Board of Directors

Aspen Academy holds its board meetings with its Board of Directors on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are posted in the office and on the website. Community members must pre-register to speak at the meeting. Items are limited to those on the night’s agenda. The Board Chair has the discretion to hear a community member who has not pre-registered, but items remain limited to those on the agenda.

Parents are able to provide input at various committee meetings throughout the year, usually regarding the review of policies. Check the Board Committee section for committee meeting agendas.

Aspen Academy By-Laws

Strategic Plan

The Aspen Academy School Board has set 5 Strategic Objectives for the school:

  • Aspen Academy achieves intellectual, social, and creative growth for all students.
  • Aspen Academy maintains enrollment through recruiting and retention.
  • Aspen Academy develops and retains a highly qualified staff and board.
  • Aspen Academy develops and maintains strong student, parent, and community partnerships.
  • Aspen Academy practices exemplary financial and operational management.

Each of these objectives has several goals that have been developed through a process that involved targeted sampling of stakeholders, focus group discussions, committee meetings, and administrative team meetings.   Further information and the entire Strategic Plan may be found on the Main Page, About Aspen tab of our website.

Current Aspen Board of Directors

Misty Schutrop,

Robert Allison, Vice Chair

Wade Phillips,

Stephanie Smitley,

Andrew Price –



Board of Directors Member Profiles

Misty Schutrop

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Professional Experience: Bachelor of Arts from the University of St. Thomas in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Biology. I am the original founder of Aspen Academy. I worked with the founding Board members from 2006 to 2010 serving as the start-up coordinator, and Board Chair. I am currently the special events coordinator for the Aspen Community Council. I have had the opportunity to stay active in the creation of charter schools by serving as a peer reviewer of grant applications for the MN Department of Education and am very familiar with grant opportunities and the application process.

Board Responsibilities: Aspen Academy Board Chair

Why I serve on the Aspen Board: As a founder, it is a pleasure to remain involved in a place I helped create and have enjoyed watching prosper. I want to work with the Aspen Academy board and administrative team to help ensure that the school stays true to its unique mission and vision to provide a stellar academic program for all its students.My Vision for Aspen Academy: My vision for Aspen Academy is to provide a welcoming place with high expectations for all our students, staff, Board members, and community stakeholders while offering an innovative Core Knowledge-based curriculum that prepares our students for life-long achievement.


Wade Phillips

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Professional Background: B.A. – Business Management and Marketing, Communication, University of Minnesota Duluth. Masters of Education, Hamline University. Director of Technology, Wayzata Public Schools. School Board Member.

Board Responsibilities: Board Vice-Chair, Finance and Marketing committee co-chair, Strategic Planning and Facility chair.

Why I serve on the Aspen Board: As a family, we value and support the school, the leadership, the staff and the outstanding educators at Aspen Academy. I aspire to bring my skills, passion and ideas to the Aspen School Bard to help maintain our school’s excellence and deliver an educational experience that is personal, relevant and outstanding to each and every child under our care. I have a strong personal draw to public service and I appreciate the opportunity to share my experiences and passion for learning, while giving back to a school community that has given so much in preparing our kids for their future.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: We are called to prepare our learners for an exciting future where the skills that will be necessary to be successful are continuing to evolve. While respecting the core values of the school’s Core Knowledge curriculum, I believe we need to always keep our eye to the horizon and make sure we are effectively preparing our learners for their future.

I aspire to work in partnership with my colleagues and school leadership to maintain and elevate Aspen’s strong academic standards. I actively seek out opportunities to build community trust and partnership and work diligently to provide oversight and direction to our internal operational excellence.

“The glistening paradox of great education; It is not about answering test questions. It is about knowing that, when tested by the most grueling challenges ahead, you have the capacity to learn what is required to succeed.” C. Davidson, 2011


Stephanie Smitley

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Professional Background: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Masters of Arts in Elementary Education. Taught Kindergarten and 1st grade in California for 8 yrs. Founding School Board Member.

