President

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Micah Evans ’02
Prosper, TX

After graduating from Carleton, Micah obtained a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago before completing an alternative certification program through National-Louis University.  In a career spanning almost 20 years, Micah has served as a teacher, behavior interventionist, and dean of students.  Her interests include educational equity, transformative leadership, and restorative practices. She is the proud recipient of the Carleton Exceptional Service Award.

Alumni Trustees

Love Anani ’07

Raul Raymundo ’87

Nonoko Sato ’00

Dana Wright ’95

College Council Observer

Lisa Nordeen ’90


Directors

Melissa Albay '90

Melissa Albay ’90

Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) Board Representative
Edina, MN

Melissa is currently an Agility Engineer for a website development company in Minneapolis, MN. She has been volunteering for Carleton starting with her 5th-year reunion planning committee and working her way through various Program Committee, 25th Reunion Committee, and Alumni Council roles. She is excited to be serving as the AAF Board Chair through fiscal year 2024 and channeling her time into championing alumni giving! This is her fifth year volunteering for the Alumni Annual Fund Board. She volunteers because she enjoys continually renewing alumni connections and commitments to the college. She especially likes to re-engage with alumni who have maybe been “away” from the college for a while, reinforcing the belief that they will always be a part of Carleton. Volunteering for Carleton is an incredibly energizing experience for her and she has the many wonderful alumni interactions that she has made to thank for that.

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Amelia Asfaw ’25

Student Representative
Seattle, WA

Amelia is a junior Economics major with minors in Public Policy and Spanish, and she is also a member of the varsity women’s tennis team. She is passionate about helping others and serving the communities she is a part of. She is excited to be a student representative for the alumni committee to deepen her ties to the community while pursuing her passion for volunteering. 

Arah Bahn ’91

At-Large Member
St. Paul, MN

Tehmi Bozicevich ’24

Student Representative
Golden Valley, MN

Jackie Culotta '19

Jackie Culotta ’19

Out After Carleton (OAC) Board Representative
Minneapolis, MN

Jackie graduated from Carleton in 2019 with a degree in Biology. They are currently pursuing a biosciences MS researching new technology to prevent aquatic invasive species invasion into the Great Lakes. When they are not working with fish, Jackie likes to bike, canoe, and cross country ski. At Carleton, they played for the women’s rugby team, and worked to create inclusive spaces on campus as a Gender and Sexuality Center House Manager and Gender Discussion Group facilitator. Jackie sees OAC as an important continuation of that work to connect and support current students and alumni.

Trixie Dao ’18

At-Large Member
Washington, D.C.

Sally Davis Ellwein ’94

Alumni Admissions Representatives (AAR) Board Representative
Pittsburgh, PA

Rebecca Ditsch

Rebecca Ditsch ’93

President-elect
Minneapolis, MN

A native of Portland, Oregon, Rebecca graduated from Carleton in 1993 as a religion major with a concentration in South Asian Studies (and, informally, Rugby). She has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and lived and worked in New York City as a lawyer, cake baker, and massage therapist for 16 years. In 2011 she moved back to Minnesota, where she works in Product Management at Thomson Reuters. Rebecca lives in Minneapolis with her dogs Sophie and Nellie. She was on her 25th Reunion Planning Committee and serves as a Class Agent for the Alumni Annual Fund. Rebecca is also on the Board of Directors of Franconia Sculpture Park.

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Ken Ehrman ’73

At-Large Member
Napa, CA

Ken Ehrman ‘73 is a retired United Methodist minister living in Napa, California. After majoring in Government and International Relations at Carleton, he completed an M.Div. in New Testament from Boston University and eventually a D.Min. in Black Church Ministries. He pastored churches in Ohio and Minnesota before ending his career as an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on the Northwestern University campus in Evanston, Illinois. Ken is married to Sally Dyck, a Bishop in The United Methodist Church. As a co-chair of the Program Committee for his 50th Reunion, Ken found that giving time to Carleton was very fulfilling and thus he is pleased to serve on the Alumni Council.

