Category Archives: Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight: Alicia Stoe, Assistant Director of Financial Aid


Where did you grow up?

I grew up on a large farm north of Roseau, MN, just a few miles from the Canadian border.

Where did you attend college? What is your degree in?

I have a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. I double majored in Marketing and Management. I also have a Masters of Business Administration from Metropolitan State University.

How long have you been working at Dunwoody? 

I’ve been at Dunwoody for almost 6 years.

Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody? 

I decided to work at Dunwoody because of the rich history and networks the college has. Every time I told someone I applied to Dunwoody, they not only knew the name but also had some kind of story (my uncle went there, my cousin went there, etc.).

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody? 

My favorite part about working at Dunwoody is meeting with students and knowing I was able to answer their questions or give them information that helps finance their education.

I also like figuring out ways to make our software work better and be more efficient for our office.

What is your favorite memory of working at Dunwoody?

My favorite memory at Dunwoody is from a couple of years ago, when a student came in to my office to ask about a scholarship he received. The student wanted to make sure that he didn’t read any information wrong, because the scholarship was large enough to cover the balance he had for his last semester—a semester that he had no idea how he was going to pay for. His gratitude and happiness was overwhelming.

What are a few of your hobbies?

I’m an avid reader, and I love going to bookstores to find new authors and random books. I also have to say house projects because now that I have a house—most of my time is spent working on it!

Do you have any pets?

I don’t currently have any pets of my own, but my parents have a chocolate lab that I’m very attached to. She’s almost a year old.

Where is your favorite place in the Twin Cities?

My favorite place in the cities is the St. Anthony Main area. I like walking down by the river on the old cobblestones.

What is your favorite annual holiday or tradition?

I love Christmas Eve night. After the rest of the family leaves for the night, my parents, brothers, and I have our own little Christmas. We open presents from each other and watch old movies.

What is your favorite band or song?

Mumford and Sons. It’s hard to pick an individual song that’s my favorite, but “Little Lion Man” would be high on the list.

Fun facts:
  1. I’m afraid of heights, but I’ve gone skydiving twice and plan to go more in the future.
  2. I’m a huge sports fan. The Twins are my favorite, and I go to spring training whenever I can. I have a collection of 13 autographs so far.
  3. Growing up on a farm, I literally did learn how to drive a tractor before a car and many other clichés. When I was about 10 years old, I also exhibited my goats at the county fair. I won a blue ribbon to bring them to the state fair, but I was too scared of the coming to the cities to do it!

Employee Spotlight: John Columbus, Software Engineering Assistant Professor

Where did you grow up? 

Minneapolis, MN

Where did you attend college? What is your degree in?

Augsburg College and University of Minnesota. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Design and Masters of Science in Software Engineering. I also have my Project Management Professional  (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certifications.

How long have you been working at Dunwoody? 

7 months

Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody? 

I wanted to share with the students what I have learned so far in my career so I can help them get off on the right foot for theirs.

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody? 

People.  I really like all the people I’ve met. The culture here is exactly what I enjoy. I also enjoy learning about the students and helping them to grow. I want them all to be very successful.

Why Software Engineering

I went to work in computers in 1983 as that was my hobby and my minor at the time. As the years went by, I found that my lack of degrees was limiting the jobs I could have. I very much enjoy science and history, and along with my years of work experience, Software Engineering seemed like the best fit.

What are a few of your hobbies?

Sitting back and watching movies as well as going to the Guthrie to watch documentaries.

Where is the best place you have ever traveled to?

York, England and Lake District, England. My two favorite places!

What is your favorite annual holiday or tradition? 

Any holiday serving good food! 🙂

 What is the one thing in the world you are most proud of? 

My son. He has done a wonderful job in learning all aspects of life, and I believe he will have a very good future.

Fun facts:
  • I’ve worked on 20-30 theatrical productions
  • I’ve served on the board of four non-profits
  • I’m the fifth one of my family to be associated with Dunwoody (My grandfather, father, brother, and sister all have an affiliation with the College!)
Meet John in person!

Attend our next Open House on Nov. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. Attendees will learn about all of Dunwoody’s programs, with a special emphasis on the School of Engineering. Guests will also have an opportunity to tour labs, try their hand on industry-standard equipment, and meet with faculty/staff–including John. RSVP here: http://www.dunwoody.edu/admissions/open-house-rsvp/

Employee Spotlight: Jonathon Moore, Student Services Advisor

Where did you grow up?

Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Laguna Nigel, California.

