Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship Team

John Stavig

John Stavig

Managing Director

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Mary Benner

Academic Director

Professor & Department Chair

Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

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Allison Hohn

Executive Director, Naturally Minnesota


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Ashley Mahoney

Director, Co-Principal Investigator, MIN-CORPS

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Kailin Oliver

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

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Malik Samuel

Program Coordinator, MN Cup


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Allison McDonald

Marketing and Events Manager

Phone: 763-647-0681


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Roy Wetterstrom

Undergraduate Director
Phone: 612-624-6817

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Deb Miedema

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

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

Maggie McLaughlin

Maggie McLaughlin

I am in my fourth year studying Entrepreneurial Management and minoring in Finance. I have been at the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship for over two years now, and I am hoping to take my skills to a position in a startup or in the fashion industry after graduation in the spring. In my free time I like to try new restaurants, explore Minneapolis, and paint!

Fun fact: My two favorite cities are New York and Florence.

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Sarah Haile

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Nora Vuong


I am in my third 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"

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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.

Isabella Thuras

Isabella Thuras

I am Bella Thuras, a Sophomore at Carlson Studying Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, with the hopes of getting into early-stage investing (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.

Lauren Austin

Lauren Austin


I'm majoring in marketing and international business with a minor in history. I have previous experience working for a non-profit in logistics and am currently interning at Taking Stock Foods. I'm passionate about CPG marketing, travel, learning languages, running, and history.

Fun Fact: I scrubbed into surgery when I was 16 in Honduras.

Ryan Olk

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