Peter Fritz ’08

Carleton Careers Alumni Board (CCAB) Representative
New York, NY

Sarah Hagerty ’13

At-Large Member
Boulder, CA

Paula Frances Hart ’77

At-Large Member
Dallas, TX

At Carleton I discovered and fell in love with Philosophy, which became my major. I also took many history, art history, and English courses — including a campus abroad semester in London. This academic preparation naturally (?) led me to a career as a retail and marketing executive.
A four-year experience at Carleton — volunteering at Faribault State Hospital every Saturday supporting a young woman with disabilities — ultimately led to my second career in health and human services as a COO and CEO at several large nonprofits in the Twin Cities. Earning a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University extended my liberal arts education, provided additional intellectual stimulation, and gave me practical tools for the workplace.
After retiring as President and CEO of Volunteers of America Minnesota/Wisconsin, my husband, Karl, and I moved to Texas to be near family. I am a leadership consultant to nonprofits across the country, volunteer in the community, spend precious time with young grandchildren, and pursue multiple hobbies.
Over the years I’ve been involved with Carleton in a variety of ways including hosting interns in my workplace, speaking on campus about careers, and meeting one on one with students about their vocational interests. My deep gratitude for my undergraduate experience at Carleton inspires me to serve on the Alumni Council.

Kathy Hintz

Kathryn Hintz ’88 P’22

At-Large Member
Minot, ND

Kathy came to Carleton from suburban Chicago and majored in political science.  While at Carleton, she participated in synchronized swimming, gave tours for the admissions office, and volunteered with a variety of groups in the newly established Acting in the Community Together (ACT).  Sometime in the spring of her senior year, she thought about teaching and got a position as a teaching assistant in an elementary classroom in Connecticut.  Wanting to work with older students, she attended Brown to earn an MAT in secondary social studies and volunteered tutoring in English in Paris and high school in Michigan.  When she moved to Minot, ND, she stumbled into the world of college teaching and after a few years jumped enthusiastically into a Ph.D. from University of North Dakota.   She currently teaches classes for all first-year education students (using every aspect of her liberal arts degree) and elementary social studies methods (even though she thought she didn’t want do that), advises elementary education majors, and places practicum and student teachers.  She has volunteered as an alumni admissions representative and on reunion planning committees and enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, and reading.  She is married to Dan Ringrose ’88 and has two kids in their 20s, one of whom attends Carleton. 

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Liz King ’94 P’22

At-Large Member
Wilson, WY

Born in New York and raised in Boston, Liz King migrated from the East Coast to Carleton. Liz majored in Geology with a concentration in Technology and Policy Studies. She was also an oboe player in the Carleton orchestra. Liz met her husband, Andy King, as floormates on 2nd Musser sophomore year and they are now married for over 25 years. 

Inspired to be like her professors at Carleton, Liz attended University of Wisconsin – Madison for her MS and PhD in Geology with the hopes of being a professor too. Instead of a small liberal arts college, Liz was hired as an Assistant Professor at a large state school, Illinois State University. After seven years in Normal (Illinois), Liz got tenure and promotion and then made the lifestyle change with the continued migration of her family from the corn fields of Illinois for a new life in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The job base in Jackson is unusual, forcing some creativity. As a result Liz does development for Teton Literacy Center and teaches Geology online for a community college in California.

Liz has been actively volunteering for Carleton as a class agent for the Alumni Annual Fund, Alumni Admissions Representative, and her 25th Reunion Planning Committee. Liz and Andy’s oldest son is a Carleton class of 2022 Chemistry major. Their middle son is attending Bates College and their youngest son is in high school in Jackson. When not driving kids around the intermountain west for sports, Liz enjoys hiking, biking and skiing in the western Wyoming mountains and has returned to the oboe playing with the Jackson Hole Community Band. 

Clay Kingsbury ’20

Alumni Admissions Representatives (AAR) Board Representative
San Francisco, CA

Clay grew up in both Fort Lauderdale and Raleigh before attending Carleton. At Carleton he received his BA in History with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and was a QuestBridge Scholar. Clay developed his passion for higher education equity and inclusion work through working for Carleton’s Admission Office as an Access Fellow and volunteering with the QuestBridge Scholars Network at Carleton. He currently lives in San Francisco and works as a Senior Program Associate on the College Partnerships team at QuestBridge and is committed to promoting higher education access work for low-income students. In his role at QuestBridge he works directly with Carleton’s admissions office and The Summer Liberal Arts Institute. Clay has volunteered for Carleton since graduation as a part of the Alumni Admissions Representatives board and he is excited to collaborate with other alumni to advance the college’s strategic goals. 

