Alumni Association Board
Chair: James Cordon – Class of 1997
James graduated from Mounds Park Academy in 1997 after having survived Maureen Conway's political lessons unscathed. He is remembered fondly for the dent he put in the gym floor with his chin but mostly just because he was there for so many years. From there James went on to Colgate University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics in 2001. He is an avid supporter of the Lung Cancer Alliance, North Shore Animal League, MPA, Colgate and the Robinhood foundation. James is a talented singer and an alumnus of the Colgate Resolutions a cappella group. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, singing and spending time with his family. He and his wife Samantha reside in Glen Ridge, NJ with their daughters Madelyn and Amelina.
Past Chair: Mike Velin – Class of 2006
Mike Velin graduated from MPA in 2006. He earned his bachelor's degree at St. John's University in Management, Economics, Art and Coaching and then received his Master's of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. Professionally, he is a financial consultant and Personal CFO for families with generational wealth and closely-held businesses. His team collaborates with the family’s trusted advisors to provide unified and objective advice on their key business decisions, investment management, and philanthropic goals. Personally, he and his wife, Ashley Cooper, live in St. Paul with their daughter Claire (2). They stay active and enjoy spending time with their friends and family. Mike has served in all board roles with the MPA Alumni Association over the last 10 years (even the Panther!) and is still excited to continue his service today.
Alumni for Antiracist Practice Committee Chair: Sidney Carlson White – Class of 2017
Sidney A. Carlson White (he/him) is a senior at Yale University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Economics and American Studies. He is joining the Alumni board as DEI officer to help bridge the gap between alumni and the student community, especially with regards to how both groups think and talk about race, gender, and class. In his work as a student and as an organizer, he has been committed to working across generational lines to build spaces and communities that are more antiracist and critically understanding of these issues. During his time at MPA, Sidney played quiz bowl, participated in the state math league, and dutifully served as baseball manager for his latter three years in Upper School. When he is not reading the news or doing schoolwork, he spends time reading and playing video games, and being sad when the Twins lose in the playoffs yet again. He’s excited to get to know the members of the alumni board better, and learn more about how to make MPA a more safe and equitable space for everyone.
Philanthropy Committee Chair: Kethan Dahlberg – Class of 2014
After graduating from MPA in 2014, Kethan attended Harvard. He graduated in 2018 with a concentration in government, secondary in music and citation in Spanish. During his time at Harvard he pursued a variety of internship opportunities in various levels and branches of government. After undergrad, hoping to gain some exposure to the private sector and insight into how businesses operate from a legal perspective, he worked as a corporate paralegal at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City for three years. Kethan currently lives in Washington, D.C and is a law student at Georgetown University.
Marketing Committee Chair: Amanda Magistad – Class of 2012
Amanda Magistad graduated from Mounds Park Academy in 2012. After graduating from Mounds Park Academy, Amanda attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Through her coursework and many internships, Amanda discovered her passion for marketing and communications and upon graduation she moved to Miami, Florida to pursue those passions. Professionally, Amanda currently works as the Marketing Director for a Private Wealth and Financial Planning firm in Miami. When she isn't working, Amanda enjoys a round of golf, cooking, and traveling the world. Amanda and her husband, Andrew Chilgren (class of '09), currently live in Pinecrest, Florida with their two goldendoodles Luna and Stella.
Kathryn Andersen – Class of 2009
Following graduation, Kathryn attended the University of Notre Dame majoring in History and Pre-Med and has earned her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Since college, she has worked in higher education. She spent 7 years in admissions at the University of Notre Dame and the Carlson School of Management, and now works at Mayo Clinic's College of Medicine and Science as a Care Resource Manager. Kathryn credits MPA with instilling a love of learning, compassion, and many skills that have helped her throughout her education and career.
Adi Boeder Risner – Class of 2002
After graduating from MPA in '02, Adi received her bachelor’s at St. Olaf College in both Mathematics and Economics. Adi worked at an actuarial firm for several years before moving to Denver in 2011, for the mountain lifestyle. There, she completed her master’s in Business Intelligence at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. She met her husband while living in CO and were married in Estes Park in 2014. They now have two boys together, Luke and Levi, who attend MPA. Adi currently owns a soapmaking business and recently accepted a full-time position as a Lean Six Sigma Statistician at 3M. Living in Lake Elmo, Luke began his fourth school year at MPA, as a 1st grader, while Levi started his first year of Pre-K. Adi also serves as the Parents Association Grade Representative for Luke’s grade.
Stephanie Boyum – Class of 2000
Stephanie Boyum graduated from MPA in 2000 having attended MPA since the third grade. After graduation, she attended Bowdoin College in Maine before transferring to Barnard College at Columbia University where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in political science. Stephanie began her professional career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, where she then spent over 12 years as Vice President in various departments and positions before relocating back to the Midwest. Stephanie is currently an active investor and consultant in the commercial real estate, banking and private equity sectors and serves on the boards of a bank holding company and a community bank. Stephanie resides in western Wisconsin, is an avid world traveler, and after many years in NYC she now enjoys hiking daily and all things country living.
Bethany Branan – Class of 1998
Bethany Branan fondly remembers her MPA days filled with debate practice, band lessons, student council meetings, and basketball drills. After graduation from Mounds Park Academy in 1998, Bethany Branan attended Boston College and received a degree in English and communications. Her love of urban exploration brought her to the city of Chicago after college. While working for Pfizer, Bethany earned a Master's of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. Her fondness for Minnesota summers brought her back home where she is the founder and CEO of marketing consulting business, Sip Savor Social, which focuses on helping business-minded entrepreneurs. In addition, Bethany is the co-founder and CEO of Talisman & Co., a soccer life-style brand based in St. Paul. Bethany and her husband are excited to have their two daughters, Ella and Tillie, attend MPA this fall where they will be encouraged to dream big and do right.
