I hope this newsletter finds you well! Included below you will find information about me that may be of interest as we build our working relationship together. I look forward to our future and ask you to contact me whenever you need support, have time, or would like to share a fantastic story about your work that I might share with our members. I wish you all the best as you carry out some of the most difficult work of our lifetime.
Years ago when I joined MASA as an Executive Director in Saint Paul Public Schools, I could not have imagined that one day I would be selected to lead the organization. I believe that my experience in rural, suburban and urban schools as a social studies teacher, assistant principal, principal, executive director, chief of staff, and superintendent for 13 years will be of great benefit as I work to improve upon the solid foundation of MASA. I have served on the MASA Legislative Committee, Member Services Committee, the Foundation Board, and as President of MASA. I have had a deep commitment over the years to MASA and am very proud to serve as executive director.
In the spirit of Simon Senek who authored, Start with Why, I will share that my why in this position is straightforward. I am at your service whether you would like information, need support, advocacy at the legislature or with a state agency, have an idea to improve MASA, or you just need to talk to someone you can trust to be confidential. Please don’t hesitate to invite me to join your meetings. I value learning about what you are doing and will look for ways to assist you.
Three fun facts
- I am in my 55th year of water skiing on the same ski I learned on-yes you can find similar skis in antique stores!
- My chocolate chip cookies are legendary!
- I am married to a retired BNSF railroad engineer, have two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and seven grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is a boy who is a new teenager followed by six girls who are 8, 6, 5, 5, 2 1/2, and 2 1/2. Yes there are two sets of twins in that group and they belong to the same parents!