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Our Team – Minnesota


Dr. Joanna Ramirez
Executive Director

Board Members

Julio Vargas-Essex
Vice President of Student Success, North Hennepin Community College
Stephen Friend
Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, Thrivent Financial
Elle Grothaus
Global Talent Leader & Global Human Resources Business Partner - Commercial Excellence, Cargill, Inc.
Bruce Henderson II
Vice President, HR, Avantor
Natalia Rico Hernández
Head of School, Breck School
Jasmine Jirele
Chief Growth Officer, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Douachee Lee
Program & AmeriCorps Alumna
Marketing Manager, Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
Dee Olateru
Senior Manager, Financial Services Banking & Capital Markets, Ernst & Young
Rhonda O’Neill
Community Volunteer
Elizabeth Simermeyer
Executive Vice President and President, Ecolab Inc.
Chris Staley
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Horizontal
Zer Vang
Program Alumna
Director of Student Recruitment - University of St. Thomas, Morrison Family College of Health

Alumni Leadership Council Members

Maya Vue, Chair
Augsburg University ‘13
Founder/Owner, Miss Muze
Cyndy Gavalin-Armeta
Augsburg University ‘14
Senior Bank Associate, TCF Bank
Vincent Henry Jr.
Augsburg University ‘15
Family Advocate, Simpson Housing Services
Kankemwa Kanke-Green
Minnesota State University-Mankato ‘16
Academic Specialist, Plymouth Christian Youth Center
Arnold Kpoto
St. Cloud State University ‘08
Project Manager - GSC OPEX, Medtronic
Brandon Ngo
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities '20
Associate Engineer, TCF Bank
Jasmine Porter
Gustavus Adolphus College ‘13
Career Navigator/Program Coordinator, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties
Samantha Timmerman
Lawrence University ‘14
Database and CRM Specialist, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx
Abdi Umur
Gustavus Adolphus College ‘15
Pharmacy Technician, Hennepin Healthcare
Mai Xiong
Augsburg University ‘15
Payroll & HRIS Specialist, Venture Bank
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