Current Alumni Council Members

President

Sarah MarisSarah 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.

Alumni Council Trustee Members

Michelle Joy '77


Bonnie Melville '92


Bradford Nordholm '78


Frances L. Spangler '91


Directors

Mike Armstrong '72Michael Armstrong '76
At-Large Member
San Jose, CA

I left the “Valley of Heart’s Delight" for “Cows,Colleges and Contentment” in September 1972. Adjusting to the first real winter in my life, I majored in Economics, served on the Academic Standing Committee, and made a slew of friends for life. After a MBA at the University of Chicago I began work in the economics and financial data/analytics business, typically with firms who ultimately were sold to companies with deeper pockets. After hitting the 6-0, I founded my own company to work with small analytics ventures in raising capital and recruiting management teams.  I’ve been able to serve on our 25 and 40 year Reunion Committees and attend many Bay Area alumni events.

My daughters avoided Carleton but one now refers to it as “the Gold Standard” for liberal arts colleges. She went to Pitzer and the other is studying to be a nurse. However, my oldest granddaughter was recently sighted in a Carleton baseball cap so there is hope.

The home front includes my wife Karen, longtime Apple employee and our 1973 Buick Electra 225- the later was produced in Flint,MI during my freshman year.

Nosipho BeaufortNosipho Beaufort '01
At-Large Member

Atlanta, GA

Nosipho majored in Psychology and is currently completing her MPH at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. During her time at Carleton, she was a member of the Knightingales and the Accidentals, and participated in an off-campus program in London. Nosipho has worked in public health for the last 11 years, first with the Florida Department of Health and currently as a Federal Health Strategy and Operations Consultant with Deloitte. Nosipho has continued her involvement with Carleton as an Alumni Admissions Representative and Career Guide. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA.

Damali BrittonDamali Britton '18
Student Representative
Phoenix, AZ

Damali is a Political Science/International Relations major and Educational Studies concentrator. On campus, Damali runs for Carleton’s Track and Field Team, works for the Career Center, and is involved in a number of campus organizations/activities such as the Students Engaging in Essential Dialogue Committee and a certain Carleton trivia event. She is also a Mellon Graduate Student Experience Fellow. Damali has a variety of interests mostly related to social justice, public policy, law, marketing/public relations, and international development. She is really excited to join the Alumni Council. 

Peter Bruno '17Peter Bruno '17
Student Representative

Schaumberg, IL

Peter is a Political Science/International Relations Major and Political Economy concentrator. Since beginning his college career, he has interned in the legal department of a Fortune 200 company, the office of a U.S. Congresswoman, and the Department of Planning and Development of the City of Chicago. At Carleton he works as the Fellow for Political Engagement and Activism in the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) and serves as a senator on CSA. In the winter of 2015 Peter participated in a Carleton off-campus program in Myanmar and Thailand where he conducted field research and studied political economy and social ecology. He hopes to one day work for a government agency or international corporation.

 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.

DuermeyerSteve Duermeyer '64
At-Large Member

Coronado, CA

Recognized as a leader in a class of leaders—1964 consistently has the highest participation rates in Carleton’s Alumni Annual Fund—Steve Duermeyer has previously served on Alumni Council (from 1994 to 1998) and helped transform the reunion giving program at Carleton. He has been instrumental in developing Carleton’s model for mini-reunions, frequently volunteers for Carleton’s regional clubs, and has given to the Alumni Annual Fund for 52 consecutive years.

After majoring in history at Carleton and being commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1965, Steve rose to the rank of captain over a distinguished 30-year career. After retiring from the Navy in 1995, he spent a year as special assistant to President Stephen R. Lewis Jr. to initiate a new model for reunion giving, attendance, and participation.

Steve hosted the Class of 1964’s inaugural class mini-reunion in the home he shares with his wife, Penny, in Coronado, California, in 2000. Since then, the class has annually celebrated at varied locations, strengthening class cohesion and connection to the College. In 2014, Steve was presented Carleton’s Exceptional Service Award for his imagination, determination, and his willingness to work either “on stage” or behind the scenes to accomplish great things for his class and the College.

