Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the MN Association of Charter Schools is composed of eight representatives from member schools and three at-large community members with expertise, skills and networks that will aid the Association and the charter school movement. (Community members may not be employed by, under contract to, or serve on the Board of any charter school.)

Meet our 2016-2017 Board Members:

  • Mary Apuli, MACS Board Member Mary Apuli, MACS Board Member
  • Apuli, Mary

    (2017) Executive Committee, Chair

    Mary Apuli is the administrator at Achieve Language Academy in St. Paul. With degrees in Art Education from the University of Minnesota, Community Education licensure from the University of St. Thomas, and Educational Administration from St. Mary's University, Mary has been the director at Achieve Language Academy for the past twelve years. Mary has filled various leadership positions, including her service as the chairperson of the MACS Government Affairs Committee, a representative on the boar...

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  • Dana, Nancy

    (2018) Executive Committee, Treasurer

    Nancy Dana is the Executive Director at St. Paul City School, and has been with the school for seven years. Her educational background includes a MA in Educational Leadership fro the University of Minnesota, along with Principal and Superintendent licenses. Nancy has served charter schools in start-up capacity since 1997. She has opened 11 schools, closed 4, and has served as both School Administrator and Superintenent. Nancy is the recipient of multiple awards, including the HOBY Leadership Awa...

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  • Lyscio, Todd

    (2017) Executive Committee, Secretary

    Todd is the Executive Director at Crosslake Community School, and has been with Crosslake Community School for 2 years. His educational background includes a BA in Education and Health from Hamline University, a Master's in Counseling Psychology from St. Cloud State University, and an Administrative Licensure from the University of MN. Todd has filled many leadership positions including High School Principal at Staples Motley High School, Middle School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director a...

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  • Perich, Danielle

    (2018) Board Development Committee

    Danielle Perich is the principal at Duluth Edison Charter Schools, and has been at DECS for 13 years. In addition to her K-12 principal certification, Danielle received a B.S. in Science in Education from Valley City State University, and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. She has served as Director/Principal at Duluth Edison Charter Schools for 8 years, focusing on growing enrollment, and academic achievement growth.

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  • Husain, Darius

    (2017) Board Development Committee

    Darius Husain serves as both the Executive Director and Program Director of Face to Face Academy in St. Paul, MN. Mr. Husain holds a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on experiential education from St. John’s University. He has also completed Master's course work in School Counseling at the University of St. Thomas. Mr. Husain has presented on a variety of educational topics including strategies for increasing math and reading proficiency, best fiscal practices, environmental education a...

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  • Rossi, Bryan

    (2017) Director

    University of MinnesotaPh.D., December, 2001Education Policy and AdministrationUniversity of St. ThomasM.A., December, 1989 Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of MinnesotaB.S. Education, with Distinction, August, 1976 FrenchUniversité de Paris, Sorbonne IVLa Musique et L’Italien - 1974-75

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  • Quinn, Cara

    (2017) Director

    Cara Quinn has served as the Executive Director of Community of Peace Academy in St. Paul, MN since 2012. Cara joined CPA in 2001 after living and teaching in Rome, Italy for nearly 10 years. At CPA she served in a variety of teaching and leadership roles, including Special Education Teacher, Special Education Coordinator, and Director of Teaching and Learning before assuming the executive directorship. Cara holds a Masters of Arts from the University of St. Thomas, and is licensed as a K-12 Pri...

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