Nova Academy Board of Directors

Board Member Roster


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Colleen Hansen, Director

Colleen is the proud parent to three Nova Classical scholars, one in Lower School and two in Upper School. She, her spouse, and children have been a part of the Nova Classical community since 2016.

Colleen earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of St. Catherine, St. Paul. She is currently employed as an Archivist, but has worked in public, law, and special libraries in the past. Colleen is also currently the communications/secretary board chair of the Inver Grove Heights Lacrosse Association. In the past, she held two different chairs for the SPPS ECFE Parent Advisory Board, managed a hockey association, and also volunteered for the NPTO doing social media and web maintenance.

Colleen is excited to be able to give back to the Nova Classical community that has given so much to her family and hopes to help Nova Classical remain virtuous and exemplary into the future. Term Expires: June 30, 2025.

Melissa DeJesus Hernandez, Director |

Melissa Hernandez and her husband, Juan, enrolled their daughter at Nova Classical in 2012. Since then, she has had the honor and joy to serve Nova Classical as an active member of the PTO (2012-Present) and School Climate Committee (2014-2017), a Recess Teacher (2013-2014), as well as the Lower School (LS) Office Manager (2014-2019). Melissa’s background is in Organizational Management and prior to her work with Nova Classical, she was employed in the hospitality industry as a Restaurant Development Manager. Term Expires: June 30, 2023.

Nicholas LaRusso, Vice Chair |

Nicholas LaRusso, M.D. is a Charles H. Weinman Endowed Professor of Medicine, the former Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation (CFI) and Mayo Clinic Center for Connected Care, and a Distinguished Investigator of the Mayo Foundation. Nicholas co-authored a book entitled “Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast” describing the fusion method of innovation that is the hallmark of Mayo’s CFI with Barb Spurrier and Mayo Clinic CEO, Gianrico Farrugia. Besides being a member of the American Association of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, he is the former editor of Gastroenterology and past president of both the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Among other honors, he’s been a recipient of a MERIT Award and the Principle Investigator on two R01s and on a Silvio Conte Digestive Diseases Center grant, all from NIH. Nicholas has received Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Mayo Alumni Association and both the AGA and the AASLD, the Distinguished Mentor Award and the Julius Friedenwald Medal from the AGA, and is ranked in the top 1% of physicians in the country by US News and World Report. Term Expires: June 30, 2023.

Becky Lund, Secretary |

Becky has been at Nova Classical 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. Term Expires: June 30, 2025.

Suzanne McInroy, Director |

Suzanne McInroy and her husband, Mark, are the proud parents of three Nova Classical Academy students. They have been involved with Nova Classical since their oldest child started Kindergarten in 2017 and they especially appreciate the classical education model, dedicated teachers and staff, and the supportive community. Professionally, Suzanne works in the field of communications with almost 20 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, mostly for colleges and universities. Suzanne received her B.A. in journalism from Messiah University in Pennsylvania, her M.A. in international relations and communications from Boston University, and is currently completing her Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Bethel University in St. Paul. Term Expires: June 30, 2025

Sasha Ross, Treasurer |

Sasha has been a mathematics teacher at Nova Classical since 2014. She teaches Algebra and Calculus in the Upper School. Sasha has been a member of Nova Classical’s Governance Committee since the summer of 2018, helping to review board policies and organize the board elections. Since 2015, she has been part of the Response to Intervention (RTI) team and is also a lead on the Data-Driven Instruction (DDI) team. Sasha grew up right here in St. Paul and is passionate about the community. She still lives in the area with her partner, dog, and a 30-year-old tortoise who serves as the oldest class pet in Nova Classical’s history. Term Expires: June 30, 2024.

Diane Ruday, Director |

Diane has been a teacher at Nova Classical since 2009. She teaches math in grades 1-5 and is the Math Lead in the Lower School. Diane has a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Hamline which she earned in 2011. Prior to coming to Nova Classical, she was a math tutor for school district 833 and a long-term substitute math teacher at Lake Junior High School in Woodbury. Before that, Diane spent 20 years as a computer programmer. She worked at 3M in the Industrial Mineral division and was the computer programmer and the project manager on a system that was installed in the roofing granule plants. She was able to develop a new computer software system that she installed in all four of the roofing granule plants. Term Expires: June 30, 2023.

