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

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 | Roberto Lazo
Hiawatha Academies Teacher

Director | Alicia Muñoz
Macalester College

Director | Stephanie Sowma
Hiawatha Academies Teacher

Director | Linda Yang
AT&T and Hiawatha Academies Parent

Board committees

Academic achievement

Staff liaison | Rochelle Van Dijk
Chief Academic Officer
Members | Alicia Muñoz


Chair | Gerardo Alcazar


Chair | Jon 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


Chair | Jon Schwartz
Member | Eric Throldahl


Staff liaison | Colette Owens
Executive Director
Members | Margarita Dimas Cultu,
Penny Leporte, Gerardo Alcazar

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
Member | Margarita Dimas Cultu