Our Board

Keely Brenno is Communications Director at UnitedHealthcare. Keely’s background includes 15 years of experience leading internal and external communications, public relations and crisis communication strategies for health care, financial, operations and technology organizations. Her professional experiences including strategic planning and senior executive coaching, program management and staff development. Previously, Keely held leadership positions at Optum, Ameriprise Financial and Wells Fargo.

Jay Haugen is a retired public school educator of 35 years with 24 years as a superintendent. His final nine years were spent in the Farmington Area School District, a growing district of 7200 students. Under his leadership Farmington was named one of Minnesota's first Innovation Zones and became one of the most visited school districts in the State giving hundreds of tours to people who’d say they can see the future of education in it’s hallways. Prior to this, Jay was Superintendent of Schools in West St. Paul, Mendota Heights and Eagan Area Schools, as well as in Sleepy Eye, MN. In 2019 he was the Minnesota Superintendent of the Year and Past-President of The Minnesota Association of School Administrators.

Haugen began his career as a high school science teacher, eventually moving on to pursue graduate studies while providing pioneering work in the development educational software. He returned in an administrative capacity serving a consortium of seven southwestern Minnesota school districts near Redwood Falls, MN as director of curriculum and staff development, also developing an on-line interactive learning program between all member schools. He next served as a regional coordinator for Minnesota Department of Education’s MEEP Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Dakota State University and a Masters of Science in Education and a Sixth Year Credential in Educational Administration from Tri-College University.

Jon Schroeder’s career in public affairs and journalism has spanned more than 45 years. He is currently a senior fellow with Education Evolving, having been associated with E|E and previous joint ventures of the Center for Policy Design and Hamline University since 1996. From 1996 to 2003, Jon was founding director of Charter Friends National Network (CFNN), which linked more than 75 state-level charter school leaders. He then led the transition from CFNN to the National Alliance for Charter Public Schools and served on the Alliance’s board of directors and executive committee and chaired its policy committee. Once the CFNN/Alliance transition was complete, he became E|E’s coordinator, then administrative partner, until his retirement from Hamline in 2014.

Previously, Jon played a major role in creating the federal charter school program while on the staff of former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger.  Jon has also held volunteer leadership positions in a number of organizations, including service as a director and board chair of  the National Youth Leadership Council and EdVisions, Inc. Previously, he was appointed to state commissions on education policy and service learning by Governors Al Quie, Rudy Perpich and Arne Carlson. Most recently, he was elected to the board of the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools.  In 2012, his national leadership on charter schools and education policy was recognized through his induction into the National Charter School Hall of Fame.

Dr. Lisa Snyder has served in public education as a teacher, principal, technology director, curriculum director and superintendent. She is committed to continuous improvement and transformation in public education through innovation and personalized learning. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in creating new opportunities for student-centered learning through career-focused programming, the development of choice and charter schools and transforming systems and schools. She serves as Executive Director for EdVisions, an organization that supports creating and supporting learning environments that promote personalized learning and teacher empowerment.

Doug Thomas is an entrepreneur and former teacher, and was the founding Executive Director of EdVisions Schools from 2000-2012. Doug was also a founder of the Minnesota New Country School and the founding president of EdVisions Cooperative, the affiliated teacher professional practice cooperative. He also spent ten years as Southern Minnesota representative for the Center for School Change at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and served as a board member of Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools for four terms.

Doug is a strong advocate for small public schools, teacher leadership and innovative learning strategies and has a special interest in sustainable community development. He earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from Bemidji State University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University-Mankato, where he taught a graduate course in educational reform and leadership for ten years.