Flex Academy of Minnesota Board of Director Bios

Michelle Ford

Technology Expert and Minnesota Credentialed Teacher
Flex Board Member and Secretary

Michelle has a master’s degree in psychology and licenses for both teaching and school administration. She taught middle and high school English and social studies classes in Bloomington and Brooklyn Center before stepping out of the classroom to take a position as a school technology integrationist. In this position, she encouraged teachers to move from basic levels of technology integration to transformational practices with intense professional development designed to guide students to demonstrate a deep understanding of the curriculum through the creation of multimedia content, complex communication in a variety of media, and publication of meaningful work online. Michelle has become well-respected amongst the educational technology community in the twin cities area, and has been asked to present at many conferences and workshops, including as a featured speaker at the TIES Educational Technology conference.

Michelle became interested in urban school reform, and took on the position of Turn-Around School Officer to turn around an underachieving secondary school. The school is now off the state’s list of priority schools, having shown substantial improvement in reading and math proficiency and achievement gap reduction in the past three years. Currently, Michelle is a district data and accountability officer in Brooklyn Center, overseeing data and accountability measures through project management, and overseeing the implementation of the district technology plan. She is also an accomplished grant writer, having written alone many successful grant applications, resulting in close to a million dollars for the district, and close to another four million dollars in grants written in collaboration with others. She currently oversees all district title, integration, and career and technical education, and compensatory dollars, and works closely with the business office to ensure alignment of funding with district priorities.

Jonathan Hill

Business Leader
Flex Board Member and Treasurer

Jonathan Hill is a Director at TripleTree, a Minnesota investment bank, focused on marger and acquisitions. His expertise includes Healthcare Services (Care Delivery and Managed Care) and Population Health Management. He brings over 6 years of transaction experience in the healthcare industry, both as an advisor and an investor.

Prior to joining TripleTree, Jonathan served as an investment banking associate at William Blair & Company, where he primarily focused on deal execution and coordination for sell-side and buy-side advisory assignments, as well as public and private equity financings. He began his career as a member of UnitedHealth Group's Corporate Development team where he was responsible for evaluating and executing transactions on behalf of the company’s business segments. In addition to transaction work, Jonathan worked closely with executive management providing analysis and support for various strategic initiatives.

Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Amherst College and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. His community involvement includes his family, The Kucetekela Foundation, and The Hotchkiss School, among other things.

Hugh Norsted

Nonprofit and Governance Expert
Flex Board Member

Hugh E. Norsted, D.D.S. is a native Minnesotan, born in 1946 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota with a Chemistry major. From there, he went on to receive a B.S. and D.D.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Following graduation from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, he went on to serve two years in the U. S. Air Force at Kelly AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

In the fall of 1973 he returned to his local community of Golden Valley, Minnesota and together with Drs. Robert Hoover and Mark Anderson, formed Valley Dental Group, a general and multi-specialty dental group practice. Dr. Norsted devoted the next 35 years to serving his patients and developing the group into a leading edge practice in the Twin Cities region.

His additional dental activities included teaching positions at the U. of M. School of Dentistry, active dental staff membership at North Memorial Hospital, various positions involving dental quality assurance leadership with dental organizations in the Twin Cities and long time service as a board member, president and committee chair for the American Academy of Dental Group Practice.

Following retirement from clinical practice at the end of 2008, Dr. Norsted remains actively engaged as a surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (Skokie, IL), and as a dental consultant in quality improvement and assurance, both privately and for Healthcare Consultants International (Skokie, IL).

David Rhude

County Health Physician
Flex Board Member 

Dr. Rhude is a board-certified internal medicine physician with a subspecialty certification in Rheumatology and is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist. Dr. Rhude completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is well published and is an avid speaker. In addition, he has taught for fifteen years at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Danielle Barr

Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management
Compliance Consultant

Danielle holds an Executive MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing Management and Operations Management from the University of St. Thomas. Danielle enjoys mentoring and being active in community and professional associations.