Current Alumni Council Members


Rob SmulianRobert D. Smulian '78

Decatur, GA

Rob majored in international relations but took lots of courses in his passion, art history, was a CSA senator and in the choir, served on and chaired several campus-wide committees, and served as class co-president his senior year. After Carleton, Rob went on to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School to receive an M.B.A. in Marketing. He has an extensive background in nonprofit management, fundraising and business, including tenures at the Smithsonian Institution and the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts and Sciences) in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Georgia Conservancy and Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta. Rob currently serves as Vice President of Philanthropic Services for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and is responsible for operations of the Foundation’s Philanthropic Services Department. Rob is a long-time Alumni Annual Fund volunteer having served as a class agent and on the AAF Board, and has been active in reunion planning in addition to his role on the Alumni Council. Rob lives with his wife, Lynne Borsuk, a criminal defense attorney and their son, Jacob, in Decatur, Georgia.

Alumni Council Trustee Members

Michelle Joy '77

Bonnie Melville '92

Bradford Nordholm '78

Alan C. Thiel '71


Sarah Alexander '14Sarah O. Alexander '14

Student Representative
Shoreview, MN

Sarah is a senior geology major at Carleton.  She enjoys being a student representative to the Alumni Council, where she has the opportunity to connect with alumni and volunteer for the college.  Aside from academics and the Alumni Council, Sarah is actively involved with many organizations on campus, including: CANOE (serving as food manager), NOVA women’s ultimate Frisbee team, and KRLX.  Sarah also enjoys tutoring Northfield students through the Center for Community and Civic Engagement, and working as a Teaching Assistant in the geology department.  After Carleton, Sarah is interested in pursuing science or environmental career paths, possibly in the fields of geology, environmental/outdoor education, or geography.

Gail CedarbergGail Cederberg '77

At-Large Member and Alumni Admissions Board Representative
Mahtomedi, MN

Gail majored in Physics and while at Carleton spent her junior year abroad at Lancaster University.  At Lancaster, in the true liberal arts fashion, she studied medieval history, English literature, as well as physics and applied mathematics.  Gail ventured outside of the traditional post-physics path and went on to earn her M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at Stanford University.   Her career has taken her to Los Alamos National Laboratory to work on nuclear waste disposal issues; to Princeton, New Jersey to clean up Superfund sites and start-up an environmental consulting office; and back home to Minnesota, as director of Environmental, Health and Safety for a global corporation.  Gail is currently a Principal Engineer with American Engineering Testing in St. Paul where she focuses her efforts on economic development and property improvements throughout Minnesota and environmental compliance and permitting across the country.  She is also a Board Member of the Midway Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the Midway economic development committee. 

Gail has been highly involved as an Alumni Admissions Representative, AAR Team Leader and reunion volunteer. Gail lives with her husband, Nick Schlotter, a chemistry professor at Hamline University (also a Carleton graduate) in Mahtomedi, Minnesota.  Their daughter graduated from Carleton in 2012 (in physics).

R. Ernesto CruzR. Ernesto Cruz '01

At-Large Member
Chicago, IL

Ernesto double majored in American studies and media studies at Carleton before pursuing a career in education. He's taught at six secondary or post-secondary institutions since graduation, specializing until this year in urban ed and the retention of young men of color. Somewhere in there he found the time to start an MA in American studies at the University of Kansas and complete an MA in the history of western thought at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM. In addition to being an active volunteer for the Alma Mater since graduation, Ernesto enjoys raising his two sons Ramon and Salvador and doing whatever it is his wife Anya ('01) has planned for him.

David Davis-Van AttaDavid Davis-Van Atta '72

At-Large Member
Poughkeepsie, NY

David majored in astronomy at Carleton and served from 1994 to 2007 as Carleton’s Director of Institutional Research and Analysis. He now is Director of Institutional Research at Vassar College. He has served Carleton in many volunteer capacities, including as a Reunion planning volunteer, AAF assistant class agent, and clubs volunteer. In addition to the enthusiasm he has for surveys data, and quantitative analysis, he is also has a deep passion for lepidoptery, the study of butterflies and moths.

Donnie WDean  '68 P03

C-Club Representative
Madison, WI

Matt Fikse-Verkerk '87

At-Large Member
Seattle, WA

After graduating Carleton with a political science major, Matt went on to serve as an executive of a manufacturing company he founded with his brother, and now is CEO of a consulting firm that advises on strategic planning, social media campaigns, and organizational change. Matt is one of the cofounders of Out After Carleton, which began during Reunion in 1992. He is also involved with the Seattle Club steering committee and has served as an assistant class agent.

