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2014 Distinguished Alumni
Posted 10/19/2015 01:14PM

2014 Fridley Public Schools Distinguished Alumni


STEVEN D. CARLSON (1968), formed what is now Keystone Wealth Advisors, Inc., a “Registered Investment Advisory Firm” that provides financial and investment planning to wealthy families and company sponsored retirement plans.The company currently has approximately $180 million investments under management for their clients.

In 1977 Steven started Carlson, Poston and Associates Ltd., a CPA firm which was sold in 1995 to Clifton Larson Allen LLP, a large regional CPA firm.Steven has volunteered as a board member for various chambers of commerce, churches, Lions Club and Rotary.In 1977 he co-founded “The Gopher Wrestling Club” a non-profit organization to support amateur wrestling in Minnesota.This organization grew to have an investment account of over $2.5 million.He has also been a volunteer on various University of Minnesota Alumni Association and University of Minnesota Athletics boards.

Steven attended the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management, and graduated in 1973 with a degree in Business and Accounting.He received a Master’s Degree in Business Taxation from the same institution in 1987, and is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and Personal Financial Specialist.Steven and his wife Shiela live in Naples, Florida and spend their summers at their houseboat on the St. Croix River in Stillwater, Minnesota.


CHRIS DAHLQUIST (1981), is a financial planner for Prudential Financial.Since joining Prudential in 1998, Chris has built a practice that specializes in comprehensive personal and business planning.He manages over $100 million for private clients and coordinates employee benefits for over 30 companies ranging from sole proprietors to multi-state corporations.

Prior to his career with Prudential, Chris was a 13 year professional hockey player appearing in 759 games from 1985-1997.His teams included the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, and Ottawa Senators.He was also a member of the 1991 Stanley Cup finalist Minnesota Northstars.Chris attended Lake Superior State University (LSSU) where he graduated in 1985 with a degree in business administration.

While in college, Chris was captain of the Lakers for three years and in 1985 was named to the NCAA “All Academic Team” and LSSU Athlete of the Year.He was inducted into the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame.He has been active in coaching youth hockey and is on the board of directors of the Minnesota NHL Alumni Association, a local non-profit organization for retired NHL players.Chris resides in Eden Prairie with his wife of 27 years Jeanie, son Chad and daughter Charly.

RANDAL J. FREITAG (1981), is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Lincoln Financial Group where he provides executive leadership to corporate finance, risk management, treasury, corporate tax, and corporate actuarial, audit and investor relations. He also works closely with senior leaders throughout the company to develop strategies that positively positions the company for the future.

At Lincoln Financial,Randal also served as Chief Risk Officer, Senior Vice-President of Product Risk and Profitability, as well as serving in the corporate actuarial area. He is a Board Member and financial supporter of Philadelphia Futures, an organization that focuses on at-risk youth, and provides support and mentoring to youth in grade 9 through college. Randal has also served as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Greensboro, is a financial supporter of Greensboro Urban Ministry and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries.

Randal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Minnesota and is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He lives in Devon, Pennsylvania with his daughter Anna and sons, Andrew, Adam and Alex.


WANDA HART (1975), is a top selling realtor for Coldwell Banker Burnett where she has worked since 2003.She has been acknowledged for selling $3,000,000 in one month, for selling one of the top 10 most expensive houses in the Twin Cities in 2013 and is in the International Diamond Society of her company.

Wanda has also worked as a Licensed Customer Service Representative for 29 years in a Farmers Insurance family business, a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines from 2000 to 2007, a self-employed General Contractor for Grand Entrance LLC where she did staging and design work for clients, and a media technology assistant at the Fridley Middle School from 1990-1998.At Fridley Middle School Wanda was instrumental in setting up the new computer network when computers were introduced in classrooms.She was named Employee of the year for Fridley Schools for 1995-1996.

Wanda created and co-produced A Sterling Performance, honoring the 25th anniversary of shows produced on the Fridley Auditorium stage.The production raised over $40,000 for auditorium improvements.Wanda remains a member of the Sterling Scholarship Committee awarding over $50,000 to Fridley students pursuing arts in their college education and is a member of the Fridley Alumni Choir, which raises funds for the Sterling Scholarship.

Wanda has been a board member for Grace Manor Ministries since 1987.The Ministries were started by Wanda’s husband’s great-grandmother as a care facility for aging adults, and currently supports these ministries: Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge; Good News Jail Ministry; the Haiti Teen Challenge; Mom’s Haven of Hope and International Justice Mission which works to combat human trafficking. Wanda attended Bethel University, and has been a Licensed Real Estate Agent since 2003.Wanda lives in Fridley with her family and all her children attended Fridley Schools.


BILL INGALDSON (1975), is an attorney and founding partner of Ingaldson Fitzgerald PC, a law firm he formed in 1994.The firm has six lawyers, a paralegal, an investigator and four other staff members.The firm focuses on civil litigation and is recognized as one of the top litigation firms in Anchorage, Alaska.

Bill’s clients include Northland Insurance Company in St. Paul, MN; Target Corporation; Traveler’s Insurance; Lloyds of London and several national construction companies.He has handled several liability cases against auto manufacturers.Bill assisted a national child safety group in getting legislation changed to make power windows safer in cars.

Bill is most proud of the pro-bono work done by his law firm.Bill was a founding member of a non-profit charitable organization called the Scotty Gomez Foundation.The foundation has raised over one million dollars to enable economically disadvantaged youth to play hockey and has also refurbished hockey rinks with volunteer labor, and materials.Bill’s law firm also sponsors children with special needs from a local high school so they are able to participate in the Challenge Alaska ski program.

Prior to opening his own firm, Bill worked as an assistant District Attorney for the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office from 1983-1988.He spent one year with the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, and then went into private practice with Bliss Riordan, a large Anchorage Law Firm.Bill has also taught trial practice courses for the Alaska Department of Law, has presented at a gathering of International Women Police Officers, and has spoken in criminal justice classes of local high schools.

Bill graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983.He lives in Anchorage with his wife and family.

DR. TODD JOHNSON (1976), is the Associate Professor of Global Christianity and the Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity (CSGC) where he researches the status of Christianity and world religions in every culture, language, country and city. He is a visiting Research Fellow at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University. He co-leads the International Religious Demography project and is co-editor of the World Religion Database (Brill 2008).

The World Religion Database provides statistical information on Christianity worldwide. Since 1988, Todd has authored, edited, and contributed to major encyclopedias, atlases, books, and articles. His work has been cited in major media outlets such as the New York Times, the Economist, the BBC, CNN, USA Today, and many others. He has held academic posts at Boston University, Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston Theological Institute, as well as Visiting Scholar Trinity College, Singapore. Todd has also given many presentations including a paper on “Christianity and Religious Freedom” at a conference in Rome in December 2013 where his group was invited to meet with Pope Francis.

Todd received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development from William Carey International University in 1988. From the same university, he received a Master of Arts degree in International Development with a concentration in history of religions in 1990, and a Ph.D. in International Development concentrating on empirical analysis of Christianity and world religions in 1993. Todd resides in South Hamilton, Massachusetts with his wife and three daughters.

JUSTINE NAGAN (1996),is the Executive Director for Kartemquin Films, a 48 year-old media arts non-profit based in Chicago, IL that creates powerful social issue documentaries. Since becoming executive director in 2008, Justine has made major strides in building the company’s foundation for long-term sustainability and impact. As executive director, she provides strategic leadership and vision in addition to overseeing all aspects of operations.

The Emmy-Award winning Executive Producer also serves as chief board contact and liaison, and is the face of Kartemquin in the community. Justine has held many roles at Kartemquin, including Director of Human Resources and Intern Coordinator, Director of Communications and Distribution, and Board Secretary.

Prior to joining the Kartemquin team, Justine worked at Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin ABC affiliate WKOW-TV, Vitality Media Productions, the University of Chicago Arts and Planning Council, and The History Makers for PBS. Justine graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2000 and received a Masters of Arts degree in Humanities with an emphasis on Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago in 2004.

