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 2017-2018 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.
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.
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.
Term expires: June 2019
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.
Term expires: June 2019
Barbara Bridges has been an artist and a teacher/college professor for over 40 years. Her social practice sculptures have been exhibited in Maine, Miami, the Virgin Islands, Maryland, Chicago, Mexico, Spain, Canada, and throughout Minnesota. Barbara taught K-12 art in Minnesota, Maine, and the Virgin Islands and has twice been named the Art Teacher of the Year in Minnesota. As an arts educator, Barbara has partnered with various Minnesota institutions including the Minneapolis Public Schools, the Perpich Center for Arts Education, the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Weisman Museum, and the Minnesota Museum of Art. The online curriculum site and discussion group, ArtsNet Minnesota, came out of those collaborations. Barbara has served as a professor for twenty years at the University of Minnesota and Bemidji State University where she has taught Foundations of Education, Human Relations, and Critical and Creative Thinking. She served as the architect of the unique DLiTE Program (Distributed Learning in Teacher Education), a hybrid online K-8 teacher licensure partnership program, and the FasTrack secondary initiative designed for previously degreed candidates who wish to teach high school. These programs were the first online teacher licensure programs in the nation. Barbara's newest project is the founding of the non-profit Art To Change The World, which seeks to engage artists, scientists, educators, change makers and all supporters at the intersection of art and science.
Term expires: June 2018
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 ending her role there as the school Technology Manager. She is currently employed as a Senior Functional Analyst in the IT Asset Management program at Xcel Energy. She has experience in the areas of nonprofits, state government, healthcare, community service, education, policy development, public relations, communication, fundraising, and special events.
She brings to the board knowledge in the operational functions at MNOHS, the depth of decisions that are required to successfully manage an online high school, and sustain a flourishing environment for students. She has vast skills in group facilitation, improvisational public speaking, training, and creative problem solving.
Term expires: June 2022
Debbie Ferm is a licensed special education teacher in the areas of learning disabilities and emotional/behavior disorders. She has been working with students with disabilities since 2006, when she completed the licensure program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Prior to that, Ms. Ferm earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and spent several years at home raising her children. Debbie is an avid reader and writer, and is passionate about sharing her love of books with her students.
Term expires: June 2020
Bob Furth has a pharmacy degree from the University of Minnesota and has retired from the position of general manager of a national healthcare company. Over the course of his professional career he was involved in a number of corporate committees related to policy review and strategic planning. Bob is serving on the MNOHS Board as a way to give back to MNOHS. His daughter graduated from MNOHS in 2017, and his son attended a charter school as well.
Jennifer Larson is a former MNOHS parent with a professional background in customer service.
Both of Jennifer's sons attended Minnesota Online High School because MNOHS met the NCAA eligibility requirements for their athletic pursuits and the flexibility they needed when their competition schedules required extensive travel. Her oldest graduated in 2017, was recruited by and is attending the University of Texas at Austin. Jennifer's younger son was also recruited by UT and will be attending in the Fall of 2019.
"There are many needs for the online school environment that have fit our family's circumstances. MNOHS has given us the flexibility and the foundation to pursue college while navigating the NCAA in order to achieve these goals. I'm happy to bring my insight, experience and knowledge to the MNOHS community in order to help others in similar situations."