Board Members

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Bruce Paulson - Chairperson

Member since 2012 - alumni committee

Bruce is a third generation Owatonna High School graduate.  After graduating from the University of Minnesota with an electrical engineering degree, he worked for the King Company for 27 years and was its President until it relocated out of Minnesota.  He then became a divisional Vice President of Evapco, Inc, a multinational manufacturer.  He is President of the Huskies Fastpitch Softball Club, participates in Junior Achievement, on other company boards and actively follows his four grandchildren, who also attend Owatonna Schools.

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Janet Mittelstadt Tippett - Vice Chair

Member since 2016 - publicity committee

Jan is a retired daily newspaper publisher who moved back to Owatonna in September 2015 after having been away from her hometown for 30 years.  When she was transferred away from Owatonna, she was the editor of the People’s Press.  She worked for the community newspaper division of Dow Jones for 35 years.  She is a 1968 graduate of OHS.

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Greg Stroik - Treasurer

Member since 1992 - financial committee

Greg has been the Treasurer of the Foundation since its inception in 1992. Greg and his family have lived in Owatonna since 1989, and his 3 children have all benefited from their education and activities within the Owatonna School System. Greg retired as the Chief Financial Officer of the Federated Insurance Companies in 2013.

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Mary Larson - Secretary

Member since 1992 - allocations committee

Following graduation from Macalester College, Mary taught second grade, including 2 years at the new Lincoln School in Owatonna; then several years of substituting in Owatonna schools.  She is one of the founding members of the 761 Foundation.  She served on the 761 School Board from 1971-1986.  Mary and her husband, Bruce, were dairy farmers until retiring in 1993.  Now, she enjoys family and various volunteer efforts.

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Lucas Arndt

Member since 2019- allocations committee

Lucas is an Owatonna Graduate (Class of '16) and recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. At his time at OHS he was on the Student Council, Offensive Lineman for the Football Team, Choir Member, and Theater Student. In college he had a part time job on campus, sang in the University Chorale, served as CEO of Q2O company in the Integrated Business Experience Program, and was the Vice President and Chair on the Student Events Team where he helped plan over 85 events each year. Lucas is starting a new career in Agriculture working for the Farm Service Agency in Owatonna, with a future goal of taking over the family farm.

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George Dow

Member since 1992 - financial committee

Following graduation from Yale in 1954, service in USMC to 1957, and graduation from U of MN with law degree in 1960, George became a resident of Owatonna and joined an Owatonna law firm in 1960, retiring in 2000.  With wife Jenelle, he raised 5 children, all of whom are OHS graduates. George has served on the ISD 761 Foundation Board since its inception in 1992.

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Ellen Draeger Cattadoris

Member since 2021 - special events committee

Ellen is a second-generation alum of the Owatonna public schools. Her parents met at OHS and graduated in the late 1970s, eventually returning to Owatonna to raise a family. Ellen graduated from OHS in 2003 and from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 2007. She has spent her entire career working for nonprofit organizations and is currently employed at St. Olaf as a Senior Development Officer and the Director of Milestone Reunions. She and her husband, Barry, have a young son and are active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna.

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Samona Grubish

Member since 2018 - allocations committee

Samona is a 1985 graduate of OHS and received a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing Management from the College of St. Thomas in 1989. Her husband Steve and their two sons are also graduates of OHS. Samona has been a business and systems analyst at Federated Insurance for the majority of her career. She is a former Owatonna School Board member, currently serves on the Steele County Historical Society board, and enjoys being an active volunteer with a variety of nonprofit organizations. 

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Barbara Judd

Member since 2012 - special events committee

Barbara is an educator in Steele County and has taught both at the high school and college level for many years.  She and her husband, Steve, are residents of Owatonna and have been involved in many community and civic organizations through employment and volunteer work.  Both of their children have been educated from kindergarten through high school graduation in the Owatonna Public Schools and were prepared well for their college careers.

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Paul Knutson

Member since 2010 - alumni committee

“Tall Farmer, married with two adult sons. Retired, Lt Colonel, USAF. 1968 OHS Grad.”

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Sara McKay

Member since 2012 - special events committee

Sara was born and raised in Owatonna and holds a Master’s degree in Sports Management.  Her daughter, Tess, was the fourth generation to graduate from Owatonna High School.  Sara, with her husband, Jeff, has four children who have all benefited from the Owatonna Public Schools system.  She has been on the board since 2012.

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Mark Sebring

Member since 2007- alumni committee

Mark represents the OHS Alumni Association on the Foundation.  His two sons benefited from their experiences in the Owatonna School System.  He is married and works in the financial services industry for Stifel Nicolaus.

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Melanie Sunnarborg

Member since 2020 - allocations committee

Melanie is a 2007 Owatonna Graduate and a Winona State University alum with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication. Melanie is currently a commercial underwriter at Federated Insurance. She and her husband, Joe, are residents of Owatonna and have been involved in many community organizations. They have two children who are eager to join the Owatonna Public Schools.