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.
2021-2022 Academy of Whole Learning Board of Trustees
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 serves on Biotechne’s Audit and Governance committees. 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 graduate of the Academy of Whole Learning and is now active in AOWL’s adult transitions program.
Kim Snow – Vice Chair of Board, Chair of Capital Campaign and Development Committee Chair
Kim serves as the Vice Chair of Board, Chair of Capital Campaign and chair of the Development and 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 high school at AOWL, and another at Orono High School.
Dr. Wyayn Rasmussen – Ed. D. – Executive Director
Dr. Rasmussen is in her ninth year as the executive director of Academy of Whole Learning. She received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Concordia University with an emphasis in strategic planning for non-profit organizations. Additionally, Dr. Rasmussen received a second master’s degree in Education and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Bethel University. She has over 30 years experience working with students with neurodiversities in the healthcare and special education fields.
Patrick Mulvihill, M.A. – Finance Chair
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.
Allison Barosko – Governance and Nominating Chair
Allison serves as the chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee Chair. Allison has over 15 years of experience in benefits, payroll, and HRIS from positions at MacPhail, Caribou Coffee, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Macalester College. Allison earned her Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration from Northwestern University. She has three children; one in college at CU-Boulder and two in middle school at AOWL.
Teri Crosby – Secretary
Teri Crosby retired from her IT Consulting job in 2003. Concentrated on developing Information Systems until asked to teach the credit processing system she developed for US Bank. Immediately she became hooked on teaching and finished her career traveling the world training in the world of Information Technology development. Since retirement she has concentrated on family, philanthropy, community improvement, and travel.
Teri is an active member of two family foundations, various volunteering including tax preparation, Loaves and Fishes, special needs TA and has worked 15 years on an auction committee for the annual Second Harvest Heartland Dish Cuisine for Change spring 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.
Teri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
Ross Olson, MBA – Parent Liaison
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.
Patty Salmon, MBA
Patty is currently a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. Patty is a Sr. Account Manager for Crystal Farms Cheese in Minnetonka where she is in sales focusing on the SpartanNash and Meijer accounts. 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.
Dr. Casey Burrows
Dr. Catherine (Casey) Burrows is an Assistant Professor in the Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic at the University of Minnesota. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Miami, and clinical pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center. She received a post-doctoral training fellowship from the University of Minnesota’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (MNLEND) program. She loves working with children with unique perspectives on the world and is thrilled to be a Board Member of the Academy of Whole Learning.
Jen Kyllonen is a residential Realtor in Edina Realty’s 50th & France (Minneapolis) office. She has 23 years of experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities and is a perennial member of Edina Realty’s “Chairman’s Circle,” which includes the top .5% of Realtors nationally. Married 24 years (surprising, no awards received) and mother of two teens, who aren’t available to comment.
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.
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 currently serves on the Board of the St Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP); as a St Louis Park Community Representative on the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT) Construction Information Workgroup; on the Philanthropy Council of Crescent Cove; and serves as a Fire Commissioner for the St Louis Park Fire Department.
Andy is an audit partner in the Minneapolis office of KPMG and specializes in providing professional services to healthcare and not for profit organizations. Andy is also a board member and finance chair of Twin Cities R!se. Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.
Audra sits on the Development and Facilities Committees. Audra is an Associate General Counsel at Ryan Companies US, Inc., headquartered in Minneapolis. Audra previously practiced real estate law at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and earned her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Minnesota. Her son is a middle school student at AOWL.
Aki began her career as a Teach For America high school math educator in Los Angeles, California. After teaching many different grades and subjects in the United States and Japan, she shifted into a business career as a buyer for a national retailer. When her son was diagnosed with autism, she decided to dedicate all of her time to helping her son realize his fullest potential. She is the proud mother of an AOWL 8th grader and excited to serve on the Board of Trustees.