Hiawatha Academies Board of Directors is tasked with ensuring that the mission and values of the Hiawatha schools are met, and providing guidance to ensure Hiawatha’s long-term growth and vitality. The Board of Directors works closely with the Leadership Team to chart a course for Hiawatha Academies and meets regularly throughout the year. Our Board members are drawn from the fields of business, education, healthcare, legal, and philanthropy and share a commitment to grow Hiawatha scholars into leaders.

Board Members can be reached at: boardchair@hiawathaacademies.org.

Upcoming Meetings


  • Wednesday,  August 16, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., HCHS
  • Thursday, September 7, from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., HCP
  • Wednesday, September 20, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Morris Park
  • Wednesday, October 25, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Northrop — THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. More information will be posted on the website as it becomes available.
  • Wednesday, November 15, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Northrop
  • Monday, November 27, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., HCHS
  • Wednesday, December 13, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., HCHS


  • Wednesday, January 17, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Morris Park
  • Wednesday, February 21, from  4 p.m. – 6 p.m., HCHS
  • Wednesday, March 21, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Northrop
  • Wednesday, April 18, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., HCP
  • Wednesday, May 16, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., Morris Park
  • Wednesday, June 13, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., HCHS

Meeting Minutes

Board members

Margarita Dimas Cultu, Chair
Pinnacle Performance Group

Jerry Alcazar, Vice Chair
Blackwell Burke

Joe Dixon
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Alicia Muñoz
Macalester College

Jon Schwartz, Treasurer
Charter School Growth Fund

Robert Lazo
Hiawatha Academies Teacher

Charise Powell
Hiawatha Academies Teacher


Penny Leporte, Secretary
General Mills

Eric Throldahl
Wells Fargo

Casey Jarrin Ph.D
Live Eye Photography

Linda Yang
AT&T, Hiawatha Academies Parent

Anne Behrendt
Doran Companies

Jonathon Alvarez
Hiawatha Academies Parent

Board committees

Academic achievement

  • Chair: Eric Throldahl
  • Staff liaison: Sara Boedecker-Johnston
  • Members: Whitney McKinley, Emily Loh and Linda Yang


  • Chair: Jon Schwartz
  • Staff liaison: Sean Elder
  • Members: Eric Throldahl

Human capital

  • Chair: Penny Leporte
  • Staff liaison: Edwin Ochoa
  • Members: Emily Loh, Caitlin Brickman and Doug Hepper

Strategy, growth and facilities

  • Chair: Margarita Dimas Cultu
  • Staff liaison: Sean Elder
  • Members: Whitney McKinley and Anne Behrendt


  • Chair: Jerry Alcazar
  • Staff liaison: Libby Stegger


  • Chair: Joe Dixon
  • Staff liaison: Eli Kramer

Parent engagement

  • Chair: Linda Yang
  • Staff liaison: Ambar Hanson