Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship Team

John Stavig

Managing Director

Morgan Kerfeld

Associate Director


Mary Benner

Academic Director

Professor & Department Chair

Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

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Allison Hohn

Executive Director, Naturally Minnesota


Ashley Mahoney

Director, Co-Principal Investigator, MIN-CORPS

Kailin Oliver

Associate Director, MN Cup
Phone: 612-625-9225

Malik Samuel

Program Coordinator, MN Cup


Allison McDonald

Marketing and Events Manager

Phone: 763-647-0681


Roy Wetterstrom

Undergraduate Director
Phone: 612-624-6817

Deb Miedema

Innovator Outreach and Development Specialist, MIN-CORPS
Phone: 612-703-2010

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Mari Tadesse

DEI Program Manager

Holmes Center Internship Program - 2023 Holmes Center Interns

The Holmes Center Internship Program is an opportunity for students to get a front-row seat to Minnesota's growing and dynamic entrepreneur ecosystem. Past interns have gone on to join startups as well as industry-leading companies. Interested in joining the team? Send your resume to

Bella Thuras

I am Bella Thuras, a Junior at Carlson Studying Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management, with the hopes of getting into corporate event planning (and possibly my own business)! At the Holmes Center I do a little bit of everything, but my focus has been on Naturally MN and WE*.

Fun fact: I have earned my white belt in Taekwondo.

Sarah Haile


I'm a fourth-year Applied Economics & Political Science Major. I have been working at the Holmes center for almost 2 years. My favorite part of the job is meeting entrepreneurs across Minnesota and collaborating with all the inspiring people here.

Fun Fact: I can do a handstand

Nora Vuong


I am in my fourth year as an Entrepreneurial Management major and a Fashion Studies and Interdisciplinary Design minor. I had the awesome opportunity to collaborate with many well-known brands worldwide, so I have developed a keen interest in helping The Holmes Center of Entrepreneurship. In my free time, I am usually doing photography, reading a book, drawing, or going on a walk.

Fun fact: I auditioned to be on Disney Channel when I was 9 and worked with Flynn from "Shake it Up"

Tianna Nguyen


I'm a graphic design major and UX/UI minor, currently working as a freelance designer and muralist. I enjoy working with the Holmes team and love learning new things!

Fun fact: I can make a "W" shape with my tongue.

Ryan Olk


I am from Eden Prairie, MN, and extremely excited to be a part of the HCE team. I love all things outdoors and enjoy playing sports and guitar in my free time.

Fun fact: I love building Legos

Mary Patterson


I am a second-year student studying Economics and minoring in Management with a financial focus. I'm involved in Greek Life, am on the executive board for UMN Scholars of Finance, and am a collegiate figure skater! In my free time, I love to read, listen to music, explore places I've never been to, and spend time with family & friends.

Fun Fact: I was born without any wisdom teeth!

Jake White


I am Jake White, a third-year student at the Carlson School of Management, majoring in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance. I aspire to start my own business, and I am excited to join and work with the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship team. I enjoy being active outside, playing pickleball, and learning new things.

Fun Fact: I have snowboarded on a volcano