Board Members

Durowaa Agyeman-Mensah

Community Member – Board Chair
dagyeman-mensah@davincicharterschool.org
Term Expires: 2025

Durowaa has served on the Board since September 2022. She is a proud graduate of DaVinci’s class of 2014 and credits her education at DaVinci for shaping her into a life-long learner. Durowaa received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College, double majoring in French and Gender, Women’s, Sexuality Studies. She was awarded the Grinnell President’s Medal upon graduation. She is currently the Office Manager & Special Projects Lead at Richie James Transport, Inc. and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant at various K-12 schools across the state.

In her spare time, Durowaa loves to play piano, write blog posts, and walk her toothless Pomeranian named Millie. She is eager to be a part of the DaVinci community again.

Brenda Maulik

Teacher – Board Vice Chair
bmaulik@davincicharterschool.org
Term Expires: 2027

Mrs. Maulik chose to work at DaVinci Academy for many reasons! With a background in the arts, she experienced first hand the influence the arts can have in the academic success of learners. Science helps learners develop a love and appreciation of inquiry as well as an understanding of the world around them. Integrating both into all areas of instruction supports and encourages children to think critically, engage in learning in a creative way, and encourages them to try new ideas.

Sara Sweeney

Teacher – Board Secretary
ssweeney@davincicharterschool.org
Term Expires: 2027

Sara Sweeney comes to DaVinci Academy with a diverse background of professional experiences. Before getting her K-6 licensure she was a preschool teacher and worked in business. Mrs. Sweeney holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Music from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University, and a Master of Arts in Teaching for Concordia University St. Paul. Mrs. Sweeney is a passionate educator who loves to teach at DaVinci Academy. She has a passion for working in an environment where students come first and each student has equitable experiences.

Idara Uko

Parent – Board Treasurer
iuko@davincicharterschool.org
Term Expires: 2027

Idara Uko has served on the board since February 2020 and serves on the finance committee and the school development committee. Idara is an Engineering Director at Medtronic Plc where he works with high performing teams to deliver therapies and solutions that improve the lives of patients around the world. Idara previously served on the board of AXIS Medical Center, a non-profit clinic in Minneapolis providing primary care to underserved populations in Minneapolis. Idara obtained his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Management (B.Eng & Mgt) from McMaster University, Canada, a Masters in Applied Science (MASc) in Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto, Canada, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Minnesota -Carlson School of Management. Idara is married with three children ages 10, 7, and 4, with two kids attending DaVinci Academy.  Idara enjoys playing soccer, listening to podcasts, reading and has recently picked up hiking.

Sana Soussi

Parent
sanasoussi@davincicharterschool.org
Term expires: 2026

Bio coming soon…

Jacob Stith

Parent
jstith@davincicharterschool.org
Term Expires: 2025

Jacob was voted into the parent position on the DaVinci Academy Board of Directors in February 2022. He graduated from Anoka Technical College with and Associates degree in Architectural Technologies. He is currently employed by Virginia Tile Company as a Territory Sales manager calling on commercial contractors, architects, designers, and national accounts in the states of Minnesota, North Dakota & South Dakota. Jacob currently has two children attending DaVinci Academy with a third starting kindergarten the summer of 2022. He is extremely excited to give back to the school community as a board member.

Jacob loves having the opportunity to give back to the school that has given his children and family as much as it has.

Emily Uhl

Parent
euhl@davincicharterschool.org
Term Expires: June 2023

Emily Uhl has served on the board during the 2021-2022 term and was recently reappointed in May of 2022 to serve the remaining parent term, seat F. Emily is excited to be given the opportunity to continue to serve the school community as a board member.

Emily Uhl is a litigation attorney for The Cincinnati Insurance Company and has practiced law for over 13 years.  Emily received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Buena Vista University, double majoring in Finance & Banking & Economics. She obtained her JD from the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska.  Emily is married with 2 elementary age children that attend DaVinci Academy of Arts and Science.

