Andra Adolfson is the business development director of Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Inc., a nationwide commercial construction company co-founded by her grandfather in 1946 and led by her father, David Adolfson. She oversees market analysis for the firm and provides leadership in marketing and the management of client relationships. She also is a member of the Adolfson Family Leadership Council, which focuses on the family issues related to owning the Adolfson and Peterson Construction, Inc. business. Adolfson’s background includes significant expertise in and support of the arts, including work for the Southern Vermont Arts Center and the Manchester Film Festival. Her volunteer service also includes Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Women (MNCREW) and Luther Seminary, where she has served on committees including Master Planning, Young Donors, Member Services, and Women in Philanthropy. Adolfson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2007 and serves as chair of the Facilities Subcommittee.
Ann Ashton-Piper is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has worked extensively in the information technology field and is president of The Bridgie Group, a small IT consulting firm. She is active in her church, Peace Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minn., where she recently chaired the Call Committee. She and her husband, Ken, who is an architect, are also active in their community, supporting local nonprofit and charitable organizations such as Lake Country School, Groves Academy, and the Children’s Theatre Company. Ashton-Piper was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2009 and serves as chair of the Student Affairs Committee.
Rev. Steven H. Delzer is an ex-officio member of the Augsburg Board of Regents and serves at the bishop of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American. Delzer has served congregations in Maryland, Missouri, and Minnesota. Most recently, he served as interim pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in West Union, Iowa, and lead pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Faribault, Minnesota. Prior to his election as bishop in 2013, he served as the facilitator of monthly meetings of interim pastors of the synod and conducted initial interviews of those desiring to enter the candidacy program for ordained ministry in the ELCA. He was also instrumental in beginning the first African ministry in the synod and served as mentor to the synod’s first African-born pastor, Rev. Wal Reat. Delzer graduated from Concordia University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with a bachelor’s degree in history and classical languages. He earned his Master of Divinity in 1975 from Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis. Delzer was appointed as an ex-officio member of the Board in 2017.
Karen (Miller) Durant ’81 is an accomplished senior finance executive with more than 30 years of experience with complex multinational, publicly traded companies. She most recently served as vice president and controller of Tennant Company, a manufacturer of equipment and coatings in Golden Valley, Minn. and continues to serves on the Tennant Foundation Board, which supports non-profits primarily in the areas of social services and education. Prior to Tennant, Durant’s career included 18 years with Pentair, where she ultimately served as senior vice president of finance and analysis, and also eight years with Honeywell in a variety of finance and accounting positions. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Augsburg, Durant holds a master’s in business administration in finance from the University of St. Thomas. Over the years, she has been an active volunteer and donor to a variety of organizations including Operation Bootstrap Africa, Courage Center, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and Junior Achievement. Durant was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2011 and serves as secretary of the Board, chair of the Audit Committee, and vice chair of the Finance Committee.
Matthew K. Entenza, J.D. is a graduate of Worthington Senior High School in Worthington, Minnesota. He attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S. Dak., and graduated cum laude from Macalester College. He received a Diploma in Legal Studies from Oxford University (U.K.) and received a juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. Entenza has served as an Assistant Minnesota Attorney General (prosecuting charitable fraud) and an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney (prosecuting felony white collar crime). He served for six terms in the Minnesota House and for four years was the House Democratic Leader. He was a DFL candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 2010. Entenza is the founder and senior fellow of Minnesota 2020, a state public policy think-tank. He is also a Senior Advisor on Energy and the Economy to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. He is active in the Lutheran Church and has served on numerous local and national boards. Entenza was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2011, for which he now serves as chair.
