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Alexandria Education Foundation welcomes four board members

The Alexandria Public Schools Education Foundation (AEF) recently announced the election of four new members to its board of directors: Jean Bristow, Craig Olson, Bonnie Schnell and Randy Winger.

“We are excited to welcome these new members,” said Greg Trumm, foundation board president. “Each one has close ties to the community and share a passion for education that will help advance the mission of the foundation.”

Bristow and her family moved to Alexandria in 1991. She earned her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree from the University of Iowa, working as a staff nurse four years before teaching nursing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

Over the years, she has been actively engaged with School District 206 as a volunteer on the Curriculum Advisory Committee, for the Junior Great Books program, assisting at vision and hearing screening clinics, and on school referenda citizen committees.

Bristow is married to Dr. Mike Bristow, and they have two children.

Olson is a commercial lender and assistant vice president with Glenwood State Bank. He is actively involved in the community and currently serves as chairman of St. Mary’s School Trust Fund Board and is a member of the Church of St. Mary’s Finance Committee.

He has previously held the position of president for the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce and is a wish grantor with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Olson lives in Alexandria with his wife, Kalee, and two children.

Schnell is a retired teacher who received her Bachelor of Arts in education and music from Southwest State University and her Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota.

She taught in the Alexandria public schools for 36 years, both at Lincoln and Voyager Elementary Schools in Alexandria, and also had summer experiences teaching in China and Sri Lanka. She was active on numerous education committees over the years.

Her interests include traveling, music and politics. Currently she is active in the Douglas County DFL, the League of Women Voters, and Calvary Lutheran Church.

Winger is a 1980 alumnus of Jefferson High School in Alexandria. He attended Moorhead State University and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and finance.

After college, he moved to Kansas City and was a savings and loan examiner with the Office of Thrift Supervision.

Winger joined Bremer Bank in 1993 and moved back to Alexandria in 1995. Randy and his wife, Maureen, have two children.

The mission of the nonprofit AEF, which was established in 2009, is to support student excellence and expanded learning opportunities by securing and maximizing resources. Since 2009, the Alexandria Education Foundation has invested more than $150,000 in programs for District 206 students.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.alexandria.