Media Relations Staff
Diane Hageman, CSB Director of Media Relations, CSB Ex. Dir., Communications and Marketing
office: (320) 363-5748
cell: (320) 492-7360
Diane Hageman oversees the strategic media relations efforts for the College of Saint Benedict and is responsible for all local, regional and national media placements.
Prior to working at CSB, Hageman owned a communications consulting company, Hageman Communications, served as the communications director for Saint Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph and worked in communications and marketing positions within the CentraCare Health System in St. Cloud.
In addition, Hageman serves on the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA Board of Directors, St. Benedict's Senior Community Operating Committee and is a trustee for her church.
Hageman graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in mass communications and a minor in marketing.
Michael Hemmesch, SJU Director of Media Relations, SJU Ex. Dir., Communications and Marketing
Michael Hemmesch serves as media spokesperson and oversees all media relations activities for Saint John's University.
Hemmesch has worked in the communication and marketing services office at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University since 1997. He has particular interest and expertise in crisis communications, media interview training, athletic media relations, writing style guides and social media strategies.
Hemmesch received a bachelor's degree in political science from Saint John's University and a master's degree in strategic communication from the University of Minnesota.
Ashli Gerdes, CSB/SJU Media Relations Specialist
office: (320) 363-2672
cell: (320) 828-4672
Ashli Gerdes is the media relations specialist at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, where she has worked since August 2014.
Gerdes is a former journalist who worked for WJON Radio in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University, where she majored in mass communication.
Athletic Media Relations
Leah Rado, CSB Director of Athletic Media Relations
office: (320) 363-5151
Bio on the College of Saint Benedict athletic Web site (csbblazers.com)
Ryan Klinkner, SJU Director of Athletic Media Relations
office: (320) 363-3127
Bio on the Saint John's University athletic Web site (gojohnnies.com)