Minnesota Business Advisory Board

Ismail Ahmed 
Mayo Clinic

Kashif Ahmad
Associate Professor North Western College
College of Chiropractic and School of Massage Therapy
Associate Director Office of Faculty Development

Irfan Altafullah
Director of the Stroke Program and Chief Medical Information Officer
North Memorial Hospital

Brian Harper-Tibaldo (BS Business Management ’12) 
MBA Student Cardinal Stritch University

Eileen Manning (BS Business Management ’95) 
CEO - The Event Group

Bill Ryan (MBA ’04)
Senior Director, Human Resources Business Partner Allianz Life Insurance

Najam Saeed 
Chief Information Officer
St. Paul College

Quratulain Saeed
Operations Manager Employee and Community Health Department of Family Medicine Division of Community Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
Division of Primary Care Internal Medicine
Chronic Disease Management - ECH
eHealth Operations Team - ECH
Office of Population Health Management
Mayo Clinic

Nadim Zoberi
Corporate Continuous Improvement Manager/Supply Chain Leader
Toro Group

Caldoun (Adam) Abuhakel
Done Right Food services, CFO/COO

Siyad A.Abdullahi MD MPH
Pro-Health Care, Inc.
The Language Banc, Inc.
Midwest Career Institute & PT Works, LLC

Dr. Adenuga Atewologun
President - Riverland Community College

Kenneth Bence
Director, Community Health Alina
Director of Public Health Organization: Medica

George Brophy
Faculty - Cardinal Stritch University

Akhtar Chaudhri
CEO - Virtelligence

Glori Hinck
Clinical Faculty
North Western College

Anwer Hussain
Sr. VP - Cenex Corp.

Farhan Hussein
Lighthouse Academy

Michael Johnson
Senior Vice President
Director of Operations Risk Management
Bremer Bank

Jim Platten (MS Business Health Administration ’96)
Director of Employed Physicians
Fairview Health Services

Amin Rahmatullah, MD, FACC
Director, Cardiac CT Program
Director, Heart Failure Program
Metropolitan Heart and Vascular Institute
Mercy and Unity Heart Center

Mustaqeem Siddiqui
Consultant in Hematology
Mayo Clinic

Ray Smith
Facilities & Quality Systems Director
United Sugars Corporation

Majdi Wadi
CEO - Holy Land Bakery and Deli

Lawrence Callaway
Principal Technical Instructor
Monticello Nuclear Station


Peter J. Holbrook (BA ’84, MSM ’95, PhD ’08)
Dean, College of Business and Management
Cardinal Stritch University
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Peter J. Holbrook, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch University and has over 27 years of experience in higher education. His expertise includes board development, organizational leadership and change, program development and evaluation, service, strategic thinking and planning, succession planning, and teams. Dr. Holbrook teaches at the doctoral level and is a researcher,writer, and speaker in the area of Leadership, with an expertise in the area of Franciscan, servant and transformational leadership as well as leading for innovation and change. He was a frequent guest expert on servant leadership for Morning Air on Relevant Radio 100.1 FM, and published, “The Leadership Story of St. Francis of Assisi: Toward a Model of Franciscan Leadership for Lay Leaders” in the January 2012 Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities Journal: A Franciscan Perspective on Higher Education. (read more)


Bruce Loppnow, PhD
Associate Dean, Graduate School
College of Business and Management
Cardinal Stritch University
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Dr. Bruce Loppnow holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management. He has been on the faculty of the College of Business and Management since 1994, initially as an adjunct member of the faculty in central Wisconsin. In 1999 Dr. Loppnow was invited to join the full-time faculty to provide academic support to the College locations in Rochester Minnesota and in the Twin Cities. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Loppnow was a hospital executive serving in various roles in hospitals in Wisconsin and with the Wisconsin Hospital Association.


John Gunyon, PhD
Associate Dean, Undergraduate School
College of Business and Management
Cardinal Stritch University
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Dr. John Gunyon is an Associate Dean in the College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His Doctorate of Philosophy is in Organization and Management, focused on Leadership Development through Mentoring.He has previously served as the Instructional Chair of Social and Business Sciences at Heartland Community College in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, and an Assistant Professor of Business at Aurora University in Aurora Illinois. His graduate research focused on Community Outreach Models for Corporate Responsibility. (read more)


Mark Gesner (PhD ’13)
Faculty Chair, Community Engaged Learning and Leadership
College of Business and Management
Cardinal Stritch University
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Dr. Mark Gesner is the Faculty Chair of Community Engaged Learning and Leadership in Cardinal Stritch University’s College of Business and Management. He designs and teaches courses regarding organizational development, leadership and cross cultural management. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Gesner oversees the school’s business student internship program, leads international education seminars, and works closely with the school’s Dean and advisory board members to develop strategic leadership initiatives and foster community-campus partnerships. He is the host of the university’s Business Leaders with a Conscience Speakers Series in which successful alumni return to campus to discuss how their leadership approaches align with their values. (read more)


Arif Altaf
Assistant Professor
College of Business and Management,
Cardinal Stritch University
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Arif Altaf holds strong academic credentials with a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Hospital Administration that are backed by over 35 years of professional experience in leadership positions in health care management. Arif is currently employed as an Assistant professor at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (read more)