Riana grew up in Northfield, MN and currently lives in Minneapolis. This is her second year teaching 2nd grade at ISLA. Previous to working at ISLA Riana taught for two years at Emerson Elementary in Minneapolis.She received her teaching license and master's degree in Elementary Education at Hamline University. From 2012-2014 Riana served in the US Peace Corps as an environmental education promoter in Nicaragua.
Previous to her Peace Corps service Riana studied Sociology/ Anthropology with a minor in Latin American Studies at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Her educational passions are in the areas of social justice and environmental justice. When not teaching or studying she enjoys healthy cooking, biking, reading, crocheting, wandering around the streets of foreign cities and being with friends and family.
Jared Goodwin is a Senior Manager of Finance at Target Corporation. Jared specializes in labor and project expense forecasting,capital project reviews, and budget responsibility for Store, Team Member, & Guest facing technical support teams. Jared earned both a Bachelor of Science emphasizing Finance, Risk Management,& Communications, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management. In his free time Jared enjoys taking summer trips up north to the family cabin and skiing adventures once the snow starts flying in winter. Jared has an extended family connection to ISLA as he has two cousins attending and one ISLA alumni.
Sarah Markus works for a nationwide non-profit organization where she is a supervisor to the operations team as well as the high-level customer service team. Her main responsibilities are marketing analytics and system operations. Sarah has a degree in Bachelor of Science,Graphic Design Print Production from Bemidji State University and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Minnesota in Information Technology Management. She has a daughter currently attending ISLA.
Jody Johnson is the VP of Finance at SeQuel Response, which is one of the largest advertising agencies in Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. As the VP of Finance, Jody provides leadership and guidance for financial decision making and the strategies that ensure consistent, long term growth for SeQuel. She is responsible for the accounting, financial planning and analysis,treasury and tax functions at the company and brings nearly 15 years of corporate finance experience with proven ability to partner with business leaders to facilitate growth and achieve strategic initiatives. Jody has an active CPA license and graduated with an accounting degree from St. Cloud State University. Jody currently is ISLA's Assistant Treasurer and has one child attending Kindergarten at ISLA and two more children attending in the future.
Mary Jo De Villers is adjunct faculty at Simmons College, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, where she teaches research methodology to nurse practitioner students. She moved to St. Louis Park in 2013 from Green Bay, WI, where she taught nursing at the University of Wisconsin for 14 years. Prior to transitioning to nursing education,her practice as an RN was in hospital and long term-care settings. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD from Loyola University Chicago.She currently sits on ISLA’s Governance Committee. She has a granddaughter and grandson currently attending ISLA.