Pat Collins moved to the Twin Cities to find big city fame and fortune after finishing her B.A. at the University of South Dakota. She worked at various temporary office jobs throughout Minneapolis, including at the University of Minnesota and Wilson Library, before choosing a career path in psychology. Her early experience as a psychology assistant at Fairview Southdale Hospital led to other mental health and social services positions. During that time, Collins earned her Master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas and became a licensed psychologist. Engaged in private practice for most of her career, she specialized in counseling children and teenagers, and more recently doing psychological testing for ADHD. She also gained experience as a hospital crisis worker, school psychologist, and halfway house program manager.
“After helping hundreds of clients as a mental health provider and a psychotherapist (my first love), I am hoping to make a turn in my career, to find ways to build on my experience and insight, and to refresh my interest and excitement in a new path. I live happily in southwest Minneapolis with my husband (my second love!) without whom life would be less.”
Michele Eggenberger has lived in Minnesota for the past 20 years and was born and raised in southern California. She and her husband have 3 children and they live in Woodbury, Minnesota. Their 2 daughters are currently attending the University of Minnesota and her son graduated from the U in 2005. Michele attended U.C.L.A. for undergrad in Political Science and University of Utah for post graduate premed requirements.
Michele has enjoyed over 35 years in the Architectural and Conservation glass market. Her experience has ranged from sales and marketing to manufacturing, distribution, construction and management. She is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and also LEED AP certified. She currently is the owner of EA Architectural where she is an AIA (American Institute of Architects) certified instructor representing Canadian companies with Sustainable Architectural Glazing products here in the upper Midwest. She teaches AIA accredited courses to architects, contractors, city officials, task forces, and universities.
“I am very excited to be a part of the UMAC Program! I have a love for learning and I am eager to see what lies ahead!”
Joan Halgren was born into a harmonious nuclear family, and spent an enchanted childhood exploring life, while residing in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a first-tier suburb of Minneapolis. After completing high school, she attended the University of Minnesota on the Minneapolis campus, where she received a BA degree from the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and landed her first job out of college as a consumer reporter for the Pioneer Press daily newspaper in St. Paul, Minn. She served in a variety of communications and volunteer roles, starting in the 20th century and spanning into the 21st century: from editorial work to upper level management of internal/external communications, public relations and regulatory policy within the health care arena, business community and educational sector; plus, she operated her own marketing communications consulting practice for seven years. Presently, she serves on the City of Red Wing Sustainability Commission.
“Now I am ready to address how I may use my skills and knowledge to advocate for communities seeking avenues to create social and economic justice. The time is right for intergenerational pursuits that will help lift all boats together as one. I will eagerly make the commute to the Twin Cities campus from my home in Red Wing, Minn. to pursue new ventures: striving to find local, global organizations eager to improve America’s presently ‘poor’ quality of life metrics compared to our industrialized Scandinavian allies. We can prosper again with shared values!”
Virginia Kafer is a Marketing Strategist who builds relationships between companies and their consumers. Passionate about healthcare innovation, she works with start-ups through Fortune 10 companies to launch new products and services designed to address some of the most complex healthcare issues.
She lives in Maple Grove, MN with her husband Chris and sons Alex (19 - U of M College of Science and Engineering) and Nick (16 – Maple Grove Senior High). Virginia loves to cheer on her kids, bike or kayak on a sunny afternoon and travel.
“Forever curious and always learning, at 56, she wonders – How do I make the most of my next 25 years?”
Nancy Kelly is an attorney from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Prior to law school, she worked in state government doing legislative work. She practiced law at Dudley and Smith in Saint Paul practicing family law and employment law. Nancy currently serves as the chair of the Saint Paul Civil Service Commission conducting hearings and advising on employment issues.
Nancy enjoys a variety of volunteer opportunities. She is a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She provides pro bono legal services for a variety of legal organizations. She volunteers in Guatemala on medical and educational mission trips with her husband and their four children. Nancy loves spending time with her two wonderful grandchildren. Nancy has served on a variety of boards including the University of Saint Thomas Alumni Association, Children’s Hospital Association, The Friends of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Nancy graduated from the University of Saint Thomas and William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline).
“I am looking forward to the UMAC program and working with the other fellows in exploring ideas and opportunities for the next stage of life.”
Paul Kidder was raised in Minneapolis. He attended the University of Minnesota and graduated from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. He received a M.Ed degree from the University of Minnesota focusing on Outdoor Education and Adult Education. He worked for Outward Bound USA as an instructor/course director, for which he led and designed some of the first corporate team building programs in the USA.