Luke Lara

Luke Lara ’99

At-Large Member
San Marcos, CA

I was born in Quito, Ecuador, and raised in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. I am part of a large bicultural, biracial family of musicians and artists that honor our Afro-Ecuadorian and Andean roots. A teacher in high school introduced me to Carleton. She drove me down 35W to a land of corn, cows, and colleges. The rest is history! I enjoyed teaching Salsa dancing in the Spanish house, being a DJ for KRLX, working in the Modern Language Center, and grading math homework. I graduated with a BA in Mathematics and I also realized my passion for supporting minoritized students in higher education from an equity and social justice framework. I began my career as Assistant Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs at Carleton College and then ventured to a warmer climate as Director of TRIO Upward Bound Math and Science at the University of California, San Diego. For several years after graduating from Carleton College, I remained engaged as an alumni admission representative, member and former chairperson of the Multicultural Alumni Network, and member of the Alumni Council. My involvement tapered as I pivoted careers fifteen years ago. After earning my Master’s in Education with a concentration in Multicultural Counseling, I became a counseling faculty member at MiraCosta Community College. After ten years working as a counselor, I earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. My dissertation critically analyzed systemic racism in hiring practices for full-time faculty members in the community college from the perspective of faculty of color. Recently, I have been engaged at the local and California State level Academic Senate advocating for equity-minded policy change. I look forward to re-engaging with alumni, students, and future Carls.

Jenny Lopez '02

Jennifer Lopez ’02

Multicultural Alumni Network (MCAN) Board Representative
Chicago, IL

Jenny Lopez is a member of the class of 2002 who majored in history.  At Carleton, she served as a MPL (Multicultural Peer Leader), a New Student Week leader, and participated in various organizations.  She had numerous on-campus jobs and studied abroad in Northern Ireland.  Post-Carleton, she went for her master’s in Higher Education Administration with a special focus on retention of unrepresented students.  After working at Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago, she decided to leave the field.  She now works as a Real Estate Appraiser in Chicago.  This career path allows her to utilize her Carleton-groomed research and writing skills.  She is interested in issues of access, retention, as well as the impact of physical space on these issues. 

Michael Lovett

Michael Lovett ’70

At-Large Member
White Bear Lake, MN

Mike Lovett began his teaching career as a history teacher in New York, recruited on campus at Carleton in the spring of 1970, his senior year. After forty-seven “first weeks of school,” he completed his full-time career in 2017 as superintendent of the White Bear Lake Public Schools in Minnesota. 

Between teaching in New York and “superintending” in White Bear Lake, Mike was an administrator at public school sites and district levels in Minnesota, in a leadership role at the Minnesota Department of Education, and assistant superintendent with the Minnetonka Public Schools.  

For more than 40 years, he’s also taught graduate-level courses as adjunct faculty in educational leadership and policy. Mike has regularly presented on educational topics to Minnesota and National conferences; traveled internationally to Asia, Africa, and Europe for education and nonprofit partnerships; is the author of journal articles; a book and video series on teacher retention; and for twenty years a regular contributor to national publications on education.

Since his retirement from full-time work in 2017 Mike has slowed the pace some,  but modestly expanded teaching at the graduate level, currently adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas; provides pro-bono and fee-based strategic leadership mentoring and management consulting to educational and nonprofit leaders through an LLC; and is active on several nonprofit boards. 

Mike earned his B.A. in History from Carleton in 1970, also attending Doshisha University in Japan in 1969;  and M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1979) degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Minnesota.

Mike and his wife Sylvia (Carleton Class of 1970)  live in White Bear Lake; they have four adult children and two grandchildren.

Rich Majerus

Richard Majerus ’07

At-Large Member
Charlotte, NC

Despite growing up a short drive from Northfield in Rochester, MN, Rich first found out about the land of Cows, Colleges, and Contentment during his senior year of high school when former Carleton football Coach Chris Brann told him about liberal arts colleges and how Carleton could change his life. Rich was convinced. He went on to major in Sociology and Anthropology with a concentration in Educational Studies and has been working in education ever since. Rich met his wife Brooke at the University of Notre Dame while he was pursuing graduate studies at the Center for Research on Education Opportunity. Then Rich returned to Carleton as an assistant dean of admissions, and he and Brooke were married in Cowling Arboretum. They have traversed the country a couple of times since, taking the circuitous route of moving from New Jersey to Maine by first spending a year in Oregon to be closer to Brooke’s family. During this time, Rich helped to found Third Coast Analytics, a higher education-focused data science start-up. After selling the start-up, they lived on a small farm and both worked at Colby College in Maine. The current stop on their journey is in Charlotte, NC where Rich works as the Vice President of Planning and Strategy at Queens University of Charlotte. On the weekends, he can often be found hiking the mountains of western North Carolina or working to replace every square inch of their city lot with garden beds and plants.

