• 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
  • Contact
    Al Ickler
    Phone: 763-506-1276
    Email: alan.ickler@ahschools.us
    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.