Carolyn Dube, President

Carolyn is an Austin native, graduating from AHS in 1997. She telecommutes, working as an Instructional Architect for Capella University. She is also on the Austin School Board. She and her husband, Todd, have 3 children – Alex, Michael, and Lauren. She enjoys being involved with the foundation because she loves to see the enrichment it provides for Austin’s classrooms.

Ashley Denisen, Vice President

Ashley is a teacher at Woodson Kindergarten Center. She also serves as the lead administrator for Austin’s elementary summer school programming.

Tom Klapperich, Treasurer

Tom was born and raised in Austin. He graduated from Mankato State University and worked in Rochester for 2 years before returning to Austin. He is currently the Market President for Home Federal Savings Bank. Tom has 4 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and 1 grandson. Two daughters are graduates of Austin High, one is in 10th grade and the last is in preschool. He enjoys being on the foundation board, seeing all the benefits the foundation does for the local schools.

Derik Gustafson, Secretary   

Derik is an Asst. Principal, at Austin High School.

Lori Marco, Director

Lori grew up on a farm near Brewster, Minnesota. She received her B.A., with High Distinction in Biology from the University of Minnesota – Morris. She earned her J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. She is currently senior vice-president of external affairs and general counsel at Hormel Foods Corporation. Lori has three sons,  Tyler, Jacob and Hadyn. Tyler is attending Carleton College. Jacob and Hadyn are attending Ellis and IJ, respectively.

Kathy Ewing, Director

Kathy Ewing is an EL teacher at Austin High School. She is originally from Minneapolis but has lived here in Austin for the past 18 years. She was a substitute teacher in the district for 5 years and for the last two has been full time at the high school. She has four children, three of whom have graduated from Austin High and one is at Ellis.

Allan Williams, Director

Jacob Gross, Director

Jeni Lindberg, Alumni Association Chair

Jeni graduated from Austin High School in 1973. She serves as chair of the AHS Alumni & Friends Association. She also chairs the Association’s Distinguished Alumni celebration that is held in conjunction with Homecoming. In 2002 when her son graduated, there were 4 living generations of Austin High graduates in her family. Jeni and her husband Brad have two grown sons.

Amy Mayers, AHS Career Center Representative

Amanda Gafkjen, Executive Director

Amanda Gafkjen is originally from Rochester, MN.  She attended North Central University in Minneapolis before moving to El Paso, Texas for 4 years to teach middle school. She has been teaching in Austin for the last 5 years at Banfield Elementary and is looking forward to starting at IJ Holton intermediate school this upcoming year. She has two boys, Embrick who will be 5 in November and Aven who is 2.