Board of Directors

The Guild is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors whose members exemplify a deep commitment to educational excellence and represent expertise from multiple sectors, including expertise in charter school authorization principles and practices, best practices in teacher professional development and education, and organizational systems, compliance monitoring, metrics, management and strategic planning.

Marcia Averbook – Retired school teacher and former President of the Bloomington Federation of Teachers.  Marcia served on the Executive Council of the Minnesota Federation of Teachers and the NCATE Board of Examiners.

John Benson – Retired high school teacher in Edina. John served in the MN House of Representatives, 2007-2012 (District 43B) and 2013-2014 (District 44B).

Deirdre Kramer – President at DBK Consulting and Associate Professor at Hamline University.  Previously, Deirdre served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Hamline University.

Alberto Monserrate – Co-founder and CEO of NewPublica.  Alberto was elected to the Minneapolis School Board in 2010, serving as chair from 2012 to 2014 and served as board chair of Hiawatha Academies and was a founding board member of KIPP Minnesota and Twin Cities Academy.

Lynn Nordgren – Retired Elementary teacher in Special Ed., Gifted Ed. and General Ed., Minneapolis District Coordinator of the Peer Assistance and Review Process, Minneapolis Facilitator of the Alternative Compensation Program, Professional Development Trainer, Minneapolis Teacher’s Union President, and community volunteer.

Jay Ritterson – MEd; Retired English/Theatre Arts teacher, ELA Grades 5 – 12, UMN CIS Composition and Literature; with Minneapolis Federation of Teachers: Union U professional development of AFT ER&D; with Univ of St. Thomas: Critical Thinking and Reading to Learn, Exec. Board President, Business Agent; with Minneapolis Public Schools: development and implementation of alternative compensation plan; Currently Minnesota Master Naturalist nature interpreter. Committed to the idea of W.E.B. DuBois that a teacher’s role is to train a whole person, not just a specialist.

Louise Sundin – A career ninth grade English teacher, served 25 years as a national vice-president of the American Federation of Teachers and 22 years as president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, Local 59.  Negotiated 11 nationally-recognized professional contracts for MPS educators. Continuing her service to education, Sundin is a 12-year Trustee of the MN State Colleges and Universities System and a public member on the MN Board of School Administrators, appointed to both positions by governors Pawlenty and Dayton. Founding leader of the Teacher Union Reform Network and co-director of Great Lakes TURN.  Helped shape teacher education through her work on the Board of NCATE and the Holmes Partnership as well as 8 years creating teacher assessments on ETS Teacher Program Council.