Innovative Quality Schools

Board

Steve Kelley, Chair
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Steve Kelley is a Senior Fellow at he Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  He teaches classes related to science and technology policy, public budgeting and education law and policy.  Before joining the Humphrey School, he served in the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives where among other roles he served as chair of the Senate Education Committee.  Steve also practiced commercial litigation in Minneapolis for many years and has served on the boards of several civic organizations

Holly Dayton, Vice Chair
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Ms. Dayton consults on employer-sponsored qualified retirement plans for a third-party administration company and lives and works in the Twin Cities. She attended Avalon School, a chartered school in Saint Paul, and continued the path of personalized learning by completing an individualized Bachelor's degree in Environmental Communication and Public Policy through Metropolitan State University. 

Sarah Tucher, Treasurer
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Sarah Tucher is an attorney with the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron and a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive) who helps public and private companies buy and sell products and services nationally and internationally, communicate with investors and comply with complex disclosure regulations and regulatory requirements for U.S. government contracts and grants.

Ed Dirkswager
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Mr. Dirkswager is a retired health care executive and has held positions as: Chief Administrative Officer of Group Health (now Health Partners); Chair of the Board of the National Cooperative Bank; Assistant Professor at St Thomas College (now University) and Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Welfare (now Human Services). He is the editor of the book “Teachers as Owners” and with Kim Farris-Berg co-authored “Trusting Teachers with School Success: What happens when teachers call the shots.”

Dan Mott, Esq
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Mr. Mott is an attorney with the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron. Mr. Mott was a member of the MDE Charter School Advisory Council. He also was staff for the Minnesota Senate Education Finance Committee as Minnesota was creating the nation's leading choice policies.

David Johnson, PhD
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Associate Dean
College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota
While on the Rockford District Board, Dr. Johnson was instrumental in the initiation of "Skills for Tomorrow," a charter school in St. Paul.

Kristin Anderson, EdD
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Former Superintendent of Rockford Area Schools and Fertile-Beltrami Schools.  She currently serves of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of MN College of Education and Human Development as well as on the Curriculum Advisory Council for the Education Leadership Department of the University of St. Thomas.  Anderson served as the founding Board Chair of IQS.