Board Members

SODA members

Interested in the School of Dentistry Alumni Society Board? Apply by filling out this application form.

A member of the SODAS board or staff will follow up with you.

President
Ms. Julie Dunn

Vice President
Dr. Chad Rasmussen

Past President
Dr. Angelo Hilo

Board Members

Ms. Karen Bohnen
Ms. Carol Dahlke
Dr. Shivan Nelson
Dr. Michelle Scholtz
Dr. Tudor Stiharu
Dr. Sanket Nagarkar
Ms. Barb Veath
Dr. Aruna Rao
Dr. Mike Schafhauser
Ms. Jenna Gardner, Dental Therapy Student Representative
Ms. Melissa Ferguson, Dental Hygiene Student Representative
Mr. Emerson Gonyea, DDS Student Representative
Ms. Alexi Wenzel, DDS Student Representative

For more information on getting involved with the School of Dentistry Alumni Society contact:

Erin Elliott
Director of Alumni Relations
School of Dentistry
15-141 Moos Health Sciences Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-6884
estrong@umn.edu

School of Dentistry Alumni Society Committees

Board Development Task Force

Board Development Task Force

The Board Development Task Force is responsible for ensuring the future viability of the School of Dentistry Alumni Society by finding, evaluating, and developing board members and cultivating their leadership as officers of the board. The committee is chaired by the immediate past president of the board. Other members include the three other officers of the board, the president, vice president and secretary/treasurer.  The committee meets at the discretion of the chair, typically once in the fall and once in the spring, and also communicates via email. 

Honors Task Force

Honors Task Force

Five volunteers are needed for the Honors Task Force, which is responsible for the Distinguished Dental and Dental Hygiene Awards. These awards are presented annually, and task force members meet in December and January to discuss their strategy in carrying out the following:

  • publishing the call for nominations
  • reviewing the nominations received
  • selecting the recipients
  • presenting the awards

The Honors Task Force Chairperson sets the meeting schedule. This may include a meeting with the alumni director and/or a meeting of committee members (in person or via conference call). The call for nominations is sent out in early Fall (preferably September) and nominations are due in December. The committee votes and selects recipients in January. The award is presented every April at the Dean’s Recognition Reception at the Star of the North meeting.

Alumni Relations and Development Office

15-136 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Meet our alumni and development staff

Emily Best

Emily Best
Acting Director of Development
15-136B Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-6811
Fax: 612-624-0027
emilyj@umn.edu

Nicki Black

Nicki Black
Annual Giving and Stewardship Coordinator
15-136 Moos Tower
515 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-301-6663
Fax: 612-624-0027
black842@umn.edu

Erin Elliott

Erin Elliott
Director of Alumni Relations
15-141 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-626-6884
estrong@umn.edu

Kris Frischmon

Kris Frischmon
Executive Administrative Assistant
15-136 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-5751
frisc052@umn.edu