Minnehaha Academy Blog

Alum Peter William's Journey To Leadership

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 17, 2019

In 2013 alum Peter Williams began an unexpected journey that lead to a national-level leadership role with the National Guard Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) Program in Arlington, VA. 

Sometimes the journey to using our gifts in service for others comes in a way that could hardly be planned. In 2013 the Minnesota National Guard asked Peter Williams ‘00, then a private practice lawyer, to spend three months helping them set up a victim advocacy program for victims of sexual assault.

“When our initial team started this program back in 2013, we could not have imagined the scope and reach of our work today,” Williams says.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Where They Go: Alum Karen (Aust) Tinsely Plays a Part in Saving Lives

Posted by Amy Barnard on Nov 1, 2018

  • Beat Cancer.
  • Became a courier and advocate for the Bone Marrow Donor Program.
  • Inspired others to volunteer.

Retirement? Sort of.

Some people look toward their retirement-age years as a time to kick back and relax. For Karen Tinsley ('63), however, this has been a season of taking part in a community that saves lives.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Where They Go: Alum Emily Zoltai Impacts and Impacted by Quito, Ecuador

Posted by Amy Barnard on Oct 25, 2018

  • Inspired to pursue Human Physiology after her year in Mr. Monson's anatomy class.
  • Volunteered with the Range of Motion Clinic (ROMP) in Ecuador and began exploring the field of orthotics and prosthetics.
  • Completing her master's degree in the field while also continuing her connection with ROMP.

A Change in Direction

The ripple effect of Mr. Monson’s 11th grade science class was felt in Quito, Ecuador, this summer as alum Emily Zoltai ('08) and five other grad students completed the “hands on experience” portion of their clinical internship at Quito’s ROMP (Range of Motion Project) Clinic. For Zoltai this was more than just an internship opportunity.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Where They Go: Alum Tami (Palmquist) Moberg Creates A Place Like Home

Posted by Amy Barnard on Oct 18, 2018

  • Received nurture from the Minnehaha Academy Community during her time as a student
  • Sought to share that experience with teens in her current community
  • Created the Quincy House

Not the Type

From the outside, Tami (Palmquist) Moberg ('80) appears to be a happily settled suburban mama, not the type to have much in common with troubled teens from the north suburbs.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Alum Creates Opportunities for the Next Generation

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jul 25, 2018

It can be an incredible thing to look back on the life of someone who has lived with a view to the common good. Today we invite you to see how one Alum made it his goal to live well, and live fully.

Living Fully

His passion about issues surrounding population growth and supporting resources fueled a life of research.

An accomplished geologist-turned-consultant, he visited more than 70 countries—including a trip across the whole of Siberia and one over the Andes Mountains, followed by 500 miles on boat down the Peruvian Ucayali River— and wrote more than 150 articles and penned 10 books, two of which were published by the Wall Street Journal.

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Where They Go: Alum Ken Magnuson Tackles the World of Ethics

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jul 10, 2018
  • Graduated from Bethel Seminary with a Masters of Divinity
  • Obtained a PhD in theology and ethics from Cambridge University
  • Currently a professor of Christian Ethics at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville
  • Chairs the department of Worldview and Culture
  • Writing his first book
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Topics: Alumni Stories

Where They Go: Alum Kristine McLean Lives With A Wider Vision

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jul 3, 2018

  • Graduated with honors from Gustavus Adolphus
  • Received her Doctor of Law from Mitchell Hamline Law School (2017)
  • Volunteered to assist advocates for domestic violence victims
  • Works as a law clerk for a district court judge

Developing A Wider Vision

Kristine McLean ('10) spent a brief few years at Minnehaha Academy, but this season widened her view of the world and instilled a greater vision for service to others.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Where They Go: Alum Mimi Levin Combines Service And Law, Receives Award

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jun 26, 2018

  • Graduated fromVillanova University with a degree in Criminology
  • Volunteered in multiple countries including Haiti, Belize, Mexico, and Namibia
  • Studying law at the University of St. Thomas
  • Awarded the Becker Student Volunteer Award
  • Plans to start a mission-driven business

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Alumni Meeting: The Spirit of Minnehaha Academy Will Go Forward

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jun 20, 2018

If you’ve been following Minnehaha Academy’s journey towards a rebuild you’ve probably noticed this: President Dr. Donna Harris works intentionally to bring the greater Minnehaha Academy community into the process.

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Topics: Alumni Stories, 3100 Campus

On Stage Together Again

Posted by Melissa Mortenson on Apr 3, 2018

Minnehaha Academy’s theatre director Nicholas Freeman, and Kevin Dustrude ('15) recently participated in the “24 Hour Plays” event put on by Hennepin Theatre Trust at Pantages Theatre.

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Topics: Alumni Stories, Fine Arts

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