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 CEO 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 is the largest community bank in the Duluth/Superior area.


Dan Clay

Daniel (Dan) Clay

Daniel (Dan) Clay is currently professor and dean of the MU College of Education and the Joanne Hunt Hook Dean's Chair in Educational Renewal at the University of Missouri. Dan received his bachelor’s degree at the College of St. Scholastica in and both his master’s degree and doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He also earned a certificate in Higher Education Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and recently completed his MBA at the University of Missouri. Dan has pioneered the development of online K-12 curriculum to bring the highest quality K-12 curriculum to a global audience. He is a leader in the application of continuous quality improvement methods through implementation of Baldrige principles, which focus on organizational performance excellence. Dan was recognized in 2014 as a Leader of Change by the The Network for Change and Continuous Innovation: Higher Education’s Network for Change Leadership. He has held faculty and leadership positions at the University of Iowa and Auburn University; he is a nationally recognized scholar and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and the American Psychological Association. Dan authored the national award-winning book entitled Helping Schoolchildren with Chronic Health Conditions: A Practical Guide. He is also a successful entrepreneur involved in business start-ups inside and outside education.


Ed Crawford

Ed Crawford

Ed Crawford retired in June of 2015 as the Assistant Superintendent with the Duluth Public Schools. 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, The Duluth YMCA Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees 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.


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.


Dr. David Herman

Dr. David Herman

Dr. David Herman is chief executive officer of Essentia Health in Duluth, MN. A native of International Falls, MN, David received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN, and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. He has a fellowship in ocular immunology and uveitis from the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He also has a master of science degree in medical management from the University of Texas at Dallas. He is interested in continuing to practice ophthalmology while serving as CEO. With more than 20 years in healthcare leadership, David served as the president and chief executive officer of Vidant Health, an integrated healthcare system in eastern North Carolina. Before moving to North Carolina, David served on the Mayo Clinic staff from 1988 to 2011, where he was a professor of ophthalmology. He also was chairman of the Clinical Practice Committee at Mayo Clinic, a member of the Rochester Executive Board, a member of the board of directors for Mayo Clinic Health System and a member of the Mayo Clinic Management Team. He serves on the board of directors for the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the (international) board of trustees for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. David and his wife, Karen, have four adult children and two granddaughters. Their oldest daughter lives in Elgin, MN, and their three other children attend college at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Yale University, and Luther College.


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.


Emily Jansen

Emily Jansen

Emily Jansen is currently a junior at The College of St. Scholastica. She is intending to major in Biochemistry and minor in Catholic Studies. Outside of academics, Emily is an athlete on the Saints volleyball team and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is originally from Long Prairie, Minnesota, and is the daughter of Jeff and Teri Jansen. Emily also enjoys reading, writing, playing sports, and being outdoors.


Trish Johnson

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.


Sister Gretchen Johnston, O.S.B.

Sister Gretchen Johnston, O.S.B.

Sister Gretchen Johnston, O.S.B., is a Sister of St. Scholastica Monastery. She is currently organist and chime choir director at Hope United Methodist Church, assistant organist and cantor at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and a piano accompanist for vocalists at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She graduated from the College of St. Scholastica with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Music Education in 2004, having first obtained an Associate degree in music at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia, MN, in 2000. In 2006 she received a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Sister Gretchen is a member of MTNA (Music Teacher’s National Association, Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and Arrowhead Music Teacher’s Association. She is one of the founding community for Hildegard House Catholic Worker here in Duluth, which is the first Catholic Worker house dedicated exclusively for providing hospitality to those women seeking to exit the life of human trafficking. Sister Gretchen leads a prayer group and makes bread for the whole house and to give away every week, as well as other duties that come up from time to time.


Dr. Colette McCarrick Geary

Dr. Colette McCarrick Geary

Dr. Colette McCarrick Geary is president of The College of St. Scholastica. She came to the College from The College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY. She served as Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives there starting in 2014. She joined New Rochelle in 2010 as Vice President for Student Services. Geary holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY, a B.S. in Psychology from Manhattan College in the Bronx, New York City, and is completing an M.A. in Theology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.


Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller graduated with honors from The College of St. Scholastica in 1999, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in English and Communication. Nicole is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (marketing) and a Master of Arts (management) through the Graduate Program at The College of St. Scholastica. A senior marketing leader, Nicole partners with business clients to align strategy and execution to accelerate revenue growth and market share. She consults with organizations across multiple industries, including technology, healthcare, and professional services. Nicole is the President of The College of St. Scholastica Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she also serves as Chair of the Nominations Committee. Nicole is the former Secretary of the Legal Marketing Association Board of Directors and a 2012 graduate of the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership St. Paul Program.


