Alumnae Profile Archive

Alumna pursues global career - fall 2012

 When Andrea Carrow '09 arrived back to her farming roots in Minnesota for Christmas 2011, her computer cord was European, her hair dryer had the incorrect voltage and her cell phone SIM cards were Spanish and South African. The realization that her electronics were not going to function at home was when she knew she was truly leading a global life.

Carrow studied abroad three times during her years at Saint Ben's. She represented the school in Dubai and filmed documentaries in Guatemala and Chile as part of her role as founder of the nonprofit organization, Extending the Link. She worked in Mexico as a South American Development Lead for Fastenal after graduating from Saint Ben's. She went on to earn an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and was also an Emzingo NexGen Fellow in South Africa, working as a management consultant on two African projects.

Currently, Carrow works in global strategy planning at 3M, a career inspired by the foundation established by her experiences at Saint Ben's.

"There are many fascinating elements to helping with 3M's strategic global planning, but some of my favorites include the wisdom and audacity of the 3M personnel," Carrow said.  "They are seasoned in their roles yet drive impressively innovative strategies."      

Carrow's latest global adventure has been taking the month of September to utilize accumulated airline miles for personal travel in Singapore, India, Thailand and Indonesia. One of the highlights of her trip was completing the Rickshaw Rally, a treacherous cross-country race through India in a small, motorized rickshaw.

Carrow is proof positive that the students and alumnae of Saint Ben's are active citizens of the world. Learn more about our global classroom in the September 2012 issue of Saint Benedict's Magazine.

Alumna receives recognition for financial know-how - fall 2012

Carrie Rocha '97 turned a community service project into a self-employment venture. In March 2009, Carrie began blogging tips on how to get out and stay out of debt to help others during the economic recession. Her advice stemmed from her personal experience of eliminating $50,000 in debt in two-and-a-half years.

Shortly after she started her blog, FOX 9 discovered her secrets and ran a story about her. Her blog readership exploded, and Carrie turned her website into a business called Pocket Your Dollars (

"I never expected this to turn into a career," she says. Her website has been visited by 1.3 million people and is one of the most popular couponing and personal finance sites on the web. Since the advent of her website, she has completed more than 100 media engagements, including Woman's Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, and Wall Street Journal Radio. She is also a regular guest on the Twin Cities Live television program.

Carrie's debt advice has been so well-received among readers that she wrote a book, Pocket Your Dollars, which will be released in January 2013. Carrie's interest in helping others developed at Saint Ben's, where she was engaged in various service learning experiences. She lives with her husband and daughters in Maple Grove, Minn.  

Murphy named CSB Entrepreneur of the Year - summer 2012

Margaret Murphy '90 was selected as the 2012 CSB Entrepreneur of the Year by the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship. Murphy is president and chief operating officer at Olson, an award-winning advertising agency in Minneapolis, Minn.

Murphy had her first taste in business when she started a fast food restaurant at the young age of 17. After receiving a MBA degree, she began her career at Carlson Marketing, where she was the youngest recipient of the company's top honor for customer service. She then moved to Denali Marketing in 2007, growing the firm to more than $20 million in revenue. Olson, Murphy's current workplace, acquired Denali in 2010.

The CSB Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes a Bennie who exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship while practicing Benedictine values in the workplace and in her life.

Alumna receives outstanding teacher award - summer 2012

Katie Zuehlke '98 knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was a young girl. Her early hunch for the education profession turned out to be apt. She recently received the 2012 WEM Outstanding Educator Award for Teacher Achievement, an honor for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to student learning.

Zuehlke has taught kindergarten at Bendix Elementary in Annandale, Minn. for 14 years. Katie received her master's degree in education from Saint Mary's University in 2002 and has completed courses beyond her degree focusing on emergent literacy.

She credits Saint Ben's for providing her with a solid foundation for a fruitful career and life. "I am forever thankful for the education, life skills, faith formation and networking Saint Ben's provided," she says. "I know my experiences at Saint Ben's led me to become the teacher, person and parent I am today." She gives back by welcoming Saint Ben's and Saint John's student teachers into her classroom every spring.

In addition to teaching, she serves as a board member for the Minnesota Kindergarten Association, is a freelance writer for The Education Center, volunteers at her church and presents literacy workshops. Zuehlke and her husband, Mike, a 1997 Saint John's graduate, have two sons. 

