• Kate Ryan Reiling

    Entrepreneur in Residence
    Library 267


    Kate Ryan Reiling ’00 was named Entrepreneur in Residence in 2015.  Kate founded Morphology Games in 2009. A year later, TIME magazine named Morphology the #2 Toy of the Year. Kate was responsible for all facets of growth leading to its successful licensing in 2013. Kate then joined InboxDollars, a local tech startup as Director of Product and a member of the leadership team.  Early in her career, she worked in the non-profit sector as Development and Program Manager for Spare Key of Minnesota and Director of Programs and Outreach for the Minnesota Thunder PLUS.  She currently serves as co-chair on the Breakthrough Twin Cities’ board. Kate received her MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her BA from Macalester where she was a Political Science major, a 3-time All-American soccer player and national champion.

  • Jody Emmings

    Jody Emmings

    Entrepreneurship Program Manager
    Library 266

    Jody Emmings came to Macalester in 2015. In her role, she manages programming for Entrepreneurship, including the Idea Lab, and works in direct collaboration with the Entrepreneur in Residence to create and implement strategies and activities related to the program. She is responsible for collaborating across campus in support of the Idea Lab and Entrepreneurship programming. Prior to coming to Macalester, Jody worked at the Pohlad Family Foundation and Blackhawks Soccer Club. A certified welder and visual artist, Jody owns a small business called Hot House Metal where she creates custom architectural metalwork. In her spare time, she enjoys tending her backyard chickens and biking the streets of her St. Paul neighborhood.

  • Jenny Moeller

    Administrative Coordinator
    Library 266

    Jenny Moeller is new to Macalester. As Administrative Coordinator, she supports the Entrepreneur in Residence and Entrepreneurship Program Manager. She is excited to be working with the student staff in the Idea Lab. Outside of Macalester, Jenny is Artistic Director of Raw Sugar, a feminist theater company, producing new works in the Twin Cities. She is a freelance theater artist and storyteller with a huge passion for helping others see their vision to reality. Jenny believes that all people have a story to tell and we can learn from sharing together.

