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Board of Education Members

JOAN BUGNI, President

I grew up in LʼAnse and graduated from LʼAnse High School in 1971. My husband Jerry (who taught at LʼAnse High School for 37 years and coached for 45 years) and I have 3 children, Jerry, Jeff and Jan who all graduated from LʼAnse High School. We also have 9 grandchildren, some of whom attend the LʼAnse schools.

Jerry and I owned a small business for 27 years. We sold the business and I am fully retired. I enjoy traveling around the UP and beyond, spending time in my
flower gardens and with my family.

The community of LʼAnse and the school system have always been very important to me. I was on the board of education previously for 9 years and found that I missed the involvement so decided to run again. Providing the best education possible for our young people is my main goal. It is always a challenge to balance what is wanted and needed for our children and having the financial means to provide those things. I enjoy the challenge and hope to be involved for many years.

JIM FEDIE, Vice President

My name is Jim Fedie and am a 1980 graduate of L'Anse High School.

I live in Nisula with my wife and four boys. We enjoy hunting, camping, jet skiing and the Green Bay Packers.

I look forward in being a part of the future of the L'Anse Area Schools.

CHRISTINE COLLINS, Secretary

I am a lifelong resident of L'Anse. I attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from L'Anse Township High School in 1970. After attending Marygrove College in Detroit, I became an employee of the L'Anse schools working as a teacher aid and custodian for 15 years. In 1988 I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and began teaching at Sacred Heart School. In 1995 I began working at L’Anse Area schools as a Junior High and High School Social Studies Teacher, and in 2003 earned a Master of Arts degree in Education. During my working career I fulfilled many duties including head custodian, administrator, A.F.S.C.M.E. union steward and secretary, L.E.A. president, and Junior and Senior class Advisor. I retired in 2014 as the L’Anse Area Schools and Public Library Director.
 
I have also served my community through the L'Anse Hockey Association, Sacred Heart Pastoral Council, Superior Stitchers Quilt Guild, and the Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association. I am currently an adjunct professor at Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. My husband, Jim and I live in L'Anse. We have two adult sons and five grandchildren. We enjoy time a camp, wood cutting, and watching sports. Education is my passion.

EDWIN R. GRANSELL, Treasurer

I was born and raised in L’Anse and graduated in 1986 from L’Anse High School.  I have a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University, a licensed as a social worker through the state of Michigan and employed with DHHS as a Child Protective Services Worker. I'm married to my wife Joanne, and have two daughters Laura and Mandy. Laura graduated in 2017 and Mandy will graduate in 2019 from L’Anse High School.


This will be my third year as a member of the L'Anse School Board and I will continue to work very hard to do whats in the best interest for the school. I’m so fortunate to be given the opportunity to serve my community and school in this way.

ALLAN DANTES, Trustee

2019 is my 5th year serving the District on the L’Anse Area Schools Board of Education.  I was born in L’Anse and have chose to raise my family here. In my formative years, I spent time in Wyoming and West Virginia.  There, I played basketball and soccer at public and private schools, and even was homeschooled for a year and a half.  I returned to the great Upper Peninsula in my sophomore year and was very busy my remaining school days.  I was on the Purple Hornet football team, Boys’ State rep, Camp Nesbit counselor, and JH football coach. I graduated in 1997. I am currently employed as a Programmer / Prototyper at L’Anse Manufacturing and Technology, Inc. I am married to my amazing wife, Jamie, who works in special and elder care.  She was a student / athlete at Baraga High.  We have 6 daughters; Justice, Arieanna, Aaliyah, Dannii, Adalynn, and Kaia who keep us busy in basketball and volleyball.

In the summer, you can find us camping, hiking and boating on the Bay. I love to go backpacking in the Porkies, and fishing in the Hurons. My free time is spent racing with Tower City Race Team in my #50 RX-7 rally car.

It has been an honor to serve and volunteer my time to help make our school the best it can possibly be! I strongly encourage you to seek out opportunities to volunteer in our school. You won't regret it!

KATIE WAARA, Trustee

I live in L’Anse with my husband and our five children. Originally, from Baraga, MI I graduated from Baraga High School in 1999 and then attended Michigan State University, graduating in 2004. I have worked for BHK Child Development for the past 13 years. 

My family and I love attending LAS extracurricular events such as football, volleyball, basketball, track and band concerts. We also enjoy the outdoors, taking advantage of all the seasonal activities that our great community has to offer.
As an active community member and committed volunteer at LAS, I enjoy working with others to make our community and school a place where families and students can thrive.

It is an honor to serve as a LAS Board Member and I look forward to doing my part to support the District’s goals.

BROOKE OSTERMAN, Trustee

My family moved to L’Anse when I was 10 years old, where I began attending L’Anse Area Schools. I attended L’Anse Middle and High school and graduated in 2011. As a student, I was a very active member of the school. I was a student council member for seven years, including president for two years, and played middle and high school volleyball along with coaching middle school volleyball. I graduated from Northern Michigan University with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. I am currently employed as a Registered Nurse at the Baraga County Memorial Hospital Physicians Group. I am married to my wonderful husband, Pat, who works at the Baraga County Equalization Department. Together we have two amazing little girls, Hannah and Abbey, who will be attending LAS in the coming years.

As a newcomer to the L’Anse Area Schools Board of Education, I am eager and excited to learn all that I can to help make our school the best that it can be for our students and staff. Education is so important and I will strive to keep the best interests of the students at the core of every decision.

 

 
 

 
 

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