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 2018-2019 Board Members:

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  • DeBruyn, Dan

    (2020 - Seat D) Executive Committee, Treasurer

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    Educational/Professional Background: Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, MA in Education Leaders – Bethel University. K-12 Principal Licensure – St. Mary’s University. Leadership Positions and Achievements: Associate Director – Minnesota Association of Charter Schools (2 years), Teacher Board Member – PACT Charter School (3 years), Director – PACT Charter School (13 years)

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  • Guy, Julie

    (2020 - Seat B) Board Development Committee

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    Educational/Professional Background: Julie has been the Executive Director at Sojourner Truth Academy for 18 years. Before coming to Sojourner Truth, Julie taught Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Leadership Positions and Achievements: Board Member, ex-officio – Sojourner Truth Academy, 1st Grade Teacher – Success Academy

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  • Husain, Darius

    (2019 - Seat B) Executive Committee, Chair

    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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  • Larsen, Amy

    (2019 - Seat C) Executive Committee, Corporate Secretary

    Amy Larsen serves as the Executive Director for BlueSky Online Charter School. She holds a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and M.S. in Science and Teacher Licensure from the College of St. Scholastica in St. Paul. Amy holds both a principal and superintendent's license. Committed to innovation in teaching and providing education that best fits each student, Amy believes MACS’s advocacy is a fundamental component to the success of charter schools and Minneso...

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  • Quinn, Cara

    (2019 - Seat A) School Membership Committee

    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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  • Rossi, Bryan

    (2020 - Seat C) School Membership Committee

    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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  • Russell, Dr. Charvez

    (2020 - Seat A) School Membership Committee

    Education has always been at the fore front of Dr. Charvez Russell’s life growing up in a family involved in education in many capacities. After graduating from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS with a B.S. in Biology, he started his professional career in Canton, MS as a math teacher in a high school alternative setting. He moved to Minnesota in 2002 where he continued to teach math and science to middle school students in the Minneapolis Public Schools at City View Community School. Af...

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  • Schroeder, Jon

    (2019) Board Development Committee

    Jon Schroeder is a Senior Fellow with Education|Evolving, having been associated with E|E and previous joint ventures from the Center for Policy Design and Hamline University from 1996 until his retirement in 2014. From 1996 to 2003, Jon was founding director Charter Friends National Network (CFNN), which linked more than 75 state-level charter school organizations. From 2001 to 2003 he led the transition from CFNN to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. He then served on the Allian...

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  • Topoluk, Beth

    (2020) School Membership Committee

    Beth Topoluk is the Executive Director of Friends of Education, the only Minnesota charter school authorizer with the State of Minnesota’s Highest Exemplary rating. Ms. Topoluk was previously the Assistant General Counsel of TCF Financial Corporation, a $23 billion national bank holding company. Ms. Topoluk is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Illinois and frequently presents at the national and state level on charter authorizer and legal issues.

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  • Wornson, Barbara

    (2019 - Seat D) Board Development Committee

    Barbara Wornson has been an educator for 44 years, having taught in all levels of education, from preschool to college. She previously worked as a teacher in Northfield for 20 years before starting a career in school administration in 2005, and now currently serves as the Interim Executive Director for Arcadia Charter School. Barbara brings extensive board experience to MACS, having served on the board for Prairie Creek Community School, Northfield Parks, and Health Communities Initiative among ...