Trnka is executive director of the Northern Minnesota Network, a provider of health information technology systems. A native Duluthian who graduated from Central High School, Trnka has a child at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. She's running to "give back to a community that's given so much to me."
"I received a really incredible education through Duluth public schools," she said. "I feel confident that the quality of education my son is getting will undoubtedly shape the person he is becoming."
The system isn't "perfect," she said, but it's important to "look forward. ... We can't allow the future of our students to be sacrificed based on frustrations with decisions made by a previous administration."
Trnka, who earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, said her experience working in the health care industry helps navigate challenging situations, such as cuts to funding. Her priorities as a board member, she said, would include "looking at the social determinants of education and education equity, reducing achievement and education access gaps" and addressing the district's budget issues.