Alumna helps athletes prepare for the Olympics - Summer 2012

It was a simple piece of advice, given to Glen Werner Roseboom at a College of Saint Benedict basketball game in 1995.

But it changed her life and career - from social work to sports management, and ultimately led her to the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center (OTC).

These days, the 1993 CSB graduate and former Blazers' basketball player is director of the OTC, helping athletes prepare for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which begin July 27 in London. She's been director of the 35-acre facility since 2007.

But she would have never dreamt of doing that back in 1995. She was a social worker/counselor in the Ashby and Underwood schools near Fergus Falls, Minn.

"I was contemplating going back to school to improve my ability to make it on my own. I was stuck on what to study," Roseboom recalled. "Should I pursue a master's degree in social work or in sports?"

Click here to read the complete story about her decision.  


Alumna enjoys entrepreneurship lifestyle Summer 2012

Teresa Mazzitelli '72 has entrepreneurship in her blood. Following in the footsteps of her parents, Teresa started The Mazzitelli Group, Ltd., an executive search firm specializing in senior-level recruitment serving organizations nationwide. The firm has been recognized as a premier boutique search practice and has successfully completed multiple search assignments on behalf of Fortune 500 clients as well as privately-held businesses. Teresa has been the recipient of awards, including the Minnesota Association of Personnel Consultants Consultant of the Year Award and the Distinguished Leadership Award given by the Huntington's Disease Society of America for her contributions in business and community service.

Teresa enjoys the independence that comes from owning a business. "The flexibility of controlling my own schedule allows me to do other things beyond business," she says. Teresa is an adjunct instructor of communications at Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, volunteers in the employment ministry at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis and regularly attends Saint Ben's alumnae events. Teresa returned to CSB/SJU as a guest speaker for the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship in 2011 and recently became an Advisory Committee member at the Center. She takes pleasure in giving back to Saint Ben's, a community she credits for fostering a love for life-long learning, listening and living a purpose-filled life.   

Love of punk rock sparks theater career - Spring 2012   

Clogs and tator tot hotdish. These two things stand out for Amelia Busse Cheever '87, when she recalls her arrival at Saint Ben's from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in the 1980s. All shock value aside, Amelia says the 80s were a great time to be a punk rock-loving theater major in Central Minnesota. "With no cell phones and only two television channels, the arts were blossoming on campus," she says. "Music, theater and art were what we did. The punk rock counter culture atmosphere was exploding." The current wave of culture and the liberal arts education at Saint Ben's were the perfect combination to prepare her for a career in theater. After graduation, Amelia assisted with costume production at various theaters and eventually landed at the Guthrie Theater - the largest stage in Minnesota - where she worked alongside renowned designers, actors and directors. In spring 2012, Amelia returned home to Saint Ben's to share her experiences in the classroom. She currently teaches a theater audience class and will teach a class in spring 2013 on the connection between music and fashion. Amelia says the hands-on experiences at Saint Ben's sparked her passion for a lifetime in the performing arts. "The engaging professors and exciting performances challenged me to want to learn more." From the front of the classroom, she wants to show students of all disciplines that a background in theater can provide a variety of life skills. "Theater majors make the best lawyers."


Alumna strives to continue tradition of leadership on Saint Ben's Campus - Spring 2012

Anne Oberman '82 returned home to Saint Ben's in 2005 as the controller in the Business Office, where she oversees daily operations in the areas of accounting and finance for the college. In 2011, Anne was nominated and selected to join the inaugural class of the Council of Independent Colleges' Leadership Academy. The year-long program was designed to elevate individuals to leadership positions in higher education. Throughout the program, Anne participated in conferences, analyzed case studies and compiled monthly reports. She worked closely with her mentors from on and off campus, including CSB President MaryAnn Baenninger, to learn the ins and outs of various leadership positions in higher education. Anne was invited to present at the closing conference where she discussed college finances and budgeting. As for returning to Saint Ben's, Anne says it's like being with family. "The opportunity to "come home" to CSB to further my career allowed me to see the college from a completely different perspective than as a student." 

