Our Team

Meet the professionals who drive Rêve Academy forward.

Amanda Janssen

Executive Director

Amanda Janssen

Executive Director

Amanda joined Rêve Academy with extensive experience in national and international education contexts, holding roles that ranged from classroom teacher and instructional coach to adjunct faculty at Hamline University. With a passion for working with diverse student populations, she brings inclusive practices into her design of peer coaching, curriculum, and pedagogy.

Throughout her career, she’s held numerous leadership positions that utilize her strategic thinking and desire to co-create innovative solutions. It’s this experience that fuels her passion for Rêve Academy’s work. By engaging students in new ways, we’re equipping them for the workforce and inspiring them to plan for the future. Amanda believes that this process helps youth themselves build the capacity they need for success.

What I’m most proud of
Seeing the tremendous growth that our students can achieve after just a few months of engaging with Rêve Academy.

Vision for my role
Redesigning learning spaces to raise up digital leaders who bring diversity and ingenuity to our workforce.

Let’s connect if…
You’re ready to learn more about Rêve Academy. I love telling our story and hearing the journey of others!

Eliza Wright

Director, Strategic Advancement

Eliza Wright

Director of Strategic Advancement

Eliza joined Rêve Academy with experience in SaaS and digital marketing, content creation, and the scrappiness that can only come from working at a tech startup. Her interest in the nonprofit world has developed into a full-blown passion for managing Rêve Academy’s strategic advancement. She’s always looking for opportunities to improve operational efficiency and tell student stories in the most authentic way possible.

What I’m most proud of
Creating a library of student stories—now everybody can see how amazing our kids are!

Vision for my role
Elevating the Rêve Academy brand to the point where doors open instantly for our alumni.

Let’s connect if…
You want to explore a marketing opportunity or partner with a like-minded organization.

Sarah Woessner

Director, Student-Run Businesses

Sarah Woessner

Director of Student-Run Businesses

Sarah came to Rêve Academy with more than seven years of student-centric experience at the University of Minnesota in academic advising, student affairs, financial aid, and new student orientation programming. Combining a liberal arts and a business mindset, Sarah cares about achieving positive social impact for people and communities by leveraging best practices from business. She believes innovative educational opportunities, especially teaching practical technical skills in applied settings, will reduce our community’s educational gap and enrich our pipeline of future employees.

What I’m most proud of
The professional quality, client-delighting work that Rêve Academy interns deliver.

Vision for my role
Supporting Student Run-Businesses as we become the leading program in two distinct areas: teaching digital skills to our future workforce and producing impressive digital content for our clients.

Let’s connect if…
You have design or web development needs for your business, or you’d just like to learn more about Rêve Academy.

Henry DeGrand

Strategy + Communications Specialist

Henry DeGrand

Strategy + Communications Specialist

Henry joined Rêve Academy in the summer of 2018 with experience in graphic design, educational technology, and affordable housing research. He works to actualize Rêve’s various strategies, from content, to fundraising, to alumni engagement. Henry’s intent to marry positive psychology with UX design is his core motivation to sustain the Academy’s practices, so it may interact seamlessly with its audiences.

What I’m most proud of
Analyzing our content in order to build a stronger brand.

Vision for my role
Refining our front-facing presences to be more authentic and empathetic.

Let’s connect if…
You have timely insights about how to engage in our ever-changing world.

Melissa Weiler

Volunteer Manager

Melissa Weiler

Volunteer Manager

Melissa joined Rêve Academy with over 15 years of human resources and recruiting experience, including community engagement and event management. She runs the recruitment process for Digiteers (digital volunteers) for the Student-Run Businesses program. Beyond recruitment, Melissa ensures that volunteers have plenty of opportunities to share feedback with staff, connect with youth, and become passionate brand ambassadors.

What I’m most proud of
Being able to connect with great people in our community and share Rêve Academy’s mission.

Vision for my role
Continue to build a strong Digiteer network that will benefit our students and the overall vision for Rêve Academy.

Let’s connect if…
You’re ready to put your business, design or technical skills to use while volunteering with our awesome student interns!

Amanda Breen

Financial Manager

Amanda Breen

Financial Manager

Amanda joined Reve Academy with years of experience in public accounting, as well as a skill for creating training programs and on-boarding experiences for new employees. She now builds streamlined reporting processes for Rêve Academy and supports the organization in scaling with quality.

What I’m most proud of
Helping the team better understand and utilize financial information.

Vision for my role
Becoming a strategic advisor for Reve Academy when it comes to fiscal planning.

Let’s connect if…
You want to know more about the financial health of the Academy.

Jenna Raad

Corporate Intern

Jenna Raad

Corporate Intern

Jenna joins Rêve Academy as a corporate intern from Dougherty Family College after working as a senior intern at Student-Run Businesses. She now focuses on supporting the professional development of Rêve Academy’s student leaders, as well as refining and tracking Rêve Academy’s financial goals.

What I’m most proud of
As a Student-Run Businesses intern, learning what it meant to be diligent in my work. That led to me being promoted and leading my team in designing and selling custom apparel.

Vision for my role
To graduate from St. Thomas and become a full-time team member at Rêve Academy.