School Board Members

garyGary Braun (Teacher Representative) Treasurer
Term: June 2018 – August 2021
Gary is a special education teacher at Arcadia and has served as a teacher representative on the school board for the past two years.  Gary grew up in the Twin Cities and lived there until moving with his family to Morristown.  Gary has a broad range of educational experience including working in both traditional public school districts and charter schools. He earned a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College. He has a Master degree in special education from the University of St. Thomas, and he has competed administration certifications from St. Mary’s University.  In addition to spending time with his family, Gary likes sports and enjoys being outdoors.

Melanie Cashin (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2019 – August 2022

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Melanie now lives in Faribault with her husband, two sons, and two cats. She works at Carleton College in the TRIO program, providing holistic support for students who qualify as low-income or first-generation in college, or who have a documented disability. Prior to joining TRIO’s staff, Melanie taught English, worked as a technical writer, and managed a university writing center. A classic introvert, Melanie enjoys yoga, outdoor activities, reading, and planning and executing vacations on a budget.

Kirsten Fjeld Zillmer (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2019 – August 2022
Kirsten lives in Northfield with her husband, Steve, and two daughters: Rikka, a 2019 Arcadia graduate and Sigrid, an Arcadia freshman. Kirsten was drawn to Arcadia for its project-based learning, small size, inclusive culture, and supportive environment. Kirsten grew up in Idaho and came to Minnesota to attend college. Her background is in domestic violence intervention and victim advocacy. She now volunteers in the community, works occasionally at Prairie Creek Community School as a substitute teaching assistant and para, and is beginning her own vintage reselling business. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, handwork, cooking, genealogy and spending time with her family.

seanSean Fox (Parent Representative) Board Chair
Term: June 2018 – August 2021
Sean and his wife Sarah Deel live in Northfield and work at Carleton College.  Their daughter, Katie, is a recent Arcadia graduate (now at Knox College) and their son Elliot is a 7th grader.  Sean is the Technical Director at Carleton’s Science Education Resource Center where he works to improve science education through a variety of national programs.  Sean is an avid distance runner and is trying desperately to stay one step ahead of his children in his mastery of Tolkein trivia.

Scott Grave (Teacher Representative)Term: June 2017 – August 2020
After his first year of teaching in Spirit Lake, Iowa, Scott joined the Peace Corps and spent the next three years teaching English in Opole, Poland. He then worked for a few years as a high school English teacher in a traditional setting in Foley, Mn. He soon became restless with that educational model and found himself in need of a change. That wanderlust brought him to Akita, Japan where he spent three more years in yet another unique teaching and learning setting abroad. He and his son Thomas (2013 Artech grad and student at MCAD) found Northfield in 2004 and Scott has loved being a member of the Arcadia community as a Language Arts teacher and Advisor ever since. In spite of recent years, he remains a loyal Twins fan.

Tami Kasch-Flugum (Teacher Representative)
Term: June 2018 – August 2021
Tami is starting her tenth year teaching at Arcadia as a High School Advisor and Life Science Teacher. She lives in New Prague with her husband Matt, who is the Teaching and Learning Coordinator for Tricity United School District. Her son Joshua has just turned eight and loves to create plots for movie and book series. When Tami is not working she loves to travel, cook and eat good food, and really enjoys spending time with her family.

Rachel Matney (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2019 – August 2022
Rachel lives in Northfield and her husband Fritz and her two Arcadia students, both of whom independently chose Arcadia as the right place for them to learn and grow. Rachel believes stroMatneyngly in Arcadia’s project-based approach, its collaborative nature and the independence it affords students to direct their learning. Rachel attended High School in Northfield and college at Carleton and enjoys being back in her childhood home from which she runs a small consulting company. In her spare time Rachel can be found walking the dog in the Carleton Arb, trying new recipes and reading voraciously to her self and aloud when she can still capture her children’s attention.

Troy Ros (Parent Representative)
Term: June 2017 – August 2020

Troy lives in Northfield with his wife, Shelly, and two children, Lincoln and Jillian. Jillian is currently in middle school at Arcadia and loves the projects, small class size and especially the theatre options provided at Arcadia. Lincoln is in third grade and looks forward to attending Arcadia in a few years. Shelly and Troy moved to Northfield in 2003 when Shelly accepted a position at St. Olaf college teaching neuroscience in the psychology department. Troy has worked in the travel industry since 1992 as a travel agency owner, manager and independent contractor. He has been with Bursch Travel in Northfield since 2010.

Troy and his family currently go camping every chance they get, usually in their pop-up camper, and Troy is busy with the Cub Scout pack his son is in.

Barb Wornson (Community Representative)
Term: June 2019 – August 2020

Barbara Wornson has been in education for 44 years, teaching every level from pre-school to graduate school and serving as a school psychologist for eleven years .  Barb came to Northfield in 1986, and taught here for over 20 years. In 2005 she completed her doctorate, and was a school administrator until her retirement in the summer of 2019.

Barb enjoys playing her cello, French horn, and piano or just listening to music.  She is an avid reader, an aspiring writer, and loves to visit her four grown children and three grandchildren whenever she is able.