Alumna brings CSB identity home to Bosnia - Spring 2012

Political science and peace studies graduate Kristina (Tina) Seslija '10 returned home to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she strives to empower women through local farm projects. As the director of EkoMozaik Ltd., Kristina oversees the greenhouse and farming project that provides jobs for women in the underdeveloped and highly unemployed community of Sekovici. Here, women do not share equal rights with men, and for many of the women, this is their first paying job. The women grow lavender which attracts bees to produce honey. This spring, the farm will produce honey, vegetables, and flowers, and it will add fruits for the first time. EkoMozaik had its first CSB/SJU student intern in summer 2011. Kristina hopes that more students and members of the CSB/SJU community will visit to see how U.S. aid dollars are being used abroad. "Saint Ben's focus on sustainability and community has influenced me and this project. It is rewarding to see the positive impact on the women involved and the entire community." 

Alumna Receives 2012 Distinguished Teacher Award - Spring 2012

 Sandy Anderson '78, an early elementary school teacher at the St. John's Area School in Foley, Minn., will accept the 2012 Distinguished Teacher Award for Region 8 at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) conference in Boston, Mass. in April. Region 8 includes Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. The award recognizes one teacher from each of the 12 regions across the country. Anderson has a passion for teaching, especially guiding her students through the preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. She states, "This is a great way to renew my own faith as I see the faith of my students grow." In reflecting on the award, Anderson says, "It validates what I have done for the past 33 years and encourages me to continue to work hard and meet the needs of my students." She works to create a loving and caring atmosphere in her classroom and strives to ensure her students feel comfortable to take risks, believe in themselves and be supportive of others


Alumna Recognized as One of KARE 11's 'Eleven Who Care' - Spring 2012

Joan DesLauriers Donner '80 was honored as one of KARE 11's 'Eleven Who Care' for her dedication to the Mora Food Shelf. Answering a call for volunteers posted in her church bulletin, Donner jumped at the opportunity to help. After only a few months, she was running the food shelf. Through her commitment to make a difference in the Mora community, Donner raised the number of families the food shelf helps from about 30 families each month, to now almost 350 families, all of which runs solely on donations and volunteers. In addition to working at the Food Shelf, Donner also attends Minnesota Food Share conferences annually, where she has the opportunity to choose from various workshops to learn more about food shelf work.


Alum Honored for Service - Spring 2012

Jackie Boucher '87 is the Vice President for Education at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF), a position she has held since 2007. Recognized nationally for her work regarding education, nutrition and prevention programs concerning heart disease, Boucher is currently the editor-in-chief of Diabetes Spectrum, the second ranked publication on diabetes. She also leads a team for the internationally-acclaimed Heart of New Ulm Project and a new program on women's heart health with the MHIF. After graduating from Saint Ben's, she received  her master's degree from the University of Minnesota, which included a research project for her thesis  on the eating habits of the 160 Sisters at Saint Ben's. Boucher is pursuing her Ph.D. from the University of New Jersey, while continuing her work  at MHIF.


Alum Honored for Service - Fall 2011

Mary Stangler '74 is the founder of the tutoring center at St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC), and was a math teacher for 37 years. After announcing her retirement in 2010, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and passed away in May 2011. On Sept. 16 a dedication and renaming ceremony was held in her honor to rename SCTCC's tutoring center to The Mary Stangler Center for Academic Success. More than 100 family members, friends and former colleagues attended the ceremony in support of Mary's commitment to the school and her students.


Young Alum Named Optometrist of the Year - Fall 2011

Dr. Gina O'Neill Wesley '02 was awarded Minnesota's Young Optometrist of the Year for 2011. This award is peer-nominated and peer-voted, and represents involvement within the profession, strong dedication to both patients and peers, and potential for future success. Dr. Wesley practices in Medina, MN where she started Complete Eye care in 2008.


Outstanding Woman in Finance - Fall 2011

Patricia SJ Proshek '84 has been named one of Finance and Commerce's 2011 Top Women in Finance. This distinction is for her outstanding achievements in finance. Proshek graduated with a major in accounting and started her career working for a CPA and property management company. Currently, Proshek is the senior managing director for Client Accounting Services at CB Richard Ellis in Minneapolis.


