Career Exploration Series

Introducing a new series that connects your students with young professionals. Hear from former student leaders to see what life is like in their current career, and gain advice from them and what they did during high school and college to prepare themselves for their post-graduate life.


  • Andrew Haertzen
    Zookeeper
    Denver Zoo

    High School
    Wayzata High School
    Plymouth, MN

    College
    University of Denver

    Degree
    B. S. Ecology and Biodiversity

  • Melyssa Lorenger
    Senior Project Engineer
    Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers

    High School
    Loveland High School
    Loveland, CO

    College
    Colorado State University

    Degree
    B. S. Civil Engineering

  • Ryan Holdeman
    Head of Deployment Services
    Gloo

    High School
    Loveland High School
    Loveland, CO

    College
    University of Colorado

    Degree
    B. A. Psychology

  • Ashlyn Medford
    Physician’s Assistant
    Kaiser Permanente

    High School
    Boulder High School
    Boulder, CO

    College
    Fort Lewis College

    Degree
    B.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology

  • Brian Salts-Holcomb
    Head of Training and Champion Lead
    Gloo

    High School
    Loveland High School
    Loveland, CO

    College
    Seattle Pacific University

    Degree
    B.S. Theology and Communication

  • Lauren Gennaro
    Advocacy and Communications Specialist
    Children’s Hospital Chicago

    High School
    Highlands Ranch High School
    Highlands Ranch, CO

    College
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Degree
    B.S. Journalism (Public Relations) and Political Science

  • Alyssa Deibert
    Senior Sourcing Manager
    Target

    High School
    Roseville Area High School
    Roseville, MN

    College
    University of Wisconsin – Stout

    Degree
    B.S. Apparel Design and Development

  • Daryn Frischknecht
    Communications Director
    Office of Congressman Chris Stewart

    High School
    Centennial High School
    Las Vegas, NV

    College
    Utah State University

    Degree
    B.S. Business Marketing

  • Cory Amundson
    Photographic Specialist
    Lifetouch Portrait Studios

    High School
    Mayo High School
    Rochester, MN

    College
    Rochester Community and Technical College

  • Tara Lewis
    Senior Regional Director of Marketing
    Yelp

    High School
    Albert Einstein High School
    Kensington, MD

    College
    Cornell University

    Degree
    B.S. Communications

  • Sean O’Brien
    Legislative Director
    Office of Congressman Dan Newhouse

    High School
    Valley Catholic High School
    Beaverton, OR

    College
    Gonzaga University

    Degree
    B.S. Political Science

  • Nikki Jondahl
    First Grade Teacher
    Abingdon Elementary School

    High School
    Wayzata High School
    Plymouth, MN

    College
    Boston University
    Columbia University

    Degree
    B.S. Elementary Education
    M.A. Literary Specialist in Curriculum and Teaching

  • Jessica Bufford
    Owner
    Toast American Gastropub / Hutch Bar and Eatery

    High School
    Newton-Conover High School
    Newton, NC

    College
    University of North Carolina at Wilmington

    Degree
    B.A. in Theater Management

  • Missy Jenkins
    Business Development Analyst
    Monumental Sports and Entertainment

    High School
    Ocean Lakes High School
    Virginia Beach, VA

    College
    University of Virginia

    Degree
    B.A. in History
    M.B.A. from University of Virginia

  • Bryant Hall
    Attorney at Law
    Williams and Connolly LLP

    High School
    Southern High School
    Harwood, MD

    College
    Yale Law School
    Yale University

    Degree
    Juris Doctor
    B.A. Political Science

  • Sareen Dunleavy Keenan
    Senior Project Manager
    Career Academies, Greater Twin Cities United Way

    High School
    Saint Paul Central High School
    St. Paul, MN

    College
    St. Mary’s Univeristy

    Degree
    Master’s in Educational Administration

  • Martha Wittrock
    Process Development Engineer
    Boston Scientific

    High School
    Roseville Area High School
    Roseville, MN

    College
    Winona State Univeristy

    Degree
    Composite Materials Engineering
    Minor: Polymer Chemistry

  • Jonathan Weinhagen
    President/CEO
    Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce

    High School
    Mounds View High School
    Mounds View, MN

    College
    Bethel Univeristy

    Degree
    B.A. in Business Management and M.B.A.

  • Kristen Macauley
    Photographer
    Entrepreneur

    High School
    Wayzata High School
    Plymouth, MN

    College
    Washington School of Photography

    Degree
    Photography