Current Alumni Council Members
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.
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
Bonnie Melville '92
Bradford Nordholm '78
Margaret Simms '67
Alan C. Thiel '71
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.
Career Center Representative
Out After Carleton Representative
Alumni Annual Fund Representative
St. Paul, MN
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Corte Madera, CA
Ann Arbor, MI
Byron majored in English at Carleton, and was a leader of the Mustache Club and the Table Tennis club. Since graduation, he's worked in Sales and Marketing functions at Google, and he completed his MBA at the University of Michigan in 2013. He has been involved in student support and fundraising for both Carleton and the charter high school he attended in Kansas City. He loves his wife (also a Carl), his pug, America, table tennis, skiing, motorcycling, and cooking.
Carleton Multicultural Alumni Network Representative
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.