- October 2017 – Board Vacancy Announcement and Call for Nominations
**NOTE: Deadline for Board nomination extended to Ocober 13, 2017
Mateen Ashtiani is a Software Architect working as a Knowledge Consultant for Ambient Consulting LLC. For the past 20 years, he’s worked on many projects for several Fortune 500 clients such as US Bank, 3M, Aon, Best Buy, Express Script, etc. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from San Diego State University in California. Mateen and his wife, Maryam, have two children and reside in Eden Prairie. Currently one of their children attends Eagle Ridge Academy in the School of Rhetoric. He is a true believer in strong education and committed to helping our younger generation achieve their goals. In his spare time, he likes to read, bike, hike, travel, and volunteer for several non-profit organizations.
Katie Katzner has been with the Student Services Department at Eagle Ridge Academy, as a paraprofessional and now a special education teacher since April 2013. In 2005, Katie earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Child Education from the University of Duluth and in 2015 Katie earned a Masters of Education in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas. Since her time at Eagle Ridge Academy, Katie has developed the special education behavior program and looks for ways for her students to grow into well-rounded citizens, by being to reach their highest potential in their social emotional and academic growth. Katie and her husband Aaron enjoy sea kayaking together and looking for the beauty found within the world around them.
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.
Ann Watanabe is employed by Optum, a health services and innovation company; she has previous experience in consulting, has worked for a Fortune 50 consumer electronics retailer, and the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center. Her background spans vendor management, managing data privacy, licensing, safety compliance, business ethics, as well as contract negotiations, executive recruitment, and human resources. She is a past officer of Eagle Ridge Academy’s PTO, is a founding member of the Playground Committee, and was involved in various Administrative Search Work Groups at Eagle Ridge Academy, and the Governance Work Group, prior to being elected to the Board. Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in East Asian Studies. She believes it is important to serve all constituents of Eagle Ridge Academy as a Board member and endeavors to continue to build upon the mission and vision of the Academy. Ann, her husband Hiro, and their two children live in Eden Prairie. Both children attend Eagle Ridge Academy, one in the School of Grammar, and one in the School of Logic.
Jason Ulbrich grew up primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated from Big Lake High School. After graduating high school, Mr. Ulbrich served in the US Army as an Infantryman and eventually as an Infantry and Armor officer. After graduating from St. Cloud State with a Biology and General Science Major. Mr. Ulbrich taught for seven years before earning a Master of Science Degree in Leadership and Specialist Degree in Education Leadership from St. Cloud State University. Mr. Ulbrich married Julie, who is also an educator. Together Jason and Julie have three children. Prior to joining the Eagle Ridge Academy Team, Mr. Ulbrich was a teacher and administrator in Delano, high school principal in Sauk Centre, and K-8 principal in St. Cloud. Mr. Ulbrich has been with ERA since 2012 and looks forward to leading Eagle Ridge Academy on the never ending pursuit of excellence.