Board Biographies

Eric Jahn – Eric has lived in Clarkfield for 43 years. He and his wife Arica have four children – Kody, Colton, Kendra and Clayton. Eric farms southwest of Clarkfield and also serves on the Clarkfield Fire Department. He enjoys spending time at the lake with his family. Eric’s email is: and serves as the board chair.

Brenda Risa – Brenda has lived in the Clarkfield community for over 25 years with her husband and three children. She is the vice president and co-owner of Goldleaf Surety Services, LLC. She also sits on the Clarkfield EDA board and the Norwegian Mutual board. Brenda and her husband have 3 boys, who all attended the charter school through sixth grade. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, camping and relaxing at the lake. Brenda’s email is: and serves as the board vice-chair.

Sara Smith - Sara has lived in Clarkfield for 14 years with her husband Dave. She has 3 amazing boys who all attend the charter school: Brooks, Austen and Mason. She grew up in Montevideo and is so happy to be able to be close to family. She is employed at Montevideo Family Dentistry. Her hobbies include camping with her family and motorcycle rides with her husband. Sara’s email is: and serves as the board secretary.

Kathy Jessen - Kathy is the 1st grade teacher and Q-comp coordinator at the charter school. She has worked at the school since 2014. Kathy lives on a hobby farm northwest of Clarkfield where she enjoys gardening and spending time with her dogs. Kathy’s email is: and serves as the board treasurer.

Nicole Wold -  Nicole has lived in Clarkfield for 8 years with her husband Doug. They have three boys – Colton, Griffin and Corbin. She is the business manager for Central Todd County Care Center and she enjoys spending time with family, reading, riding bike and going for walks. Nicole’s email is: and serves as the board clerk.


Board Committees:

Facilities Committee Brenda and Eric

Curriculum Committee Kathy and Sara

Accountability Committee Kathy and Nicole

Marketing Committee Sara and Nicole

Finance Committee Brenda, Eric and Kathy K.