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.

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