Ozzie met the love of his life, Ann Musser '95, at Grinnell College as a freshman in 1992 and lost her after a 3 year battle against ovarian cancer on September 29, 2014. Since losing his partner of 22 years, he has been sole-parenting their children Zeytin (12) and Ronan (7) and learning a lot from them. He is a columnist, movie producer, actor, graphic designer and realtor turned rapper/stay-at-home dad
Jean Kummerow '71
Dr. Jean Kummerow is a psychologist/consultant/author/trainer with her own business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She specializes in leadership/management development and coaching and team building has worked with a variety of for-profit, non-profit and government organizations. She is a leadership coach and coordinates the coaching consultants for the Blandin Foundation’s Community Leadership Program, a program developing leaders from Minnesota’s rural communities. She trains professionals internationally in the use of psychological instruments, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) and the MBTI Step II™ assessments. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Women. She was named one of Minnesota’s best-known experts in career development to commemorate 50 years of vocational and career support by the Minnesota Career Development Association. A number of years ago, she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as an expert on psychological testing and was featured in a short television spot on the Smart Women series.
She writes on topics such as psychological type, leadership development, team building, communication styles, career development, and adult life-stages. She co-authored the MBTI Step II Interpretive Report as well as interpretive materials on the Step II including a User’s Guide, a chapter on “Leadership and the Step II” in Developing Leaders, Understanding Your MBTI Step II Results, and Working with MBTI Step II Results. Her chapter “Uses of Type in Career Counseling” appears in the MBTI Manual. She is co-author of Introduction to Myers-Briggs® Type in Organizations, LIFETypes, and WORKTypes. The light-hearted Type Indicator for Pets is also one of her endeavors. Her edited work New Directions in Career Planning and the Workplace won a Choice award. She has written several handouts for CAPT on type verification, type dynamics, communication and teams. She also blogs at www.capt.org/type-for-life-blog/. She has contributed to the Journal of Psychological Type (JPT). Her research on verifying type is considered the prototype for such studies. She has received several awards for her research and articles on type bias and on community leaders.
In her “non-work” life, she volunteers with the Minneapolis Public Schools helping ESL students learn the English language and the American culture. She also volunteers at Pathways Minneapolis, a health crisis support center where she teaches classes on managing stress and on developing “Healing Circles” to support those in health crises through devising and enacting group healing “rituals.” She also worked with her father, now a 102 year old food chemist, in writing a book on nutrition by “translating” his scientific explanations and research into layperson’s terms. She belongs to two book clubs and loves to travel (and read books on the plane). She is a certified water exercise instructor and teaches classes in her condo building where she is also on the Board of Directors. Her two adult children live in Sydney, Australia and New York City.
Previously she held positions as a Consulting Psychologist with a management consulting firm, and as a Counselor, Instructor and Research Associate at the University of Minnesota. Her doctorate is in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology from that same institution. Her BA is from Grinnell College in Iowa. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Minnesota.
Saxophonist and ethnomusicologist Mark Laver is an Assistant Professor of Music at Grinnell College, where he directs the jazz band and teaches classes on jazz and popular music. As a performer, Professor Laver has shared the stage with such leading jazz and improvising artists as Lee Konitz, William Parker, Dong-Won Kim, Seamus Blake, NEXUS, Kurt Elling, Eddie Prévost, Hugh Fraser, and Phil Nimmons. He has also been a featured soloist with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, and the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble. He was profiled in the “Canadian Rising Stars” issue of The Music Scene/La Scena Musicale in 2005.