For the last 25 years he was owner/president of Adventure Training Associates, a training and development consulting firm focusing on workplace collaboration and new employee leadership training. His current academic interests include: organizational and cross generational learning and knowledge management strategies for non-profit organizations. He is married, has one daughter and resides in Guilford, Vermont. His personal interests are trail running, photography, world travel and intercultural enrichment experiences.
After a long career as an attorney with national retail companies and as an independent legal consultant, I have begun to shift my work to be more aligned with my interests in transformative leadership and social impact. I serve on the Board of the Center for Emerging Leadership and am a facilitator of their Women In Leadership program. I am trained as a mediator and have served for the Conflict Resolution Center of Minneapolis. I have participated in antiracism circles with ASDIC Metamorphosis and have trained and served as a Racial Justice facilitator with the Minneapolis YWCA. I also have a Masters in Educational Leadership. Corrie and her husband have one daughter (a 2016 graduate of U of M Duluth) and they live in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
I’m ready to explore what’s next, so I am very excited to become part of the UMAC learning community. I look forward to meeting the rest of the program’s initial cohort!
Annie Olson lives near Washington Dc, grew up on both coasts, Italy and the UK. She met her Canadian husband of 40 years, Chris, at an international high school in Wales. They have two adult married children who live in Chicago and Portland, OR. After her BA in Urban/Economic Geography from McGill, she did graduate work in cartography at Clark, and while there conducted research for the UN University in Kathmandu, Nepal. She was a Cartographer/Geographer at the US Geological Survey for over a decade, and co-authored an award-winning international atlas called Women in the World.
An active volunteer in her community, Annie chaired boards, worked at a suicide hotline, as a master gardener, and in landscape design. A decade in Chicago led to work in museum research, as an academic advisor, and studying painting. Recently, back east to help caretake parents, rehab an old house, work part-time at Eileen Fisher. Annie has nurtured interests in spirituality and psychology, personal development, visual arts and design, and politics and social justice, especially for women.
“I have long been interested in how the culture can best use motivated, educated – but sidelined – populations (mostly women at different life stages). As part of the UMAC cohort, I will challenge myself, with others, to create or discover meaningful work, based on my social concerns, lifelong interests and abilities."
Abigail Crampton Pribbenow
Abigail Crampton Pribbenow has had a career in nonprofit administration, including work in higher education, the arts and elementary and high school settings. Currently she serves as Communication and Development Manager for Yinghua Academy, a Mandarin immersion charter public school in Northeast Minneapolis. She was educated at the University of Chicago (BA in Anthropology) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MA in Arts Administration). Her current board work includes Minnesota Boyschoir and LutheranArts, which she chairs. Ms. Pribbenow is a supporter of Augsburg University where her husband serves as president. Abigail and Paul have two children, one in high school at DeLaSalle and one in eighth grade at Yingua Academy.
“Asking questions and examining the big picture from different perspectives is a passion of mine. Topics of interest include the impact of technology on public education, sustaining livable urban areas and language in culture and society.”
Julie Warner is transitioning to a new livelihood, adding skills in program evaluation to her extensive experience in project planning and management, research and writing. She intends to work with organizations that focus globally on peaceful transition from conflict, development of sustainable communities, and incorporation of environmental stewardship and renewable energy. In her early career, Julie served as a project manager for environmental consulting firms, where she applied a background in natural science with knowledge of environmental regulations to conduct site investigations and remediation of contaminated properties for public and private clients around the US. As a mid-career professional, she returned to school to complete a Master’s Degree at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, focusing on the intersection of energy and environment policy with international development. Graduate work opened doors to what was happening around the world, provided new critical thinking skills, and revitalized a lifelong interest in international affairs.
After graduate school, Julie provided long-distance caregiving for a parent. She took temporary and contract positions that offered both flexibility and new skills, among them coordinating a renewable energy program for state government, organizing and leading study tours to Myanmar and Thailand, and working for a nonprofit in Delhi, India. Simultaneously, she pursued a new interest in program evaluation, taking additional courses at the University of Minnesota, while gaining practical experience conducting evaluations for local nonprofits. She recently completed a Professional Certificate in Program Evaluation. Today, Julie is seeking and consulting with globally-focused organizations to strengthen their internal evaluation capacity and demonstrate program effectiveness to constituents, policy makers, and donors.