Current Alumni Council Members

President

Amy Bevilacqua ’89
Alexandria, VA

I came to Carleton from the San Francisco Bay Area, where I grew up, and I majored in English had a concentration in Film Studies, and did a lot of theater. I loved Carleton so much that I began my career there after graduation, serving as an Admissions Officer for four years. While I was initially offended when my boss at Carleton, Paul Thiboutot, recommended business school (as I fancied myself as a bit of an artist/performer), I eventually took his advice and got my MBA at Yale, which was the closest thing I could find to a liberal arts education within a business school. Starting off in the education sector ended up being a kind of north star for me, and I’ve spent my career at the intersection of education, media and technology. I currently serve as the Chief Innovation Officer for American Public Education, where we run one of the largest fully online universities in the US, with a particular focus on serving adult learners. I was thrilled to re-engage with Carleton by co-chairing the Gift Committee for my 25th Reunion, where we set a record for Reunion Gifts—one that I hope has been broken by now. I live in Alexandria, VA with my husband, David, who is a stay at home dad, and my children Charlie and Natalie — both of whom think Carleton is the ultimate in colleges, and I agree!


Alumni Council Trustee Members

Love Anani ’07

Lia Gore ’87

Catherine Lindeman Gunsbury ’89

Larnzell Martin ’72


Alumni Observer to the College Council

Joan Ostergren '81


Directors

Nancy Braucher ’63
At-Large Member
Scottsdale, AZ

I graduated in 1963 with a major in English Lit. My first “real” job was in NYC using my French from high school and college.I was a proofreader of french correspondence at the American Tobacco Company…one good thing…a carton of cigarettes every week to add to my paltry salary. Next gainful employment was in telecom at Northwest Bell Telephone in St. Paul. Just imagine learning about eight party lines out side St. Paul then having “to sell” princess phones in color! My husband, Joe, received his draft notice in 1965 shortly after our marriage. I was ready to be an army wife; however Joe did not pass the eye exam. Very soon after that failure I had the first of our two wonderful daughters. When our youngest daughter started first grade, the idea of more at home and community activities dulled my soul…ah of course graduate school and an MBA followed…then... telecom at Illinois Bell and Ameritech. Divestiture changed our jobs and everyone's life. I eventually managed software development projects. Interesting, challenging and finally working too long hours on the road and at home was no longer wonderful. Resignation and again more school. This time in space planning and design. My new path opened my eyes and imagination to a new world of wonder and delight. My ever present plan is to keep moving and to keep learning. I am happy to learn and work again for Carleton.

Jessica Brooks '09, Chair
MCAN Representative
Grand Rapids, MI

Following graduation from Carleton, Jessica served the community in South Minneapolis as an Americorps volunteer with College Possible. Afterwards she’s pursued a career in Human Resources and Operational excellence at companies such as Target Corp. In 2017, Jessica completed her MBA with a focus in Operations and Supply Chain and a certificate in Data Science at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Currently she is the Continuous Improvement Manager for an Aerospace manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids Michigan for Eaton Corporation.

Shalin Carranza ’20
Young Alumni Representative
San Jose, Costa Rica

Shalin is from San Jose, Costa Rica and Pine River, MN. A Political Science major, with a passion for art history sparked by visits to the British Museum during her Off Campus Studies program in Cambridge. On campus, she is a Resident Assistant, working towards making Carleton a fun, inclusive, and welcoming second home to students from all backgrounds. She is part of TRIO, a member of the Latin American Student Association as well as the Office for International and Intercultural Life. Often found on the Hill of Three Oaks, Shalin is a proud member of the Women's Rugby Team and is part of the team's leadership as the Safety Officer.

Mimi Davisson ’66
At-Large Member
Oak Bluffs, MA

My life maps well into quartiles. Majoring in history at Carleton capped my first quartile. Building a career in Information Technology in NYC occupied my second quartile. Retiring as early as possible as a Chief Information Officer and creating a satisfying post-paying-work life with my partner Steve have been the primary pursuits of my current quartile. The fourth quartile nears. Politics, travel, swimming, volunteering, and music have been constants throughout my life. Elective office in regional planning and finance, sailing, and bicycling have made intermittent appearances. Served as Class Agent in the ‘90s and Co-Chair of our 50th reunion gift team a few years ago. Recently passed 50 years of continuous giving to the AAF. Two Carleton Alumni Adventures appear on my travel resume. A Hoosier when I enrolled at Carleton, I am now a Bay Stater living on Martha’s Vineyard.

