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Two alumnae named as key External Relations leaders

Left to right: Karen Jothen and Beth Carney.
Left to right: Karen Jothen and Beth Carney.
Photo by Rebecca Zenefski '10.

Two new directors are joining the External Relations Division at St. Catherine University this summer, rounding out the leadership team overseeing the three offices that comprise the division: Alumnae Relations, Development, and Marketing and Communications.

Karen Jothen MAOL’06, who has enjoyed a long and varied career with Qwest Communications, will replace longtime Alumnae Relations Director Ruth Haag Brombach ’60 beginning July 20. Brombach will remain as alumnae liaison and a mentor to Jothen.

And, as of Aug. 1, Beth Riedel Carney ’82 will become the director of development. A Phi Beta Kappa alumna of St. Catherine — and a former St. Kate’s employee who spent 18 years in Admissions, Career Development and the President’s office — Carney most recently has been senior development officer for the College of St. Benedict.

Vice President for External Relations Marjorie Mathison Hance ’70 praised both new directors as visionary leaders who will help the University move in bold new directions.

She described Carney as “a warm, talented, seasoned development professional who will bring strong energy and strategy to her work,” and she noted that MAOL cofounder Julie Belle White-Newman has cited Jothen as “among the top 5 percent of MAOL students of all time.”

Jothen began her career at Qwest Communications in Minneapolis in 1978, serving in stakeholder relationships, employee volunteer leadership, and foundation and corporate philanthropy, among other areas. As president of Qwest Women of Minnesota in 2010, she increased membership by 300 percent in one year.

As director of development — a new position in the External Relations division — Carney will oversee the next capital campaign for St. Catherine, as well as major and planned gifts, the Annual Fund, corporate and foundation relations, and development information systems. In addition to her work at St. Kate’s and St. Ben’s, Carney has served as vice president for development at the Minnesota Private College Fund and as director of development and alumni relations at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis.

Both women have extensive community volunteer experience and have effectively led volunteers. Jothen chairs the TwinWest Chamber Business Education Partnership Committee and mentors an at-risk middle-school student through the Hope for Tomorrow program. Carney serves on the advisory board of the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching at Hamline University and has been active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

In her announcement to the St. Kate's community, Mathison Hance also noted Brombach’s “tremendous contributions” to the University, including her “loyalty, her personal knowledge of so many alumnae and her great commitment to making alumnae relations bigger and bolder.” St. Kate’s will formally acknowledge Brombach’s service during the coming academic year.

July 9, 2011 by Amy Gage

See also: Alumnae/i, Leadership