Paul Cantrell ’98
After studying computer science, math, music, and religion at Macalester, Paul went into industry, creating software for dozens of companies ranging from tech startups to Fortune 500s to arts nonprofits. Unable to resist Macalester’s siren song, he returned to teach computer science and run the Dev Garden (devgarden.macalester.edu). He leads a secret double life as a composer, pianist, and music entrepreneur, and is artistic director of The New Ruckus (newruckus.org).
Beth Desnick ’82
Co-Founder/President/Chief Strategist, Evology
Beth is the president and chief strategist of the creative agency, Evology. Evology focuses on brands that are actively engaged in delivering products and services that add something positive to the world. She is a lifelong Minneapolitan and the parent of a magnificent high school senior.
Matt Entenza ’83
Attorney, Entenza Law Firm
Matt Entenza is a 1983 Environmental Studies graduate of Macalester. He has law degrees from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and the University of Minnesota. He was DFL Leader of the Minnesota House and represented Macalester for 12 years in the Legislature. His legal practice focuses on helping startups move from idea generation to success and he serves as General Counsel and Director on multiple startups.
Anna Graziano ’13
Strategy & Innovation Consultant, Privia Health
Anna Graziano graduated in 2013 from Macalester and works in digital healthcare innovation at Privia Health (Arlington, VA). Her current focus is building technology-enabled teams that reduce physician burnout and improve patient outcomes. Anna lives in St. Paul and enjoys being active, supporting local classical music, and girls nights with her Macalester best friends.
Dale Johnson ’69
President/CEO, Greene Lyon Group, Inc
A recovering lawyer and risk taker, driven by the goal of making it economically compelling to be environmentally responsible and bearing the scars of hard learned business lessons from startup to IPO. Never failed, because never gave up. Subscribe to Mark Twain’s statement: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Masami Kawazato ’00
Program Director, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Masami Kawazato is a 1.5 generation third-culture immigrant originally from Japan. She moved to Minnesota to attend Macalester College in St. Paul and upon graduation, chose to make Minnesota her home. Over the last 20 years, Masami has worked with and for arts organizations, artists, creatives, and makers in roles at the Walker Art Center, Schubert Club, FEAST Minneapolis, Soo Visual Arts Center, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and Neighborhood Roots. She is currently Program Director with the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, co-directing two grant programs that fund arts project in our communities and is also the catering coordinator for Bogart’s Doughnut Company. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband Aaron.
Dave Mao ’97
Customer Engineer, Google
Dave dives headfirst into every swimming pool life throws in front of him. Sometimes, though, he neglects to check how deep the pool is. Or if there is even water in the pool. No matter, the excitement is worth the risk! After all, knocks on the head are life’s best teachers. Dave is currently an unemployed hobo in Seattle.
Heather Mickman ’96
VP of Platform Engineering + Practices, Optum Tech (United HealthGroup)
Heather has been working in tech for 2+ decades across industries and geographies. She is currently VP Platform Engineering at Optum Tech solving really interesting healthcare problems. Heather lives in Minneapolis with her 2 amazing sons, 2 cute dachshunds, and 1 awesome boyfriend!
David Sielaff ’90
Founder at Critical Hit Technologies
I’ve been working in the tech industry for over 30 years now, with companies ranging in size from very small startups to Cray Research and Microsoft. After my startup was acquired by Microsoft, I led teams in Microsoft Research and Windows to modernize software engineering practices. As a software engineer, my inventions have been awarded multiple patents. I currently split my time between consulting with Fortune 100 companies on tech acquisitions, as well as building my own startup. I live in Seattle with my wife, kids, dog, and way too many computers.
Lee Wallace ’95
Owner/CEO, Peace Coffee
Lee handles the day-to-day operations of Peace Coffee with her cattle dog, Ruby, by her side. She loves to travel and visit our farmer-partner cooperatives around the globe, and also enjoys spending time at home learning about new ways to make her garden flourish. She leads Peace Coffee with incredible wisdom, foresight, and gives employees the confidence to excel in their roles; all driven by a tenacity to advocate for our farmer partners, their land, and the wellbeing of everyone along the supply chain.
Philippa Werner ’09
Prospect Identification Analyst, University of St. Thomas
Philippa graduated from Macalester College in 2009 with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. While working in financial services, she began a career in fiction writing, which she turned into a small business in 2015. As a freelance ghostwriter, she helped bring memoirs, fiction, video games, and screenplays to life. She has taken a hiatus from ghostwriting to finish a larger individual project, and is now leveraging her analytical talents in fundraising, working in community organizing for reproductive and gender justice, and assisting several friends as they begin a meadery.
Mark Abbott ’96
Chief Legal Officer/Compliance & Information Security Architect, Atomic Data, LLC
Mark Abbott is Chief Legal Officer and is building the External Security & Compliance Consulting team at Atomic Data, a Minneapolis-based enterprise IT services provider with operations around the world. Mark started his first technology company with two friends and a fistful of credit cards in 1995. Since then, Mark has been a leader in and adviser to multiple technology services and consulting companies, fitting in a JD and an MBA from the University of Minnesota along the way. Mark enjoys solving meaningful, challenging problems, working with early stage ventures, and listening to quirky, local music.