Council staff as well as at our member institutions are available to answer questions about policy issues or research.

Council policy & research contacts

Leadership for the Council's policy efforts comes from Paul Cerkvenik, president, and Alison Piumbroeck Groebner, our director of government relations and community affairs — in consultation with the Policy Committee of the board. If you’re looking for other Council staff, please head to our full staff list.

Alison Groebner

Alison Piumbroeck Groebner

Director of Government and Community Relations

Alison joined the Council in 2018. She was most recently the Director of Government Affairs at the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Prior to her five years at the Commerce Department, she worked in the Minnesota State Senate. Alison is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas, where as an undergraduate she was the recipient of the Spirit of St. Thomas Award for Outstanding Leadership as well as the Global Citizen Award.

Megan Rozowski

Megan Rozowski

Director of Research and Policy Development

Megan joined the Council in 2012. She leads the Council’s research efforts, providing data and analysis to support the Council’s policy agenda and admissions work. She previously worked as a research analyst for Applied Policy Research, Inc., a higher education net revenue management consulting company. Megan earned a B.A. in Economics from Carleton College and Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Mitch Radtke

Mitch Radtke

Senior Research Analyst

Mitch joined the Council in 2020. He coordinates the Council’s research projects and maintains the quality of its data. He previously worked as a data analyst at Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing poverty and increasing economic opportunity. He recently taught political science and research methodology courses at St. Olaf College and Bucknell University. Mitch earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of St. Thomas and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

Olivia Brammer

Olivia Brammer

Advocacy and Communications Coordinator

Olivia joined the Council in 2023. She coordinates student advocacy for the State Grant program during the legislative session and supports the Council’s communications projects and events. Prior to joining the Council, Olivia was a Special Education Teacher and spent time as a grassroots organizer for nonprofits and community groups. Olivia graduated from Augsburg University with a Bachelor of Arts, where she studied Special Education and Political Science. She currently is a graduate student at Bethel University, studying Educational Leadership.

Campus legislative contacts

The campus legislative contacts listed below are the lead contacts at our member institutions on policy matters.

Augsburg University

Rachel Farris
Director of Public Relations and Internal Communication
Tel: 612-330-1476
Email: [email protected]

Bethany Lutheran College

Lance Schwartz
Director of Institutional Communication
Tel: 507-344-7427
Email: [email protected]

Bethel University

Tim Hammer
Director of Marketing
Tel: 651-638-6784
Email: [email protected]

Carleton College

Elise Eslinger
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Tel: 507-222-5597
Email: [email protected]

Helen Clarke
Associate Vice President for Communications
Tel: 507-222-4183
Email: [email protected]


College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University

Stuart Perry
Executive Director of Financial Aid
Tel: 320-363-5047
Email: [email protected]

Ben Stommes
Strategic Analytics & Financial Strategy, Director
Tel: 320-363-5116
Email: [email protected]

The College of St. Scholastica

Rick Revoir
Dean of Strategic Development & Professor
Tel: 218-723-6424
Email: [email protected] 

Concordia College, Moorhead

Eric Addington
Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Financial Aid
Tel: 218-299-3887
Email: [email protected]

Brandon Wente
Associate Director of Admission
Tel: 218-299-3145
Email: [email protected]

Concordia University, St. Paul

Bruce P. Corrie
Associate Vice President, University Relations
Tel: 651-641-8226
Email: [email protected]

Eric LaMott
Provost and Chief Operating Officer
Tel: 651-641-8729
Email: [email protected]

Gustavus Adolphus College

Tim Kennedy
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Tel: 507-933-6395
Email: [email protected]

Hamline University

Jeff Pappas
Director of Communications
Tel: 651-523-2953
Email: [email protected]

Macalester College

Sara Suelflow
Director of Digital Engagement and Public Affairs, Communications and Marketing
Tel: 651-696-6307
Email: [email protected]

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Nick Raverty
Assistant to the President
Email: [email protected]

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Ann Merchlewitz
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Tel: 507-457-1587
Email: [email protected]

St. Catherine University

LaNita Robinson
Associate Vice President of Financial Aid and Enrollment
Tel: 651-690-6061
Email: [email protected]

St. Olaf College

Chris George
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Tel: 507-786-3775
Email: [email protected]

University of Northwestern – St. Paul

Greg Johnson
Vice President for Strategy and Chief of Staff
Email: [email protected]

University of St. Thomas

Amy McDonough
Chief of Staff and Liaison to the Office of the President
Tel: 651-962-6030
Email: [email protected]

Jerome Benner
Director of Community and Neighborhood Relations
Tel: 651-962-6063
Email: [email protected]