Our Board

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Dan Swenson, Retired, M.S. Experiential Education - 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. Dan Swenson can be reached at dans@technicalacademies.org 


  

Sue Blumhoefer - DREAM/Willmar, Board Chair                                                                                          


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. Volunteer at our church and currently serve as the chair of the Dream Academy Advisory Council. My greatest accomplishment is raising 2 wonderful boys.  Having had 1 son attend DREAM Technical Academy in Willmar I am very passionate about Project Based Learning and serving on the TAM board lets me give back to a school that is doing great things for local students.   I love to read, spend time outside, camp and eat dark chocolate!  My favorite phrase is "Make Today Ridiculously Amazing".   Sue Blumhoefer can be reached at sueb@technicalacademies.org


Billie Johnson - DREAM/Willmar

This is my first year on the board but have been with TAM from the beginning on various committees where I have served as a project coordinator and volunteer for many projects.   I work full time at Life-Science Innovations in the research and development department, recently graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Masters in Ecology and Environmental  Science and in the process of earning my certification as a Certified Safety Professional.  

I am also the founder of the 10 Pin Youth Scholarship Program that assists kids of all ages in the opportunity to earn college scholarships through the sport of bowling and get the pleasures of being a part of building their future by mentoring, coaching the high-school bowling team, youth league and a travel league. 

I have worked with many drop out students on my own time and have assisted each and everyone of them in earning a GED or passing high school so they could attend college or apply for a job.   I am the founder of a scholarship program which allows me to work with kids who don't normally have a good structure at home or have been lost in the loop of the traditional learning atmosphere. 

My biggest passions are writing music, the bowling scene, my St Bernards and most of all..... building things.  I like to build homes for people and/or revamp living spaces, and most of all , I enjoy building people.  I have worked with many organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, F.O.R Community, the United States Bowling Congress, and last but not least, TAM.  It's been a pleasure to serve on the board so far and I have enjoyed getting to know about what has made this organization such a great community asset; especially for our youth.  Billie can be reached at billiej@technicalacademies.org


Jim Barnes - CHOICE/Owatonna

After a short leave of absence Jim is serving as a parent representative for the Technical Academies of Minnesota board. Jim has spent many hours volunteering with Technical Academies and is always willing to help parents, students and the other TAM directors.  Jim can be reached at jimb@technicalacademies.org 


Mike Millerbernd - CHOICE/Owatonna- Board Vice Chair

Mike is an advisor at CHOICE.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2012 with a B.S. in Mathematics.  After working through the first three actuarial exams, he realized that his true calling was teaching when a friend told him to sit in a math class one day.  Before the end of the first period class, he had already determined that he needed to be a secondary teacher and went to Bemidji State University to get his teaching license.  He is now dedicated to exploring how to best present mathematics in a project-based learning environment.  Mike can be contacted at mmillerbernd@technicalacademies.org.


Elise Hageman - CHOICE/Owatonna- Board Recorder

Elise is an advisor at CHOICE Technical Academy. She grew up in Mankato and went to college at the University of Minnesota Duluth (Go Bulldogs!). Elise is in her third year of teaching and is enjoying every minute of it. She is excited to be on the Board to help bridge both sites together in the vision of TAM. Outside of work, Elise enjoys camping, cooking, knitting, and spending time with friends and family.   Elise can be reached at ehageman@technicalacademies.org


Michaela Bengtson- DREAM/Willmar

Michaela joined the TAM board in June 2018. I was born and raised in Kandiyohi, Mn.  I grew up on a dairy and crop farm, which has now transitioned into being a beef and crop farm.  I love agriculture.  I went to school to obtain my degree in Agricultural Education teaching.  I completed my college by completing my first two years at Ridgewater College in Willmar, and the last two years at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.  Go Gophers!  I enjoy all sorts of different activities from sports, painting, musicals, being outside,volunteering, playing with my niece and nephews and kayaking.  I chose DREAM because it is the kind of school that I wish I would have had the opportunity to go to.  I also chose DREAM because I will get to help students spontaneously explore the world around them to find their passions and dreams in order to prepare themselves for their futures!  If I was a student at DREAM one of the projects that I would have picked would have been a project on looking at the ideal traits of a Red and White Holstein cow and then painting those traits! Michaela can be reached at mbengtson@technicalacademies.org

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.


MEETING LOCATION

The TAM Board of Directors meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are held in public locations as indicated below.  Meetings are also available online.

Upcoming meetings: Board meeting will be September 25, 2018 6:30 at  Dream, 1705 16th St NE, Willmar and CHOICE, 315 S Grove Ave., Owatonna 

The TAM Governance Committee TBD at CHOICE, 315 S Grove Ave., Owatonna MN and DREAM, 1705 16th St NE, Willmar, MN 56201. Click here to see the agenda for the meeting

Click the link below to join our video meeting:

 https://zoom.us/j/3660294036

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

    Meeting ID: 366 029 4036

 

    SIP: 4435479143@zoomcrc.com

 


TAM Board Subcommittees

1. Governance Subcommittee: Marissa Johnson, Billie Johnson, Tammie Knick, Michael Millerbernd

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

Next Meeting: TBD at Choice Technical Academy, 315 S. Grove, Owatonna.

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

11/16/17  7pm                                                                                  11/16/17

11/27/17 6pm                                                                                   11/27/17

12/11/17 4pm                                                                                    1/2/18

1/18/18 4pm                                                                                       1/18/18

1/30/18 4pm  

2/6/18 4PM                                                                                         2/6/18

2/13/18 4PM                                                                                      2/13/18

3/13/18                                                                                              3/20/18

4/18/18

2. Academic Excellence Committee: Sue Blumhoefer, Jaime Larson, Marissa Johnson

Purpose:  Committee will evaluate performance of each school and report back to the the board.  Committee will work with each site to find ways the TAM board can help them be successful. 

Next Meeting: TBD online see login information for board meetings. 

Agenda                                                                                         Meeting Minutes

11/17/17                                                                                       11/17/17

3/19/18                                                                                          8/14/18

3. Rochester Subcommittee: committee inactive as of September 2017

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