Board of Trustees

Abbot Apter

Abbot Apter

Abbot Apter graduated with honors in Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1982, and earned a juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1985. He began his legal career as a clerk for Judge Gerald Heaney of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Abbot joined the Fryberger Law Firm and in 1990 became its youngest shareholder, officer, and director. He left the practice of law in 1995 to continue pursuing various private equity investments. He is president of Mercury Investment; since 1992 he and his group of investors have purchased more than $1 Billion of real estate assets in 12 states. Abbot serves on board of the National Bank of Commerce, which the largest community bank in the Duluth/Superior area. He is involved in a variety of non-profit and community-based organizations including the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and the Greater Downtown Council, and he has served on the boards of Saint Mary's Medical Center, Temple Israel, the Northland Jewish Fund, Duluth LISC, and the Minnesota Historical Society. er graduated with honors in Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1982, and earned a juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1985. He began his legal career as a clerk for Judge Gerald Heaney of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Abbot joined the Fryberger Law Firm and in 1990 became its youngest shareholder, officer, and director. He left the practice of law in 1995 to continue pursuing various private equity investments. He is president of Mercury Investment; since 1992 he and his group of investors have purchased more than $1 billion of real estate assets in 12 states.

Abbot is involved in a variety of non-profit and community-based organizations including the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, the Greater Downtown Council, Duluth LISC, Minnesota Historical Society and has served on the boards of Saint Mary's Medical Center, Temple Israel, and the Northland Jewish Fund.


Patricia Bower-Jernigan

Patricia Bower-Jernigan

Patricia Bower-Jernigan, RHIA, is a graduate from The College of St Scholastica and earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration in 1983. She is the system wide coding director at Allina Health for eleven hospitals and 80 clinics. Her focus is working with 210 coding and nursing staff for documentation education and charging opportunities, promotes effective use of data for quality assessment and improvement of customer services and clinical outcomes. She has over 30 years’ experience with coding, HIM and revenue cycle improvement consulting processes. She has been a college educator for ICD-9-CM, CPT coding and medical terminology. Patricia has been a member of the Editorial Advisory board, AHA Central Office on ICD-9-CM Coding Clinic and participated in the AHA ICD-10 Advisory Task Force. She has spoken at MHIMA and AHIMA sharing her experience in consolidating 11 hospitals into one system wide department. In 2009, Patricia became an editor along with her team from Allina Health publishing their first book on ICD-9-CM and POA Coding Mentor that guides new coders in becoming more efficient in mastering the coding process. Currently Patricia resides in Eagan Minnesota along with her husband, Roy and their three young adult children. She enjoys spending her free time by cooking, gardening and hiking.


Ed Crawford

Ed Crawford

Ed Crawford is the Assistant Superintendent with the Duluth Public Schools. Prior to his current position, he was the principal at Duluth Denfeld High School for over six years, where he led a Dropout Prevention, Retention, and Graduation Initiative. He is a 1978 graduate of the College, earning a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology. He earned a master of science in education from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a sixth-year certificate in educational administration from St. Cloud State University. Ed received the College's Sister Ann Edward Scanlon Award in 2005, and he was named the 2009 Northeast Division Principal of the Year. Ed currently serves on the Board of Directors for St. Mary's Medical Center, The Northland Foundation Emeritus Trustee Group, and the Duluth Teachers Credit Union.


Sister Mary Susan Dewitt, O.S.B.

Sister Mary Susan Dewitt, O.S.B.

Sister Mary Susan Dewitt, O.S.B., is a certified staff chaplain at the Benedictine Health Center (BHC). She began her ministry in health care as a nurse, graduating from The College of St. Scholastica and operating a clinic in Chile, South America, for 12 years. She served nine years as a prefect in Somers Hall and as an adjunct instructor in the Spanish Department. She is a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and for many years, she facilitated a Spanish faith-sharing group at the Federal Prison. She worked as a liaison with the Dining with Dignity Program at the Duluth Gospel Mission for nine years. She has ministered in the chaplaincy department at the BHC since its opening in 1981 and served as its director for five years. She served nine years on the St. Mary's Medical Center Board and is currently a member of the Benedictine Living Communities board in North and South Dakota.