Where did you attend high school/college?
Southwest High School and Virginia Union University.

What is your degree in?
Interdisciplinary Studies/Political Science K-8.

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?
13 years.

What do you enjoy most about your job
Providing support for students and assisting them in reaching their goal of graduating!

 What are a few of your hobbies?
Basketball, Madden on PS4, and relaxing at home.

Which sports teams do you root for?
Minnesota Vikings (SKOL, Vikings, SKOL!), University of Michigan (GO BLUE!!) & all other Minnesota sports!

Do you have any pets?
Mathan, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He is 13 years young!

What is your favorite meal?
Steak, salad, baked potato, sourdough bread, and sweet tea.

Employee Spotlight: Jane Bohl, Executive Assistant

Where did you grow up?

North of Chippewa Falls, WI, on a dairy farm in the Town of Anson.

Where did you attend high school/college?

I attended Chippewa Falls Senior High School and graduated with a class of 341. My grade school was a one-room schoolhouse for grades 1-8, with total enrollment of 25-35—no indoor plumbing or water. Going from a class of two to 341 was a real shock!

I have A.A.S. degrees in Computer Operations and Accounting from District One Technical Institute (now CVTC) in Eau Claire, WI.

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?

Just over 10 years.

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody?

The family-like atmosphere and the constant learning and breadth of knowledge available to both employees and students.

 What are a few of your hobbies?

My most recent hobby is “grand-parenting”! I also really enjoy going to the movie theater. It is a time to unwind, and I love theater popcorn!

What are your top three favorite foods?

Pizza, theater popcorn (I do consider that a meal!), and liver and onions.

What is your favorite movie?

No favorites, but movies need to be seen in a movie theater!

What is your favorite thing to do in Minneapolis?

Visiting museums or sites I’ve not yet explored.

Fun facts:
  • My husband and I have been married for 44 years and have two sons; one grandson; 41 nieces and nephews; 57 great nieces and nephews; and 3 great-great nieces and nephews.
  • I love being a Packer fan in Viking territory.
  • I lived in Fort Collins, CO, for 7 years, where at one point I may have worked for the mafia!

Employee Spotlight: Teresa Milligan, Principal Instructor

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Hometown: Scandia, MN

College: College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN (undergrad), St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis (graduate)

Degrees: B.A. in Secondary Social Sciences Education, M.A. in Literacy Education, Graduate Certificate for Teachers of Adult ESL

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?

7 years in October!

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody?

That I am able to give students the literacy tools they need to succeed in their classes and in their future jobs, as well as collaborating with a lot of very caring, passionate instructors.

I think I get the most satisfaction from watching the excitement of the students who are finally given a chance to shine in a way that reflects who they are and from seeing the pride our instructors have in our students and the satisfaction they feel from being able to facilitate that chance.

What do you like about Dunwoody’s hands-on educational philosophy?

Dunwoody’s philosophy aligns with a lot of the research on learning, especially adult learners, so it’s exciting to put it in action and see it work. What makes us stand out is the relationships students build with their instructors and with each other. We are able to establish the trust and credibility students need to participate in that kind of deep learning, even if they aren’t confident in themselves yet.

What are a few of your hobbies?

Gardening, reading, camping, walking or running with my German shepherd, spending time with my boys, and being a motorcycle mama.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I like almost everything. Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, and The Beatles dominate my playlist, though. I’m a sucker for a bluesy, soulful guitar solo.

What’s your favorite kind of pizza?

Pepperoni and green olive.

Fun facts:
  1. I’ve been with my husband since we were 14!
  2. I have a slight obsession with biographies (right now I’m reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets by Curt Gentry).
  3. I can make a mean lasagna.

Employee Spotlight: Mark Anderson, Manager of IT Operations

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Hometown: Belvidere, IL

College: Dunwoody College of Technology

Degrees: AAS in Computer Networking & Electronic Systems, BS in Applied Management with a MIS Concentration

How long have you been working at Dunwoody? 16 years + 1 year as a student worker!

Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody?

I really liked the idea of working where I went to school and applying what I was learning in the classroom to the job. After graduation, I decided to stay with Dunwoody mainly because of the relationships I had built with employees and how quickly I was learning in that environment. Chris Leiseth, my manager at the time, let me take on all sorts of projects and higher-level support requests. He taught me that fixing the technology was the easier part of IT, and that it was more important to learn how to build relationships and trust across the organization.

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody?

