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 | Jonathan Alvarez
Hiawatha Academies Parent

Director | Anne Behrendt
Doran Companies

Director | Jason Brandenborg
The Brandenborg Foundation

Director | Roberto Lazo
Hiawatha Academies Teacher

Director | Adnan Momin

Director | Alicia Muñoz
Macalester College

Director | Stephanie Sowma
Hiawatha Academies Teacher

Director | Linda Yang
Hiawatha Academies Parent

Board committees


Chair | Alicia Munoz
Member | Roberto Lazo
Staff Liaison | Rochelle Van Dijk


Chair | Penny LePorte
Members |
Jon Schwartz, Anne Soto
Staff Liaison |
Libby Stegger

Family & Community Engagement

Chair | Jonathan Alvarez
Member | Linda Yang
Staff Liaison | Ambar Hanson


Chair | Jon Schwartz
Members | Jason Brandenborg, Adnan Momin, Tyler Baier
Staff Liaisons | Libby Stegger, Rosie Kellogg

Strategy & Governance

Chair | Anne Behrendt
Member | Stephanie Sowma, Gerardo Alcazar, Tim Geoffrion
Staff Liaison | Colette Owens


Chair | Penny LePorte
Members | Margarita Dimas Cultu
Staff Liaison | Dawn Gunderson Taylor