About Us  
  Classical Education  
  Our Schools  
  Support us  
  Is Parnassus Right for You?  



Board of Directors

Greg Friess - Board Chair, Treasurer, & Founder
Mr. Friess holds a B.A. in both Economics and Political Science. He earned an M.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also worked as a teaching assistant. He has spent his career as a financial analyst providing investment research to professional money managers, working on forecasting and regulatory issues in the utility industry, and working with small business.  Mr. Friess is been with Parnassus since it's inception.   He believes that charter schools offer an additional educational choice to families in the northwest suburbs and that choice is a key to improving the educational outcomes of all children in the area.

Nancy Rigby - Director
Ms. Rigby has been a practicing attorney for 10 years.  After graduating with a B.A. from Trinity University and a J.D. from the Washington and Lee School of Law, she joined the Minneapolis based law firm Faegre & Benson where she represented financial institutions and corporations in a variety of financing transactions, including multi-currency loans, construction real estate financing, asset-based lending, and specific project finance.  She is currently senior corporate counsel in the legal department of U.S. Bank National Association, advising the bank on legal and regulatory issues surrounding various derivative products (including interest-rate swaps and foreign exchange).  Ms. Rigby has served as a committee member of the Parnassus Policy and Election Committee where she assisted with crafting school policies for board consideration.   She is convinced of the merits of a classical curriculum and is thrilled to be part of the Parnassus Preparatory School community, both as a parent and board member.

Barbara Rose – Director
Ms. Rose, teacher since 1997, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bemidji State University with a major in Elementary Education, minor in Art, and an emphasis in reading.  She earned her Masters degree in Teaching and Learning from St. Mary's in 2001. After teaching at a large district school for most of her career, she joined the Parnassus team as a 4th Grammar teacher when the school opened. Ms. Rose is passionate about implementing the Classical Education model and the difference it can make in the academic growth of her students.

Heather Ross - Vice Chair & Founder
Ms. Ross has a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota with majors in History and Political Science and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Ross’s experience with 7-12 education includes teaching in both public and private high school settings. Ms. Ross holds a current Minnesota Teaching License and brings a wealth of teaching and education experience to the team.

Kenneth D. Zigrino
Mr. Zigrino is an original founder of Aspen Acquisition Corporation, and has been the Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Secretary and a director of the Company since its inception. For the past 30 years, Mr. Zigrino has been an entrepreneur and corporate lawyer, focusing on emerging firms.  From March of 2001 to the present, Mr. Zigrino was in the private practice of law, advising emerging businesses in a wide range of industries, from medical devices to manufacturers to renewable energy. From June of 1998 to March of 2001, Mr. Zigrino was the Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Velocity Express, Inc., North America’s largest same-day delivery company with annual revenues in excess of $550 million. Prior to that, he was Secretary and general counsel to Primo Piatto, Inc., a Twin Cities based pasta manufacturer that was sold to Dakota Growers. Mr. Zigrino served as President of the law firm of Zigrino & LoGalbo, P.A. from January 1990 to June of 1998. Prior to 1990, Mr. Zigrino practiced corporate law at two well-known Twin Cities law firms.  He received his law degree cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1985.

Board Directory: 

Board Chair, Founder, & Treasurer: Greg Friess:  friess@parnassusprep.com
Vice Chair & Founder: Heather Ross: ross@parnassusprep.com
Co-Founder & Secretary: Ken Zigrino:  zigrino@parnassusprep.com 
Board Director: Nancy Rigby: rigby@parnassusprep.com
Board Director: Barbara Rose: rose@parnassusprep.com

Founders and Advisors:

Laura Bottenfield - Founder & Parnassus Director of Academics and Programs
Ms. Bottenfield holds a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in marketing from the University of St. Thomas; a Master of Business Administration with an International Business concentration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management; a Master in Education Leadership from the University of Minnesota, Department of Organizational Leadership,Policy, and Development. Ms. Bottenfield is the original founder of Parnassus and served as the Board Chair for five years from its initial development until 2013 when she resigned from the Board Chair position to accept the Director of Academics position.  Ms. Bottenfield has visited several classical charter schools and classical private schools in and out of state. She has observed classes at these schools, has seen first hand the results of the rigorous classical curriculum and the trivium teaching methods, has participated in workshops, engaged in many discussions with experts in the field, read many books on education and the classical trivium, and continues to conduct extensive research about classical education.

Constance Ford, Parnassus Executive Director
Ms. Ford is the current and founding Executive Director of Parnassus Preparatory School.  She  was also one of the founders of the first classical charter school in our neighboring state and one of the first charter schools in her region. Under her leadership, the school grew to full capacity, nearly 500 students in grades K-8 with a large waiting list in the hundreds each year since its inception in the 1990s. The school was identified as one of the top charter schools in Wisconsin based on student performance, low staff and student attrition levels, and high academics standards. Ms. Ford holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from Lawrence University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.



Parnassus Preparatory School
11201 - 96th Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Main Office Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm
Main Number: 763.496.1416
Fax Number: 763.898.3977
Bus Company (American Student Transporation): 763.425.2542
After Hours & Emergency:  651.764.8364
Animus & Accendo Programs: 763.496.1416 ext 247
Authorizer: Friends of Education
200 East Lake Street
Wayzata, MN 55391
© 2016 - Parnassus Preparatory School. All Rights Reserved.