Ramona Dohman '03 M.A.
Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Choosing to return to school for a master’s degree brought Commissioner Dohman a few moments of doubt. “I remember walking into my first class feeling overwhelmed, second-guessing myself about my intent to obtain my master’s degree, but immediately feeling a sense of inclusion, warmth and support from my first professor, Michael Paymar, and my fellow classmates.” She feels honored to work in public safety with people “who bring passion, commitment and dedication to the work” that they do to keep the people of Minnesota safe. Fortunately, the commissioner sees the "power of purple" as one answer to the stresses of her daily work. “Purple is calming to my mind. I feel as if it puts me mentally or emotionally into a state of being ready to absorb what is forthcoming … whether that be relationships with others, learning, decision-making, writing, reading, etc.”