Providence Academy Parent Association

PAPA eBulletin

Gala Update: Auction FAQs

Excitement is brewing for the upcoming gala! With all the recent inquiries, the Auction Committee wanted to share a few common questions and answers and donation ideas.

Meet the PAPA Executive Committee

Mrs. Diane Beauchamp, President

Mrs. Diane Beauchamp brings over 30 years of corporate experience, as well as that of a mother of five, to her role as President of PAPA. She grew up in the Minneapolis area but spent most of her career near Washington DC. She, her husband David, and their youngest children were relocated back to Minnesota four years ago and were delighted to discover Providence Academy. Diane and her David currently have children in fourth, eighth, and twelfth grades.

Mrs. Debbie Larson, Vice President

Mrs. Debbie Larson currently serves as the PAPA Vice President. She is mother to current fourth grader Lexie Larson. Debbie moved to the Twin Cities from Texas over 20 years ago after graduating from Baylor University and starting her career at Sirius in their corporate headquarters. Debbie and her husband, Michael, joined the Providence community when Lexie started Pre-K.

Mrs. Lizzie Hilberg, Vice President - Upper School

Mrs. Lizzie Hilberg serves as the Vice President of the Upper School. She and her husband, Chris, have four children, all of whom have attended Providence since pre-kindergarten: Amelia (10th), Bennett (eighth), William (sixth), and Henry (third). Since attending Carleton College in Northfield, Lizzie, a native of Los Angeles, and Chris, who hails from Maryland, have called Minnesota home, and enjoy raising their family in such an active, faith-filled community. Lizzie brings a background as a magazine editor and writer, and over 10 years of volunteer experience at Providence, to her job as upper school representative.

Mrs. Heather Somers, Vice President - Middle School

Heather Somers is mom to twin daughters, current seventh graders Kerry and Clare. A Connecticut native, she and her husband, Alan, moved to the Twin Cities 16 years ago after stints in Nashville, Chicago, and Ohio. They recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. While Heather’s work as an attorney keeps her busy, in her free time she enjoys baking with her girls, sewing, and working on a good New York Times crossword puzzle.

Mrs. Dani Johansen, Vice President - Lower School (Grades 3-5)

Mrs. Dani Johansen serves as the Lower School Vice President for third through fifth grades. She is a proud Providence Academy alumna (’06), wife to Erik, and mom to Wilson (fifth grade), Mabel (Pre-K), and Dora (two years old). After Providence, Dani graduated from University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Management. Since then, she has worked in several sales and commercial roles in power generation and mass communication industries, leading to her current role managing refined oil markets. In her free time, you can find her spending time with family on the boat in the summer or snowmobiling in the winter.

Mrs. Donna Azarian, Secretary

Donna Azarian is the PAPA Secretary. She and her husband, Martin, have been a part of the Providence Academy community since 2004. They have two daughters, 2012 alumna Alexa and sophomore Adriana. Donna has been an active part of the parent community. She’s served as a co-chairperson for the 2009 Gala, two years as the concessions chairperson of the Lower School Fall Fun Fair, founded and moderates the Providence Academy Mom’s Facebook page, participates in the parent bible study group, and volunteers at Admissions events and the annual Grandparents’/Special Persons’ Day celebration. Prior to her work at Providence, Donna led leadership roles in sales for over 13 years.

Mr. Paul Happe, Treasurer

Paul Happe is the PAPA Treasurer, serving a term from July 2018 through June 2020. Paul and his wife, Heidi, have been Providence Academy parents for 14 years and currently have two children at PA. Paul has led highly performing Finance teams in the healthcare industry for over twenty years and had also led multiple pharmacy operations teams. Paul has an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

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