Al Dahlgren, Vice Chair
Al Dahlgren, a St. Joseph resident, is a 1977 graduate of Mounds View Public Schools in Arden Hills, Minnesota. He went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota with a bachelors degree in agricultural business management. After graduation he went into management training with the JCPenney company and spent 20 years working in store management with JCPenney. In 1993 Dahlgren successfully opened a Once Upon a Child retail store in St. Cloud MN. Beginning in 1998, for 15 years, he also worked for Winmark Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a retail franchise field operations manager and regional manager. Now he dedicates 100% of his time to his Once Upon a Child retail store and to the St. Cloud School District.
Dahlgren has four children, all who have attended St. Cloud Area School District schools. His interest in public education comes from a desire to see that all children get the opportunity for a quality education so they can live and work successfully in today's competitive world.
Term expires Jan. 6, 2025
Address: 8929 Crestview Drive, St. Joseph, MN 56374
Phone: 320-492-4790 Email: Al Dahlgren
Zachary Dorholt is a licensed mental health professional currently working for CentraCare as a therapist in the Jail Medicine and Coordinated Care program. Dorholt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development, and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Cloud State University, and completed his Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He has worked in the mental health field for over a decade, with a focus on people living with serious and persistent mental illness, and a renewed passion for Trauma Informed Care.
Dorholt is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, elected to represent MN House District 14B, where he then served as Vice Chair of the Higher Education Committee. He has a strong passion for the community and has additionally served on local non-profit boards including WACOSA and the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project. In addition to a passion for a strong education system, Dorholt took his passion for music and helped start a local non-profit, the Independent Music Collaborative of Central Minnesota, with a focus on supporting local original artists.
Dorholt has three daughters, the two oldest attend Madison Elementary, and the youngest is still on her way to Kindergarten.
Term expires Jan. 3, 2023
Address: 927 7th Ave N, St. Cloud, MN 56303
Phone: 320-224-0784 Email: Zachary Dorholt
Dr. Leslie (Les) Green, Clerk
Les Green graduated from Ralph H. Rosenberger High School, St. Cloud in 1965. He graduated from St. Cloud State College in 1972, with majors in sociology and psychology. In 1993, he received a Master's Degree in Human Relations from St. Cloud State University. He received his Doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Minnesota in October of 2006.
Green was St. Cloud State's first African American instructor in 1972 in the Department of Education, helping write and teach the curriculum for the first Human Relations program for in-servicing teachers. He served on the College of St. Benedict faculty from 1972 to 1974. Gov. Wendell Anderson appointed Green to the Minnesota Corrections Authority, where he served as vice chair for eight years and chair for two years. He served as Executive Officer of Adult Release until 1986 when he resigned to return to school and earn his master's degree.
Green is on the boards of St. John's University Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research and the Central Minnesota Community Foundation Board of Trustees. He retired from his full-time job as director of the Office of Cultural Diversity in the College of Education at SCSU in July of 2010. Green and his wife Sally have been full-time Residents of St. Cloud since 1968.
Green is a 50-year resident of this community, having been involved in St. Cloud public education as a student, a teacher, an administrator, a father and as the spouse of a District 742 teacher. In these roles, he has experienced education from a variety of vantage points.
He has worked as a consultant with school district administrators and teachers in St. Cloud and many other school districts. He understands the passion, desire for excellence, and the work ethic of teachers, support staff and other district employees. He also understands that school board members must be accountable to the public and make decisions that will result in long as well as short-term benefits to the students, teachers and the community.
For over 30 years he has worked with teachers to help them enhance their teaching skills related to the diversity of their students. He believes that fundamentally, people desire the same things from life: the ability to feel safe in their community, the ability to earn a living and to pursue happiness, with a concern that others may do the same. He sees our task as helping people to manage their personal circumstances in a way that allows them to maintain their individualism as they participate fully in American society.
He has a broad range of experiences, perspectives and integrating style that facilitates discussion and helps the decision-making process. Green has served on several boards and commissions that help him understand the importance of and difference between policy-making and operational boards.
Since 2016, Green has been a substitute teacher in over 25 schools in St. Cloud, Sartell and Cold Spring. Subjects ranging from 12th Grade AP Statistics, Social Studies, Phy Ed, Orchestra, Choir, Chinese Immersion, Early Childhood and Special Education. He has experienced classroom discipline issues faced by our teachers and the impact that disruptive behaviors can have on the ability of students to learn.
