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Board President/Financial Officer

Term Expires June 2017

Trudy Sorenson

Ms. Sorenson worked three years as a loan officer at a title company and also worked in the accounting department for a large company. She attended college at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah focusing her studies on Business and Finance.  Trudy has been highly involved in education and providing opportunities for parent choice in education for the past seven years.  Ms. Sorenson is a founding member board member of North Star Academy.


Board Secretary

Term Expires June 2019

Tona Nielsen

Tona Nielsen graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. degree in Family and Human Development.  She then worked as a state case worker for DCFS in the foster care department.  She also worked for Granite School District as a teaching assistant in the youth in custody program.  She has been involved and continues to be involved at North Star Academy by volunteering in her children’s classrooms and sees a great benefit for strong parent involvement in education.  Tona enjoys working with youth and seeing their progress as they grow.

Board Member

Term Expires June 2020

Lauri Lund

Ms. Lund graduated from BYU with a B.S. degree in Nursing.  She has worked in several different nursing areas including Pediatric Neurology & Home Health, School Nursing, Oncology and Nursing Management.  Although she loves the nursing profession, her other interest is education, specifically in the areas of art, music and literature.  She is a staunch supporter of charter schools and worked with Parents for Choice in Education.  She loves the philosophy, curriculum and community of North Star Academy and has enjoyed watching her children blossom in this environment.  Her other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, gardening and spending time with her family.  She looks forward to serving in this capacity within the NSA community.

Board Vice President

Term Expires June 2018

Jamie Van Leuven

I graduated from the University of Utah with my bachelors degree in Elementary Education. I then taught 4th grade, immediately falling in love with education. After much searching I came across North Star Academy. My personal vision for education was a perfect match with NSA's, engaging and inspiring students to love learning through discovering their own interests. I was so excited to join the NSA community. I started at North Star teaching elementary music, then moved into the SEM Specialist position, after which I was lucky to serve with some amazing NSA parents on the PTO executive board as the VP for elementary. I have loved working with the NSA community, and agree with Renzulli, "A rising tide lifts all ships." As we discover where our passions lie, our own enthusiasm for learning grows and becomes contagious, in turn inspiring others.

Board Assistant Financial Officer

Term Expires June 2019

Sidney Warnick

Ms. Warnick attended Brigham Young University and has an educational and career background in psychology and social work. She has worked at North Star Academy as a tutor, elementary and middle school aide, and substitute teacher. She has volunteered in the classroom, in clusters, and for the PTO. She has also worked and volunteered in the community as a social worker, interior decorator, event planner, children's play director, and reading tutor. Ms. Warnick loves learning new things and values the confidence that develops through education.