Rebecca Ditsch ’93
At-Large Member
Minneapolis, MN

A native of Portland, Oregon, Rebecca graduated from Carleton in 1993 as a religion major with a concentration in South Asian Studies (and, informally, Rugby). She has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and lived and worked in New York City as a lawyer, cake baker, and massage therapist for 16 years. In 2011 she moved back to Minnesota, where she works in Product Management at Thomson Reuters. Rebecca lives in Minneapolis with her dogs Sophie and Nellie, and boyfriend and fellow ’93 alum, Mark Erickson, whom she did not know while at Carleton. She was on her 25th Reunion Planning Committee and serves as a Class Agent for the Alumni Annual Fund. Rebecca is also on the Board of Directors of Franconia Sculpture Park.

Robbie Emmet ’16
At-Large Member
Seattle, WA

Robbie Emmet graduated from Carleton with a double major in Mathematics/Statistics and Classical Studies. While at Carleton, he was a Resident Assistant for 2 years and worked on sustainability issues. Robbie currently lives in Seattle, where he is pursuing a PhD in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Washington. He is fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a wildlife biologist; his research focuses on developing methods for tracking populations of migratory and wide-ranging species, from wolverines to waterfowl. When he is not doing research, Robbie is also a poet, writing about the natural world and humans' place in it. Robbie has volunteered as an Alumni Admissions Representative and Career Center externship host since graduating from Carleton.

Micah Evans Rivera '02
At-Large Member
Pleasant Prairie, WI

Micah Evans Rivera is a member of the Class of 2002 who majored in Biology. While at Carleton, she served as co-chair of the Coalition of Women of Color and participated in New Student Week as a leader and program assistant. She currently resides in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin and teaches at Round Lake High School in Round Lake, IL. Prior to joining Chicago Teaching Fellows, an alternative certification program to obtain her teaching license, she earned a Master of Public Health from University of Illinois at Chicago. Within the education field, she is interested in education policy and reform and the relationship between mentoring and student success.

Andrew Farias '21
Student Representative
Houston, TX

Andrew Farias hails from Houston, Texas but has found a temporary home at Carleton as a recipient of the Posse Foundation Full-Tuition Leadership Scholarship. Andrew is a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science, which he intends to use in preparing him for a career in environmental policy. His coursework has further encouraged his passions in learning about how waste management and water conservation are impacted by legislative actions. When not in class, Andrew loves leading or participating in one of many student organizations across campus, such as Environmental Carls Organized, Swipe Out Hunger, and the Carleton Student Association. As a Sustainability Assistant and as a CCCE Environmental Systems Fellow, he enjoys creating a more environmentally-conscious campus culture while furthering Carleton's mission for sustainability and stewardship.

In his "free time" he enjoys going on long-distance runs and procrastinating by watching Saturday Night Live videos on YouTube.

Derek Fried ’93
Past President
St. Paul, MN

Born and raised in New York City, Derek ended up attending Carleton when he didn’t get into his top three college choices. Fortunately for him he met his wife (Betsy Currie ’93) there and now lives in St. Paul with her and their three daughters. Along with his degree in History from Carleton, Derek also holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Derek has spent most of his professional career in a variety of roles in banking and currently manages a team in Wells Fargo’s Global Banking unit that specializes in export finance. Derek’s post-graduation involvement with Carleton began in 1998 as a member of his 5th Reunion planning committee. Over the years his service to Carleton has included membership in the Annual Fund Board and in the most recent presidential search committee. When not writing about himself in the third person, Derek is generally involved with one sort of family activity or another.

Paula Francs Hart '77
At-Large Member
Dallas, TX

At Carleton I discovered and fell in love with Philosophy, which became my major. I also took many history, art history and English courses -- including a Campus Abroad semester in London studying theater, Charles Dickens and George Eliot. This academic preparation naturally (?) led me to a first career in retail including seventeen years at Dayton's/Hudson's/Marshall Fields as a buyer, store manager, and marketing director.

