association.  No dues are charged for membership.  

The Law Alumni Advisory Board directs and conducts the business and affairs of the Alumni Association, advances the UST Law mission, and furthers the goals and objectives of the Alumni Association. The Board includes four officers (Past-President, President, President-elect and Secretary/Treasurer), 15 directors and the Student Government President. Each officer holds a one-year term, and each director holds a two-year term.  The President and the Past-President also hold a seat on the UST Law Board of Governors. 

The goals and objectives of the Alumni Association are as follows:

  • Advising and informing the Dean, the administration and the faculty in matters important to the School of Law and its community;
  • Fostering a spirit of public service within the communities in which its members live and work;
  • Recognizing the personal and professional accomplishments of the members of the School of Law community;
  • Promoting and participating in the activities and academic programs of the School of Law;
  • Maintaining and supporting relationships among alumni;
  • Contributing to the long-term financial success of the School of Law;
  • Recruiting and supporting the candidacies of excellent prospective students, faculty and staff for the School of Law;
  • Assisting the School of Law alumni and students with career opportunities and development; and
  • Promoting the highest aspirations for the profession and the practice of law.

From time to time, the goals and objectives of the Alumni Association may be reviewed and amended by a majority vote of the members of the Advisory Board.  The goals and objectives are set forth in the Alumni Board's Bylaws .

Alumni Association Committees & Taskforces

In addition to Board positions, the Alumni Association offers graduates other ways to be engaged.  The Alumni Board has several committees and taskforces the fulfill the purpose of the Alumni Association, consistent with the mission of the School of Law.  Each commitee is comprised of at least one Board member, along with other members of the Alumni Association who express an interest in the committee or task force.  The following is a list of the current Alumni Association committees and taskforces:

Annual Giving Committee
Program & Social Committee
Reunion Planning Committee 
Alumnae Networking & Event Planning Committee

If you are interested in becoming a member of any of these committees or taskforces, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations at lawalumni@stthomas.edu

Alumni Association Advisory Board Members

Alumni Association 2013 Advisory Board

Alumni Association 2013 Advisory Board

Standing in back, left to right: Angela Hoppe (’07), Amanda Bloomgren (’06), Salena Tumini (’12), Frank Aba-Onu (’10), Nicole Truso (’09), Christina Hilleary (’09), Rhonda Skoby (’06), Adam Brown (’06),  and Jenny Weigel (’08)

Sitting in front, left to right: Dean Robert Vischer, Vince Gmerek (’13), Christopher Wheaton ('08), Laura Hammargren ('08), Julia Offenhauser ('04), Senior Assistant Dean Lisa Montpetit Brabbit, and Alumni Director Nicole Fredricks Jackson

Not pictured: Wole Awoyinka (’10), Santo Cruz ('10), Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell (’06), Marie Ellis (’10), Phillip Johnson (’11), Brooke Swenson ('07), and Bryce Young (’10)

Alumni Association 2012 Advisory Board

2012 Alumni Board       
Standing in back from left to right: Jenny Weigel (’08), Christina Hilleary (’09), Nicole Truso (’09), Kelly Binford Micheletti (’08), Christopher Nelson (’07), Amelia Selvig (’12), Daniel Olson (’08), Marie Reigstad (’10), Krista Guinn Fink (’06), Frank Aba-Onu (’10), Kate Nilan (’06), Julia Sinaiko Offenhauser ('04), and Adam Brown (’06)

Sitting in front from left to right: Dean Thomas Mengler, Senior Development Officer Kristi Flanagan Villar, Laura Hammargren ('08), Brooke Swenson ('07), Christopher Wheaton ('08), Alumni Director Nicole Fredricks Jackson, and Senior Assistant Dean Lisa Montpetit Brabbit

Not pictured: Santo Cruz ('10), Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell (’06), and John Remakel (’07)

Photo taken by Tom Dunn Photography

Alumni Association 2011 Advisory Board

2011 Board Members     

Standing in back from left to right: Director of Alumni Relations, Nicole Fredricks Jackson, Christopher Wheaton  ('08), Julia Sinaiko Offenhauser ('04), John Remakel ('07), Erin Lord ('09), Rachel Myers Lorentz ('06), Dan Olson ('08), Nicole Truso ('09), Thomas Harrison ('09), Krista Guinn Fink ('06), Bradley Walz ('04), Kate Nilan ('06), and Victoria Jacobson Brenner ('04).

Sitting in front from left to right: Dean Thomas Mengler, Secretary/Treasurer, Laura Hammargren ('08), President-elect, Brooke Swenson ('07), President, Thea Porisch ('04), Past-President and Board of Governors Representative, Kathryn Nikolai Hibbard ('06), Christopher Nelson ('07), and, Assistant Dean Lisa Montpetit Brabbit.

