2017-18 Law Alumni Board Members Announced

The University of St. Thomas School of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of the 2017-18 Law Alumni Advisory Board.

2017-18 OFFICERS

  • President and Board of Governors Representative: Pat Zomer ’11, Moss and Barnett, a Professional Association (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Past President and Board of Governors Representative: Gina Jensen ’05, UnitedHealth (Minneapolis, MN)
  • President-elect: Jake Grassel ’09, Howse & Thompson, P.A. (Plymouth, MN)
  • Secretary and Treasurer: Bryan Feldhaus '06, Lommen Abdo, P.A. (Minneapolis, MN)

CONTINUING DIRECTORS (term until 6/30/2017)

  • Maria Bazakos ’14, McCarthy Duffy (Chicago, IL)
  • Michael Boulette ‘10, Messerli & Kramer (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Salena Koster ’12, Koster Constructions (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Thomas Mastroianni ’09, Fox Rothschild, LLP (Blue Bell, PA)
  • Charlye McMillan ’14, The Gingerbread Group (Saint Paul, MN)
  • Colleen Ritchie '14, Coinbase (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Elizabeth Odette ’04, Lockridge Grindal Nauen, P.L.L.P. (Minneapolis, MN)

INCOMING DIRECTORS (term until 6/30/2019)

  • Gerry Fornwald '05, Winthrop & Weinstine (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Amanda Bloomgren '06, Bloomgren Hanson Legal (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Matt Mons '08, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools (Saint Paul, MN)
  • Nicholas Linstroth '10, Hennepin County Attorney's Office (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Brittany Besler '12, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Boston, MA)
  • Samuel Johnson '13, Skonick & Joyce (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Steve Kool '14, Winthrop & Weinstine (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Jessica Tjornehoj '15, U.S. Bancorp (Minneapolis, MN)

About the Alumni Board

The University of St. Thomas 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 St. Thomas 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 St. Thomas Law Board of Governors. 

The goals and objectives of the Alumni Board are:

  • Advising and informing the Dean, the administration and the faculty in matters important to the St. Thomas law 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 St. Thomas Law community;
  • Promoting and participating in the activities and academic programs of the law school;
  • Maintaining and supporting relationships among alumni;
  • Contributing to the long-term financial success of St. Thomas Law;
  • Recruiting and supporting the candidacies of excellent prospective students, faculty and staff for the law school;
  • Assisting St. Thomas 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 Bylaws.

 2017-18 Alumni Board (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)

 

Standing in back from left to right: Gerry Fornwald, Jessica Tjornehoj, Nick Linstroth, Salena Koster, Colleen Ritchie, Elizabeth Odette, Matt Mons, Charlye McMillan, Steve Kool, Amanda Bloomgren

Sitting in front from left to rightDean Robert Vischer, Bryan Feldhaus, Gina Jensen, Jake Grassel, Nicole Fredricks Jackson, and Lisa Brabbit

Not pictured: Maria Bazakos, Brittany Besler, Michael Boulette, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Mastroianni, and Pat Zomer

 2016-17 Alumni Board (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017)

Law Alumni Board

 

Standing in back from left to right: Rhonda Skoby, Charlye McMillan, Jason Thibodeaux, Whitney Krogman, Matt Jensen, Salena Koster, and Samuel Johnson

Sitting in front from left to right: Dean Robert Vischer, Jake Grassel, Stacy McVary, Gina Jensen, Elizabeth Odette, and Lisa Brabbit

Not pictured: Maria Bazakos, Michael Boulette, Beth Forsythe, Bryan Huffman, Graham Martin, Thomas Mastroianni, Julie Offenhauser, and Pat Zomer

 2015-16 Alumni Board (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016)

Standing in back from left to right: Jake Grassel, Christina Hilleary, Samuel Johnson, Erin Gross, Jason Thibodeaux, Matt Jensen, Whitney Krogman, Meghan Marty, Graham Martin, Bryan Huffman, Beth Forsythe, Pat Zomer, and Annie Santos

Sitting in front from left to right: Dean Robert Vischer, Christopher Wheaton, Gina Jensen, Julie Offenhauser, Adam Brown, Nicole Jackson, and Lisa Brabbit

Not pictured: Michael Boulette, Juno Nayagam, and Rhonda Skoby

Standing in back from left to right: Nicole Truso, Angela Hoppe, Juno Nayagam, Amanda Bloomgren, Rhonda Skoby, Wole Awoyinka, Phillip Johnson, Erin Gross, Christina Hilleary, Pat Zomer, and Jake Grassel

Sitting in front from left to right: Dean Robert Vischer, Annie Santos, Adam Brown, Christopher Wheaton, Julia Offenhauser, Nicole Fredricks Jackson, Lisa Brabbit, and Bryce Young

Not pictured: Michael Boulette, Laura Hammargren, Salena Koster, and Kaylin Ness

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)

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

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

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

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).

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).

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).