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Introducing the new Alumni Board members

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Back Row [L to R]: Adrienne (Kuchler) Eldridge ’02, Sarah Grans ’01, Howie Smith ’80, Jay Howard ’03, Rick Bonlender ’78, Greg Schnagl ’91, Nick Swanson ’09, Patricia Jesperson ’95 Front Row [L to R]: Marie (Eddy) Odenbrett ’01, Hannah Dietrich ’05, Jill Watson ’10 MBA, Meg (Schmidt) Sawyer ’00, Melissa (Daudt) Hoepner ’92, Chris Hallin ’88, Adriana Matzke ’13, Rachel (Olson) Engebretson ’98, Chau “Tina” Nguyen ’08, Mary Prevost ’12 MBA Not Pictured: Cyrus Batheja ’08, ’10 MBA; Sharon Mercill ’09; Jordan Moore ’12 MBA; Brent Peroutka ’02;  Nick Rathmann ’03; Tracy (Anderson) Severson ’95

Six Auggies―successful in business, mentorship, leadership, and advocacy for the College recently were elected to three-year terms on the Augsburg College Alumni Board.

New members:

Cyrus Batheja ’08, ’10 MBA
National corporate director, UnitedHealth Group

Augsburg College has provided a strong foundation that has allowed my family and me to prosper. As a first-generation immigrant, college was a far cry; however, Augsburg College made my dreams a reality. I have graduated with a BSN and an MBA from Augsburg, and I am committed to helping others succeed.

Hannah Dietrich ’05
Principal planning analyst, Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation

I don’t think there’s anything I’ve done since leaving Augsburg that my Augsburg experience didn’t prepare me for. It’s incredible to think about how all of those experiences and connections have so adequately prepared for me what I do. I’m grateful to be able to do something I love.

Jay Howard ’03
Director of global sales, Innovative Computer Software

I personally have embraced my struggles growing up as a minority in the Twin Cities suburbs in a positive way and can relate to others that may have or are currently going through some of the same struggles. I would have benefited greatly from a mentor while at Augsburg and would like to help other students who may be looking for guidance.

Chau “Tina” Nguyen ’08
Project analyst, U.S. Bank

I am well connected with the international student community, and I want to be the bridge to bring alumni together with current students to share experiences and best practices. I have mentored Augsburg students, and I truly believe in helping them build their future.

Mary Prevost ’12 MBA
Owner, MJP Strategic Communications

Augsburg College provided me with such a fulfilling learning experience. Now it is my turn to give back. With 12 years of experience in public relations, I’m always thinking of ways in which organizations can increase visibility among their target audiences.

Howie Smith ’80
Manager, talent development, Ameriprise Financial Services

I sent two of my children to Augsburg, Austin ’14 and Alexandra ’15, and I have been active with the Parent and Family Council. I have enjoyed working with future graduates in career planning and goal setting at Augsburg-hosted events. I am passionate about the beautiful intersection between science, business, and religion, and can’t wait to see how the Center for Science, Business, and Religion will excite the campus.

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