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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, and the director.

Current Members

Ken Thielman (Chair)

Phone: (763) 219-2548
Representing: Community
Expiration: June 2019

Lisa Anderson (Vice Chair)

Phone: (651) 578-7507 x 4021
Expiration: June 2020

Mona Hayashi (Treasurer)

Phone: (651) 578-0343
Representing: Parents
Expiration: June 2019 

Rita Winchester (Board Secretary)

Phone: (651) 323-4519
Representing: Parents
Expiration: June 2020

Noah Langseth 

Phone: (651) 578-7507 
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2020

Judy Seeberger

Phone: (651) 578-7507
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2021

Jeff Eng 

Phone: (612) 812-9802
Representing: Parents
Expiration: June 2021

Alexandria Ledo

Phone: 651-399-6527
Expiration: June 2021

Cheri Howe

Phone: (651) 353-2312
Representing: Teachers
Expiration: June 2019

Arnav Khandelwahl

Representing: Students

Expiration: June 2018
(Non-voting ex officio Member) 

John Gawarecki, Director

Phone: (651)308-2017
Representing: School District
(Ex-Officio Member)

Judith Darling
Contracted Financial Manager 
Phone: (651) 463-2233 X202
Representing: School District
(Ex-Officio Member BKDA) 

2018 - 2019 Board Meeting Dates and Times

For all board meetings in 2018-2019, the meetings are scheduled to take place at 6:15 p.m. on normally the third Monday of the month in Building A. They typically will end by 8:30 p.m. A workshop is held prior to the meeting, starting at 5:00 p.m. Times and dates are subject to change.  Please see the previous meeting minutes to confirm a meeting time. Dates for the 2018-2019 meetings are: 

Monday, July 16, 2018
Monday, August 20, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
Monday, December 17, 2018
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Monday, March 18, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019

Board Committees

A Committee is an official Board of Director (BOD) working group subject to Open Meeting law.  Publicly posted Committee meeting notices, agendas and minutes are available on the MSA website.  The following are official BOD committees: Academic, Annual Fund, Communication, Finance, Governance, and Parent Team.

Name of Committee
(Click For More Details) 
Chair & Board Member (BM) Representative Meeting Day Meeting Time Focus or Standing
Academics Chair:
Lisa Anderson (BM/Vice Chair)
Rita Winchester (BM/Secretary)

First Monday of the month  8:00 a.m. Standing 
AFC Chair:
Thomas Johnston
(Assist. Dir)
Ken Thielman (BM/Chair)
Noah Langseth (BM)
Second Thursday of the month 4:30 p.m. Focus 
Communication Chair:


Second Wednseday of the month

 4:30 p.m. Focus
Finance Chair:
Mona Hayashi (BM/Treasurer)
Ken Thielman (BM/Chair)

Second Monday of the month

 4:30 p.m. Standing
PTO (Parent Organization

Rachel Ballard
Cheri Howe (BM), BOD Liason
Jeff Eng (BM)

Quarterly, Mondays 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Standing

Board Task Forces

A Task Force is not an official Board of Director group, and typically is formed for specific tasks or projects.  Task force meetings are open and transparent; as with Committees, members of the MSA community are encouraged to participate. The following are current Task Forces:  Building Safety, Communications, Personnel, Parent Team, and Technology.

Name of Task Force Chair & Board Member (BM) Representative Meeting Day Meeting Time
Building Safety Chair: John Gawarecki TBD   TBD
Credit Recovery Chair: Lisa Anderson (BM/Vice Chair) TBD TBD
Education Program Policy Chair: Cheri Howe (BM) TBD TBD
MSHSL - Minnesota State High School League Chair: Shannon Froberg No meeting/report  
Personnel Chair: John Gawarecki Meet as needed  TBD
Policy Ken Thielman (BM/Chair) Usually no meeting   TBD
PSEO Chair: Lisa Anderson (BM/Vice Chair) TBD TBD
PSEO: Spanish Equivalencies Chair: Michelle Kurkoski TBA  TBD
Technology Chair: No Chair Currently Meet as needed  TBD

Minnesota Charter School Day at the Capitol

March 8, 2017

Board member Mona Hayashi, John Gawarecki (Director), and teachers Thomas Johnston, and Cheryl Howe meet with our district legislators during Charter School Day at the Capitol organized by Minnesota Association of Charter Schools.

Photos below:Board Member, director and teachers meet with Representative Kelly Fenton (in brown shirt). Also shown on the right, with Senator Susan Kent (in red shirt). Click photos for links to more information.

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8430 Woodbury Crossing
Woodbury MN 55125

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Our Sponsor

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