Biographies

Amanda Daniel – Mrs. Daniel has worked in the Human Resources field for over 20 years partnering with senior leaders in manufacturing technology companies to meet the organization’s business goals.  She graduated with an MA in Organizational Development from the University of St. Thomas in 2013.  Mrs. Daniel is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for MTS leading the global HR team in the areas of benefits, compensation, HR systems, talent acquisition, HR business partnership, and organizational development.  This is Amanda’s 5th year on the board and 2nd year as Board Chair.  “I am passionate about supporting CA’s mission, vision, and school objectives.  I joined the board so I can be more involved in supporting our Director, our teaching staff, and our support staff in making this the best place for our children to build skills for life.”  Mrs.Daniel is also the Chair of the Personnel Committee and provides insights on performance management, employee relations and other personnel topics.  Amanda and her husband Reed live in Waconia and have two daughters, Ava (7th grade) and Alix (4th grade), attending Cologne Academy.    

Melissa Hansen – Mrs. Hansen is a Marketing and Communications Specialist in Community Education at Eastern Carver County Schools. She has been in the education communications field for over 11 years. Mrs. Hansen earned her MA in Strategic Communications Management from Concordia University-St Paul in 2013. Her family has been a part of the Cologne Academy community since 2012 and currently has two students attending. She was the PAVE Co-Chair from 2013-2016 helping to build community and raise funds for the school. Mrs. Hansen resides in Waconia with her husband and three children. The 2020/2021 school year is her first serving on the School Board and she is looking forward to learning more about the school’s operations, helping administration navigate the hybrid learning year, and promoting the outstanding work of the staff and scholars.

Jeff Katherman – Mr. Katherman is currently a Vice President within Corporate Strategy at U.S. Bancorp, where he has worked since 2018. His current duties include helping lead USB’s annual capital investment planning process over an annual portfolio of ~$1B in capital expenditures. Prior to this, he worked at UnitedHealth Group for 13 years in various leadership roles within corporate finance, governance, strategic planning, M&A analysis, and project management. Prior to his career at UnitedHealth Group, Mr. Katherman worked in the public accounting industry at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he worked with both external and internal audit clients, primarily in the financial services and manufacturing industries. Mr. Katherman has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Iowa and is a licensed (inactive) C.P.A within the State of Minnesota. Mr. Katherman is originally from Coal Valley, Illinois and graduated from Moline High School. Mr. Katherman has been an active Cologne Academy School Board Member since 2011, where he has served in various roles including Board Chair and (currently) as Treasurer.  Mr. Katherman resides in Waconia, Minnesota with his wife and two sons, both of whom have attended Cologne Academy since Kindergarten.

Jenna McInnis – Mrs. McInnis is a former employee of Cologne Academy.  From 2009-2016, Mrs. McInnis worked in various positions including sixth-grade homeroom, middle school language arts and eventually became the school’s programs coordinator. She earned her Bachelor’s in Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato and is working on her Masters in School Administration through Capella University. Mrs. McInnis resides in Cologne and is currently on leave to be home with her four children, one graduate, one attending and two nearing Cologne Academy students.

Laura Oman – Mrs. Oman is a 3rd grade teacher at Cologne Academy and has been teaching since 2011. Prior to teaching at CA, she taught 4th grade at Beacon Academy for 6 years, and before that she taught Spanish for 2 years at a small charter school in Oregon. Laura’s leadership roles at Cologne Academy have included being a q-comp team member, PBIS committee member, and Battle of the Books organizer. She looks forward to continue to serve the school as a member of the board. Laura has a BS from The University of WI-Eau Claire in Elementary and Middle Education, with a minor in teaching Spanish. She is working towards a graduate certificate in Charter School Leadership from SMSU. She resides in Chaska, MN with her husband (also a teacher) and her two children, both of whom attend CA.

Administration 

Traci LaFerriere, Chief Financial Officer – Ms. LaFerriere worked at the Minnesota Department of Education from 1995 – 2001 in various positions including Charter School Coordinator in the Office of School Choice Programs.  From 2001 – 2006 Ms. LaFerriere was the Operations Director at Academia Cesar Chavez involved in the initial opening of the school and responsible for the school’s finances, human resources, student admissions, transportation, food service, and facilities.  From 2006 to present, Ms. LaFerriere has been the contracted business manager for Southside Family Charter School, Tarek Ibn Ziyad Academy (2006 to 2011), Natural Science Academy (2008 to present), and Cologne Academy (2012 to present).  Ms. LaFerriere graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Psychology. 

Lynn Peterson, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer – Dr. Peterson has been employed at Cologne Academy since it opened in the fall of 2008 and has served as its Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer since July 2009.  Prior to entering the education field, Dr. Peterson was a senior marketing analyst for Target Corporation. Dr. Peterson resides in Cologne with her husband, Craig, and has four children.  

Dr. Peterson has the following education and licenses:  

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration,  Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado 

Teacher Licensures, Crown College, St Bonifacius: Pre-Primary Education License, K-6 Elementary Education License, 5-8 Middles School Social Studies License, K-12 Physical Education License

Masters of Arts in Special Education, University of St. Thomas, St Paul: K-12 Learning Disabilities License

Education Specialist in Leadership in Educational Administration, Capella, Minneapolis: K-12 Principal License 

Concordia University, St. Paul: K-12 Superintendent License 

Doctorate Degree -Educational Leadership, Concordia, St. Paul