Scott Andreasen, Treasurer

  • Scott Andreasen

    Andreasen graduated from Minneapolis Southwest High School. He learned sportsmanship while lettering in wrestling. His sophomore class trip to Washington, D.C. exposed him to the workings of government.  

    He graduated from Mankato State University where he majored in social studies (teaching) and minored in business administration.   

    Andreasen’s first full-time job was as a financial worker for Hennepin County Welfare where he worked with families in poverty.   

    In his late twenties, Andreasen traveled abroad alone for a year to Europe, Israel and overland to India and Nepal. He learned to appreciate the customs, languages and religions of other peoples. During that time, he learned to say thank you in 20 different languages.  

    He worked as a claim adjuster in the insurance industry for 15 years before opening Scott Investigation which has now been in business for over 25 years. Andreasen serves attorneys and the general public.   

    Andreasen appreciates learning and integrity. As a youth, he learned to camp and canoe in the boundary waters. He spent many years in Boy Scouts of America where he became an Eagle Scout. 

    He has six children. All of whom graduated from St. Cloud Area School District 742. During those years, he attended PTA meetings, Site Council and School Board meetings.  

    Andreasen is currently Treasurer for the school district. He is chair of the Board Development, Policy and Governance Committee. He serves on the Board Finance and Audit Committee, Legislative Committee and Finance Study Group. He has also served as chair of the Community Education Advisory Committee. He is chair of the Granite Net Fiber Optics Joint Powers Board and Delegate to the Minnesota School Board Association. He is committed to District 742.

    Term expires Jan. 6, 2025

    Address: 9047 Crestview Drive, St. Joseph, MN 56374
    Phone: 320-363-7533
    Email: Scott Andreasen

Al Dahlgren, Vice Chair

  • Al Dahlgren 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, Clerk

  • Zachary Dorholt

    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, all attending school in 742!

    Term expires Jan. 4, 2027

    Address: 927 7th Ave N, St. Cloud, MN 56303
    Phone: 320-224-0784
    Email: Zachary Dorholt

Shannon Haws, Chair

  • Shannon Haws 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

  • Natalie Ringsmuth 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 currently the Director at Unite Cloud and 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. 4, 2027

    Phone: 404-422-0290
    Email: Natalie Copeland

     

Monica Segura-Schwartz

  • Monica Segura-Schwartz 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 loves 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

Heather Weems

  • Heather WeemsHeather Weems is a 25-year veteran in higher education administration, working predominantly in collegiate athletics at both private and public universities. She currently serves as Commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) after serving 10 years as Director of Athletics at St. Cloud State University. She believes strongly in the student-athlete experience and the role athletics/extracurricular engagement plays in preparing students for life and helping them build self-confidence and resilience. She enjoys leading mission-driven organizations by fostering open dialogue, empowering those around her and advancing data-driven decisions.

    Heather is mom to four boys, including one Tech High School graduate, and a current senior, freshman, and 7th grader at Tech High School and South Junior High respectively. Her kids have been active in Advanced Placement, National Honor Society, Spanish Immersion, various sports, and other activities through school and community opportunities. As a parent, she has been impressed with the rigor of her boys’ educational experiences in District 742 and values their exposure to peers of diverse backgrounds and cultures that helps them engage and navigate in a multicultural world.

    As an Iowa native, Heather grew up in rural communities with five brothers. Her mom was a high school English teacher who also guided/coached multiple co- and extracurricular activities (speech, drama, mock trial, academic decathlon, newspaper, yearbook). Her dad was a farmer turned farm advocate with Farm Bureau Federation and served on the school board in their local district. It was in this environment Heather developed her passion for education and understanding of the need to meet students where they are to help them achieve their potential through a balanced approach of challenge and support. She recognizes the challenges today’s students face, as well as the importance of education to a thriving community, and hopes to provide thoughtful, relevant perspective in her school board service.

    Term expires Jan. 4, 2027

    Address: 2710 Lilac Court, St. Cloud, MN 56301
    Phone: 515-208-8299
    Email: Heather Weems