Staff

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Michael Thompson ’96 Bio
Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: 507 222 4206

Michael provides strategic guidance of the Office of Alumni Relations and specifically guides the Alumni Adventures travel program, serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Alumni Council of the Alumni Association, works with the 25th Reunion program and oversees the Alumni Relations Office staff.

Staff

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Estelle Bayer ’19 Bio
Assistant Director for Student Philanthropy and Engagement
Phone: 507 222 4493

Estelle works with the Student Ambassador Program and the Senior Committee to promote student engagement and student philanthropy education.

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Christopher Brunelle ’89 Bio
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: 507 222 5690

Chris works with the 40th, 45th, and 50th Reunion program committees and coordinates newsletters for the post-50th classes.  In addition to serving as the staff liaison for Carleton’s ‘C’ Club, he also directs the Carleton Connects program and oversees Alumni Network web site management and content.

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Shalin Carranza ’20 Bio
Alumni Relations Associate-Temporary
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Amy Gragg Bio
Alumni Relations Program Coordinator
Office: Bird House 107
Phone: 507 222 5842

Amy provides project coordination and administrative support for Alumni Relations. She serves as office manager at Bird House, Carleton’s Alumni Relations welcome center on campus. Amy coordinates event communications for Carleton’s clubs program, assists with Reunion registration and other Reunion projects, and coordinates other major alumni events and communications.

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Krista Herbstrith Bio
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: 507 222 4554

As part of Carleton’s Alumni Relations team, Krista works with the 20th, 30th, and 35th Reunion program committees and serves as the staff liaison for the Out After Carleton (OAC), and the Multicultural Alumni Network (MCAN). She also works with alums near and far as part of the Regional Carls program. If you would like to volunteer in your area or have an idea for a regional Carl event, contact Krista.

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Corey Johnson Bio
Program Director for Young Alumni Philanthropy and Engagement
Phone: 507 222 4274

Corey serves as the Program Director for Young Alumni Philanthropy & Engagement with the Alumni Annual Fund and Alumni Relations teams. In this role, she oversees a comprehensive engagement and giving program that balances the evolving needs of Carleton and our youngest alumni population.  Corey works with alumni leaders in the 1st – 6th years post-graduation, the 10th and 15th Reunion program committees, the Young Alumni Task Force, and young alumni members serving on the Alumni Annual Fund Board.

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Kaara Maki-Waller Bio
Assistant Director for Reunion and Alumni Programs
Phone: 507 222 5602

Kaara provides overall coordination for Reunion planning, working with staff and volunteers to implement programs, managing vendor relations, coordinating student staff recruitment, supervision and training, and overseeing various Reunion programs including the Camp Carleton and Teen programs. Kaara also assists with the coordination and production of other special events, including the Carleton Alumni Volunteer training weekend, and supports the Alumni Council Awards and Nominations committee.

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Abi Malecha Bio
Alumni Relations Administrative Assistant
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Michael Thompson ’96 Bio
Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: 507 222 4206

Michael provides strategic guidance of the Office of Alumni Relations and specifically guides the Alumni Adventures travel program, serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Alumni Council of the Alumni Association, works with the 25th Reunion program and oversees the Alumni Relations Office staff.