Board directors represent all alumni who are degree or certificate graduates of Metropolitan State program. Your Board now represents over 36,000 graduates! We welcome your suggestions for improving and enhancing our service and communications with you.
Alumni Association Board Directors
From back left: Tim Doherty, Akmed Khalifa, Victoria Reinhardt
From front left: Ochen Kaylan, Andrea Jenkins, Mia Taney, Shirley Cain
Alumni Board not pictured are John Delmonico, Anna Gryczman and Tené Wells.
President, Tim Doherty ('94) is a business account executive with Dakota Electric Association where he establishes and maintains business partnerships and relationships with members. He is the single point of contact to address services issues of his assigned members, administers energy conservation programs, brings new program and service ideas to members, and evaluates new energy efficiency technologies for cost/benefit analysis. Prior to joining Dakota Electric, he held similar positions with CenterPoint Energy and Connexus Energy, and held technical engineering positions with Controls Engineering, Embassy Suites Hotels, Owens Services and the College of St. Catherine. He is a graduate of First College with course work in the College of Management.
Vice President, Ochen Kaylan ('08) is an associate for Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. In the past, he has taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and worked as a conflict mediator for the Minnesota State Fair. Kaylan has received numerous design and advertising awards including: a Gold Pencil from The One Club; AIGA Minnesota Design Show selection; The Standard of Excellence Award from the Webawards; a Merit from HOW Interactive, a Unity Award for Reporting of Public Affairs/Social Issues, and a Special Citation from the Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. His artwork has been shown at the San Francisco Art Institute, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Austin Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.
Treasurer, Anna Gryczman ('99, '10) was one of the first students to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Metropolitan State. She also has a M.S. in Nursing from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Nursing from Metropolitan State. She is on the nursing faculty of Century College, and also works at Gillette Children's Hospital providing care to pediatric trauma patients and their families. She is the recipient of several grants and awards including Metropolitan State's Outstanding Student Award and Academic Achievement Award.
Secretary, Andrea Jenkins ('99) is a senior policy aide at the City of Minneapolis for 8th Ward Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. She is also the curator for the GLBT Reading series at Intermedia Arts and a program manager at the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota. She is an accomplished poet and writer. Her work has been published in The Minneapolis Spokesman and Recorder, The Minneapolis Website, The Minneapolis Observer, among others. She created and presented the "Mission of the City" for the 2007 Minneapolis Mayor's State of the City Address. Jenkins earned a master's of science degree in community economic development at Southern New Hampshire University and a master of fine arts in creative writing at Hamline University.
Shirley M. Cainis an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation and a licensed attorney. She currently lives in East Saint Paul and works at the Minnesota Department of Human Services as the Indian Child Disparities Consultant. Her current position is to address the disproportionate number of Native American Indian children involved in child protection/welfare cases in the state court systems. She has a Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law ('88) and a Bachelor of Arts from Metropolitan State University ('85). She has worked as Chief Judge for Spirit Lake Tribal Court, Chief Judge for Red Lake Nation, Special Judge for Turtle Mountain Tribal Court, Instructor for Turtle Mountain Tribal College, Tribal Administrator for Bishop Paiute Tribe, QUICWA Project Director at Minneapolis American Indian Center, Tribal Attorney for Red Lake and White Earth Tribes and Housing Specialist for a local Native Housing project that assisted Native elders with housing issues.
John Delmonico (’02) is president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, a position he has held since 1999. He joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 1988 where he served in the Third and Fourth Precincts. He was promoted to sergeant in 1994 and worked as an investigator in the Juvenile Unit and in the Robbery Unit. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2007. Prior to joining the department, he was a police officer for the City of Zimmerman, Minn.; and a security officer for Hennepin County Medical Center for eight years.
Delmonico received a master's degree in Criminal Justice from Concordia University. He has taught at Metropolitan State since 2005.
Akmed Khalifa (’08, ’10) has worked with young people in educational settings for many years. He has received two national awards from Junior Achievement for his work with young people, and they also selected him middle school teacher of the year for 2009–2010. He was recognized with a proclamation from the city of Pittsburgh for his work to increase inclusiveness in business for minority-owned firms throughout Pittsburgh and the United States. He has written several plays and two books, is a published poet and occasionally writes commentary for Minnesota Public Radio. He studied as an artist-in-residence at the Minneapolis Playwright’s Center and earned a master of fine arts degree in writing from Hamline University. He was recently honored by the African American Student's Association at Metropolitan State for his civic and community work.
Victoria Reinhardt ('96, '99) is a Ramsey County Commissioner representing Maplewood, North St. Paul, the city of White Bear Lake and the Hillcrest area of Saint Paul. Reinhardt received her B.A. and M.B.A. from Metropolitan State, and in 2007, her Doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University.
As a County Commissioner, Reinhardt works on regional issues such as solid waste management, transportation, housing and technology integration. She has testified before Congress about how local governments can work together. She is currently the Chairperson of the National Association of Counties Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee.
In 2000, she was given the Bruce F. Vento Distinguished Service Award by the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. In 2001, Metropolitan State honored her as a "Woman of Vision and Courage." She was chosen the Alumna of the Year in 2005.
Mia Taney ('02) is a Strategic Planner and Business Process Improvement Consultant. She designs and leads strategic planning efforts for health care executives. In addition, she educates and coaches leaders, front line staff and teams in Lean, continuous improvement and problem solving. She received the 2011 Julie Belle White-Newman Leadership Award for Outstanding Research at St. Catherine University where she received a master of organizational leadership degree. Her thesis research focused on strategic planning best practices for local, sustainable food businesses. Taney is passionate about sustainability, cooking and gardening. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Mississippi Market Natural Food Co-op in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Tené Wells ('92) has been a consultant specializing in community organizing, strategic planning, branding, and business and nonprofit leadership development since 2006. In 2012 she was selected as a Bush Fellow. She is the former president of WomenVenture and led that organization for seven years. Prior to joining WomenVenture, she served as executive director of the City of Minneapolis' Youth Coordinating Board and of the Minneapolis Way to Grow services. Well's corporate experience includes Honeywell and Medtronic.