In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, many members of the Carleton community have dedicated their time to working groups and committees in pursuit of a wise path forward for Carleton. In addition to these groups, over the past several months our faculty and staff have led and served on strategic taskforces as part of a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota colleges and universities. Members of all such groups and committees are listed below.

Many of our existing campus governing bodies have been engaged throughout the COVID-19 response and planning process, namely the Classroom Committee, Education and Curriculum Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, Faculty Compensation Committee, Benefits Committee, College Council, and Budget Committee. The membership of those groups is available online.


Core Team

John Bermel (Security)

Helen Clarke (College Communications)

Elise Eslinger (Office of the President)

Gretchen Hofmeister (Dean of the College Office)

Carolyn Livingston (Dean of Students Office)

Eric Runestad (Business and Finance)

Fred Rogers (Business and Finance, retired)

Return to Campus Operations Team

Jesse Cashman (Auxiliary Services)

Helen Clarke (College Communications)

Gloria Heinz (Facilities)

Randie Johnson (Business Office)

Jana Lelm (Auxiliary Services)

John Mathews (Facilities)

Noel Ponder (Auxiliary Services)

Kari Scheurer (Dean of Students Office)

Joe Udelhofen (Environmental Health and Safety)

Academic Operations Team

Emy Farley (Registrar)

Andrew Fisher (Dean of the College Office)

Gretchen Hofmeister (Dean of the College Office)

Wiebke Kuhn (Information Technology Services)

Al Montero (Dean of the College Office)

Victoria Morse (Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching)

Liz Raleigh (Faculty)

Gold Team

Tammy Anderson (Dean of Students Office)

Joe Baggot (Dean of Students Office)

Cathy Carlson (Dean of Students Office)

Lee Clark (Student Activities)

Sindy Fleming (Dean of Students Office)

Natalee Johnson (Student Health and Counseling)

Janet Lewis-Muth (Health Promotion)

Andrea Robinson (Residential Life)

Amy Sillanpa (Dean of Students Office)

Testing and Screening

Joe Chihade (Faculty)

Natalee Johnson (Student Health and Counseling)

Debby Walser Kuntz (Faculty)

Case Investigation and Contact Tracing

Janet Lewis-Muth (Health Promotion)

Matt Klooster (Summer Liberal Arts Institute)

Erin Arntson (Summer Liberal Arts Institute)

Aaron Chaput (PEAR)

Ann Dayton (Development)

Kim Devlin (Admissions)

Nada Docken (Office of the President)

Joe Hennen (Development)

RJ Holmes-Leopold (Career Center)

Leah Karels (Development)

Rachel Leatham (Career Center)

Jana Lelm (Auxiliary Services)

Alex Miller (Energy and Sustainability)

Steve Nerka (Fleet Services)

Dave Pape (PEAR)

Nora Peterson (Dean of Students Office)

Jenny Pexa (Office of the President)

Kerry Raadt (College Communications)

Barb Silk (Vice President and Treasurer’s Office)

Loretta Springer (Print Services)

Quarantine and Isolation

Kari Scheurer, (Dean of Students Office)

Oscar Alvarez (Residential Life)

Mike Carlsen (Dining Services)

Robyn Crutchfield (Residential Life)

Dawn Fadden (Student Health and Counseling)

Elijah Genheimer (Residential Life)

Tanya Hartwig (Residential Life)

Betsy Lane-Getaz (Student Health and Counseling)

Jared Ley (Residential Life)

Katie McKenna (Dining Services)

Vale Riggs (Dining Services)

Andrea Robinson (Residential Life)

Patti Sabrowski (Custodial Services)

Charlie Schwandt (Dining Services)

Alyssa Strelecki  (Residential Life)

Student Case Process

John Bermel (Security)

Cathy Carlson (Dean of Students Office)

Andrew Fisher (Dean of the College Office)

Janet Lewis-Muth (Health Promotion)

Marit Lysne (Student Health and Counseling)

Andrea Robinson (Residential Life)

Kari Scheurer (Dean of Students Office)

Employee Case Process

Kerstin Cardenas (Human Resources)

Karyn Jeffry (Human Resources)

Kristen Budin (Human Resources)

Facilities and Ventilation

Steve Spehn (Facilities)

Elisabeth Haase (Environmental Health and Safety)