Matt Fikse-VerkerkMatt Fikse-Verkerk '87
At-Large Member

Seattle, WA

After graduating Carleton with a political science major, Matt served as an Assistant to the President of Carleton and later worked as a co-founder and CEO of a manufacturing company. He has also worked as a journalist and in public service as special projects director for the mayor of Seattle. Matt now works in global communications for a leading emergency medical response technology company and serves as a Director of The Physio Foundation, whose Mission is to "advance and support emergency response systems in underserved communities." As an alum, he was one of the cofounders of Out After Carleton, which began during Reunion in 1992. He has been involved with the Seattle Club steering committee and has served as an assistant class agent.

Derek FriedDerek Fried '93
At-Large Member

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.

Anne GuttridgeAnne Guttridge '18
Student Representative

Columbus, OH

Anne is a Sociology/Anthropology major and an American Music concentrator from Columbus, OH. At Carleton she sings in the Jazz Ensemble and is the lead singer of a student band, Elephant Run. She also gives tours, is on the board of directors for KRLX, and is a student worker for the SOAN department. Her studies and extracurricular activities stem from her interest in media and public broadcasting and from her fascination with social change and cultural development. Between school years, she has interned for WCBE, Central Ohio’s NPR Station and for TPT, Twin Cities Public Television.

David Hoppe '89David Hoppe '89
C-Club Representative

Bloomington, MN

Dave was a History major at Carleton and now works for Charles Schwab & Co. in Minneapolis. While at Carleton, he frittered away his time playing football and rugby, and also amassing many intramural championships. He still plays competitive broomball with his former teammates. His squad, "The Bar of Many Sals" (it's a long story), most recently won a league championship in 2015. It was known to some as a "Rec league, Class C, lower division" championship, but, to Dave and his mates, a title is a title. He lives in Bloomington with his two daughters and faithful yellow lab, Hank. Dave holds the "Chartered Financial Analyst" (or "CFA") designation. He has served as an agent for the Alumni Annual Fund, on the board of the Carleton Athletic Initiative, and, after many years on the C-Club board of directors, will next year take over the chairmanship role for that board.

Reid Koester '03
At-Large Member
Washington, DC

Beth LewisBeth Lewis '71
At-Large Member

Roseville, MN

I majored in English, but wish it had been Asian Studies. Attended first offering of Chicago ACM Urban Studies Program in Fall 1969. At Carleton participated in theater, civil rights and Viet Nam war protests, and worked in the dining halls. Received a Lofgren Fellowship and attended the M.I.T. Sloan Fellows program, completing a M.S. in Management in 1988.

My varied work life and multi-careers started with being the first house mother at Culver Military Academy’s Girls School. After one “Dead Poet Society” year, I headed back to Twin Cities and started work at Control Data Corporation (CDC) in pioneering work of using computer databases in large litigation. Returned to Carleton in 1973 to help start the Career Center. I was recruited back to CDC for more work in litigation support, corporate communications, and in a career in human resource management. In 1992, I left the for-profit world and served as the V.P. of Human Resources for Lutheran Social Service of MN. After my husband’s death, I did an encore job at LSS developing their volunteer services.

I am now retired from paid work, but am engaged in various volunteer activities. My volunteer involvement with Carleton has included previous term on Alumni Board and College Council, volunteering with the Career Center and helping with multiple reunion plans. I enjoy spending the summers at my Ely cabin, on the edge of the BWCAW. I love to paddle, walk in the woods, attend art events and travel the world. My bio photo is from Carleton’s “Sea of Cortez” adventure.

Joseph Lofgren '00
At-Large Member

Minneapolis, MN

JMcGeeJeninne C. McGee '85
At-Large Member

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.

