John BiermannNicole Hartfield
John Biermann received his MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, a Master’s of Science and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota. He is an emeritus Staff member of the Mayo Clinic. He has 11 years of experience as a hockey coach and loves to help children learn new skills and develop self-confidence. After working in health care for 20 years, John became a paraprofessional for the Anoka-Hennepin School District. John continues a family tradition of commitment to education and life-long learning. His mother was a special education paraprofessional for more than 30 years. His wife has also been a paraprofessional and their son an AmeriCorps reading tutor. He enjoys trout fishing, print-making, reading and spending time with family.
Growing up in Missouri, and living next to my grandfather’s garden led to my interest in natural sciences. I obtained two degrees in horticulture, worked as a researcher and a college instructor. My interest in training and statistics brought me back to college to obtain an MBA. After graduating, I traveled to the Pacific Northwest and began a career in human resources. I achieved and maintained two senior professional certifications during my eighteen year career with Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Interested in utilizing technology to innovate, I taught myself Microsoft Access and Visual Basic. In horticulture and business, I became a published author, contributor and lecturer. Personally, I am an avid reader of history, and listener to podcasts. I became a woodcarver and wood worker. I’ve taken classes in colored pencil drawing in Washington state and charcoal drawing from the White Bear Lake Art Center. I’ve also taken classes in wood engraving, and printing from Minnesota Center for Book Arts. I use a 1920’s Craftsman platen press to create prints which I sell.