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Board Candidate Biographies

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Justin Elder

Justin Elder, D.C. hails from rural southern MN from a family with a strong teaching background.  He received Bachelors degrees in biology and chemistry from South Dakota State University then went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University.  He currently is among the ownership contingency of a multi-location chiropractic organization in the Twin Cities where his responsibilities include patient care, marketing coordination, budget management, and employee training. Justin and his wife have two children at ISLA; kinder and 3rd grade.  He is excited to be an integral part of the future of ISLA!

Bonyin King

Bonyin King is a first-grade teacher at ISLA. She comes from Santiago Chile. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education, birth through 3rd grade from Andres Bello University, she also had a second degree in Learning Disabilities from Finnis Terra University in Santiago- Chile as well. She worked for four years as a Kindergarten teacher in Santiago, until she decided to come to the United States to learn English and live with a host family as an Au Pair for a year in a half back in 2009. After that she worked at Hamline Church “Bilingual Child Care” & “Futura Adventures” and for the last six years, she has been a Kindergarten teacher at Clearview Elementary in Clearwater MN. She recently moved to the Twin Cities with her husband and Jerome, their chameleon. During her leisure times, Bonyin loves biking and spending time working out and learning more about health and exercise. Bonyin and her husband also enjoy traveling which accomplishes their main goal of being “Happy”.

Kris Taylor

Kris Taylor has more than 15 years' experience in the Information Technology field spanning software development, networking, telephony, security, and data & analytics. She is currently in Data Product Management at Target specializing in customer data.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems, International Business, and Spanish from Indiana University Bloomington and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Arts in International Development from the University of Auckland. With more than a decade of experience living, working, studying, and volunteering abroad Kris has seen firsthand the richness of diversity. Her appreciation for an international perspective is why the immersion and International Baccalaureate education at ISLA is so appealing to her and her family. She has a son and a daughter attending ISLA. She currently chairs ISLA's Human Resources Committee.  In her free time Kris enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, and kayaking.

Jiancarlo Ulloa

Jiancarlo Ulloa is President and Executive Director of Canine Specialists International: Research, Education & Conservation. In addition to this, he works as an International Environmental Consultant for public and private clients at federal, state and local level working on a broad array of environmental services from wetland delineations, mitigation plans, permitting to feasibility of environmental projects. Jiancarlo received his Bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica in Ecology and Sustainable Development, and a Master’s degree in Ecology and Biomonitoring from the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil, as well as a Professional Certification in Wetland Science and Management from the University of Washington. In his is free time Jiancarlo enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities,climbing, photo and videography, riding motorcycles, and traveling abroad.  Jiancarlo has one child currently attending ISLA.

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.

Andres Tapernoux

Andres Tapernoux brings over 15 years of diverse experience in finance and financial markets. He currently works as a Director of Trade& Capital Markets at Cargill Incorporated. He earned his undergraduate degree in Management at the University of Nevada and his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. A native of Quito, Ecuador and product of an immersive education, Andres has a daughter currently attending ISLA and one more child attending in the future. Andres sits on ISLA’s Finance Committee and serves as ISLA’s Assistant Treasurer.