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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

2011 Presenters

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Jean M. Kummerow

Facilitator of Assessment Process

Dr. Jean M. Kummerow is a psychologist, consultant, author and trainer.  With over 30 years of experience in leadership/management development and coaching, team building, and career counseling, she is a recognized international expert on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument, and is the author of the MBTI Step II Interpretive Report.



Belinda Miles Dr. Belinda Miles currently serves as President of Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus serving more than 7,000 ethnically diverse urban and suburban students in a variety of career and transfer programs that lead to the associate degree. On a campus comprised of more than 200 acres, Dr. Miles is currently leading the first of three phases of a ten year master plan exceeding $47 million and including a new Health Careers and Technology building opened in January 2011, a One Stop Shop for comprehensive student services, flexibly formatted technology based Studio Classrooms, a Culinary Arts Kitchen and student-run restaurant, and a natatorium. Dr. Miles previously served the College as Dean of Academic Affairs and in other dean roles. Other prior positions include faculty and administrative posts at LaGuardia Community College, Nassau Community College, Columbia University, and the University of Akron.

Lynn Gangone Dr. Lynn Gangone is dean of the Women’s College at the University of Denver. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education as a senior administrator, faculty member, lobbyist, and consultant. Gangone also serves on the faculties of HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration, HERS Institute for Women in Higher Education at the University of Denver, and American College Personnel Association Donna A. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute.
Scott Olson Dr. Scott Olson is provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Olson has secured approximately $21 million in private donations, $5 million in grants, and $1 million in state and federal appropriations for higher education projects. He was co-author of iCommunication, a $20 million project funded by The Lilly Endowment to study digital media. In 2004, Olson won an Emmy Award and a Cine Golden Eagle award as executive producer of the documentary Squeakers.
Margaret Preska Dr. Margaret Preska is President Emerita of Minnesota State University Mankato. She served as President from 1979-1992. Dr. Preska is a Distinguished Service Professor for Minnesota State Universities and a small business owner for Robinson Preska Management Co.
Jonathon Zierdt Mr. Jonathon Zierdt is president and CEO of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Zierdt helped create that organization in 2007 by merging the Greater Mankato Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Greater Mankato Economic Development Corporation, a union that maximizes resources and offers Greater Mankato a robust, innovative source of regional and community initiatives. Zierdt’s career is distinguished by his dedication to community-based organizational leadership.
Helen B. Preddy Helen B. Preddy conducts Alternative Dispute Resolution seminars both in Minnesota and throughout the country, facilitating workshops for institutions of higher learning, government employees, corporate professionals and members of the legal and health care professions. Helen is also an attorney practicing in Minnesota. She is the President and CEO of U.S. Arbitration and Mediation of Minnesota, Inc., where she is a mediator both in Minnesota and throughout the United States. She received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN. She received her mediation training and advanced work from CDR in Boulder, Colorado and the Harvard Negotiation Project in Cambridge, MA.

Mary Trettin Dr. Mary Trettin is an Associate to Northland College, performing duties and projects on behalf of the liberal arts college with a sustainability focus in northern Wisconsin. Her recent experience included several years at the University of Minnesota as the associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Education and Human Development. Mary's experience includes work with policy issues related to educator preparation and development. She served as a state and national leader in teacher education through leadership as president and board member of state and national organizations related to educator development. Mary's work at the University of Minnesota included presentations to state education faculty about state and federal policy impact on education programs. Diversity issues, workplace structures and development, and student support issues have also been topics of study and presentation.