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Thomas Baranick

Manager of Facilities  

Tom started with the ISD 728 in 2005 as the Manager of Facilities. Tom is responsible for the general upkeep of the district’s twenty facilities, including all maintenance, repair, health and safety, security and cleaning activities. He also provides oversight to the district’s construction projects. Tom is responsible for coordinating the upkeep of the district’s grounds, including lawn and turf maintenance, field set-ups, snow removal and parking lot repair and maintenance. Prior to joining the district, Tom worked in a similar capacity for Northwest Racquet Clubs, Grand Casino and Princeton Public Schools. Tom received his education from the Robbinsdale School District and the University of Minnesota.

Anja Bochenski

Manager of Purchasing & Inventory Control  

Anja joined ISD 728 in 2022.

Rhianon Herman

Manager of Health Services

Rhianon joined the Elk River School District in 2018 as a Licensed School Nurse and transitioned into the Manager role in 2021.

Rhianon has previous experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse in the Osseo School District for over 10 years. Rhianon is responsible for ensuring the delivery of school health programs and services to provide students with the opportunity to reach their maximum educational opportunity, and to minimize absence due to illness or chronic disease. Rhianon manages the staff and operations of the Health Services department to meet the needs of the students, manages and coordinates the delivery of quality nursing services in the school health offices of the public and non-public schools, in compliance with Federal, state, and local laws, along with district regulations and policies.  

Rhianon earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from St. Cloud State University with a minor in Biological Sciences, Associate in Applied Science from Hennepin Technical College and Bachelor Of Science in Nursing from Presentation College.


Laura Masley

Operations Manager of Health & Safety

Laura has been with the district since October 2010.  Laura is responsible for the district’s occupational health, safety, environmental, risk management, and workers’ compensation programs, including maintaining program compliance with federal, state, and local laws, rules, and statutes.

Prior to joining the district, Laura worked as an environmental, health, and safety consultant to multiple school districts, including ISD 728.  Laura has a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University, as well as multiple environmental, health, safety, and facility certifications.

Jeff Regan

Manager of Custodial Operation

Jeff has been in the custodial field since 2013, joining ISD 728 in July 2020. Prior to coming to Elk River, Jeff was a Head Custodian position at ISD 14 (Fridley Public Schools) at the Middle School. He worked in that role until 2019, when he applied and accepted a position as the Coordinator of Buildings and Grounds in ISD 728. Through his initial years with the District he was directly in charge of the District's Health and Safety program, custodial staffing of three district buildings, participated in construction projects, and worked directly under the Director of Buildings and Grounds for any additional work related to custodian and grounds worker business, pools, HVAC, boilers, Health and Safety, snow removal/grounds maintenance, etc.  In late 2019, the Director of Buildings and Grounds took a position elsewhere, and Jeff applied for and was selected for that role where I oversaw the entirety of buildings and grounds programs, staffing, health and safety, construction, equipment purchases, etc throughout the District.

He lives in Coon Rapids with his wife and 4 cats.


Pauline Knox

Operations Manager of ISD 728 Community Education

As the Community Education Operations/Program Manager, Pauline ensures delivery of high quality and efficient services by hiring, training and supervising operations and program staff, assigning, reviewing and participating in the work of staff responsible for the development and administration of Community Education programs, services and classes; plans according to current trends and to enhance community interests; selects and oversees instructors, coordinators and presenters; and provides assistance in other community education programs, establishes procedures, assesses and implements process improvements to constantly and consistently increase customer satisfaction, efficiencies, compliance with department and District policies and support of the District and Community Education Mission.


Nicole Rasmussen

Manager of EdVenture Club Programs 

Nicole manages the EdVenture Club program (child care) for both School Age and Preschool students. We are housed in all ten elementary buildings across the district as well as the Handke Center in Elk River.


Kristen Nelson

Manager of ECFE/SR

Bio Coming Soon!


Kristina Hess

Theater Manager

Kristina joined District 728 in 2016 as the District Auditorium Theater Manager.

She will provide leadership and coordination to all aspects of our now 4 district theaters with in-house staffing, production designs, liaison to rentals and student recruitment and involvement in newly developing theater programs.  

Kristina’s background includes 20+ years of working in technical theater while teaching high school students at Spring Lake Park in tech theater. She also comes to us with a background of facility management and has owned a company in faux finishing. She is the epitome of local with a BA from SCSU and courses from Concordia University, St. Paul and U of M.  Has worked at Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Valley Fair, History Theater, Paramount Center for the arts, and worked as a muralist in Wisconsin Dells.

Kristina looks forward to creating a fun, collaborative, challenging environment to create a superb theatrical experience for the audience and our students.