Elsbeth Howe


p. 651.224.1518 ext.206

c. 651.260.1434

Elsbeth Howe has been the Executive Director of Students United since January 2012. Prior to that Elsbeth taught paralegal courses at Minneapolis Business College, served as the Student Senate Advisor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, worked in a variety of positions at Students United, practiced family law and served a judicial clerk in Minnesota.  Elsbeth received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Drake University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is a founding Board Member with Will of Women, a nonprofit organization that brings women together to support Twin Cities nonprofits and also volunteers to help immigrants obtain citizenship through the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota.


DIRECTOR OF development

Carlee Diggins


p.651.224.1518 ext.211

Carlee started working for Students United in April as the Director of Programs and Alumni Outreach. Carlee received her M.A. in Educational Leadership from the Leadership in Student Affairs Program at the University of St. Thomas and her B.S. in Marketing at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Students United, Carlee worked at the University of St. Thomas in three different departments within Student Affairs. She is excited to use her skills to integrate alumni into the advocacy work and continue to grow the scholarship programs to provide affordable, accessible education to more students.



Kalista Mangahas


p.651.224.1518 ext.200

Kalista Mangahas moved to St. Paul, MN shortly after graduating from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies. During her time at MSUM, she found interest in nonprofit work, specifically in the education field. Prior to moving to St. Paul, Kalista  worked at a local news station in Fargo, ND. She recently made a career change to Students United’s Office Manager in June. Kalista is excited for her new role and is eager to help support Minnesota State University Students.  


Sarah Berns


p.651.224.1518 ext.202

Sarah has been the Director of System and Government Relations at Students United since July 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Southwest Minnesota State University. Since graduation, she has worked as a political researcher and provided policy analysis and message development for ballot initiatives and issue advocacy organizations. In addition, Sarah has conducted research on a variety of campaigns including: presidential, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state legislative and state constitutional races. She has also worked as a Get out the Vote (GOTV) director, monitored legislation and designed media monitoring programs. Sarah currently lives in Richfield, MN.

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Justin Reuter


p. 651.224.1518 ext.204

Justin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he received his Bachelor of Science in Education and the University of Utah where he received his Master in Education. Justin worked at The Evergreen State College in Washington in residence life before moving to Minnesota where he continued his work in residence life at the University of St. Thomas. Justin is excited to work with the staff and students at Students United to advance the issue campaigns.   

DIRECTOR OF equity & inclusion

Abeer Syedah


p. 651.224.1518 ext.212

Abeer is a graduate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an academic focus on critical race and gender studies. She was first introduced to Students United while she was serving as the Student Body Vice President and then Student Body President. Abeer's passion for higher education student advocacy and advancing the work of equity and social justice make her excited to work with University students at Minnesota State.



Aly Hagglund


p.651.224.1518 ext.210


Aly Hagglund received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Relations from Winona State University. She is a recent graduate and was involved in Students United previous to graduating. On the WSU campus, she was the Organizing Intern for Students United and led her committee to winning the Best Campus Committee Award. Her involvement in the organization as a student created her deep seated passion for higher education issues. Aly has been working as the Director of Communications at Students United since May 2016.