Academy of Whole Learning is governed by a working Board of Trustees composed of AOWL parents and committed community leaders. They are responsible for the development and implementation of policies and programs that will enable the school to reach its educational, operational and financial goals. People who volunteer to serve on our board come from a variety of backgrounds, yet are all united in their passion for the mission of Academy of Whole Learning and its students.
2020-2021 Academy of Whole Learning Board of Trustees
Wyayn Rasmussen – Ed D.
Dr. Rasmussen is the executive director of the Academy of Whole Learning. She received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Oklahoma. She received a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University with an emphasis in strategic planning for non-profit organizations. Dr. Rasmussen received her master’s degree in Education and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Bethel University. She has worked for 20 years with charter, public and private schools developing programing and teaching special education students.
John Higgins – Chair
John is Chief Executive Officer of Ligand Pharmaceuticals, a medical research and technology company. Prior to Ligand, John was a senior executive at other biotech companies and an investment banker in New York City. He is currently a Director of BioTechne, a publicly traded company headquartered in Minneapolis, and he has served on numerous other boards of public and private companies, including serving as Chairperson for CoMentis, Inc. and BlueZones. John received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Colgate University, and was a member of Colgate’s Board of Trustees. John’s son is a high school-age student at the school.
Rob Dingmann – Vice Chair
After working many years in finance and accounting, Rob co-founded tgbBRANDS and led their operations. He currently works as a business consultant specializing in developing start-up companies. Rob earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Finance from St. John’s University. He currently serves on the Governance and Facilities Committees.
Ashley Sparks – Treasurer
Ashley is an Audit Manager at Boyum Barenscheer where she helps non-profit organizations and industries achieve their business goals. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her specialty areas include business consulting, audit and review services, and business and individual tax. Ashley is on the Executive and Finance Committees.
Teri Crosby – Secretary
Teri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin. A career in Information Technology consulting focussed on developing Information Systems and creating and teaching the credit processing system for U.S. Bank worldwide. Since retirement, Teri has focussed on philanthropy. She has served as an active member of two family foundations, volunteered in many capacities including tax preparation, Loaves and Fishes, special needs TA, and for the auction committee for the annual Second Harvest Heartland Dish Cuisine for Change event. Since her 2002 marriage to Robert, an adult diagnosed with Asperger’s in 1987, Asperger’s awareness has become a strong passion for Teri. Terri serves on Development Committee.
Allison Barosko – Parent Liaison
Allison earned her Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration from Northwestern University. After working for many years as a Human Resources Manager, Allison is currently a Family Advisor for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Minnesota. She has three children; one in high school in Minneapolis Public Schools and two in elementary school at AOWL.
Bob Tift, Ed.D.
Bob serves as a Partner with Partners in Mission, a Catholic school consulting firm in leadership coaching, governance and board development, strategic planning and executive recruitment. He served for 30 years in public and private school education, most recently as President of Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Bob’s career began in the Minneapolis Public Schools where he served as a special education teacher and administrator. Bob serves on the boards of Catholic Charities and the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) and is a Fire Commissioner.
Becky Gibson, MSW, MBA
Becky is a Director at Lifetouch-Shutterfly, a photography products and image sharing company. Her expertise includes employee development, finance management, sales and business development. Prior to Lifetouch-Shutterfly she worked at the Mayo Clinic. Becky earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan.
Patty Salmon, MBA
Patty is currently the chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Patty is a Trade Marketing Manager for Crystal Farms Cheese in Minnetonka where she is responsible for assisting the marketing team manage their Profit & Loss and the sales team meet their sales targets using trade spend. She previously worked for GNP Company, Kellogg’s, Best Buy, and Target in various roles including sales, category management, and pricing. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the Carlson School of Management and her Masters in Business Administration from Bethel University.
Margie is the President of Go! Marketing, a Product Management and Marketing Consultant group which assists companies develop brand, channel and Profit & Loss strategy for service products. Prior to this role, Margie spent over 25 years in a variety of Product Management positions leading business lines for several large financial institutions including Metris (now HSBC) and CPP Group (Am Trust). She earned a B.A. in Advertising and Marketing from the University of North Dakota. Margie has two children, one in High School at AOWL, and another in Minnetonka Schools.
Ivan Levy, J.D.
Ivan has served Interplastic Corporation as Vice President & General Counsel since 1989. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oregon with a triple major (political science, mathematics, secondary education) and a law degree from the University of Minnesota (with honors). Most of Ivan’s time off work is spent with his autistic son, Jason, for whom he helped author an amicus brief cited in the Olmstead decision by Judge Frank in U.S. District Court.
Kim serves as the chair of the AOWL Marketing Committee. Kim has over 20 years of experience in advertising, marketing strategy and client services from positions at Fallon, Cargill and Food IQ. Kim earned her MBA in marketing from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a B.A. from Skidmore College. She has two children, one in middle school at AOWL, and another at Orono High School.
Patrick Mulvihill, M.A.
Pat serves as the chair of the AOWL Finance Committee. He is the Assistant Provost for Global Education at Augsburg University. His portfolio includes study abroad programming, student and faculty exchange, and oversight of staffing and financial operations in Minneapolis and abroad. Prior to Augsburg, he served as the Director of Operations at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) and the Chief Operating Officer at Global Volunteers. Pat earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in international economic development from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.
Ross Olson, MBA
Ross serves on the Finance and Facilities Committees. He is a Business Resiliency Advisor at Cargill, a privately held global company bringing food, agricultural, financial and industrial products to people around the world. Prior to Cargill, Ross held a variety of Resiliency and Finance leadership positions at Best Buy, UW-Stout and Northwest Airlines. He earned his B.A. degree in Mathematics and Statistics and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota. Ross has a daughter that attends Mounds Park Academy and a son at AOWL..