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 2017-2018 school year are on the following dates:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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

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.  

Laurie Hamre, Co-Chairperson (2015-2018) 651-343-1402

Laurie, a recently retired Macalester College administrator, spent her entire career working in higher education. As Dean of Students and Vice President, she had oversight of critical support services and with many staff, responsibility for programs, experiences, and resources that promoted the development of leadership, responsible citizenship, communications, identity exploration, understanding of difference, and personal well-being. She loved working day-to-day with traditional age college students. Involvement on the LJA Board provides continued opportunities to enhance the development of talented young people.  

Laurie currently serves on the Advisory Board for Culture of Respect, a national online evidence-based resource for colleges and universities working to eliminate sexual assault on their campuses.

George Sand ExOfficio, LJA Executive Director 651-414-6000

Annie Hotop, Secretary, community member (2015-2018) 651-308-9043

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.   

Sharon Gifford, community member (2015-2018) 612-867-5458

Sharon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.The daughter of an elementary school teacher, she has a deep understanding of the importance of education in providing opportunities for success. Her professional and volunteer efforts have focused on her passion for women/girls and education.  Sharon is a highly successful fundraising and sales professional who has worked for a variety of organizations including Greater Twin Cities United Way.  She has been a supporter of LJA since 2010. Sharon brings a new network of personal and business contacts to the organization. As a board member, Sharon looks forward to using her sales and development experience to assist LJA in establishing new corporate partnerships and expanding the organization’s base of individual donors.  

Danielle Jones-Glaser, community member (2016-2019) 773-230-1534

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

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, teacher (2016-2019) 651-414-6000

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

Anna Veit-Carter, community member (2017-2020) 612-222-0605 

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.

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, 

George Sand, ExOfficio,

Jason Fritts, Secretary, 612-386-2569,



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