prof pic thumbnailMatt Jessen-Howard — Event Director

Matt Jessen-Howard is a basketball scout and recruiting analyst for 247Sports of the CBS Sports network.  He also owns and manages Recruit Insider and The Gopher Report, and has contributed to SportsNet New York of the Comcast Sportsnet and NBC Sports network.  Matt graduated from Woodbury High School in 2014, and is currently a freshman at the University of Minnesota.


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Alex Kline is a national basketball scout and recruiting analyst for Rivals and Yahoo! Sports and staffer of the NBA Summer League.  He also is the event director of the Mary Kline Classic, an annual charity high school basketball event in New Jersey put on in honor of the late Mary Kline, Alex’s mother.  Over the past four years, the Mary Kline Classic has raised $86,000 for cancer research.  He has also worked for Wes Bridges, an agent and lawyer for Becker Meisel LLC.  Alex has been the feature story or spotlight in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, ABC World News Now, Forbes, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Today Show, and more.  He was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 and Sports Illustrated’s 25 and 25.  Alex is junior at Syracuse University studying broadcast journalism.


DaveLindaMonaDave and Linda Mona

Dave Mona is a public relations pioneer and well-known sports figure in the Twin Cities.  Dave founded and chairs Weber Shandwick, the largest public relations firm in the region.  He is a former reporter and editor for WCCO-TV and the Minneapolis Tribune.  Mona also co-chaired the 2008 US Women’s Open Golf Championship at Interlachen Country Club, chaired the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Bureau, and played a key role in bringing the 1991 Super Bowl and 1992 Final Four to the Metrodome.  He currently hosts the “Sunday Morning Sports Huddle” with Sid Hartman on WCCO, is a special assistant to the University of Minnesota Athletic Department, and is the national president of the University of Minnesota’s Alumni Association.

Linda Mona, Dave’s wife, is the owner of Creative Environments Design Group.  Through her work as the chairman of the Norway House and volunteer at Fairview Southdale Hospital and the University of Minnesota, Linda has extensive knowledge in fundraising and non-profit management.

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Bill Cameron is an attorney for Henson & Efron, specializing in estate planning.  He is also the owner of Bill Cameron Photography.

Connie Cameron is a teacher in the Honors Mentor Connection program for Independent School District 237.