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


Jeff ApplequistJeffrey C. Appelquist '80
Career Center Representative
Apple Valley, MN

Jeff Appelquist, Carleton Class of 1980 (political science), is the founder and president of Blue Knight Leadership, LLC, which provides business and leadership consulting services. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, practicing attorney, and corporate executive.  Jeff is the award-winning author of four books: two on leadership, a novel, and a corporate history of the Toro Company. He holds a combined JD and MA in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. His website is and he can be reached at


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.

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.

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

Donnie majored in Sociology/Anthropology, served as a proctor senior year, played football and participated in the inception of the Rugby Club. He worked as a community organizer in Kentucky through the Peace Corps between his junior and senior years. After teaching eighth grade English for two years, Donnie went to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Three trips to the field for research, several teaching positions and being ABD, Donnie turned to business. He worked for college publishing companies in sales and editorial capacities, worked two years as a communication consultant, finished his full-time employment as stockbroker and since his retirement, has worked for eight years teaching anthropology part-time at Madison College. Donnie has been involved in a myriad of volunteer activities and is currently chair of the 'C' Club Board.

Steve Duermeyer '64
At-Large Member

Coronado, CA

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. 

Michael HabermannMichael Habermann '16
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. 

Reid Koester '03
At-Large Member

Washington, DC

caroline lauthCaroline Lauth '16
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.

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

Sarah MarisSarah Maris '85 P19
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 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.

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.

Spencer Middleton '90
Out After Carleton Representative
Atlanta, GA

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. 

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.

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

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 '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.

Betsy SylvesterElizabeth Sylvester '06
Alumni Annual Fund Representative

Chicago, IL