APE Foundation-Austin MN Alumni
Carolyn Dube, President
Carolyn is an Austin native, graduating from AHS in 1997. She telecommutes, working as an Instructional Architect for Capella University. She is also on the Austin School Board. She and her husband, Todd, have 3 children – Alex, Michael, and Lauren. She enjoys being involved with the foundation because she loves to see the enrichment it provides for Austin’s classrooms.
Tammy Watkins, Vice President
Tammy Watkins was born and raised in Austin, MN. Both of her parents were also born in the Austin area and attended Austin High School. She has been teaching in the district for 17 years at Southgate Elementary. Both of her children attend Austin Public Schools and husband Troy teaches at the high school.Tara is a 9th grader and super excited to be moving “up” to the high school and Tori is going to be a 7th grader at Ellis. She says she looking forward to being part of the Austin Public Education Foundation team. “This group has done wonderful things for the students of Austin for years! I feel very lucky to get the opportunity to be involved.”
Tom Klapperich, Treasurer
Tom was born and raised in Austin. He graduated from Mankato State University and worked in Rochester for 2 years before returning to Austin. He is currently the Market President for Home Federal Savings Bank. Tom has 4 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and 1 grandson. Two daughters are graduates of Austin High, one is in 10th grade and the last is in preschool. He enjoys being on the foundation board, seeing all the benefits the foundation does for the local schools.
Derik Gustafson, Secretary
Jeni Lindberg, Alumni Association Chair
Jeni graduated from Austin High School in 1973. She serves as chair of the AHS Alumni & Friends Association. She also chairs the Association’s Distinguished Alumni celebration that is held in conjunction with Homecoming. In 2002 when her son graduated, there were 4 living generations of Austin High graduates in her family. Jeni and her husband Brad have two grown sons.
Lori grew up on a farm near Brewster, Minnesota. She received her B.A., with High Distinction in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Minnesota-Morris. She earned her J.D., Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. She is currently vice-president of External Affairs and general counsel at Hormel Foods Corporation. Lori and her husband, Bruce Quitmeyer, have three sons, ages 9, 5, and 2. Lori is new to the foundation and is looking forward to learning about the foundation and the ways in which it benefits the schools.
Kathy Ewing is an EL teacher at Austin High School. She is originally from Minneapolis but has lived here in Austin for the past 18 years. She was a substitute teacher in the district for 5 years and for the last two has been full time at the high school. She has four children, three of whom have graduated from Austin High and one is at Ellis.