The School Board consists of seven at-large elected members and the Superintendent, who is an ex officio member.
During the school year, the school board welcomes two student representatives from the high school student council. They can participate in discussions and ask questions, but are non-voting members.
School Board Members
Amy Hennen, Chairperson
Amy is a 15-year resident of Blaine. She and her husband Scott Nielsen have a son in college and a daughter attending Spring Lake Park High School. Prior to her election to the School Board in November 2011, Amy was Northpoint Elementary PTO president, served on the Panther Foundation Board of Directors and Community Advisory Council, co-chaired the Legislative Action Committee and co-chaired the community’s Kids First Committee. In addition to serving as the Board's chairperson beginning in 2019, Amy is liaison to Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Elementary School, serves as a member of the Teacher Contract Negotiating Committee and has taken part in Minnesota School Board Association leadership training. She also regularly participates in meetings and trainings held by the Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD). Amy has also held the school board positions of vice chairperson and clerk.
Tony Easter, Vice-Chairperson
Tony is a 20-year resident of Spring Lake Park and began his first term as a School Board member for Spring Lake Park Schools in January 2016. He holds a Business Administration degree and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Northwestern. Tony and his wife Deneen have a son and daughter who are graduates of Spring Lake Park High School. He is currently a Sr. Project Manager for a Minneapolis based financial firm. Before his election to the School Board, Tony was a member of the Spring Lake Park Schools Community Facilities Design Team. Tony served as a board member for Emma B. Howe YMCA and volunteered for more than ten years as a Boy Scout leader. Tony currently serves as the board liaison to Park Terrace Elementary and Spring Lake Park Scholarship Foundation.
Amy Wheaton, Clerk
Amy and her husband, Alex, have lived in the Spring Lake Park Schools School District since 2008. They have two sons - one attending Spring Lake Park High School and one attending Westwood Middle School. Amy’s introduction into the district started with serving on the ECFE Advisory Council for three years. She has volunteered in a number of different roles from reading volunteer, vision and hearing screening, to working at the book fair. During the years her children were enrolled at Northpoint Elementary, if there was an event, she worked it, chaired it or cleaned up after it. She has also served on a variety of district committees including: Budget Modification Committee in 2009; District Communications Committee; Legislative Action Committee, Co-Chair and Chairperson; Kid’s First, Co-Chair and Chairperson; Technology Initiatives Team; Special Ed. Advisory Council; Facilities Planning Team and Facilities Design Team. She now serves as Board liaison to Spring Lake Park High School Parent Advisory Committee and Community Education Advisory Council.
Michael Kreun, Treasurer
Michael and his wife Laura reside in Blaine and have three children attending Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Elementary in the Spring Lake Park School District. Michael is a corporate lawyer, where he practices and manages litigation. He is also a volunteer lawyer for the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota. Michael is the vice-president of the Coon Creek Watershed Board of Managers and is past-chair of the Hennepin County Bar Association, Real Property section. He holds a B.A. from Moorhead State University and a J.D. from the University of North Dakota. Michael coaches youth hockey and baseball and volunteers with youth services at Eagle Brook Church in Blaine. Michael is assigned to the Athletic Advisory Board, is a Board liaison to the High School League, the Lions Club Foundation, and Centerview Elementary School.
John Stroebel, Director
A resident of Blaine since 1991, John and his wife have four children. He has worked in the medical device industry for more than 32 years. Prior to beginning his School Board service in 2006, John was a member of the Facilities Utilization Task Force, volunteered on the efforts to pass the resulting bond referendum, and was a member of the Strategic Framework Advisory Committee. As a School Board member, John has served on the last seven teacher negotiations committees and has been a liaison to each of the district's schools. He served as the Board's chairperson for 6 years beginning in 2013.
Sarah Bowe, Director
Sarah has lived in the Spring Lake Park Schools District for over 8 years. She and her husband Jason have two daughters in the district. Sarah received her Bachelor degrees from Concordia College in Business Administration and Business Education. She went on to receive her Master's in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Sarah has a MN teaching license and has spent the last 16 years teaching at the middle school, junior high, senior high, community college, and university level. She currently teaches at the University of St. Thomas in the Computer Science department. Sarah is active in her church teaching elementary Sunday School classes, volunteers with Junior Achievement, and also is on the Systems Improvement Advisory Council for Spring Lake Park schools. She also frequently volunteers in her daughters' classrooms.
Marilynn Forsberg, Parliamentarian
Marilynn is a 52-year resident of Spring Lake Park where she and husband Fred raised four sons, each being a graduate of Spring Lake Park High School. She is a 38 year member of the Spring Lake Park Schools District School Board and is currently the third longest serving school board member in Minnesota. Marilynn served the board as chairperson or vice chairperson for 21 years, clerk for 3 years, treasurer for 1 year and director for 13 years. She has served as liaison to all schools and on nearly every school community committee, council and task force that exists. In addition to serving on the SLP School Board she currently serves as the Chair of Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District, 916's representative to the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, is president of her homeowner's association and a member of the board of her church's school and child care center. She also serves as Vice Chair on the 7 county IEIC Help Me Grow board. Marilynn has received all awards and honors available from the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) - Director's Award, President's Award, 30 Year Service Award, Arlene Bush School Board Member of Distinction Award, and Minnesota School Board Member of the Year (MSBA All-State School Board). She has served as chairperson of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, vice chair of Equity Alliance (EMID), on the MSBA Board of Directors and on the Panther Foundation Board of Directors. She was once honored with WCCO Radio's Good Neighbor Award for her volunteer work. Marilynn is a graduate of Westmar University and a retired medical technologist. She began her "school career" as a paraprofessional at Spring Lake Park Schools Kenneth Hall Elementary School.