Mark A. Eustis serves as an advisor to organizational leadership and governance for health systems working to transform care to create enhanced value for individuals and communities. He is the former president and chief executive officer of Fairview Health Services, an integrated, academic health system based in Minneapolis. Under his leadership and in partnership with the University of Minnesota, Fairview’s employees and aligned physicians, Fairview committed to delivering exceptional patient care and experience at a lower total cost of care to the communities they serve. In December 2011, Fairview was selected by CMS as one of 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) across the country. In addition to current service on the Board of Regents for Augsburg University he has served on the boards of the Northern Star Council; Boy Scouts of America; Minnesota Hospital Association; Premier, Inc., Premier’s AEIX Insurance Group; Minnesota Medical Foundation; Faith in the City; Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI); Minnesota Business Partnership; Itasca Project; and Minneapolis Club Board of Governors. Eustis has served as the Chair of American Heart Association’s Twin Cities Heart Walk, American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, and March of Dimes’ Minnesota March for Babies campaign. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2008 and serves as treasurer of the Board and chair of the Finance Committee.
Nicholas C. Gangestad ’86 is senior vice president and chief financial officer of 3M, an international innovation company with nearly 90,000 employees operating in 70 countries around the world. Gangestad began at 3M in 1987 and worked in a variety of 3M businesses and regions including the Asia Pacific, Canada, Latin America, and United States. In 2011, Gangestad was appointed corporate controller and chief accounting officer. In 2014, he was named senior vice president and CFO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on accounting from Augsburg, as well as an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Gangestad serves on the board of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2016.
Amit K. Ghosh, M.D. ’12 MBA is a staff consultant and professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Ghosh also serves as a medical director of international practice for Mayo Clinic, where he has been employed since 2000. Ghosh has practiced medicine for 25 years. He attended medical school in India, later completing a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in nephrology at the University of Minnesota. He earned his MBA from Augsburg and has served in numerous education and practice leadership roles at Mayo Clinic namely, editor-in-chief of three books. His clinical practice includes outpatient diagnostic care of national and international patients. Ghosh is recognized internationally as an educational leader who has delivered lectures in Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. Ghosh’s career honors include Mayo’s Distinguished Service, Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education and Distinguished Educator awards, in addition to being named a Laureate of the American College of Physicians (Minnesota Chapter) and a Toastmaster of the Year. Ghosh was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2016 and serves as vice chair of the Student Affairs Committee.
Alexander J. Gonzalez ’90 is a financial consultant at Thrivent Financial and is a member of the Stonebridge Group, a values-based team with a non-commissioned structure. He is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC), where he received their President’s Production Award. In addition, he has received the Home Service Quality Sales Award. Gonzalez currently is president of the board at La Oportunidad in Minneapolis. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2008.
Rev. Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo is an ordained Lutheran pastor serving All Nations Indian Church of the United Church of Christ in Minneapolis. She also serves as the executive director of the Council for American Indian Ministry of the UCC. She is a member of the HoChunk Tribe in Wisconsin. Helgemo serves on the HoChunk Ethics Review Board and on the American Indian Business Development Corporation Review Board. She is vice president of the Native American Community Development Institute, and she is a past president of the Minneapolis Council of Churches. An engaged community leader, Helgemo has been a key fundraiser for service and education events, has served on the board of the Hennepin County Sexual Violence Center, and has provided counseling, stress management, and spiritual direction assistance for people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Helgemo was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2016.
Diane L. Jacobson, Ph.D. retired as director of the Book of Faith Initiative for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is professor emeritus of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, where she taught from 1982-2010. Jacobson is a frequent speaker throughout the Church at synodical assemblies, rostered leaders gatherings, and churchwide consultations. Jacobson’s main areas of teaching and scholarship have been in Wisdom and Psalms. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including the Book of Faith Lenten Devotional, “Water Marks,” adult study on “Ruth“ and “Opening the Book of Faith: Lutheran Insights for Bible Study.” Jacobson holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary. She was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2014 and serves as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee.
Rev. Rolf Jacobson, Ph.D. is a pastor, writer, speaker, and professor of Old Testament and Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology, and Ministry at Luther Seminary. Prior to joining the Luther Seminary faculty in 2003, he was an assistant professor of religion at Augsburg. Jacobson has edited, authored, or co-authored eight books–two of those with Augsburg University faculty. His credits also include many articles that focus on Old Testament theology and studies. Jacobson appears on two widely listened to podcasts about preaching. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, a master of divinity from Luther Seminary, and a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. Jacobson was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2007.
