College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Alumni & Friends

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Become a member today and support the Alumni Association’s mission to enrich the lives of all alumni, support student success, and strengthen the University of Minnesota.

College of Education + Human Development Alumni Society

When you join the UMN Alumni Association, you will also receive a free membership in the CEHD Alumni Society - the second largest society at the U of M.
A portion of your dues will be shared with the College of Education + Human Development’s Alumni Society to support programs and services, including student scholarships.

Support Family Social Science

You also have the option of making a gift directly to the Department. Your support helps us attract and retain top graduate students, as well as aids our faculty in their research. Visit our Giving page to learn more, or contact Susan Oswald Holter, Chief Development Officer, at, 612-624-1757, for more information. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Family Social Science Faces

Alumni of our program can be found around the world in a variety of leadership roles. We've shared some of their stories below.

Ashley Landers

Ashley Landers, Ph.D., 2016

Transformed: Dr. Landers was honored with a 2022 CEHD Alumni Award of Excellence for her work with the First Nations Repatriation Institute.

Amanda Koonjbeharry

Amanda Koonjbeharry B.S. 2009

Advocate and award-winner: Currently an senior account supervisor at Poston Communications, Atlanta, Koonjbeharry was honored as a 2021 CEHD Rising Alumni and as a 2022 “40 Under 40 Honoree” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Cheniqua Johnson

Cheniqua Johnson B.S. 2017

Rising Star: This program officer with the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation was honored with a 2022 Rising Alumni Award by the CEHD Alumni Society.

Kelli Holly

Kelli Holly, Ph.D., 2014

Renowned marriage and family therapist: Helping combat vets and survivors of military sexual trauma.

Yoav Lavee

Yoav Lavee, Ph.D., 1985

Understanding Family Stress: Helping families cope.

Claire Busse

Claire Busse, B.S., 2022

Turning lessons in leadership: Claire Busse developed a trauma-informed leadership training for peer leaders in the University of Minnesota’s marching band.