Oh, the Places You’ll Go – Alum Spotlights

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Business Profiles

Josh Wessinger

Major: Communication 

Year of Graduation: 1998

PLAN | MARKET | SELL is a sales consulting and marketing services firm that helps organizations integrate marketing with sales and align internal processes with the new way customers buy. I work with business leaders and organizations to streamline systems and processes, unlocking new growth and consistent performance. Read More

Communication & Arts Profiles

Mallory Heinz Ledet

Major: Art

Year of Graduation: 2011

As a communicator for Epcot at The Walt Disney World Resort, I am focused on providing timely and easy-to-consume information to the cast members at Epcot. Read More


Education Profiles

Marco Lanz

Major: Political Science

Year of Graduation: 2005

Unique to the University of Minnesota system, my dual role is responsible for building UMR's alumni and development programs from the ground up. This means establishing a network to connect and serve UMR's seven gtraduated classes of some 750 alumni. Read More

Environmental & Science Profiles

Mary Sweet

Majors: Biology and Hispanic Studies

Year of Graduation: 2013

I’m a bioinformatics scientist at a fertility clinic and work with both the research and clinical genetics teams. I combine biology, genetics, statistics, and computer science to better understand and interpret the human genome, specifically addressing fertility-related issues from both a research standpoint and a clinical one. I work on various projects analyzing all types of genetic and genomic data to better understand the causes of infertility and to help make treatments more effective. Read More


Global Profiles

Baylee Mehr

Major: Communication

Year of Graduation: 2012

COMATCH is a matching marketplace for management consultants and industry experts, and my role is to onboard and manage the consultants in our community. I am responsible for interviewing, planning events, and matching our consultants to projects using our algorithm and my knowledge of the consultants' expertise. My team is also in charge of our US expansion project which began in 2019. Read More

Government Profiles

Matthew Scheider

Major: Sociology

Year of Graduation: 1994

I currently serve as the Assistant Director for Research and Development at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services in Washington, DC (www.cops.usdoj.gov).  We provide funding, training, and technical assistance directly to local law enforcement agencies around the country.  Read More


Health & Medical Profiles

Kate Shaughnessy

Major: Political Science

Year of Graduation: 2009

In my current role at Hennepin Healthcare in the Enterprise Project Management Office, I’m responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, and execution of strategic projects. I lead projects through the project lifecycle and function as a translator between disciplines within the organization to help create an understanding of project management and promote adaptive change. Read More

Law Profiles

Calista Menzhuber

Major: Philosophy

Year of Graduation: 2000

I work for a legal publishing company that provides a wide variety of legal research materials and creates tools to help attorneys manage their daily tasks.  I'm currently part of a group focused on creating practical guidance for attorneys. My role as a Product Developer has been varied but much of my recent work has been with developers building an editorial publishing tool which publishes our content to our legal research site, along with training and maintenance of that tool.  Read More


Non-Profit & Human Services Profiles

Garrett Backes

Major: Communication

Year of Graduation: 2009

I am the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Minnesota Children's Museum (MCM). I lead the museum's institutional philanthropy program including corporate and private foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and deeper engagement of corporate partners in the community. With locations in downtown Saint Paul and Rochester, MCM is dedicated to sparking children’s learning through play, providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. Read More

Recreation & Sports Profiles

Anne Doepner

Major: French

Year of Graduation: 2001

Right out of CSB, she did use her major, working for a travel company that coordinated high-school trips to France. After a couple of years doing that, she worked for a company that catered PGA Tour events.

That turned out to be her segue into sports. Wanting to get off the road, she applied to be the administrative assistant to the general manager of the Vikings, which she didn’t get.

But the team called her back. A position opened to be the administrative assistant for football operations. One hurdle remained — a 20-question exam to test her knowledge of the game. Read More