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

2017

  • 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

2018

  • 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

Chair | Margarita Dimas Cultu
Pinnacle Performance Group

Vice Chair | Gerardo Alcazar
Blackwell Burke

Treasurer | Jon Schwartz
Wildflower Foundation

Secretary | Penny Leporte
General Mills

Director | Jonathon Alvarez
Hiawatha Academies Parent

Director | Anne Behrendt
Doran Companies

Director | Joe Dixon
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Director | Roberto Lazo
Hiawatha Academies Teacher

Director | Alicia Muñoz
Macalester College

Director | Charise Powell
Hiawatha Academies Teacher

Director | Eric Throldahl
Wells Fargo

Director | Linda Yang
AT&T and Hiawatha Academies Parent

Board committees

Academic achievement

Chair | Eric Throldahl
Staff liaison | Rochelle Van Dijk
Chief Academic Officer
Members | Charise Powell, Alicia Muñoz

Development

Chair | Gerardo Alcazar
Staff liaison | Sean Elder
Chief Operating Officer

Enrollment

Chair | John Schwartz
Staff liaison | Libby Stegger
Senior Director of Enrollment/Admissions
Member | Penny Leporte

External relations

Chair | Linda Yang
Staff liaison | Ambar Hanson
Chief External Relations Officer

Finance

Chair | Jon Schwartz
Staff liaison | Sean Elder
Chief Operating Officer
Member | Eric Throldahl

Governance

Chair | Joe Dixon
Staff liaison | Eli Kramer
Executive Director

Human Capital

Chair | Penny Leporte
Staff liaison | Dawn Gunderson Taylor
Chief Talent Officer
Members | Caitlin Brickman*, Doug Hepper*

Strategy, Growth, and Facilities

Chair | Anne Behrendt
Staff liaison | Sean Elder
Chief Operating Officer
Member | Margarita Dimas Cultu

Publications