2017-18 PA Board Biographies
We're pleased to announce the following slate of returning members and nominees for the 2017-18 Parents Association Board. This slate of candidates will be presented for a vote at the All-Parent Meeting on Wednesday, April 26, at 8:45 AM (Middle School Dining Room).
Kathy Ganley moved to the Twin Cities in 2009, after twelve years in London, England. Before staying at home full time with her three children, she worked at Merrill Lynch in New York and London, and at Arthur Anderson in Chicago. She has a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago. From 2014-17, she has been on the Parents’ Association Board as co-chair of the Upper School Division and President Elect, one of many volunteer positions she has held at Breck. She joined the board of The Childrens Theatre in July 2016.
Tonya Hendrickson is the parent of two Breck students: Taylor ’16 and Katelyn ’19. She has been part of the Breck community since 2003, and has served as Grandparents’ Day Chair, Staff Appreciation Day Co-Chair, US and MS Division Chairs, Communications Coordinator for PA Board, Girl Scout Liaison, Girl Scout co-leader, and Classroom Coordinator. She also serves as Encore Chair.
Sara Ahluwalia is the parent of three Breck students: Liliana ‘23, Caitlin ‘27 and Alexander ‘30. She has been part of the Breck community since 2012. She has a BA from the University of Virginia and a JD from Columbia Law School. At Breck, she has served as a Classroom Coordinator, Co-Chair of the Applause Fundraiser, President-Elect, President and a New Family Mentor. She also co-leads her daughter’s 2nd grade Daisy troop and enjoys volunteering in the classroom whenever she can.
COMMUNICATIONS / SECRETARY
Zoe Cunniff re-joined the Breck community in 2016 after moves to Rochester, MN, and Salt Lake City. Her youngest of four is Calista '28. In Salt Lake City her children attended Rowland Hall where she served as Home & School president, secretary, faculty appreciation co-chair, swim team liaison, and room rep. She is thrilled to be back in the Twin Cities where she enjoys the arts, yoga, and pro-sports teams.
Farrell Danz is the parent of twins, Marcelle and Verona ’28. She has a BS from the University of Minnesota where she spent years researching the financial impact of divorce on Minnesota families. At Breck, she serves as a Classroom Ambassador and co-leads the 33-girl strong 1st grade Girl Scout troop. She enjoys creating spreadsheets in her spare time.
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER CO-CHAIRS
Greg Winn has been a part of the Breck community since 2012 and is parent of Alex ’26. He has previously volunteered as a Classroom Coordinator and is serving his second year as CIO Co-Chair
Jonathan McDonagh is the parent of daughter Erin '24. Erin started Breck this year, so Jonathan is new to the Breck community. This is his first volunteer involvement with Breck. He has been on the Wayzata Yacht Club board since 2002 and was commodore 2011-2013. Jonathan is an avid sailboat racer.
LOWER SCHOOL DIVISION CO-CHAIRS
Tera Muellerleile is the parent of two Breck children: Eloise '25 and Felix '28. Her family joined the Breck community in 2010. She has served as a classroom coordinator, new family mentor, participated in the parent education committee, and volunteers in her children’s' classrooms.
Lesley Briese is the parent of two Breck students: Ava ‘28, Maggie ‘30 and preschooler Vivian '30. She has been part of the Breck community since 2014, and has served as a Classroom Coordinator, Community Outreach member, Annual Fund volunteer, Breck Ambassador and a New Family Mentor.
MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION CO-CHAIRS
Kelly O’Neill is the parent of Breck students: Cade ’18 and Cormac ’22. She has enjoyed being Classroom Coordinator, volunteering for special grade-level events, assisting in the classroom and on field trips since 2006, when Cade first enrolled.
Anne Hofer is the mother of three boys: Drew '19, Tommy '22 and Mark. She became part of the Breck community in 2012. Her professional career has been in Financial Services with Capital One managing retail credit card programs. Additionally, she is a Board Member on the Eden Prairie Baseball Association. She plays in several competitive tennis leagues in her free time.
UPPER SCHOOL DIVISION CO-CHAIRS
Tonya Hendrickson is the parent of two Breck students: Taylor ’16 and Katelyn ’19. She has been part of the Breck community since 2003, and has served as Grandparents' Day Chair, Staff Appreciation Day Co-Chair, MS Division Chair, Communications for PA Board, Girl Scout Liaison, Girl Scout co-leader, and Classroom Coordinator. She also serves as Encore Co-Chair.
