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.

New Board Members Starting 2018-2019

Following the UMA Board of Directors elections on 05/14/2018, the new parent Board member is Jody Delau, and the new faculty Board members are Chris Mortenson and Genna Thompson.

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.

NOTE FOR JULY MEETING: The first 30 minutes of the July Board meeting is closed to the public as the Board conducts its annual review of the Executive Director. The remainder of the meeting, beginning at 5:15 p.m., will be open to the public.

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

2017-2018 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.

Christopher Mortenson, UMA Board President
Science Teacher, UMA
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Chris Svensrud, UMA Board Vice President
Owner/Founder, Mogotani Fast
Parent, UMA
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Lesley Ernst, UMA Board Secretary
Special Education Teacher & Coordinator, UMA
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Jennifer Haas
Deputy CIO, University of St. Thomas
Parent, UMA
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Krista Hong
Volunteer Coordinator, Seven Hills Preparatory School
Parent, UMA
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Joseph Klancher, UMA Board Treasurer
Research Safety Program Manager, University of Minnesota
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Adam Schneider
Math Teacher, UMA
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Dan Trockman
Manager of IT and Training, Gardner Builders
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Meeting Minutes


Governing Policies