2016-2017 President Kristin Marthaler, Tangent LLC Q: What is her day job? A: I am the owner of Tangent LLC and General Manager of Massage Retreat and Spa. Q: Why did she join MN ACE? MN ACE has an amazing way of bringing together people from all backgrounds, providing an opportunity for brainstorming and coming up with new ideas to share with everyone, all while connecting everyone. Not only has MN ACE strengthened my professional network, I have also made some really close friends as a result of joining. When Kristin isn’t organizing a MN ACE meeting, she’ll be spending time with her friends and family, and blogging on her web site. Past President Katie Mills, Northwestern Mutual Q: What is her day job? A: I am the Director of Recruitment and Selection for Northwestern Mutual in our Downtown Minneapolis office. I recruit and hire for our Financial Representative Internship Program – which has been ranked one of the Top Ten Internship Programs in America for the past 20 consecutive years in a row! I also recruit and hire career changers for our Financial Advisor opportunity. Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MN ACE as a networking opportunity to connect with the top employers and colleges/universities across the state of Minnesota. Our organization provides a great forum to increase communication between employers and colleges to share best practices, discuss common trends, issues and concerns regarding career development and employment of college students and alumni. I truly enjoyed my time serving in multiple leadership roles, starting as the Programming Chair, moving into the President role and now serving on the board as the Past President. When Katie isn’t working on an MN ACE project, you’ll find her at a yoga class, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. President Elect Lachelle Drayton, United Health Group Q: What is her day job? A: I am the Diversity Sourcing Manager for UnitedHealth Group. Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MN ACE because I wanted to build a stronger network of colleagues in the college recruitment space within Minnesota while getting involved to make the organization bigger and better. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: I think that MN ACE provides a great platform for professionals focused on college recruitment to come together to network, share best practices and discuss critical issues impacting the recruitment of young professional talent. When Lachelle isn’t working on a MN ACE event, she’ll be watching sports, designing jewelry, walking her dog and mentoring young professionals. Secretary Melissa Wagner, Rasmussen College Q: What is her day job? A: I am a Career Services Advisor with Rasmussen College; I have been employed for 5 years in this role. Previous to my role at Rasmussen I was a Recruiting / HR professional. Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MN ACE because it was an opportunity to build relationships with other individuals in similar roles as myself and learn additional best practices as well as connect with employers to hear about their needs, trends, and demands. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: MN ACE maintains a focus on bringing together great resources and professionals for their members to continue to grow and develop their networks. When Melissa isn’t at an MN ACE meeting, she can be found at one of her son’s athletic events. Treasurer Mary Soroko – Herberger Business School Q: What is her day job? A: My day job is student development director for the Herberger Business School. In this role I help students transition to college, develop applied workplace skills, and transition to the workplace. I teach a course that serves nearly 600 students each year and provide career counseling to all of these students! I am a certified etiquette coach, certified career transitions coach, LinkedIn profile writer and certified in Myers Briggs. I am also a CPA (inactive). Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MNACE for the networking opportunities because many of the things I do involve collaborating with employers. It is helpful for me to stay know how employers feel about new grads/hires. Students appreciate this feedback. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: I think MNACE provides me with opportunities several times a year to network with employers and college reps that do the same or similar work as me. It is an inexpensive way to do both. Being involved doesn’t take a huge amount of time either. So the benefits far outweigh the costs of being an active member of this group. When Mary isn’t making sure members have everything they need for MN ACE, she is an artist, and you’ll find her creating or supporting the arts community in St. Cloud. Membership Chair Andy Ditlevson, St. Cloud State University Q: What is his day job? A: During the day, I’m the Associate Director for Employment Services, St. Cloud State University. Q: Why did he join MN ACE? A: I’ve been a part of MN ACE since its start as it truly does offer the best way to connect and strengthen relationships with employers and colleges across the state who are all actively involved in college recruiting. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: The best part for me about MN ACE is that every meeting I come away with a few new recruiting contacts and at least one or two new ideas for how I can improve our services, partner with employers and be more effective at what I do. Besides offering the best opportunity to network with others in college recruiting, MN ACE also offers tools like the Recruiting Calendar, which helps all of us to be more efficient, as well as the LinkedIn group, which gives us a forum to exchange ideas and promote events and services throughout the year When Andy isn’t at a MN ACE meeting or work, you’ll find him golfing, biking with his daughter, or reading books from one of his favorite authors, Daniel Baldacci. College Member-at-Large Susan Hudec, Hamline University Q: What is her day job? A: I am the Employer Relations Coordinator for the office of Career & Internship Services at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MN ACE because I appreciate the opportunity to connect with and learn more from my colleagues in career development as well as from employers who are recruiting college students. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: I think that MN ACE programming is awesome! MN ACE holds great events and provides excellent learning opportunities. When Susan isn’t attending an MN ACE event, she’ll want to be camping with her husband and three kids! Communications Co-Chair Brian Johnson, Katapult Network Q: What is his day job? A: My day job is being a founding partner of the Katapult Network. At Katapult Network, we seek to connect recent college graduates with their first professional job after college. Q: Why did he join MN ACE? A: I joined MNACE because I felt it would be a good way to get involved with topics facing entry level recruiting for both employers and students. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: I think MNACE allows people to share ideas on a broad level and engage around the challenges and successes of entry level recruiting. When Brian isn’t talking to MN ACE members or finding careers for recent college grads, he is spending time with his wife, two baby girls and hunting for antiques at nearby flea markets. Employer Member-at-Large Kellie Amos, Teachers On Call Q: What is her day job? A: I’m the Recruiting, Onboarding, and Training Manager at Teachers On Call (Staffing company that provides substitute teachers and assistants to school districts in MN and WI). Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I was immediately impressed by the resources offered, networking opportunities available, and other benefits MN ACE has to offer. Connections through MN ACE have paid off for me in many ways. It’s rewarding to be able to find good jobs for graduates and college students and to learn the best way to work with college career centers to recruit them. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: The multiple meetings MN ACE holds every year provide new and fresh people to network with and more opportunities to recruit. The meetings are also great for learning new recruiting trends and working together to offer the perfect jobs to new grads. If Kellie isn’t attending an MN ACE event, she’ll want to be up at the cabin in Grand Rapids, MN! Communications Co-Chair Jana Greenfield, Ambrion Q: What is her day job? A: My day job is being the Manager of Operations and Social Media for Ambrion and Katapult Network. They are both recruiting firms, but have very different audiences and very different roles within our community. I love the challenge of crafting meaningful messaging for our clients and candidates to help the hiring process. Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MN ACE because I felt it would be a direct platform to gain a better understanding of what challenges are facing employers, colleges, students. I wanted to get involved in an organization that could provide insight into how we all can work together to hire young talent, and ease the transition from college to the working world. MN ACE has not disappointed! Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: I think MN ACE brings colleges, employers and ultimately students together through organized, educational, fun events. The networking is outstanding, and the resources we have access to as members are really best-in-class. When Jana isn’t working on the MN ACE web site, you’ll find her skiing with her family in the winter, and traveling to see friends and family whenever possible.