Chris Dolan

Chris Dolan

Chris Dolan graduated with highest honors from the College of St. Scholastica in 2001 and earned his juris doctorate from Georgetown University in 2006. He is currently a partner with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota, specializing in environmental and natural resources litigation, environmental review, and administrative proceedings. Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Chris worked as a McCleary law fellow with the Human Rights Campaign and as a legal and policy associate with Workplace Flexibility 2010, a policy initiative of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Georgetown University. Before beginning his legal career, Chris was executive director of Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drives, an organization that collected food for Twin Cities food shelves. He is the recipient of the Eleven Who Care Award, Jefferson Award, and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting a Local Community. Chris has also served as an instructor of business law for Masters of Business Administration (MBA) students at the College of St. Scholastica.


Jessica Durbin

Jessica Durbin

Jessica Durbin graduated with highest honors from the College of St. Scholastica in 1998. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was a Justice Harry A. Blackmun Scholar, in 2001 and joined the law firm of Johnson, Killen & Seiler, P.A. in Duluth, Minnesota that same year. Jessica specializes in the areas of labor law, employment law, employment discrimination law, business law, and civil litigation; she is a frequent speaker at seminars on those subjects. She is admitted to practice before all Minnesota state and federal courts. Jessica is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, including the Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Eleventh District Bar Association. Jessica serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the Duluth Regional Care Center and as chair of the Eleventh District Bar Association Ethics Committee. She is active in the Northeastern Minnesota Chapter of Minnesota Women Lawyers, of which she was a charter member, and she was also a member of the 2004-2005 Leadership Duluth class. She has served as the President of the Duluth New Lawyers and as a member of the City of Duluth Commission on Disabilities and the Minnesota State Bar Association Convention Planning Committee. She has also served on the College's Pre-Law Advisory Board and the Centennial Steering Committee. Jessica has been selected as a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine and was the recipient of the College's Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2008.


Sister Lois Eckes

Sister Lois Eckes, O.S.B.

Sister Lois Eckes, OSB, is Prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery and President of the Benedictine Sisters Benevolent Association. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from The College of St. Scholastica, a Masters in Religious Education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a certificate in Monastic Formation and Leadership from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. Sister Lois is a certified Chaplain, a spiritual director, a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. Before being elected Prioress, she served as Director of McCabe Renewal Center for eleven years. She has been involved in many local organizations and events related to affordable housing and social justice and currently serves on the Damiano Center Board. Sister Lois also currently serves on the St. Mary’s Medical Center Board in Duluth, the St. Mary’s Hospital Board in Superior, Wisconsin, the Essentia Health System Board, The College of St. Scholastica Board of Trustees, and the Benedictine Health System Board of which she is chairperson of its Mission Committee.


Larry Goodwin

Larry Goodwin, Ph.D.

Larry Goodwin, Ph.D., is president of The College of St. Scholastica. Prior to his appointment as president, he served as interim president from 1998 to 1999, dean of faculty from 1987 to 1998, and also as vice president for academic affairs from 1993 to 1998.

Prior to joining St. Scholastica, Dr. Goodwin was the acting associate academic dean at The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, where he also taught for 10 years. Dr. Goodwin earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago.


Beth Just

Beth Haenke Just

Beth Haenke Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, is a recognized patient matching industry expert and is founder and CEO of Just Associates, Inc. (JA), a healthcare data integration consulting firm focused on identity data integrity, data migration, and health information exchange. As an HIM and IT professional, she has experience working with all types and sizes of healthcare organizations. Beth served on the AHIMA Board of Directors from 2009-2011 and was Chair of both the Finance and Industry Committees. She serves on CORHIO’s technical advisory committee and volunteers her expertise to the Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN). She has also served as President of CHIMA and on numerous CHIMA and AHIMA committees and work groups. Her articles have been published in Executive Insight, The Journal of AHIMA, For The Record, Healthcare IT News, HFMA and ADVANCE. JA was recognized in 2014 as a “Colorado Company to Watch” which recognizes second-stage companies in Colorado that are developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout the state. She has been accepted as a Fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. Beth earned her bachelor's degree in Medical Record Administration from The College of St. Scholastica in 1978 and her M.B.A. from the University of Colorado-Denver in 1988. She currently resides in Colorado.