Steve Maack '90Steve Maack '90
At-Large Member

Wichita, KS

Steve teaches high school English at Wichita High School East in Wichita, KS. He graduated from Carleton in 1990 with a degree in English, then student taught through Carleton's "13th Term" program before heading to Wichita where he has lived and taught ever since. He has since earned an MA in English from Wichita State University. He is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been teaching in the International Baccalaureate program at Wichita East for 11 years. In 2009 and 2011 he coached Wichita East's Ultimate team to USA Ultimate High School Nationals. Since graduation from Carleton, Steve has remained active as an Alumni Admissions Representative and member of the Alumni Admissions Board. He has also served as a member of the class of 1990 Reunion Planning Team and is currently a class officer. The number of Steve's former students who have attended Carleton is entering the double-digits, and he is immensely proud of that.

Alice Mei '16Alice Mei '16
Student Representative
Chicago, IL

Alice is a political science/IR and psychology double major from Chicago, IL. She has been working for the Alumni Relations office since freshman year and is a seasoned veteran when it comes to working reunion. At Carleton, she has been involved in theater, women's club volleyball, Ebony II, adopt-a-grandparent, Chinese Club, and IM sports. In addition to her main areas of study, she enjoys discussing education policy, especially the public school system, and learning to map projects using GIS data. In her spare time, you can find her playing badminton, perfecting a quiche recipe, or sitting in a coffee shop with an American novel or her computer browsing for vacation deals. Her past 3 years at Carleton have involved a multitude of very different public and professional experiences, but this year, Alice will keep busy this year completing her two comps projects. Beyond college, she hopes to find a career advocating for those who do not feel like they have a voice and helping their realize their power as individuals in our civic society. Her ultimate goal is to work for Freedom House or in the Hague, fighting to shed light on the human rights abuses of the world.

NayowithHannah Nayowith '16
Student Representative
Zionville, NC

Emily Ross '17Emily Ross '17
Student Representative
Niwot, CO

Emily Ross is a geology and studio art double major from Boulder, Colorado. On campus, she hosts a radio show on KRLX, plays cello in Just Cellin, Carleton's Cello Choir, and works as a sports photographer on campus. She is excited to participate in Alumni Council, and has worked with alums in the past as a reunion staff member and through a winter break externship at NOAA. This summer, she will be studying extremely old indicators of life on Earth at NASA, where she hopes to get a better idea of what she wants to do after Carleton.

Becca Scribner '16Becca Scribner '16
Student Representative
Lake Forest, IL

Rob SmulianRobert D. Smulian '78
Past President
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.

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.

Robert Strauss '73Robert Strauss '73
At-Large Member

Haddonfield, NJ

I majored in philosophy at Carleton and immediately after graduation became a sportswriter, which only a Carleton degree in philosophy can adequately prepare anyone for.  At Carleton, I was in the kind of plethora of activities most everyone was.  I was president of the student body, sports editor of the Carletonian, a member of the freshman basketball team and club rugby, in two plays as an actor and one playing the vibraphone in the orchestra and, most important of all, was a two-year Czar of Rotblatt.  In fact, for a time – and maybe even today – I held the record for the worst batting average in the 100-innning-plus game.  I worked as a reporter at Sports Illustrated, a feature writer at the Philadelphia Daily News, a news and sports producer at KYW-TV in Philadelphia and a TV critic for the Asbury Park Press and Philadelphia Inquirer.  I owned Jerry’s Restaurant in Philadelphia in the 1980's.  For the last 15 years or so, I have been a freelance journalist and teach non-fiction writing at the University of Pennsylvania.  I wrote the book, “Daddy’s Little Goalie,” a funny/sentimental memoir about being the dad of girl athletes.  My daughters both went to Davidson College, the Carleton of the South.  The older one, Ella, 24, works in the alumni office there, while the younger one, Sylvia, is a junior.  I live in Haddonfield, NJ, a suburb of Philadelphia, with my wife, Susan Warner, who is a saint and tolerates me.

Steve ToureSteve Toure '18
Student Representative

Aldan, PA

Steve is a Psychology major from Aldan, Pennsylvania. On campus Steve plays on the Men’s club volleyball team, and he dances with the WHOA! Hip-Hop Dance Company. Steve is a Residential Advisor and enjoys building his own floor community.  With that being said, Steve is very excited to work with the Alumni Council to broaden his outreach of community building from residential life to the extended Carleton Community as a whole.