She attended Harvard University’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management Executive Education Program in 2013.She is currently an active volunteer in the community for such organizations as The Glass Slipper Project, the Hyde Park Art Center and WTTW. She is on the Advisory Board for Midwest Independent Film Festival, has served on the IFP Chicago Board as an elected member of the Badger Herald Newspaper’s Board, and has acted on several other civic and community committees. Justine resides in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with her husband Matt, and son Rhett.

DAVID P. NEWMAN (1969), is the President and owner of the Bancor Group, Inc., a residential real estate development company, and was the lead principal in the company that developed Wild Meadows, one of Minnesota’s first conservation developments which has been recognized by the Minnesota Land Trust, and the Sierra Club.

Bancor was also one of the principals in the company that developed Locust Hills as well as being a principal in the company that has partnered with the Carlson Family in developing 480 acres on Halstead Bay on Lake Minnetonka, both of which were recipients of the Excellence in Development Award given by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

Among other positions, Dave was the Managing Partner of the law firm of Herrick & Newman, P.A. He serves as a Board Member to Traditional Capital Bank and has served on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Citizen’s Board.Dave served eight years on the Fridley School Board and four years as the Chairman of the Fridley Planning Commission.For the last ten years Dave has served as Board Member and Treasurer of Hope Community which is revitalizing the intersection of Portland and Franklin Avenue in the Phillips Neighborhood of south Minneapolis.

Dave joined the Fridley Rotary Club in 1981 where for the last seven years he has chaired an initiative by Rotary District 5960 to develop a new model to alleviate extreme poverty in the developing world. The Board of Rotary International honored him with the “Service above Self” award which is the highest award given by Rotary for volunteer effort.

David received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1973, and received his Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 1978. He lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.


ALAN PALMER (1970), is the owner of Gaytee-Palmer Stained Glass of Minneapolis, Minnesota.Alan opened his own stained glass company in 1979.In 2010 he purchased Gaytee Stained Glass, which is the oldest and largest stained glass studio in the Twin Cities.Gaytee Stained Glass was founded in 1918 by Thomas Gaytee, who studied in the Tiffany Studios of New York.Alan is the 4th owner of Gaytee Stained Glass.With this purchase he combined two businesses, now called the Gaytee-Palmer Stained Glass Company, creating one all-encompassing stained glass studio.

The studio provides artistic development and creation as well as restorative work for churches, historical buildings, and private commissions.The company has received significant national recognition and was recently commissioned to fabricate over 80 stained glass windows for a Catholic church being built in Nevada and 60 windows for a local church, St. Charles of Borromeo Catholic Church in St. Anthony, Minnesota.

Alan has also devoted his time as a coach in the Fridley Youth Wrestling Program for 10 years; he was a referee for high school wrestling for 15 years, was a referee at the Minnesota High School State Tournament for 9 years; served on the Fridley United Methodist Church Building Committee, started and ran the University of Minnesota’s Christmas Wrestling Tournament for 20 years; and has been a volunteer at the University of Minnesota’s Golf Tournament for 8 years.Alan was an apprentice in the stain glass business for four years.He resides in Fridley with his wife, has raised 5 children and enjoys his grandchildren as well.


MARIA WALDE-DOUGLAS (1984), graduated from the College of St. Scholastica in 1989 with a degree in Physical Therapy.She is currently a physical therapist at Struthers Parkinson’s Center, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence.This clinic is part of the Methodist Hospital/Park Nicollet Health Services system.

Maria specializes in assessment and treatment of persons with Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders.She is considered an expert in her field and has given webinar presentations for national organizations such as American Physical Therapy Association, Parkinson Disease Foundation and CurePSP.She co-authored “Fitness Counts” a publication for the National Parkinson Foundation and is a faculty member of their national training program, Allied Team Training for Parkinson.

Maria has developed programs such as Yoga for Parkinson’s and Nordic Walking that have been presented at the World Parkinson Foundation. She has been involved in research on falls prevention in Parkinson’s disease and co-authored an article in Movement Disorders Journal.She has developed curriculum on falls prevention in a training program for long-term care facilities.

Maria is married to a fellow Fridley class of 1984 graduate, Jeff Douglas, who is the national collateral risk manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.They have two children, Madelyn age 17 and Alex age 12.Their family resides in Andover.Maria is active in her church and is involved in leading short-term mission trips to Haiti.

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