Eichhorn Student Activities Center
2nd Floor, Campus Center
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.
- Tomas Adalsteinsson, Athletics
- Stephanie Alden, MAX Center
- Amanda-Rae Barboza, Residential Life
- Mark Bechtel, Campus Center
- Deanna Brabant, Athletics
- Tessa Brow, Residential Life
- Michele Cornish, Athletics
- Annie Doman, Athletics
- Coco Du, Res Life
- Keith Edwards, Campus Life
- Dave Ehren, MAX Center
- Betsy Emerson, Athletics
- Ellen Giere, Health and Wellness
- Becky Graham, MAX Center
- Brett Gray, Residential Life
- Allison Greenlee, Campus Programs
- Laurie Hamre, Student Affairs
- Robin Hart Ruthenbeck, Campus Programs
- Jim Hoppe, Dean of Students
- Rachel Kamagne-Jones ‘07, International Center
- Melanie LaBrasseur, Campus Life
- Lisa Landreman, Student Affairs
- Kate Larson, Career Development Center
- Jon Mergens, Residential Life
- Jake Mohan, MAX Center
- Sedric McClure, MAX Center and DML
- Suresh Mudragada, Campus Programs
- Danielle Nelson '05, Annual Fund
- Onenee Saloka, Campus Center
- Steph Walters, Health and Wellness Center
- Tim Whittle, Athletics
Tomas Adalsteinsson, Athletics
B.A. in Psychology, University of Iceland
M.A. Sport Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
Worked as a mental health counselor at the children & adolescent psychiatric unit at the University Hospital in Iceland. Patients with variety of mental and social difficulties.
Published an article in Journal of Attention Disorders on the relationship between anti-social behavior and mental disorders.
Provide mental conditioning at the professional level as well as all amateur levels. Specialize in focusing skills, goal setting, visualization, and confidence building.
Coach golf and soccer.
Stephanie Alden, MAX Center
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 am responsible for directing a new pilot Supplemental Instruction program in the Chemistry department. In addition to my responsibilities in the MAX Center, I support 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 12 and 14.
Amanda-Rae Barboza, Residential Life
Originally from Brick, NJ, this will be my second year in St.Paul and at Macalester College. Prior to Mac, I was at Iowa State University where I got my Masters Degree in High Education with a certificate in Social Justice Education and before then George Mason Univeristy, where I got my BA in Political Science. I am RHD in Doty & Turck Halls as well as work on some collaborative efforts with the DML, Campus Programs, Office of Student Affairs, and many others. When I'm off campus, I enjoy volunteering with Animal Rescues, as a Big Sister with Big Sister/Big Brothers, exploring the Twin Cities, see theatre productions, running, reading, and eating (lots of eating). I am excited for the opportunity to connect with students and discuss anything from experiences prior to mac, experiences at Mac, goals, dreams, ambitions, identities, and much more.
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.
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.
I am a new student affairs professional at Macalester who has a strong base of general skills from working in residence life for the past two years. I am passionate about leadership development, social justice education, academic advising, and any position that challenges students to ask big questions and make sense of their lives. I approach my work through a simultaneously critical and developmental lens that pushes students to recognize their place in our interconnected world. My salient identities are: White womanhood, coming from a working class background, and identifying as a secular humanist (agnostic) after being raised in a very Christian family.
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!!
Annie Doman, Athletics
I am going on my fifth year at Macalester as the head volleyball coach. It is very important for me to spend time with students in the program both on and off the court. I feel it is important to get to know them each individually and enjoy helping them in many different ways. Prior to that I was at Carroll University for 5 years as the head volleyball coach and recreation director. I received my undergraduate degree in Special Education and masters degree in Exercise and Sport Science at University of Central Missouri. I love to travel, ski, read, listen to music and socialize with others.
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.
Dave Ehren, MAX Center
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!
Ellen Giere, Health and Wellness
Bachelor of Nursing Degree
5 years Pediatric ICU experience - Children's Hospital, Boston
Community Patient Care - caring for mix of children and adults with medical needs in home setting.
Master of Science Degree - Family Nurse Practitioner
14 years experience in Internal Medicine - private practice - adolescent, adult and geriatric care in primary care setting.
Adolescent care in college health setting at Macalester
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.
Allison Greenlee, Campus Programs
I've been at Mac for 12 years and have worked in various capacities; Campus Programs, Residential Life, and Career Development. Prior to Mac, I have worked in adventure learning, MPLS public schools, and a regional park district. I live with my partner, Tanya, in Mpls. with our awesome German Shepard/Lab mix, Eleanor. I enjoy biking the twin cities, running, exploring, good humor and not taking myself too seriously.
Laurie Hamre, Student Affairs
I am fortunate to have worked for 22 years in student affairs at Macalester. Through the years I have enjoyed building relationships with students that have continued long after graduation. Connecting alumni with current students has become a regular past time. I like to help think about avocation and vocation, attend athletic and student events and get students off campus.
My partner Lisa and I live close to campus and enjoy biking, good food, movies, golf and traveling.
Jim Hoppe, Dean of Students
Prior to arriving at Macalester in 2004 I worked at University of Puget Sound, Saint Louis University and Northwestern University. I have a BA from the University of New Mexico, MsEd from Indiana University, and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. I am active in NASPA, and on the board of several organizations. I am also active in Macalester-Plymouth United Church, as Usher Coordinator. I live close to campus with my partner Mike and two sons, age 13 & 8.
Rachel Kamagne-Jones ‘07, International Center
I joined the International Center in November 2010. I am a 2007 Macalester graduate, where I majored in Anthropology and African Studies. During my time as a student at Macalester, I studied abroad in Mali. Following graduation, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon. There I taught English and Computer Science to secondary and post-secondary students. Prior to returning to Macalester as a staff member, I worked as the Outreach Coordinator in the Study Abroad Office at the University of Illinois.
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
I've worked as a dog sitter, lifeguard, ESL teacher, security guard, semi-professional gift wrapper, house painter, marketing director, yoga instructor, janitor, teaching assistant, accreditation researcher and counselor. With openness and a sense humor, I think every job can offer plenty of ground for exploration, learning and lessons. I love working at Macalester because this community engages my intellects, pulls at my heart strings, and challenges me to continually and authentically, grow. I live outside of the Twin Cities on the St. Croix River with my crew, namely my partner Peter, our son Dashiell, and two rascal dogs.
Jon Mergens, Residential Life
I have lived in Minnesota my entire life, and gradated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. I am going into my second year as a Residence Hall Director, and I am also a graduate student getting a degree in Student Affairs. I am passionate about social justice, identity development, and building connections with others on campus. As a member of the LGBT community, I am also passionate about working with and supporting students who identify or may be exploring this part of themselves.
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.
Suresh Mudragada, Campus Programs
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.
Danielle Nelson '05, Annual Fund
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.
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).