The Minnesota Online High School Board of Directors includes members of the faculty as well as parent/guardian and community volunteers (see list below).

Please scroll down for information about our monthly board meetings.

Topaz Torres – President

Term: June 2024
Email: [email protected]

Biography: An alumna of MNOHS, Topaz Torres, has a BFA and currently works as a website and digital designer for Spok, a healthcare IT company. At MNOHS Topaz was an active student council member, and while attending university, she was heavily involved in supporting the Women’s and LGBT Center. She is passionate about creating community and LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces. Topaz brings to the board skills in graphic design, marketing, event planning and the thoughtful perspective of a former student.

Mary Derosier – Treasurer

Term: June 2023
Email: [email protected]

Biography: With a background in education, Mary Derosier is passionate about the importance of choices in education to better meet the needs of all children. She has a BS in Elementary Education and has taught music, Kindergarten, and developmental English and Math in both public and private schools. She also coordinated community education programming in two districts. Currently, she is the President and CEO of Window World Twin Cities.

Sarah Benson – Secretary / Teacher

Term: June 2025
Email: [email protected]

Biography: Sarah has a MS in School Counseling and has worked in this professional role since 2011.  At MNOHS, she serves as a counselor to students with last names A-L and as advisor to our student-led Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA).  She is a co-founder of Fargo’s Community Uplift Program and a board member since 2015 including terms as secretary and vice president.  She is currently a member of the Moorhead Community Education Board.  Sarah served as a Human Resources Sergeant in the MN Army National Guard for 7 years.  She has presented twice at the National Mentoring Summit in Washington DC and considers public speaking to be one of her strengths and interests.  She is passionate about universal design for learning (UDL) as a way to improve the MNOHS experience for all students.  She also has experience with managing 501c3 budgets and grant writing, and an interest in policy review.  She brings a unique perspective to the board from having served our students on a primarily individual basis as they prepare for their futures beyond MNOHS. 

Barbara Bridges – Community

Term: June 2024

Biography: Barbara Bridges’ social practice sculptures have been exhibited widely in Minnesota, the U.S. and internationally. She taught art in Minnesota, Maine, and the Virgin Islands and was twice named Minnesota Art Teacher of the Year. As an arts educator, Barbara partnered with the Minneapolis Public Schools, Perpich Center, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Weisman Museum, and the Minnesota Museum of Art. The online curriculum and discussion site, ArtsNet Minnesota, came out of those collaborations. Barbara was a professor for twenty years at the University of Minnesota and Bemidji State University where she taught Foundations of Education, Human Relations, and Critical and Creative Thinking—and where she founded DLiTE and FasTrack, the first online teacher licensure programs in the U.S. She most recently founded the nonprofit Art to Change the World.

Christie Allison – Teacher

Term: June 2025
Email: [email protected]

Biography: Christie has taught full-time at MNOHS since 2011. She has multiple Minnesota teaching licenses in both special education and general education, as well as expertise in transition planning. In addition to teaching, she coordinates our school’s career and technical education (CTE) and project-based learning programs. She served on the MNOHS Academic Oversight Committee for one year, and is has been a member of the MNOHS Professional Development Committee since 2018. Outside of MNOHS, she served for four years, including two as president, of the Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children (MNCEC), and for one year on Minnesota’s legislatively-empowered Online and Digital Learning Advisory Council. Christie holds two degrees from Kent State University, BS Intervention Specialist and M.Ed. Intervention Specialist, and has taken doctoral classes in Instructional Design for Online Learning.  Christie brings commitment to working as a school community, interest in creating systems that benefit all, and joy for making a positive impact to the MNOHS Board.

Anastasia Martin – Teacher

Term: June 2025
Email: [email protected]

Biography: Anastasia Martin is a licensed social studies educator (grades 6-12) who has taught since 1999 in Connecticut, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Her teaching experiences include middle school and high school students in a wide variety of courses. She has also taught in a college setting and worked with students earning their GEDs. A North Dakota native, Anastasia loves to travel and has been to five continents. Anastasia received her BA in Political Science and Education from North Dakota State University and her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. She joined MNOHS is 2005 and is currently teaching World Geography, American History, World History and Psychology. She is also coordinates the MNOHS Professional Development Committee and is a volunteer member of the MNOHS Board.

