Elections for new members of the board will take place at the May board meeting (5/21/19).

Board Meetings

The board meetings are typically from 6:15-7:45 PM on the third Tuesday of the month at the following location:

Laura Jeffrey Academy, 1550 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105

Board meetings are open to all. Please call the school office at 651-414- 6000 to confirm the meeting date
and time if you wish to attend. There may be occasional changes to the schedule. The board values the
participation of LJA community members at board meetings to present comments or concerns to the
board members. Fifteen minutes at the beginning of the board meeting will be reserved for LJA community and general public member participation. Specific incidents and/or concerns regarding any specific member of the LJA community must first be brought to the attention of the board co-chairs and/or the Executive Director. The board co-chairs will review the matter and place the community member on the agenda. Community members listed as speaking on the agenda will be asked to sign in, and wait to speak until called on by the presiding co-chair. A time limit will be set for each speaker.

Board meeting dates for the 2018-2019 school year are on the following dates:












Board annual meeting election results, June 20, 2017

Laura Jeffrey Academy's Board of Directors

Devavani Chatterjea, Co-Chairperson, parent (2015-2018) 651-699-2334 click here to email

Devavani Chatterjea is an immunologist and educator who believes that women and the practice of science powerfully transform each other to make the world a better place.  A proud alumna of Mount Holyoke College, the oldest continuing college for women in the US, she is a member of the biology faculty at Macalester College in St. Paul where she also helped found and currently co-directs an interdisciplinary program in global health.  She looks forward to serving the Laura Jeffrey community as a board member.  

Annie Hotop, community member (2015-2018) 651-308-9043 amhotop@gmail.com

Annie Hotop is a proud graduate of the College of St. Catherine and passionate about strong education for girls and women. Her positive experiences and connections in both undergraduate and graduate programs at St. Kate's, as well as travel opportunities around the world, have inspired her to be a champion of education. She currently works as a Senior Research Coordinator in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Professionally, Annie enjoys serving as a team leader on project based work, and carrying out the details to see a project through from start to finish. She believes in working locally to create bigger, more global change. In her spare time she enjoys working in her yard, canning food from her garden, volunteering with the Macalester Groveland Community Council, and traveling.   

Danielle Jones-Glaser, Co-Secretary, community member (2016-2019) 773-230-1534 danielle_jones2002@yahoo.com

Danielle is a senior marketing analyst at ICF Olson in Minneapolis.  Danielle is a mother of 2 daughters who is inspired by LJA’s mission to educate scholars to ask questions and make choices through scientific and social critical lenses.  She brings her expertise in marketing and coding to the LJA board. 

Jason Fritts, community member (2016-2019) 612-386-2569 frittja@gmail.com

Jason is an accountant/manager at Eide Bailley, a CPA and business advisory firm in Minneapolis. LJA’s focus on STEM at a critical developmental age resonates with Jason who has a six year-old daughter he would love to see embrace STEM learning as she grown.  Jason brings his expertise in the financial sector to support the LJA board and school.  

 Anna Robinson, ExOfficio, teacher 651-414-6000 annar@laurajeffreyacademy.org

Anna is our 7/8 LASS co-teacher. Anna studied Social Studies Education and Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Shortly after starting her teaching career, she returned to school for a Masters of Education through St. Mary's University, focusing on Social Justice Education.  Her teaching career has been in a variety of settings in Minnesota and New York and in all settings her passion for the transformative power of education has persevered and grown.  She is excited to begin her third year at LJA working to empower students to find and use their voices.

Janet Gracia, parent (2016-2019) 612-600-1800 jgracia468@gmail.com

Anna Veit-Carter, Co-Chairperson, community member (2017-2020) 612-222-0605 anna.veitcarter@gmail.com 

Anna is an Iowa transplant and employment-law attorney, currently practicing Minneapolis. Prior to becoming an attorney, Anna taught middle-school math and science and knows that it is a critical time for nurturing interest in these subjects, especially among female students. Given this background - and with a young daughter of her own - Anna is excited to serve on the LJA board to assist in ensuring STEM-focused educational opportunities for young women in the Twin Cities.

Fahima Aziz, community member (2018-2021) 651-428-7710 fahimaaz@gmail.com

Fahima Aziz is currently teaching at the University of Minnesota. She was the Vice Chancellor of the Asian University for Women (AUW) from 2012 to 2015. Prior to joining AUW, Dr. Aziz was the Alkire Endowed Chair in International Business and Economics at Hamline University, Minnesota, USA, from 2001 to 2012. Dr. Aziz chaired the Department of Management and Economics from 1996 to 2006 and the Environmental Studies Program from 2000 to 2007 at Hamline University. Her research interests include micro-finance, poverty and income inequality, gender issues in the labor market, women and leadership, and recently, the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Aziz is deeply interested in examining how students learn and the importance of instilling metacognitive skills for enhanced learning.

Bryant Noice, parent (2018 - 2021) 612-532-9403 bnoice@gmail.com

Bryant Noice is a technologist, parent, and nerd who is deeply grateful for the growth of his daughters at LJA. Bryant works for United Health Group in IT, and lives the importance of STEM in his daily life, as well as the criticality of leadership and interpersonal skills. Bryant is an alumni of Boston University, where he studied climate sciences. He is eager to give back to LJA as a board member.

Angi Faiks, community member (2018-2021) 651-696-6208 faiks@macalester.edu

Angi Faiks is the Associate Library Director at Macalester College. Her professional interests include library innovation, information access and literacy advocacy, libraries as community space, maker movements, working towards diversity in librarianship and STEM, and equitable access to education for all. She takes enormous pride in the thoughtful creativity and innovation exemplified by librarians in meeting the needs of community members. She focuses on fostering positive change, encouraging bold new ideas, and building partnerships.

Mimi Ahmed Mohamud, Co-Secretary, community member (2018-2021) 952-994-4637 mimi.mohamud@yahoo.com

Mimi is a communications and engagement planner at the Minnesota Department of Health. She is proud parent of a 14-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son. Mimi received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Health from the Saint Catherine University. She is a firm believer in education and a living proof that through hard work and higher education one can achieve success in life and live the American Dream.

Gaye Fisher, teacher (2019) 512-689-6579 gayef@laurajeffreyacademy.org

approved board minutes

Board committee minutes

Executive Committee Minutes:

Board Policies

LJA Building Company

1550 Summit Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

LJA Building Company By-Laws


Anna Veit-Carter, President, 612-222-0605, anna.veitcarter@gmail.com 

Anna Robinson, ExOfficio, annar@laurajeffreyacademy.org

Jason Fritts, Secretary, 612-386-2569, frittja@gmail.com



The next meeting will be April 11, 2018 at 8am.

January 2014

May 2015