Board of Directors

A Simple Purpose:
Ensure the Success of UMA

The Upper Mississippi Academy Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for the success of the students and the school. From direction of the school’s strategy and finances to oversight of school activities, the board works to make sure the school continues to operate smoothly and maintains a high priority for student education and well-being.

Our first elected Board assumed their responsibilities at the July 2016 Board meeting. In accordance with new charter school statutes, the previous Board was appointed in 2013, UMA’s first year of operation.

Board of Director Election

Directors serving on the Upper Mississippi Academy (UMA) Board are elected by our community; eligible voters are all parents and legal guardians of current UMA students, all current UMA Board members, and all current employees of U

Board Meeting Information

Regular meetings take place on a monthly basis, and special meetings are called as needed.

UMA Board of Directors meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at UMA, unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Check the UMA Calendar for dates.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for an archive of meeting minutes by school year.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors includes UMA staff members, current parents, and community members, all of whom come from a wide array of backgrounds. Through this diversity, the Board is able to incorporate a wonderfully broad and holistic approach to managing and maintaining general school functions.

Joseph Klancher, UMA Board Chair
UMA Community Member
Research Safety Program Manager, University of Minnesota
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Vacant, UMA Board Vice Chair

Lesley Ernst, UMA Board Secretary
UMA Special Education Teacher & Coordinator
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Genna Thompson, UMA Board Treasurer
UMA Special Education Teacher
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Cassie Rouse
Community Member
Corporate Sales Rep, Talend Architecture Center
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Ella Kearney
UMA Teacher
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Cynthia Sarver
UMA Parent
Self-Employed, Augment Education Consulting
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Myisha Holley
UMA Parent
Student, Metropolitan State University
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Vacant
Community Member


Meeting Minutes


Governing Policies