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Gina (Fayling) Odean (M.S., Physics, 1979)


In 1979, I used my physics degree to get a job in PBX Engineering at (then) Northwestern Bell.

That launched a 22 year career in telecommunications that led me from engineering to marketing in a multitude of technical, sales engineering, sales and management positions as the company split and spun into American Bell, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Avaya. I accepted an early retirement package from Avaya in 2001. I then went to work at North American Communication Resource (an Avaya dealer). I joined NACR as the Convergence Director, just as IP Telephony was launched as the architectural foundation of telecommunications. I now lead a team of 22 engineers who specialize in pre-sales and consulting support for VoIP and data networking. On a personal note, my husband, Bill, and I have been married for 32 years and have three children. My oldest son, Tyler, is a graduate of Carleton College with a degree in Computer Science. He is working on his Master’s Degree at Brown University. My daughter, Shayla, is attending Minnesota State University in Moorhead, studying education. My youngest son, Graham, graduated from Mounds View High School in June, and is heading to Century Community College in the fall.