A four-year experience at Carleton -- volunteering at Faribault State Hospital every Saturday supporting a young woman with disabilities -- directly led to my second career in health and human services as a COO and CEO at several large nonprofits in the Twin Cities. I earned a Master's in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University five years ago which helped me bring fresh ideas to my executive positions and board roles. Most recently I retired as President and CEO of Volunteers of America Minnesota/Wisconsin to move near family in Texas and pursue an encore career. My husband Karl and I are grateful to live a mile from two pre-school grandchildren who know me as "Gigi."

Over the years I've been involved with Carleton in a variety of ways including hosting interns in my workplace, speaking on campus about careers, and meeting one on one with students about their vocational interests. I am delighted to deepen and extend my relationship with Carleton by serving on the Alumni Council.

Kathryn Hintz '88
At-Large Member
Minot, ND

Christopher Jabbarpour '20
Young Alumni Representative
Salem, VA

Chris is a dual citizen, USA and Austria, who grew up mostly in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia and some in the Alps of East Tyrol. Majoring in biology, he thoroughly enjoys in-depth study of genetics and behavioral ecology while also savoring his rigorous liberal arts studies of history and philosophy; arts and rhetoric. Being bilingual and an avid fan of Carleton's German Department, he continues his ongoing work as a Gesprächspartner, teacher's assistant, with the German Department. Chris has also restarted the Carleton Quidditch Team, presently serving as president, supporting an enthusiastic, motley group of scholar athletes in skillfully striving to balance snitch-hunting, bludger-dodging and quaffle-passing. Chris is an award winner in fictional writing with the 2017 Mysticon Award for his literary work, "Evergreen". He has done environmental biology research and field work in Europe, studying the endangered species Deutsche Tamariske (Myricaria germanica) along the Isel River and select watershed tributaries, which helped to protect the river and prevent destruction via the development of hydroelectric plants. The river is now protected via Natura 2000. He has also done field study in the Lech River Valley in northern Tyrol. Chris is also fond of mountain climbing, mountain biking and role playing games with friends, including Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder and Numenera.

Luke Lara '99
At-Large Member
San Marcos, CA

I was born in Quito, Ecuador and raised in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. I am part of a large bicultural, biracial family of musicians and artists that honor our Afro-Ecuadorian and Andean roots. A teacher in high school introduced me to Carleton. She drove me down 35W to a land of corn, cows, and colleges. The rest is history! I enjoyed teaching Salsa dancing in the Spanish house, being a DJ for KRLX, working in the Modern Language Center, and grading math homework. I graduated with a BA in Mathematics and I also realized my passion for supporting minoritized students in higher education from an equity and social justice framework. I began my career as Assistant Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs at Carleton College and then ventured to a warmer climate as Director of TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science at the University of California, San Diego. For several years after graduating from Carleton College, I remained engaged as an alumni admission’s representative, member and eventually chairperson of the Multi-Cultural Alumni Network, and member of the Alumni Council. My involvement tapered as I pivoted careers fifteen years ago. After earning my Master’s in Education with a concentration in Multicultural Counseling, I became a counseling faculty member at MiraCosta Community College. After ten years working as a counselor, I earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. My dissertation critically analyzed systemic racism in hiring practices for full-time faculty members in the community college from the perspective of faculty of color. Recently, I have been engaged at the local and California State level Academic Senate advocating for equity-minded policy change. I look forward to re-engaging with alumni, students, and future Carls.

Todd Larson ’83
At-Large Member
Blanchardville, WI

Todd graduated from Carleton in 1983, earning a major in History with an emphasis on French. He served as Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa, after which he earned his Juris Doctor and Master’s Degree (International Studies) from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Todd’s first career comprised 20 years with the United Nations (UN), serving in a variety of legal and administrative capacities. His UN career entailed living in an array of countries including Namibia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, and Haiti. He also served for many years at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and in New York City.

Todd’s second career was as senior Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration. His title was Senior LGBT Coordinator. His mandate was to work with the White House, the State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID; where he was based), to help define and give substance to an emerging US foreign policy priority—the human rights and development of LGBTQI persons around the world.