Bavi Weston, Director |

Bavi Weston has an undergraduate degree in Community Education, a Master’s degree in Higher Education, and is ABD in an Ed.D. in Organization Development. Bavi has worked in education for over 25 years in elementary, middle, high school, and now higher education. Through all those experiences she has learned, seen, and experienced the impact that education has on the lives of students and their communities. Schools are a staple in creating connection points for people in our communities and in building the future of our world. Bavi is a Nova Classical parent of a lower and a middle school student and brings a commitment to our school into this role and in building our commitment to, understanding of, and practices of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Term Expires: June 30, 2023.

Jennie Winter, Chair |

Jennie has been a Nova Classical parent since 2011 and has three children, all of whom attend Nova Classical. Jennie was a founding partner at Winter Klein Communications, where she worked for fourteen years on a variety of strategic marketing and HR communications projects. Before starting Winter Klein Communications, Jennie worked in corporate finance at Medtronic, Inc., and was employed in marketing at United Way. Jennie also taught English for two years 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 enjoys serving in such a role again at Nova Classical. Term Expires: June 30, 2023.

Board Meeting Information

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Board Meeting Information (prior to 2015)

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Standing Committees

  • Academic Excellence Committee
  • Budget & Finance Committee (Website)
  • Governance Committee

Ad-Hoc Committees

  • Human Resources Committee

Administrative Committees

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Health & Wellness Committee (Minutes)

Board Committee Minutes

Board Packets (2015-present) including agenda/minutes are available here!

MN Finance Award

The Minnesota Department of Education’s Finance Award recognizes schools that exhibit sound fiscal health and financial management policies and procedures.  The criteria for earning a School Finance Award is based on compliance with  state statute on a number of financial related issues and other means of demonstrating fiscal health. Nova has received this award for the following years: 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

Annual Reports

In accordance with Minnesota Statute 124D.10 subd. 14, a charter school must report to its authorizer the information required by the authorizer.

Annual Report NCA 2021-2022Download
Annual Report_NCA_2020-2021Download
Annual Report_NCA_2018-2019Download
Nova 2017-2018 Annual Report.docxDownload

District Expenses and Revenues Form


Board Health Insurance Documents

Group Health InsuranceDownload
MN Statutes – HITADownload

The 2022 election to fill one teacher seat and two parent seats on Nova’s Board of Directors will soon begin.  The nominations period will run from March 1 until 4:00 pm on Friday, April 8, 2022.  The voting window will go from Monday, April 25 through 4:00 pm on Monday, May 9, 2022.  Questions about the election or recommendations for potential candidates should be directed to the Governance Committee at

Please vote!

Voter Packet 2022Download
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Call for Nominations Letter 2022Download
2022 Board Election FlierDownload

(The 2022 Voters Guide will be available after the end of the nominations period.)

Public Comment:

The School Board welcomes input from community members and staff. A “Citizen Participation” time is available at the beginning of each board meeting. Please adhere to the following guidelines outlined in Policy 203:

  • Input should be short (approx. 3 minutes or less)
  • Comments should be germane to the agenda and respectful.
  • Repetition should be avoided if possible; new input is best.
  • Under Policy 203, public comment must not be discriminatory in nature. The Board Chair has the authority to stop any comments that violated Nova’s policy or are discriminatory.
  • When the Business section of the meeting begins, citizen input should cease. Occasionally, if a topic is controversial, the Board Chair may choose to allow more citizen input during that particular agenda item. The Board Chair may also request input from the citizens if more expertise or clarification is needed on a topic.

Written public comment can be submitted via email to This email is received by the Board Secretary and will be distributed to all members of the Board of Directors.

