Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting and board elections will be held in conjunction with our Spring Concert on June 20th, 2017. The concert and annual meeting will be at the Weyerhauser building on the Macalester College campus at 2:30PM. 

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

We suggest calling the school office at 651-414-6000 to confirm the meeting date and time if you wish to attend as there are occasional changes to the schedule.

Board meeting dates for the 2016-2017 school year are on the following dates:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016                                                                                                                           
Tuesday, September 20
Tuesday, October 18
Tuesday, November 15
Tuesday, December 20 - cancelled
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tuesday, February 21
Tuesday, March 21
Tuesday, April 18
Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday, June 20 - Annual Meeting at the Spring Concert at 2:30 and regular meeting at LJA at 6:15.

2015-16 Board meetings:

Thursday, August 27
Tuesday, September 15 - World's Best Work Force review
Wednesday, September 30 - Executive Committee Annual Report review  @ 6:00                                         Monday, October 19
Monday, November 16
Monday, December 21 (cancelled due to holiday break)
Monday, January 25 (rescheduled due to MLK day holiday on the 18th)
Monday, February 15
Monday, March 21
Monday, April 18
Monday, May 16
Monday, June 20

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.

Jennifer Schiller, 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.  

Maggie Struck, community member (2015-2018) 651-792-6683 

Maggie is a  Ph.D. candidate of Critical Literacy in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota. She is a critical literacy scholar devoted to equity in education and critical literacy practices in public schools. Prior to being in graduate school, she was a community youth worker for six years with the Jane Addams School for Democracy on the Westside of Saint Paul and a fifth/sixth grade teacher for seven years at both Minnesota and Texas public elementary schools. Maggie believes that equity for all learners in educational settings is contingent upon the strength of the bridges built between teacher preparation programs, the day-to-day practice of students and teachers in schools, and the community and home practices of students and their families. Maggie lives with her wife Elizabeth and their four pets in the vibrant, diverse, loud, chaotic, and graceful community of Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis. Her home community grounds her in her commitment to work across lines of gender, sexual orientation, race, and class not only in her professional life but her personal life as well. She is drawn to working with the LJA community to help support students and families who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum. 

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


  • Our authorizer, Audubon Center of the Northwoods in 2014 granted LJA a five-year charter renewal based on our strong six year history and a full year of review and evaluation.  
  • Laura Jeffrey Academy received the FY16 MN Department of Education Finance Award. The Award recognizes public schools that meet the statutory deadlines for submission of audited fiscal financial data and reporting criteria, and have met select indicators of fiscal health and accuracy in financial reporting.  LJA received the Finance Award in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.  FY 2016 School Finance Award Recipients are based on FY 2015 Financial Reporting.
  • For a comprehensive look at our school in an easy to read format, visit Minnesota Department of Education's report card on Laura Jeffrey Academy. 
  • Laura Jeffrey Academy's 2014-15 Annual Report
  • Laura Jeffrey Academy's 2016-2017 Finance budget publication. 
  • MDE MMR report card:
  • Special Education TSES Manual

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Josh Rohde, President - (Term 2013-2016)

Josh joined the board in 2013 and is living in St. Paul with his three daughters, all of whom have attended Laura Jeffrey Academy. He has been active at LJA helping with the Family Network and the Farmers Market. Having three daughters, it was important for Josh to find a place where they could explore and thrive. He has found this at LJA, and wants to continue the amazing work that goes into building confidence and educating our girls by bringing this unique perspective as a parent of three LJA students.

Jennifer Schiller, ExOfficio

Ken Simon, Secretary - (Term 2013-2016)



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May 2015