Mary Ives

Mary Ives

Mary Ives, a graduate of The College of St. Scholasica, is currently the chair of the Board of Trustees. She is a self-employed business woman working in the housing and hospitality industry. She is passionate about healthy children and healthy communities and is involved in leadership positions with many professional, civic, and community organizations. Mary was recently reappointed to the Minnesota Higher Education Facility Authority, of which she served as chair and had first been appointed by Governor Ventura and reappointed by Governors Pawlenty and Dayton. Mary currently heads an $8.9M redevelopment project for the Reif Regional Art Center. She is a graduate of advanced training with the Blandin Foundation Leadership Program, she was awarded the Labovitz Award for Entrepreneur Business in 2012, and she served as a member of the Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design. In addition, Mary has held elected positions on the Sauk Rapids School Board and the Itasca County Board of Commissioners. Mary and her husband, Michael, live in Grand Rapids, MN. They have two married children, Michelle and Mike, Jr., who have blessed them with two granddaughters and a grandson.


Tricia (Trish) Johnson

Tricia (Trish) Johnson is the Associate Director of Financial Aid at The College of St. Scholastica, where she has worked the past fifteen years passionately helping students find scholarship opportunities to help pay for college. In 1996, she graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In 2008, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Management from St. Scholastica. Her professional work has allowed her to serve on many committees and task forces within the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) and St. Scholastica. Trish has served on MAFAA’s Early Awareness and Conference Planning committees. At the College, Trish has served on the Venture Fund Project, Orientation Task Force, OneStop Student Services Planning Committee, Staff Officer Group, and Judicial Panel. Within the Duluth community, Trish has been involved with the Grant School Reading Partner Program and is currently serving on the East Select Soccer Board of Directors. In 2008, Trish was the recipient of St. Scholastica’s “Excellence in Service to Community” award. In addition to her professional work, Trish enjoys spending time with her husband Jason and their three young girls.


Mat Johnson

Mathew (Mat) Johnson

Mathew (Mat) Johnson is the CEO/founder of GeaCom and inventor of Phrazer®. He is an internationally recognized innovator with experience in both startup and established businesses. Prior to GeaCom Mat was on the management team of Kawaguchi America (a division of Kawaguchi Japan), president of Veldhiezen Group Inc. and contracted with many high tech fortune 500 companies such as Cargill, Honeywell and Medtronic.

Mat sees his work with GeaCom as a part of a moral imperative and believes stronger understanding and the proper use of Communication Theory is a vehicle for global improvement. As a youth, he grew up between the Twin Cities area and International Falls and has enjoyed extensive travel. Mat participated in Division I and professional hockey; he enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family. Mat currently resides in Duluth, MN.


Olivia Krejcarek

Olivia Krejcarek

Olivia Krejcarek is currently a senior at The College of Saint Scholastica. She is double majoring in Biology and Psychology and minoring in Chemistry. Olivia is currently in the process of applying to medical school. She has been a captain of the women's volleyball team the past two years and also pole vaults and high jumps on the women's track and field team at the College. She has been a member of the St. Scholastica Concert Choir the past four years. She is originally from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and is the daughter of Wayne and Theresa Krejcarek. Her leisure activities include reading, cooking, and being outside.


David Kuefler

David Kuefler, CRM

David Kuefler, CRM, graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in 1982 with a bachelor of arts in Management. As an active community volunteer, he has served on The College of St. Scholastica Alumni Board for two terms. In 1996 David received the Sister Timothy Kirby Benedictine Spirit Award.

David has volunteered on the St. Cloud Area and Multi Housing Association for many years. Other community activities include the past and present board positions in the Exchange Club, Boy Scouts of America, Central MN American Cancer Society, and Optimist Club, along with serving on numerous task forces for the city of St. Cloud and Stearns County. David was the owner of Kuefler Property Management for 22 years until his company merged with Granite City Real Estate in March of 2005 where he was principle partner. In December 2011, David left Granite City Real Estate and opened Kuefler Properties L.L.C. where he and a small staff operate properties in which David has an interest.


Jean Maher

Sister Jean Maher, O.S.B.

