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2017 Alumna of the Year: Latasha Powell ('12)

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Powell ('12) is a cofounder of Appetite for Change, a community-based organization in North Minneapolis dedicated to using food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change. Along with cofounders Michelle Horovitz and Princess Titus ('10), she brings people together to grow, prepare, and eat sustainable food. Appetite for Change, the winner of a 2017 Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant, equips residents of the Northside with the tools they need to create healthy families and a healthy community.

In addition to her work at Appetite for Change, Powell has also held volunteer and leadership positions with the Jordan Area Community Council and Children's Hospital Hematology Clinic. Powell brings an entrepreneurial spirit to work for social good. As a leader and community member she is making a difference.

2016 Alumnus of the Year: Anthony Cox ('01)

Anthony Cox

Metropolitan State University proudly recognizes Anthony Cox as the 2016 Alumnus of the Year. Cox, a 2001 graduate of the College of Individualized Studies, has distinguished himself as a musician, educator, and volunteer. Cox has performed across the United States and internationally.

He has served as chair of the music business program at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, as an instructor at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and as an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Iowa. He has also served as artist in residence, guest lecturer and performer at the Banff Center for the Arts in Calgary, Canada. He is a board member of the Walker West Music Academy. Cox is working on a master's program thesis in liberal studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Metropolitan State University.

He recently performed at the Village Vanguard in New York City in July with The Joe Lovano "Reunion" Quartet, featuring the music from their album Quartets on Blue Note Records.

2015 Alumna of the Year Mona Dohman ('98)

2015 Alumnus of the Year: Mona Dohman 

Metropolitan State University is honored to recognize Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman as the 2015 Alumna of the Year. Dohman graduated from Metropolitan State in 1998 with an individualized bachelor's degree focusing on criminal justice administration. She later received a master's degree in educational administration with a focus in police leadership from the University of St. Thomas and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Dohman, a commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety in January 2011. She oversees a $600 million budget, 2,100 employees and 14 divisions, including Driver and Vehicle Services, Minnesota State Patrol, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Before her appointment, Dohman served ten years as chief of the Maple Grove Police Department. She joined the department in 1984 and served as an investigator, patrol officer, sergeant and captain before her promotion to chief in 2001. Dohman's nearly 33 years of law enforcement experience also includes serving as a patrol officer in Glencoe and Marshall.

2014 Alumnus of the Year: Gary Cunningham ('91)

2014 Alumnus of the Year: Gary Cunningham 

Metropolitan State University is honored to recognize Gary Cunningham as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Cunningham graduated from Metropolitan State in 1991 with a degree in public policy and later received a master's in public administration from Harvard University. He is the president and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), following seven years as vice president of programs and chief program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation.

Contact Alumni Relations Office: 651-793-1808 or alumni.relations@metrostate.edu

Kristine Hansen, Alumni Relations Director
651-793-1810 or kristine.hansen@metrostate.edu

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