30 Minute Mentors Bios
Below are the alumni mentors for the Friday, September 19th 30 Minute Mentors Session. Students can register for a maximum of 2 meetings.
Nicki Sandberg, ’07 BA ’09 MURP
Children's Environmental Health Initiative - School of Natural Resources - University of Michigan
LinkedIn Profile URL: www.linkedin.com/in/nickisandberg
Professional Experience/Highlights: Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras (2010-12) doing business advising. Currently a GIS analyst working on environmental health.
Community Activities: Volunteer with local food policy/planning organizations
Advice to students/alumni interested in your academic field or profession: Having experience working with diverse communities will help you excel in urban planning, health and related fields.
Advice to students/alumni who are unsure about their career paths: Try a variety of jobs to see what you like before you settle on a career path.
When I was at U-M, I wish I had...taken full advantage of every opportunity to volunteer and work with local communities
Katrina Campos,’12, BA
Business Development Manager, Economic Development- Ann Arbor SPARK (Economic Development)
LinkedIn Profile URL: www.linkedin.com/in/katrinacampos/
Professional Experience/Highlights: Promoted after one year to a manager role, working with amazing companies to help them with their growth, and leading the development of an online tool called the Virtual Business Advisor.
Community Activities: Board Member of the AXIS Young Professionals Group in Brighton, MI
Advice to students/alumni interested in your academic field or profession: I was never aware that economic development was a career field when I was an undergrad student. It is incredibly rewarding and I learn something new every day! I would strongly suggest connecting with someone in the field early on and interning to see what this career path is all about.
Advice to students/alumni who are unsure about their career paths: Be open-minded and willing to take that leap of faith! Even if you are unsure of the job offer you just received right after graduation, take the risk. Even if it doesn't end up working out, those are hours of real world experience that can only help you as you apply for future opportunities.
Memorable U-M experience: Fall 2011 U of M vs. Notre Dame Game at the Big House. Go blue!
Eric Fretz, BA '89 MS '02 PhD '10
Faculty of U-M Psychology, CEO of Flat Rock Aesthetics
Professional Experience/Highlights: 20 yr. Navy (retired), 3 combat zone tours, run two small businesses, teach at U of M
Community Activities: Instructor with Red Cross, Scout leader-Boy Scout Troop 8, Mentor- UM Student Veterans Ass'n, Mentor - Washtenaw Veteran Court
Advice to students/alumni interested in your academic field or profession: Being GOOD at what you do (competence) is important. Being EXCELLENT at it is even better. Strive for excellence.
Advice to students/alumni who are unsure about their career paths: Try it! Failure is an inevitable part of progress. KEEP trying, or try something else. Do it with passion!
It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine because...EVERYWHERE you go, you find other Wolverines!
Jane DeLancey, BFA '79
DeLancey Design (Graphic Design for Marketing and Communcation)
Professional Experience/Highlights: Works with clients to develop marketing and communications strategies
Community Activities: Entrepreneur coaching
Jason Freeman, BA '00
Client Executive / VP, Employee Benefits Practice Leader, Hylant (consulting)
LinkedIn Profile URL : http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-freeman/10/107/5ba/
Professional Experience/Highlights: 15 years working with CEO, COO, CFO, and HR Professionals in and around SE Michigan
Community Activities: South Oakland YMCA Board of Directors and Annual Fundraising Chair, Boys and Girls Club Mentor, Chapter Advisory Board, Finance - Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity
Advice to students/alumni interested in your academic field or profession: Work hard and make a lot of friends.
Advice to students/alumni who are unsure about their career paths: Again, work hard and make a lot of friends. Those relationships will be critical when, and if, you ever figure out what you want to do. Some people are 40 years old and still haven't figured it out yet... and that's ok, as long as you're working hard at whatever you have committed to for that moment!!
Memorable U-M experience: Football and Hockey National Championships in the same year! GO BLUE!!!
When I was at U-M, I wish I had... I should have gone to Zingerman's - my first trip was 14 years later!! Best. Sandwiches. Ever.
Nancy Brucken, MS '85
Principal Statistical Programmer, inVentiv Health Clinical
LinkedIn Profile: URL https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancybrucken
Professional Experience/Highlights: Member of multinational industry team developing standards for regulatory submissions of clinical data
Community Activities: Volleyball referee and coach
Advice to students/alumni interested in your academic field or profession: Clinical trials are always evolving and changing, and no 2 days are alike- it has been a great ride so far.
Advice to students/alumni who are unsure about their career paths: Find something you like to do, and then it doesn't seem like work.