School Board Members

  • John Larkin John Larkin, Chair - Elected 2013, Reelected 2016
    larkinj@colheights.k12.mn.us | 763-528-4465

    Education
    Columbia Heights High School
    University of St. Thomas, Bachelors in Management and Marketing

    Profession
    Assistant Fire Chief, City of Columbia Heights

    School Board Representation
    Columbia Heights Business Council, School Board Sub-Committee and to Liaison North Park Elementary School.

    Community Involvement
    Volunteer coach for Columbia Heights Parks & Recreation Department football and baseball and Columbia Academy football.


    Laura Palmer Laura Palmer, Vice Chair -Elected 2010, Reelected 2014
    palmerl@colheights.k12.mn.us | 763-528-4461

    Education
    Glenbard West High School

    Profession
    Art Preservation and Design Manager, Custom Art Framing

    School Board Representation
    Minnesota School Board Association Legislative Liaison, North East Metro Intermediate District 916 Board, Association of Metropolitan School Districts and Liaison to the Family Center.

    Community Involvement
    Neighborhood Watch Captain, Columbia Heights


    Naty Severson Naty Severson, Clerk - Elected, Reelected 2016
    severson@colheights.k12.mn.us | 763-528-4563

    Education
    Osseo Senior High School
    University of Minnesota, BA (Geography)

    Profession
    Ministry Director, Hope Community Church

    School Board Representation
    Minnesota State High School League, School Board Policy Sub-Committee, Liaison to City of Columbia Heights and Liaison to Columbia Heights High School.

    School Involvement
    PTA President, North Park Elementary School (2012 to Present) and Athletic Booster volunteer

    Community Involvement
    Vote Yes for Kids 2014 Levy Committee member and Youth Athletic Coach


    Hala Asamari Hala Asamarai, Treasurer - Elected 2016
    asamarah@colheights.k12.mn.us | 763-528-4560

    Education
    Patrick Henry High School
    University of Minnesota Twin Cities, BA in Physiology
    Hamline University, MA in Teaching with Initial Teaching Licensure
    Argosy University, Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership with focus on Educational Technology

    Profession
    Instructional Specialist, Minneapolis Public Schools

    School Board Representation
    TIES, School Board Sub-Committee and Liaison to Highland Elementary School


    Molly Lewis Molly Lewis, Director - Elected 2014 
    lewism1@colheights.k12.mn.us | 763-528-4464

    Education
    Columbia Heights High School
    Winona State University, BS, Criminal Justice

    Profession
    Child Protection Social Worker, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department

    School Board Representation
    Liaison to City of Fridley and liaison to Columbia Academy.

    Community involvement
    Volunteer basketball coach and parent volunteer with Columbia Heights Public Schools.


    Lorien Mueller Lorien Mueller, Director - Elected 2016 
    muellerl@colheights.k12.mn.us | 763-528-4562

    Education
    Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, IL
    Winona State University, BA, Communication Studies 
    South Dakota State University, MS, Counseling and Human Resource Development

    Profession
    Senior Director of Property Management, Great Lakes Management

    School Board Representation
    Educational Cooperative Service Unit, Liaison to City of Hilltop and Liaision to Valley View Elementary School.

    School Involvement
    Former PTO Vice President/Co-President, Music Booster Treasurer, Community Education Advisory Council, active in high school PAC and Finance Committeel

    Community Involvement
    National Night Out host