Our Board

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Dan Swenson, Retired, M.S. Experiential Education - Interim Board Treasurer

Dan Swenson is retired and was a 4-H member as a youth. He received his BS from the U of M, Twin Cities and recently an MS in Experiential Education at MSU, Mankato. Dan is a volunteer judge at the regional Science and Engineering Fairs held each year in Mankato. He is a former member of the Waseca City Police Reserve and past board member and treasurer of the Waseca County Historical Society. 


Tom Traynor, CEO Traynor Trucking - Interium Board Member, Willmar Chair

Thomas Traynor started farming in 1967 in the Waldorf area. He now farms with his son and grandsons. Tom started Traynor Trucking, Inc. in 1988. His company hauls grain and seed corn, 3rd class mail as well as FedX mail. In 2000 Tom invested in a partnership with Independent Grain in Pemberton and Janesville. He has served on the Cemetery Board for 8 years as well as being a City Council Member for 4 years.

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Michael Warner, Education Leader - Acting Vice Chair

Michael Warner is a licensed Math teacher and District Assessment Coordinator at Venture Academy in Minneapolis (charter school). He has worked within charter schools in Minnesota as a fundraiser, consultant, operations manager and analyst with some of the highest performing schools in the state. He also taught high school math in Tennessee before moving back to Owatonna last fall to be closer to family and friends.

Jim Barnes - Owatonna, CHOICE Parent, Board Member

Jim Barnes is currently the Financial Analyst for Pearson NCS in Owatonna and taught Business Ed at Cloquet High School in Cloquet, Minnesota for one year. While at CHS Jim taught business and vocational courses and advised the Anime Club, Board Game Club, and BPA (Business Professionals of America) which had a student qualify for nationals in Anaheim, California. Prior to that he was an intern at Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota for one year. Before teaching he also worked in treasury and accounting for a number of companies including Toro and Multek. He is currently the treasurer for the Pearson Employee’s Club.

David Introne - Advisor, CHOICE, Owatonna, Board Member

David is an Advisor at CHOICE Technical Academy in Owatonna. Before coming to CHOICE David was a substitute teacher, primarily working for OJHS. Before that he was an aid at St. Mary’s School assisting with preschool, lunch, recess and after-school SAC. He has three years experience with Summer SAC in Owatonna.

Prior to entering education David spent a brief time in Law Enforcement; He holds a bachelors degree in Communications from St. Johns University, and a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University.


Melissa Hoffman Bodin - Advisor, DREAM, Willmar, Acting Board Chair

Melissa is an Advisor at DREAM Technical Academy in Wilmar. For the past seven years she has been the executive director of an organization dedicated to serving victims of sexual and domestic violence. Prior to her time serving crime victims, she spent five years in a public school system working in community education and health services as well as spending time as a paraprofessional in the preschool and elementary settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree is in Sociology and a master’s degree is in Education: Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.


Sue Blumhoefer - Dream/Willmar, Board Member

I grew up in Fairfax and have 2 sisters, I graduated from the St Cloud Business School. After marrying Matt, my High School sweetheart, in 1990 we moved to Willmar where I worked at Herberger's for 7 years and then started in the real estate industry as an office assistant working for Century 21 Kandi Realty for 10 years before being hired at WCAR as administrative assistant and then in May 2011 was promoted by the Board of Directors as the Association Executive.   I received my RCE REALTOR® Association Certified Executive designation in 2014. I serve as the treasurer for the Shared Association Services and Information group (SASI) and the Chair for the Minnesota Association of REALTORS AE Committee. Volunteer at our church and currently serve as the chair of the Dream Academy Advisory Council. My greatest accomplishment is raising 2 wonderful boys, Dalton who is just finishing his final semester at the  U of M Morris and Logan who attends Dream Technical Academy and will be graduating in 2017.   I love to read, spend time outside, camp and eat dark chocolate!  My favorite phrase is "Make Today Ridiculously Amazing"




Join Us!

If you would like to get involved, learn more about the Technical Academies, or help with recruitment and our start-up fundraising, please contact any of our board members or email us for information.  Board meetings are open to the public. Email info@technicalacadmies.org for more information and to contact board members.


The TAM Board of Directors meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm.  Meetings are held at the Choice Technical Academy, on the Pillsbury campus, Pillsbury Hall: 315 S. Grove, Owatonna, MN, 55060 unless otherwise indicated.  Meetings are also available online.



Upcoming meetings:

March Board Meeting: March, 28th at 6:30 pm at 315 S. Grove Ave, Owatonna, MN

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TAM Board Subcommittees

1. Governance Subcommittee: Jim Barnes (Owatonna, CHOICE Parent, Board Member), David Introne - (Owatonna, CHOICE, Advisor, Board Member), Michael Warner (Education Leader - Acting Vice Chair)

Purpose: The Governance Subcommittee was created to review the TAM bylaws and TAM board policies.

Next Meeting: 3/23/17, 6:30pm at Choice Technical Academy, 315 S. Grove, Owatonna.

Governance Subcommittee Agendas                                                 Meeting Minutes                                                                                                                                                         3/23/17                                                                                              3/23/2017  



2. Rochester Subcommittee: Jim Barnes (Owatonna, CHOICE Parent, Board Member), Dan Swenson (Retired, M.S. Experiential Education - Interim Board Treasurer), Marissa Johnson (Owatonna, CHOICE Advisor, Language Arts), Samantha Bultsma (Owatonna, CHOICE Sped Paraprofessional)  

Purpose: The Rochester Subcommittee was created to help plan, and make arrangements for, the starting of IMAGINE Technical Academy in Rochester MN.

Next Meeting: 4/25/2017 at Choice Technical Academy, 315 S. Grove Ave, Owatonna MN.

Rochester Subcommittee Agendas                                                  Meeting Minutes

2/9/2017                                                                                         2/9/2017                                                                                                                                                                                 2/28/2017                                                                                       2/28/2017                                                                                                                                     3/28/2017                                                                                       3/28/2017                                                                                                                                                                          4/25/2017