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Marjorie Mitalski ’24

Student Representative
Zionsville, IN

Marjorie Mitalski is a Senior History Major and Music Minor at Carleton College. She is a Student Representative on the Alumni Council and also serves as a Student Departmental Advisor for the Music Department. She enjoys interacting with alumni and is honored to serve as a link between the student community and the broader alumni community. 

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Allison Penn ’25

Student Representative
Downers Grove, IL

Allison is a Sociology and Anthropology major with a French minor. Most recently, her Carleton experience has included two study abroad programs: one Carleton-affiliated program to Paris, France, and one through an outside organization to the countries of Nepal, Jordan, and Chile. While on campus, Allison is a tour guide with the Admissions Office and works in the Alumni Relations Office. She is passionate about being involved in all aspects of life at Carleton and serves on the student government’s Education and Curriculum Committee and on the Academic Standing Committee. She enjoys photography and tennis and will never turn down a coffee from Sayles. 

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Debra Ponce de Leon ’81

Multicultural Alumni Network (MCAN) Board Representative
Buffalo Grove, IL

Debra is a member of the Class of 1981 and majored in Economics.  Debra also has an MBA from DePaul University in International Finance. She continued her Carleton affiliation through the Chicago Alumni network including several years as chair and as a member/chair on the Class of ’81 Reunion committees. Today, Debra is the Small Business Credit Risk Executive at Bank of America.  She is a member of Bank of America’s Hispanic Latino Executive Council, is co-executive sponsor of Chicago’s HOLA employee network, leads Global Risk Management’s ALIGN network of Black/African American and Hispanic Latino executives, and in 2021, will co-sponsor a Multicultural Women’s Sponsor program in Chicago. Debra has two children who would not apply to Carleton and through them served on the Adlai E. Stevenson High School Choir Guild Board; Lincolnshire-Prairieview School District 103 Finance Committee; District 103 Learning Fund Board, and volunteer in the Lincolnshire Sports Association and Lincolnshire Lightning organizations.

Ayman Rahadian ’23

Young Alumni Representative
South Boston, MA

Caroline Saksena ’23

Young Alumni Representative
Lincoln, NE

Sue Scott

Sue Scott ’77

‘C‎’‎ Club Board Representative‎
Minneapolis, MN

Sue Scott majored in biology and has a masters of science in microbiology from the University of Rhode Island and a masters of science in cell biology from Yale University. She previously worked as an instructor at The Taft School.

At Carleton, Sue was involved in Carleton athletics prior to the 1984 recognition of women receiving letters for varsity athletics. Past coaches Pat Lamb and Marie Matsen ’69 called her the “stalwart of the tennis team” and praised her work ethic and leadership as team captain for varsity tennis. She was a member of the Women’s Athletic and Recreation Association, which promoted women’s athletics and recreation on campus. In addition, Sue competed at the intramural level for basketball and softball.

Sue is a long-time, active volunteer in multiple areas for Carleton. Currently, she is a volunteer for the Career Center and a class agent for the Alumni Annual Fund, and she has served in the past on her class Reunion committee.

Naja Shabazz

Naja Shabazz ’05

At-Large Member
Huntsville, AL

Naja Shabazz ’05 came to Carleton from Memphis, TN and now lives in Huntsville, AL. She majored in English and pursued a BFA in Interior Design from O’More College of Design in 2017. She works as an Interior Designer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She earned a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2019. She enjoys learning new languages, boxing, music, and more.

Jo Young

Jo Young ’96

Out After Carleton (OAC) Board Representative
Minneapolis, MN

Jo graduated from Carleton with a degree in Women’s Studies in 1996 when it was still a ‘design your own’ major.  While at Carleton Jo did lots of work for the Carleton LGBTQ+ student organization. After college when looking for work, Jo took advantage of IT experience gained doing work study and began a career in IT. Jo has continued to work in IT for 20-plus years and is interested in things that make most people’s eyes roll back in their heads, along with juggling the roles of the sandwich generation with a parent in assisted living and two kids in school.  While not rich in money, power, or advanced degrees, Jo is rich in life, family, and friends. 

Zhuoli Zhang ’21

At-Large Member
Northfield, IL

Born in Beijing and raised between there and Chicago, Zhuoli graduated from Carleton with a degree in Mathematics. After graduation, he moved back to the Windy City, where he works as a network planning analyst at United Airlines. He loved the people he met at Northfield, as well as the many connections he made since graduation. Volunteering for Carleton is his way of giving back to the community.