Current Alumni Council Members
[Frances Spangler]Frances Spangler '91
Frances was an Economics major at Carleton and was active in CSA, orchestra, and two off campus studies programs. She received her M.B.A. in Public Accounting through a program at Boston University and currently works as a CPA (focusing more on the management reporting and operational finance side of things) for Time Inc., the magazine publishing division of Time Warner. Frances enjoys volunteering for Carleton, and has worked with Admissions, Clubs, Reunion, and the Annual Fund. Frances loves to read, travel, and run. She has now completed four New York Marathons.
Alumni Council Trustee Members
William R. Gage '64
Bonnie Melville '92
Margaret Simms '67
Alan C. Thiel '71
[Sarah Alexander '14]Sarah O. Alexander '14
[Benjamin Bedore]Benjamin R. Bedore '13
[Bob Carlson]Bob Carlson '68
[David Davis-Van Atta]David Davis-Van Atta '72
[Prasit Dhakal]Prasit Dhakal '12
[Alex Evangelides]Alexander J. Evangelides '11
Career Center Representative
[Felicity Flesher]Felicity K. Flesher '14
Career Center Representative
[Eric Hanberg]Erik Hanberg '02
[Margarita Herrera '08]Margarita Herrera '08
[Joan Higinbotham]Joan Higinbotham '66
Alumni Annual Fund Representative
[Lan Thanh Hoang]Lan Thanh Hoang '95
Lan has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. She graduated from Carleton with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology in 1995, and received an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 2002. During her time at Carleton, she participated in the off-campus program to Cambridge. For the past ten years, she has worked in the challenging and ever changing field of healthcare at UnitedHealthcare. She currently works with Medicaid programs supporting business development and growth initiatives.
Lan has previously served as Chair of the Multicultural Alumni Network (MCAN), served as member of her 10th and 15th year reunion planning committees, and as an Alumni Admissions Representative (AAR). In her free time, she dreams about traveling, reading and spending the day being pampered at the spa. More realistically, she can usually be found trying to keep the house clean, doing the laundry and throwing together a quick meal to enjoy with her family.
[Eden Inoway-Ronnie]Eden Inoway-Ronnie '87
After graduating with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology, Eden worked with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia for two years and went on to receive M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the past eleven years she has worked as Special Assistant/Chief of Staff to the Office of the Provost at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
At Carleton, Eden was involved in the ASIA (Asian Students in America) student organization, Dolphins (synchronized swimming team) and a number of volunteer projects such as the Hunger Awareness Project. Eden previously served as a young alumni trustee on the Carleton College Board of Trustees from 1990-1994. When she is not shuttling her two sons to various activities after work and on weekends, Eden enjoys reading, baking and keeping in touch with family and friends.
[Vina Kay]Vina Kay '90
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 Klinefelter]Donald S. Klinefelter '59
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.
[Patti Korn]Patti Korn '81
Newport Coast, CA
[Sarah Maris '85]Sarah Maris '85
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.
[Larnzell Martin Jr.]Larnzell Martin Jr. '72
[Ted Myers]Ted Myers '76
[Jennifer Nelson '95]Jennifer Nelson '95
Alumni Admissions Board Representative
Jennifer majored in religion with a concentration in South Asian Studies. She participated in an ISLE Program to Sri Lanka and after Carleton, worked as an assistant to the program. She has a M.A. in Education in Curriculum and Instruction and teaches ESL to adults in the twin cities. Through her work on the Alumni Council, she hopes to broaden her understanding of the College's mission as well as give back to Carleton, which has enriched her life intellectually, professionally and personally. Jennifer has been involved with the Alumni Admissions Board since 2004.
[Ryan Noe]Ryan R. Noe '12
Saint Paul, MN
[Danny Patterson]Danny Patterson '78
[Janet Polasky]Janet Polasky '73 P10
[Vicki Rupp '66]Vicki Rupp '66
Vicki double-majored in history and 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.
[Rob Smulian]Robert D. Smulian '78
Rob double-majored in political science and art history and was involved in choir and CSA, serving as class president his senior year. After Carleton, Rob went on to University of Pennsylvania 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., and COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts and Sciences) in St. Paul, Minnesota. 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 has been a Class Officer at Carleton since 1988. Rob lives with his wife, Lynne Borsuk, a criminal defense attorney and their son, Jacob, in Decatur, Georgia.
[Andrew Tiano]Andrew D. Tiano '14
Out After Carleton Representative
Katy majored in Women’s and Gender Studies at Carleton and was highly involved in several feminist student organizations. Katy received a M.A. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University and currently works as the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, ally) Student Services Coordinator at DePaul University in Chicago. She serves as co-chair for the Out After Carleton committee and is on several other Carleton committees as well. Katy appreciated the liberal arts nature of her education and considers herself a life-long learner and athlete. In her free time she enjoys reading up on current events, knitting, hiking, and competing in triathlons.
[Alumni Council Board Members]Dana Wright '95
Dana majored in religion at Carleton and during her student years participated in an off-campus program to Mexico. After Carleton, Dana went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a Masters in Library and Information Science. She has held several positions within University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and now works as Manager of Special Projects in the UIC Office of Diversity, providing consultative services, research, and strategic planning on issues related to campus diversity and climate. Dana is usually found with a book in hand and in the company of her large and foolish German shepherd mix, Toby. Dana is a novice gardener who likes to bake and enjoys playing scrabble.