Elizabeth Wilcox is the parent to Madigan ‘20 and Reese ‘22. She has previously served the PA as a Lower School Division Chair and as a New Family Host Co-Chair.
Stacia Walling Driver is the parent of two Breck students: Will ‘25 and Katie ‘27. She has been part of the Breck community since 2012. Stacia has a BA from the Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. At Breck, she has served as a Classroom Coordinator, Co-Chair of the Fourth Grade Dinner and Celebration, and New Family Mentor. She also volunteers with her daughter's Brownie Troop and enjoys volunteering in the classroom as often as she can.
FAMILY COMMUNITY OUTREACH CO-CHAIRS
Kimberly Bernstein is the parent of one Breck student: Alexandra '19. She joined the Breck community in September 2015. At her daughter's previous school she served as Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising Chair, and was a member of Site Council. At the district level she also served on the Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee and the Superintendent's Parent Leadership Committee. She is very excited to become more involved in the Breck community.
Nicole Hogan came to Breck in the Fall of 2014. She and her husband, Mike, live on Medicine Lake in Plymouth. They have two children, Ally in eighth grade and Ty in sixth grade. Nicole served as MS Division Co-Chair during 2015-16 and 2017-17 school years.
PARENT EDUCATION CO-CHAIRS
Erica Dovenberg has been a parent in the Breck Community for three years and could not be more thrilled with the experience thus far. Her children, Madison and Riley Dovenberg will be in fourth grade. She has served as Co-Chair of the C.A.R. Safety committee as well as a Classroom Representative for three years and a preschool teacher for Breck Summer Programs for quite a few years. Before being a stay at home mom for twins, she was an elementary school teacher both in the classroom and working with gifted and talented students.
Susan Kelly is new to the Breck Community with two students: Claire '22 and Parker '25. She actively serves on youth and education related non-profit Boards including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the MN Humanities Center and World Savvy.
MULTICULTURAL PARENT EDUCATION CO-CHAIRS
Angela Ettawageshik is the parent of two Breck students: Joseph ‘20 and Winona ’25, and has been part of the Breck community since 2007. While currently employed by Cargill as a web project manager, she is also the communication lead for the Cargill Women’s Network Global Business Resource Group. Previously, she mentored through the YWCA’s Two-gether program, and interned through Project Adapt, a cooperative program between the University of Minnesota and St. Paul Public Schools focused on cross-cultural understanding. Last year, she received certification from the Good Leadership Enterprises and also went through the Discover Human Rights: A Human Rights Approach to Social Justice training led by Advocates for Human Rights.
REUSE, REPLAY, RECYCLE CO-CHAIRS
Kara Johansson is the parent of three Breck students: Kajsa' 17, Nora '19 and Gabrielle '22. She also has a fourth grader who hopes to attend Breck School in the future.
Therese Dlugosch is a parent of Colin ’20 and part of the Breck community since 2011. Over the years she has volunteered on the ReUse, RePlay, ReCycle and 4th grade graduation committee as well as numerous field trips. In 2013, she started her second career as an Occupational Therapist after receiving her master’s degree from St. Catherine University and works at Hennepin County Medical Center.
NEW FAMILY HOST CHAIRS
Julie Knudson is the parent of two Breck students: Ava '21 and Will '24. The Knudson's are a relatively new family to Breck, joining the community in Oct of 2015. Previous to Breck, they spent four years in Wichita, KS where Ava and Will attended Wichita Collegiate School. While at Collegiate, Julie was actively involved in many areas of the Collegiate Association of Parents, headed the Collegiate Spirit Store, coached the 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls volleyball teams, and spent time in the classrooms. She is excited to co-chair the New Family Host/Parent Gathering with Sandy Stone.
Sandra Stone is the parent of two Breck students: Jacob ’26 and Justin ’26. Sandra is a Breck alum and ‘lifer’. She has served on the Breck Alumni Council as well as serving as a Tour and Class Ambassadors. Additionally, she is a practicing attorney in the area of estate planning and probate law.
MEALS THAT HEAL CHAIR
Karen Shaul joined the Breck community in 2011. Karen and her husband, Barry, have two children, Niya '24 and Barrett '26. Karen has been a Grade-Level Coordinator for three years and a New Family Mentor three times. She has served as the ReUse RePlay ReCycle Co-Chair for two and a half-years. She is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Meals That Heal program.