Sister Jean Maher, O.S.B., is a 1968 graduate of The College of St. Scholastica. She has been a campus minister at the University of San Diego in California and DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She has directed retreats and workshops throughout the country. Her other ministries have included teaching at the elementary, high school, and college level, as well as adult education programs. In 2013 she finished a long term as director of McCabe Renewal Center in Duluth. Currently she offers spiritual direction, retreats and workshops from her office in St. Scholastica Monastery. She is among a small group that worked to open Hildegarde House in Duluth for women who have experienced the trauma of human trafficking. She serves as chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Board. Sister Jean holds master's degrees in Religious Studies and Theology as well as a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Spiritual Direction.


Melanie Mogg

Melanie Mogg

Melanie Mogg is self employed as a tax practitioner, author, and professional speaker in the area of accounting, tax, and personal finance. Melanie earned her bachelor of science degree and master of business administration degree, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. As a professional, Melanie works with individuals and closely held businesses on tax and financial matters. She is an author, editor, and seminar leader in the area of tax law and finance for Thomson Reuters and is also a part-time member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business. Melanie is a former faculty member at The College of St. Scholastica and the parent of a CSS graduate and a CSS student in the St. Paul degree completion program. Melanie lives in Little Canada, Minnesota. is self employed as a tax practitioner, author, and professional speaker in the area of accounting, tax, and personal finance. Melanie earned her bachelor of science degree and master of business education degree, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.

As a professional, Melanie works with individuals and closely held businesses on tax and financial matters. She is an author, editor, and seminar leader in the area of tax law and finance for Thomson Reuters and is also a part-time member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business. Melanie is a former faculty member at The College of St. Scholastica and the parent of two current CSS students, one a traditional student in Duluth and one in the St. Paul degree completion program. Melanie lives with her family in Little Canada, Minnesota.


Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe is President Emeritus of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He currently chairs the Board of Governors of the UMore Development Corporation, a real estate development company of the University of Minnesota. Prior to this, he was commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Human Services. Earlier positions include CEO of The McKnight Foundation; Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois; Vice President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; and U.S. delegate to the Education Committee of the OECD. For 20 years, he co-chaired the Program on Education of the Aspen Institute. He was appointed to two terms on the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota and served 12 years on the board of Minnesota Public Radio. He is presently on the boards of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a DC-based non-profit that promotes high school reform, and Growth and Justice. He has an undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics, an M.S. in nuclear physics and an honorary doctor of letters from Hamline University.


Kelly Palmer

Kelly Palmer

Kelly Palmer graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a bachelor of arts degree in Behavioral Arts and Sciences.  Kelly has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including Piper Jaffray Companies and a private family investment firm.  Her current civic interests include Opportunity International, a global micro finance organization, and Animal Humane Society.  Her hobbies and leisure activities include travel, skiing, hiking, and cooking.  Kelly and her husband resided in London, England, for five years; they returned to Minnesota in 2010 and reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 


Paul Puerzer

Paul Puerzer

Paul Puerzer is a financial executive with over 25 years of public and private accounting experience. Paul is presently employed as the President and Chief Financial Officer of Space Center, Inc.; a national commercial real estate company that owns and operates over 18 million square feet of warehouse space in major domestic logistics markets. Paul graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of the State of New York in 1987 and completed an M.B.A. with an emphasis on entrepreneurship from the University of St. Thomas in 1998. He is a past President of the Minneapolis Jaycees and has served on numerous not-for-profit boards, including: the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Jungle Theater, VSA Arts of Minnesota, and Teatro del Pueblo. Paul lives in Edina, MN with his wife Suzanne and his daughters Magen and Payton.


Bob Schroeder

Bob Schroeder

Bob Schroeder is the President and CEO of Warehouse Specialists, Inc., in Appleton, WI, a firm he joined in 1984. Warehouse Specialists is one of the largest national warehousing/logistics companies in North America having 40 plus locations in 13 states nationwide and employing 1,200 people. Bob earned his bachelor of arts degree from The College of St. Scholastica and his juris doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota. He practiced law in the Twin Cities from 1978-1984, specializing in entertainment and real estate law. At present, he is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is a board member and coach for various hockey organizations. He is also a member of several logistics organizations.


