Our Staff

LearningWorks Office: 952-988-3755
LearningWorks Email: learningworks@blakeschool.org
LearningWorks Fax: 952-988-3705

Tricia Crossman

Tricia Crossman, Executive Director
Office Phone: 952-988-3706
Email: tcrossman@blakeschool.org

Tricia Crossman (she/her/hers) became the LearningWorks Executive Director in June of 2020 following over 25 years of experience working with and on behalf of young people. Her career began in service to youth and their families in diverse settings such as schools, community based organizations and mental health facilities. In addition to direct service, Tricia’s experience includes developing and managing strategic initiatives, programs and operations for local and national non-profit organizations. She earned a Masters of Social Work degree from New York University. She is very excited that her role with LearningWorks at Blake allowed her to return to her home city of Minneapolis with her son Cruz.

James Arroyo Miller

James Arroyo Miller, Director of Student Services
Office Phone: 952-988-3775
Email: jamiller@blakeschool.org

James Arroyo Miller (he/him/his) joined LearningWorks in January of 2021, bringing with him a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies and over 10 years of experience working with youth of all ages and backgrounds across multiple schools and youth-serving organizations. His experience has reinforced his commitment to and belief in the power of building social-emotional skills, cultural competency and healthy communities in every place he works. James’ love of poetry and debate led him to become the coach of DeLaSalle High School’s speech team in 2017. In addition to that role, Coach James is excited to work with LearningWorks students to reach their full potential.

Lauren Melzer

Lauren Melzer, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Office Phone: 952-988-3878
Email: lmelzer@blakeschool.org

Lauren Melzer (she/her/hers) joined the LearningWorks team in April 2021 with nearly a decade of experience working with youth in a variety of educational settings ranging from teaching elementary special education to developing social justice-oriented programming for college students. Through these experiences, she has grown to love finding ways to intertwine seemingly disparate subjects with the understanding that at the root, everything and everyone is connected. With this mindset, Lauren is excited to build community with both students and adults at LearningWorks and share in collective knowledge. Lauren brings with her a bachelor of arts degree in education equity.

Uma Czech

Uma Czech, AmeriCorp VISTA
Office Phone: 952-988-3892
Email: uczech@blakeschool.org

Uma Czech (She/Her/Hers) joined LearningWorks in November 2021 as the AmeriCorp VISTA Communications and Partnership Coordinator. Uma brings with her a Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational Studies and experience working with students from kindergarten through college.

It was her time working with students in the Upward Bound/TRIO program that sparked her passion for college access programs and inspired her to join LearningWorks. When not working, Uma loves hockey and her dog, Kai.