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 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS:  DAVINCI ABC (SEE BELOW)

 
Ross Meisner
 
President
Parent Representative
Term expires 2016
 

Ross grew up in Cloquet, MN, received his BS in Electrical Engineering from DeVry Kansas City in 1987 and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA, in 1997. Ross has been an entrepreneur several times over, starting his first company while still in college and now including his current company, Dymedex Consulting, which he co-founded in 2007 to deliver strategic marketing insights to the medical industry. He recently spent 6 years at Medtronic leading global marketing for pacemakers and ICDs. His prior work includes management consulting, internet financial services, and the semiconductor industry, including living in Tokyo for three years.

 

Ross brings an array of business skills to the board, notably financial management and strategic planning. Ross 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 and updated the board’s structure. He spent three years serving on the DaVinci Board's Finance Committee before formally joining the Board as Treasurer in 2013 and being elected President in 2014. 

 

Ross, his wife Mandy, and their two children reside in Fridley. Being an engineer and a pianist, Ross is a passionate advocate for both STEM education and the arts.

 
 
Matt Manning
 
Vice-Chair
Parent Member
Term expires 2018
 
 
Erin Nelson
 
Secretary
Teacher Member
Term expires 2017
 
 
Nicole Brown
 
Director
Teacher Member
Term expires 2018
 
 
Rachel Engstrom
 
Director
Community Member
Term expires 2018
 
 
Valerie Slaymaker
 
Director
Community Member
Term expires 2016
 
Valerie Slaymaker, Ph.D., is Vice President of Education, Quality and Research at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the Chief Academic Officer and Provost in the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, an accredited institution of higher learning preparing addictions counselors. Valerie holds doctorate and master's degrees in clinical psychology and is trained as a scientist-practioner. Her scholarly and research interests include addictions treatment research, academic program evaluation, and the implementation of evidence-based practices into clinical and educational programming.

Valerie serves on the DaVinci Academy board as a community member and as the chair of the finance committee. As an administrator dedicated to advancing education, she brings years of academic leadership to her role as a board member in the areas of strategic planning, operations, finance and budgeting, philanthropy, academic assessment, accreditation, and compliance.
 
 
Andy Wallschlaeger
 
Director
Parent Member
Term expires 2017
 
 
Melanie Persellin
 
Director
Parent Member

 
Douglass B. Hiatt
 
Treasurer
Volunteer
 
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.
 
 
AFFILITATED BUILDING CORPORATION (ABC):
 
 
Name:
DAVINCI ACADEMY ABC
 
Address:
13001 Highway 65
Blaine, MN 55304
 
MEMBERS:
 
Dale Lieb
Sean Nelson
Richard Reiling