Mounds View Education Foundation welcomes 3 new board members

Ann Gentry, J.J. Killins, Erin Stalsberg

Ann Gentry

J.J. Killins

Erin Stalsberg

The Mounds View Schools Education Foundation recently welcomed three new members to its board of trustees: Ann Gentry, J.J. Killins and Erin Stalsberg.

Founded in 1987, the foundation’s mission is to engage the local community in support of the Mounds View Public School District. It works in partnership with district leadership to identify programs that require funding, and to advance priorities and innovations across schools.

As new members, Gentry, Killins and Stalsberg will assist with the foundation’s fundraising efforts in the community, which have contributed more than $1 million to the district over the last two decades.

Gentry, a graduate of Mounds View High School, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. After college, she moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to work with the Teton Science Schools. She eventually held various instructional and coaching roles within the Teton County School District, before returning to Minnesota in 2010.

Since then, Gentry has held several volunteer positions within the Island Lake Elementary community, her church and other nonprofits. She and her husband have four children who currently attend school in the district.

Killins and her husband, Ron, have lived in the Mounds View School District for over 12 years. They have two children, one beginning high school at Irondale and one entering Edgewood Middle School. Killins has volunteered in a variety of capacities throughout the district. Notably, she was a member of the Facilities Task Force and served as photographer on the communications team for Neighbors United, a group of community volunteers who advocated in favor of the 2017 bond referendum. In addition, Killins is the owner of J.J. Killins Photography.

Stalsberg is an executive fellow at the University of St. Thomas in the School of Education, where she teaches and mentors student teachers. Previously, Stalsberg spent 13 years in the Spring Lake Park School District as a third grade teacher and instructional coach. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations, and completed her masters of arts in education from the University of St. Thomas.

Stalsberg resides in North Oaks with her husband Greg, a Mounds View graduate. Their children attend Turtle Lake Elementary and Incarnation Preschool. The Stalsbergs are actively involved in Young Life, a nonprofit youth ministry organization that serves local students.

As trustees, Gentry, Killins and Stalsberg were nominated and elected by a majority of the board. Each will serve a three-year term.

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