Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Brenda Ellingboe, MAOL, PhD

    Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership

    Dr. Brenda Ellingboe has 14 years of experience teaching English to multilingual students. In December 2012, she was one of 20 recipients to win Teacher of the Year in a nationwide, annual competition from the ELS/Berlitz Company. As an MAOL graduate (2005), she has a passion for encouraging the heart and enjoys serving as the writing coach for Foundations of Leadership and Ethics, the first course in the program. She loves that MAOL is an interdisciplinary program that is also cross-culturally aware of differences in our society today. It is a leadership program that is willing to change with the times and is flexible and adaptable to grow in the future.

  • Jeanne Bailey, PhD

    Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership

    Dr. Jeanne Bailey is the founder of Convergence Consulting Partners. She brings with her 25 years of experience leading as a nonprofit CEO, teaching scientists and engineers to be leaders, and serving as a “thinking partner” for health center re-strategy and change. Dr. Bailey has been teaching for 12 years, and in 2021 was received the “Teacher of the Year” award given at St. Catherine University. She teaches Foundations of Leadership and Ethics and Advanced Principles of Leadership and Ethics in MAOL. She enjoys helping students develop a solid ability to translate theory into practice, as well as discover and apply their strengths and insights to make a difference in the world.

  • Kabo Yang, MAOL

    Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership

    Kabo Yang is a Strategic Services Senior Consultant at Propel Nonprofits and former Executive Director of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium. She brings a community leadership perspective, as well as her perspective as a woman of color and former refugee, to her teaching. She helps students leverage their core values and identities as strengths and assets to their leadership. As an MAOL graduate, she loves that students genuinely care about others and use their knowledge, experience, and power to advance equity. She’s taught Foundations of Leadership and Ethics, Leading Teams, and Advanced Practice in Change Leadership.

  • Kristin Morris, EdD

    Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership

    Dr. Kristin Morris is CEO & Principal Consultant of Genesis Consulting Services, LLC. She has been teaching adults for 13 years, merging theory and practice to foster a robust learning experience and environment for students. It is important to her to provide a safe space for experiential learning and growth. In her 16 years of leadership experience, she is most proud of winning the Provider of the Year Award for Ramsey County. Dr. Morris is excited to join MAOL for both the people-centered focus of the program and the focus on diverse, inclusive, and equitable leadership.
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  • Kristin Tupa, MBA

    Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership

    Kristin Tupa currently works as a sustainability manager at Cargill, Inc. and brings over two decades of experience in a large, global corporation working in agriculture and food. She has worked with customers in the EU, Asia, and South and Central America, as well as with well-known brands in the U.S. like McDonald's and Target. She earned her MBA from the University of Minnesota while working at Cargill, so she understands what it is like to balance work and school. She helps students build confidence in their knowledge, gifts, and talents. She loves the intellectual energy in MAOL courses, which comes from working with students from across business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

  • Marisol Chiclana-Ayala, MPA

    Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership

    Marisol Chiclana-Ayala, MPA, has over 30 years of experience in government and non-profit sectors. As a woman of color, and immigrant from Puerto Rico, she understands the challenges immigrants face. She brings both her real-life experiences and her professional expertise to the areas of public health, business administration, organizational development, and equity. Her most exciting accomplishment to date was leading a team of over 70 public health professionals in the COVID-19 response. She has taught for MAOL since 2018 in both the Study Abroad program and the Difference, Conflict, and Inclusion course.

  • Milpha Blamo, MNM

    Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership

    Milpha Blamo is the Vice President of Talent and Culture at the Minneapolis Foundation. She has 16 years of field and academic experience in nonprofit management, individual leadership and team development, and human resources (including talent acquisition, training, development, retention, and culture building). She is most proud of bringing industry expertise and thought leadership to nonprofit and advisory boards, including the Forbes Human Resources Council. As a teacher, Milpha’s goal is to help students develop their individual leadership skills and understand how their leadership influences others.

  • Philomena Morrissey Satre

    Adjunct Faculty, Organizational Leadership

    Philomena Morrissey Satre brings 33 years of experience leading in corporations, community nonprofits, and a co-op. She currently serves as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships at Land O’Lakes. A highlight of her career includes being asked to co-lead the Twin Cities Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable. Philomena is an MAOL graduate and has taught Leading Organizational Change for seven years, with the goal of supporting students to apply their class-based learning to the workplace. She loves the strategic pillars of the program and embraces the importance of being an ethical, enduring, and effective leader.

  • Sharon Radd, EdD

    Associate Professor & Program Director, Organizational Leadership

    Sharon Radd is Associate Professor and Program Director in the MA-Organizational Leadership program at St.Catherine University. She is also an Equity Fellow with the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; the Founder and Lead Consultant of ConsciousPraxis based out of Minneapolis; and a Senior Partner with The 5 Practices Group. With 20+ years of experience in public education as a school administrator, professional development facilitator, and school social worker, Radd holds a BA in Liberal Arts from UW-River Falls; a BS in Social Work and an MS in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State Mankato; and an Ed.