2017-2018 President 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. 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 Melissa Wagner, Rasmussen College Q: What is her day job? A: I am a Career Services Manager with Rasmussen College; I have been employed for 6 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. Secretary Claire Mathias, Verizon Q: What is her day job? A: I am a Recruiter for Verizon Wireless and do recruiting for our Retail Sales Representative positions within the Retail stores in MN & ND areas. Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MN ACE to gain a better partnership with the colleges in the areas that I do recruiting for and to gain best practices from other employers around the MN area. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: Being able to network with different colleges within the MN area and to gain recruiting insight through other recruiter perspectives. When Claire isn’t attending MN ACE meetings she enjoys being outside with her dogs and going on vacation. She also enjoys baking, cooking, golfing, and snowboarding. 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 Karina Clennon, Minnesota State University, Mankato Q: What is her day job? A: I am the Assistant Director of the Minnesota State Mankato Career Development Center. In my role I work with employers connecting them with faculty and internship coordinators. I also am liaison to three colleges: Business, Science, Engineering & Technology, and Allied Health & Nursing, in this aspect of my role I provide comprehensive career counseling and career programming for students in these colleges. Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MN ACE to develop relationships with my employer relations colleagues and network with MN employers interested in recruiting at Minnesota State Mankato. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: The best part of MN ACE is the opportunity to participate in professional development sessions and have an open forum to give and receive feedback on areas of strength and growth in college recruiting. When Karina isn’t at a MN ACE meeting or work, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and kids, playing tennis or reading a great book! College Member-at-Large Sara Johnson, Concordia College Q: What is her day job? A: I am the Employer and Alumni Relations Manager with Concordia College Career Center. Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MN ACE when I was new to my role and new to working with colleges and employers in Minnesota and it offered the opportunity to connect with employers and college peers in similar roles. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: MN ACE events have provided a networking environment that is perfectly aligned to the work that I do. I am able to meet new employer recruiting contacts every time I attend an event and I am able to learn new strategies from other colleges. I’m very grateful for the connections MN ACE as generated for me. When Sara isn’t attending an MN ACE event, she’ll use her free time for hiking somewhere in the US and taking photos. Employer Member-at-Large Morgan Bailey, Target Q: What is her day job? A: I am a Lead Executive Recruiter for Target that helps to lead Campus Recruiting efforts for Target Q: Why did she join MN ACE? A: I joined MN Ace because I had always heard such great things about the organization. This group provides a great opportunity to keep updated on industry trends and allows you to network with you many great campus leaders and employers. Q: What is the best part about being a member of MN ACE? A: As a member having the chance to build great connections with other members has been one of my favorite things and most rewarding. When Morgan isn’t attending MN ACE meetings she would most likely be boating on Prior Lake, paddle boarding or enjoying being outside (during the summer) or else spending time with friends and family or traveling whenever possible. Communications Chair Kellie Amos, Social Hop Q: What is her day job? A: I am the founder and CEO of a social media marketing and management company called Social Hop. 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!