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zeke jackson - executive director

Zeke, a senior from Little Falls Community High School, is a full-time PSEO student at the University of Minnesota. To take advantage of the PSEO program, Zeke moved away from home at the age of 16 to live in the cities with extended family. When he isn’t reading, googling random questions, or eating pasta, Zeke is either gaining business experience or advocating for the PSEO program! As the Executive Director of People for PSEO, Zeke is passionate about working to ensure that the value of the PSEO program is recognized by communities across Minnesota. His priorities include clearing up public misconceptions about the PSEO program, pushing for fair PSEO policies, and working with other students to ensure that high schools are following PSEO laws. With a zeal for business and politics, Zeke is excited to be working with everyone to maximize the potential of Minnesota students!

You can contact Zeke at executive.director@peopleforpseo.org.

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aaliyah hodge - president

Aaliyah Hodge is a former PSEO student and the current Authorizing Program Coordinator at the University of St. Thomas. Before joining the UST team Aaliyah served as the Compliance Director for the Harvest Network of Schools and has also spent time in the classroom as a 6th grade paraprofessional.  She is a member of the Coalition of Public Independent Charter School’s advisory council, and Pillsbury United Community’s Charter advisory council.  Aaliyah has a Masters in Social Policy and Community and Economic Development from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  The PSEO program allowed Aaliyah to graduate high school with 58 credits from the University of Minnesota, and she is excited to expand opportunities for all students.

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Brook Lafloe - vice president

LaFloe is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from Belcourt, ND but she was primarily raised on the East Side of Saint Paul, MN where she graduated high school at John A Johnson. Brook earned her Bachelor's of Science in Neuroscience and Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. During her time in college, she was part of the Tulane women’s basketball team and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. Brook completed her Master’s degree in Montessori Education from Loyola University-Maryland in the summer of 2018. She is involved with the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center and works as a guide at Bright Water Montessori. She transitioned into a part-time role as the Young Women's Initiative (YWI) Assistant Coordinator at the YWCA of Saint Paul after spending 2 years on the Young Women's Cabinet of MN.  Brook is also an intern at the Tiwahe Foundation. She enjoys Pow Wowing as a fancy shawl dancer, spending time with her kid brother and engaging in anything sport related. 

 
 
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Bob wedl - TREASURER

Wedl has been a leader in education, serving as Minnesota’s Deputy Commissioner of Education in the administration of Governor Rudy Perpich where he was the lead person on Perpich’s Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), open enrollment and area learning centers for at-risk youth. Wedl later served as Commissioner of Education in Governor Arne Carlson’s administration and led the expansion of charter schools, new integration policy, new graduation standards and state testing.  Because of his interest in education innovation he served as the start-up director of Innovative Quality Schools (IQS), an authorizer of chartered schools.  He also served as the first director of the Minnesota Reading Corps and currently is a Senior Fellow with Education Evolving.  He also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, St. Thomas and Concordia.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from St Cloud State University.

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Dayton westra - secretary

Dayton Westra is a parent of two former PSEO students and is currently serving as Secretary on the PPSEO Board.  Education has always been an important part to Dayton, as education is a way to breaking generational poverty.  Being a son of an Elementary principal and an Elementary teacher, Education was to be a life long journey, not just to be completed.  Graduating with a Degree in Hospitality Management, Dayton worked with the Marriott Corporation for several years before pursuing his own Restaurant business.  Dayton looks forward to helping student achieve their highest potential and encouraging students to pursue their own interests. 

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Bailey Onken

Bailey Onken is a Junior at the University of Minnesota Rochester in the Health Science Program (Pre-Med).  Bailey graduated from Fulda High School, Fulda MN, and was an active participant in, and advocate for, the PSEO Program. Today, Bailey actively promotes the PSEO program with others at every opportunity as a means to expand learning options, save money in college, graduate earlier, and make a wise investment.  

 
 
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Joshua mason

Joshua Mason, a junior from Highland Park Senior High School, is a full-time PSEO student at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. He is currently interested in Computer Science and Politics. As a Chinese immersion student, he has traveled throughout China participating in speech competitions and academic programs, and is also co-president of his school’s Chinese Immersion and Language Club. Outside of school, Joshua participates in competitive Mountain Biking and Nordic Skiing. As co-chair of the People for PSEO Student Committee with Andrea Smith, Joshua looks forward to improving the PSEO program to insure that everyone has easy access to the necessary information and equal opportunity to participate in this great opportunity.

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ANdrea smith


Andrea Smith, a home schooled student from Hugo, Minnesota, is a senior and a full time PSEO student at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Outside of studying, you’ll find her tinkering with her computers, playing video games, hanging out with her pet parrot, or helping take care of wild birds of prey at UMN’s Raptor Center. Andrea is on the board UMN's IEEE: Women in Engineering chapter, as well as the UMN PSEO Student Association.  She currently serves the PPSEO Board as the Student Committee Co-Chair along with Joshua Mason, and is very excited to continue advocating for the PSEO program and to collaborate with other students to make their voices heard. Andrea will be continuing her education at the University of Minnesota in pursuing a computer engineering degree and plans to graduate in three years thanks to the PSEO program.

 
 
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Tracy Quarnstrom

Tracy L. Quarnstrom has served as the director of Wolf Creek Online High school since 2003.  Wolf Creek is Minnesota’s only hybrid online high school which offers students an online experience while still offering the advantages of face to face interactions several days per week.  Quarnstrom has been very involved in the creation of online learning legislation in the state of Minnesota as well as in organizations that promote quality online choices for students and families. She served on the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools board of directors from 2009-2011 as well as on the government affairs committee.  She was a founding member of the MNOLA (Minnesota Organization for K12 Online learning Alliance) group and served as a member of legislative committee for several years.  She has worked diligently over the past few years to promote PSEO options in Minnesota for all high school students. 

 

Eva Marie Asplin 

As a parent of a PSEO student, Eva was amazed as opportunities unfolded for her daughter. The Asplin family discovered PSEO by accident and had not been told about the incredible opportunity provided to students by this program. The unique challenges they faced with this program and in her daughters high school, allowed them to learn a great deal about the policies and statutes involved; inspiring Eva to want to continue efforts to promote, encourage, and simplify this program. As a self employed artist and widowed parent she is extremely grateful to this program and the opportunities it has provided her daughter. 



Melissa Elizabeth Asplin 

As a PSEO student attending two colleges -both MSUM and Concordia - Melissa has faced several challenges with the PSEO system and in her high school. She joined People for PSEO because she would like to be able to help others navigate those challenges, and help explain and simplify the statutes and policies regarding PSEO. PSEO has provides students extraordinary opportunities to learn, excel, and stand out from peers to perspective colleges. 

The education and experiences Melissa has had while attending these institutions have been unforgettable and invaluable. And she believes it is something that every student should be aware of and have the chance to participate in. 

Other members of our board include

Timothy Blaeser

Heather Starks

Madeleine Lee

Anaa Jibicho

Rihab Shoshan

Andrea Smith

Joshua Mason

Lee Pao Xiong 

Walter Enloe