Dianne Mathews

Ms. Dianne Mathews

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Ms. Dianne Mathews

Dianne Mathews was appointed to the Board of Education in the spring of 2014 to fill a vacated position. She was elected to the Board in the fall of 2014. She is an Engineer for the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and has been with the entity since 2008.  She is currently serving as the Board Chair, a position to which she was elected in January of 2017.

Dianne's primary reason for running for the board was a strong desire to serve the community and take part in the direction of the schools and facilities.  She sites "serving on the Project Oversight Committee for the newly opened high school and remodeled elementary school and ensuring that the communities tax dollars are serving our students," as the part of her work on the Board that she enjoys most.  Communication with, and involvement of the entire community continues to fuel her work, and she cites the need for a comprehensive strategic plan as opportunities for continued growth.

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Community Education Advisory
Facilities
MSHSL Disciplinary Hearings
Parent Teacher Organization
Learning Center Project Oversite

Gary Kneisl

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Mr. Gary Kneisl

Gary grew up in south central MN and attended high school at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. In high school he played football, baseball, wrestled, and was a member of the track team. He was also involved in the agricultural and industrial tech clubs. He attended one year of college at Ridgewater College where he wrestled and was named an Academic All American. Following that experience, he moved to Duluth and attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he achieved a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. Gary worked in sales for a few years and then took a job in corrections. That gave him an interest in being a police officer and was hired by the Superior Police Department. Mr. Kneisl worked there for a little over 3 years and was then hired by the Hermantown Police Department in October of 2017.
 
Gary Kneisl has lived in or around Hermantown since 2008 and is married to wife, Holly.  The Kneisls have 3 children, all of whom are enrolled in Hermantown schools. 
 
"I love this community and want to do whatever I can to continue its tradition of quality living. I look forward to serving on the school board to ensure each child of the community gets the best, quality education they can." 

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Parks and Recreation
Facilities
Multi-activity Facility

Timothy Peterson

Mr. Timothy Peterson

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Mr. Timothy Peterson

Tim and his wife Sandi have lived in Hermantown for 28 years and are lifelong residents of St. Louis County.  Janna, Ross and Marcie, their children, graduated from Hermantown and two of their grandchildren will soon be attending Hermantown schools.  He was elected to the Board in November, 2018.

He recently retired from ALLETE, Inc.  (Minnesota Power) as their Senior Manager, Corporate Development, working with the company to diversify their business through acquisitions of other energy related companies. Prior to ALLETE, he was a Director, Consulting Services for RSM, Inc., a national CPA and Consulting Firm. Tim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  Tim has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for UMD and Bemidji State University teaching courses in finance, information technology and business administration.

He is very pleased to be a new member of a School Board committed to continuing the excellence in education his children experienced at Hermantown. He hopes his background in finance and strategic planning will lend value to the Board in navigating some of the crucial issues the district currently faces as they strive towards providing exceptional educational opportunities for our students and community.

Committee Assignments
Arena Board
Staff Development; Curriculum; Technology Integration
Multi-activity Facility

Heather Holst

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Ms. Heather Holst

Heather was elected to her first term during the General Election of 2020. 

Heather works as a Social Studies Teacher at Marshall School and as a Real Estate Salesperson with Edina Realty. She grew up in the Duluth area, graduating from East High School. Heather completed her undergraduate degree at Winona State University in Social Science History for Secondary Education. It was at Winona that she met her husband John. John was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy in the Health Professions Scholarship Program to continue his studies in the field of medicine at Des Moines University. During his commitment to the Navy, Heather and John resided in Iowa, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Okinawa Japan, California, and Maryland before returning to Minnesota. Heather was a licensed teacher in all of those states and for the Department of Defense. Heather also spent a year as a Civilian Family Readiness Officer for the Marine Corps while in San Diego. While living in the Baltimore area, Heather earned her Masters Degree in Geography and Environmental Planning from Towson University. Upon returning to the area in 2013, Heather began working for Marshall School. In 2016 she earned her Real Estate Salesperson license in MN and added WI in 2020.

John and Heather, along with their twin daughters moved to Hermantown in 2015. They are also foster parents. 

Heather’s passion for education and opening the lines of communication was a motivating factor in running for the board. “I see many opportunities to enhance communication with the public. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that education, both academic and social-emotional, is pertinent to the well being of our young people. As a board we need to directly relay decisions and the rationale behind them to the Hermantown Community. Clear communication will go a long way in garnering support, involvement, and understanding.”

Ashley McFarland

Ms. Ashley McFarland

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Ms. Ashley McFarland

Ashley was elected to her first term during the General Election of 2020. 

Lindsay Clauson

Ms. Lindsay Clauson

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Ms. Lindsay Clauson

Lindsay was elected to her first term during the General Election of 2020.