Hannah Brandt

Alumni Board Chair

South High School

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Social Worker, Frenius Kidney Care

Being on the Wallin EP Alumni Board is a way for me to give my time and energy to an organization that supported me, both financially and otherwise, through college. Working to engage more alumni and current scholars is a small way of showing my appreciation for their support!

                                    Cathryn Baker

Edison High School

University of St. Thomas

Communications Supervisor, Corporate Marketing Sales, 3M

I believe in organizations like Wallin Education Partners that go above and beyond to pave paths which help others realize their goals. When I look back on all of the efforts that have contributed to my success, I am immensely grateful that Wallin was a part of my journey. We all have a responsibility to pay forward and replicate the benevolence that enters our lives–that is why I volunteer.


                              Meghan Johnson

South High School

Gustavus Adolphus College

Financial Advisor, Thrivent

I am proud to serve on the Wallin Education Partners Board because I believe wholeheartedly in the mission and want to give back to the foundation that provided me such great support and guidance. 


                                  Sorany Ka

Roosevelt High School

University of St. Thomas

Senior Accounting Officer, State of Minnesota

I am on the Wallin Education Partners alumni board because I wanted to have a purpose in life other than my normal 9 to 5. Also being on the board gives me the joy of giving back to the organization that supported me, and that continues to give many opportunities to the most awesome(est) students! 

                                 JC Madison 

Blaine High School

St. John’s University

Lead Lab Technician, Saputo Inc.

As a first-generation student, Wallin Education Partners afforded me significant means to receive a college education and attain a successful career, and pursue a plethora of goals that would otherwise have been stifled by the burden of greater debt from education. I volunteer to help make sure that other students get those same opportunities. 

                            Kelly Rodriguez

Edison High School

University of St. Thomas

Buyer, Target Headquarters

As a Wallin Alumni scholar, I benefited from the scholarship and mentorship I received throughout my college career. Without the help of Wallin EP, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I volunteer on the Alumni board because I want to pay forward the experience I received and continue to create opportunities for people where they wouldn’t otherwise exist.


Shayla Thacker


Johnson High School

University of Minnesota

Commercial Banking Portfolio Manager, U.S. Bank

Wallin Education Partners is an incredible organization that is doing critical work – work that I have personally been a beneficiary of. As a Wallin EP Alumni and Minnesota professional, I think it is important to give back in strategic and relevant ways – what better way to achieve that than to volunteer on the Wallin Alumni Board?