  • Entrepreneurship Student Staff

  • Carolyn Guddal
    I believe that the act of making is empowering. The Idea Lab to me is the perfect space for students to explore how they can create real solutions to the worlds’ problems. I’m committed to making the Idea Labs resources accessible for everyone on campus.
  • Toan Thanh Doan
    I draw inspirations from blue, oceanic, and cultural beauties. I love dancing and hate double standards, for example: American ironic non-sense of small talk “How are?” The Idea Lab is a place full of paradoxes, which is why we continue to investigate it with creativity and open criticism.
  • Calvin Dretske
    I am excited for the Idea Lab to become a space that unites the Macalester community. As the Student Liaison to the Board of Trustees, I hope to facilitate conversations in the Idea Lab around issues currently facing the Macalester student body. Additionally, I hope to craft experiences that bring together students, staff, and faculty from across the Macalester community.
  • Cuau Cruz Herrera
    I love playing and creating stuff with simple materials. Thus, Idea Lab is one of my favorite places on campus. One of my favorite moments at the Idea Lab was when I played with the Legos and created a lego car as I used to do when I was younger.
  • Linda Lu
    I love tinkering and exploring new creative outlets.
  • Zeam Porter
    I am a deep feeler and thinker and believe art is not just an empathic tool but a tool for healing. Creativity driven by introspection and deep reflection is my jam and overall driving force. With a mind set on community building through innovative storytelling, I am a zinester at heart; hoping to spread the joy of zine making.
  • Daijiro Yokota
    I love new ideas and talking about it with people. Bring your idea to me at any time and maybe we can work together! I’d love to be your resource and help connecting you with other students/entrepreneurs!
  • Ethan Moskal
    I love exploring entrepreneurship and the Twin Cities startup community. It gives me a lot of energy and keeps me hopeful for the future. But I also strive to have a little bit of everything in my life (drumming, design, acting, writing and performance). I’m happiest around new people and new surroundings (I love to learn!) so please come to talk to me about anything and everything.
  • Elston Tortuga
    I love getting the lay of the land in every new place I go – finding the best coffee shops, the tree with a crook in it where I can read. In the Idea Lab I’ve found the opportunity to get the lay of Macalester by seeing what brings people to the space – decorating their sneakers on a whim, making a model of their dream city for class, gossiping, patching jeans, etc.
  • Camilla Bendetti
    Entrepreneurship is important in a space like Macalester. We are full of people with different ideas, backgrounds, and personalities – the IdeaLab gives us a space to explore that. Entrepreneurship is cultivating what what makes you – you, to benefit our community.
  • Ling Ma
    I am a sophomore major in computer science. I love challenges, programming, and all kinds of visual arts. Being a leading explorer in idea lab is a part of my adventure for my life in college.
  • Phoebe Fu
    I love the seemingly infinite possibilities in the Idea Lab. As long as the idea exists, it’s possible to create. I am here to guide, direct, help, or even just hang out with anyone who needs or wants it in the space.
  • Malini Basu
    I want to make the Idea Lab more inviting, less intimidating and open to everyone. I’m always willing to share tips on how to use materials or polish up a project. I’m especially handy with the sewing machines, so feel free to ask me for help!
  • Koada Heacock
    I am a silly little bear from up North, and up West, from the piney mountain valleys of Montana, where wildlife is abundant and opportunity is scarce. The idea lab is the perfect place for bears to chill, and I thought that it could use a little extra wildness. Sometimes I think Mac kids are way too goal oriented and speedy, and I think they just need a second to do some things that have nothing to do with anything.
  • Aidan Keefe
    I love using my hands to shape what is around me. Working in the Idea Lab gives me the opportunity to do that. This is a space where if you can think it you can do it and that is what I love.
  • Rose Havener
    I’ve always been passionate about using great design to bring people together, making a great meal for friends and family, collaborating with fellow artists for an event, or creating an appealing interface for an app, creating for and with people is what I love. I get to apply that same attitude in the Idea Lab when I run workshops, create promotional flyers, and make the space inviting to all by decorating and rearranging.
  • Doan Khanh (DK)
    I have a big interest in innovative design technology which requires a high level of observation, creative & logical thinking process. In addition, the entrepreneur mindset drives me to apply my ability to contribute to the surrounding community.
  • Mariah Sitler
    I believe that the act of making is empowering. The Idea Lab to me is the perfect space for students to explore how they can create real solutions to the worlds’ problems. I’m committed to making the Idea Labs resources accessible for everyone on campus.
  • Peace Im
    I am an artist and an engineer who loves innovative ideas and building new things. I wish to bring my creativity into the Idea Lab and learn many different skills from others. In addition, I want to make the Idea Lab a welcoming space for everyone.
  • Yukeria Haywood
    I love inviting people who have never been to the Idea Lab and encouraging them to use the space to unleash their creativity. It excites me to see people working on projects, and I love helping them find the tools they need to be satisfied with their work. I also enjoy finding different ways to make things work by applying problem-solving skills through crafts.
  • Wendy Franco
    I am an art lover and love the fact that I have a space on campus where I can just create, without having to worry about a grade. I’ve come to use the Idea Lab as a personal and professional outlet, as I create for both myself and my professional portfolio. Today, the Idea Lab represent both art expression and intellectual growth for me as I continue to use the space for my makeup artistry ventures.
  • Aberdeen Morrow
    I find myself grinning with delight every time I walk in to this rainbow-colored, energy-filled space. I’m here to share and maintain the Idea Lab as a place to unleash creativity and release stress, to brainstorm and innovate, to befriend others and to re-center yourself, and to create whatever your soul is feelin’—be it a collage, social change, or anything in between.
  • Mphatso Simbao
    Skills that help me create new opportunities, products and experience are what I love building most and I can’t think of any place besides the Idea Lab where these skills can be brought into play constantly through events, workshops and day to day activities. The people are awesome and really friendly and it’s fun listening to their ideas while sharing your own and learning new ways to go about problems, network and collaborate.
  • Entrepreneurship Student Staff Alumni

  • Theon Masters ’18
    Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
    Major: Economics
    Entrepreneurship definition: Entrepreneurship is Increasing the quality of life through problem solving.
    Bio: Theon is a gregarious young man who enjoys making people laugh. He is a jack of all trades who enjoys story-telling and working with his hands.
  • Tejas Singh ’18
    Hometown: Kolkata, India
    Major: Economics
    Entrepreneurship definition: Entrepreneurship is a process of failing to solve a problem. It involves numerous iterations until you succeed.
    Bio: Tejas is a passionate problem solver and likes to interact with people to help them do so.
  • Ben Sydel ’18
    Hometown: New York, NY
    Major: Economics
    Entrepreneurship definition: Making something new.
    Bio: Ben likes to learn about new things. Ben likes to teach people things that he knows about.
  • Joe Trier ’18
    Hometown: Madison, WI
    Major: Economics
    Minor: Political Science
    Entrepreneurship definition: Using creative and practical thinking to solve problems.
    Bio: Joe considers himself a jack of all trades. He will help you with anything from beatboxing to economics, and everything in between!
  • Jaime Hasama ’18
    Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
    Major: Bio
    Minor: Psych
    Entrepreneurship definition: The process of finding issues in our lives and using creativity to find a solution.
    Bio: Jaime is a beach lover from Los Angeles, CA. She plays on the Women’s Soccer team at Mac and is studying Biology and Psychology. She likes to travel to tropical places like the Galapagos and Thailand and likes to pet dogs in her spare time.