Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center, 236
This mentor programm is designed to allow you to connect with another staff member on campus who is not your direct supervisor, adviser, or coach. We are hoping this will provide you the opportunity to benefit from another connection with a staff member whom you do not report to and therefore will allow you to share different aspects of your life, discuss conflicts, and grow personally. If you are interested please explore the possible mentors below and complete this form.
- Stephanie Alden, MAX Center
- Deanna Brabant, Athletics
- Mark Bechtel, Campus Center
- Michele Cornish, Athletics
- Coco Du, Res Life
- Keith Edwards, Campus Life
- Dave Ehren, MAX Center
- Betsy Emerson, Athletics
- Becky Graham, MAX Center
- Brett Gray, Residential Life
- Robin Hart Ruthenbeck, Campus Programs
- Melanie LaBrasseur, Campus Life
- Lisa Landreman, Student Affairs
- Kate Larson, Career Development Center
- Jake Mohan, MAX Center
- Sedric McClure, MAX Center and DML
- Suresh Mudragada, Campus Programs
- Danielle Nelson '05, Annual Fund
- Onenee Saloka, Campus Center
- Emily Stuber, Residential Life
- Steph Walters, Health and Wellness Center
- Tim Whittle, Athletics
I work in the MAX Center to provide individual and group support to students on science topics, learning difficulties, and study strategies. I assists students working on applications for summer research positions and she is responsible for directing a new pilot Supplemental Instruction program in the Chemistry department. I also supports multiple facets of the Macalester-HHMI Science Research Initiative (MHRI), by working with other staff members of the Science and Research Office to help students identify and apply for opportunities funded by the MHRI, and also provide administrative support for the Global Health Scholars Program as well as the HHMI grant in general.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending as much time outside as possible: walking, biking, and cross-country skiing. I enjoy traveling, cooking, and reading, and listening to (and playing) many types of music. I live in St. Paul with my husband and two children, ages 11 and 13.
Deanna Brabant, Athletics
I have been in an administrative role at Macalester for 11 years. Prior to that I was an IT Trainer. My character and strong commitment to my work is driven by my years in the United States Coast Guard. I have three boys and am a single parent. My personal time is spent doing cardio, strength, yoga, exploring the cities, hearing live music. I am an outdoor enthusiast and have spent lots of time camping and hiking.
Mark Bechtel, Campus Center
I was raised in Florida, in a middle-class household. I went to a large high school, and an enormous college, but now really love the small college atmosphere. I came out just a couple years ago, even though my friends and family have been very supportive, it took a long time for me to accept it myself. I was very undecided about my career and future for a long time, and now feel like I am on the right path.
Michele Cornish, Athletics
I'm the Head Coach of Women's Soccer at Macalester. I'm from Colorado. Lived in Asheville NC and coached at UNCA for 17 years. Active outdoor sports/ activities are important to me in all seasons. Did the Tough Mudder this summer with my son. Live in Faribault, MN. Mom to a 19 y/o son (will attend Luther College) and 14 y/o daughter. George Mason University Graduate. Interests in sustainability, cooking, baking,good coffee, good beer, reading, DIY, good movies, my dogs and cat. Married to an English guy...20 years this past summer. I love Mac students!!
Coco Du, Res Life
My personal interests include the exploration of culture and identities, strong focus on the intersection of race and gender. As a woman of color I would love to mentor students of color if possible. I am also interested in helping students transition to Macalester and/or other transitional issues.
Keith Edwards, Campus Life
I've been at Mac for seven years. My family and I live in Minneapolis. I'm a former dish washer, camp counselor, basketball coach, and social studies teacher. My professional interests include social justice, men and masculinities, positive psychology, sustainability, and sexual assault prevention. I spend my free time watching quality TV, playing basketball, triathlon training, and good food.
I'm a Macalester alum with a son now in college at Hamline. I've been teaching math and physics for over 20 years and married for over 22. I like playing all sorts of games, including new ones. I like meeting Mac students because their different perspectives cause me to keep on thinking.
