Math and Science Academy, 8430 Woodbury Crossing, Woodbury MN 55125
Phone Attendance: (651) 578-8061
Phone Main Line: (651) 578-7507

Board of Directors

About the Board

The Board of Directors (BOD) sets the direction for the school and the staff takes us there. The director and staff run the school's day-to-day operations. The BOD sets policies and curriculum and ensures that MSA meets the requirements of MSA’s authorizer and its charter . The BOD is composed of MSA teachers, parents, community members, a high school student, the director, and a contracted financial manager.  NOTE:  The Parent Team is no longer part of the BOD and is now its own PTO. For more information, go to the MSA PTO webpage.

To contact the Board of Directors please use

Current Members

Wendell Sletten (he/him) Chair

Phone: (651) 578-7507 ext. 2302
Teacher Member
Expiration: June 2025

Isaac Leonhardi (he/him) Treasurer

Phone: (651) 578-7507 ext. 1016 
Teacher Member
Expiration: June 2026

Sarah Harms (she/her) Secretary

Phone: (651) 578-7507 ext. 2303
Teacher Member
Expiration: June 2026

Karina Lozano (she/they)

Phone: (651) 578-7507 ext. 2203
Teacher Member
Expiration: June 2024

Hetal Patel (she/her) Vice Chair

Phone: (330) 620-3271
Parent Member
Expiration: June 2024

Mary Yapp

Parent Member
Expiration: June 2026

Dan Ellingson 

Phone: (651) 337-8797
Parent Member
Expiration: June 2025

Brian Linzmeier (he/him)

Community Member
Expiration: June 2024

Jules Kinkel (they/them)

Community Member
Expiration: June 2025

Kate Hinton
Executive Director

Phone: 651-578-7507 ext. 3503
Representing: School District
(Ex-Officio Member)


Joseph Ayalew

Representing: Students
(Non-Voting Member)

Josh Balami

Representing: Students
(Non-Voting Member)

2023 - 2024 Board Meeting Dates and Times

Board meetings in are normally scheduled at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Building A, Room 8. They typically will last 2 hours.  A workshop typically held on the second Tuesday of the month, starting at 5:00 p.m.  Times and dates are subject to change.  Please see the online school calendar to confirm a meeting time and location.

  • July 26, 2023
  • August 22, 2023 (Meeting & Workshop)
  • September 12, 2023 (Workshop)
  • September 26, 2023
  • October 14, 2023, 9am-12pm (Workshop)
  • October 24, 2023
  • November 14, 2023 (Workshop)
  • November 28, 2023
  • December 12, 2023* (Meeting 2nd Tuesday due to Winter Break)
  • January 9, 2024 (Workshop)
  • January 16, 2024* (the 23rd is the 4th Tuesday but is Open House)
  • February 6, 2024 (Workshop)
  • February 20, 2023* (*3rd Tuesday)
  • March 12, 2024 (Workshop)
  • March 26, 2024 
  • April 2, 2024* (*1st Tuesday, Workshop)
  • April 16, 2024* (*3rd Tuesday)
  • May 7, 2024* (*1st Tuesday, Workshop)
  • May 21, 2024* (*3rd Tuesday)
  • June 11, 2024
  • June 25, 2024
  • July 16, 2024 (Organizational Meeting)

Board Committees

Committee is an official Board of Director (BOD) working group.  Publicly posted committee meeting notices, agendas and minutes are available on the MSA website.  Members of the MSA community are encouraged to attend in person.  

Name of Committee
(Click For More Details) 
Chair & Board Member (BM) Representative Meeting Day Meeting Time Focus or Standing
Governance and Policy CoChair: Hetal Patel (BM)
Jules Kinkel (BM)

Every Other Tuesday  4:30 p.m. Standing 
Finance Chair: Isaac Leonhardi (BM)  

2nd or 3rd Monday of the month

 4:15 p.m. Standing

Board Sub-Committee

Sub-Committee is an official BOD group formed for specific tasks but not delegated any decision-making authority. Sub-committee meetings are open, have an agenda published, minutes of the meeting are taken, and are transparent; members of the MSA community are encouraged to participate in person or remotely. 

No Sub-Committees at this time. Will appoint as necessary.

Former Task Force/Sub-Committee - Archive


Math and Science Academy
8430 Woodbury Crossing
Woodbury MN 55125
Hours: Click Here For Details

Main School Line: (651) 578-7507
Attendance Line: (651) 578-8061
General Fax: (651) 578-7532
Student Records Fax: (651) 800-4600

The MSA Dragon

Authorizer Contact:
Liz Wynne - Director
(763) 557-6676 |
P.O. Box 581639
Minneapolis, MN 55458-1639

Authorizer Performance Commendable Rank From Minnesota Department of Education