#BeaverFamily Feature: Teresa Hanson, Human Resources Staffing Specialist

BSU is committed to creating a university culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated – as committed to in the Bemidji State University Strategic Plan. The #BeaverFamily campaign was created to welcome and introduce our new faculty and staff, along with highlighting current employees!  

Leading the #BeaverFamily campaign is BSU’s Human Resource team. Learn some fun facts about them and watch for upcoming new #BeaverFamily posts each week! 


Teresa Hanson

Human Resources Staffing Specialist for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College
Start Date: December 2018

Q: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Bemidji, Minn., with five siblings and graduated from Bemidji High School, as did my dad. I’m also a proud graduate of Bemidji State University.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, camping, sitting around the campfire making s’mores and listening to episodes of “Ranger Bill,” an old-time radio show, biking, reading, doing puzzles, playing bingo, going to plays, both locally and in the Twin Cities and watching TV and movies with my husband, James.

Q: What is your favorite sports team?

The Minnesota Vikings. Though we devoted fans have been disappointed year after year, I remain optimistic they will advance to another Super Bowl in my lifetime.

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Growing up, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. I think because I was fortunate to have several great teachers and I wanted to grow up to be just like them.  After my first year at BSU, my career path changed to accounting and business administration and later to psychology. Instead of a teaching degree, I graduated in 1991 with a bachelor of science in applied psychology: human services with emphases in agency management, family & community health, gerontology and gerontology long-term care administration. I also received minors in data processing, business administration and psychology.

#BeaverFamily Feature: Carol Hess, Human Resources Specialist

BSU is committed to creating a university culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated – as committed to in the Bemidji State University Strategic Plan. The #BeaverFamily campaign was created to welcome and introduce our new faculty and staff, along with highlighting current employees!  

Leading the #BeaverFamily campaign is BSU’s Human Resource team. Learn some fun facts about them and watch for upcoming new #BeaverFamily posts each week! 


Carol Hess

Human Resources Specialist for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College
Start Date: February 2010

Q: Where are you from?

Bemidji, Minn.

Q: Why did you choose BSU?

It’s a great place to work!

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Gardening and reading.

Q: What is your favorite sports team?

The Minnesota Twins, of course.

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

An airline stewardess.

#BeaverFamily Feature: Megan Zothman, Chief Human Resources Officer

BSU is committed to creating a university culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated – as committed to in the Bemidji State University Strategic Plan. The #BeaverFamily campaign was created to welcome and introduce our new faculty and staff, along with highlighting current employees!  

Leading the #BeaverFamily campaign is BSU’s Human Resource team. Learn some fun facts about them and watch for upcoming new #BeaverFamily posts each week! 


Megan Zothman

Chief Human Resources Officer for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College
Start Date: March 2014

Q: Where are you from?

I was born and raised on the Iron Range in Hibbing, Minn. (aka – the Grand Canyon of the North). It will always be home sweet home to me.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish here at BSU?

When I started as an HR team member at BSU – it was a family decision to shift out of the retail environment that I had been working in since graduating college to have more time to focus on family. I then had the opportunity to transition into my current role as campus HR officer. Now – six years later – I have grown to understand my role within BSU/NTC and what we’ve set out to do in our Strategic Plan – most specifically in Priority 5: “Create a university culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome and validated.” I know I will walk into work one day and feel in my gut that we are ALL there. Safe. Welcome. Validated. Each individual, every team. I am so proud to see that we have identified this as part of our Strategic Plan – and even more excited to work towards this as a campus community. As an HR director – a priority like this speaks to the importance of not only the experience of our students, but also the experiences of our employees.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?

Honestly – my family. Is that an accomplishment? When I was dating my husband – I never quite knew what it really meant to get married and have a family. Now it is something I work on every single day – some days are amazing, others challenging. But seeing my husband and kiddos doing the little daily things – brushing teeth, laughing, eating dinner, reading books, telling stories, making messes, dancing, singing (lots of singing) – it really does feel like an accomplishment to me. I am certain there will be no other accomplishment in my lifetime – personal or career – that will ever outshine my family.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Bemidji?

Schummer’s Backwoods Bar and Grill. 1. 7 minutes from our house. 2. Laidback & kid-friendly. 3. The best chicken philly I have ever eaten.

Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

When I was in first grade – all I wanted to be was an author and illustrator of children’s books. My younger self would probably be disappointed that there is not yet a book showcased in the Hibbing Public Library with my name on it – but it is still definitely on the ‘life goals’ list.

#BeaverFamily Feature: Ashleigh Haugen, HR Business Partner

BSU is committed to creating a university culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated – as committed to in the Bemidji State University Strategic Plan. The #BeaverFamily campaign was created to welcome and introduce our new faculty and staff, along with highlighting current employees!  

Leading the #BeaverFamily campaign is BSU’s Human Resource team. Learn some fun facts about them and watch for upcoming new #BeaverFamily posts each week! 


Ashleigh Haugen

HR Business Partner for Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College
Start Date: February, 2017

Q: Where are you from?

Grew up in Roseau, MN and spent some time living in Eugene OR, Austin TX, Medora, ND and lastly Minneapolis, MN before deciding to lay roots down here in Bemidji.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Play in the sunshine with my two little boys! We usually go on walks looking for neat bugs, yellow flowers, and animal tracks.

Q: What is something – big or small – you’re good at?

I’m good at organizing my clothes closet at home. Sleeve length, color, and season.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Bemidji?

I’m a huge fan of the Reuben, so I would say CK Dudley’s Brisket Reuben.

Q: What is your life mantra?

Keep on Keepin’ On