Not pictured: Graciela Gonzalez ('09) and Kelly Binford Micheletti ('08)

Photo taken by Tom Dunn Photography

Alumni Association 2010 Advisory Board

2010 Board Members     

Standing in back from left to right: Christopher Nelson (’07), Erin Lord (’09), Christopher Wheaton (’08), Jessica Slattery Karich (’06), Ian Dobson (’06), M. Graciela Gonzalez (’09), Thomas Harrison (’09), Laura Hammargren (’08), Bradley Walz (’04), Bryan Feldhaus (’06), Rachel Myers (’06), and Joseph Johnson (’07).

Sitting in front from left to right: Dean Thomas Mengler, Zaylore Stout (’10), Past-President and Board of Governors Representative, Darwin William (’05), President, Kathryn Nikolai Hibbard (’06), Secretary/Treasurer, Brooke Swenson (’07), Director of Alumni Relations Nicole Fredricks Jackson, and Assistant Dean Lisa Montpetit Brabbit.

Not pictured:
Kelly Binford (’08), President-elect, Thea Porisch (’04), Matthew Donovan (’04), and Victoria Jacobson Brenner (’04).

Photo taken by Tom Dunn Photography

Alumni Association 2009 Advisory Board

2009 Board Members

Standing in back from left to right: John Saunders (’05), Heather McElroy (’04), Brooke C. Swenson ( ’07), Laura Hammargren (’08), Kelly L. Binford (’08), Jessica Slattery Karich (’06), Joseph Johnson (’07), Ian M. Dobson (’06),  Christopher D. Nelson (’07), John Nesse (’04),  Bryan R. Feldhaus (’06), and Director of Alumni Relations, Nicole Fredricks Jackson.   

Sitting in front from left to right:  Dean Thomas Mengler, Past-President and Board of Governors Representative, Monica A. Kelly (’04), Secretary/Treasurer, Thea Porisch (’04), President, Darwin S. Williams (’05), President-elect, Kathryn Nikolai Hibbard (’06), Victoria Jacobson Brenner(’04), and Assistant Dean Lisa Montpetit Brabbit.

Not pictured: Matthew Donovan (’04), Kristi Schlosser Carlson (’06),and  Loddy Tolzmann (’05).

Alumni Association 2008 Advisory Board

2008 Board Members

Standing in back from left to right:John Saunders ('05), Kevin Waddick ('04), Brooke Swenson ('07), William Josten ('06), Jacob Schunk ('04), John Nesse ('04), Gina Jensen ('05), Heather McElroy ('04),  Emily (Kennedy) Peterson ('05), Loddy Tolzman ('05), Melanie LaComb ('05), and Maggie Skelton ('04). 

Sitting in front from left to right: Dean Thomas Mengler, Victoria Jacobson Brenner ('04), Past-President and Board of Governors Representative, Mark Klos ('04),  President, Monica Kelly ('04), President-elect, Darwin Williams ('05), Secretary/Treasurer, Kathryn Nikolai Hibbard ('06), and Assistant Dean Lisa Brabbit.

Not pictured: Sherry Roberg-Perez ('05) and Kristi Schlosser Carlson ('06).

Alumni Association 2007 Advisory Board

President, Mark Klos ('04), President-elect, Monica Kelly ('04), Secretary/Treasurer, Darwin Williams ('05), Board of Governors Representative, Somah Yarney ('04), Emily (Kennedy) Peterson ('05), Gina Jensen ('05), William Josten ('06), Melanie LaComb ('05), Heather McElroy )'04), John Nesse ('04), Kathryn Nikolai Hibbard ('06), Thea Porisch ('04), Sherry Roberg-Perez ('05), Kristi Schlosser Carlson ('06), Jacob Schunk ('04), Maggie Skelton ('04), Loddy Tolzmann ('05), Kevin Waddick ('04), and Cory Wessman ('04).

Other Ways to Get Involved and Partner with the School of Law

Outside of the Alumni Association Board and Committees, there are many other ways that alumni can remain engaged and connected to each other, faculty, staff and the broader School of Law community.  Please visit the Alumni Resources and Opportunities to learn more.

Board Applications

We are accepting applications for the 2015 Alumni Board.  If you are interested in serving in a leadership position, please consider the following positions available commencing January 1, 2015:

Secretary/Treasurer:  an officer position, automatic succession to the position of President-elect, President and Past-president.

Director, 2 year term:  a voting member of the Board, 8 positions open.

For a more detailed and complete understanding of the responsibilities of serving on the Board and selection criteria, please see the Alumni Board Bylaws and Board Selection Criteria.  Please note that each term will begin in January and conclude in December.

To apply, please complete the Board Application and submit your letter of interest and resume.  Applications and supporting documents are due no later than November 30, 2014.   If you have questions, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations, Nicole Fredricks Jackson, at (651) 962-4863 or at lawalumni@stthomas.edu

Appointments will be announced at the Alumni Christmas Celebration in December.