MMSA Board of Directors

Steve Norlin-Weaver

Steve Norlin-Weaver, Executive Director & State Conference Logistics
Middle Level Educational Leader - Retired

Steve Norlin-Weaver has been an MMSA board member since 1999. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, and Masters and Specialist degrees from the University of Minnesota. An educator for more than 30 years, Steve taught in Lakeville Public Schools, served as an assistant principal at Dhahran Academy in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and has been an assistant principal and principal in the Minneapolis School District. Since retiring from education Steve also serves on the board for the Association for Middle Level Education as a North Region Trustee.

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Chris Bussmann, MMSA President, Communications
Levi P. Dodge Middle School,Farmington, MN

Chris Bussmann has been an MMSA board member since 2006.  He is a graduate of Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and earned his Master’s and Administrative degrees from Minnesota State University in Mankato.  Chris has been a social studies educator at the middle school and high school level, middle school assistant principal and now Principal in Farmington. Consultant Emphasis Areas: Planning and implementation of middle school concept, Integration of 1 to 1 personal learning devices, Learning Level Transitions from Elementary to Middle to High School, and Master Scheduling.  Chris also coordinates the MMSA & Minnesota Twins Perfect Attendance Program.

Jason Miiller

Jason Miller, Past President, State Conference Committee
Seventh Grade English Teacher
Dakota Meadows Middle School, Mankato, MN

Jason has worked for the Mankato Area Public Schools since 1995. He is currently an assistant principal at the Waseca Jr. & Sr. High School. He was formerly teaching 7th grade English at Dakota Meadows Middle School and working as a Continuous Improvement Coach supporting the DMMS staff with data and professional development. He earned a B.S. in Communications Education from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato and earned his Ed.D. in Leadership from Saint Mary’s University. Jason has been on the MMSA Board since 2002 and serves as the State Conference Program Coordinator.

Tami Jo Cook

Tami Jo Cook, Treasurer & State Conference Promotions Director
Dean of Students
South View Middle School, Edina, MN

Tami Jo Cook has been an MMSA board member since 1998.    She is a graduate of Bemidji State University, earned her Master’s Degree from Bemidji State University and completed her Doctorate Degree and Administrative Licensure from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  Tami Jo has served as a Mathematics Teacher and currently serves as Dean of Students at South View Middle School in Edina, which houses students in grades 6-9. 


Kristi Quade Wiedrich

Kristi Quade-Wiedrich, Secretary, State Conference Committee, State Conference Registrations
Sixth Grade Teacher
Kellogg Middle School, Rochester, MN

Kristi has been a sixth grade teacher in the Rochester School District since 1991 and has been at Kellogg Middle School since 1994. The team she is on consists of five teachers and approximately 130-160 students. She has a B.S. from Wartburg in elementary education and also holds a master's degree from Winona State University. She has completed a middle school licensure program when the school district made the move to the middle school concept in 1994. Through the years Kristi has presented at state middle school conferences with some of her colleagues. Kristi became a part of the Minnesota Middle School Board in the fall of 2001 and has taken on the roles of the board secretary and state conference registrations.

Margaret Porter

Margaret Porter, State Conference Committee, Summer Institute Coordinator
Retired Teacher
Lakeville, MN

Margaret has been a MMSA board member since the fall of 2004. She received her degree from Wartburg College. Margaret has served as a sixth grade elementary and middle school sixth grade math teacher for 37 years.


Melissa Benjamin

Melissa Benjamin, Influence & Outreach Committee, Mini-Grant Coordinator/ Membership
Sixth Grade American History Teacher
Orono Middle School, Long Lake, MN

Melissa Benjamin is a sixth grade social studies teacher at Orono Middle School.  She has a B.S. from Mankato State University in elementary education with a minor in middle school social studies and speech/theatre arts.  She also holds a master's degree from the University of St. Thomas in Learning Technology.  She has taught middle school students for over 20 years.   She has been a member of the MMSA board since 2004.  Some particular areas of interest include innovative scheduling, advisory programs, and advocacy at the state level.  Melissa also serves on the Orono Education Association's executive board and is the communications chair for MetroWest UniServ's governing board.


Patrick Fox

Patrick Fox, Past-President & State Conference Logistics
St. Bartholomew School, Wayzata, MN

Patrick Fox is Principal at St. Bartholomew School, a PreK – 6 school in Wayzata. Patrick’s teaching and administrative experience includes working in a variety of educational environments including an alternative high school, middle schools, an adult education program, and a preK-8 school. Patrick earned his MA and Ed.S. from the University of St. Thomas and has worked as an administrator since 1996. Patrick joined the Minnesota Middle School Association in 2001 and serves on the state conference committee. Consultant Emphasis Area: Middle School Philosophy Advisory Student Led Conferences Interdisciplinary Instruction


Jan Heyerdahl

Jan Heyerdahl, State Conference Committee
Eighth Grade English & Introduction to World Languages Teacher
Buffalo Community Middle School, Buffalo, MN

Jan Heyerdahl teaches 8th grade English and Introduction to World Languages at Buffalo Community Middle School in Buffalo. A graduate of Mankato State College with a triple major in English, Speech and German, Jan joined the MMSA Board of Directors in 1999. With MMSA board member, Jason Miller, Jan presented at the National Middle School Conferences in Philadelphia, Nashville and Houston.

Sandy Loney

Sandy Loney, Outreach & Influence Committee
Eighth Grade Earth Science
Forestview Middle School, Brainerd, MN

Sandy has been a MMSA board member since the fall of 2004. Sandy teaches 8th grade science at Forestview Middle School in Brainerd. Sandy graduated from Saint Cloud State with teaching degrees in science and health. She earned her Master's degree from Southwest State.