Phoenix Academy Board of Directors
Jarrod Hamlin (Board Chair, Parent Representative) is a proud Christian and has been married over 8 years. He is a parent of a kindergartner at Phoenix and has two younger children. He works at Polaris Industries in Wyoming MN and has spent over 13 years in the electronics and technology fields including 4 years as an Aviation Electronic Technician for the US Navy, currently, Jarrod holds an Associates in Electronics and Computer Engineering and is actively pursuing his Bachelors in Electronic Engineering. He enjoys Archery, hunting, fishing, and sharing laughter with friends and family.
Mary Lindquist (Board Member, Community Representative): Mary has lived in North Branch since 1970. She taught second, third, and fourth grades in the North Branch Primary School for 30 years. After her retirement, Mary played the role of the office manager to support the administrative operations of two businesses that she has with her husband.
Mary graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from St. Thomas in St. Paul.
As a former educator, Mary is very excited to find a school like Phoenix Academy. Our family is very happy to have our granddaughter enrolled in Kindergarten at Phoenix Academy.
She truly believes that if a school can create an excitement for learning, this attitude will continue with that student for the rest of their life.
Personal Interests: Family history research, cooking/baking, and scrapbooking.
Maggie Holmes (Secretary and Board Member, Parent Representative): Maggie Holmes is a North Branch graduate and seven year Army National Guard veteran. She and her husband have two children, one that will be entering her second year at Phoenix Academy. Maggie has an AAS Degree in Child Development from St. Paul College and has run her own in home day care for the past nine years. She enjoys anything outdoors including camping, archery and skydiving.
Joseph Worwa, (Board Member, Teacher Representative) 4th Grade Teacher at Phoenix Academy. Joe graduated from Minnesota State University with a degree in marketing and received his teaching license from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He enjoys spending time with his family and likes to play golf and guitar. His favorite subject to teach is math and he enjoys traveling and learning new things.
Justin Anderson (Board Member, Parent Representative): Justin graduated from Utah Valley University in 2013 with a bachelors degree in Computer Science. He has been a professional software developer since 2008 and has focused mostly on Android app development for the majority of his career. He currently works from home for a company based out of NYC. He and his wife have 5 children (with an addition expected in December) and two of their children attend Phoenix Academy. In his free time, Justin enjoys basketball, snowboarding, reading, and staying up-to-date on the latest technology.
Sonja Govednik (Board Member, Teacher Representative): 2nd Grade teacher at Phoenix Academy. Sonja has over 20 years in education. she has taught grades K-6 and has enjoyed all age levels. However, primary grades are her favorite. During her prior teaching career, she spent the majority of her time teaching Language Arts and Math Skills. Sonja loves being a teacher!
Kevin Haseltine (Treasurer and Board Member, Community Representative): Kevin has been married for 39 years, with 4 adult children and 12 grandchildren who all live in the North Branch area. He has been an Ordained Pastor with the Assemblies of God for 30 years, founded Access Church in 1999, and has led the church ever since. He has owned Victory Lane Quick Oil Change in North Branch and Chisago City for the last 10 years. He enjoys riding motorcycles and is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt. He has a passion for this community to keep getting better and better.
Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month @ 6 pm in the school library
Governance Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 4:15pm
Finance Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 5:30pm
All meetings are held in the library at Phoenix Academy, 38460 Lincoln Trail, North Branch, MN 55056