Our Team

Holmes Center Leadership

Led by industry veterans, serial entrepreneurs, and esteemed faculty, the center's team teaches, connects and drives a community of entrepreneurs that impacts Minnesota and the world. 

Holmes Center Team Photo

John Stavig

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Professional Director
612-625-2485
stavi003@umn.edu
 

Roy Wetterstrom

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Undergraduate Director
612-624-6817
wette015@umn.edu

Shaker A. Zahra

Shaker Zahra

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Academic Director
612-626-6623
zahra004@umn.edu

Jessica Berg

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Director, MN Cup and WE*
612-625-9808
bergj@umn.edu

Carla Pavone

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Director, MIN-Corps
612-670-7293
pavo0003@umn.edu

Lauren Mehler Pradhan

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Director, Grow North
612-301-1762
lpradhan@umn.edu

Michaela Dean

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Operations & Communications Manager
612-625-9225
mjorr@umn.edu

Kara Gardeen

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Food Ag Ideas - Program Manager

312-273-0978

foodagideas@gmail.com

Holmes Center Internship Program - 2019 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 hce@umn.edu.

Marie Pallansch

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palla075@umn.edu