Our Team

Allison Hohn

Executive Director -

Allison Hohn is the Executive Director of Grow North, leading strategy and growth for the organization.  Prior to joining Grow North in 2020, Allison spent 10+ years building a holistic understanding of the food product development cycle as a food scientist at Land O’Lakes and Target Corporation, where she mentored corporate accelerator companies on product development, go to market strategies, and scaled production.  She also serves as the Director of R&D for the 15/16 Group, an NYC-based consulting firm advising startups in various capacities.  Allison has been a part of the Twin Cities community her whole life;  a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, she holds a BS in Chemistry from Butler University, a Master’s in Food Science from CFANS, and a Master’s in Supply Chain Management from the Carlson School of Management, where she continues to serve as a student advisor. She currently resides in Minneapolis and when not working with startups or inventing new food products, can be found on area soccer fields coaching young women and demonstrating how to execute a proper nutmeg.

John Stavig

Director - The Holmes Center

The mission of the Holmes Center is to inspire, educate and connect the next generation of entrepreneurs. John Stavig leads the fundraising, development of outreach programs and implementation of new curriculum for undergraduate and MBA courses. He teaches experiential courses in entrepreneurship and advise students and alumni on new ventures. He was also part of the founding team for MN Cup, MIN-Corps and Grow North outreach programs.

Prior to returning to the University of Minnesota to teach and lead the development of the entrepreneurship center, John's professional background was in management consulting and private equity in the communications industry. As founding principal in $100 million equity fund, sourced investments and took leadership positions in startups that became industry leaders in online advertising and bundled communications services, while leading a roll-up of engineering services providers. 

Michaela Orr Dean

Operations Manager - Grow North

Michaela Orr is a proven project manager with full Lifecycle Management experience. She is a skilled collaborator and negotiator, able to lead cross functional teams to accomplish project objectives. At the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Michaela leads as the Operations Manager.


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