The POA at their annual summer gathering“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” –Herman Melville

After a long COVID hiatus, 30 parents of MPA Alumni reconnected at the MPA POA Annual Meeting to elect new officers and to reconnect the parental fibers at a lively social hosted by Karla and Peter Myers in Saint Paul.

“We were very pleased to see so many parents attend from a wide range of years. There were big smiles on everyone’s faces as we reconnected,” said Mary Jo Thrane, outgoing POA Chair. “The current officers put in extra duty serving an additional year during the Covid shut down. The newly elected leadership is ready to launch us into a new season of connectivity.”

Officers to the MPA POA Board of Directors will each serve a 2-year term completing their duties in June of 2023. The POA, whose activities typically occur between April and November when members are more available, continues its mission to foster a sense of community among parents of alumni and continues building relationships and serving as a resource within the MPA community.

We welcome these incoming MPA POA officers:
Chair: Linda Goodno (P ’16, ’18, ’20)
Vice Chair: Jennifer Holloway (P ’20)
Secretary: Amanda Campbell (P ’18)
Immediate Past Chair: Mary Jo Thrane (P ’16) [Past Chair 2018-2021]
Founding Chair: Carey Ide (P ’09, ’10, ’18)
Founding Chair: Karla Myers (P ’09, ’11, ’18)
At Large: Jeanne Danaher (P 14) [Past Chair 2016-2018]
At Large:  Chris Levesque (P ’13) [Past Chair 2014-2016]

Plans are underway for a September nature hike at Tamarack Nature Center in Woodbury hosted by Dana Boyle. Also, back by popular demand, the College Years Social is scheduled for November 4, 2021, for MPA families with students in undergraduate programs. Watch for announcements of these and other upcoming POA events!

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