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Founding Board 

Our founding board is made up of visionary teachers, passionate professionals, a driven social worker, parents, and small business owners who are invested in the growth and education of our young scholars in the Heartland Lakes area of Park Rapids, MN community.


Joanna Wallenberg

Mental Health Clinician & Resort Owner
HLCS Board Chair

Energetic and driven, and a woman with vision and a mission. Joanna is always excited to take on the next challenge and push our team forward in the best interest of our kids and our community.

Joanna and her family live in Two Inlets, MN. 


Sarah Skjonsby

Small Business Owner & Licensed Birth-5 Provider 
HLCS Board Treasurer

Sarah brings a wide range of skills and experiences to the HCLS board. She has owned multiple businesses, is an expert in birth - 5 development, and is always engaged with the community.

Sarah and her family live in Park Rapids, MN. 


Kami Johnson

Licensed Teacher

Passionate and Experienced, Kami has been teaching High School for decades! She brings her years of experience in the classroom and her vast knowledge of the world around us to the HLCS board.

Kami and her family live in Park Rapids, MN. 


Jamie Simon-Linkowitz

Licensed Teacher

Jamie has decades of experience teaching in a variety of different communities and languages. She is a fluent Spanish-speaker and a life-long learner.

Jamie and her family live in Park Rapids, MN. 


Nikki Gack

EBD Paraprofessional
HLCS Board Secretary

Energetic and Fun, Nikki brings her dedication, attention to detail, and experience serving kids with special needs to the HLCS board.

Nikki and her family live in Park Rapids, MN. 


Elise Erickson

Licensed Teacher

Thoughtful and wise, Elise brings her passion for education, student-centered approach, and great questions to the HLCS board.

Elise and her family live in Park Rapids, MN. 


Jovan Rebollar

Artist & Program Director at the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council

Jovan is a Minnesota based artist and arts administrator with over 15 years of experience as an educator, curator, writer and visual artist. She is well-versed in non-profit management and brings a wealth of knowledge to the HLCS board. 

Jovan and her family live in Osage, MN.

Board Meetings

Schedules, Agendas & Meetings

Working Together on Project


Board of Directors will meet the

2nd Monday of every month (unless otherwise posted)


Meeting Time: 6:00 pm

Meeting Location: The Cottage (516 First St. West, Park Rapids, MN)

Get Involved

We will be sharing upcoming community meetings and events where you can get involved, learn more, and eventually enroll your young scholar.

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