School Board

St. Dominic School instituted a Board of Specified Jurisdiction to help navigate the school’s success in a critically changing and increasingly competitive marketplace.

The Board’s goal is to focus on school sustainability with individual members lending specific professional expertise to help address specific issues, challenges and goals facing the school. The Board will form committees to provide direction and decision-making in the areas of financial management, marketing and enrollment, fundraising and accountability. A committee to focus on strategic planning will be developed as the Board progresses.

Responsibility for day-to-day operation of the school, including curriculum, student and parent issues and oversight of faculty and staff will remain with the school’s current administration.

The St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese partnered with the Healey Education Foundation through its signature initiative. The Healey Education Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to sustain and grow Catholic schools by “helping schools help themselves.” The foundation provides board training and ongoing support to make the board as effective as possible.

The Board currently has ten members, with a typical term for a board member being three years.

Position:
Chairman of the Board
Company:
Northfield Hospitals
Father Gregory Abbott
Position:
Pastor and Board Member
Company:
Pastor, St. Dominic Church
It is a blessing for me to be the new Pastor of the St. Dominic Parish and School family!
My parents’ blessed me and my three older brothers with the gift of a Catholic education at St. Matthew’s (now Community of Saints) Grade School in St. Paul and Archbishop Brady High School in West St. Paul. I earned a Business degree from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a Masters of Divinity from the St. Paul Seminary at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
I have served as an associate priest at St. Michael in St. Michael and Epiphany in Coon Rapids. More recently, I served as the pastor of the clustered parishes of Ascension in Norwood Young America and St. Bernard in Cologne. Before I came to St. Dominic I served for 15 months as a chaplain at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.
I love being a priest!  But if I didn’t become a priest I could see myself in a Catholic School as a Physical Education Teacher and a Coach because I love sports and teaching children life and faith lessons through sports. Growing up, I played lots of sports–football, basketball, hockey, baseball and tennis. I also enjoyed fishing, bicycle riding and hunting.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know all our students and families. I pray that St. Dominic School can play a vital role in assisting parents as they teach their children about God’s personal and profound love for them and about the marvels of His creation. I am especially excited to worship God with students, faculty, families and parishioners at our weekly Mass.
There is a beautiful passage from Luke 2:52 summarizing Jesus’ growth as a child. It says, “And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” My earnest hope is that each of our St. Dominic students will do the same!
Angela Fink
Company:
Human Resource Executive, Interstate Companies

I’m a Human Resources executive for Interstate Companies, Inc. I have a Master of Arts Degree from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College.  I am able to assist the St. Dominic School and Board with policy review and design.

I was a parent at St. Dominic School from 2005 to 2020, raising three children in the school.  I wish the school success in enrollment, development and academic achievement.

Not only would I like to see St. Dominic School be known as the best place for all Northfield children to grow and learn but also to be the best place for a teacher to excel and achieve the balance necessary to retain great talent.

Position:
Family Doctor
Company:
Allina Health
Company:
Vice President - Central Business Unit, Rosen’s, Inc.

I am a native of Wells, MN where I attended St Casimir’s Catholic School through 8th grade and graduated from Wells-Easton High School. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota and has spent most of his career in the agricultural industry. Currently, I am the Vice President, Central Business Unit for Rosen’s Incorporated, an agricultural input distribution company. Faith and family are the two most important aspects of my life. I have lived in Northfield with my wife Carolyn since 1997. Our daughter Nicole attended St. Dominic School through 8th grade and is currently a Junior at Northfield High School.

Jane Bartho
Position:
Northfield Chamber of Commerce- Directory of Membership & Events

I grew up in New Ulm, MN, and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School and then New Ulm High School.  I have a Social Work degree from SCSU and am currently working for the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce.  My husband, Dan, and I have 3 children; all are alumni of St. Dominic School. We are grateful for the faculty, staff, and the community who have helped raise our kids into the successful young adults they have become. My family and my faith are very important to me, as is the success of St. Dominic School. My husband and I have servant hearts and wish to instill that character into our own children’s hearts and minds. As a board member, I hope to instill that into the families’ hearts and minds as they send their children through this wonderful school. It takes an entire community to lift up this school for continued success.

Chris Thurin
Position:
Vice Chairman

I am the parent of three St. Dominic School alumni. The transformation that I have seen this school go through over the past 15 years has been amazing and the partnership now with the Healey Foundation has put St. Dominic School on a course for even greater changes in the future that I am excited to be part of. My family has lived in the Northfield area for over 20 years, and I work as a Financial Advisor.

Jessica Raines, Board Secretary
Position:
Pharmacist at M Health Fairview
I graduated from St. Dominic Catholic School in 2007 and have seen the direct impact that a St. Dominic Catholic education can have on one’s life. St. Dominic Catholic School provided me the knowledge and skills that allowed me to be successful all the way from high school to pharmacy school. It provided me with lifelong friendships. It most importantly helped me develop my Catholic faith, which has allowed me to become a better pharmacist and person. My goal as a board member is to help St. Dominic Catholic School continue to be successful and reconnect alumni back with the school. I’m currently a pharmacist with M Health Fairview.
Dale Fredrickson

I am recently retired from a construction company I sold early this year.  My wife, Donna, and I have two daughters, Jessica, who teaches fifth grade at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School in Delano, and Andrea teaches fifth grade at St. Dominic School.  We also have five grandchildren, two of whom attend St. Dominic School.  We have lived at our current home since 1993, when we joined the St. Dominic community.

I am the chairperson of the Facilities Committee on the school board.  I enjoy running, golf, softball/baseball, and being with my family.  Retirement will allow us to travel more, and for me to umpire baseball and softball games and officiate football.
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