Get to know your MCAN board members!

Jessica Brooks '09, ChairJessica Brooks

Jessica Brooks graduated from Carleton College in 2009. From there she 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.

Jennifer Lopez '02, Vice ChairJenny Lopez

Jenny Lopez is a member of the class of 2002 who majored in history.  At Carleton, she served as a MPL (Multicultural Peer Leader), a New Student Week leader, and participated in various organizations.  She had numerous on-campus jobs and studied abroad in Northern Ireland.  Post-Carleton, she went for her master’s in Higher Education Administration with a special focus on retention of unrepresented students.  After working at Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago, she decided to leave the field.  She now works as a Real Estate Appraiser in Chicago.  This career path allows her to utilize her Carleton-groomed research and writing skills.  She is interested in issues of access, retention, as well as the impact of physical space on these issues.   

Bethany Bobo '20 Bethany Bobo '20

Bethany is a member of the Class of 2020 majoring in English and minoring in Music Performance. During the school year she works as an Office Assistant in the Office of Intercultural and International Life (OIIL) and is a member of the Black Student Alliance and the voice studies program. In true liberal arts fashion, though, her career passions and interests lie in the intersection of small business marketing and advocacy for women and Black business owners and has worked for and with various small businesses and non-profit organizations both in Minnesota and at home in Mississippi. In her free time she enjoys using Groupons at new restaurants, watching Netflix and making playlists.

Adriana Castillo '18Adriana Castillo '18

Adriana Castillo is a member of the class of 2018 who is majoring in American Studies and minoring in Educational Studies. At Carleton, she serves as the student director of Intramural sports, is a facilitator for Students Engaged in Essential Dialogues (SEED), a member of the Senior Committee, and a Student Department Advisor for Educational Studies. Being a Posse scholar from Houston contributed to her interests within the field of education, specifically on issues of education inequality and the experiences of POC at historically white institutions. After Carleton, Adriana hopes to continue her education and pursue a master degree in Higher Education leadership.

Ricardo Garcia '21 Ricardo Garcia

Ricardo is a member of the Class of 2021 who is majoring in Sociology and Anthropology, and double minoring in Educational Studies and Spanish. At Carleton, he is Resident Advisor and he is also a member of the Latin American Student Organization, Black Student Alliance, and a program director for Swipe-Out Hunger.

His main interests are in education policies and businesses, which have led him to be a research partner with Anita Chikkatur, the Chair of the Educational Studies Department. As a partner, he is helping to create an English, Somali, and Spanish website regarding Participatory Action Research.

Courtney Kimmel '20 Courtney Kimmel

Courtney graduated from Carleton College in 2020 as a Biology/SOAN major. On campus, she worked as an ACE Anthropology TA, SOAN office assistant, student medical assistant, and biology TA. Since then, she has been working as a medical scribe in various emergency departments in the Twin Cities. Her main interests lie in accessible nutritional food, access to health care, and stable housing, which has led to her six year partnership with the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and research in health disparities at the University of Minnesota. Eventually, she hopes to obtain a medical degree with studies in public health and wilderness medicine. In her free time, she loves to run outside, explore hiking trails, bake new recipes, and play all sorts of games (lawn games, board games, etc). 

Todd Olson '97

Debra Ponce de Leon '81

Luis Reynaldo '86

Lou is a member of the class of 1986, majoring in Chemistry.  Typical of any Carleton Student he participated in numerous organizations and groups including, Chemistry Tutor, KRLX DJ, Luis Reynaldo '86 P'20Carletonian Humor Page Contributor, Bass Clarinetist for Orchestra, Wind Ensemble & David Porter's New Music Ensemble, and was an enthusiastic, if not skilled, Lacrosse aspirant. After graduating he learned how to play Ultimate with more facility while serving as a middle school science teacher and HS chemistry teacher in Washington, DC.  Lou then pursued graduate studies in Chemistry at Penn State followed by a NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins.  He is currently a Senior Scientist at Promega Corporation. Lou is the father of two children, Isaac (CAMS '20) and Miriam (Biology, Kansas State University). Lou participates in triathlons, curls with the Madison Curling Club, and is slowly working on hiking through the Ice Age Trail with his partner, Deb.

Micah Evans Rivera '02, Past ChairMicah Evans Rivera '02

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 9th grade Biology in Northern Illinois. 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.