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Get Ready helps prepare students and families from underrepresented populations with college planning, academic assistance, & information on career and higher education options.

Staff Contacts


Use the following information to contact Get Ready program staff.

Management and Administrative Staff

Ashley Booker
Program Director
(651) 259-3905
Directs and oversees all aspects of the Get Ready program to ensure that activities and services are in compliance with federal laws, rules and regulations. Supervises Get Ready managers, supervisors and coordinators.

Tom Bartholomay
Evaluation & Research Manager
(651) 259-3934
Manages all aspects of programmatic evaluation, research, data collection, and analysis of Get Ready.

Tenzin Nordon
Program Development Specialist
(651) 259-3932
Manages all aspects of program development, staff training/capacity development, and fidelity monitoring systems.

Sheila Nelsen
Curriculum Development Specialist
(651) 259-3923
Manages all aspects of curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation for Get Ready.

Tobias Leuthner
Evaluation Specialist
(651) 259-3930
Assists in the development and implementation of evaluation related activities for program improvement initiatives and reporting requirements related to Get Ready.

Chang Dao Vang
Parent Engagement Coordinator
(651) 259-3916
Coordinates Get Ready staff around parent engagement activities and opportunities.

Amie Jannetto
Evaluation Associate
(651) 259-3918
Provides administrative support services for all aspects of the Get Ready program.

Amanda Twite
Program Supervisor
Supervises staff working in direct service elementary, middle and high schools.

Nina Englund
Strategic Partnerships Specialist
(651) 259-3915
Develops and maintains partnerships with external organizations to maximize Get Ready's impact.

Marcio Thompson
Outreach Coordinator
(651) 259-3966
Provides college and career readiness outreach programming for the Office of Higher Education and Get Ready.

Staff in Minneapolis Schools

Hmong International Academy
Thown Thor - (651) 259-3929

Olson School
Charlee Thao - (651) 259-3996

Patrick Henry High School
Nick Walker - (612) 668-2000

Roosevelt High School
Sandra Kroger - (612) 668-4856
Esther Garubanda - (612) 259-3920
Karlee Nussbaum - (612) 259-3932

Staff in St. Paul Schools

Farnsworth Aerospace
Tria Vang - (651) 259-3928

Washington Technology Magnet
Courtnie Conyers - (651) 744-7087
Rebecca Schmitz - (651) 744-3703
Mary Zehrer - (651) 744-6428

Staff in Brooklyn Center

Xong Yang - (651) 259-3908
Matt Kiefer - (651) 259-3935
Jackie Hayden - (651) 259-3928
Joe Kane - (651) 259-3924