Advisory Board

The department's Advisory Board is composed of geoscience professionals in the private sector, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The Board provides critical input to help the department provide and anticipate the skills that undergraduate and graduate students need to optimize their opportunities for a wide range of non-academic careers. 
Board member terms are three years (renewable). Current members are located in the upper Midwest and most are in the Twin Cities metro area. If you are a geoscience professional in the region -- or outside the region but willing to volunteer time and travel -- the department welcomes expressions of interest. Please contact the department head (via if you are potentially interested in joining the Advisory Board.
Current Advisory Board Members are
Judy Andrews

Judy Andrews, PG

WSP, Inc.

Term: 2022-2024


Sandeep Burman, PhD

Minnesota Department of Health

Term: 2023-2025

John Carlson

Jon Carlson, PG, MS

Braun Intertec

Term: 2023-2025

Tim Cowdery- Advisory Board Member

Tim Cowdery, MS

U.S. Geological Survey

Term: 2023-2025

Megan Kelly

Megan Kelly, PhD

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Term: 2022-2024

Michelle LaGarde

Michelle LaGarde, MS

Braun Intertec

Term: 2022-2024


Denise Levitan, PhD, PG

Barr Engineering

Term: 2023-2025

Chuck Mosher- Advisory Board Member

Chuck Mosher, PhD

ConocoPhillips (retired)

Term: 2023-2025

Shanna Schmitt

Shanna Schmitt, PG, CPG

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Term: 2023-2025

Hong Spores

Hong Spores, MBA

HDR, Inc.

Term: 2022-2024

Jon Tortomasi, Advisory Board Member

Jon Tortomasi, BS

Advisory Board Chair


Term: 2022-2024

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Laura Triplett, PhD

Gustavus Adolphus College

Term: 2023-2025

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Kathryn Vall, MS

Mineralogic LLC

Term: 2023-2025