Hamline Midway Coalition is governed by a volunteer board. Serving on the board is a way to serve your community and help make decisions about land use and development, transportation, sustainability, and community building. There are nine elected board members and four appointed seats. All board members are elected or appointed for three-year terms. Elected members are voted-in by the community in an annual neighborhood-wide election. Terms are staggered such that every year three seats are up for election--one from each of the three subdistricts in the neighborhood. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Executive Director Director Michael Jon Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Directors meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Hamline Midway Library auditorium (1558 W. Minnehaha Avenue). Meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact us.
Steve has been a resident of Hamline Midway since 2000 and a Saint Paul resident since 1975. He became involved in district councils when he lived in Frogtown. It was there that he realized that district councils can be a very effective tool in community organizing. He served on the District 7 board of directors from 1996-2000 and became involved with the Great Northern Corridor Project from 2000-2007, which was a collaborative involving District 6, District 7, SPARC, and the Greater Frogtown CDC. Working with the Port Authority, they were able to clean up a brownfield site and create over 500 jobs. He once again saw the power of working together. He has been a board member of the Hamline Midway Coalition since 2008 and currently serves on the Transportation Committee, the Community Development Committee, and as the Hamline Midway representative for the District Council Collaborative. He has become a firm believer in the district council system and would encourage others to become involved.
Scott Walters, Treasurer
Scott Walters has lived in the Midway since 1996. He and his wife love their home and the neighborhood; over the years they have worked to improve their gardens, add a gazebo, and restore the traditional wood trim and brick exterior of their 1927 bungalow. Scott serves as the treasurer of both the consulting firm of which he is a partner, and the HMC Board. He has been a member of the HMC Board since 2010.
Andrew Norman was born and raised in Saint Paul. He and his wife have lived in the Hamline Midway neighborhood since the summer of 2008. He is committed to making the neighborhood a great place to live and work through community involvement and volunteerism. Andrew joined the board in 2010.
JacQui is the Hamline University representative on the HMC Board of Directors. She serves as Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications and Content at Hamline University, where she has worked for the past nine years. At Hamline, JacQui directs the university's Strategic Communications team. She serves on the university's Administrative Cabinet, ITS Advisory Committee, Risk Management Team, and Community Response Team and is a campus legislative and communications liaison to the Minnesota Private College Council. JacQui's background is in broadcast media and public relations. She holds an MFA in writing from Hamline University and a BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education in the School of Education at Hamline University. JacQui joined the HMC Board of Directors in 2013, though for eight years prior to that, she often attended meetings as proxy for her Hamline University predecessor on the board.
Lindsay VanPatten, Vice President
Lindsay has been a resident of Hamline Midway since 2010. She became familiar with HMC while working on a community evaluation project while studying Environmental Science and Policy and the University of Minnesota. She has been involved in sustainability projects in the neighborhood including coordinating the rain barrel workshop at the 2012 Heartwood Festival and participating in the Hamline Midway Environmental Group. Lindsay is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys being in nature and doing outdoor activities in all seasons from biking to skiing or gardening. She is especially excited to be on the HMC Board while such exciting things are happenng in our neighborhood. Although she has only been a resident for less than five years, she feels like Hamline Midway is a wonderful gem of a neighborhood full of innovation, energy and creativity and she looks forward to supporting the community though her role on the HMC Board and Transportation Committee.
A Hamline Midway resident for more than 20 years, this will be Harriet Mednick’s second round as a board member. She served for two terms in the early 1990s, and has been deeply involved in many aspects of the neighborhood since. “I’m older now and I didn’t think there was anyone older on the board now. As the population (of the neighborhood) was changing I thought their should be a voice,” Mednick said. As a founding member of Hamline Midway Elders, Mednick has worked hard to ensure Hamline Midway seniors have access to housing and services they need to stay in the neighborhood. Mednick brings a wealth of community and nonprofit experience to the board and is also teaching several classes at the Hamline Midway Library this fall including one on urban spices and the occasionally surprising history, economics, and even politics associated with them and another on the medicinal benefits of chocolate..
Scott Kruger, Secretary
Scott Kruger moved to Hamline Midway a few years ago after researching several neighborhoods. He and his wife were drawn to the family-friendly energy that permeated the streets with neighbors out walking, smiling, and enjoying the community in which they live. They have stayed in the community to experience the exciting developments that continue to pop up around the community. The light rail and the recovering economy seem to be revitalizing the community, and he joined the board in order to be a small part of the big changes that are coming. He worked for a Minnesota special education non-profit for years, and then pursued a career in law. He hopes to remain in the community for years as it continues to develop and grow.