Ellen graduated from St. Olaf in 2007 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in women's studies. After working in fundraising at nonprofit organizations in Washington D.C. and Minneapolis, she returned to the Hill in 2014 to work in the Development Office. Ellen became the Director of Engagement, Alumni and Parent Relations in 2021. She has a special interest in music and was a three-year member of the St. Olaf Band. 

Ellen's favorite St. Olaf memories are the two trips she's taken to Norway: One as a student in 2005 with the St. Olaf Band, St. Olaf Choir, and St. Olaf Orchestra, and another as a staff member in 2019 with the St. Olaf Choir and St. Olaf Orchestra. Ellen enjoys working with alumni, parents, and friends of the College who care as much as she does about the future of St. Olaf.

Ellen lives in Owatonna, MN with her husband Barry and their two young children. She enjoys reading and spending time at her family cabin near Lutsen, MN. 

St. Olaf Magazine article about Ellen.

Areas of interest and expertise

  • Alumni relations

  • Reunion fundraising and volunteer management

  • Major Gifts

  • Planned Gifts


  • B.A., St. Olaf (2007)

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