Mark S. Johnson ’75 led Sonju Motors in Two Harbors, Minnesota, until 1999 when he transitioned to a new role as Two Harbors city planner, where he served until his retirement. Today, Johnson remains active in philanthropic development projects both locally and internationally. In Two Harbors, he leads a community fund that he established 20 years ago to support new projects in response to emerging and changing needs. He also is active on the South Pacific island of Tanna in Vanuatu with various development initiatives, including a solar project to bring electricity to the homes of 20,000 residents on the island. Johnson also funds undergraduate research opportunities for Augsburg students through the Torstenson Scholars Program. He earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and metro-urban studies at Augsburg and participated in golf as a student-athlete. Johnson was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2018.
Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D. is president and chief executive officer of The Saint Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations, where he continues his lifelong work to educate, elevate, and give voice to people in his communities. The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations match donors’ charitable resources with community-led solutions. Jolly began leading The Foundations in August 2015 and is forging meaningful, lasting partnerships with donors and members of the community to create a stronger, healthier, and more equitable Minnesota. Before joining The Foundations, Jolly was president of the Science Museum of Minnesota for a decade. Jolly came to Saint Paul after serving as vice president and senior scientist at the Education Development Center in Massachusetts. Before that, he worked as a professor and administrative leader in successive academic roles. Jolly serves on a number of local and national boards, including the Bush Foundation, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and Greater MSP. He is a member of honor societies, including Sigma Xi, Phi Eta Sigma, Mortarboard, and Golden Key. He is also a life member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Jolly earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and previously served on the Augsburg Board of Regents from 2008 to 2015. He was elected to a new term in 2017 and serves as vice chair of the Academic Affairs Committee
Cynthia G. Jones, Ph.D. ’81 is the senior level advisor for nuclear safety and analysis at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), providing expertise for major policy, program, and operational issues associated with nuclear safety and security. From 2012-2016, Jones was the Nuclear Safety Attaché to the U.S. Ambassador at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria, providing programmatic and policy oversight for the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) and United Nations nuclear safety programs. In 2011, she became the first female NRC expert appointed to the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, and more recently served on the Georgia Institute of Technology Advisory Board for Nuclear Engineering and Medical Physics graduate programs. Jones also formerly served as a physicist in the Center for Radiation Research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and in the Radiation Safety department at UCLA. Prior to that, she held positions teaching health physics at Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Tennessee. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in physics from Augsburg, Jones earned a master’s degree in health physics at Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a master’s and a doctorate degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Maryland. Jones served on the Augsburg Board of Regents from 2010 to 2012 and was elected to a new term in 2017.
Wayne Jorgenson ’71 recently retired after 42 years in the financial services industry. He began his career at Piper Jaffray, Inc., in 1975 and most recently served as a senior vice president of Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services in Bloomington, Minnesota. He is a Civil War historian and in 2012 published the book, “Every Man Did His Duty: Pictures and Stories of the Men of the First Minnesota.” Jorgenson has a passion for Augsburg and has been among the University’s most active alumni—serving on the Alumni Board, the MBA Advisory Board, and more recently as the leader of the Alumni Class Challenge Campaign for the Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion. Jorgenson and his wife, Carol ’72, are members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2013.
Dean Kennedy ’75 serves as chief strategy officer of Texakoma Oil & Gas Corporation, working with the company’s geological and engineering staff in identifying exploration and production opportunities. As a co-founder of the company, Kennedy previously served as president and chief executive officer, leading the corporation to become a major producer of coal bed methane gas in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico. Kennedy successfully led the company’s divestiture of its San Juan Basin asset in 2004. During his time at Augsburg, Kennedy was a four-year varsity wrestler and was named an All-American his senior year. He was also a two-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion and a two-time MIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. In 1996, Kennedy was inducted into the Augsburg Athletic Hall of Fame. Kennedy previously served on the Augsburg Board of Regents from 2005 to 2013 and was elected to a new term in 2017.