Hiring student workers for IT. From the interview, to training and coaching them, to watching them graduate and go on to successful and rewarding careers because of what they learned at Dunwoody—I enjoy all of it.

What are a few of your hobbies?

I enjoy playing basketball, golf, and baseball as well as biking, fishing, and woodworking projects.

What is your favorite type of cuisine or food?

When it’s not fishing season, Japanese Teppanyaki.

Which sports teams do you root for?

My family from Illinois would disown me if I went with all Minnesota teams, so, Chicago White Sox, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Wild, and Minnesota Timberwolves. I do like watching the Twins and Vikings, but I still root for the Sox and Packers when they play.

Employee Spotlight: Elaine Geogleris Senior Admissions Counselor

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Hometown: Burnsville, MN

College: Macalester College

How long have you been working at Dunwoody?  Over 11 years!

Why did you decide to work at Dunwoody?

Growing up, I heard many success stories regarding Dunwoody graduates, even prior to my work in higher education. It always seemed to me that Dunwoody students were focused, hard-working, and dedicated to their futures. In many cases, that meant becoming entrepreneurs and founding successful businesses after graduation. I was drawn to that reputation.

What do you enjoy most about your job? 

I thoroughly enjoy meeting with students. My best days occur when I have several prospective student interviews/tour visits.

What are a few of your hobbies?

I enjoy biking, boating, and taking MN road-trips.

 Name 3 of your favorite snacks.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Isles Bakery Puppy Dog Tails, and Peanut M&Ms.

What is the one thing you are most proud of?

I am proud of my Greek heritage.

What kind of music do you listen to?

‘60s and ‘70s music. I love John Denver and Carpenter’s music.

What is your favorite part about working at Dunwoody?

Seeing first hand student accomplishment and success, which stem from real-world, applied education. Dunwoody’s classrooms and curriculum replicate what happens in the actual workplace. Graduates are prepared to actively contribute to the company/workplace from day one. I hear repeatedly that Dunwoody graduates are the ‘go-to’ employees in a company.

Dunwoody faculty and staff recognition awards announced

As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to an end, Dunwoody is honored to recognize the many faculty and staff members who have made a difference to the College, its students, and the broader community by presenting several service awards.

Congratulations to:
  • Staff and Faculty members who completed a degree: Network Engineer Matt Anderson, Associate Director of Career Services Rob Borchardt, Clinical Instructor Amanda Gronsberg, Senior Instructor Mary Kosuth, Instructor Paula Merns, Principal Instructor Ariane Sandford, Admissions Data Lead Becky Sommers, Project Manager Mary Zawadski
  • Staff members who completed the Dunwoody College Leadership Development Program: Marketing Communications Coordinator Amanda Fons, Financial Aid Counselor Charla Hudlow, Admissions Counselor Macy Loja, Assistant Registrar Mao Rebman, and Content Marketing Specialist Allie Swatek
Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2016-2017 Employee Recognition Awards:

Building Community Award winners: Principal Instructor and Education Coordinator Dr. Leo Parvis and Senior Admissions Counselor Meera Weist

 The Building Community Award goes to an individual whose projects or efforts demonstrate and heighten Dunwoody’s commitment to cultural awareness being integrated into the campus and community.

Outstanding Team Award winner: the Financial Communications Team

The Outstanding Team Award is given out annually to a cross-departmental team of employees whose work has had a significant impact on the way Dunwoody serves its constituents.

Outstanding Academic Innovation Award winners: Architecture Instructor Molly Reichert and Tool Crib Administrator Ron Underhill

 The Outstanding Academic Innovation Award is awarded to faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to implementing innovative instructional strategies in the classroom.

Instructor of the Year Award winners: Senior Instructor Mary Kosuth, Instructor Edo Krivdic, Senior Instructor Lonny Lunn, and Adjunct Instructor Pablo Villamil

 Nominations for the Instructor of the Year award come from current Dunwoody students. The award is given out annually to instructors who are committed to the students’ academic success, serve as a professional role model to students and colleagues, aim for academic excellence in curriculum development and aim for academic excellence in instruction.

Distinguished Teacher Award winner: Principal Instructor Jim Strapko

The Distinguished Teacher Award is given to faculty members who have committed a significant portion of their career to the art of teaching and who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to education and lifelong learning.

William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award winners: Network Engineer Matt Anderson, Senior Admissions Counselor Elaine Geogleris, and Manager of Advancement Communications Jennifer McNeil

The William and Kate Dunwoody Outstanding Service Award is given to employees who have consistently performed outstanding work for the College.