Ten applicants seek A-H School Board Vacancy

Ten applicants filed for the soon to be vacant seat on the Anoka Hennepin School Board. The Dist. 3 seat is currently held by John Hoffman will be vacating his term for an elected seat on the Minnesota State Senate in January. This seat represents Coon Rapids, Champlin and Dayton. Eight of the applicants reside in Champlin, one is from Coon Rapids and one resides in Dayton.

Four to five of the individuals will be invited to take part in an interview with the current school board. Interviews are tentatively set for Jan. 10 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Sandburg Education Center, 1902 2nd Ave., Anoka. The interviews are open for the public to observe.

The individual appointed to the seat will serve out the remainder of the term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2014.  The school board expects to make the appointment at the Jan. 14 school board meeting.

The following individuals have applied for the position:


Grace Baltich, Champlin

Baltich is a graduate of Champlin Park High School. She is an active community volunteer whose work includes volunteering at Oxbow Creek Elementary School and with the Anoka-Hennepin School District, Faith, and Community Partnership through her church. She has a two-year old. Baltich is a graduate of St. Ben’s (undergraduate degree) and University of Minnesota School of Social Work (graduate degree). She is a licensed social worker who works as a social worker for Wright County Social Services, She also does work as a custody resolution specialist and is a member of the AFSME Executive Board.


Jeff Baumann, Coon Rapids

Baumann has a son who attended Anoka-Hennepin ECFE programs and attends PACT Charter School. He has discussed homeless issues with Karrie Schaaf and has provided feedback on the school district’s website redesign. He is a doctor working for CentraCare at a clinic in Big Lake. Baumann earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.


Gregory A. Payer, Champlin

Payer has two children who attend Champlin Park High School. He has been very active with his children’s education. His wife has volunteered with their daughter’s Destination Imagination team for two years. Payer was appointed to the Champlin Parks and Recreation Committee and was elected to the Champlin City Council in 2004. His term expires Dec. 31, 2012. He has a degree in management and marketing from Baker College and a graduate degree in finance from the same institution. Payer works for TCF Equipment Finance, Inc. as a workouts officer.


Lisa Sanchez, Dayton

Sanchez is a member of the Dayton Safety Commission. She has a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. and works at Aegis Therapies and Rehab Visions.


Gregory Tomlinson, Coon Rapids

Tomlinson is a graduate of Coon Rapids High School. Both of his parents work at Coon Rapids Middle School. He earned an A.A. in information technology from the University of Phoenix and works as a special education paraprofessional at Hayes Elementary School in Fridley.


Bill Harvey, Champlin

Harvey is the parent of three children in Anoka-Hennepin schools. He has been a volunteer at Oxbow Creek Elementary School, Jackson Middle School and Champlin Park High School and has supported education and community initiatives for 13 years. He is vice president and director of the Champlin Park High School Vocal Music Association. Harvey earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Minnesota State University – Mankato and works as a sales project director for the Anton Group.


Bradley A. Johnson, Champlin

Johnson two children who graduated from Champlin Park High School. Worked for the Anoka-Hennepin School District from 1975 to June 2009 in a variety of positions including teacher (Fred Moore Junior High and Champlin Park High School), coach, staff development trainer, curriculum committee member, and an active participate and organizer in levy referendums. Johnson has an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College, M.Ed. in language arts and speech education from the University of Minnesota and has continued his education through classes at Hamline University. Currently, he works as an adjunct professor of English and English education at St. Cloud State University.


Timothy D. Kroening-Smith, Champlin

Kroening has children who attended Anoka-Hennepin schools. He and his wife were active members of the Champlin Park Marching Band Association. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota and since 1987, has owned and operated Right Mind Enterprises, Inc., a small computer software services firm specializing in public sector applications.


Suzanne M. Scheller, Champlin

Scheller four children, ages 10 to 19 who are attending or have attended Anoka-Hennepin schools. Her work as a substitute teacher on a limited basis led to volunteerism and leadership as her children entered school. Scheller’s volunteer experience ranges from teaching Art Adventures to kindergarten students to chaperoning high school dances and everything in between. She has been a challenge reading and math leader, fundraiser coordinator, arts and academics coordinator, field trip chaperone, events coordinator, parents booster club member, and marching band chaperone. Scheller has developed a talent development program, lobbied for fair and equitable funding for Anoka-Hennepin Schools as a member of the Parent Legislative Team. Last year, she served as the president of a PTO, and currently serves as a member of the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) Board of Directors. With an undergraduate degree from Northwestern College in math and a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law, Scheller works as a solo practitioner and owns Scheller Legal Solutions.



James Stephen Sebesta, Champlin

Sebesta two sons who graduated from Anoka-Hennepin schools; currently has a grandson at Champlin Brooklyn Park Academy for Math and Environmental Sciences where he has volunteered at school functions. Sebesta earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from the University of Minnesota. Works as a principal software engineer at Symantec/VERITAS.