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.
Ellie began her SLP journey nearly 12 years ago in kindergarten at Northpoint elementary. She has become a big history buff and likes taking the Advanced Placement courses available to her in history. She is varsity captain of the girl’s tennis team, an officer of National Honor Society, and a house leader of the Panther Mentor program. She is also this year’s president of the Student Council. When she graduates next spring, she plans on applying to a couple of East coast colleges with the hopes of going into Political Science and potentially on to law school.
She looks forward to this year of service and plans to be more engaged and involved, she says, "“I think that by going to various sports games and getting involved in various activities I’m especially motivated to make our school as amazing as possible."
Bella also began her time at SLP 12 years ago at Northpoint Elementary. Over the years, she has discovered a love for science, especially biology and chemistry. Her favorite class this fall is AP Chemistry. Outside of school, she was on the cross-country team for two years, and has been a dancer since the age of three. She also enjoys art, music and reading. After high school, she would like to attend college and earn a degree in biochemistry. “I hope to someday become a medical researcher helping to find better treatment options for blood cancers,” says Bella, a 3-time Leukemia survivor.
Bella has a lot of pride in this new role, saying “I am proud to be part of a district and school that places so much importance on helping to make the community a better place."
School Board Members
Amy Hennen, Chairperson
Amy is an 18-year resident of Blaine. She and her husband Scott Nielsen have a son and daughter in college, both graduates of 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 Centerview Elementary School, serves as a member of the Teacher Contract Negotiating Committee and has taken part in Minnesota School Board Association leadership training. She is also the School Board's representative on the Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD). Amy has also held the school board positions of vice chairperson and clerk. She holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Tony Easter, Vice-Chairperson
Tony is a +25-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 also 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 Northpoint Elementary and Spring Lake Park Scholarship Foundation.
Melody Skelly, Director
Melody and her husband, Tim, have lived in the Spring Lake Park Schools School District for 20 years. They have four sons, two of which have graduated from Spring Lake Park High School (2020 and 2021) and are currently attending college, and two who are currently enrolled at Spring Lake Park High School and Westwood Middle School. Melody has volunteered in many different capacities at each of her sons' schools throughout the last 15 years. She has also served on youth sports boards, has coached at the high school and youth levels, volunteers at her church in various roles and co-founded the SLP Breakfast Club for Spring Lake Park High School students. Melody has a BA from Northwestern University and runs her own business.
Michael Kreun, Director
Michael, his wife Laura, and three children reside in Blaine. 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 is a volunteer with kids services at Eagle Brook Church in Blaine and has coached youth hockey and baseball. Michael is assigned to the Athletic Advisory Board, is a Board liaison to the High School League, the Lions Club Foundation, and the Lighthouse School.
Sam Villella, Director
Sam and his wife Megan have lived with their two children in Blaine for 14 years. Their son Kincaid and daughter Khyber both attended Woodcrest's Spanish Immersion Program and currently attend Westwood Middle School. Prior to his election to the School Board in November 2021, Sam has served on the Blaine Planning Commission, the Blaine Natural Resource & Conservation Board and the Metropolitan Council's Transportation Advisory Board. Sam earned a BS degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota and his Doctorate in Optometry from Nova Southeastern University. He currently practices with Allina Health at the Cambridge Medical Center. Sam is the previous president of the Minnesota Optometric Association and currently serves on the Minnesota State Board of Optometry.
Sarah Bowe, Treasurer
Sarah has lived in the Spring Lake Park Schools District for over 10 years. She and her husband Jason have two daughters. 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 18 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 56-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 40 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. Marilynn has attended more MSBA training sessions than any other school board member in Minnesota, the most since MSBA has been keeping records of training attendance. 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 a member of the board of her church's school and child care center is a member on the 7 county IEIC Help Me Grow board, and is past president of her homeowner's association. 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.