Fourteen people have applied to fill a one-year appointment to the Brainerd School Board, including a former board member and a current Brainerd City Council member.
The school district Friday afternoon released the names and other public information about each of the applicants who have applied to fill a special one-year appointment to the board, due to Ruth Gmeinder's resignation last month. The deadline to apply ended at noon Friday.
The applicants are:
- Patricia Aanes, a Brainerd attorney. Aanes received her bachelor's degree in history from the University of Minnesota and law degree from Hamline University School of Law. She has been a partner/associate for Erickson, Pearson and Aanes Law Offices since 1998. Her volunteer work includes being a board member for Crow Wing County Crime Victim Services and as a former board member for the Lakes Area United Way and League of Women Voters.
- Christian Barnett, a Baxter financial adviser and former school teacher. He received his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and has his Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Series 7/66 licensure. He has been a financial adviser since 2007 but also worked as a high school teacher from 1999-2007, middle school teacher from 1996-1999, head track coach from 2000-2006 and a varsity football coach from 1993-1999. His volunteer work includes that at Lowell Elementary School and a Bible study fellowship.
- Kevin Goedker, a Brainerd real estate agent and current Brainerd City Council member who is running for re-election. Goedker received a communications and electronics degree from the U.S. Marine Corps and attended Central Lakes College and Okaloosa-Walton Community College. He's been a real estate agent since 1987. His government service includes the U.S. Marine Corps and serving on the Brainerd City Council. He is currently seeking his second term as a Ward 3 council member. His volunteer work includes Brainerd Character Initiative member and co-founder, Brainerd Community Action board member, Brainerd Sertoma Club, Forestview Middle School and Garfield Elementary School volunteer, Minnesota Association of Realtors, Brainerd School District Advisory Board and transportation committee member.
- Tom Haglin, a businessman from Nisswa. Haglin received his associate's degree from CLC and a bachelor's degree in business management from the College of St. Scholastica. He has been the owner/chief executive officer for Lindar Corp. since 1993. Haglin's volunteer work includes being a present Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union board member, a past board member for the Minnesota Small Business Development Center, Minnesota Technology, St. Andrews Catholic Church and the Southern Deanery long range planning council.
- Anne Holub of Baxter. Holub attended Hamline University and the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and Superior. She is a former school social worker for St. Paul Public Schools from 1977-1985 and 1987-1989 and for Duluth Public Schools from 1986-87. Her volunteer work includes chair of Save Our Schools; a long range planning committee member; a school district advisory committee member; a Ski Gull instructor and a parent volunteer at Nisswa Elementary, Baxter Elementary, Lowell Elementary and Forestview Middle School. She has been a Kitchigami Regional Library Board member since 2006.
- Michael Jay, a Brainerd day-care provider. Jay's volunteer work includes serving as president of Brainerd Community Action, Brainerd Jaycees, past director of Park House in Minneapolis and Central Lakes College theater volunteer. His previous government service experience includes the board of directors for the Minnesota Jaycees and the Brainerd Planning and Zoning board.
- Molly Kurtzman of Nisswa. Kurtzman received her bachelor's degree in communications and politics from Randolph-Macon Women's College. She previously worked for Northwest Airlines as an administrative assistant and a senior analyst in Financial Planning and Analysis from 1994-1999.
- Jill Marohn, a Baxter day-care provider and former teacher. Marohn received her associate's degree from CLC, an elementary education degree from St. Cloud State University and her master in leadership degree from Southwest State University. She owns a day care and worked as a teacher from 1999-2006.
- Charles McQuinn, a Nisswa real estate developer. McQuinn received a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of St. Thomas. He's currently employed by Terra Vista Developers, A&C Holdings, CMA Management and Lake Region Storage. His volunteer work includes Ski Gull and the Gull Lake Yacht Club. His previous governmental service includes being a board member of Gull Chain of Lakes Association.
- Janet Moran, a Nisswa community organizer, volunteer, teacher and former school board member. Moran received her bachelor's and master's degrees in history, family and social sciences from the University of Wisconsin. She previously served from 1987-2003 on the Brainerd School Board and was the Brainerd Public Library director from 1979-1983. Her volunteer experience includes volunteering at Lincoln and Lowell schools from 1978-1987, CLC board of directors from 1991-1995, St. Joseph's Foundation from 1996-2000, Kinship Partners from 1996-2000, Benedictine Foundation from 1997-2001, Initiative Foundation from 2000-2008 and Mounted Eagles therapeutic horsemanship board of directors from 2008 to present. Moran was named an Outstanding School Board member from the Minnesota School Boards Association and received the Silent Warrior award.
- Craig Nathan, a Brainerd operations manager for the Rural Minnesota CEP office. Nathan received his business administration degree from Bemidji State University and his master's degree in management from the College of St. Scholastica. His volunteer work includes serving as chair of the Brainerd Community Education Advisory Council, board member for Tri-County CAP, STRIVE project manager, Rotary Interact Club liaison, Rotary member, past board member for PORT Group Homes, Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association, Boy Scouts and the Brainerd Lakes Chamber.
- Mark Olson, a Brainerd resident who works for the city of Brainerd. Olson attended Mankato State College and has worked since 2001 in the Brainerd Street Department. His volunteer work includes amateur hockey, Brainerd softball, Brainerd boxing, Assembly of God Church, Teen Challenge and Remnant Ministry. Olson unsuccessfully ran for school board last year.
- Carol Pundt, a Baxter insurance agent and former Crosby-Ironton School Board member. Pundt has the FLMI, LUTCF and ACS certification and is a Blandin Leadership graduate. She has been an insurance agent/account executive for Brainerd Insurance Agency for 15 years. She served on the C-I School Board from 1998-2006, was deputy clerk of Bay Lake Township and has served as a head Crow Wing County election judge since 1998.
- John Raboin, a Baxter attorney. Raboin's education includes a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a law degree from Arizona State University College of Law. He has been employed as a civil trial attorney at the Raboin Law Firm Ltd. since 1989. His volunteer work includes the Brainerd Area Sertoma Club, Kinship Partners, United Way, Brainerd Area Hockey Association, LAYSA and CLC College community band. His awards and honors include School Closing Arguments champion, Order of Barristers. His previous governmental service includes an internship with U.S. Sen. John McCain.
A special school board meeting will be 11:30 a.m. Monday to discuss the applications. The board plans to meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday to interview applicants individually. The board may make a decision on who will be appointed to the board after the last interview at the Thursday meeting. All meetings, including interviews, are open to the public.
These meetings will take place in the second floor board room at Washington Educational Services Building, 804 Oak St., Brainerd.
JODIE TWEED may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5858.
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