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.

Support Staff

Lisa Schultz, School Operations Manager

Lisa SchultzMrs. Schultz has been a part of the team since 2009.  She started with MNVA as the Administrative Assistant for Special Services and has been the Operations Manager since 2014. She earned a BA in Psychology from Winona State University and, prior to joining MNVA, Mrs. Schultz held workforce management positions in the telecommunications and corporate travel industries.

Grete Blum, Administrative Assistant

Shelley Duffy, Administrative Assistant

Shelley DuffyMrs. Duffy 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.

Jessie Olson, Special Services Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Olson 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 husband mark and her 12-year-old son Zach.

Kayla Ruthenbeck, Family Compliance Liaison


Tina Barness, Elementary & Middle School Counselor

Tina BarnessMs. Barness joined MNVA in 2007. She earned a BA in Psychology from Wartburg College and MS in Counselor Education from Winona State University. Ms. Barness holds K–12 School Counseling licensures in Minnesota and Iowa and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Ms. Barness is passionate about supporting students in finding success in all aspects of their lives, including their academic, future career, and personal/social lives. Ms. Barness is the Section 504 Plan Coordinator for Kindergarten through 8th grade at MNVA.  Ms. Barness enjoys working with a diverse student body in working with students throughout the state and feels that online learning can provide an opportunity for students to find success who are determined to learn.

Jodi English, High School Counselor

Jodi EnglishMrs. English joined MNVA in 2011.  She brings more than 20 years’ experience in education.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of St. Thomas, and her master’s degree in Guidance Counseling from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.  She also holds an Online Teaching Certificate.  Mrs. English likes to see students thrive in the online environment.  Mrs. English believes that online learning gives students a safe environment to learn.

Ricky Smith, High School Counselor

Ricky SmithMr. Smith started with MNVA in 2013. He has experience working with troubled youth as a program consultant for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, where he organized and ran a youth program that helped high school students gain employment. He earned his BA in Psychology and his MS in Educational Counseling from Winona State University. He also obtained a Coaching Minor and coaches Football and Track and Field around Southeast Minnesota.  Mr. Smith feels online learning allows students to work from the comfort of their own home and in their own environment. This can reduce the amount of outside stressors associated to your typical high school environment.


Erin Frauenkron, Academic Placement Advisor

Erin FrauenkronMs. Frauenkron holds an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences-Marketing from Western Wisconsin Technical College. She has been involved in online learning in the Houston Public School district since March of2008, having worked in support of the Minnesota Center of Online Learning before joining MNVA. Since the fall of 2010 she has worked directly with MNVA high school students as an advisor and is passionate about helping students find success. She is currently in charge of monitoring student attendance and mediating truancy concerns.

Sidney Koeller, Student Advisor

Dale Moga, PT Student Support Advisor

Dale MogaMr. Moga is a part-time student enrollment specialist who joined MNVA in 2011. He first started with MNVA as a K-5th grade student advisor, and then transitioned into a high school advisor before holding his current position. Dale earned a BA in Physical Education with a minor in Management from Luther College.  Mr. Moga feels online learning gives students a chance to learn in a different atmosphere without distractions and offers some course options that their resident districts might not be able to offer.

Jane Voves, Student Advisor

Mrs. Voves is the Student Advisor for Names L-Z who joined MNVA in 2017. She has worked with public schools for 5 years with experience in student records and school accounting. Jane earned an Associate Degree in Accounting from Western Technical College.  Mrs. Voves feels that online learning is a great way for students to realize their potential.