- Kate Ryan Reiling
Entrepreneur in Residence
651-696-6501Kate 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
651-696-6326Jody Emmings came to Macalester in 2015. In her role, she plans and coordinates administrative processes for the Entrepreneurship program, while working closely with the Entrepreneur in Residence to assist in the strategic growth of Entrepreneurship at Macalester. Jody manages the Entrepreneurship student programming, including MacStartups, Demo Day, Live It Fund, Dream It Fund, Macathon and Funkathon. She enjoys connecting with students from across campus to raise excitement about the Entrepreneurship program.
Prior to coming to Macalester, Jody worked at the Pohlad Family Foundation and Blackhawks Soccer Club. A certified welder with a background in visual art, 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
651-696-6168Jenny Moeller is new to Macalester. As Administrative Coordinator, she supports the Entrepreneur in Residence and Entrepreneurship Coordinator. 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.
- Paul Barsz ’20
Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania
Major: International Studies
Entrepreneurship definition: Taking YOUR idea and making it a reality that’s accesible to the people.
Bio: Paul is a sophomore here at Mac. Oftentimes, you will find him jamming out to music all over campus. He is involved with the radio station, WMCN, and the frisbee team, Blue Monkeys. Come say hi at the Idea Lab. He’d love to hear what you think and what you want to CREATE!
- Dio Cramer ’20
Hometown: Takoma Park Maryland
Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: Geography or Art
Entrepreneurship definition: Entrepreneurship is turning creative ideas or processes into a marketable business. Entrepreneurship is both problem solving and idea creating. Often entrepreneurship is associated with the desire of money above all else, but I believe there can be more conscious entrepreneurship that means to do good for the world.
Bio: Dio can’t sit still, so instead, she channels that energy into creativity. She loves projects and creating things and problem solving. Dio is interested in sustainable design, letter fonts but is not great at reading.
Toan Thanh Doan ’19Hometown: Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamMajor: International StudiesMinors: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, PsychologyEntrepreneurship definition: Entrepreneurship is using innovative thinking to engage with the world in a meaningful manner. It is a way of thinking, not just a means of practice. Social entrepreneurship is additionally characterized by community, collaboration, and intentionality.Bio: Toan hails from Vietnam and is a junior at Macalester. He is an International Studies major, with minors in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Toan is also a dancer, cook, coffee-aholic, ice-cream-lover, and dog-adorer. He received Live It! Fund Jterm 2017 for a project on inclusive sex education in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
- Calvin Dretske ’19
Hometown: Winona, MN
Major: Political Science Major
Minor: Educational Studies
Entrepreneurship definition: I believe entrepreneurship to be the process of innovating with the intention of solving a problem.
Bio: Calvin is a political science major from southeastern Minnesota. He enjoys camping, traveling, and wine nights with his parents.
- Jaime Hasama ’18
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
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.
Cuau Cruz Herrera ’19
Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Entrepreneurship definition: The capacity to create new concepts or improve current ones in order to tackle issues.
Bio: Cuauhtemoc is from Guadalajara, Mexico. He is a Junior with a double major in Applied Math and Economics and a concentration in International Development. He has been working in the Entrepreneurship Program since spring 2017 and is really excited to continue working here this semester. He has been involved with the Live It Fund program for couple of years and he is happy to support anyone interested in applying.
- Lennon Holden ’20
Hometown: Los Angeles
Entrepreneurship definition: Working to create an environment where opportunities for success are bountiful.
Bio: Lennon is a music major from LA studying Jazz Guitar. She particularly enjoys exploring and supporting local artists, and considers herself an aspiring artist with infinite room for improvement.
- Dylan Jekels ’18
Major: Art History
Entrepreneurship definition: Realizing your unique ideas in a creative way, and sharing them with your community.Bio: Dylan is a senior art history and Japanese language and culture double major. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. She love costume design, art, and her new kitten, Arya.
- Dalir Kellett ’21
Hometown: Washington DC
- Linda Lu ’21
Hometown: Beijing, China
Entrepreneurship definition: To start something new by puting thoughts into action.
Bio: Linda is someone who loves making stuff.
- Zeam Porter ’20
Hometown: (North) Minneapolis
Major: Media and Cultural Studies
Entrepreneurship definition: Entrepreneurship is the act of finding economic liberation for problem solving…awarded to some, earned by most!
Bio: Zeam is a poet, zinester and film maker! You can catch Zeam spewing theories on the hyper real at any given time!
- Preeta Raghunathan ’19
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Major: Econ, Applied Math
Entrepreneurship definition: Entrepreneurship to me is the intersection of innovation and efficacy. It starts out with identifying a need, proposing a solution, and most importantly making the solution work to create positive results.
Bio: Preeta is a junior at Mac majoring in Econ and Applied Math. She is passionate about contributing meaningfully to world’s vulnerable communities and helping them achieve sustainable development.
- Lisa Shirai ’19
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Major: Computer Science and Economics
Entrepreneurship definition: Entrepreneurship is the act, skill and strategy to make your ideas come to life. It requires you to look at ideas from multiple perspectives, challenge what you know/don’t know, and make connections to different disciplines and society.
Bio: Lisa/Risa is a junior curious and eager to take all the classes across departments. She enjoys thinking about the manifestation of history and ideology in art, fractal geometry, the future, and the economic forces that are shaping our everyday lives. Lisa is excited to work for the Entrepreneurship Program, especially to hear new ideas and watch them grow.
- Ben Sydel ’18
Hometown: New York, NY
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
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!
- Daijiro Yokota ’21
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Major: Economics and CS
Entrepreneurship definition: Turning any ideas into realities. Execution is the most important and hardest part for many people.
Bio: Some people call him Joe, DJ, or Jay. He doesn’t have a preference, but call him Daijiro, it’s not hard. He was born and raised in Tokyo. Daijiro came to the USA to see what he’s never seen before and to find what he wants to do in the world. Daijiro’s favorite place he’s visited so far is Glacier National Park. He loves soccer and any kinds of outdoor activities, especially biking.