School Board

John Schwirtz
John SchwirtzBoard Chair, Community Member
Date Seated: 1.13.15
Date Term Expires: 6.30.2021
John Schwirtz has been associated with Eagle Ridge Academy since the fall of 2004, when he entered the school as a 7th grader. As an ERA student, he was active in Student Senate, Mock Trial, and Junior Classical League. After graduating from ERA in 2010, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota where he studied in the Great Conversation program and eventually majored in Political Science with a concentration in Middle East Studies. His senior year, John served as president of the St. Olaf Student Government association. He currently works at Exosite, a Minneapolis-based Internet software company. A vocal proponent of classical education since his days in high school, John is excited to use his perspective as a young alumnus to partner with the board and the broader ERA community to ensure the success of its mission.
Jane Wegener Venema
Jane Wegener VenemaVice Chair, Teacher
Date Seated: 7.1.16
Date Term Expires: 6.30.20

Jane Wegener has been a Humanities teacher at Eagle Ridge Academy since the 2010 – 2011 school year. She has also taught a variety of writing elective courses and has founded and directed the Eagle Ridge Academy Improv Club. In 2010, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English/Language Arts from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Since beginning her career at Eagle Ridge Academy, Jane has grown to love Classical education for how it challenges students to take their education beyond the classroom and to grow in virtue as students, citizens, and individuals. She looks forward to serving the school and its mission as a member of the Board of Directors. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, cycling, and going to sporting events with friends.

Angela Berger
Angela BergerTreasurer, Parent
Date Seated: 7.1.2019
Date Term Expires: 6.30.2021

Angela has two children enrolled at Eagle Ridge Academy and one child enrolled in the Edina Public Schools as a special education student.  She has been in the banking industry for over 25 years and currently works in the audit department of Wells Fargo Bank.  Her skills and experience are supported by a B.S. Degree in Finance & Economics from the University of Eau Claire – WI and a master’s degree in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas.  She has fully supported the mission of the school since her oldest child began 3rd grade in 2011 including service on the Affiliated Building Company board from 2015 – 2019 during the transition to a new campus and larger enrollment.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, genealogy, and being a dog Mom.

April Grabanski
April GrabanskiSecretary, Teacher
Date Seated: 7.1.13
Date Term Expires: 6.30.20

April Grabanski graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Central University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a concentration in Communication Arts. She helped start the Junior High program at Life Academy in Bloomington and worked there for seven years. In June of 2011, she finished her Master’s Degree in Education through Walden University. This is her eighth year teaching 5th grade at Eagle Ridge Academy. She has been on the Board of Directors at Eagle Ridge Academy since 2013 and has served as secretary, vice-chair, and chair during that time. She has two children, Gabriel (6th grade) and Esther (5th grade), who have both attend Eagle Ridge Academy since kindergarten. She is committed to Classical education and has earned a Classical Certificate from Nova Classical Academy, attended several seminars on Classical education, and is currently enrolled in the Classical Teacher Certificate Program at Eagle Ridge Academy. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening with her husband Matthew, playing with her dogs, watching her chickens, going to Twins games, and biking.

Ramesh Babu
Ramesh BabuParent
Date Seated: 7.1.2019
Date Term Expires: 6.30.2021

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Rahul Deep
Rahul DeepParent
Date Seated: 7.01.18
Date Term Expires: 6.30.20

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Julia Demakis-Haustein
Julia Demakis-HausteinTeacher
Date Seated: 10.24.17
Date Term Expires: 6.30.21

Julia Demakis-Haustein graduated from St. Olaf College with a major in Medieval Studies and a minor in Environmental studies. She then received a Masters of Arts in teaching from Bard College with a certification in English Language Arts. She has been teaching since 2010 and for the past two years has taught Lower School Latin here at Eagle Ridge Academy. She is now back to teaching secondary English and couldn’t be more thrilled. At home, she lives with her husband, infant son, and their three dogs.

Lisa Johnson
Lisa JohnsonTeacher
Date Seated: 7.01.18
Date Term Expires: 6.30.20

Lisa Johnson has been teaching art, and sometimes other courses, since graduating from Calvin College in 1986. She has taught at Northern Michigan Christian School; as a teacher with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Colombia, South America; Calvin Christian school in Edina; and at Eagle Ridge Academy since the school opened in 2004.

With degrees in Art, Education, and Humanities, she has found her calling at Eagle Ridge. Her kids are older and she now likes to travel more and experience great art—sometimes leading student trips to such countries as Spain, France, Italy, and Greece.

Kathy Oberstar
Kathy OberstarParent
Date Seated: 7.01.13
Date Term Expires: 6.30.20

Kathy has worked at Cargill for the past 19 years in a variety of business and IT roles; she currently serves as the IT Service Manager for North America. Prior to working at Cargill, Kathy spent several years in Uganda, East Africa training community development workers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Minnesota. Kathy is passionate about bringing teams of people together to accomplish great things. She is looking forward to partnering with the board, and the entire Eagle Ridge community, to ensure we continue to bring alive and live out the mission and vision of the school. Kathy and her husband Peter live in Richfield with their two children. They have two children enrolled in the ERA School of Logic.

Jason Ulbrich
Jason UlbrichExecutive Director
Ex Officio Member
No Expiration Term