Annie Stewart – Class of 2011
Annie graduated from Mounds Park Academy in 2011 and continued on to St. Olaf College for her undergraduate degree. She graduated from St. Olaf with a B.A. in Theater. As a result of her liberal arts education, she has many interests and passions in life and after she graduates she will be taking a year off to explore potential career options. Some of these include arts administration, production stage management and secondary education. Although she does not know what the future holds, she is excited to explore new opportunities!
Abigail Kline Duffine – Class of 1998
Abigail Kline Duffine graduated from MPA in 1998. After graduating from The George Washington University in 2002 with a degree in psychology and business, she went on to work as an Admissions Officer at Georgetown Day School. After that she was pleased to return to MPA as the Associate Director of Admission for middle and upper school for four years. Being back at MPA was a career highlight for Abigail. In 2008, Abigail and her husband Alex relocated to NYC where Abigail was the Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Communications for NYC Teaching Fellows, a program through The New Teacher Project. Since 2012 Abigail and her family of four have been living in Philadelphia running her husband’s family business, Duff Supply Company. Abigail is also an active volunteer at Germantown Academy, her children’s school.
Nick Dugas – Class of 2011
Nick is a law student at Cornell University, cultivating interests in intellectual property, technology, and finance. Nick is an associate for the Cornell Law Review and President of the Intellectual Property & Technology Students Association. Additionally, Nick actively competes for Cornell Law School in both internal and external Moot Court competitions. Prior to law school, Nick worked in esports as the Head Coach of NYU Overwatch. Nick holds an M.S. in Human Nutrition from Columbia University, and earned his undergraduate degree from Davidson College, where he studied political theory and chemistry. Nick hopes to build his legal career at the heart of where science and technology intersect with finance and law, and recently accepted an offer to join an elite law firm in New York City as a 2022 Summer Associate.
Rex Hendrickson – Class of 2011
After MPA, Rex went to the University of Denver and studied business and management skills. He was able to study abroad at Semester at Sea, which opened his eyes to the world as they circumnavigated the Atlantic Ocean. After his studies, Rex worked many jobs in various industries: worked in retail at Lululemon, a Pilates, yoga and fitness instructor, and finally a bartender for a bit at the Lexington restaurant in St. Paul. Currently, Rex has landed at a Brand Strategy Agency called vnzo in Bloomington where he is the Account Director. Their specialty is in the B2B landscape where they help other companies with rebranding, business strategy and growth and marketing solutions. Rex also serves as a board member of his family foundation called the Sewell Family Foundation. The Foundation predominately donates to organizations in the arts, education and social justice sectors. In his spare time, he enjoys going to shows and concerts, hiking/kayaking/staying active, and spending time with family and friends.
Lesley Kroupa – Class of 1997
Lesley Kroupa graduated from MPA in 1997. She attended Smith College and achieved her BA in Government. From there she went on to attend the University of Michigan Law School. Lesley’s love for learning didn’t stop there as she also went on to receive a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Public Health. She is currently serving as Interim Policy Director for The Laurie Tisch Center for Food, Education and Policy. She provides strategic policy recommendations for ongoing research project and participates in local, state and federal campaigns related to child nutrition and nutrition education.
Isaac Marshall – Class of 2011
Isaac is a 2011 MPA graduate. He attended Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts, where his studies ultimately focused on microbiology and health care delivery systems. Isaac has worked as a College Admissions Counselor, Healthcare Project Coordinator, and most recently, has held Sales and Operations roles at Apple Mall of America. Isaac is currently pursuing his JD at the University of Iowa. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his family and significant other, and creating pottery. Isaac looks forward to contributing his time to the Alumni Association and advocating for MPA.
Isabel Meyer Mueller – Class of 2017
Isabel attended MPA kindergarten through 12th grade. During her senior year at MPA, she was voted "Most School Spirit" and says that love for MPA has never dwindled. She graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in Psychology and Community and Global Health. This fall, she will begin a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at UW Stout, and also be working as a community outreach coordinator with Just The Pill, a mobile clinic that provides medication abortions to rural Minnesotans. Her professional goal is to become a sexuality therapist/educator. As a result of her time at MPA, Isabel puts a high value on education that teaches students how to think, not what to think. She chose to apply to the Alumni Association Board as a way of giving back to a community that gave me so much and to ensure that even after graduating, each alum knows that they have a place in the MPA family.
Hena Vadher – Class of 2013
After graduating as an MPA Lifer in 2013, Hena studied International and Area Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She was interested in pursuing a humanitarian career and inspired by her time interning with UNHCR—the UN’s Refugee Agency—in Geneva, Switzerland. After graduating, she worked at Breakthrough Twin Cities in St. Paul before relocating to New York City and eventually beginning her role with the American Red Cross. She works within the disaster relief program implementation for New York City (over 8 million residents) with the American Red Cross as a disaster Response Manager, overseeing the program, which includes cash and sheltering support for clients displaced due to disaster. As a critical assessor of, and huge advocate for, the ways MPA supports all of its students to learn, grow, and succeed on their own terms, Hena joins the alumni association board to promote an equity/justice-based lens in a place that served a formative role in her own growth.
Amanda Campbell – Parent of Alumni Liason
Amanda served on the MPA Parents Association from 2010–2018 when her daughter Quinn [first child of an alum (Ryan Campbell '90) to attend MPA & 13‑Year Club member] graduated. Since 2018, she has been an active member of the POA. It has been a great organization to maintain the connections and friendships made over the course of 13 years as a parent at MPA. Amanda has been the POA Executive Board Secretary and will serve as the Alumni Board POA Liaison for the 2020-2021 school year. She feels fortunate to remain tethered to MPA and its faculty/staff through the POA.