Hibbing newspaper names new editor - August 2011  

Kelly Grinsteinner '99 has been promoted to editor of the Hibbing Daily Tribune and assumed her duties August 15, 2011. She began at the Tribune as a staff writer upon graduating Saint Ben's, and then became an assistant editor in 2006. In her new position, Kelly will be a member of a four-person leadership team, replacing the Tribune's former general manager.



Grad begins residency - July 2011

Abby Johnstone '07 majored in Biology and recently received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy with honors, Magna Cum Laude. Abby has since accepted a residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview where she will be focused in pediatrics working at the newly opened University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.


She's not out of the woods - or water -- yet - May 2011

Lori Dowling '00 was named the director of regional headquarters in Bemidji by The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. She will serve 23 counties in northwestern Minnesota. Dowling has experience in forestry, waters and economic development. Born and raised on a small beef and crop farm in northern Minnesota, she grew up hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation and logging. She will work with local units of government, tribes and cooperators in promoting a unified DNR effort to enhance the economic, recreational, and conservation uses of Minnesota's natural resources.


The ocean draws her in - May 2011

Hadley McIntosh '10 has earned a distinguished scholarship from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary for her graduate research. She's been called a 'dream student' for her exceptionally bright, creative, and scholarly approach to research. She graduated from Saint Ben's with a degree in chemistry and has no trouble adjusting to the ocean from the landlocked Midwest. Full story.


At the top of her medical field - April 2011

Sandra Zurcher Beulke, M.D, '90 was recently counted among the top local doctors by Minneapolis St Paul Magazine in the 15th edition "Top Doctors" issue. This is not the first time Dr. Beulke's passion and dedication has been recognized. After graduating from Saint Ben's, she attended Mayo Medical School where she was elected outstanding medical student by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians in 1994. Later she was appointed resident of the year, also by the MAFP, while completing her residency in Duluth in 1997. Dr. Beulke now works as a family practitioner at Lakeview Clinic in Waconia, MN. 


She instills confidence through style - April 2011

Jodi Montgomery Mayers '98 is now president and owner of Corset Boutique and Styling Studio in Hopkins, Minnesota. The boutique teaches the importance of personal style, shopping techniques that speak to you, accessorizing, and more. She started her new role with an appearance on KARE-11 just in time for the royal wedding, sharing how to achieve royal style on a budget. Read why she loves what she does.


Justice on a whole new level - April 2011

Honorable Patricia Milun '81 was just appointed Chief Judge of the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals by Governor Mark Dayton.  Milun takes up this role well prepared after working 25 years in Worker's Compensation law, 18 of those years as a judge. After graduating from Saint Ben's in '81, Milun went on to receive her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.


She has the market on loyalty - April 2011

It's no surprise CSB alumna Margaret Murphy '90 was just named an Industry Leader in The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal annual Women in Business Awards. Murphy is President and COO of OLSONdenali, one of the top 10 independent, full-service brand connection agencies in the U.S. The agency provides brand strategy, advertising, interactive, social engagement, design, public relations, media, loyalty, and analytics for the world's most respected brands. Her bio tells of the trip to the top of her game. Full Story.  


Bennie helps fund the American Dream - April 2011

Kristina George '91 was named director of development at St. Cloud Technical & Community College Foundation. As development director, George works to ensure that all students attending the college have access to "The American Dream" - an education. The Foundation partners with donors to invest in St. Cloud Technical and Community College students, programs, and faculty and staff to support students in achieving success and to build the economy of Central Minnesota and beyond. Full story.


She provides care and compassion one patient at a time -

March 2011 

Jennifer Dean-Dwyer '77 received the Physician Assistant of the Year Award from the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants. Currently she  is employed by Paynesville Area Health Care System. Each year the award honors a PA who provides exceptional quality patient care and exhibits a commitment to the profession and in service to their community.  Besides leadership roles in the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants, a few of Dean-Dwyer's community service roles include Girl Scout leader, PTA president, assisting immigrants with language skills, and mentoring PA students.  Full story.  

Community spirit springs up - March 2011

Kenzie Kraemer '08 graduated from Saint Ben's with a nutrition major and a desire to live in a culture vastly different from her own. After living in the Dominican Republic for two years as a health volunteer with the Peace Corps, Kenzie initiated a project to bring clean water to the residents of her community. This spring, she did just that. Full Story