Doug Schur

Douglas (Doug) Schur is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Health Net, Inc, in Woodland Hills, CA. Health Net is a publicly traded managed care organization that delivers managed health care services through health plans and government sponsored managed care plans. Doug serves as chief regulatory legal counsel for Health Net and its subsidiaries and manages the health plan division regulatory legal staff; he is responsible for providing legal counsel for a variety of complex legal matters regarding the managed care and insurance industry. Prior to assuming his current role in 2008, Doug was the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for WellPoint, Inc. and was responsible for budget and management of legal support for business and operational matters for the West Region health plan operations and Specialty, Senior and State Sponsored Business. He was with WellPoint from 1992 through 2007. Doug began his legal career as an associate in the Healthcare Department of the Los Angeles law firm of Musick, Peeler & Garrett, representing hospitals and healthcare organizations. He received his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law where he served as the Health Law Editor of the St. Louis University Law Journal, and he also received a Masters of Health Administration form St. Louis University. Doug graduated with honors from The College of St. Scholastica in 1981. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Camp Conrad Chinnock Diabetes Camping & Educational Services. Doug, his wife Lori, and their three children live in Calabasas, CA.


Jacqulin Sebastian

Jacqulin (Jacquie) Sebastian

Jacqulin (Jacquie) Sebastian graduated from The College of St. Scholastica with a bachelor of arts in Religious Studies in 1989. In 1992 she earned a master of arts degree in Theology from the College of St. Catherine. In 1996 she achieved a juris doctorate from the William Mitchell College of Law. Jacquie is a self-employed businesswoman who works with children and families in Alternative Dispute Resolution, in mediation as a Parallel Protection Process facilitator, in family dispute resolution, and as a Guardian ad Litem for children. She is an appointed member of the Minnesota Children's Justice Initiative and is a long-standing member of the St. Luke's Hospital Ethics committee and the St. Luke’s Institutional Review Board.. In the small community of Knife River, Jacquie is President of the Knife River Community Council. Most recently she was nominated to and graduated from the Blandin Community Leadership Program. Jacquie and her husband Jim live by Lake Superior in Knife River, Minnesota. They have four grown children—Mila, Joel, Jon, and Marnie—and six grandchildren.


Dan Seeler

Dan Seeler

Dan Seeler is the president, CEO, and co-founder of Midwest Industrial Coatings, Inc. (MICI); a privately held coatings distribution company with corporate headquarters in Shakopee, Minnesota. MICI supplies coatings to original equipment manufacturers around the world in the power sports, agricultural, mega-yacht, golf, and general industrial markets.

Dan earned a bachelor of arts degree in Business Administration from The College of St. Scholastica in 1982. He has been active in the Menttium 100 mentoring program (mentoring high performing female managers), the DinoMights "Hockey in the Hood" program in Minneapolis, as well as volunteering his time coaching youth sports in the city of Eden Prairie over the past 15 years. He established the Daniel Seeler Management Scholarship in honor of Sister Ramona Ewen '43 and the Seeler Family Endowed Scholarship in honor of Sister Janelle Cahoon '46. In 2008 he was awarded the Sister Timothy Kirby Benedictine Spirit Award. This award is given annually to an alumnus/alumna for his or her professional achievement and who exemplifies the Benedictine values. Dan has been married to wife Kristin for 28 years. They have three children; Ashley 25, Kelly 22, and Nick 19.


Mary Catherine Shambour

Sister Mary Catherine Shambour, O.S.B.

Sister Mary Catherine Shambour, O.S.B.,  is a graduate of The College of St. Scholastica and a member of St. Scholastica Monastery. She holds a master's degree in Education-English from the UMD, a M.A.T. degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from Indiana University and has done further study at Moscow State University, the Herzen Institute in St. Petersburg, Boston University and the University of Iowa. Her teaching career began at Duluth Cathedral High School. From 1986-2005 she taught Russian for the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, primarily at the University of St. Thomas and has traveled extensively in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Since 2005 she has been serving as Vocation Director for St. Scholastica Monastery.


Sister Sarah Smedmen

Sister Sarah Smedman, O.S.B., Ph.D.

