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 UMA.

There are three positions up for election for the fiscal year beginning in July 2022: 

  • one teacher positions ( 3-year term)
    • Nominated candidate – Mickey Jurewicz
  • one parent position (3-year term)
    • Nominated candidate – Chad Lauber
  • one community member position (3-year term)
    • Nominated candidate – Pat Maxwell

Elections took place on May 10, 2022.  Voting was held in person on the UMA campus and electronically from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.  For the school board elections held May 10, 2022, the results are as follows:

Candidate Paper Ballots Online Ballots Total

Mickey Jurewicz

UMA Faculty


7 10 17

Chad Lauber

UMA Parent Candidate

7 10 17

Pat Maxwell

Community Candidate

7 10 17

I have reviewed the votes cast and can certify these results as accurate.

David O. Born
Board Secretary

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, unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Check the UMA Calendar for dates.  The UMA board meetings will be held onsite at school on the main floor, room 1004.

July 2022 Board Meeting will meet on Tuesday, July 26 at 5:30 pm.


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

2022-2023 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.

All board members can be reached at

Open Seat, UMA Board Chair


Open Seat, UMA Board Vice-Chair


Open Seat, UMA Board Secretary


Open UMA Staff Seat


Term: 07/01/2021 – 06/30/2023


Open UMA Staff Seat


Term: 07/01/2021 – 06/30/2022


Open UMA Staff Seat

Term: 07/01/2021 – 06/30/2024


Pat Maxwell, UMA Board Treasurer

Community Member

Board of Overseers – St John’s School of Theology

Term: 03/17/2020-06/30/2022

Email Pat

Tisa Mitchell

Community Member


Term: 07/01/2021 – 06/20/2024

Email Tisa

Pao Moua

Community Member

University of Minnesota

Term: 07/01/2021 – 06/30/2023

Email Pao

Jennifer Haas

UMA Parent

Macalester College


Email Jennifer

Alexandria Wright

UMA Parent



Email Alexandria

Meeting Minutes

Governing Policies