Austin Lau ’05
AAF Board Representative‎
Boulder, CO

Richard Majerus ’07
At-Large Member
Charlotte, NC

Despite growing up a short drive from Northfield in Rochester, MN, Rich first found out about the land of Cows, Colleges, and Contentment during his senior year of high school when former Carleton football Coach Chris Brann told him about liberal arts colleges and how Carleton could change his life. Rich was convinced. He went on to major in Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Educational Studies and has been working in education ever since. Rich met his wife Brooke at the University of Notre Dame while he was pursuing graduate studies in the Center for Research on Education Opportunity. Then Rich returned to Carleton as an assistant dean of admissions, and he and Brooke were married in Cowling Arboretum. They have traversed the country a couple of times since, taking the circuitous route of moving from New Jersey to Maine by first spending a year in Oregon to be closer to Brooke's family. During this time, Rich helped to found Third Coast Analytics, a higher education focused data science start-up. After selling the start-up, they lived on a small farm and both worked at Colby College in Maine. The current stop on their journey is in Charlotte, NC where Rich works as the Vice President of Planning and Strategy at Queens University of Charlotte. On the weekends, he can often be found hiking the mountains of western North Carolina or working to replace every square inch of their city lot with garden beds and plants.

Michael McClellan ’13
At-Large Member
St. Petersburg, FL

While at Carleton, Michael majored in Chemistry with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies. He conducted independent research on indoor air pollution with Professor Deborah Gross, served as President of the Carleton Student Association (CSA), and was a peer educator as a Gender and Sexuality Center Associate. Since graduating, Michael has stayed involved by serving on the Out After Carleton Leadership Committee and on the planning committee for his 5th Reunion. While working toward a PhD in Atmospheric Science from MIT, Michael couldn't stay away from student government after his experience with CSA, serving as President of the MIT Graduate Student Council. After a variety of academic and research experiences, including a three-month field experiment in rural Ireland, a summer internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and creation of an independent baseball research initiative, he looked at a number of possible career paths. After completing his PhD in June 2018, he started as a Baseball Research & Development Analyst with the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball, a position that allows him to blend his scientific training, interest in operations, and passion for baseball.

Lisa Nordeen ’90
Out After Carleton Representative
Minneapolis, MN

Lisa graduated from Carleton in 1990 as a Psychology major with a concentration in Cognitive Science. She went on to earn her MS and Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Springfield College and the University of Minnesota, respectively. Having been a three sport athlete while at Carleton, she went on to be a coach at a variety of small, liberal arts colleges. Currently Lisa serves as the Assistant Dean for Academic Success and Retention at Hamline University where her focus is on providing strategic guidance to student success initiatives and retention efforts in collaboration with the Provost's Office and units across campus.

Christopher Payne ’91
At-Large Member
Berkeley, CA

I majored in Physics with a concentration in Technology and Policy Studies. While at Carleton, I also played a leadership role in the Carleton Cycling Club and racing team, and in the collegiate cycling arm of the US Olympic Committee. After Carleton, I went on to receive an M.S. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy (with a specialization in Energy and Environmental Policy) from the University of Delaware. I’ve been a researcher with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), studying energy efficiency and sustainability for the past 25 years - most of that spent in LBNL’s Washington, DC office. In 2013, I relocated to the “home office” in Berkeley, CA, where I now live with my dog Debo.

Zoe Pharo ’21
Student Representative
Durham, North Carolina

Zoe is majoring in Political Science/International Relations (and maybe Computer Science too, if she can convince her adviser that it’s a good idea). Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, she is enjoying four years in a new part of the country. After staying with two amazing Carleton alumni while completing internships, she continues to be grateful for the immense generosity of alumni. She hopes to one day be as helpful and caring a resource for future students! On campus, Zoe also plays frisbee with Eclipse, serves on the CSA Budget Committee, works in the Career Center, and in spare moments enjoys watching stand-up comedy.