Masha Finn '09

Career Center Representative
Minneapolis, MN

Masha majored in International Relations and French and Francophone studies at Carleton, and while a student served as an RA and assistant to the Russian department. She currently works for the University of Minnesota as the Alumni Relations College to Career Program Coordinator. Masha has volunteered for Carleton in numerous ways, serving the Alumni Annual Fund, Alumni Admissions Representative, Careers, and Alumni Relations Reunion and Clubs programs. 

Felicity FlesherFelicity K. Flesher '14

Student Representative
Oxford, MS

helene GrabowHelene H. Grabow '92

At-Large Member
Baltimore, MD

Helene was a political science major at Carleton and is now a Curatorial Assistant at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She has served as an Alumni Admissions Representative since 1997, serving on the AAR board as co-chair for a number of years. She has also been an active clubs volunteer in addition to her service on Alumni Council.

Michael HabermannMichael Habermann '15

Student Representative
Billings, MT

Mike is a ’16 economics major. After two internships this summer, first in international development and then economic development, he's especially interested in finance, public policy, and management. To further explore those interests before graduation, he is seeking an internship or internships in Minneapolis from mid-January to mid-May 2015. His experiences in Ethiopia and Minnesota this year immersed him in international business, multilingual research, and diverse communities. In the long term Mike wants to continue such work transnationally, across the public and private sectors. Please see if you’re curious to learn more!

Vina KayVina Kay '90

At-Large Member
Minneapolis, MN

Vina majored in English major with a Women’s Studies concentration, and went on to receive a J.D. in Law from the University of Minnesota. She is currently Director of Research and Policy for the Organizing Apprenticeship Project, which works to advance racial justice in Minnesota. During her time at Carleton she participated in a Carleton off-campus program to London. She is highly involved in the arts, education, and social justice, and has board experience with several related organizations. She is co-producer and co-director of Building the Pink Tower, a documentary film project examining Montessori education, currently in production, and is a distinguished writer of creative nonfiction and poetry. Vina lives with her husband (also a Carleton graduate) their two sons, and two dogs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Donald KlinefelterDonald S. Klinefelter '59

At-Large Member
Signal Mountain, TN

Don graduated Carleton as a philosophy major and during his undergraduate years was involved in the Lutheran Student Association and worked as a Resident Assistant. Don received his B.D. at Chicago Theological Seminary and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He taught as a professor of religion and philosophy for over thirty years, at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Now retired from teaching, Don serves on several hospital Ethics Committees in Chattanooga, volunteers as a parish visitor at Pilgrim Congregational Church, swimming at the YMCA, and traveling with his wife Liz. He has been an active member of several Reunion Program Committees since 1998.

caroline lauthCaroline Lauth '15

Student Representative
Minneapolis, MN

Caroline is a geology major from Minneapolis, MN. At Carleton she worked as the Outdoor Programs assistant in the Student Activities Office during her junior year and is a board member of CANOE club. Her studies and extracurricular involvements stem from her interest in the natural world and our connection with it. This passion has also led to her to lead canoe trips with YMCA Camp Widjiwagan and to find several geology and archaeology research opportunities. Her future goals include pursuing a graduate degree in geology and starting her own farm. Whether in outdoor education, earth sciences or sustainable agriculture, she ultimately hopes to find a career that allows her to explore the complex interactions we have with our environment. She is currently studying geology and environmental science in Italy, and this winter she will commence a gap year in order to pursue geology research and farming internships and gain more hands-on experience in her fields of interest.

Joseph Lofgren '00

At-Large Member
Boston, MA

Sarah Maris '85Sarah Maris '85

At-Large Member
Fair Haven, NJ

Sarah majored in Economics and while at Carleton participated in the Social Programming Board, CSA, and the off-campus program to Cambridge. She received an M.B.A. from Stanford University. She worked in marketing for Quaker Oats Company and retired for about 20 years to raise her children and pursued an active career as a community volunteer. Through this experience she is now assisting small businesses in utilizing their limited resources and is in the process of starting up a small business-consulting firm, to help small businesses improve their communication with current customers and open their products and services to new markets. Sarah has been highly involved as an Alumni Admissions Representative and as an Alumni Annual Fund volunteer.

