• 2015 Women in Public Service Rising Star Award

    Now Accepting Nominations

    The Hamline University Women in Public Service Conference planning committee is now accepting nominations for the “Public Service Rising Star” award. The Rising Star Award is designed to recognize women in public service with 10 or fewer years of service that are already making their mark in working toward the public good.

    Selected nominees will be highlighted at the 2015 conference and will receive a certificate of recognition.

    2014 Award recipients

    Gülgün Kayim

    WIPSAward_KayimGülgün Kayim, joined the City of Minneapolis in 2011 in the newly created role of Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, previously she was the Assistant Director of the Bush Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Program. Before joining Bush she served as the Public Art on Campus Coordinator at the Weisman Art Museum and has consulted extensively on site-specific performance, public art and artist professional development in the Twin Cities. Gülgün is also a practicing interdisciplinary artist, and co-founder of the Minneapolis based performance collective, Skewed Visions and a core member of the international artist network Mapping Spectral Traces and Theatre Without Borders. Her work has been recognized through a number of local, national and international grants, fellowships and awards including: a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, a James Shannon Leadership fellowship and grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Kayim’s work has been presented in the US, London, Cyprus and Russia, she trained in the US and London and holds an MA in Intercultural Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Minnesota and BA (Hons) in Theatre and Film from the University of Middlesex, London.

    Kathie Battle Sayles

     WIPSAward_SaylesKathie L. Battle Sayles is the Director of Development for the Campaign for Legal Aid, the private fundraising arm of Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. (SMRLS). Kathie received her B.A. from Hamline University in 1991 and her law degree in 1999 from the University of Minnesota Law School. She joined SMRLS in 2007 and under her leadership the firm initiated a Senior Law Project that has grown to an annual event involving over 500 low-income seniors. In 2008 she assumed the position of Director of Development. Through her extensive network within the corporate sector and private bar, Kathie has increased the dollars raised for the Campaign for Legal Aid by 40% and brought greater visibility to the critical work and mission of SMRLS. Her passion for social justice serves as the foundation for her "fearless" approach and her unique, creative fundraising style. Kathie is a member of SMRLS Senior Leadership Team, Co-Chairs the firm's Racial Justice Committee, and sits on the Ramsey County Bar Association Board of Directors.

    Lori Saroya

     WIPSAward_SaroyaLori Saroya is the co-founder and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota (CAIR-MN), the state’s leading Muslim civil rights and legal advocacy organization. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Catherine University and her Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law. While a law student at Hamline, she served as an Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Law and Religion, was selected for the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court international competition, and received the prestigious John Wesley Leadership and Service Award. Lori currently serves on the Hamline Law Alumni Board. She is a board member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and a member of the Minnesota Judicial Branch's Committee for Equality and Justice. She was named one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by the Minnesota Jaycees and received the St. Catherine University Alumni Award. She is a 2014 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow.

    2013 AWARD RECIPIENTS

    Mindy Manninen

     WIPSAward_ManninenMindy Manninen has been with Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR) for 10 years. She started with Hennepin County as a Sentencing to Service crew leader, working with directly with court ordered clients on community restoration projects. She then moved into supervision in the Community Offender Management Division working with juvenile justice partners and staff to create a positive work environment for youth. Most recently she has taken on a role as manager of the Train, Coach, and Practice Unit for the DOCCR. In this role, Mindy is working on training efforts to support Evidence Based Practices and safety training for all DOCCR staff. In 2012, she completed her Master of Arts in Public Administration from Hamline University. Mindy serves as a member of the Hamline University Center for Public Administration and Leadership Advisory Board.

    Mary Van Milligen

     WIPSAward_Van MilligenMary Van Milligen serves as Assistant to the City Administrator in the City of Woodbury. Mary has demonstrated a love of community work and public service stretching far back into her youth. She has always been an active volunteer, served two terms with AmeriCorps and worked for LeadAmerica, a leadership camp for accomplished high school students. Mary currently serves on the International City/County Managers Association Taskforce for Women in the Profession. Mary began working in local government as an intern to the Village Manager in the Village of Downers Grove, IL while completing her Master’s in Public Administration at Northern Illinois University. In her current role, Mary manages the City of Woodbury’s performance measurement program, assists with budgeting and works with the city administrator to provide departments assistance with priority special projects.

    Amanda Varley

     WIPSAward_VarleyAmanda Varley is an Early Childhood Education Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education. Her duties include co-leading the School Readiness Study, Minnesota’s snapshot of readiness at kindergarten entrance, and supporting the state’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant. Amanda has worked as an educational assistant in a middle school with students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and as a program evaluation consultant for various nonprofits and organizations. She’s passionate about civic engagement, consensus building and cross-sector collaboration. Amanda serves on the board of Young Education Professionals-Twin Cities and committees of Citizens League and YWCA Minneapolis. She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and has a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Amanda also enjoys cooking, sewing, embroidery and exploring Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

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