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Advisory Board

Guiding the work of the institute

The board of directors of the Alumnae Association of the College of Saint Teresa, which is partnering with SMU on this initiative, is currently comprised of the following distinguished CST alumnae:

Michelle Bailey

Michelle R. (Hass) Bailey
Sociology & Psychology, College of Saint Teresa, 1963

Post-Graduate Study:
MSW Social Work, University of Minnesota
Family Therapy Institute of St. Paul – 1 year post-masters

Career History: Worked two years for Minnesota Department of Public Welfare, 26 years for Catholic Charities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and 15 years for United Hospital. Michelle currently works part time at Lakeview and United Hospitals.

Michelle is married to Richard L. Bailey. They have two adult daughters: Danielle is a Saint Mary's University graduate and Patrice is a graduate of University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. She volunteers for St. Mary's Church, Washington County Historical Society, and Greely Nursing Home, all in Stillwater, MN. Michelle also currently serves as chairperson for the Board of Directors at Dunrovin Retreat Center, Marine on the St. Croix, a Christian Brothers Retreat Center offering many retreat services and focusing on children and youth and offering summer camps for the San Miquel children of the Christian Brothers schools. Michelle notes that "it has been a privilege to serve on the board of the STI for Women's Leadership."

Bridget Doyle

Dr. Bridget Doyle
Foods and Nutrition, College of Saint Teresa, 1963

Post-Graduate Study:
Ph.D. Gerontology, University of Missouri-Columbia
Specialist Certificate, University of Minnesota
MPH-Nutrition and Registered Dietitian

Career History: Worked as clinical dietitian in hospitals and clinics; Asst. Director Clinical Services, University Medical Center, Columbia, Mo.; Director Food Service/Clinical Services with two continuing care communities; Instructor-Normandale Community College; Asst. professor University of Missouri-Columbia; guest lecturer University of Minnesota School of Public Health; and workshop developer and presenter for national and state allied health groups. Currently clinical dietitian, Northfield hospital and instructor at National American University, Minneapolis, MN.

Semi-retired, Bridget lives in Eagan, MN. She belongs to St. John Neuman parish and is actively involved in their justice and charity programs as well as the Latino/Anglo community building program. Her group completed a two-week mission trip to San Lucas Tolimon, Guatemala in February 2009. Bridget is an Ignatian volunteer and works with Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly program in the Twin Cities. MICAH work is also part of her volunteer life. Bridget is a member of the College of Saint Teresa Alumnae Board with responsibility as communication link to the Saint Teresa Institute Advisory Board. When she has time, Bridget tries to attend good plays and music and likes to travel.

Susan Edel

Susan K. Edel
Mathematics, College of Saint Teresa, 1969

Career History: Winona City Council 1976-1985; Director of Women’s Issues, Saint Mary’s College 1986-89; Coordinator of Women’s Issues and Affirmative Action Officer, Saint Mary’s College 1989-90; Director of Women’s Issues, Director of Affirmative Action Officer, and Director of Institutional Research, Saint Mary’s College 1990-1994; Director of Research, Saint Mary’s College (changed to University in 1995) 1994-98; University Registrar and Director of the Office of Records and Research, Saint Mary’s
University 1998-2003; University Registrar, Saint Mary’s University 2003-present.

Bob and Susan have been married for 40 years and have three adult children and three wonderful grandchildren. Together, they enjoy camping and traveling. Susan’s personal interests are reading, paper crafts, and socializing with friends in various activities (bridge, book club, card-making, etc.). She has been involved in many local and regional non-profit organizations for many years. Currently, Susan serves as a trustee and finance council member for her parish, as a volunteer counselor and fundraiser for the local Birthright chapter (she has raised approximately $250K over the past 25+ years) and as a member of the executive and foundation board for Saint Anne Extended Healthcare. She is an active member of the local adoption support organization, serves as campaign treasurer for a local state representative and treasurer for non-profit Cstea House, cooks monthly for local homeless shelter, and is a member of Saint Teresa Institute Advisory Board and its academic committee.

