Meet Our Staff

Trust Our Expert Staff to Keep Things Running Smoothly

MNVA's staff is composed of professionals and specialists dedicated to making a virtual academy a very real learning experience. Here are a few of the people who work behind the scenes to keep MNVA responsive to your needs.

Lisa Schultz, operations manager, joined the K12 team in July of 2014.

Shelley Duffy, MNVA HS administrative assistant, graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing. Shelley has been planning and coordinating events for over 20 years, and has worked for over 30 years in office management. She has accumulated 25 years of learning computer skills through the classroom and hands on experience. She has 14 years experience working on a monthly newspaper, and 18 years experience in creating brochures, posters, and newsletters.

Angela Denstad Stigeler, MNVA's office administrator, earned her bachelor's degree in extension studies through Harvard University. She has worked in several aspects of the publishing industry and holds a substitute teaching license, as well as being aweekly food columnist and certified yoga instructor.  She joined the MNVA staff in 2010, working as a high school advisor and transitioned into her present role at the start of the 2011–2012 school year.

Jessie Olson is the special education administrative assistant with MNVA. She started with MNVA in September of 2014. Jessie graduated from Winona State University with a degree in elementary education. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, biking, swimming, fishing, boating and tubing with her busband mark and her 8-year-old son Zach.


Tina Barness, counselor, earned her psychology degree from Wartburg College and went on to earn her master's degree in counselor education: K–12 school counseling from Winona State University. Tina holds K–12 School Counseling licensures in Minnesota and Iowa and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She joined MNVA in 2007. Tina is passionate about supporting students in finding success in all aspects of their lives, including their academic, future career, and personal/social lives. Tina is the Section 504 Plan Coordinator for K-8 MNVA as well as the Houston Public School District Section 504 Plan Coordinator.

Michelle Kimpton, High School Counselor, began at MNVA in 2014. She has been a school counselor for almost 10 years and has worked in online programs for most of her school counseling career. She received her master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University and completed her school counselor program at the University of Minnesota. Michelle is passionate about working with the whole student so they can be successful in school and beyond.

Ricky Smith, high school counselor, earned his bachelor's degree in psychology with a coaching minor from Winona State University in 2007. Worked 4 years as a youth counselor for the Winona Workforce Center after graduating. Went on to complete his master's degree in educational counseling from Winona State University in 2013, and was employed at MNVA shortly after. Ricky is very passionate about helping kids succeed in many aspects of life whether it's academic, personal, social, or athletic.


Laura Belter joined the MNVA staff in the fall of 2008 and is currently the lead academic advisor for high school. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Winona State University. At MNVA, Laura enjoys working in conjunction with the teachers to help students with all their academic needs. She is dedicated to helping all students find success.

Dale Moga is the student advisor for seniors.

Erin Frauenkron is the student advisor for juniors.

Judy Zobeck is the student advisor for sophomores.

Rosine Macomber has an associate's degree in administrative assistance and has worked with MNVA since spring 2006. She is currently working as an academic advisor in the high school office, helping students and teachers reach academic success.

Diana Lundt, support staff, has worked with MNVA since January 2008. Diana attended Western Wisconsin Technical College for the Office Assistant program. Diana's past work experience includes office support, sales, and supervisory roles. As the Student Support Assistant/Advisor for MNVA, Diana enjoys working with the families and students, helping them reach their goals and succeed with MNVA.

Ashley Olson, support staff, works with our elementary school families, in addition to supporting the EL program school-wide.