Vacant

Please accept this notice that there is a Teacher Board Member (Seat G) position open.  The Board will be accepting Applicant Questionnaires for consideration and appointment at the July 2024 Board meeting.  This will be a Board appointed position and the appointed Board member will complete the term previously held.  The deadline for Applicant Questionnaire is July 15, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.  Applications submitted after July 15, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. will NOT be considered. You can download the form here.   When completed, please email it to dagyeman-mensah@davincicharterschool.org. Please attend the Board meeting scheduled for July 22, 2024 for a question and answer session with the Board.

Vacant

Please accept this notice that there is a Community Board Member (Seat C) position open.  The Board will be accepting Applicant Questionnaires for consideration and appointment at the August 2024 Board meeting.  This will be a Board appointed position and the appointed Board member will complete the term previously held.  The deadline for Applicant Questionnaire is August 19, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.  Applications submitted after August 19, 2024 at 4:00 p.m. will NOT be considered. You can download the form here.   When completed, please email it to dagyeman-mensah@davincicharterschool.org. Please attend the Board meeting scheduled for August 26, 2024 for a question and answer session with the Board.

Board Committees

Chair: Idara Uko
Vice Chair(s): Sana Soussi

Manages the finances of DaVinci Academy with the highest integrity and ensures professional accounting practices are followed.

Meeting Schedule: The Finance Committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 12:00 PM.

Chair: Brenda Maulik
Vice Chair: Jessica Murphy

Reviews and recommends appropriate and supportable compensation and bonus programs for teachers and staff that are in DaVinci Academy’s best interests and aligned with its business mission and strategy to reward and retain quality employees.

Meeting Schedule: The HR/Compensation Committee meets on the third Wednesday of month @ 7:05 AM; in-person

Chair: Julie Kresh
Vice Chair: Emily Uhl

Documents and tracks current policies and practices, reviews and recommends changes to existing policies and practices, and drafts and recommends new policies and practices, as needed.

Meeting Schedule: The Policy Committee meets on the first Friday of month @1:00 PM; mixed (in-person and virtual)

Chair: Dan Rhinhart

Vice Chair: Jacob Stith

The School Development Committee is a team of individuals committed to spearheading the schools’ fundraising efforts. The committee develops short and long-term strategic development plans which are focused on student and school success, and which align with the school’s strategic and financial plans. 

The team develops DaVinci’s “case for giving” and works together to ensure the proper management of donors and prospects.

Meeting Schedule: The School Development Committee will meet the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30 PM in-person.

Communication Committee
Facilitates quality communications within DaVinci Academy and from the school to stakeholders and the general public.

Facilities Committee
Chair:
Vice Chair: Andy Wallschlaeger
Reviews, prioritizes, and recommends budgetary and other actions to the administration and the DaVinci Academy School Board in order to maintain and enhance the school’s buildings and grounds. This includes, but is not limited to, the recommendation of additions and upgrades to facilities, development of budgets necessary for short- and long-term facility maintenance, and review and selection of facility maintenance-related bids and contracts, and prioritization and recommendation of large equipment purchases.
This is an Ad-Hoc group committee specifically working on the school expansion. They are not currently seeking additional members.

High School Ad Hoc
Chair: Holly Fischer
Takes a leading role in assisting the administration and the DaVinci Academy School Board in developing a plan to expand the school to include grades nine through twelve. This will initially include assistance in hiring a high school coordinator to oversee the project and in creating a vision for the future high school program.
This committee was disbanded when it completed its task.

School Director Search Committee
Chair: Doug Hiatt
Coordinates all activities associated with identifying, interviewing and recruiting potential candidates to fill the school’s open School Director position.
This committee was disbanded when it completed its task.

Technology Committee
Chair: Mike Hebert

Curriculum/Technology Committee
Chair: Michelle Ingram

24-25 Academic Calendar Changes

There have been a few changes to the 24-25 Academic Calendar.
Please be sure to download the most recent version below.
Added No School Days:
October 21, 2024
Jan 31, 2025
March 28, 2025