Betty Ford

Betty Ford – Advisory Board Chair
Home Economics Education, College of Saint Teresa, 1975

Post-Graduate Study:
Minnesota State University Mankato

Career History: Home Economics Teacher from 1975-1986, Lyle and Fairfax Public Schools; Director of Conventions and Meetings (1992-2001), Reston, VA; Director of Meetings for Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association (2000-2004); Director of Meetings and Programs, Scientific Societies – association management company for six international scientific associations (2004-present), St. Paul, MN.

Betty moved to Minnesota in 2001 after 15 years in the Washington, D.C. area. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Convention Management Association, Advisory Board for OBR for the Rochester Franciscans, and the Advisory Board for the Austin, TX Convention and Visitors Association. She just completed six years as President of Hiddenshores Townhouse Association and is a member of the Saint Teresa Institute Advisory Board, chairing it from 2009-2011. Her interests include travel, hiking, biking, tennis, golf, cooking, and girl's/women’s basketball.

Janet Heukeshoven

Dr. Janet Heukeshoven – Current SMU Faculty member
Music Education, University of Minnesota, 1979

Post-Graduate Study:
BMA Instrumental Conducting, University of Wisconsin
M.M. in Flute Performance, Boston Conservatory

Career History: Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, Associate Professor of Music at Saint Mary's University, currently serves as Director of Bands and Music Education Program Coordinator. She directs the SMU Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, coaches chamber ensembles, teaches education methods coursework and applied flute lessons. She also performs on flute and piccolo with the La Salle Woodwind Quintet, the Winona Municipal Band, faculty recitals and other regional performances. Janet is an active adjudicator, guest conductor, flute/piccolo soloist and clinician throughout the region. She recently guest conducted the Tri-Metro High School Honor Band (Minneapolis), and Intercollegiate Honor Bands in Virginia (2008 CBDNA New Band Music Symposium), and in Minnesota at the MMEA State Music Education Mid-Winter Clinic in February 2008. In July of 2008, Janet performed throughout Europe as piccolo soloist (Vivaldi’s Concerto in C Major) with the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music.

Janet resides in Winona with her husband, Eric, and two sons. She is active in a variety of church activities (choir, music and worship committee, etc.) as well as the Lutheran Campus Center (LCC) and the Winona Garden Club. In addition to the STI Board, Janet serves on the LCC Board and the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association (MMEA) Board of Directors as the Collegiate Representative.

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Sharon Locy
English, College of Saint Teresa, 1963

Post-Graduate Study:
Ph.D. 19th Century British Literature, University of California, Davis

Career History: Professor, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

During her 35 years of teaching at Loyola Marymount University, Sharon also served at various times as the Director of the University Honors Program (12 years), Director of the Liberal Studies Program (eight years), member of the Dean’s Council, and member of the Academic Senate. Although her academic publications have been mostly on fiction and fiction writers (Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Sandra Cisneros, Flannery O’Connor), she published some short fiction and continues to write short stories. She is a team leader for hospitality at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica. Since retiring from teaching Sharon has been taking art classes, exercising a part of her brain which quite obviously has never been exercised before! If she could be reborn in this life she would like to be living in Italy.

Mercedes McGowen

Dr. Mercedes (Brabender) McGowen
Physics, College of Saint Teresa, 1961

Post-Graduate Study:
Ph.D. Mathematics Education, University of Warwick, Coventry, England
M.A., DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
University of California, Santa Barbara (NSF Institute)

Career History: Mercedes' career has included teaching at Canton Junior High School and Elgin High School (1979-1990); Curriculum Project Evaluator (2003-2007), Science and Mathematics Teachers Mentor (2001-2005), and Associate Professor, William Rainey Harper College (1990-2002); Adjunct Professor, Elgin Community College (computer science, 1984-1985) and National Lewis University (developmental studies program, 1998-2001); and National Lewis University Liberal Studies Program Advisory Board Member (2008-present).

