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Gophers of the Last Decade (GOLD) is a subset of alumni relations at the Carlson School that is specifically for recent graduates of the undergraduate program.

Led by a board of alumni volunteers, GOLD sponsors events throughout the year with the goal of connecting alumni to students, the Carlson School, and one another.  GOLD also participates in the Carlson School mentorship program, welcomes incoming freshmen to the Carlson School during Welcome Week, and congratulates graduating seniors on their entrance in to the alumni community.

GOLD creates an inclusive culture of Carlson School pride and tradition, life long learning, and stewardship for recent alumni of the undergraduate program.

Who Are GOLD Alumni?

GOLD Traditions

Alumni keep Carlson School traditions alive even after graduation. Celebrate Homecoming at the annual GOLD Soiree or return to campus for B-Week and connect with current students and fellow alums! 

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Who is the GOLD Board?

Dino Bilankov
’11 BSB, Finance
Dino is an MBA student at Harvard Business School, class of 2017. Before HBS, Dino spent four years in New York, working in investment banking and private equity roles. As a Carlson School student, he played tennis for the University of Minnesota's varsity team and served as a peer career coach at the Undergraduate Business Career Center. In addition to the GOLD Board, he is very involved with the New York Regional Alumni Board where he focuses on working with students and alumni interested in the investment banking industry. In his free time, Dino plays guitar, loves to travel, and maintains an active lifestyle by playing tennis and golf.

Inge Groth
‘12 BSB, Marketing & Entrepreneurial Management
Inge is a marketing business analyst at General Mills, working on Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and the Puff Brands.

Eric White
’13 BSB, Finance
Eric works in finance at Bluestem Brands. He likes biking, cooking/eating, playing ukulele, being in nature, and spending time with those he loves.

Maggie Manteuffell
’08 BSB, Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management 
Maggie resides in Wausau, Wisconsin with her husband Adam, and recently accepted a new role as the eCommerce marketing manager for Her personal interests include unicorns, glitter, and Chipotle.

Paul Zheng
'10 BSB, Human Resources and Industrial Relations
Paul works in Career Services on the St. Paul Campus at the University of Minnesota. Paul’s career goal is to continue working with students and recent grads to further develop and improve their skills, knowledge, and experience. He likes to salsa and swing dance, play tennis and basketball, and volunteer with Highland Friendship Club in his spare time.

Randall Mendenhall
’07 BSB, Marketing
Randall’s professional interests include marketing strategy, branding, and product development and the power of video in marketing. Outside of work, he enjoys playing and watching sports (especially Golden Gopher athletics), gaming, animation, and science fiction movies.

Manu Narayanan
’13 BSB, Finance
Manu is a financial analyst at General Mills in the Small Planet Foods Division. Manu is an avid traveler and actively seeks new adventures around the world.

Jesse Ng
'11 BSB, Actuarial Science 
Jesse serves on the GOLD board to encourage Carlson School students as they traverse through the exciting challenges and opportunities of their academic careers. He loves traveling, running, and exploring the Twin Cities.

Caitlin Opatz
’12 BSB, Finance Human Resources
Caitlin works in the sourcing department of Target Corp. As a Carlson School student, she served as a mentor in the First Generation Mentorship program, and guided first-year students as a Welcome Week and orientation leader.

Nick Pilger
’10 BSB, Public and Nonprofit Management and Human Resources
Nick is a senior manager of Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society where he has been pursuing his lifelong passion of finishing the fight against cancer for more than four years.

Jorden Taveirne
’11 BSB, Finance and International Business
Jorden is a financial analyst at General Mills. In her role, Jorden develops pricing and merchandising strategy for the Yoplait Brands. As a student, Jorden studied abroad in both Venezuela and Spain, and was involved in Women in Business, SAFA, and Delta Sigma Pi.  In her free time, Jorden enjoys cooking, softball, running, and playing with her Goldendoodle, Decker.

Luting Cheng
’14 BSB, Finance and Entrepreneurial Management
Luting works in the finance function of Accenture. During college, she studied abroad in Argentina and plans to travel more in the future. You can often spot her drinking a chai tea latte, walking around Lake Calhoun, or trying new happy hour spots around Minneapolis.  

Carolyn Watkins
'12 BSB, Public and Nonprofit Management and International Business
Carolyn currently works at Room & Board and lives in Minneapolis.

Demi Radeva
'14 BSB, Finance and International Business
Demi is a Healthcare Consultant for Optum Consulting at UnitedHealth Group. As a Carlson School student, she was involved in the Carlson Funds Enterprise as an Associate Portfolio Manager and Equity Research Analyst. Demi was also part of the Carlson Business Week Committee. In addition to the GOLD Board, Demi serves as the Membership and Communications Chair for UnitedHealth Group/Carlson School of Management Alumni Club where she focuses on working with Carlson alumni currently employed by UnitedHealth Group and focuses on bringing people together to network and foster relationships within the company. In her free time, Demi likes to travel and spend time at the beach.

Ellen Dobbs
'14 BSB, Accounting

Ellen is a Risk Assurance Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers. As an undergraduate, Ellen traveled to Italy for a semester-long study abroad, participated in Carlson Crew, served as a mentor in the First Generation Mentorship Program and to international students, and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. In her free time, Ellen enjoys traveling, trips to the cabin, and Jazzercise.    


Questions on how to get involved? Email Mandy Iverson, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.