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Mounds View Schools Education Foundation

Executive Committee
Jim Ostlund, President

Ruben Vazquez, Vice President

Jonathan Weinhagen, Treasurer

Mindy Handberg, Co-Executive Director

Heather Meyer, Co-Executive Director

Board of Trustees

Josh Collins
Josh Collins lives in New Brighton with his wife and three children, who attend Bel Air Elementary School. Josh works for the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority and is responsible for communications, marketing and social media. He also manages the public art program for the Union Depot restoration project. In 2011, Josh returned to Minnesota after five years in Portland, Ore., where he worked for the regional public transit agency. Prior to that, Josh directed public affairs for the Minneapolis Public Schools and coordinated communications during the design, construction and start-up of the Hiawatha Line. Josh has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Macalester College and a master's degree in strategic communications from the University of Oregon.

Kirsten Dawson
Kirsten is a retired Mounds View High School English teacher and licensed drug counselor who continues to work part time as a trainer at St. Mary's University.  She has volunteered on various boards and is a member of her church council.  Kirsten and her husband, along with their two children, are alumni of Mounds View High School Kirsten and her husband live in Arden Hills.

Ruth Kauls
Ruth recently joined the Board of Trustees upon completing her five-year tenure with the Mounds View Basketball Association during which she served as President.  Ruth and her husband Scott are long time residents of the district, and have four children.  Two of their children are Mounds View High School graduates and are pursuing college degrees, with the other two currently attending Chippewa Middle School.

Mandy Little
Mandy is a licensed (LACD) alcohol/drug counselor and has worked in the district for 30 years as the Chemical Dependency Resource before becoming a 9th Grade Advisor and a Dean. In 2008 Mandy became the Safe Schools Healthy Student Grant Coordinator for the district.

Erin Marvin
Erin, a 2008 graduate of Mounds View High School, recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in History & Social Sciences.  In addition, she was a 4 year member of the women's ice hockey team.  Erin currently works for HB Fuller as a customer service specialist.  She is a member of the Lions Club International and a volunteer for United Way.

Jim Ostlund
Jim Ostlund is Senior Vice President of Park Midway Bank and has been a trustee since 2009, where he currently serves as President.  Jim lives in the Mounds View School District and has served on several non-profit boards.

Brian Strub
Brian Strub joined the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation in 2008 and is currently an ex officio member. He earned his master's degree in political science from American University in Washington, DC and his bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, MN where he majored in political science and minored in mass communications. Brian works for the Minnesota State Arts Board. He and his family live in New Brighton. They are parents of a student at Bel Air Elementary School.

Ruben Vazquez
Ruben Vazquez joined the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation in 2012 as a Board Trustee, where he currently serves as Vice President.  He earned his master's degree in Public Administration from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, a Certificate in Global Arbitration Law and Practice from Hamline Law School and Queen Mary's University (London, England) and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.  Ruben works for the City of St. Paul in the Department of Human Rights & Equal Economic Opportunity.  He is currently co-President of Bel Air Elementary School PTA where his son will be entering second grade next fall.  He and his family live in New Brighton.

Colleen Wambach
Colleen Wambach was a special education teacher and administrator for the Mounds View Public Schools for 34 years. She retired from her role as Irondale High School Principal on June 30, 2009. Colleen is currently working part-time as a principal mentor and educational consultant, allowing her to maintain strong ties to this educational community.

Jonathan Weinhagen
Jonathan is Regional Director of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.  He serves as an Economic Development Commissioner in the City of Shoreview, is a founding Board Trustee of Partners for Classroom Technology and is engaged in various other non-profit board and committee roles.  Jonathan is a 2012 graduate Leadership Saint Paul and was recently selected as a 2013-14 Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  Jonathan earned his MBA and bachelor's degree from Bethel University.  Jonathan and his wife Nicki, both Mounds View High School graduates, reside in Shoreview with their four boys;  Jacob (Turtle Lake), Bradley (Turtle Lake), Joshua and Steven.

Dan Westerman
Dan Westerman is a trial attorney in private practice and has a B.A. from St. John's University in Government and Economics. Dan and his family moved to the district in 2006, and he has two children attending Mounds View Schools. Dan currently serves on the Environmental Quality Committee for the City of Shoreview and has served on the boards of other non-profit organizations.

Mindy Handberg
Executive Director, Mounds View Schools Education Foundation
Mindy has more than 20 years of experience working the areas of community relations and public affairs. She has expertise in building strong partnerships and relationships between corporate and nonprofit organizations. Mindy and her husband live in Shoreview and have three children attending the Mounds View Schools.

Heather Meyer
Executive Director, Mounds View Schools Education Foundation
Heather is an experienced development professional with ten years of work in the philanthropic sector.  Her experience includes the management of a corporate giving program, including both annual giving and capital campaigns, as well as working with major gift donors.  In addition, her work has included facilitating board recruitment and development.  Heather and her husband live in North Oaks and have a daughter that attends Turtle Lake Elementary School.

Eric Tell
Database Coordinator, Mounds View Schools Education Foundation
Eric is a Irondale graduate (Sunnyside & Highview as well).  He owns and operates a small business distributing music for local bands and musicians out of a building he owns in New Brighton. 

Dan Hoverman
Superintendent, Mounds View Public Schools
Dan Hoverman's career with the Mounds View School District spans 38 years of management experience at all school levels, including positions as school psychologist, special education director, executive director of curriculum and deputy superintendent. Dan Hoverman holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

Bob Helgeson
Mounds View Public Schools School Board Liason to the Foundation
Bob Helgeson is a Language Arts teacher in ISD 196 at Apple Valley High School. He has taught at Apple Valley High School for 23 years. His teaching experience includes Hastings High School, Marist Sisters' College-Woolwich, Sydney, NSW Australia, and the University of Iowa. Bob received his undergraduate degree from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, a master's degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Bob is committed to forging a close and meaningful link between the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation and the School District, one through which the Foundation is best able to apply its resources strategically in concert with District efforts to serve the needs of all learners. 

The Mounds View Schools Education Foundation's mission is to engage our community to invest in excellence in education in the Mounds View Public Schools.

  • Serving Students
  • Supporting our District
  • Strengthening our Community

The Foundation, the Mounds View Public School District, and the community work together to prepare students for success now and in the future.

We accomplish this through:

  • Partnering with the District School Board and Administration.
  • Supporting innovation, strategic goals and initiatives in each of our schools.
  • Developing relationships with community leaders.
  • Identifying community resources to ensure long term financial stability in support of our mission.