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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 the first and last name. Comments received after 12.00pm on 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 8 science at Nova since the 2007–2008 school year. He is also the parent of a Nova graduate and seventh 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.

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 southwest 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 the 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.

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.

Josh Garvin (

Mr. Josh Garvin and his wife Ashley live in South Minneapolis and have three adopted dogs. Mr. Garvin has been a Latin instructor at Nova since 2008, teaching 6th through 12th grades, Latin I through Latin VIII Honors, and has served as Chair of the Language Department for multiple terms. Currently, he also teaches college-credit courses through the University of Minnesota Twin Cities College in the Schools (CIS) program and is a faculty advisor to several student clubs.

Mr. Garvin has a B.A. in Classical Studies, an M.A. in Comparative Literature, and an M.F.A. (ABD) in Translation from the University of Arkansas. With over twenty years of teaching experience, he has a diverse teaching portfolio—from Outward Bound teacher to University lecturer.

In addition to his service at Nova, Josh serves in leadership as a Fleet Captain for the Wayzata Yacht Club.  He is also a League Director for a racquetball league in South Minneapolis. He is honored to teach at Nova and serve the Nova community as a board member.

Karen Groppel (

Director and board chair, Karen and her husband David have 4 children, two 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.

Claudia Gumbiner Hungs (

Director and parent, Claudia Gumbiner Hungs is the parent of a current Nova fourth grader.  Claudia co-Chairs the Academic Excellence and serves on the School Climate Committees. She is also an active volunteer at Nova. Claudia brings over 15 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 2nd-grade teacher, Becky has been 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.

Paul Mason (

Paul is the parent of a ninth-grade Nova student.  He has served on Nova’s Governance committee, chaired an ad hoc Human Resources committee and is currently serving on the Finance & Budget and Executive Director Review committees.  Prior to Nova, Paul served/chaired a site council at a previous public school. Paul brings over twenty years of human resources management experience to the board and is currently a Senior Human Resources Director with the Valspar Corporation.  Paul holds a BS Business Management and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Jeff Timmerman (

Jeff is a parent of a Nova first- and third-grader and previously served on an ad hoc human resources committee at Nova during the 2015-2016 school year. He is a civil attorney with the Dakota County Attorney’s Office and has advised clients on human resources and employment issues for more than a decade. Jeff received a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Iowa and a J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law. He is honored and excited to serve the Nova community.

Jenni Winter (

Jennie Winter has been a Nova parent since 2011 and has three children, all of whom attend Nova. Jennie is a founding partner at Winter Klein Communications, where she has worked on a variety of strategic marketing and HR communications projects since 2004. Prior to starting Winter Klein Communications, Jennie worked in corporate finance at Medtronic, Inc. Before that, she was employed in marketing at United Way and then volunteered for two years teaching English to secondary school students in Vanuatu as a Peace Corps volunteer. Jennie has an MBA in strategic management, marketing and finance from the University of Minnesota, where she received special honors in strategic management, and a BA with honors from UW-Madison. Jennie served on a similar board alongside faculty and administrators at UW-Madison, and she is excited to serve in such a role again at Nova.

  • 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


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