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Board Candidate Biographies

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Steven Kregel

Steve Kregel, MBA, PMP is an Operational Excellence professional who brings a diverse experience set to ISLA. After graduating from Bloomington Kennedy, he enlisted in the US Navy, deploying across the Middle East and Asia as a frontline medical service technician with the Marine Corps (Corpsman).  After his time in the Navy, he earned a B.S. in Health Science from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from Concordia St. Paul.

Steve has spent the last 12 years in the biomedical sector. He currently works at Medtronic PLC as a Senior Manager in Continuous Improvement and Project Management.  Steve’s career interests include project and program management, enterprise excellence, corporate responsibility and strategic leadership.

Steve and his wife, Kristen, have two children at ISLA, Dominic (1st Grade) and Cecilia (El Nido). In his free time, Steve enjoys golfing, backpacking, running, and leading Dungeons and Dragons campaigns.

Steve is eager to put his skills to work for ISLA.

Lida Etemad

Lida Etemad grew up in ND has been a resident of the Minneapolis area for the past 20 years. She is a Vice President for Development with OptumLabs, where she works on new products that improve patient health outcomes and lower costs for the healthcare system. She has experience with financial analytics, strategic planning, and cross-functional team building. She loves the mission of ISLA and believes that IB immersion education leads to interculturally competent adults with critical thinking skills. When she isn’t working, Lida likes to “dabble” in many things – cooking, gardening and enjoying the area’s outdoor spaces and numerous restaurants.

Lisa Wittig

Lisa Wittig is a Program Associate with Cause Strategy Partners, a Certified B Corporation, with a mission to connect talented professionals to the social good sector. She has over 15 years experience working with and for nonprofits in the Chicagoland area, and recently relocated back to Minnesota, where she grew up. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree at the College of Saint Benedict, with a major in Spanish, and a desire to explore the world and learn about the many cultures who speak the language. She has traveled through Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain, and recently lived in Costa Rica with her husband and three children. All three children currently attend ISLA, and she has been a member of ISLA's fundraising committee since January 2023.

Dana Provus

Dana Provus is a learning specialist at the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School. She moved to Minnesota from Chicago eight years ago, and lives in Minnetonka with her husband and two children. Before moving to Minnesota, she was a literacy coach in a pre-k-5 building working with teachers to improve literacy instruction for all learners. Dana has a Master’s Degree in Reading and a second Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision. Education has always been a passion of hers. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, cooking, and being active. Dana has one child currently at ISLA and the other will attend in the near future.