Jump$tart names new board members

Minnesota Jump$tart, a non-profit company involved in a coalition group with FamilyMeans, focuses on increasing the financial literacy of students in grades K through 12 in Minnesota. The group also works closely with Ladders out of Poverty, a task force that works to guide low-income families out of poverty with educational programs.

The new Jump$tart board members are:

David Braaten, Business Educator at Hopkins School District.

Cally Ingebritson, Family and Community Services Specialist for Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Inc.

Jean Kyle, Business and Marketing Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education.

Julie Mundahl, Family and Consumer Science Educator at Buffalo High School.

Anne O’Connor, Assistant Communications Director at the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Maxine Peterson, Education Co-Chair Elect for the Minnesota Association of Family and Consumer Science Teachers.

Kelsi Rahm, an investment consultant.

Over the last year the board has accomplished the following: conducted a survey of K-12 teachers to determine involvement in teaching personal finance in their classrooms, partnered with the Department of Human Services to give a financial education to youth aging out of foster care, the legislators committee kept a close watch on social studies curriculum for this school year, partnered with several school districts to teach parents how to educate their children about finance, gave a scholarship to Stillwater teacher Tanya DeWing and sent her to the national Jump$tart Educator Conference, teamed up with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to host 120 people at their April conference.

The board met on Wednesday to determine its goals for the upcoming year.