Although Elam Noor was born in Hilton, South Africa, he has made the east metro of the Twin Cities his home since 1996. After graduating with degrees in enterprise computer technology and technology operations management at Minnesota State Universities (MnSCU), Elam assumed technology roles at several private sector fields from banking to real estate until he discovered a passion for education technology. He has served as part of technology teams at MnSCU, Stillwater Public Schools and Hill-Murray School. In 2016, Elam joined Northeast Metro 916 as technology director and a member of the leadership team. In addition to his work at the district, Elam is the president of the non-profit NGO Bantfwana Phambili, which provides secondary education and support for under-privileged students in South Africa. A self described geek, Elam enjoys working with his fellow geeks in the technology department, and spreading a passion for improving education with technology districtwide.
Ilissa Ramm has more than 10 years of experience serving as a strategic advisor, human resources generalist and legal counselor for local governments across the state. She was most recently associate general counsel for the National Joint Powers Alliance near Brainerd, Minnesota. Her other experiences include being a labor and employment attorney for Crow Wing County, an assistant county attorney for Crow Wing County, an assistant city attorney in Windom, and a law clerk for the Minnesota Department of Information-Information Policy Analysis Division. Through these experiences Ilissa has gained significant experience in staff recruiting, wellness programs, benefits administration, performance management, employment law, labor relations, and more. Ilissa is eager to work for a mission-driven organization like ours, where she can combine her legal expertise with her passion for collaboration, innovation and creative problem solving with the aim of making a real difference in the lives of our staff and students.
Jon VanOeveren has been the director of finance since 2018. Jon most recently worked as a supervisor with the School Finance Division at Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), having served in that department for five years. Prior to working for MDE, he spent four years in multiple supervisory roles at New York City’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In total he has more than ten years of local and state government finance experience. Jon has a Master of Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Michigan State University.
Syreeta Wilkins began working in school communications in 2010. She has worked for Minneapolis Public Schools, Saint Paul Public Schools and a charter school network before joining the team at Northeast Metro 916. Syreeta specializes in internal communications, digital marketing and multilingual outreach. Her work has been recognized by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and the Minnesota School Public Relations Association (MinnSPRA) for excellence. Before her career in communications, she worked extensively with immigrant populations in the U.S. and abroad. Syreeta holds a Master of Arts from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College.