Nonoko Sato ’00
At-Large Member
Minneapolis, MN

Nonoko majored in International Relations at Carleton and moved to San Francisco, CA after graduation. She has co-chaired 5th, 10th, 15th, and 20th reunion committees and has been an active member of the Alumni Admissions Representative Program, both as a Team Leader for Northern California and as a board member. She relocated to Minneapolis, MN with her husband Ted ('00) and their two children, Odin and Kaia in 2017. She now works as the Associate Director of Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, an organization that works to inform, promote, connect, and strengthen individual nonprofits and the nonprofit sector. MCN serves over 2,200 nonprofits throughout the state of Minnesota (including Carleton). Nonoko is also on the board of Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) in St. Paul whose mission is to harness the collective power of its members to improve the lives of community by connecting, learning, and acting together. Previously she was the Executive Director of SMART - an educational nonprofit in San Francisco that provides low-income students access to exceptional schools and the skills needed to thrive in college and in life. Under her leadership SMART tripled the number of students served and expanded its services through high school. 94% of SMART students pursue college, including four who chose Carleton College! As a first-generation college student, she believes strongly in the power of education as a catalyst to help break cycles of poverty. She has worked extensively in partnering with schools and organizations to promote access, equity and inclusion within their communities. She received the In the Spirit of Carleton Award in 2015. Her other passion is theater, specifically promoting diverse representation on stage for Asian American artists and their stories. She served on the board of the Asian American Theater Company and the Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company in San Francisco.

Sue Scott ’77
'C‎'‎ Club Representative‎
Minneapolis, MN

Sue Scott majored in biology and has a masters of science in microbiology from University of Rhode Island and a masters of science in cell biology from Yale University. She previously worked as an instructor at The Taft School.

At Carleton, Sue was involved in Carleton athletics prior to the 1984 recognition of women receiving letters for varsity athletics. Past coaches Pat Lamb and Marie Matsen ’69 called her the “stalwart of the tennis team” and praised her work ethic and leadership as team captain for varsity tennis. She was a member of the Women’s Athletic and Recreation Association, which promoted women’s athletics and recreation on campus. In addition, Sue competed at the intramural level for basketball and softball.

Sue is a long-time, active volunteer in multiple areas for Carleton. Currently, she is a volunteer for the Career Center and a class agent for the Alumni Annual Fund, and she has served in the past on her class Reunion committee.

Lyssa Searcy ’11
Young Alumni Task Force Rep‎
San Francisco, CA

Derek Wallace ’92
At-Large Member
Minneapolis, MN

I majored in International Relations at Carleton – before it was even a standard major – and participated in way too many extracurricular activities such as ultimate Frisbee (CUT), theatre, dance (Ebony II) and volleyball, as well as lots of IM teams. Carleton truly changed my life trajectory and I am so thankful for the experiences I had and the lifelong friends that I made. Life after Carleton has been extremely varied and good to me, which is such an awesome thing to be able to say. I had the fortune of achieving a life goal of living in several countries, including Australia, Denmark and the UK, and enjoyed playing and coaching ultimate Frisbee in each location from beginners through to national teams. I met my Australian wife, Philomena, while on vacation in Spain – meeting three times in three different cities by accident and finally accepting that someone was trying to tell us something. While in London, I had the fortune of taking over the role of the Chair of the London Alumni Club from my distinguished predecessor, Richard Allen Greene ’91. I spent most of my work career in the high tech industries in various marketing and operations roles and am now Director of Product Management at MultiTech Systems in the Industrial Internet of Things field. After living overseas for 15 years, I returned home to Minneapolis in 2015 to be close to family and long-time friends, many of which are Carleton alums. I really enjoy living in Minneapolis – owning a home for the first time, not sharing walls with loud neighbors in apartment buildings, having a commute that’s less than 90 minutes and being able to see family and friends at the spur of the moment. I’m looking forward to being more involved with Carleton via the Alumni Council.

Dana Wright ’95
CAB Representative
Chicago, IL

While at Carleton, Dana majored in religion and did research as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. She also worked in Campus (now Student) Activities, was an RA (3rd Burton), and was a member of the Education and Curriculum Committee. Perhaps not surprisingly, Dana has spent her career to date in higher education – including work in admissions and financial aid, academic librarianship, diversity strategic planning, and educational policy. She is currently the director of academic program development for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dana has been an active Carleton volunteer, with past service as an Alumni Admission Representative and member of the Alumni Admission Board, Alumni Council (which she chaired from 2010 to 2012), and the 2012 Carleton Strategic Plan Working Group 2 (Ideal Student Body). She is current chair of the Career Center Advisory Board and a member of her 25th Reunion Planning Committee.