Meet our Mentors

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Jennifer Benner Darling '92
*Homestay available
Special Education Teacher - Learning Disabilities
Anoka-Hennepin School District, Coon Rapids, MN

Experience a part of a high school you may not have known about before! Shawdow a Special Education Teacher at a high school in the Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis serving over 2,000 students: Observe differentiated instruction, teamwork, leadership skills, professional learning communities, collaboration, proactive behavior management strategies, and multi-tasking in both the classroom, teacher preparation and case management roles.

Will Berigan '91
*Homestay available
Shamrock Wealth Management, Lilydale, MN

The experience together will be of a shared benefit. We want to uncover your initial thoughts of what you would like to accomplish and get to know more about you and your gifts. This centeredness around your interests and gifts will be the method with which we can create added benefit to your experience of a full immersion into our business.

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Brette Hjelle '99
Director, Business Administration,
Public Works Department, Minneapolis MN

The City of Minneapolis is a unique organization at the center of the state's economic and cultural identity. This mentorship experience offers the chance to work in City Hall and learn about governing, leading, and managing within a complex and dynamic public sector environment.

Matt Holton '06
Senior Sales Manager
Jamf, Minneapolis MN

I'm hoping to share the opportunities and challenges of working in a fast growing technology company.

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Valerie Jarstad '00
*Homestay available
Family Medicine Physician
HealthEast/Fairview, Oakdale MN

As a family physician, the knowledge I gained through a liberal arts education is just as valuable to me as the career-focused knowledge. I look forward to sharing how my liberal arts education prepared me to communicate, develop interpersonal relationships, adapt to changes, and embrace learning — skills that I use daily when I walk into the clinic.

Brian Kelly '99
*Homestay available
Wealth Management Advisor
Northwestern Mutual, Eden Prairie MN

I hope to provide an experience where the student can gain a full picture of how a financial planning practice operates. This will include the back office operations, client meetings and everything in between. This will provide insight into my industry as well as running a small business in general.

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Maria Larson '12
Fourth Grade Teacher
Minneapolis Public Schools-Burroughs Community School, Minneapolis, MN

Be part of a hands on, innovative learning experience with our youth! Connect with multiple support systems who foster the social, academic, and emotional growth of our diverse community of learners.

Joel Loecken '90
*Homestay available
Theology Teacher
St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights, MN

I would like to provide an experience in which you can explore two things — pastoral ministry and religious education! Network with my connections in youth ministry, as well as explore the joys of teaching in a Catholic junior high and high school. 

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Kelly Wicker '07
Sr. Buyer, Electronics
Target Corporate, Minneapolis, MN

As a Sr. Buyer for Target Corporate, I will be able to provide the mentee with an inside view on how we curate an assortment for our guests that deliver on Target's "Expect More, Pay Less" promise. Through this shadowing experience, the mentee will have the opportunity to gain insights into this role which encompasses marketing, finance/accounting, assortment planning, negotiations, pricing, guest insights, data analytics, and leadership experience.

Gig Willson '87
*Homestay available
General Manager
FIS, Hopkins, MN

Like the broad facets of a liberal arts education, come spend a few days learning all sides of a software company. In the FinTech space, serving the US banking market, see how software moves from idea to development, from testing to installation, and from client question to problem solved.