Out After Carleton Leadership Committee

Rachel BendittRachel Vallens Benditt '06

San Francisco, CA

Rachel graduated from Carleton in 2006 with a degree in Cognitive Studies. She went on to earn a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and applied her skills and knowledge to nonprofit marketing and communication. Rachel recently joined an innovative San Francisco-based education start-up that aims to create a generation of creative entrepreneurs and problem solvers to tackle the wicked problems of the world. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Lauren Benditt '05.


Garrett HoffmanGarrett Hoffman '08

Saint Paul, MN

Garrett Hoffman graduated from Carleton in 2008 with a degree in Women's and Gender Studies with a concentration in Biochemistry. While at Carleton, Garrett worked as a Center Associate at the Gender and Sexuality Center and played rugby. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Missouri. Currently, Garrett is a PhD student at the University of Minnesota in the department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. His current research is on equity and access in higher education. In his free time, Garrett volunteers for the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition at their hormone shot clinic and is the producer of Visible Bodies - Twin Cities, a collaborative photography project highlighting the lives and stories of trans* folks in Minnesota.


Christi ConklingChristi Conkling '09

Committee Member
Jamaica Plain, MA

Christi graduated from Carleton in 2009 with an American Studies major and an Educational Studies concentration. She has worked for Boston Public Schools, Citizen Schools, and is now a team manager at Bottom Line, a college access nonprofit in Boston, MA. While at Carleton, Christi worked as a Gender and Sexuality Center Associate on many projects including FemSex, healthy relationship workshops, and sexual violence prevention.


John Costello '95


Elly Fireside-OstergaardElly Fireside-Ostergaard '16

Committee Member
San Francisco, CA

Elly is a Biology major, Women's and Gender Studies concentrator in the the class of 2016. She works in the Gender and Sexuality Center and plays for Eclipse, the DIII Ultimate Frisbee team. Additionally, Elly works Student Financial Services, does immunology research, and participates in the Carleton Association of Nature and Outdoor Enthusiasts (CANOE). While the future is murky, Elly hopes to potentially pursue a career in science education or HIV research.

Elliot JamesElliot James '05

Committee Member
Minneapolis, MN

Originally from the Bronx, NY, Elliot James teaches African History at the University of Minnesota, Morris. At Carleton, Elliot majored in History (duh), sang in the coed a cappella group Exit 69, worked as a Gender & Sexuality Center Associate, studied abroad in South Africa, and founded the now defunct student group Black Queer Alliance (BQA). A decade after BQA's founding, Elliot helped bring BQA alums back to campus for the 2015 Out After Carleton reunion to showcase their stories and perspectives. He is excited to work alongside OAC leadership to imagine and plan new ways for the college to bring marginalized voices to the forefront of Carleton's institutional memory. As a small liberal arts college professor and alum, Elliot is passionate about leveraging historical thinking and queer people of color organizing to make the undergraduate and alumni experience more equitable.


Scott MasonScott Mason '89

Committee Member
New York, NY

Scott Mason is a 1989 graduate of Carleton who majored in English and currently lives in New York City.  Currently, he works as the General Counsel and Vice-President of Operations at the Urban Resource Institute (URI), a not-for-profit that provides shelter, legal and job training programs for domestic violence victims as well as residential and vocational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Prior to working for URI, Scott had nearly 20 years of public sector managerial and executive experience, as well as a legal, business process, and human resources consultant practice for small businesses and entrepreneurs.  He sits on the board of Friends House, a nonprofit which provides housing and vital support programs to people living with AIDS, and is an associate producer of Stand Up, Stand Out, a multi-platform documentary project which features three decades of LGBTQ stand-up comedians.  Scott received his J.D. from Columbia University in 1992.  During his free time, Scott enjoys honing his skills in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai boxing, as well as lifting weights, bicycling, and yoga.

Lisa Nordeen  '90


Committee Member
Saint Paul, 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 Director of Academic Success at Hamline University where her focus is on teaching critical thinking and metacognition.

Will Sheffer '15Will Sheffer '15

Committee Member
Bow, NH

Will is an Art History major with a concentration in Women's and Gender 
Studies and European Studies and a member of the class of 2015. As a GSCA 
will has worked on men, masculinity, and their intersection with sexual 
violence prevention mostly through developing and facilitating the MSex 
class. That being said, he additionally works on healthy communities and 
relationship and larger LBTQA events. Outside of the GSC, Will participates 
in Ebony II, KRLX, The Carl (a bi-weekly arts and culture publication), and 
gives tours. He is still figuring out what his time post-Carleton will look 
like but he hopes that it will build upon the work that he has done in the 
Gender and Sexuality Center.


Kristian Taketomo '11Kristian Taketomo '11

Committee Member
Philadelphia, PA

Kristian Taketomo graduated from Carleton in 2011 with a B.A. in History and a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies and Cross-Cultural Studies. At Carleton, Kristian was a GSCA, the House Manager for Queers and Allies House, and member of the KRLX board. Now living in Philadelphia, he is a Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania researching mid to late-twentieth century American history. He is also the Vice-Chair for Advocacy and School Networking for Lambda Grads, UPenn's LGBTQ graduate and profession student organization. 

Past Chairs of OAC

  • Matt Fikse '87
  • Mark Lofstrom '76
  • Lee Mauk '63
  • Karen Peterson '76
  • Ann Potter '76
  • Beth Wright '93
  • Cory Calmes '95
  • Katy Weseman '02
  • Miles Harris '08