Sister Sarah Smedman, O.S.B., Ph.D., graduated with a BA in English from The College of St. Scholastica (CSS); she holds an MA in English from The University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, with concentrations in prose fiction and eighteenth-century British literature. Subsequently, she developed a specialty in children's and young adult literature. She has been a professor at CSS, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), and Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), serving terms as department chair at CSS and at MSUM. At UNCC she was Director of Graduate Studies in English and at MSUM, Coordinator of the Master's in Reading program. At UNCC she developed and taught their first course in Women in Literature. An active faculty member, she chaired/served continuously on various major university committees.

Equally active in professional organizations , she served in many capacities, notably as president of the International Children's Literature Association. The recipient of both teaching and research awards, she has published numerous articles in refereed journals, particularly in the area of her major research interest-children's and young adult fiction.  In 2003. Scarecrow Press published Bridges for the Young: the Fiction of Katherine Paterson, a collection of essays she coedited.  After retiring from academia in 2004, Sister Sarah returned to Duluth and the Monastery where she now serves also on the Boards of Essentia East Health and Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (an international group that fosters dialogue and events between Benedictine and Buddhist monastics).  She currently serves on a Dissertation Committee at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and is Chair of the Feminist Theologies Committee of St. Scholastica Monastery.   


Dave Sparby

David Sparby

David Sparby is senior vice president and Group president, responsible for the four Xcel Energy operating companies, and president and CEO of Northern States Power Company-Minnesota. Previously he was vice president and chief financial officer of Xcel Energy Inc. Prior to that he was president and chief executive officer of Northern States Power Company-Minnesota, an Xcel Energy company. He joined NSP-Minnesota in 1982 as a staff attorney and has held numerous positions in Gas Supply, Corporate Rates, Regulatory Services, and Government Affairs. David earned a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of St. Scholastica in 1972. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation and the William Mitchell College of Law. He is an advisory board member of the William Mitchell Center for Law and Business as well as the University of Colorado, Denver, business school.


Denise Starkey

Denise Starkey

Denise Starkey is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies. She joined The College of St. Scholastica in August 2007 and has served as chair of the department since 2010. She was the 2013 Benedictine Professor of General Education. Her academic interests include Feminist, Liberation and Political Theologies; Spirituality and Mystical Theology; Christian Ethics and Social Justice; Feminist Theory/Philosophy/Ethics; and Theology and Psychology. Denise received her Ph.D. (with highest honors) from Loyola University-Chicago in 2007. She received her master’s degree in Religious Studies (summa cum laude) and bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin. Denise’s current service to the College includes co-chairing the Catholic Vision and Inclusion Team and membership on the Catholic Studies Advisory Committee. Her current scholarly research is focused on the practice and meaning of pilgrimage.


Marcy Steinke

Marcy Steinke

Marcy Steinke joined DigitalGlobe in 2011 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Government Relations. Marcy is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with 25 years Department of Defense (DOD) experience. She served as Director of Congressional Legislative Affairs for the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Most recently she served Presidents Bush and Obama as Director of The White House Operations Directorate.

Marcy has served our nation in support of Iraq and Afghanistan and was a Combat Instructor Pilot. She holds a B.S. in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica (1985) and a master of Health Service Administration from the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business.  Additionally, she recieved a Fellowship in Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Marcy lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and Tempe, Arizona, where she enjoys hiking, flying, photography, and fly fishing.


Dr. Louise Town

Dr. Louise Town

Dr. Louise Town is a nursing graduate of the College. She earned a master of nursing administration and an M.D. from the University of Minnesota, where she also served as a clinical associate professor of neurology. She is Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Neurology. She retired as a neurologist with the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology. In 1993 she won the Sister Alice Lamb Award, presented by the St. Scholastica Alumni Association in honor of an alum who shows commitment to her/his profession and to St. Scholastica. Currently she serves with the Stroke Prevention Program at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN.





Trustees Emeriti/ae:

Karen Alworth

Sister Grace Marie Braun, O.S.B.

William M. Burns

Mark Carlson M.D.

Sister Kathleen Hofer

Charles E. House

Sharon Labovitz

Robert S. Mars. Jr.

James J. Monge, M.D.

Philip Rolle

Robert Ryan

Arend J. Sandbulte

Greg Scherer

Elizabeth Stauber-Johnson

James Zastrow