Board Responsibilities: Board Secretary, Program Services Chair

Why I serve on the Aspen Board: I have been a part of Aspen Academy since its infancy, when it was just an application to the Minnesota Department of Education. It has been several years since then and it amazes me to see how Aspen has quickly become a leader in the charter school community. I continue to volunteer my time as a charter school board member to ensure Aspen follows its mission and vision statements in the best interest of our students and that it continues to be a leader. It also doesn’t hurt that Aspen has a wonderful director and fabulous staff who are a pleasure to work with.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: My vision for Aspen is to continue to provide students with a rigorous curriculum that prepares them for their future educational opportunities. I also am looking forward to adding the middle school grades in the coming years and maintaining a full enrollment that will allow Aspen to be fiscally stable.


Andrew Price

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Professional Experience: Bachelor of Economic Science (BScEcon) Swansea University (UK). Internship: Houses of Parliament, Austin Mitchell MP. Retail and Management Background. Currently President of Great British Realty and Realtor with Edina Realty. Board Member, Dakota Curling Club in Lakeville.
Why I serve: Having lived and worked in the US, Canada and the UK, and having had a diverse, international, educational upbringing I wanted to bring a different, and evolutionary point of view to the board. my family in the UK has been a family of teachers and public servants. I want to be an active voice for all parents, children and teachers, and challenge the status quo where possible.
My Vision: To always continue what works, and change what doesn’t. To have uncomfortable conversations that can bring evolution. Aspen is different. Proudly so. It should continue pushing boundaries and strive to maintain its unique identity.

Victoria Regehr

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Professional Experience: Over 9 years of higher education experience serving Master’s and PhD students in online environment. Bachelor’s in Business and Management Information Systems from Winona State University and Master’s in International Business from St. Mary’s University of MN.

Board Responsibilities: Program Services Committee Member

Why I serve on the Aspen Board: My family became an Aspen family in the fall of 2016. After visiting a multitude of local elementary schools, we quickly came to realize that Aspen Academy was the only school that we felt met our searching criteria for academic rigorousness and smaller class size. When a new parent seat opened on the Board, I felt the best way to support and guide Aspen Academy towards continuous success was through dedicating time and experience to this great school.

My Vision for Aspen Academy:  I am very optimistic in my vision for Aspen Academy. I am a strong believer in the school’s mission and vision of educating well-rounded, socially skilled and academically successful children and believe that with sustaining this focus, we will help build a very bright future for our children.  


Diane Sterna

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Professional Background: Masters Degree in Elementary Education

Board Responsibilities: Governance Committee Chair

Why I serve on the Aspen Board: I see Aspen as a school with the potential to be a cornerstone in the community. I would like to be part of a team that strives to reach that potential by making sound decisions based on the best interest of educating children.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: My vision for Aspen is that it maintains the integrity of the structure with which it was created. While changing the needs of a growing body of students, Aspen will continue to strive for academic excellence and promote the success of all students.


Angie Tuma

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Professional Experience:  Bachelor’s Degree in K-6 Elementary Education, 5-8 Middle School Language and Communication Arts; Master’s Degree Curriculum Instruction with K-12 Reading license.

Board Responsibilities: Program Services Committee member

Why I serve on the Aspen Board:  I feel that Aspen Academy has a lot to offer all types of students grades K-8.  Since the addition of our middle school, we have grown into a larger community that serves several area cities.  While we continue to grow, I believe that it is important that we continue to align ourselves with the mission and vision that founded Aspen.

My Vision for Aspen Academy:  My vision for Aspen Academy is for it to continue to follow the mission and vision of the school.  This will allow for our students to be prepared for not only their academic future, but their creative, social, and emotional wellbeing.


Robert Allison

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Professional Background:  Bachelor Degree in Finance from Penn State University.  Over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry.  Currently the Regional Sales Director – Midwest for a large financial institution headquartered in the eastern US.

Board Responsibilities: Continued focus on the Strategic Plan for Aspen Academy and the 5 Strategic Objectives the Board has set for the school.

Why I serve on the Aspen Board: We have been an Aspen family since 2009 when we moved to Prior Lake from Texas.  Both our daughters have attended the school since Kindergarten and our son will start Aspen in the fall of 2017.  We have seen our children thrive in the environment Aspen has built and I believe it is our responsibility to help strengthen the school to give other children in the community the opportunity to meet their educational goals.

My Vision for Aspen Academy: Since its inception, Aspen has provided a strong curriculum and an environment that affords its students the opportunity for personal interactions with its faculty and staff.  The decisions and focus should continue to center on providing its students with the opportunity to grow both individually and academically.  


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