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Board Candidate Biographies

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Melanie Lucachick

Melanie Lucachick has held HR management roles within various industries over the course of her career, and has served as ISLA's HR Committee Chair since 2023. Other ISLA involvement has included serving as room parent for the past 3 years, and volunteering in the lunchroom when possible. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, specializing in Human Resources, and a Masters degree in Management & Organizations.  She and her husband have 2 children at ISLA, and together they enjoy traveling, cooking and playing games with family and friends.

Luis Vivas

Luis Vivas grew up in Madrid, Spain, where he lived with his parents, sister and grandmother. He obtained his degree in Elementary Education with a focus in English. While his original trajectory was to study Special Education, his plans changed 12 years ago when he moved to Minnesota to work at an IB Spanish Immersion school. IB was a new perspective for him, which he fell in love with. During Luis’ career, he has been a PLC facilitator, teacher mentor, and equity trainer for colleagues. One of his goals as a classroom teacher is to create a sense of community where everyone has a voice and feels safe to participate and share ideas and opinions. Also, Luis values giving students the opportunity to take ownership over their learning. Professionally, Luis thrives in learning from new experiences and challenges. When he is not working, he enjoys cooking, listening to music, watching movies and spending time with his husband, his kids, and his dog.

Adriana Maldonado

Sra. Maldonado hails from the great land of Texas. She was born in Mexico but grew up in the border town of Donna, Texas where both languages were regularly used. Sra. Maldonado has a Bachelor's Degree in Technical Communications with a minor of Computer Science and completed her Master in Teaching from Hamline University. She is also currently working as the Exploration teacher - a program focused on project based learning using Makerspace and Outdoor learning. In Texas, she taught for 13 years as an bilingual elementary teacher with a focus on servicing the gifted and talented. She moved to Minnesota nine years ago with her husband, Rene and her two kids. She loves the Minnesota summer and has discovered the joy of fishing and camping.

Isabelle Krisch

Isabelle Krisch is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Primary Care Mental Health Specialist at Psychology Consultation Specialists. She has a Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering a Master's in Science and Nursing with specialization in pediatric primary care. Isabelle took Spanish all through school and became passionate about immersive language experiences after a rotation in Peru during graduate school. Isabelle and her husband have two children at ISLA. In her spare time, Isabelle enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family.