Board of directors

The Alumni Association Board of Directors represents all alumni who are degree or certificate graduates of Metropolitan State University programs. Your Board now represents over 40,000 graduates. We welcome your suggestions for improving and enhancing our service and communications with you.                                                  

President: Irene Wright '92 is vice president of Corporate Services with Edina Realty. She establishes and nurtures business partnerships and relationships with corporations, third party companies, brokers around the world and agents. She manages all corporate-owned properties and works to provide seamless and smooth moves on all of their real estate transactions. In addition, she manages the Exceptional Properties department working with properties priced over $500K. She and her team create new promotional materials as well as update current one and puts out an insert section of the Minneapolis St Paul Magazine Home & Design four times a year. Wright continually evaluates efficiencies, looking for ways to reduce costs. She is a graduate of individualized studies with coursework in Advertising and Marketing.

Vice President: Carmen Shields  '15, received her M.B.A. from Metropolitan State and has more than 25 years of progressive experience in marketing, communications, and development—including 17 years in higher education. She recently joined Collegis Education to help colleges and universities across the country reach their revenue goals. Previously, Shields held leadership roles at Bethel University, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, and North Hennepin Community College. Shields lives in Blaine, MN with her husband and has five children. She earned bachelor's degrees in advertising and marketing from the University of North Dakota, and is currently working on her doctorate in higher education (Ed.D.) at Bethel University.

Treasurer, Sandy Best '88 graduated with a BA in individualized studies emphasizing Human Resource Management. Her post-graduate education includes an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, as well as advanced education in leadership, public affairs and military operations. Her career has included both public sector and military service, and in February 2016, Best became first female brigadier general in Minnesota National Guard. She continues to promote the benefits of lifelong learning and specifically the unique non-traditional environment geared for diverse working adults at Metro State. Best and her husband of 30 years reside in rural Wisconsin. In her free time, she enjoys time spent with her daughters, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Steve Campos '17 is a retired Chief Master Sgt with a total of 35 years of service in the United States Air Force and the Minnesota Air National Guard. He also worked concurrently in the Federal Government for 27 years. Steve is actively involved in helping service members both past and present and their families with Metro State's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, as well as Washington County and Cottage Grove's Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. In 2015 he was awarded the Minnesota Humanities Veteran Voices Legacy Award that recognizes and honors Minnesotans who have honorably served and are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. These actively engaged, former military members go above and beyond to make significant, positive contributions that improve the lives of people across Minnesota. He is currently a K-12 substitute teacher to include Spanish and a Junior ROTC program.

Ronald J. Edlund ’04 received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Metropolitan State and also holds an International Business Certificate from Mankato State University. He has worked in the international marketplace in over thirty countries, including those in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, enjoying the challenges and joys of working in and with diverse cultures. He has more than 40 years of experience in customer problem-solving for technical products and services and has been a lecturer at both St. Thomas University’s Masters of International Management Program and at Anoka Technical College’s International Business Program. His volunteer activities are extensive, from 17 years as a volunteer fireman to various community board positions. Most recently, he has been a docent with the Science Museum of Minnesota and has over 2000 hours of volunteer service with the National Park Service.

Akmed Khalifa ’08, ’10, who received BA in Individualized Studies and MA in Liberal Studies from Metropolitan State, 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 in 2009, and they also selected him Middle School Teacher of the Year. 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 for his civic and community work by the African American Student's Association at Metropolitan State.

Linda McCann ’06, ’15 received her M.B.A. and D.B.A. from Metropolitan State and was named one of the Outstanding Students in the 2006 graduating class. McCann is an associate professor in the College of Management accounting program and she also served on the Finance Committee of the Metropolitan State Foundation Board (2013-2015). She has held positions in public accounting, consulting and operations. McCann also holds an undergraduate degree from St. Catherine’s University.

Isaac Muhammad ’12 received his Bachelors in Accounting from Metropolitan State and his MBA from Hamline University (2014) and was the Cohort Representative during his MBA program 2013-2014 where he was the voice of the cohort and acted as the liaison between the cohort and the university. Isaac has worked both in the private and public industries including:  US Bank, Wells Fargo, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Minnesota Department of Revenue where he currently services as an auditor. Isaac is also the founder of the Legacy Center for Peace and Transparency an organization that promotes transparency, peace, and good governance.

Andrea Steen ’11 graduated Summa Cum Laude from Metropolitan State’s MPNA program and holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steen has served Century College as Alumni Director since 2017, and previously served the Minnesota State central office in various capacities including marketing, communications, advancement, and government relations. Steen lives in White Bear Lake with her husband and two daughters.

Kristine Hansen '07, Director of alumni relations