Four of five candidates nab seats on Inver Grove Heights School Board

Susan Gliva
Susan Gliva
Rachel Hanson
Rachel Hanson
Mathias J. Schaefer
Mathias J. Schaefer
Sherry Warrick
Sherry Warrick

Five candidates ran for four open seats for Inver Grove Heights Community Schools' School Board elections Nov. 3.

Two incumbents, both of whom were appointed for partial terms, will retain their seats on the board for the upcoming term. Susan Gliva took the place of Allen Gerber after he resigned from the board in May, and Sherry Warrick filled the board seat left vacant by Bridget Cronin, who resigned in August 2014.

Newcomers include Matt Schaefer and Rachel Hanson.

Hanson, who received 18.21 percent of the votes, will be the youngest member at age 27, just more than a decade younger than Schaefer, who is 38.

"As just a regular member of the community, I wanted somebody on the school board whose family looks like mine," Hanson said. "Somebody who's getting ready to send their kids to preschool for the first time. I think that's the voice that I bring to the board and I think its valuable."

Hanson is a program support staff member in the School of Nursing at Metropolitan State University and is married to Nathan Hanson. She has a bachelor's degree in gender studies from Metropolitan State University.

Hanson has served on multiple boards and is currently serving on the board of a non-profit.

"This phase of life that I'm in is way different from someone who can have a conversation with your kids, with them understanding you."

Schaefer, who garnered 22.09 percent of the votes, brings another new face to the board.

He is married to Mary Beth Schaefer and attended Gustavus Adolphus College where he earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management.

Schaefer is a senior business development analyst at CHS Inc.

"Inver Grove Heights is where I live, work and play," Schaefer said. "My children are in grades five and six and have been going to schools in this district longer that we have been living here, that's how much these schools mean to me and my family."

He has more that 14 years of experience in accounting and business development at CHS Inc. and has spent more than two years as the treasurer of the Salem Hills Elementary PTSA. He was also appointed to the Inver Grove Heights Housing Committee this year.

Returning members

Gliva, 49, received 22.75 percent of the votes.

She is a financial controller at Digital DataVoice Corp. in Mendota Heights.

She is married to Keith Gliva and earned a bachelor's degree from Augsburg College where she studied accounting and finance.

Gliva has over 20 years of finance and accounting experience in both large corporations and small businesses, and said that knowledge proves helpful on a school board.

"I understand the need to stay on budget and to get the most out of the resources that are available," Gliva told the Review. "I know how to investigate opportunities for saving money."

Warrick, 51, received 23.26 percent of the votes.

She volunteers in the community, has 20 years of teaching experience and has three children.

She is married to Daniel Warrick and holds a master's degree in education from the University of San Antonio in Texas. She also studied education as an undergraduate student at Buena Vista University in Iowa.

"My approach to leadership starts with listening — to parents, students, staff — then assembling those thoughts and ideas into thoughtful strategic action," Warrick said to the Review.

In a losing effort, challenger Bill Klein received 11.32 percent of the votes.

Jesse Poole can be reached at or at 651-748-7815. Follow him at


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