Board Meeting Schedule 2016-2017

July - No meeting
August 23
September 27
October 25
November 15
December 20
January 24
February 21
March 28
April 25
May 30 - Annual Meeting and Board Election
June 27

Board meetings can be attended online.
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All board meetings are held from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at 2314 University Ave Suite 10, St. Paul, MN 55114 and are open to the public.

Summer Session begins June 14.
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The MNOHS Board of Directors includes members of the faculty as well as parent and community volunteers (see list below).

Click to view board meeting minutes of the past 12 months.

Click to view the 2015-2016 Combined Annual Report, which includes all required elements of a Charter School Annual Report and a World's Best Workforce Annual Report.

Click to view the MNOHS policy on the purchase of group health insurance.

Copies of other board policies, previous annual reports and minutes of past meetings are available by request.  Please contact MNOHS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For general inquiries about MNOHS, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800-764-8166 ext. 111.

Executive Director Elissa Raffa

Elissa Raffa has a B.S. in Secondary Science Education and an M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing, both from the University of Minnesota, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Bemidji State University. She is licensed as a school superintendent as well as a teacher of physics, chemistry and earth/space science. A founding director of MNOHS, Ms. Raffa has been active in arts education as well as science education. Before starting MNOHS, she developed and taught courses for seven years with the Mindquest Learning Network in Bloomington and for twelve years at Loring Nicollet Alternative School in Minneapolis. She served for three years on the Minnesota Online Learning Advisory Council and has been active state-wide in preparing pre-service and in-service teachers for the rigors of online education. During her first seven years at MNOHS, Ms. Raffa supervised the faculty and the learning program, and guided the development of high-quality, interactive online instruction and assessment in all content areas, using state-of-the-art technologies. She began serving as Executive Director in August, 2012.

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Executive Director Elissa Raffa

Anastasia Martin joined the MNOHS faculty in 2005 and the MNOHS board in 2014.  She has actively worked to develop and promote the school's success. In addition to developing and teaching social studies courses, she has served on the MNOHS Professional Development Committee; the Government Relations Committee of the National Council for the Social Studies (including one year as Chair); and on the District/Community Teaching and Learning Committee of her local school district. She has an MS in Public Policy and Administration, and two BA degrees, one in Social Sciences Education and one in Political Science. She has been teaching high school social studies since 1999. When she's not working, Anastasia loves to travel, spend time outdoors and read.

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Teacher Christie Allison

Mark Misukanis currently is an adjunct instructor at Metropolitan State University teaching graduate students in public and non-profit administration in the areas of public finance, public policy design, program evaluation and information management.  He is also a principle in a consulting firm providing policy and economic analysis for private sector companies.  His educational background includes a Bachelor’s from the University of St. Thomas, Master’s work in Economics at the University of Wisconsin and a Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota.

Mark has a well-balanced employment career with positions held in the private sector with a major Minnesota manufacturing company, in the non-profit sector with Hamline University, and the public sector with two state agencies and the Minnesota Senate. In the latter role he served as budget director in the Senate and is considered an expert in state and local public finance.  Mark has been a resident of Mendota Heights for 23 years.  He is married, and together with his wife Jan, have raised four daughters in the city.  He has a rich history of serving the community with recent service as Trustee, Treasurer and Finance Chair at Visitation School, current membership on the Archdiocese Finance Council, and a governor’s appointee to the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority.  His background includes a broader portfolio of membership on non-profit boards and volunteer experiences.

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Teacher Carianne Anderson

Stephanie Snidarich is a licensed teacher, with multiple education degrees: BA in Art and art education, a minor in art history, and a PhD in Educational Psychology, Special Education. She joined the MNOHS faculty in 2005, the school’s first year of operation, and has since worked actively to develop and promote the school's success. Stephanie has also served as a MNOHS special education teacher and was a MNOHS parent.  In addition to her role as a Visual Arts teacher at MNOHS, Stephanie also works for an educational non-profit and is an educational researcher.  Stephanie has served as MNOHS board president and secretary.  This experience has provided her with knowledge about the cyclical duties of board governance, finance, and how a board contributes to the well-being and effectiveness of a school.

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Enrollment Manager Sarah Bayrd

A friend of MNOHS since 2008, Sarah Carsello has a B.A. in Marketing from the College of St. Scholastica.  She worked at MNOHS for over five years in various technology capacities including Technology Manager.  She is currently a Business Analyst at Mn.IT Services working in the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). She is also a Toastmasters officer and has experience in the areas of nonprofits, community service, education, policy development, public relations, communication, fundraising, and special events. 

She brings to the board a strong understanding of the efforts that go into making the school operate and the depth of the decisions that are required to run an online school, as well as skills in group facilitation, improvisation public speaking, and problem solving.

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Teacher Kim Breeden

Brian Cross has a BSc in Education from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Public and Nonprofit Administration (MPNA) from Metropolitan State University—the latter conducted 50% online. He is an experienced manager in the hotel/hospitality and restaurant industries and has also volunteered for the Minnesota Literacy Council. He has served as a community member of the MNOHS Board since May 2010, including six years as board president, and is well versed in school policy and board governance.  On a personal note, Brian is a lifetime learner and hopes that his service on the MNOHS board will be an example for students that education, service, and leadership are a lifelong process.

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Teacher Lori Breidenbach

Janice Grudecki has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and works as a Marketing Manager in the Digital Channels Group of Wells Fargo Bank, working each day from home (virtually) to support the Online Banking Channel division.  She is a member of the Wells Fargo Women's Team Member Network.  She has skills and experience in administration and management, community service, public relations and communication, and writing and editing.  Janice is the parent of a MNOHS student.

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Teacher Heather Dehn-Brastad

Denise Meyer has a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and works in the field of early childhood education.  She is the enthusiastic parent of a MNOHS student, has been an online student herself, and has joined the board to serve in an outreach/advocacy role.

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