Staff

Jodi Collen, CSEP

Director
Christensen Center, 203A
CB 64
612-330-1107
collen@augsburg.edu

Jodi is the Director of Event & Conference Planning and has been working in experiential marketing & events for over 13 years. At Augsburg, Jodi and her staff manage or coordinate on over 500 events that happen on campus including Commencement, Homecoming, the Advent Vespers President’s Dinner, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the ASAC All-Nighter, Step Up Gala and countless other departmental events throughout the year.Jodi has her Masters of Tourism Administration (MTA) from George Washington University, and earned her CSEP designation (Certified Special Events Professional) in 2005. Additionally, Jodi is a past-president of the International Special Events Society (ISES) Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter, served as the ISES Regional Vice President for the Midwest Region (USA) from 2006-2008, and served as the chair of the ISES Education Council from 2011-2012. Jodi is currently serving as the Secretary for the ISES International Board of Governors and is scheduled to be President of the association in 2015.

Seth Lienard ’11

Senior Event Planner

Christensen Center, 203B

CB 64

612-330-1323

lienard@augsburg.edu

130718 ISESJuly 005-2Seth is a 2011 graduate of Augsburg College from the Music Business Program. He began as professional staff the fall of the same year. Before that, Seth had worked as student staff supervisor since 2007. As a student he served as President of the Augsburg Student Activities Council, Director of Marketing for KAUG Radio, and Vice President of Augsburg Choir. His primary background is in audio and visual coordination.Seth currently manages the student staff as well as the audio and visual services. He also oversees the summer conference housing program.Seth coordinates many of the admissions, athletics, fine arts and student planned events along with SOAR, Urban Debate League, Wrestling, Scrubs Camp and other summer conferences.

Sarah Cash-Darvell

Event and Conference Coordinator

Christensen Center, 203C

CB 64

612-330-1019

cashdar@augsburg.edu

Headshot Black_White (1)Sarah has a Bachelor degree in entrepreneurship and leadership management. Her love for entrepreneurship stemmed from her experience co-owning a clown costume company with her grandmother. Together they designed and created costumes and sold them internationally.  After they sold the company, Sarah decided to pursue her passion organizing events.

Sarah‘s event career started at the Girl Scouts where she identified opportunities in the community to develop the Girl Scout experience through hosting a variety of events. From there she expanded her experience by managing events at a Victorian mansion, an off-site caterer, a mobile kitchen, and a hotel. She’s worked on an array of events including a circus fundraiser in a masonic lodge, a wedding on a farm, and a post 5K breakfast celebration for 5,000 people.

In her current role, Sarah collaborates with many different groups including: StepUP Program, Multicultural Student Support Services, Sabo Center, TRIO/SSS, Christensen Center of Vocation, Campus Ministries, McNair Program, academic programs, external weddings/memorials and summer conferences.