Gretchen Hofmeister (Dean of the College Office)

Mitch Miller (Facilities)

Jesse Cashman (Auxiliary Services)

Return to Campus Nuts and Bolts Workgroup

John Bermel (Security)

Kerstin Cardenas (Human Resources)

Elisabeth Haase (Environmental Health and Safety)

Natalee Johnson (Student Health and Counseling)

Janet Lewis-Muth (Office of Health Promotion)

Marit Lysne (SHAC)

Katie McKenna (Dining Services)

Mitch Miller (Facilities)

Al Montero (Dean of the College Office)

Andrea Robinson (Residential Life and Housing)

Patti Sabrowski (Custodial Services)

Linda Thornton (Business Office)

Gerald Young (Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation)

Dial-Back/Pivot Operations Team

John Bermel (Security)

Sindy Fleming (Dean of Students Office)

Joe Hargis (College Communications)

Tanya Hartwig (Residential Life)

Matt Klooster (Summer Liberal Arts Institute)

Al Montero (Dean of the College Office)

Sarah Rechtzigel (Career Center)

Infectious Disease Team

Closed Point of Dispensing Team

Erin Arntson (Summer Liberal Arts Institute)

John Bermel (Security)

Kirsten Budin (Human Resources)

Elisabeth Haase (Environmental Health and Safety)

Raquel Hayes(Student Health and Counseling)

Blake Held (Security)

Natalee Johnson (Student Health and Counseling)

Beth Vivant (Summer Liberal Arts Institute)

Angel Yackel (Student Health and Counseling)

Technology Team

Kerstin Cardenas (Human Resources)

Chris Dallager (Disability Services)

Carol Donelan (Faculty)

Melissa Eblen-Zayas (Learning and Teaching Center)

Austin Robinson-Coolidge (Information Technology Services)

Janet Scannell (Information Technology Services)

Linda Thornton (Business Office)

Trey Williams (TRIO)

CARES Act Implementation Team

Tammy Anderson (Dean of Students Office)

Quinn Arnold (Grants Office)

Susan Benson (Business Office)

Julie Creamer (Information Technology Services)

Debra Fawcett (Business Office)

Michael Kotchevar (Student Financial Services)

Christopher Tassava (Grants Office)

Linda Thornton (Business Office)

Education and Training Group

Kristen Budin (Human Resources) 

Kerstin Cardenas (Human Resources)

Heidi Jaynes (Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation)

Al Montero (Dean of the College Office)

Janet Lewis Muth (Office of Health Promotion)

Mikki Showers (Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation)

Joe Udelhofen (Environmental Health and Safety)

Library Reopening Team

Tom Lamb (Library)

Lisa Pillow (Library)

Brad Schaffner (Library)

Emily Scharf (Library)

Chris Sinkler-Miller (Library)

Cindy Spehn (Library)

Career Center Working Group

Laura Clemens (Career Center)

RJ Holmes-Leopold (Career Center)

Rachel Leatham (Career Center)

CCCE Safety Planning Group

Sinda Nichols (CCCE)

Emily Oliver (CCCE)

Melissa Thomas (CCCE)

Erica Zweifel (CCCE)

MDH Workgroup on Clinic and Health Services Structure

Tamnnet Kidanu (Office of Health Promotion)

Angel Yackel (Student Health and Counseling)

MDH Workgroup on the Needs of Sick Individuals

Elisabeth Haase (Environmental Health and Safety)

MDH Workgroup on Surge Planning

Celeste Sharpe (Academic Technology)

MDH Workgroup on Addressing the Needs of Students and Staff who are in High-Risk Groups

Natalee Johnson (Student Health and Counseling)

MDH Workgroup on Classrooms and Other Learning Environments

Michael Decker (Information Technology Services)

Gretchen Hofmeister (Dean of the College Office)

Al Montero (Dean of the College Office)

MDH Workgroup on Athletics, Clubs, and Student Activities

Aaron Chaput (Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation)

Heidi Jaynes (Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation)

Gerald Young (Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation)

MDH Workgroup on Dining Services

Katie McKenna (Dining Services)

MDH Workgroup on Changing Culture/Social-Behavioral

John Bermel (Security)

Kerstin Cardenas (Human Resources)

Janet Lewis Muth (Office of Health Promotion)