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Jayne Byrne, CSB/SJU nutrition professor

Jayne Byrne has been teaching about food and nutrition at the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John ‘s University since 1994. She is passionate about food from every angle; how it nourishes, how it is produced, and how it brings people together. When not in a classroom or engaged in conversation in the Ardolf Science Center at CSB, Jayne is active in her parish, her kitchen at home, or interacting with her five fabulous grandchildren. Jayne is a graduate of St. Catherine University (St. Paul) and has a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Penn State University. She has professional experience in clinical and community nutrition in addition to her teaching experience. She is currently an associate professor and chair of the Nutrition Department at CSB/SJU.

Bridget Cummings ’15, operations associate at The Obama Foundation

Bridget Cummings ’15 has worked at the Obama Foundation as an operations analyst since January 2017. Prior to this, she served as a policy advisor at the Obama White House in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Bridget studied political science and economics at the College of Saint Benedict and enjoyed participating in the College Democrats Club, intercollegiate golf, Student Senate and the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement. She graduated from Saint Ben’s in 2015.

Olayemi Fadahunsi ’18, CSB senior political science major

Olayemi Fadahunsi ’18 is a senior at the College of Saint Benedict who is majoring in political science and minoring in anthropology. Originally from Maplewood, Minnesota, Olayemi is an Intercultural Lead Scholar, a John Brandl Scholar and the current president of the Climate Action Club at CSB/SJU. She was one of a select few students granted official observer status at the 2015 United Nations COP21 climate change conference in Paris, France. Olayemi studied abroad in London in 2017 and also participated in the Washington D.C summer study program. She currently works for CSB/SJU Admission and Student Accessibility Services.

Joey Hamburger '13, actor, playwright, comedian

Joey Hamburger is a writer, director, producer, designer, editor, videographer, animator and performer from St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written and produced a number of comedic plays, sketch comedy shows and one-man performances in the Twin Cities with his company, Sheep Theater. Joey has opened for national headliners such as Karl Hess, Pete Lee and Cy Amundson as well as performed internationally in London and Hong Kong. In addition, he works as a creative for The Stable, a consumer brand agency in Minneapolis. Joey graduated from Saint John’s University in 2013 with a degree in theater.

Gabriel Harren ’10, account executive at Solution Design Group

Gabriel’s been building most of his life. When he was 10 he began working with his father and brother in the toboggan shop. He joined his uncle’s construction crew at age 14, and he ran a small construction company throughout college. Since college, Gabriel has helped with the business and ecommerce strategy for his family's Northern Toboggan business. He is passionate about his career in IT where he helps businesses create and grow their digital businesses. In addition, he and his wife Katie Kalkman ’06 own and manage a residential real estate portfolio. Gabriel studied philosophy at Saint John’s University and since graduation has spent countless hours studying psychology, entrepreneurship, history, human nature and business. He sees building as a creative outlet with opportunity for never-ending learning.

MacKenzie Lobby Havey ’05, author, writer, photographer, coach, instructor at University of Minnesota

Mackenzie Lobby Havey ’05 is the author of the new book, “Mindful Running,” published by Bloomsbury USA. She writes about endurance sports and mind-body health and fitness for a number of leading publications, including, ESPN, Runner’s World, SELF, and Outside. Mackenzie holds a graduate degree in sports psychology from the University of Minnesota and graduated from Saint Ben’s with a B.A. in English in 2005. She is a USA Track & Field-certified coach, teaches classes in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Minnesota and has completed 14 marathons and an Ironman triathlon. Mackenzie lives in Minneapolis with her husband, 18-month-old daughter and Vizsla dog. |

Rev. Nick Kleespie, OSB, ’06, faculty resident, fire-fighter and university chaplain at SJU

Rev. Nick Kleespie, OSB, ’06 was born and raised in West-Central Minnesota. After graduating from Saint John's University in 2006, Nick served with the Saint John's Abbey Benedictine Volunteer Corps at Saint Maurus Hanga Abbey in Tanzania. Since entering the abbey in 2009, Nick has kept busy as a member of the Saint John's Fire Department, as a Faculty Resident on Mary 1 and as University Chaplain. He enjoys being active outdoors, running, swimming, skiing, biking, beekeeping and gardening. Nick sees his vocation to monastic life as an opportunity to share in Christ's mission through ministry to others.

Dennis Moriarty ’69, retired attorney at Jaspers Moriarty and Wetherille

Dennis graduated from Saint John's University in 1969 and attended William Mitchell College of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1973. He was elected Scott County Attorney in 1974 and during his tenure there, he established himself as a trial lawyer representing Scott County in both State and Federal Courts, litigating civil issues involving condemnation, real estate and land use as well as prosecuting criminal cases from misdemeanors to murder. He also conducted several Grand Jury investigations into both criminal and civil matters. At the conclusion of his four-year term with Scott County, Dennis returned to private practice with his law partner, Jerome Jaspers forming the firm of Jaspers, Moriarty & Walburg, P.A. He and his Bennie wife Mary '71 live in Belle Plaine, Minn.