Betsy Emerson, Athletics
I am beginning my 4th year as head women's cross country coach at MAC. I spent 17 years at another Liberal Arts College in the Midwest, Luther College, coaching and teaching prior to MAC. At Luther I was an academic advisor and enjoyed spending time with students other than those I coached. I am an avid biker and run and strength train to stay fit. Love the outdoors. Love meeting new people and learning about them. I live with my partner Margaret in downtown St. Paul. I value honesty, respect for others, love and kindness, equality, freedom to be who I am. I love MAC and absolutely love the chance to work with such amazing student athletes. I feel blessed to be here and would love to have the chance to be a mentor to folks that I don't work with otherwise!
Becky Graham, MAX Center
As the writing and study skills counselor in the MAX Center, I meet with students individually to talk about their academic progress. As human beings, we can't completely separate academics from personal, though, so out conversations cover a lot of territory. I always have a box of tissue in my office just in case, but more often than not we end up with smiles and laughter. One thing I love about my job is learning so much from students, so I welcome the chance to sit and chat about any topic under the sun!
Brett Gray, Residential Life
My leadership journey propelled forward during my four years at a small, liberal arts college, and it is important to take advantage of the unique learning opportunities at such institutions. As a student-athlete, tutor, and RA, I gained experiences and learned lessons that prepared me for graduate school and my career. Through each of my roles on campus, I was fortunate to have the guidance of strong mentors who helped develop my integrity, values, and vision.
Melanie LaBrasseur, Campus Life
I'm Department Coordinator for Campus Life. I have been at Macalester for 5 1/2 years. I'm from St.Paul, MN. I have 2 kids, both in college. I love spending time with my friends and family. I also love to read, go on long walks and do fun things in the Twin Cities. Going to the lake, great restaurants, and outdoor festivals. I would love to connect with students and learn about their experience at Mac.
Lisa Landreman, Student Affairs
I'm from Milwaukee, WI and went to school at UW-LaCrosse with a major in Social Work, Indiana University for Masters in Student Affairs, and the University of MI where I received my PhD in Higher Education with an emphasis on diversity issues and social justice in higher education. Personally I love theatre, improv comedy, movies and am an foodie (meaning I love to cook and eat good food!). I've sailed around the world twice with the Semester at Sea study abroad program and love to hear about people's travels.
Kate Larson, Career Development Center
More than 12 years professional work in higher education environments. Undergrad work and early career in marketing. Love for direct service led to graduate work in counseling. As a professional counselor, collaborate with colleagues across higher ed and clinical environments to develop innovative offerings to improve student success. Passionate about the integration of social justice into counseling, and specifically improving access and opportunities.
Jake Mohan, MAX Center
I'm in my third year as a Writing Counselor at the MAX (Macalester Academic Excellence) Center. I also teach a section of English 101: College Writing in the spring. Each semester I work individually with dozens of students, often on a recurring basis, to improve their writing skills.
I received my BA from Lawrence University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. I publish personal essays in various online media. My interests include literary nonfiction, journalism, music, running, and cycling. I also play the drums.
I’m originally from Auburn, AL and am a foodie and movie buff. I attended Auburn University and studied international business and finance. I was very involved with student activities in college and developed a passion for student engagement. I attended grad school at Loyola University Chicago and received a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. I love my job in Campus Programs and the opportunities I’ve have to collaborate with QPOCC identity collective and LOC.
I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin but came to Macalester and majored in Women's, Gender and Sexuality studies. When I was a student, I struggled being from a lower income family and being the first in my family to go to college, which is why I'm a fundraiser here now. In fact, I moved all the way back here from Oregon because I'm so grateful for all of the support I received from Macalester and I want to give back! At Mac, I was an RA and was involved in Queer Union.
Onenee Saloka, Card Services
Emily Stuber, Residential Life
I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota originally and live here on campus with my husband and our cat. I majored in Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies in college and have a Master's in Student Development. In college I was involved in a sorority, was an RA, served on a campus wide task force looking at diversity and social justice on campus, and performed in many dance productions. I am also a yoga instructor in the area and on campus. I am passionate about social justice, leadership development, and our capacity to foster empathy and connection.
Steph Walters, HWC
My strengths: work-life balance (for feminists of all genders :), how non-science majors can pursue (and thrive!) in health care graduate school, understanding different health career options (I have an MPH, post-doctoral fellowship in adolescent health, MD but also a "lot of friends" who are nurses or other types of healers :), the role of liberal arts education (I went to Grinnell!) in one's professional role, making sure you still have time for camping with your kids and dog when you become a doctor (or fill in your own demanding profession here).