Lynda McDonnellExecutive Director
Lynda McDonnell has been a journalist in Minnesota for more than 30 years, covering everything from politics to poverty, labor unions to honey queens. She spent 20 years as a reporter and editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, most recently as the political editor. Before that, she was a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune.
She has been a Nieman fellow at Harvard and a Bush leadership fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she earned an undergraduate degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing.
McDonnell has been the executive director of ThreeSixty at the University of St. Thomas since 2002. McDonnell and her journalist husband live in Minneapolis and have two wonderful adult sons, two terrific daughters-in-law and a beautiful grandson. She is an essayist and short story writer who loves hiking the Ice Age Trail in western Wisconsin. She claims her messy desk is a sign of rampant creativity.
Thomas RozwadowskiYouth Publications Editor
Thomas Rozwadowski began his journalism career as a part-time weekend photo clerk at the Green Bay Press-Gazette before working his way through the newsroom as a night cops reporter, features/entertainment writer and online editor.
A 2002 graduate of St. Norbert College in De Pere, he helped create and conceptualize the paper’s online entertainment site, the Green Bay Hub. He also worked as a fill-in print editor and maintained the Press-Gazette’s food, TV, music and Packers features coverage. Personal highlights include covering local news and Packers features at Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas, where he also had the courage to ask Sports Illustrated supermodel Brooklyn Decker for five minutes of her time (but not her phone number). Thomas has also freelanced for several publications and companies, most notably with the Green Bay Packers and The Onion A.V. Club.
In his spare time, Thomas plans to soak up the Twin Cities’ music and food scenes. He’ll also keep his Packers fandom relatively restrained since it might hurt the feelings of longtime Minnesota Vikings supporters.
Katie JohnsonCommunity Outreach Editor
Katie Johnson has been coordinating literacy programs and teaching youth in the Twin Cities for the past ten years. She most recently comes to ThreeSixty from the Minnesota Literacy Council where she built strong partnerships among adolescent literacy projects across the state through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Katie is thrilled to get back into the classroom where she can help students grow their stories into works of art.
As a 2003 graduate of Environmental Studies and Social Justice at Hamline University, Katie spent many years in creative teaching adventures with teenagers. Her work included leading gardening programs at the Community Design Center, teaching creative writing and public speaking at LearningWorks at Blake (now Breakthrough), and coordinating after-school programs at Project for Pride in Living. She then moved into more administrative positions, creating tools and resources to better equip Minnesota nonprofits to develop stronger reading and writing programs for kids.
Outside of her work as Community Outreach Editor, Katie will be teaching yoga, baking cinnamon rolls for a local B&B, and practicing her swing dancing moves. If you come to the office on the right day, she just might have a chewy dark chocolate ginger cookie for you to sample.
Briana GruenewaldCommunications Marketing Coordinator
Briana Gruenewald graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she was a copy editor for the college newspaper, The Spectator, city editor for her capstone website InsideEauClaire, chair of Relay For Life and vice president of the Communication and Journalism Organization. She studied abroad in England for a semester where she fell in love with Europe and developed a deep sense of wanderlust.
After graduating, Briana spent two years as an AmeriCorps member — one as a preschool literacy tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps and one as theVISTA volunteer coordinator with ThreeSixty Journalism. Two years of “getting things done for America” with two separate nonprofits sparked a passion for a continued fight toward closing the achievement gap and instilling a love of literacy in young people.
A proud St. Paulite, Briana enjoys jogs on Summit Avenue, concerts at the Turf Club and waffle cones full of salted caramel ice cream from Izzy’s.