Meet Our Board of Directors

The Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools is governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors including district staff, business professionals and community leaders. We are grateful for their dedication to our mission.

2023-2024 Board of Directors:

Kristin Jonason – Chair

Kristin Jonason (she/her/hers) is a consultant at The Prouty Project, a strategic planning & leadership development consulting firm in Eden Prairie. Kristin is an alumna of Eden Prairie High School and enjoys giving back to the school system that gave her so much. Kristin has her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and is passionate about well-being and human flourishing.

 

Anna Anderson – Past Chair and Acting Vice Chair

Anna Anderson is proud to bring her professional background as a marketing and communications consultant  to an organization focused on the success of our students, teachers and staff. “I believe vibrant communities  begin and end with successful schools and I am so grateful to call Eden Prairie home.” She lives in Eden Prairie  with her husband (a 2000 EPHS graduate) and two sons.

 

Liz Lindner – Secretary

Liz Lindner has 3 students attending Eden Prairie Schools, and is part of the leadership team for both the Prairie View and Early Childhood PTOs. After several years as an elementary school teacher, Liz now works in children’s ministry for her childhood church.

 

 

John Estall – Treasurer

John Estall and his wife have lived in Eden Prairie for 35 years. They raised two children who received a great education from Eden Prairie Schools. They like to give back to the community by being a part of the Foundation for Eden Prairie Schools.

 

 

Amina Adeyemi – Director

Amina Adeyemi is a mum of 2 boys (an incoming 2nd grader and an incoming kindergartener). She is also an  Attorney and owner of a home bakery, Veeyon Cakes in Eden Prairie.

 

 

Cathy Bockenstedt –  Director

Cathy is a returning FEPS Board volunteer thanks to witnessing the tremendous difference that its support has  made in our community. In addition to being a science teacher at CMS for many years, she and her husband  have two children who are successfully launched thanks to EP Public Schools (Lara – class of ‘13 and Daniel –  class of ’16).

 

Charlie Crocker –  Director

Charlie Crocker graduated from Eden Prairie Schools in 2010 where he was well-known as the Eagle mascot for three years while at EPHS. He benefited from the countless opportunities in Eden Prairie and quickly recognized how lucky we were to have elite public schools. With a passion for equity within the community (and an appetite for politics, thanks to the EPHS social studies department), Charlie graduated from Boston University with a degree in Political Science. He spent eight years working in Washington, D.C. for The Raben Group, a progressive public policy firm, before returning to the Twin Cities in 2020. He currently resides in the North Loop working at Media Bridge Advertising.

 

Liz Dayton – Director

Liz is a former Eden Prairie Schools teacher who now works in gifted education with Intermediate District 287.  She also works as an adjunct faculty member with St. Mary’s University and the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University as a supervisor of student teachers.  Liz has been a FEPS board member since 2018 and enjoys giving back to the school community through FEPS.

 

Deb Karulf – Director

Deb (Noel) Karulf, her husband Rick, and son Erik, are all proud alumni of EPHS. Deb & Rick are happy to call Eden Prairie home for over 25 years. Deb received her MSW from the U of M, completed a fellowship in Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard and was a practicing individual, marriage & family therapist for 30 years. Deb is delighted her grandchildren carry on the legacy of attending EP Schools. She remains an active volunteer in the community, including serving on the FEPS Board, where she has chaired Scholarships for nearly 20 years. Deb is passionate in her support of Eden Prairie Schools and seeks to equip, enable, and empower all learners, teachers, and staff within our district.

 

Esti Ollerman – Director

Esti’s four daughters have attended Eden Prairie Schools from pre-school through high school and she cannot speak highly enough as to the quality of their experience in EPS schools. As a long-time community volunteer in the school system, she is proud to continue to work in enhancing the legacy of excellence in our EP Schools through the Foundation of Eden Prairie.

 

Jody Rannow – Director

Jody has two children in Eden Prairie Schools: a daughter at CMS and a son at Eagle Heights. Jody is grateful  for all that Eden Prairie Schools offers our students and families and looks for ways she can help contribute to our district’s mission. She has volunteered with the Eagle Heights PTO for several years and is a Co-Service Unit Manager for Eden Prairie Girl Scouts.

 

Suzie Sime – Director

Suzie Sime is happy to be joining the FEPS board!  She was a teacher and drama advisor/director for 35 years at  Eden Prairie High School.  While working in the district she had the opportunity to see the good work FEPS has done and is doing to support the students and teachers. She has lived in Eden Prairie for three decades and her grand parents started Eden Prairie Golf now known as Bent Creek golf Course, so Eden Prairie is near and dear to her heart!  She is excited to be able to give back!

 

Dirk Tedmon – Director

Dirk Tedmon is an accomplished marketing and communications professional with a track record of success. As the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for Eden Prairie Schools, he leads a team focused on delivering effective and equitable communication to students, caregivers, staff and community. He is an effective storyteller and strategic thinker with a keen eye for what could be rather than what is. Dirk also serves as the President of the Minnesota School Public Relations Association.

 

Dr. Robb Virgin – Director

Robb is the Executive Director of Learning & Innovation for Eden Prairie School District. In this role, he oversees the Departments of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum; Special Services; Technology; Learning Analytics, Data, & Reporting; and Multilingual Learning. He was previously principal at Eden Prairie High School. Robb holds a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.

Thank You For Your Support!

It’s because of you, our donors and partners, that we can support Eden Prairie students.