#BeaverFamily Feature: Justin Walters

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 employee’s.

Justin Walters
SUCCESS Coach
Start Date: August 27, 2021

Q:Where are you from?

Most recently, Indiana, but for most of my life I’ve lived in Columbus, Georgia. I’ve moved around quite a bit in my life.

Q:Why did you choose BSU?

I wanted to try out Minnesota for multiple reasons, but one big one was the natural beauty and the harsh winters. With respect to Bemidji State I wanted to get in on the ground floor of the SUCCESS program because I wish I had had something like it when I was going through my undergraduate, and Bemidji seemed like an institutional fit for me.

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

To do good. As much as I can, for as long as I can, that’s my goal anywhere I go. I hope that I can help young people to avoid the kind of pitfalls I fell into over and over again during my late teens and early twenties.

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

I am a big gamer, with the most important game I enjoy being Dungeons and Dragons. I have played for around 25 years now. If there are any groups out there looking for a player or GM I’d love to connect. Beyond that I enjoy all types of music, and everybody’s favorite topics for discussion: Religion & Politics.

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

When I was younger I won a lot of academic awards and competitions.
In 5th grade I was five spots away from participating in the National Spelling Bee, and I won the Geography Bee every year. In my adult life that has translated to an enjoyment of and some success in the realm of trivia.

Welcome to the #BeaverFamily, Justin. We’re so excited you chose to join us at Bemidji State University!

#BeaverFamily Feature: Amanda “Mandy” Chesley

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 employee’s.

 


Amanda “Mandy” Chesley

Assistant Director of Accreditation and Assessment – Licensing Certification Officer
Start Date: July 7, 2021

Q: Where are you from?

St. Cloud, MN.

Q: Why did you choose BSU?

I came to BSU originally in 2011 to complete my undergrad in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. I loved the small-town feel of Bemidji, the lake, and all the hiking opportunities in the area. I met my husband during my final semester and decided to stay in Bemidji after graduation. I was so excited to have the opportunity to come back to BSU!

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

I love outdoor activities such as hiking, spending the day on the lake, and fishing. I also like to read, knit, spend time with my family, and travel. My favorite travel spot so far has been Florence, Italy, which I traveled to as part of the Eurospring program at BSU.

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

My favorite place to eat in Bemidji is New China. They have the best General Tso’s chicken and eggrolls!

Q: Who is your favorite sports team?

I love to watch the BSU Men’s Hockey team. I started going to BSU hockey games as a student and have continued to attend every year. It’s one of my favorite winter activities!

Welcome to the #BeaverFamily, Mandy. We’re so excited you chose to join us at Bemidji State University!

#BeaverFamily Feature: Kalli Steinberg

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 employee’s.


Kalli Steinberg

Admissions Rep for Bemidji State University
Start Date: July 19, 2021

Q: Where are you from?

Eagle Lake, MN (down by the Mankato area)

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

I enjoy spending time with friends and family and spending lots of time outside. I like to hike at different state parks and explore new trails!

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?

Training and completing a half marathon during my senior year of college.

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

I am new to the area, so I haven’t tried many places yet, but I LOVED Fozzie’s. Such good barbeque!

Q: Who is your favorite sports team?

My favorite sports team is the Minnesota Wild.

Welcome to the #BeaverFamily, Kalli. We’re so excited you chose to join us at Bemidji State University!

#BeaverFamily Feature: Emma Terres

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!  


Emma Terres

Assistant Women’s Hockey Coach for Bemidji State University
Start Date: August 2020

Q: Where are you from?

New Hope, Minnesota

Q: Why did you choose BSU?

I went to school at BSU from 2014-2018 and played for the women’s hockey team. I fell in love with Bemidji because of the phenomenal athletic facilities, community aspect, access to nature, and the small town feel! It was the best 4 years and now I love it as a faculty member.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish at BSU?

I want to create the best possible experience for student athletes as well as a championship team/culture.

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

I love to be outdoors. This summer I bought a roof top tent and fell in love with camping. I also love to wake surf, cook, and travel. I just spent the past 2 years in Germany playing professional hockey in two different cities; Ingolstadt and Berlin. I was able to travel and explore 13 different countries.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat?

OH there are so many amazing food places in Bemidji… but my two favorites have to be Ruttger’s and Tara.

Welcome to the #BeaverFamily, Emma. We’re excited you chose to join us at Bemidji State University!

#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