Our Staff

Tim Benz, President: Tim came to MINNDEPENDENT in January, 2014, as Associate President and became president of MINNDEPENDENT on July 1, 2014. His professional background and passion for private and independent education make him the ideal person to lead MINNDEPENDENT. As president, Tim has responsibility for overall management of the MINNDEPENDENT office and staff. He leads the organization’s strategic planning efforts, oversees development, finance, member retention and recruitment, and assists in evaluating MINNDEPENDENT’s programs and services to ensure that MINNDEPENDENT schools are receiving the most value from their membership. Tim served in marketing and fundraising roles at the College of Saint Benedict, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Cretin-Derham Hall, and the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls. Tim is chair of the Minnesota Nonpublic Education Council, and is a member of the development and marketing committee for the Catholic Community Foundation. Tim attended private schools through grade 12 and his two sons attended MINNDEPENDENT member schools. Tim was recognized as the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser in 2016 by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of St. Thomas.

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Lisa Vosbeek, Director of Development and Programs: Lisa joined MINNDEPENDENT in June 2018 with over 16 years of experience in leadership roles in development, training and program management with non-profit partners throughout Minnesota. At MINNDEPENDENT, Lisa oversees the STEM program, annual campaign, has responsibility for grant writing, sponsorships, donor relations, and coordinates professional development training. Lisa is passionate about independent and private education, and her family has a deep connection with several MINNDEPENDENT member schools, including St. Mary’s School in Owatonna, St. Odilia, Cretin-Derham Hall and Holy Angels. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration/human resources from the University of St. Thomas.

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Debbie Kaliszewski, Business Manager: Debbie began her career at MINNDEPENDENT in September of 2012. She handles all of the accounting functions and provides assistance with HR and insurance compliance. Before coming to MINNDEPENDENT, Debbie worked as an accountant at a social service agency for nine years. Prior to that time, she was co-owner of a construction company.

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