Approved Policies for Nova Classical Academy

Section 1 | Legal Authority for Policies, Establishment, & Implementation of Policies

NP-101 | Legal Authority of BoardDownload
NP-102 | DefinitionsDownload

Section 2 | Board of Directors, Recruitment, Meetings, Agenda, Committees, Training

NP 201 | Role and ResponsibilitiesDownload
NP 202 | Expectations and Obligations of Board MembersDownload
NP 203 | Board MeetingsDownload
NP 204 | Election of Board MembersDownload
NP-205 | CommitteesDownload
NP-206 | Board Orientation, TrainingDownload
NP-208 | Development, Adoption, and Implementation of PoliciesDownload
NP-210 | Board of Director’s Member Conflict of InterestDownload

Section 3 | Applications, Admission, and Enrollment

NP 303 | Whole Grade AccelerationDownload
NP 304 | Gifted and Talented ServicesDownload
NP 305 | Section SizeDownload
NP 306 | Re-Enrollment Long-Term LeaveDownload
NP-306F | Long Term Leave Request FormDownload
NP-307 | Counting All StudentsDownload

Section 4 | School Administration

NP 402 | Reporting Unethical or Illegal ActivityDownload
NP 404 | Background ChecksDownload
NP 405 | Anti-NepotismDownload

Section 5 | Curriculum

NP 500 | Personal Electronic Devices-Safe and Acceptable Technology UseDownload
NP 501 | Curriculum Download
NP 502 | Parental Curriculum Review Download
NP 502 | Parental Curriculum Opt-Out Form Download
NP 503 | Tele-Related-ServicesDownload

Section 6 | Student Life

NP-601 | Gender InclusionDownload

Section 7 | Finance & Budget

NP 701 | Establishment of BudgetDownload
NP 702 | Fund Balance RequirementsDownload
NP-703 | FundraisingDownload
NP-704 | Electronic Fund TransferDownload
NP-706 | Acceptance of GiftsDownload

Section 8 | Mandatory Policies

102 | Equal Educational OpportunityDownload
110 | Data RetentionDownload
214 | Out-Of-State TravelDownload
401 | Equal EmploymentDownload
402 | Disability NondiscriminationDownload
406 | Public and Private Personnel DataDownload
406F | Consent to Release-Request from an IndividualDownload
407 | Employee Right To Know – Hazardous SubstancesDownload
410 | Family and Medical LeaveDownload
412 | Expense ReimbursementDownload
413 | Violence and HarassmentDownload
414 | Mandated ReportingDownload
417 | Chemical Use and AbuseDownload
418 | Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free SchoolDownload
418F | Acknowledgment to Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free SchoolDownload
419 | Tobacco-Free EnvironmentDownload
427 | Workload LimitsDownload
501 | School WeaponsDownload
502 | Search of StudentDownload
504 | Student AppearanceDownload
505 | Speech and Distribution of MaterialsDownload
506 | Student DisciplineDownload
506F | Reporting Form—Student DisciplineDownload
514 | Bullying ProhibitionDownload
515 | Protection and Privacy of Student RecordsDownload
Public Notice Regarding Policy 515Download
515 FormDownload
516 | Student MedicationDownload
521 | Student Disability NondiscriminationDownload
522 | Title IX PolicyDownload
522F | Reporting Form—Student Sex NondiscriminationDownload
524 | Internet Acceptable UseDownload
524F | Agreement form—Internet Acceptance Use and SafetyDownload
526 | Hazing ProhibitionDownload
531 | Pledge of AllegianceDownload
532 | Use of Peace OfficersDownload
533 | Wellness PolicyDownload
609 | ReligionDownload
614 | School District TestingDownload
707 | Health Insurance Transparency ActDownload
709 | Student TransportationDownload
709F | Student Transportation FormDownload
801 | Equal Access to School FacilitiesDownload
801F | Use of Facilities FormDownload
806 | Crisis ManagementDownload
807 | Health and SafetyDownload

Nova Classical Academy Strategic Plan 2017-2022

World’s Best Workforce Reports

Nova Classical Academy 2022-2023 World’s Best Workforce GoalsDownload
Nova Classical Academy 2021-2022 World’s Best Workforce GoalsDownload
Nova Classical Academy 2020-2021 World’s Best Workforce GoalsDownload
Nova Classical Academy 2019-2020 Annual Report & World’s Best WorkforceDownload
Nova Classical Academy 2018-2019 Annual Report & World’s Best WorkforceDownload
Nova Classical Academy 2016-2017 World’s Best Workforce ReportDownload

Initial Board Training Opportunities
*All Board members must have training in governance, employment law, and finances during their first year of Board service. This training must be started within the first six months of service. The cost of these trainings is tax deductible or may be reimbursed by Nova. Once your training is completed, please provide a copy of the documentation to the Board Secretary.

General Information Resources

Nova Classical Academy Bylaws