SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS:
Term expires 2016
Ross grew up in Cloquet, MN, received his BS in Electrical Engineering from DeVry Institute in Kansas City in 1987, and his MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA, in 1997. Ross has been an entrepreneur several times over, including his current company, Dymedex Consulting, which he co-founded in 2007 to deliver strategic marketing insights to the medical technology industry. He spent 6 years at Medtronic doing global marketing. His prior work includes management consulting, internet financial services, and the semiconductor industry, including a three year stint in Tokyo. He started his first company while in college.
Ross brings an array of business skills to the board, notably financial management and strategic planning. Ross also spent six years on the MIT Club of Minnesota board, two as Treasurer and two as President, where he led an expansion of membership programs. He has been an active volunteer on the DaVinci Academy Board's Finance Committee for three years before joining the Board as Treasurer in 2013.
Ross, his wife Mandy, and their two children - both enrolled at DaVinci Academy - now reside in Fridley. Ross is a passionate advocate of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as a supporter for music and art programs
Term expires 2015
Mike is a 2011 graduate of Northwestern College (St. Paul), with a BA in Instrument Music Education. He served as the college band's president and assistant conductor his senior year. Mike has been an active part of the MN marching band scene since 2006 and is now entering his first year of full time teaching. He was recently accepted into the Tri-State Judges Association and is now adjudicating year round across the Tri-State area.
Mike and his wife, Laura, live in Maplewood. They are enjoying the process of fixing up their first house and are regularly involved in their church's youth group.
Mike joined DaVinci Academy Board in August 2012 as a teacher representative. He comes to the board with a passion for education that is meaningful, relevant, and worth the student's time. Mike is excited to use his training in quality classroom instruction to help DaVinci provide a superior model of education for the benefit and joy of its students.
Douglass B. Hiatt
Doug graduated from Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska in 1990, with a BSBA in Accounting. In 1993 he graduated with a JD from the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in October 1993. He has been a practicing attorney in the area of banking and financial law for the past eighteen years. He has been employed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Bankers Systems in St. Cloud, and for the last fourteen years has been in-house counsel at TCF Financial Corporation.
Doug and his wife are the proud parents of a fourth grader and two first graders at DaVinci Academy.
Doug served on the board of a small private school in Elk River from 2006 thru 2008. He has served on the DaVinci Academy Board since September 2008, and is currently the chair of its Finance Committee. Doug has volunteered in a number of different programs over the years and enjoys helping others.
Dale F. Lieb
Term expires 2015
Dale is a 1974 graduate of St. Mary’s University, with a BA in Business Administration and Modern Languages. He also received a MBA in Marketing in 1976 from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business. Dale is currently employed by CHS Inc., a large grain/energy agribusiness company in St. Paul, where he has held various finance, sales, marketing management and insurance brokering positions for the past thirty-three years.
Dale and his wife, Linda, are longtime residents of Vadnais Heights.
Dale joined the DaVinci Academy Board in May 2011 as a community representative. He comes to the board with substantial experience in financial and operational management, customer relations, marketing, and risk management. He looks forward to utilizing those skills to help DaVinci Academy accomplish their mission and achieve continued success.