Our Board

Jim Barnes - Owatonna, CHOICE Parent, Board Chair

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.

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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. 


Marissa Johnson, CHOICE Board Member, Recorder

Marissa graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English Education. She taught remedial English courses for one summer at the Valley View Learning Center in Dover, MN. She also spent two years teaching high school English at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Gilbertville, IA. Marissa is looking forward to becoming an active member of the Owatonna community and sharing her passion for learning with the students and faculty at CHOICE.


  

Sue Blumhoefer - Dream/Willmar, Board Vice 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. 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.


MEETING LOCATION

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:

School Evaluation Committee Meeting: July 18 6PM- The School Evaluation Committee will work to create an annual board evaluation for sites.

Click the link below to join our video meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/753337901

Or  join us by telephone:
    Dial: +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
    Meeting ID: 753 337 901

July Board Meeting: July, 25th at 6:30 pm at 315 S. Grove Ave, Owatonna, MN

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: 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