Mercedes is married 48 years to William McGowen. They have four sons, twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Both Bill and Mercedes find great pleasure and relaxation in observing the birds and wildlife at their western Illinois retreat. Mercedes' interests include collecting antique glass cruets, painting and writing. Mercedes' involvement in community in addition to her position on the Saint Teresa Institute Advisory Board has been with the Mathematics Association of America Committee on Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation Task Forces; the National Research Council Learning Study II Planning Committee; the U.S. Department of Education Elementary & Middle School Teacher Preparation Task Force; Mathematical Sciences Education Board Elementary Teacher Preparation Task Force; and 23 years (20 as president of the board) with Poplar Creek Public Library as Treasurer, President and Trustee. She has had numerous research articles published in national and international refereed journals and co-authored two developmental algebra textbooks for college students. Mercedes continues to enjoy conducting professional development workshops for mathematics faculty and doing research on the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Sandy Maskell

Sandy Maskell
Social Work, College of Saint Teresa, 1984

Post-Graduate Study:
MSW Social Work, Hunter College School of Social Work
Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy

Career History: St. Joseph Youth Center (1984-1987); Director of Recreational Therapy, Dallas, TX, Vision/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (1987-1991); Coordinator of Direct Services and Assistant Director, Vacation Camp for the Blind, New York, NY; Catholic Big Brothers (for Boys & Girls), (1991-2000); Director of New Program Implementation, New York, NY, New Life (2000-2001); Director of Development, New York, NY, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; and Director of the Agency Resource Center, Philadelphia PA (2001-present).

Sandy has lived in Brooklyn NY for 21 years and commute several days a week to Philadelphia for work. She keeps some roots in the Midwest through her brother, Allen, niece, Janae (10), and nephew, Aiden (7). Sandy is currently a student at the Children’s Literature Institute (CT), pursuing her love of writing (she came up 3 credits short of a minor in English at CST!). She is a member of Saint Teresa Institute Advisory Board and its recent President.

Mary Siedow

Dr. Mary Dunn Siedow
English, College of Saint Teresa, 1964

Post-Graduate Study:
Ed.D. English, Indiana University

Career History: Directorships: NC Literacy Resource Center (1994-1992) and Durham County Literacy Council, NC (1987-94). Faculty, School of Education: North Carolina State University (1978-84), University of Houston (1974-76). Supervisory positions: Wake County Schools, NC, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, MI. Teacher: Durham County Schools, NC, Waconia Public Schools, MN, Lourdes High School, Rochester, MN.

Mary is semi-retired, working as a consultant for an innovative national adult literacy initiative. Her work with adult literacy providers includes designing program standards, conducting professional development workshops, and developing online courses. This affords her time to pursue other interests, including travel, learning Spanish, reading, gardening, and volunteering with several community organizations including Saint Teresa Institute. She and her husband, Jim, enjoy traveling to new places where they meet interesting people, learn about different cultures and find opportunities to snorkel. Mary’s volunteer activities include membership on the United Way, Friends of Duke University Libraries and NC Literacy Association boards of directors, in addition to her involvement on the Saint Teresa Institute Advisory Board.

Terri Wintering

Terri Wintering
History, College of Saint Teresa, 1973

Post-Graduate Study:
J.D. Law, William Mitchell College of Law

Career History: Minnesota House of Representatives DFL Research, 1976-1981; Legal Assistance of Olmsted County, Director and staff attorney, 1983-1988; Self employed in practice of law, 1988-present, focusing on family law and alternative dispute resolution. Lots of other smaller detours along the way!

Married to Terry Walters since 1981, Terri and Terry have two children: Michael, age 24, A U of M Law Student, and Martha, age 21, Saint Mary’s student and member of the Saint Teresa Institute. Terri enjoys volunteer work, gardening, movies, and family time. She volunteers on numerous projects including: Olmsted County Domestic Violence Committee; Rochester Area D.R.U.G; and Rochester Habitat for Humanity. She has also been a Sunday School and CCD teacher for many years and is active in state and local DFL organizations. Terri is currently the Chair of the Women’s Shelter Inc. Board of Directors in Rochester, MN and has been member of the Saint Teresa Institute Board since its inception, and has served as its President. She has also served as President for the CST Alumnae Association for many years.