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.


Dr. Vincent Ohaju

Dr. Vincent Ohaju

Vincent Ohaju is the Trauma Medical Director for St. Joseph Health System in Bryan, Texas. He received his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX, where he also completed his Internship and Residency in General Surgery. In addition, he completed fellowships in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is currently board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. Vincent is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He has been the principal investigator for several clinical trials and serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Minnesota Medical School—Duluth, MN, where he received the honor of Community Physician Faculty of the year in 2007 and 2011. Vincent has been honored with an award by his peers and received “Top-Doctor” for the past five years (presented by Duluth Superior Magazine). He is a Paul Harris fellow, past Vice President of the Lake Superior Medical Society, and a member of the MN Medical Association, the MN Committee on Trauma, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is a member of several non-profit organizations including Silver Creek institute. Vincent is a founding member and chairman of VOOM Foundation; he volunteers for organizations and causes aimed at providing education and improving healthcare services in the community in which he lives. He and his wife Ann have six children.


Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe is President Emeritus of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has also served as chair of the Board of Governors of the UMore Development Corporation; commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Human Services; and CEO of The McKnight Foundation. Earlier positions include 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 currently serves on the board of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a DC-based non-profit that promotes high school reform. He has an undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics, an M.S. in nuclear physics and an honorary doctor of letters from Hamline University.


Sister Sarah O'Malley, O.S.B.

Sister Sarah O'Malley, O.S.B.

Sister Sarah O’Malley, 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 Sacred Theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. She completed seven units of Clincal Pastoral Education (C.P.E.) in preparation for becoming Director of Parish Pastoral Ministry. For the past 30 years she has served in this capacity in two large parishes in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2014 she received the Sister Ann Edward Scanlon Award from the College for her years of outstanding professionalism and dedication to the Phoenix Community, as well as to her college. She is currently engaged in Retreat Ministry in Duluth, 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.


Sister Beverly Raway, O.S.B.

Sister Beverly Raway, O.S.B.

Sister Beverly Raway, O.S.B., is Prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery and President of the Benedictine Sisters Benevolent Association. She holds a doctoral degree in nursing from The Catholic University of America and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica. Sister Beverly taught biology at Cathedral High School (now Marshall School) in Duluth for 11 years, before becoming a nurse. She was a nurse educator for 22 years at the College of St. Scholastica in the Traditional Undergraduate Program before being elected as Prioress in June of 2015. During her tenure at the College, Sister Beverly initiated a program and coordinated preparatory courses for service trips to work with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Agnes in Tanzania, one of the two twinning communities associated with St. Scholastica Monastery. Students and alumni assisted the Sisters in their health care centers, orphanages, and schools. Sister Beverly currently serves on The College of St. Scholastica Board of Trustees, the Essentia Health Board, St. Mary’s Medical Center Board in Duluth, St. Mary’s Hospital Board in Superior, Wisconsin, and the Benedictine Health System Board.


Philip (Phil) Rolle

Philip (Phil) Rolle

Philip (Phil) D. Rolle retired from Wells Fargo Corporation in 2009 after 32 years with the Company. His last position was Executive Vice President and Division Manager for Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Support Group. A long-time Duluth resident, he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is on the boards of L.H.B. (a local architectural engineering firm), Marshall School and Duluth’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority. He serves on both the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee and the Labovitz School of Business and Economics Dean’s Advisory Committee for UMD.


Sue Ross

Sue Ross

Sue Ross is Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Maurices in Duluth. She joined the organization in March 1990 and assumed her current role in 2002. Within this role, Sue considers her most important responsibility as leading and evolving the company’s culture and helping Maurices maintain its place as a “preferred place to work.” She serves the company’s 8000 associates by leading all human resource functions including talent acquisition, organizational development, talent and performance management, organizational effectiveness, compensation, benefits and diversity/inclusion. Since Maurices joined the Ascena family in 2007, Sue has also been closely involved in leading integration, communication, and exchange of best practices. Prior to joining Maurices, she worked for the University of Minnesota creating student recruitment strategies and holding various roles in HR. She received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of South Dakota. Sue lives in Duluth with her husband and three children, is actively involved in many aspects of the community, and serves on several boards.


Doug Schur

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 as a Parallel Protection Process and Family Group Decision Making facilitator/mediator. 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.


Mary Catherine Shambour, O.S.B.

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.


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

Robert (Bob) Schroeder

Sister Sarah Smedman, O.S.B.

Elizabeth Stauber-Johnson

James Zastrow

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