Julie Jensen – Parent

Term: June 2025
Email: [email protected]

Biography: Julie Jensen is a Manager of Vendor Management at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. In this position, Julie oversees the strategy for Sourcing & Vendor Management with focus on cost controls, technology alignment and increased value from vendors throughout the lifecycle of a deal. This is managed through relationships, accountability and understanding of business goals and industry trends. Prior to joining Faegre Drinker in 2022, Julie worked for U.S. Bank, Ditech Financial and Thomson Reuters. Her position at Thomson Reuters for 17 years started out as a Network Engineer moving into various IT Service Owner roles managing Voice & Data Networks, Video, IM, Web Conferencing and  Mobile Technology globally spanning 500 offices in 200 countries. In her last position as Director of Communication Lifecycle Management, she led a large global team across 5 regions managing the Vendor Management team, as well as, provisioning & billing of network, mobile and conferencing services overseeing a multi-vendor platform and multi-million-dollar budget.

Prior to Thomson Reuters, Julie worked for Health System Minnesota within the IT Organization while getting her Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s University in Telecommunications Management. She earned her undergraduate from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has served on customer advisory boards within the IT Industry. She served on the school’s board and has been a coach for Destination Imagination and Robotics First Lego League for over 10 + years combined.  She has held speaker title through an opportunity to represent Thomson Reuters on the topic of change. The presentation was titled Driving Success through Innovation and Change at the Grace Hopper Conference in Houston, TX.  

Most recently, Julie accepted an Advisor position for Minnesota State University, Mankato course Women in Leadership Program.  This advisory role is important for Julie to share what she has learned in her 20+ year career. 

Julie resides in Eagan, MN and has 3 daughters, husband and 3 dogs.   Their family stays busy with their active schedules in school, sports and community.  

Elissa Raffa – Ex Officio

Elissa Raffa – Ex Officio
Email: [email protected]

Biography: Elissa Raffa has a BS in Secondary Science Education and an MFA in Creative and Professional Writing, both from the University of Minnesota, and an MEd in Educational Leadership from Bemidji State University. She is licensed as a district superintendent and as a teacher of physics, chemistry and earth/space science, and has also been active in arts education. Before founding MNOHS in 2005, Ms. Raffa worked for seven years with the online Mindquest Learning Network in Bloomington and for twelve years at Loring Nicollet Alternative School in Minneapolis. She has served on several state education committees, as a consultant at the American College of Greece, and currently as an expert in science education for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funding program.

Board Meeting Schedule – 2023-2024

Board meetings are held from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise noted below) at 2314 University Ave. W. Suite 10, Saint Paul.

Online attendance is also possible, through Zoom. Click to connect

All board meetings, online and in person, are open to the public.

July 25, 2023November 28, 2023March 26, 2024
August 22, 2023 (Board Workshop)December 19, 2023 (3rd Tuesday)April 23, 2024
September 26, 2023January 23, 2024May 28, 2024
October 24, 2023February 27, 2024June 25, 2024

A special meeting of the MNOHS Board will be held on January 30, 2024 at 7:00 p.m., at the MNOHS office and online.

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

Click to view the 2022-2023 Combined Annual Report (PDF), 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 (PDF).

Copies of other board policies, previous annual reports and minutes of past meetings are available by request.  Please contact MNOHS at [email protected]. For general inquiries about MNOHS, please email [email protected] or call 800-764-8166 ext. 111.

Nationally accredited online learning for grades 9-12

Minnesota Online High School

MNOHS is a public charter school for students in grades 9-12 (and younger students who are ready for high-school) who need a flexible schedule.  We offer full-time and part time enrollment.

2314 University Ave W Suite 10
Saint Paul, MN 55114-1863

Phone: 1-800-764-8166
Fax: 1-866-586-2870

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