Board of Directors

Success Beyond the Classroom is a small organization and we treasure our board members’ creativity, problem-solving abilities, and diverse life experiences. New members bring fresh perspectives, unique skills, and positive energy.

Are you interested in using your time and talent to help SBC accomplish our mission?

What makes SBC’s mission and vision important to you?

“Teachers do an amazing job engaging kids and encouraging their intellectual and emotional growth. SBC’s mission to provide additional opportunities to learn and grow is important because the programs provide non-test specific events, allowing students to stretch, try new things, and discover parts of themselves they may not have otherwise found.”

What motivated you to become an SBC Board member?

“As part of the community, I play a role in building and supporting our community for the future. Talent abounds in youth today but not all have access to needed opportunities to develop their talent and align to a future career. Helping to ensure all have a chance to channel curiosity into a career path is a powerful way to keep our community flourishing.” 

What motivated you to become an SBC Board member?

I have been fortunate to have received guidance when I was young from people in different professional fields. That exposure was valuable for me because it gave me more confidence in choosing my field of study, which kick-started a wonderful career. I was reflecting how wonderful the last 25 years of work had been and that was due in part by people who gave me expanded view of what was out there. So I asked myself, “How could I offer the same support to others?” I am happy to be part of a support system for SBC because its mission and vision and my desired outcomes are alignedto help students expand curiosity, confidence, and creativity.” 

What motivated you to become an SBC Board member?

For me, it is about taking a step towards making a change in someone’s life. Joining SBC is an opportunity to bring awareness to the endless possibilities SBC has to offer.” 

What motivated you to become an SBC Board member?

“Education is the bedrock of being able to make informed choices and to live one’s best life. This belief is why I embrace how SBC creates programs to engage young learners, opening up the world to imagine their potential, while encouraging them to envision the vast opportunities to be successful beyond the classroom.  It’s why I accepted the call to join SBC’s board.” 

What makes SBC’s mission and vision important to you?

School experiences can be very narrow for many students. SBC programs provide opportunities that truly go beyond the classroom and allow students to view themselves in new perspectives. I love watching students discover that they are part of a broader community and a bigger world.” 

Do you have a favorite memory relating to one of the SBC student programs?

For many years I have volunteered at the MN Regional Future City Competition. In the morning I am at the registration table and check in the teams. If it is a team’s first year at the competition, often the members are nervous and wonder about the procedure. I go over the details and try to help students be calm. In the afternoon, I supervise the finalist teams who are hidden away before they present to the final judges. Some practice their presentation; others try to relax by visiting or playing cards. I remind them that they are all winners, no matter what ranking the judges decide. It is a fun experience each year.” 

What do you most enjoy about board service?

I enjoy being able to collaborate with so many bright individuals who come from different backgrounds. Even though our personal background and professional experience may be different, I love how we can still come together and speak passionately about the power of education and experimental learning.”

What motivated you to become an SBC Board member?

“I was a brand consultant with SBC in 2019 before I presented at Creativity Festival, CreativeCon, and YAC, so I interviewed all staff and got a close look at the operation. Even having worked with so many organizations over two decades, I was struck with how incredibly well SBC worked. I so admire the iterative approach SBC takes toward every event to improve the outcome. The team was nimble and flexible in the face of challenges, where instead of “Not my job,” the team’s approach was, “How do we solve this together?”

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