Board of Directors

Dan Heins

Dan Heins, President

In addition to serving as the president of the Austin Public Education Foundation, Dan serves on the church council at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, the board of the Hirsch Family Foundation, the board of Parenting Resource Center and as treasurer on the board of the Lutheran Institutional Ministry Associaton. He is currently employed by the United States Postal Service as the Postmaster in Stewartville, Minnesota.

Dan and his wife, Karen, have four children, all of whom have graduated from Austin High School.

In addition to the volunteer duties, in which he is involved, he enjoys geocaching and reading.

Erin Schoen

Erin Schoen, Vice-President

Erin graduated from Austin High School in 1987. After graduating from Mankato State University with degrees in Elementary and Special Education, she started her teaching career in South Dakota. She returned to Austin 2 years later. Erin taught Special Education for Austin Public Schools for 12 years and is currently a 4th grade teacher at Southgate Elementary School.

     Theresa Becker-Ersland

Theresa Becker-Ersland

Theresa is a retired language arts teacher, having taught for 40 years.
For the last fifteen years of her career, she worked in the Austin
Public Schools as an AHS language arts and humanities teacher as well as
the district gifted and talented coordinator. She earned her BA in
education and English from the College of St. Teresa and her MA in
teacher leadership from the University of Minnesota. She has four
grandchildren currently attending Austin Public Schools. She is excited
to work with the foundation to provide grants that foster innovative
teacher lead projects


Tom Klapperich

Tom Klapperich, Treasurer

Tom was born and raised in Austin. He graduated from Mankato State University and worked in Rochester for 2 years before returning to Austin. He is currently the Market President for Home Federal Savings Bank. Tom has 4 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and 1 grandson. Two daughters are graduates of Austin High, one is in 10th grade and the last is in preschool. He enjoys being on the foundation board, seeing all the benefits the foundation does for the local schools. 

Brigette Rambadt

Brigette Rambadt, Executive Director

Brigette grew up in Austin. In the 1980’s she moved away but returned to Austin in 2000 to raise her two  children.   

She is a partner in The1858  Brickhouse Coffee House  as well  as an E-RYT 500 instructor for Riverland and the Austin YMCA.

Brigette is excited to be involved in expanding opportunities for the students of Austin Public Schools and is dedicated to helping the Foundation as it champions Austin’s Educational Excellence.


Jeni Lindberg


Jeni Lindberg

Jeni graduated from Austin High School in 1973. She serves as chair of the AHS Alumni & Friends Association. She also chairs the Association’s Distinguished Alumni celebration that is held in conjunction with Homecoming. In 2002 when her son graduated, there were 4 living generations of Austin High graduates in her family. Jeni and her husband Brad have two grown sons.





Lori Marco


Lori Marco

Lori grew up on a farm near Brewster, Minnesota. She received her B.A., with High Distinction in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Minnesota-Morris. She earned her J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. She is currently vice-president of External Affairs and general counsel at Hormel Foods Corporation. Lori and her husband, Bruce Quitmeyer, have three sons, ages 9, 5, and 2. Lori is new to the foundation and is looking forward to learning about the foundation and the ways in which it benefits the schools.



Edwina Harder

Edwina Harder is a 1983 graduate of Austin High School.  She taught for eighteen years in St. Cloud before moving back home to Austin.  Edwina is principal of Southgate Elementary School.  Her husband Eric is the technology integrationist at Holton Intermediate School.  Both of their daughters graduated from Austin High School and are pursuing their college degrees.  Edwina also serves on the Austin High School Alumni and Friends Association.


Tammy Watkins

Tammy Watkins was born and raised in Austin, MN. Both of her parents were also born in the Austin area and attended Austin High School. She has been teaching in the district for 17 years at Southgate Elementary.

Both of her children attend Austin Public Schools and husband Troy teaches at the high school.  Tara is a 9th grader and super excited to be moving “up” to the high school and Tori is going to be a 7th grader at Ellis.

She says she looking forward to being part of the Austin Public Education Foundation team. "This group has done wonderful things for the students of Austin for years! I feel very lucky to get the opportunity to be involved."


Julie Clinefelter

Julie Clinefelter

A transplant from California via Iowa and Missouri, Julie and her husband Jeremy moved to Minnesota in 1999.  She has an MA in English Literature from UMKC, and when her husband came to Minnesota to attend law school she completed a Masters in Library and Information Science from St. Kate's in St. Paul.

With graduate school done, the pair settled in Austin in 2003 to raise their three kids and attempt a backyard garden. In 2013, with the kids all in school, Julie joined the staff at IJ Holton as Library Assistant.  In August of 2014, she was hired at the Austin Public Library as the Technical Services Librarian.  Julie has seen the benefits of APEF grants at her children’s schools & looks forward to being a part of the process.


Angie Goetz

Angie and her husband, Cory, moved to Austin from the Twin Cities in 1998.  She has a B.A. in Business/Communications from North Central University.  She has been the property manager for Western Manor Apartments since 1998.  Angie was elected to the Austin School Board in 2012 and has served as clerk, Vice Chair and now as Chairperson of the School Board.

With three children in Austin Public Schools, Angie has seen the benefits of APEF grants.  She is excited to serve on the Board as it continues to grow in generosity and success.