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Wendy LeVesseur

Position:
Board Secretary
Role:
Parent Representative
Email:
wendy.levesseur@phxacademy.org
Wendy is new to the Phoenix Academy school board this 2021-2022 school year and is currently serving as secretary. Wendy has two boys, one is a student at Phoenix and the other is a toddler. She loves to read and has served the local community as an election judge and with human services employment. Wendy, her husband, boys, and cat recently moved to the North Branch school district, but have been part of the wider community for many years.
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Desiree Wendell

Position:
Board of Directors President
Role:
Email:
desiree.wendell@phxacademy.org
Desiree has been a community member for 17 years. She has been in the insurance industry 16 years. The last 11 of those years have been with Unum. She and her husband have four children between the ages of 3-17, with some of them attending Phoenix Academy. Desiree served many years on the local youth baseball board. She then became involved with the Phoenix Academy Parent Organization which led to her interest in helping serve on the Board. In her spare time, her family enjoys concerts, being outdoors and traveling any chance they get.
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Desiree Wendell

Position:
Board Chair
Role:
Parent Representative
Email:
Desiree has been a community member for 17 years. She has been in the insurance industry 16 years. The last 11 of those years have been with Unum.

Her and her husband have four children between the ages of 3-17, with a 1st grade attending Phoenix Academy. Desiree served many years on the local youth baseball board until her son aged out. She then became involved with the Phoenix Academy Parent Organization which led to her interest in helping serve on the Board.

In her spare time, her family enjoys concerts, being outdoors and traveling any chance they get.
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Mary Lindquist

Position:
Finance Chair
Role:
Community Representative
Email:
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.
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Sonja Govednik

Position:
Board Member
Role:
Teacher Representative
Email:
Sonja is a 2nd Grade teacher at Phoenix Academy. She has over 20 years in education and has taught grades K-6. She enjoys all age levels but 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!
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Erica Parrish

Position:
Board Member
Role:
Teacher Representative
Email:
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Samantha Perez

Position:
Board Member
Role:
Parent Representative
Email: