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Friends of Nova Classical Academy, Nova Classical Academy’s affiliated nonprofit building corporation 


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Public Comment: This email is received by the Board Secretary and will be distributed to all members of the Board of Directors and typically will be published in the Public Comment section of the Board packet (password: auctores) for the next Board of Directors meeting. Public comment must be submitted with first and last name. Comments received after 12.00pm of the Thursday prior to a Board meeting will be held until the following month’s Board packet.


Jason Belter (

Director, Nova parent, and teacher, has taught grade 7+ science at Nova since the 2007–2008 school year. He is also the parent of a Nova graduate and sixth grader. He previously taught at South High school in Minneapolis. Prior to entering into education, he earned a bachelors degree in biochemistry at the UW: Madison, and pursued graduate work in biochemistry at the University of Minnesota.

Robin Cerio (

Director, parent, and Chair-Elect, Robin has two daughters at Nova and has been an active volunteer in the Nova community since 2012.  Within Nova, Robin has served on the NPTO Board, as a classroom volunteer and Room Parent, and as a facilitator of the Nova Community Concerns Group; she currently serves as part of the Enrollment Team, and on the Curriculum and Governance Committees.  Outside of Nova, Robin worked for many years coordinating and supporting a variety of advisory groups and boards which supported and promoted the arts & Pre-K education.  She has also coordinated various events and run social media and communications for other non-profit organizations in the south metro.  Robin has her B.A. in Art Education from St. Catherine University and her M.A. in Art History from the University of St. Thomas.

Adam Flood (
Director, parent, and Treasurer. Adam is the parent of two Nova students and served as President of Friends of Nova Classical Academy, Nova’s affiliated building corporation, prior to being appointed to the Board of Directors in December, 2016. Adam chairs the Budget and Finance Committee and also serves on the Governance Committee. He earned his BA from Carleton College and his JD from Hamline University School of Law. Adam is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and volunteers as a mediator and arbitrator with the Conflict Resolution Center. He also volunteers with the Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic and has his own small business repairing watches and clocks.

Dan Greenfield (
Director, parent, and Chair, Dan has a son that is a freshman at Nova.  He has more than 16 years of finance experience and has served on Nova’s Finance and Budget committee for the past three years.  Dan currently leads the financial planning and reporting function for Medtronic and brings to Nova extensive experience in finance, accounting, and executive management.  Dan has an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University.

Karen Groppel (

Director and board chair, Karen and her husband David have 4 children, three of whom are current Nova students. Karen has been a Nova parent since 2006.  She has served on the Curriculum Committee for 10 years, School Climate for 3 years, participated on the Executive Review team and will be joining the Development Committee as well.  She previously served on the Board of Directors from 2011-2014.  Karen has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and worked at 3M in both manufacturing and project management before “retiring” to be a stay at home mom.  In addition to her service at Nova, she serves in leadership with the Community of Christ the Redeemer, a lay Catholic Community.  She is also a speaker for various events within her parish and the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul. She is honored to serve the Nova Community through her work on the Board.

Laura Hobbs (

Director and secretary, Laura is a fifth-grade teacher at Nova Classical Academy. Laura received her BA in Education from Northwestern College and joined Nova in 2011.

Claudia Gumbiner Hungs (

Director and parent, Claudia Gumbiner Hungs is the parent of a Nova third grader and fifth grader. Claudia serves on the Academic Excellence and School Climate Committees. She is also a Nova Room Parent and volunteers in her children’s classrooms. Claudia brings over 16 years of management consulting, strategic planning, and project management experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments. She has a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Becky Lund (

Director and teacher, Becky teaches second grade at Nova.  She has taught at Nova since it opened its doors in 2003 and has served on several committees during her tenure here including the Curriculum Committee and the Governance Committee.  Becky received her BA in Elementary Education from Augsburg College and her MA in Education from Hamline University.  She also received an additional license in K-12 Reading from Hamline.

Aditya Bharadwaj (
Director, Aditya (Adi) is a community member who is proud to serve on Nova’s board and Governance Committee.  Aditya is an attorney who focuses his practice on advising corporate clients.  He received his J.D., from the University of Minnesota Law School, and his B.A. in Economics, from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Aditya enjoys devoting his time to helping students of all ages and backgrounds achieve success.  Most recently, he did so by coaching the University of Minnesota Mock Trial Team.  Aditya and his wife, Colleen, live in south-west Minneapolis.

Joan Kuzma Costello (
Joan Kuzma Costello is a community member of the Nova Board. She has had a long and varied career in higher education, ranging from serving as a professor of English at Minot State in North Dakota and at University of Maryland in Germany to working as an administrator at Inver Hills Community College here in Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, her M.A. from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. from Saint Catherine University. Joan’s focus during her career has been the success of all students and continuous quality improvement in her own classroom and in the institutions for which she has served. Joan is now retired, working as a consultant for institutions going through the (re)accreditation process and relaxing reading, quilting, and traveling with her husband. She and her husband, Stephen, live in Highland Park. They have three grown children.



  • Karen Groppel, 2016-Present
  • Paul Mason, 2015–2016
  • Dan Greenfield, 2014–2015
  • Dianne Krizan, 2013–2014
  • Damon Fraser, 2011–2013
  • Kirsten Hornseth, 2011
  • Dianne Krizan, 2009–2011
  • Damon Fraser, 2008–2009
  • Elisa Knudson, 2003–2008


Simon Fung

Elisa Pacini Knudson

Teresa Schulte