Green believes that Academic education proper attitude is the foundation of the American dream. It is critical that each citizen understands our economic, political, and social system and is provided with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed in our nation. The quality of our educational system determines how prepared our people will be to take their place as responsible citizens in a democratic society.
Term expires Jan. 3, 2023
Address: 25447 Pleasant Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-253-6613 Email: Les Green
Shannon Haws, Chair
Except for a 13 year adventure in Alaska, Shannon is a lifetime resident of St Cloud. Shannon was born in St. Cloud and grew up immersing herself in the community's many activities, parks and programs. She has a deep appreciation for St. Cloud’s core neighborhoods, their history and their continuing essential contributions to the depth of this community. As the demographics of our district change, Shannon believes the District should play a key role in embracing diversity. With an increasing number of school options, Shannon is dedicated to making District 742 an exceptional choice for all students. She is committed to the ideal that a strong public educational system is the foundation to a healthy community.
Shannon believes that in addition to excellence in academic programming, District 742's extracurricular activities are a complementary asset in the development of our future generations. Both core subjects and extra-curricular activities contribute to a well-rounded student and citizen.
Shannon graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Human Resources. During her time in Alaska, Shannon lived in a small coastal community. There she enjoyed being a Head Start teacher and Swim Coach. Shannon now works in Waite Park as the General Manager of Comfort Keepers In-Home Health Care. She also works at the St. Cloud Area Farmer's in the EBT/Information Booth.
Shannon and spouse Tim, have 4 children who have attended District 742: Haiden, Zander, Olivia and CrystalAnne. Shannon also has many extended family members in the St. Cloud Area.
Term expires Jan. 6, 2025
Address: 120 S 17th Ave., St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-250-3893 Email: Shannon Haws
Natalie Copeland, a resident of St. Cloud, is a parent of three students in District 742 (Quin, Aaron, and Milo). Born in Texas, she moved to Sauk Rapids, Minnesota in fourth grade and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1997. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and graduated in 2001 with a degree in P-12 Music Education. After graduation, Copeland moved to Atlanta where she taught middle school choir and general music in Atlanta Public Schools and Cobb County Public Schools. After having her first child, she moved into the church sector and was a worship leader and choir director for churches in the Atlanta area and then also in the St. Cloud area when her family returned to this area in 2008.In 2015, Copeland co-founded the St. Cloud area non-profit Unite Cloud whose mission is to help people in Central MN to know, love, and stand up for their neighbors. She is the currently the Director at Unite Cloud and also is also a facilitator with the CARE (Community Anti-Racism Education) team at St. Cloud State University. Copeland is dedicated to ensuring that everyone can survive and thrive in Central MN, no matter their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, abilities or socio-economic background. Copeland believes in District 742 schools, St. Cloud area teachers and in every child within District 742's care. As a parent, former educator and current community leader, she is able to see things from many perspectives and does not take lightly the honor and privilege of serving this area on the St. Cloud Area School Board.
Term expires Jan. 3, 2023
Phone: 404-422-0290 Email: Natalie Copeland
Monica M. Segura-Schwartz grew up in Colombia, South America where she completed a bachelors in Electrical Engineering and worked on it for 4 years. In 2001, Monica traveled to St Cloud, MN and completed a Masters in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University. St. Cloud became her permanent home after marrying a St. Cloud MN native. Monica grew up in a loving family where education was not only a stepping stone but a highly regarded value.
My mother would always say, “You may lose all of your belongings but no one can ever take what you carry in your head, what you have learned.”
Monica is highly involved in our community through several initiatives and committees and her church in Waite Park. She is a board member for Perseverancia, GREAT Theatre and Minnesota Latinos Affairs Council MCLA. She is passionate about education, arts and culture, community development and leadership opportunities and racial and cultural integration.
She enjoys and love kids and recognize that when we invest in our children we are investing in our future. As Native Americans say: “All what we do today will be for seven generations forward.”
Term expires Jan. 6, 2025
Address: 835 Aldon Dr, St. Cloud MN 56301
Phone: 320-492-3775 Email: Monica Segura-Schwartz