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.
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
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.
Term expires: June 2019
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.
Term expires: June 2018
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.
Term expires: June 2020