Brent’s unique background includes over 12 years of experience in health care administration and over 7 years’ experience as a Social Studies teacher. After graduating with a degree in Public Communication from Luther College, Brent served as the Director of Marketing for the Alliance Health Care network of companies. Serving primarily children with disabilities and seniors in need of health services, Brent provided managerial direction for all network development, marketing and contracting activities.
After Alliance, Brent offered leadership to enable Neighborhood Health Care Network (NHCN) 16 member clinics to be a prominent provider of services to patients. He directed managed care contracting and training activities for NHCN, managed the Community Access Program (CAP), led the CAP program staff of 13 health professionals.
While at UnitedHealth Group, Brent led Ingenix’s (now Optum) Benchmarking Services Division where he offered strategic planning and project management for ongoing client and internal deliverables. He facilitated an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals who offered data driven product and service offerings. He also provided financial educational consulting and analytical services to health plans, providers, state government, consultant and consumer driven health care organizations.
Brent realized that his passion was to take his business and health care knowledge and incorporate it in the classroom. He attended the University of St. Thomas and received a Masters’ Degree in Education and started teaching the next fall.
While teaching civics, government, history, human geography and economics at Minnetonka High School, Brent was chosen to teach students of significantly diverse backgrounds. These included students who: were at-risk, experienced learning disabilities, general classroom and students who took higher-level AP College Board classes.
It all changed six years ago when he and Chris Pears brainstormed a new, transformational education model that revolved around career, college and social-emotional preparedness for students. Upon submitting this idea to Administration, and winning approval from the School Board, the VANTAGE program was born with its first class in 2013. Today this program has five strands with hundreds of community resources working with it year-round. 10% of the entire Junior and Senior high school population attend the career specific immersion classes only four years after the program's inception.
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