About MNACE.
Minnesota Association of Colleges and Employers.

About

Our dynamic organization of 130 members include 31 colleges and 42 employers. Our members acquire valuable skills and networking contacts through their participation in timely panel discussions and breakout sessions. MNACE has helped its members to thrive, as is evident in the excellent feedback received by current members.

 

Our Mission

  • To bring together educational and employment representatives who are involved in the career development and employment of college students and alumni.

  • To increase communication and interaction among members and provide a forum to share best practices and discuss common issues, trends, and concerns.

  • To promote and facilitate the personal and professional development of our members.

Member Benefits

  • Three meetings per year

  • Productive breakouts and programs

  • Low membership costs

  • Strong networks and shared leadership for both employers and colleges

  • Reduced meeting fees

  • Membership directory of participating colleges and employers

  • Annual recruiting calendar of career fairs and events

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Board of Directors

 
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Andrea Mayer
Director of Strategic Planning

Director of Career Development
Concordia University

Andrea has been working in higher education for 11+ years and is currently the Director of Career Development at Concordia University, St. Paul. In addition to working with students, she collaborates across campus to embed career readiness into the curriculum and student engagement experiences (i.e. clubs and orgs, athletics, residence life.) She currently serves as the Past-Chair of the Minnesota Education Job Fair Association (MEJFA), Programming Committee Co-Chair for the Minnesota College and University Career Services Association (MCUCSA), and recently stepped out of the role of Chair Professional Development for the Minnesota Private Colleges’ Career Consortium (MPCCC).

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Danielle Stein
Director of Operations

Director of Operations and Human Resources

Katapult Network

In her role at Katapult Network, Dani supports the team in helping recent college graduates get a foot in the door to their dream job. As a company, Katapult’s goal is to eliminate the barrier of “experience-needed” and Dani is proud to work in service to that mission. Her umbrella covers operations, payroll, human resources, vendor management, and college connections – she loves the variety that comes with every day. In order to successfully place candidates through Katapult Network, Dani believes that strong relationships with both clients and local colleges/universities is critical and that the network MNACE provides creates a unique venue for learning and building trust between employers, recruiters, and colleges. She looks forward to the opportunity to continue developing relationships with everyone at MNACE and assist the board in helping its members to thrive.

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Lauran Hundshamer
Director of Programming

Director of Operations and Human Resources

Katapult Network

Lauran has worked in both private and non-profit organizations in a marketing capacity developing go-to market strategies from the group up for over 15 years.  She currently works as the Director of Partner Marketing with StraighterLine, an EdTech company. With her experience within higher ed, she is passionate about education and knows it has the ability to lift people from poverty. Lauran has been married to Dave for 24 years and has two grown children—Muriel, a law school student at the University of North Dakota, and Henry, a junior at UND, and two fur-children (her favorite children Muriel claims), Lanny McDonald and Bobby “Marvin” Hull (clearly a hockey fan) both cocker spaniel puppies who keep her company as well as drive her absolutely nuts. In her free time, she loves to camp, be on the pontoon, and enjoy a good dirty martini.

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Crystal Thompson
Treasurer

CPA

Redpath and Company

Crystal is a Certified Public Accountant at Redpath and Company specialising in the nonprofit tax service area. She began her career in public accounting right after graduating with her Bachelors in Business Administration from Concordia University in St. Paul in 2017. Crystal has experience in personal tax, nonprofit  audit and nonprofit tax. She is excited to join the MNACE board and to start building relationships with members of MNACE.

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Caitlin Perszyk
Secretary

Employer Relations Coordinator

University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Caitlin began as a career counselor in 2010 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), where her passion for helping students and connecting them with employers was discovered. While in grad school, she worked at the University of St. Thomas in an early college readiness program, while splitting time as a career counselor at UWRF. She has also been a career counselor at Concordia University, St. Paul, recruited briefly at a small local company, then returned to higher education where she is now an employer relations coordinator in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Caitlin has a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelors of Science in Marketing Communications from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Caitlin is MBTI certified, is a past MN ACE Treasurer, has held positions on different committees and is currently on a committee reworking a mentorship program for the Hire Big 10+ career consortium.

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Jess Franta
Communications Chair

Partnerships Office Managing Director
Purdue University

Jess has worked in higher education for over ten years balancing both career coaching and corporate partner relations.  Prior to education she supported recruiting, marketing and event management at various B2C companies.  In 2021 she joined Purdue University to lead the newly established Krannert School of Management Partnerships Office. In this role she connects students and employers to create experiential learning engagements in the form of consulting projects, course projects, live case studies and research opportunities throughout the Midwest and greater United States. In her free time Jess enjoys the great outdoors via hunting, fishing and camping with her two kiddos, spouse and yellow lab.

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Chrissy Jensen
Membership Chair

Senior Career Counselor

University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Chrissy has served as a career counselor in higher education for 10 years. She began her career at Hamline University and has worked at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities since then. Chrissy has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has a passion for helping students through individual counseling as well as teaching career and first-year experience courses. Chrissy has held various leadership roles within professional associations such as Minnesota College and University Career Services Association (MCUCSA) and the Career Development Network (CDN). Chrissy loves MN summers, enjoying the lakes, and getting outdoors to play with her young daughter.