Toby Piper LaBelle ’96 is senior vice president of Northland Securities, a securities brokerage firm in Minneapolis, where he built and leads the corporate-client services group that supports companies from the entrepreneurial stage through their eventual liquidity events. Previously, LaBelle served as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley and held several positions, including institutional equity trader, at Piper Jaffray & Co. LaBelle has been an active volunteer for the StepUP® Program at Augsburg, providing important leadership to the program’s advisory board, which, since 2002 has given its annual service award in his name. Alongside his service to Augsburg, LaBelle is also on the Board of Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners and several foundations. LaBell was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2010 and serves as chair of the Investment Subcommittee.
LaJune Thomas Lange, J.D. ’75 is known for her international expertise in law and human rights and served a distinguished career as judge in the Fourth Judicial District of Minnesota. She is a former co-vice chair of the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Racial Bias in the Courts, and of the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Fairness in the Courts. Lange currently serves as president of the International Leadership Institute, which provides technical assistance, civic education, election monitoring, conflict reduction, and rule of law programs to people and nations in transition. She is a senior fellow with the Humphrey Institute and an Honorary Consul for the Republic of South Africa in Minnesota. Lange obtained her juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School. Lange was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2010.
Steven E. Larson, M.D. ’71 has practiced at the Riverside Medical Clinic from 1980 to the present. He was CEO and chairman of the clinic board From 1988 to 2018. He also previously served as president of the California Medical Association, In addition to membership in the Riverside County Medical Association, the California Medical Association and American Medical Association, Larson is a member of the American Medical Group Association, the Infectious Disease Society of America, Southern California Infectious Disease Society, and the American College of Physicians. After graduating from Augsburg in 1971, Larson earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1975. He completed a residency in internal medicine in 1978 and a fellowship in infectious diseases in 1980, both at Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in Milwaukee. He earned a master of public health degree from Loma Linda University in 1988 and is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2014.
Karolynn Lestrud ’68 is a retired photography and publishing industry professional; a former board member in historic preservation and performing arts organizations; and an active volunteer in arts, education, and theater. She is a founding member of both the Steamboat Springs and the Routt County Historic Preservation Advisory Boards in Colorado. Lestrud also has served as president and as a board member for the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp and continues as a volunteer tour guide and archivist. Lestrud also works with children’s education programs as a storyteller in the Steamboat Springs Chapter of the Spellbinders organization. After earning a bachelor’s in English and French education at Augsburg, Lestrud completed a master’s degree in linguistics at the University of Oregon. She was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2017.
Terry Lindstrom, Ph.D. ’73 is a retired distinguished research fellow at Eli Lilly and Company, where he served for more than 31 years. He holds numerous patents supporting life-changing drugs, including Evista, for osteoporosis, and Cymbalta, an antidepressant also used to treat anxiety and musculoskeletal pain. His research has resulted in more than 115 abstract and peer reviewed papers with several national and international lectures. He also is a past chair and served on the Indiana Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board for 18 years creating drug formularies and instituting and maintaining best practices in drug utilization in Indiana. Today, Lindstrom continues to serve as a drug discovery consultant, participates in research for treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis, and volunteers with the Augsburg Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunities program giving lectures, meeting with students about their research, and collaborating with Augsburg science faculty. Lindstrom earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology from Augsburg and completed a Ph.D. in pharmacology at the University of Minnesota followed by a biochemistry postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2018.
Rev. Patricia J. Lull was elected bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in May 2014. At the time of her election, Lull was serving as the executive director of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches. Prior to that, she worked in campus ministry at Augsburg University, as dean of students at Luther Seminary, and as director of Lutheran Campus Ministry for the ELCA. Lull earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and completed her theological education at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. Following her ordination in 1979, Lull served as a pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Athens, Ohio, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alpena, Michigan. Lull is a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota She recently chaired the work group for drafting an inter-religious relations policy for the ELCA, tapping her long-standing involvement in ecumenical and inter-religious work. Lull was appointed as an ex-officio member of the Board in 2017.
