Board Members
 
Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation

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Cindy Fitzthum

Board Chair

Cindy Fitzthum is currently the Director of Social Studies Teaching at St. Cloud State University. Cindy has a MA degree in Economics Education from the University of Delaware and is completing her dissertation for her doctorate in Higher Education Administration at St. Cloud State University. She also holds a current Minnesota 5-12 Social Studies teaching license and a K-12 Minnesota Principal License.
Cindy is married to her husband, Ryan, and they have three energetic daughters. She enjoys getting lost in a great book, running, spending time with family and friends and traveling. She is excited to join the SSEF family and help create a community of active, engaged students that have the desire to grow and develop into leaders of the future.

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Caroline Stutsman

Treasurer

Caroline is a CPA at BerganKDV who specializes in auditing governmental entities.  Caroline and husband Mike have three children. One is in the middle school and two attend classes at Oak Ridge Elementary in Sartell-St. Stephen School District

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Hilary Burns

Board Member

Hilary has lived in Sartell for the past 10 years with her husband, Bryan, and three children.  Two of her children attend Oak Ridge Elementary and her oldest attends Sartell Middle School.  Hilary is an active member of the community who enjoys volunteering, substitute teaching, and participating on committees that serve the students and staff.  She was a member of the Sartell-St. Stephen Early Childhood Advisory Board and now looks forward to focusing her time on the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation.  

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Dan Dixon

Board Member

Dan, and his wife Andi, have 2 daughters in the Sartell – St. Stephen School District. They are thankful for the opportunities provided to their children through the school district and are excited to help support the mission of the SSEF. Dan splits his time between being the Pharmacy Manager at Option Care and shuttling his daughters around to various activities

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Jill Kampa

Board Member

Jill is a passionate sales and marketing professional with experience in business to business and
business to consumer channels. Her background includes over 15 years of sales, marketing, branding, global product development and management, strategic planning and leadership at companies such as Target, Creative Memories and Bernick’s. Currently she is Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Soft Drink division at Bernick’s working with several global brands. Jill and her husband Wade have two daughters, and both will be transitioning to new schools next school year. Ava to the High School and Lana to Riverview as a 3 rd Grader.
A central Minnesota resident all her life, Jill is an active member of the community. In addition to the SSEF board she also serves on the St. Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau and volunteers at the YMCA.

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Shantelle Kane

Board Member

Shantelle Kane has two daughters in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District: Avery is 12, and is at Sartell Middle School, and Natalie is 10 and is at Riverview Intermediate School. Shantelle joins SSEF with a passion for education and community, and is excited to contribute to the efforts of the organization. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, and has been in the recruitment field for the last 17 years. She currently works for Lucas James Talent Partners as a Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant, and has been an active board member of CMSHRM in the past. In her free time, she likes to read, refurbish furniture, thrift, and work on her 1941 fixer-upper home. 

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Emily Nahan

Board Member

Emily received her BS in Accounting from Saint Cloud State University in 2005.  She has over seven years of experience in the accounting and auditing industry.  Emily currently is a stay at home mother of 2 boys (1st grade at ORE and Pre-K).  She and her husband Patrick (a Sartell alumni) moved to Sartell 5 years ago for the excellent school district.  She enjoys serving the community; participating on the Community Schools Planning Committee, volunteering in the classroom and for Celebration Lutheran Church, as Board Treasurer of the Girl Scouts of MN and WI Lakes and Pines Council and now is excited to join the SSEF Board.

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Sarah Noble

Board Member

Sarah Noble is an Associate Advisor at AIS Planning, a wealth management firm in Saint Cloud. She is fueled with a passion for helping women and families create financial security.

Sarah has three children, Alexandra, Katelyn and William. She moved to Sartell specifically in search of a school district with excellent standards in educational programming. She values the mission of the district to develop well-rounded citizens in all aspects.  She is excited about the opportunity to impact the district through the work of SSEF.

Sarah also volunteers with the Saint Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, the Forum of Executive Women, and The Waters Church.  She enjoys running, photography and travel.

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Jon Ruis

Board Member

Jon currently serves as the Director of Strategy and Business Development for
Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A. In his role, he works with the board of directors and
shareholders to set the vision and strategic direction for the law firm. Along with helping
to keep the plan in action, he works to build and grow the firm and its client base. Prior
to joining Quinlivan & Hughes, Jon was the President and CEO of United Way of
Central Minnesota. At UWCM, he led a team of 15 staff members that strived to create
lasting change throughout Central Minnesota. Jon’s personal mission involves
connecting people, ideas, and the passion to get things done.
Jon is a 1996 graduate of Saint John’s University, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer
and has 20 plus years of non-profit, fundraising and development experience. Jon lives
in Sartell with his wife, Joy. They have a 9 year old son Oliver, a 6 year old daughter,
Olivia. If you really need to find Jon and his family, try the golf course or a campground.

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Amy Trombley

Board Member

Amy is a mother of two daughters and has been involved with the Sartell-St. Stephen Education Foundation since 2004.  Amy, a former staff member in ISD 748, is currently the Vice President of Education Partnerships with United Way of Central Minnesota and also is a consultant with a focus on education and communications.  Amy is involved in several non-profit and philanthropic opportunities throughout the greater St. Cloud Area and can frequently be seen driving her children to and from a variety of school and community activities.

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Jesse Westrup

Board Member

Jesse is married to his wife, Rachel, who subs at Pine Meadow and Oak Ridge Elementary Schools. They have 6th grade twins, Hailey and Seth, at the Sartell Middle School.  The Westrup family moved to Sartell from Southern California almost 10 years ago, attracted to the area by the high quality schools.  He is excited to help SSEF provide teachers, staff, and students within the district additional resources to support their long term education needs.

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Dr. Jeff Ridlehoover

Superintendent of District 748 Schools

Jeff has served Sartell-St. Stephen Schools as Superintendent since July 2021.  In addition to his work on the SSEF Board, Jeff is currently involved with the United Way's Partner for Student Success initiative and in his previous work, he has been involved with the Suburban Ramsey County Family Collaborative and Special Olympics. Jeff's outside interests include watching and coaching his kids in their activities and helping young people reach their fullest potential.

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Amanda Holstrom

Staff Representative

Amanda works at Sartell High School as an Interim Assistant Principal. She and her husband have lived in the Sartell area since 2006 and have two daughters in the Sartell- St. Stephen School District. She is passionate about learning and continuously looking for ways to improve an already outstanding district.

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Tonya Miller

Executive Consultant

Tonya joined the SSEF team in 2013 and has enjoyed being involved in supporting the staff and student's needs in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District.  She works at the United Way of Central Minnesota as the Community Impact Administartive Assistant. Tonya and her husband, Jim, moved to Sartell in the fall of 2011 for the awesome educational opportunities for their two children.