Community Education advisory council

The community education department encourages involvement.  The department coordinates a general advisory council influencing all programs in the department and welcomes feedback around issues facing specific programs.
The Community Education Advisory Council meets four times during the school year. Each meeting, members share news and happenings from their areas of the community and hear new ideas to consider implementing to improve and advance our programming and how we serve the community.

The advisory council also hosts an annual breakfast, inviting local legislators and community representatives to learn more about programs serving the community and to discuss opportunities to collaborate and work together to serve our residents, students and our communities.
Current members:
  • Kimberly Carpenter, resident
    Representing the city of Brooklyn Park

  • Laura Cleveland, Directory of Professional and Workforce Training
    Representing Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College

  • Wade Demmer, City Council member
    Representing the Coon Rapids City Council

  • Nicole Hayes, Director
    Representing the Anoka-Hennepin School Board

  • Valerie Holthus, City Council member
    Representing the Andover City council

  • Ryan Karasek, City Council member
    Representing the Champlin City council

  • Lisa LaCasse, Recreation Supervisor
    Representing the city of Anoka

  • Kathy Palm, Program Coordinator
    Representing the Anoka County Work Force

  • Tom Ryan, Mayor
    Representing the city of Blaine

  • Bill Reichenborn, resident
    Representing the city of Coon Rapids and senior citizens

  • Joan Thunell, retiree
    Representing the Community Schools program

  • Layne Vermeulen, Extension Educator
    Representing the U of M Extension

  • Charlie Lehn, Parks Facility Manager - Alternative member
    Representing the city of Champlin
Al Ickler
Phone: 763-506-1276
General information and inquiries
Phone: 763-506-1260
Get involved!
We are searching for community members who want to bring their ideas, insight and involvement to help improve our programs and our communities.