COVID-19 Updates:

We want our community to know that we are OPEN and continuing to serve students and families. The Groves Learning Center is offering online one-to-one tutoring and speech-language therapy and is scheduling in-person diagnostic assessments. We continue to accept applications to our Summer Programs through Friday, June 5. Please contact us as we are ready to answer all your questions and create an individualized plan to serve your needs. For updates on COVID-19, click here.

Advancement Team

Meet Our Advancement Team

Becky Busselman
Associate Director of Advancement
Becky grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota and came to Groves in June, 2013. Her "passion for education and being able to make a difference" are a couple of motivators that she enjoys about Advancement work. Becky says helping others, meeting new people and being around the fun Groves students are her favorite parts of her job. Outside of Groves, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons, hanging out with friends and family, traveling, and cheering for the Gophers!
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Lynn Giovannelli
Director of Advancement
Lynn is passionate about literacy, helping kids and making a difference in our community. She is thrilled to be part of the Groves team and is inspired by the students and teachers every single day. Prior to joining Groves in April, 2017, Lynn helped advance the missions of Youth Frontiers and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. She is an active parent in St. Louis Park Public Schools, serves on the boards of Bricks to Bread and YoungLives and is a founding member of GIVING WoMN. In her free time, Lynn loves spending time with her husband, Gino and their three teenage sons. Lynn enjoys road trips, long walks, cooking for friends/family and practicing yoga.
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Ashley Gotreau
Director of Annual Giving
Ashley grew up in Superior, Wisconsin and came to Groves in April, 2016. She sees herself as a perpetual student and is thrilled to be working at Groves Academy and surrounded by the energy that being in a school brings. In her time at Groves she has been able to witness the impact that Groves has on students, families, the broader community, and is grateful to be a part of it all. Outside of Groves, Ashley enjoys running, reading and spending time with her husband and two boys.
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Kay Gray
Grant Writer
Kay joined Groves Academy in December 2017, excited to add her background in curriculum, marketing and grant writing to help advance the mission and vision of Groves Academy. Kay believes that collaboration is a key ingredient in moving an organization forward and feels Groves excels in working together as a team to serve its students, their families and the broader community. She looks forward to working with the Groves community to ensure all children are given the opportunity to recognize and reach their potential. Kay lives with her husband and their empty nest in Minneapolis.
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Joanna Lackram
Events Coordinator & Donor Database Administrator
Joanna grew up in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a degree in Art History. After getting her Masters degree in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary's University she worked at the Walker Art Center and Youth Frontiers where she honed her database management and event planning skills. In her free time Joanna enjoys reading, gardening, and traveling to Colorado and Wisconsin to visit family and friends.
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