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.

 

Brad Burgstom, Secretary

 

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, Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

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.





Dick Lee

 
    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

 


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."