Minnesota Girls Academy
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A.Y. Weinberg

A.Y. Weinberg has worked with and taught youth for over thirty years in various capacities. From 1981 to 2001, he was the regional director of the NCSY Midwest region. NCSY is the most effective and respected educational Jewish Youth movement in the world. In 2001, he founded Camp Extreme and Project Extreme, where he has remained to date. It is through A.Y.’s vision to help youth that he founded Minnesota Girls Academy.

Admissions and Marketing Liaison

Laura Borris, BS

Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Development from Waldorf College. She has worked in different positions over the years with the main focus on helping others. Laura’s experiences give her the background to provide guidance and resources to families in need. Laura grew up in a small Faribault County town and now lives with her husband and children in rural Faribault County. Bricelyn is a small town in Faribault County with the peace and serenity of rural charm. Laura is here to help answer questions and provide resources for girls and their families to get the best opportunities to grow and overcome obstacles that hinder their future successes. Laura looks forward to making the personal connections with each family and girl at Minnesota Girls Academy.


Dr. Kristen (Char) Nosti

Dr. Nosti has over 20 years experience working with children and adolescents. Prior to joining the Minnesota Girls Academy, Dr. Nosti was employed at KidsPeace National Centers, where she advanced in her career beginning as a Treatment Team Supervisor, served as a Clinician, was a Clinical Manager, ran a school based mental health program, and eventually was an Associate Executive Director. Dr. Nosti has worked in a variety of settings including residential, diagnostic, community outpatient, school based programs, and child welfare. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College, master’s degrees from Villanova University and Millersville University, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Board of Directors

Michael Nussbaum

Leora Reicherberg

Mark Silverberg

Naomi Ochsendorf

Ariel Lebowicz

Don Ghermezian

Moshe Bellows

Eric Rothner

Mordecai Tesslen

Please call 888-683-7007 for more information.

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Minnesota Girls Academy
PO Box 74
Bricelyn, MN 56014
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