JMcGeeJeninne C. McGee '85

At-Large Representative
Minnetonka, MN

Jeninne majored in Economics and later received her M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota. She participated in the Urban Studies Program her sophomore year, living and working in the Chicago area. While on campus Jeninne participated in a number of student committees and activities. While most of her career has been in financial services, several years were spent teaching elementary school in Hopkins MN. Jeninne has held leadership and board positions for a number of non-profit organizations including Jack and Jill of America, Boys Scouts of America, and the Foundation Board for the Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Jeninne is a member of the Heywood Society and has served on the Carleton Multicultural Alumni Board as co-chair.

Spencer Middleton '90

Out After Carleton Representative
Atlanta, GA

Ted MyersTed Myers '76

At-Large Member
Phoenix, AZ

Ted majored in Biology at Carleton, and subsequently earned a BSME at the University of Colorado.  He pursued a career in engineering consulting in the energy and electric power field, specializing in wholesale energy supply. He worked with a national consulting firm over most of his career, and now is a sole practitioner in his own consulting firm, Myers Energy Consulting.

Ted has been an active volunteer for Carleton over the past decade, first with the Alumni Adventures travel program, and currently on Alumni Council.  He enjoys foreign travel, photography and tennis in his spare time.

Janet PolaskyJanet Polasky '73 P10

At-Large Member
Portsmouth, NH

Janet, a history major at Carleton, is now Presidential Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire College of Liberal Arts. At Carleton, she served in the orchestra (she currently plays in the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra), studied abroad, served as a news editor for the Carltonian and was involved in the Student Mobilization Committee. She remains active in political organizing and volunteers for Carleton in many ways, serving as a Reunion co-chair, Alumni Admissions Representative, and Alumni Council member. She loves teaching, researching, and writing history.

Vicki Rupp '66Vicki Rupp '66

At-Large Member
Kentfield, CA

Vicki majored in English at Carleton, and received her M.S. in Education from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from Stanford. She has been an active Carleton volunteer and has strengthened Carleton's Alumni Adventures travel program.

Currently, Vicki is "retired" (from gainful employment) but serves as president of the working board of an environmental organization, filling the role of an executive director. Over the course of her career, she taught elementary and middle school and also courses at Metropolitan State University.

Vicki was president and chief negotiator for the Rosemont Federation of teachers. Following business school at Stanford, Vicki worked for American Express, eventually rising to the position of VP of Purchasing for the Americas. Her career at American Express also included stints in strategic planning and marketing. Her skills are in the areas of planning, organizational management and negotiations, and enjoys establishing and working with high performing organizations.

frances spanglerFrances Spangler '91

Past President
Brooklyn, NY

Frances was an Economics major at Carleton, was active in CSA and participated in two off campus studies programs. She received her MBA at Boston University and currently works for Time Inc. Frances enjoys volunteering for Carleton, and has served the Admissions, Clubs, Reunion, and Alumni Annual Fund programs. Frances loves to read, travel, and run. She has now completed five New York Marathons.

Rob SpenceRob Spence '88

At-Large Member
Corte Madera, CA

Rob graduated from Carleton College in 1988 with a B.A. in English.  A 2013 recipient of the Carleton College Alumni Association’s Exceptional Service award, Rob has been a devoted volunteer and advocate for Carleton over the past 25 years.  Beginning his decades of volunteerism as an Alumni Admissions Representative shortly after his graduation as an English major, he was a four-year member of the first Alumni Admissions Board—and its first chair—in the late 1990s.  Rob has also served for five years as the San Francisco Carleton Club Chair where he invented the Day of Carleton in addition to serving for three years on the Carleton Clubs’ leadership board.  He also founded the Northern California Entrepreneurial Collaborative to connect Carleton-affiliated professions with others dedicated to starting, supporting, and/or growing highly successful businesses with Carleton connections. In addition, he has been an active Reunion volunteer, serving on his 10th reunion gift committee and his 25th program and gift committees.

When not volunteering for Carleton or dreaming up new ways to effectively raise the College’s profile, Spence has logged 19 years as an agent for Farmers Insurance Group of Companies;  previously he was a Citigold executive with Citibank.

Elizabeth Sylvester '06

At-Large Member
Chicago, IL

Shao ZhuShao Zhu '10

Carleton Multicultural Alumni Network Representative
Minneapolis, MN 

Shao Zhu graduated from Carleton College in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics.  A former MCAN scholar during undergrad, Shao gained his first internship experience at a non-profit organization that promotes Chinese restaurant workers’ rights in San Francisco through the sponsorship of MCAN. While at Carleton, Shao was actively involved with a variety of student organizations, including Carleton Investment Group, Multi-cultural Mentoring Program, and Carleton Chinese Association.  Shao is currently working as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting in Minneapolis. He hopes to pursue a master’s degree in business administration in the near future.