Dennis Meyer ’78 is an accomplished marketing professional and strategist whose disciplined approach to marketing and business development has transformed organization across industries. Meyer most recently as the first-ever chief marketing and business development officer at the national trial law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP. Prior to that, Meyer served in executive marketing leadership roles in multiple industries including architecture, building engineering, and publishing. Whether overseeing global business development teams or successfully revamping the marketing structure of Fortune 500 companies, Meyer has become known for his ability to develop and execute successful marketing programs focused on market segmentation and stakeholder cross-selling. He was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2013 and serves as the chair of the Enrollment Management and Marketing Committee.
Pamela Moksnes ’79 and her husband, Mark Moksnes ’79, have been among Augsburg’s most engaged alumni, with generous gifts to support athletics, campus ministry, the Lindell Library, Oren Gateway Center, and as lead annual fund donors in the Maroon & Silver Society. Prior to her retirement, Moksnes served as vice president for gift planning services, LCMS, through the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. Moksnes is passionate about financial literacy and leadership for women and was instrumental in several Women’s Connections events at Augsburg. Currently, she is involved with the Augsburg Women Engaged (AWE) initiative. Moksnes has served on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes state board; she was elected and served four terms on the National Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund. She attends Cross View Lutheran Church in Edina, Minnesota. Moksnes was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2013.
Nancy (Mackey) Mueller ’85 teaches physics and chemistry at Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota. She has taught in the Rochester Public School system for 18 years and has served on boards and in churches in the Rochester community. Previously, Mueller was a structural engineer specializing in composite materials at the U.S. Navy’s Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Maryland. Mueller earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Augsburg and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. She also again enrolled at Augsburg after moving to Rochester to complete coursework in order to obtain her teaching certificate. Mueller was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2018.
Jeffrey Nodland ’77 is the president and chief executive officer of KIK Custom Products (KCP), one of North America’s largest manufacturers of national-brand consumer products—including Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Henkel, and L’Oreal—and in-house brand products for retailers including Dollar General, Kroger, Target, Wal-Mart, and Sysco. The company also is the largest manufacturer of products for pool and spa care as well as for auto care, owning the Prestone brand of anti-freeze. Previously, Nodland had a 30-year career in specialty chemical and coatings manufacturing, serving in executive leadership positions for companies such as Hexion Specialty Chemicals; Resolution Performance Products; and McWhorter Technologies, a specialty chemical company spun off by Valspar in 1994. He spent the first 17 years of his career with the Valspar Corporation in various management and leadership roles. Nodland currently serves on the Board of Momentive Performance Materials, a producer of silicone and quartz products, as well as the Board of EcoSynthetix, a manufacturer of biopolymers. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg, Nodland holds a master of business administration from the University of St. Thomas. Nodland was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2011.
Paul C. Pribbenow, Ph.D. is the tenth president of Augsburg University. Before coming to Augsburg in 2006, Pribbenow served as president of Rockford College in Rockford, Ill. He also has served as research fellow for the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College (Indiana); dean for College Advancement and secretary of the Board of Trustees at Wabash College; vice president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and associate dean of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. Pribbenow holds a bachelor’s degree from Luther College, and a master’s degree and doctorate in social ethics from the University of Chicago. Pribbenow was recently elected to the National Campus Compact Board of Directors, having chaired the state board of Minnesota Campus Compact for the past several years. Locally, he serves on the executive committee of the Minnesota Private College Council, Pillsbury United Communities Board, and the Oslo Center US Foundation Board of Directors, and is chair of the VocalEssence Board of Directors and the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership.
Rachel L. Pringnitz ’02, ’07 MBA serves as operations administrator for Mayo Clinic’s Division of General Internal Medicine. Her oversight includes Executive and International Medicine, Consultative General Internal Medicine, Diagnostic Breast Clinic, Women’s Health Clinic, Integrative Medicine and Health, and the Fibromyalgia Program. She also is the Department Of Medicine Outpatient Practice administrator and supports the Healthy Living Program. Additionally, Pringnitz is the enterprise administrator for the Center for Executive Health and International Medicine across all of the Mayo Clinic sites. Prior to her role as operations administrator, Pringnitz served as operations manager in Mayo Clinic’s Office of Access Management. She joined Mayo Clinic in 1993 in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and previously served as senior business analyst and quality coordinator. Pringnitz holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Augsburg University. She was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2016.