Rebecca Mwase '07
Rebecca Mwase is a Zimbabwean-American theater and performance artist, creative consultant, producer, and cultural organizer working at the intersection of art and social justice. She has trained with ArtSpot Productions, Dah Theater, the Highlander Center for Research & Education, Urban Bush Women and Junebug Productions in cultural organizing, devising and storytelling. As an ensemble member of ArtSpot Productions, Rebecca received a 2010 Big Easy Award for Best Original Work for "Go Ye Therefore...", and a 2013 Big Easy for Best Ensemble for "Kiss, Kiss Julie." She also received a Grinnell College Wall Alumni Service Award in 2010 for her work as Program Director with ArtSpot’s educational program Individuals Relating & Overcoming Conflict, a theatre-centered character development and conflict resolution program. Her work has toured nationally and internationally, and her projects have been funded by Alternate ROOTS, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, the National Performance Network, the Rockefeller MAP Fund and Theatre Communications Group. She is a 2016 A Blade of Grass-David Rockefeller Fund Joint Fellow in Criminal Justice. Rebecca's most recent original works are her solo piece Looking at A Broad, Last Call’s Alleged Lesbian Activities, and ArtSpot Productions’ Cry You One. She is a co-director and co-founder of LOUD (New Orleans Queer Youth Theater).
Christine Thorburn '92
Christine was born and raised in eastern Iowa. She attended Grinnell College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree with Chemistry Major in 1992. The following year she completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Nepal with focus on the beliefs and practices of caregivers of children with diarrheal disease. Then, she completed medical school at Stanford University in 1999 and went on for Internal Medicine Residency and Rheumatology Fellowship, also at Stanford University School of Medicine. After a post-doctoral research fellowship in the genetic epidemiology of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus at University of California San Francisco, she opted to enter private clinical practice at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in 2006 where she continues to care for patients in Rheumatology. She is now also a Board Member of the large multispecialty group practice and Medical Director of the affiliated research institute. Along the way, she started road cycling racing in 1998 during medical school and ultimately competed for the United States in the summer Olympics in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 where she competed in both the road race and individual time trial. She finished just out of the medals in her better event, the time trial, both years, achieving 4th in 2004 and 5th in 2008. Cycling remains an important part of her life with her husband Ted Huang, with whom they share hours of exercise and vacation by bicycle. They also enjoy relaxing at home with their two canine children, Bella and Phoebe.
David Opong-Wadee '12
David Opong-Wadee, from Washington DC, is a Class of 2012 alumnus of Grinnell College. While attending Grinnell, he majored in Political Science, with a concentration in American Studies. David began his political career as an intern in the DC office of former US Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), before eventually serving as a legislative intern in the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Upon graduating, David took his first job as a field organizer with the Delaware Democrats. Shortly thereafter, he joined President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, in Dubuque, Iowa, assisting a successful push for the president's second term. Upon returning to DC after the election, David joined the office of US Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) as a staff assistant, and quickly rose to the position of Legislative Assistant. As a Congressional staffer, David began handling issues such as Education, Health Care, Small Business, Workforce Development, as well as Appropriations requests for the Congressman. After almost three years on Capitol Hill, David returned to campaigns, working as senior staff--Southern Regional Political Director--to former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley during his campaign for President. Following the end of O'Malley's campaign, David returned to DC to start his own campaign consulting firm--Forward Progress, LLC--assisting with strategy and field operation for multiple elections ranging from city council and mayoral races to Congressional primaries. He is currently working as a Regional Director for a non-partisan voter registration campaign in Florida. David's commitment to public service has guided his career. He remains focused on the strong foundation of social justice that he received at his alma mater, while looking to civically engage millennials towards shaping a more inclusive, equitable future.
Tony Perman is an ethnomusicologist at Grinnell College specializing in the music of Zimbabwe. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the semiotics of emotion and spirituality in Ndau performance practices in southeastern Zimbabwe, having written previously about mbira music, aesthetics, religious experience, and popular music in Zimbabwe in Ethnomusicology, Ethnomusicology Forum, The Journal of Musicological Research, The Journal of Religion in Africa, African Music, and a forthcoming article in African Studies Review. He has played and taught the mbira dzavadzimu and mbira dzaVaNdau for many years, having been taught primarily by Chartwell Dutiro, Tute Chigamba, Musekiwa Chingodza, Davison Masiza, Zombiyi Muzite, and Zivanai Khumbula.