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2014 Rising Alumni

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The CEHD Alumni Society is proud to recognize twenty-three rising alumni from across our college who have achieved early distinction in their careers, demonstrated emerging leadership, or shown exceptional volunteer service in their communities. This is the second year of the Rising Alumni initiative. See the profiles of last year's 2013 CEHD Rising Alumni.


Millicent AdjeiMillicent Adjei

Millicent works to select some of the brightest young minds in Ghana and across Africa who are financially underprivileged but academically brilliant to study at Ashesi University College, Ghana's only liberal arts college, as part of a $13 million MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Read More


Michael BelotMichael Belot

Michael is responsible for the leadership, synergy, sales, marketing, growth, and profitability of Destination Kohler’s Sheboygan County operations. These operations include all lodging, spas, restaurants, realty, commercial development, retail shops, and management of 2,000 acres of green space and farm land. He is the vice chairman for the 2015 PGA Championship and already planning for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. Read More


Chris DixonChris Dixon

Chris is a health and fitness entrepreneur passionate about improving health care. In collaboration with business partners and local governments, he is working to increase the access and affordability of preventative health care services. Chris runs his own training company, Insider Training, Inc., which will soon have a nonprofit branch called Health is Love. Read More


Cara GulbronsonCara Gulbronson

Cara coordinates all aspects of the wheelchair basketball, wheelchair softball, and track and field programs for adults and youth with physical disabilities for the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She is also the tournament director for the annual Courage Kenny Classic, a 12 team wheelchair basketball tournament that includes teams from across the nation. Read More


Janette HerbersJanette Herbers

Janette conducts research at Villanova University to understand developmental processes of resilience in children who experience risks such as trauma, poverty, and homelessness, and in particular, how positive relationships with parents can support children in overcoming adversity. Read More


Todd HeringTodd Hering

Todd is in his 17th year teaching social studies at Eastview High School. He is a two-time Minnesota Debate Teachers Association Coach of the Year and a recipient of the MDTA James Graupner Distinguished Service Award. He has coached ten state debate champions, one national debate runner-up, four state speech champions, and five national speech champions. Read More


Fadumo IbrahimFadumo Ibrahim

Fadumo secured for The Cedar Cultural Center a $5,000 Story Circle Small Grant that enabled a project called The Stories of Somali Women: Sheekadii Hablaha Soomaaliyeed, which invited Somali women of all ages, with a focus on elders, to participate in a series of storytelling workshops where community members heard stories about Somali history and culture.  Read More


Penny KelseyPenny Kelsey

Penny studies Native American literature, film, and theory at the University of Colorado- Boulder, and teaches courses on the Ethnic Graphic Novel, Hawaiian Literature and Film, and the American West in Literature, Film, Photography, and Gaming. Her book, Tribal Theory in Native American Literature: Dakota and Haudenosaunee Writing and Worldviews, won the Woodward-Pope Prize in Literature.  Read More


Darnell T LoganDarnell T. Logan

Darnell is the director/coordinator of psychological services for Atlanta Public Schools and a leader in his community. In 2006, he co-founded Atlanta Urban Adventures, an organization that sponsors adventurous activities for urban professionals, with generated proceeds donated directly to metro Atlanta youth for school supplies, clothing, and scholarships. Read More


Anise McDowellAnise McDowell

Anise co-advised a Coffman Memorial Union advisory committee that consisted of leaders representing cultural centers and other student organizations as they worked together planning the redesign of this University of Minnesota student space. The redesign process and outcomes are an exciting new model for other institutions across the U.S. facing similar challenges. Read More

Donald Mitchell, Jr.Donald Mitchell, Jr.

Donald, assistant professor at Grand Valley State University, is dedicated to improving educational environments for underrepresented populations who have been marginalized by existing systems and cultures. He is actively engaged in research on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, intersectionality, Black Greek-letter organizations, and equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education.  Read More


Kristen Smith MyersKristen Smith Myers

Kristen leads an Osseo team of ten special education teachers, assisting them with Individual Educational Plan development, evaluation reports, scheduling and coordination, team meetings, lesson/unit planning, behavior management, and working with families. Kristen demonstrated exceptional leadership skills by starting a brand new junior high level program for students with autism spectrum disorders. Read More


David ParkerDavid Parker

David, research director for ServeMinnesota, is among the most promising scholars and leaders in educational psychology and is becoming one of Minnesota's most influential voices regarding important societal issues. As a researcher, he has already published 16 articles in top journals on assessment and intervention for students struggling with early literacy.  Read More


Kerry PhillipsKerry Phillips

Kerry developed Eagan Market Fest, a weekly summer-long community event featuring a large farmer's market, concert in the park, family activities and theme nights. It has grown from 3,000 attendees in 2007 to over 40,000 in 2013. She also received the 2013 Spirit of Eagan Award, given annually to one City of Eagan employee for innovative service to the community. Read More

Carynn RoehrickCarynn Roehrick

Carynn recruits, orients, and trains over 11,000 volunteers annually for four core Ronald McDonald House Charities programs in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Setting her focus on volunteer organization, retention, and recognition, the annual value of services provided by her volunteers is over one million dollars. Read More


Allen ShenAllen Shen

Allen has advanced business sales, marketing, and communication in key Chinese markets for the Chauvin Arnoux Group. In his first year, he increased sales by 40% in the Hong Kong and Tai Wan areas. While interning with the Minnesota Trade Office, he helped organize Governor Mark Dayton's trade mission to China.  Read More


Robin SamulesRebecca Shlafer

Rebecca partnered with Sesame Street Workshop to lead the dissemination of new resources for children and families impacted by incarceration in Minnesota. The project has been incredibly successful – in just six months, her group distributed over 24,000 resource kits to providers and families across the state. Rebecca, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, was invited to present her research at a White House event focused on children with incarcerated parents. Read More


Emily SmithEmily Smith

Emily left a job with a Fortune 500 company in Minneapolis to dedicate her professional career to closing the achievement gap and fully engaging the community around her. She now resides in Dallas teaching kindergarten for Uplift Education and her long-term goal is to be in school leadership. Read More


Kate TerryKate Terry

Kate is a program manager for the Carlson School of Management's Global Institute, steering over 30 incoming and outgoing semester exchanges and summer programs in 25 countries. Kate positively impacts the study abroad experience for all Carlson undergraduates. Read More


Taylor ThomasTaylor Thomas

Taylor, teacher of deaf/hard of hearing learners for Intermediate School District 917, developed an in-service workshop for her peers who work with students who have hearing loss on the topic of using the iPad and Apps for organization and instruction. She converted the in-service into a webinar that it is accessible for out-state teachers. Read More


Sophia ThompsonSophia Thompson

Sophia is a leader among her peers in child protection at Ramsey County. She is well respected for her quality service and commitment to families during the most difficult times in their lives. Sophia trains new and seasoned child protection staff with the county's current practice model to strengthen safety, permanency, and well-being for children. Read More


Ana VasquezAna Vasquez

Ana moved to Minnesota from her native country of El Salvador in 2000 and is a science teacher at El Colegio, a Latino-focused, bilingual and bi-cultural school with arts in South Minneapolis. She is an active volunteer with immigrant rights organizations working to stop deportations that lead to the separation of immigrant families. Read More


Lindsay WalzLindsay Walz

Lindsay founded the organization courageous heARTS, offering youth a safe space to heal and be empowered through expressive arts, community building, and leadership development. A survivor of the 35-W bridge collapse, Lindsay continues to share her story to help others dealing with traumatic experiences find comfort and hope. Read More





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