Dean Sundquist ’81 serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Mate Precision Tooling, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality tooling for the sheet metal fabrication industry. He also is founder and president of Modulate Capital, an early-stage investment group. Sundquist earned a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg University and a master of business administration from the University of Minnesota. He is an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, and the Association for Manufacturing Technology. He also is a long-time member and former board member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the World Presidents’ Organization. He and his wife, Amy, fund the Augsburg Sundquist Scholars, a summer research opportunity for students in the sciences. Sundquist was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2014.
Jill Nelson Thomas is a third generation, lifelong resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She studied psychology and business, earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa in 1977. She returned to TU to study law and received her Juris Doctor degree in 1986. She and her husband, Robert, have been avid advocates for the Alzheimer’s Association for 20 years. Additionally, they are committed to and provide support for several Tulsa community organizations including the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Tulsa Area United Way, and the Tulsa Ballet. She is president elect for Tulsa Town Hall and chairs the board development committee for Family & Children’s Services of Oklahoma. Since 2014, Jill and Robert have been committed to focusing on collegiate recovery through Augsburg and its StepUP® Program. She was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2016 and serves as chair of the Advancement Committee.
David Tiede, Ph.D. retired in 2005 from Luther Seminary as president and professor of New Testament. He renewed his teaching in 2005 as the Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation at Augsburg. He re-entered administration in 2010 as interim president of Wartburg Seminary and in 2013 as interim president of Luther College. His academic studies are focused on the world of the New Testament. His current vocations are as husband, father, and grandfather; student of the New Testament and Christian Origins; and friend of the institutions of the church and their leaders. He and his wife, Muffy, worship at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Lino Lakes, Minn. Tiede was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2010 and serves as vice chair of the Board.
Vicki Turnquist is a CEO advisor with The Bailey Group, specializing in leadership coaching and team development. She.has more than 30 years of banking experience and serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens Independent Bank in St. Louis Park, Minn. Turnquist was the founder and CEO of Private Bank Minnesota, which was sold in June 2014. Throughout her 20-year tenure with PBM, she served on both the bank and holding company boards. She has been an engaged community volunteer throughout her career and is an active Rotarian. She chaired her 225-member Rotary club in its centennial year and has been active in and served on the boards of a number of other community organizations. Turnquist has been highly recognized in the financial community for her leadership and finance expertise. Among her honors, she was named as one of Finance and Commerce’s Top Women in Finance both in 2010 and 2012, and she earned the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Award in 2007. Turnquist was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2015.
Rev. Mark N. Wilhelm, Ph.D. is executive director for the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities and serves an ex-officio member of the Augsburg Board of Regents. In that capacity, he serves as program director for higher education in the Domestic Mission unit of the ELCA’s churchwide organization. Wilhelm staffed various educational ministries with the churchwide organization from 2001 to 2015. Before being called to churchwide ministries, he served as an associate director of the Center for the Study of Theological Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. Wilhelm has served pastorates in Maryland and New York City. He holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College, a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, and a Master of Philosophy and a doctoral degree in American church history from Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Noya Woodrich ’92, ’94 MSW, an Athabascan Indian and Alaska native, earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Augsburg and went on to complete Augsburg’s Master of Social Work program. She was president and chief executive officer of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches from 2012 to 2016. Woodrich previously led the council’s Division of Indian Work as senior vice president and executive director, and her connection to the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches began in 1991 through an internship experience occurring as part of her social work education. Noya has taught at Augsburg and at Metropolitan State. Her involvement on committees, tasks forces, and boards is extensive and primarily focuses on inequity in health and education for American Indians. Woodrich was elected to the Augsburg Board of Regents in 2016.