About the Board
Hamline Midway Coalition is governed by a volunteer board. Serving on the board is one way to serve, and strengthen, your community. There are nine elected board members and four appointed seats. All board members are elected or appointed for two-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 Kate Mudge at kate[at]hamlinemidway[dot]org.
The Board of Directors meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:15-8:30 p.m. in the Hamline Midway Library auditorium (1558 W. Minnehaha Avenue). Meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact us.
Current Board Members
Scott Kruger, President
Scott has been a resident in Hamline Midway since 2012, first as a student and a renter, and now as a homeowner and father of three. Scott first became involved as a board member of HMC when he realized how vibrant and family-friendly Hamline Midway is, and wanted to become more connected and involved. Since then Scott passed the bar and works as a personal injury attorney nearby, and tries to provide a legal lens to issues that arise in the neighborhood. Scott, his wife, and children spend much of their time taking advantage of the many parks in the neighborhood, and the growing number of local businesses in our area.
Erin Parrish, Vice President
Erin Parrish has lived in the Hamline-Midway for eleven years with her dog, two cats, and husband who owns and operates a business in the neighborhood. She spends most of her days advocating on behalf of older adults as the Advocacy and Outreach Director for AARP Minnesota. Her work with older adults has sparked a deep desire to foster communities where people of all ages and backgrounds can live with dignity and security. Other passions include economic equity, civic engagement, and grassroots organizing. When not advocating, you can find Erin baking vegan goodies, running, and reading.
Erin Pavlica, Treasurer
Erin is an informed, engaged citizen who is consistently in the front seat and stepping in and doing her part. She is a 19-year Midway resident and lives on the Charles Ave Bikeway with her four children and husband. Erin is a team player, who is not above any role, however is a very equipped leader. Erin has a rare set of social gifts: she is a connector, maven, and salesperson all rolled in to one. You can find her picking up trash/recycling, clearing a storm drain, preaching waste reduction, having a pint of local beer in her front garden, growing food and love, and building community everywhere she goes.
Mike Reynolds, Secretary
Mike has lived in the neighborhood almost as long as he’s been teaching English at Hamline University -- and longer than he’s ever lived anywhere before (after a childhood in upstate NY, and stints in the Marshall Islands, south Florida, and Los Angeles). He’s found, on and off campus, a passion for and excitement about the Midway’s vibrant connections and collaborations -- the community parks, the amazing library, the arts scene/s, the focus on schools and education, the vision for an investment co-op, the soccer stadium site plan and community funds, even the endless haggling over where to put dog poop. When not taking overly-descriptive notes for meetings, he might be hiking (or finding some great new nearby restaurant) with his family or watching an extravagantly gory horror movie.
Faith Dietz, a transplant from the East Coast, has been a resident of Hamline Midway for 15 years. Faith is a Human Resources professional whose passion is training and development and connecting individuals/groups to opportunities. Faith joined the Board to be more closely connected with her local community. She enjoys spending time with her husband, girls, and their animals (dog and cat). Her self-care routine includes reading, Tai Chi, and being in nature. She is also a fan of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).
Christine Weeks supports media and external relations for Hamline University. In that role, she fosters meaningful engagement between the university community and our neighbors in Hamline Midway. When not working or meeting with neighbors, Christine can be found weeding her garden, cross country skiing, or at one of her son’s sporting events.
Tachianna Charpenter has lived in the Hamline Midway neighborhood for three years during her time as a student of anthropology at Hamline University. Besides wrapping up her bachelor's degree and senior year, Tachianna spends much of her time working. She works as a Housing Support Specialist at Oak Grove Community Inc, a student secretary on Hamline's campus, and she spends her Sunday morning's hanging out with the little humans in Hamline United Methodist Church's Nursery. Tachianna recently returned from studying development and globalization at South Africa's University of Cape Town and plans on using both the methods she was taught in Cape Town and the techniques she has learned during her educational career for local developmental and representational concerns. As a first generation student of color, Tachianna offers a unique perspective on student civic engagement within Midway and is drawn towards issues of misrepresentation and inclusivity in decision-making spaces. Some of Tachianna's other interests include climate resiliency, going on long walks with her dog, painting, nurturing her plants, and collecting sea glass.
Thom has been a St Paul resident for more than 20 years, with a particular focus on Hamline Midway since 2013 when he started the work of opening Burning Brothers Brewing. As a neighborhood business owner, Thom is taking a more active role in giving back to the community as well as helping to provide perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing local small businesses. In his spare time, Thom enjoys cooking, spending time with friends and family and consuming science fiction in all its various forms.
I am originally from northern Minnesota and am currently a junior at Hamline University studying Political Science and Criminology/Criminal Justice. I have lived in the Hamline Midway neighborhood for almost two years. My passions include local government, social justice, and stand-up comedy. My favorite comedians are Tom Segura, Bert Kreischer, and Chris D´Elia. Aside from local government and stand-up comedy. my dream career is to be an elected representative working in Minnesota´s local or state government systems. I am honored for the opportunity to serve on this board and look forward to what this journey will teach me and how I can best support our friends and neighbors.
Mary has been in the Hamline Midway neighborhood since 1998 and loves the vibrant, interesting, aware and inclusive culture that neighbors have built. Her involvement has been in initiating and facilitating the Midway Progressive Women group that has provided forums to meet candidates, neighborhood Breakfasts in the Alley, picking up trash on the street daily, raising funds for The Family Place and supporting community gardens. Her background is in early childhood education, and Head Start in particular, which has inspired running and winning a seat on the St. Paul School Board. With the end of her term, she is ready to focus on building on the strengths of our community and solving some of the issues that prevent our community's families from being stable, engaged and healthy.
Kobey Layne Cofer
Kobey is a senior at Hamline University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics and Nonprofit Management. He has done work in his hometown of Walker, Minnesota, with the local Rotary Club Chapter and the Walker Community Farmers Market; through his work, he has helped fundraise and assist with operations for both organizations. Kobey is currently involved on campus with student residential affairs and in the resource development office. He is excited to work with the community to further integrate the university and surrounding Hamline Midway neighborhood.
Jennifer moved to the Hamline Midway neighborhood in 2016 with her husband. She loves the area’s walkability, proximity to public transportation and many ethnic restaurants. She and her husband bought three fixer-upper houses in the area, living in one, which they are slowly but surely working on, and managing the other two as rental houses. When not working on home improvement projects, Jennifer pursues her passion for river conservation and restoration by serving as data coordinator at Friends of the Mississippi River. As part of her ongoing efforts to improve the neighborhood, she maintains storm drains and coordinates and performs trash cleanups. Jennifer is dedicated to constructing a connected neighborhood for herself and her tenants, as knowing your neighbors increases safety and cultivates a sense of belonging.
I have been a resident of the Hamline Midway neighborhood since 2015. My wife and I live on the east side of the neighborhood with our two cats in our century-old house. I am a perpetual learner and adventurer, a foodie and a lover of the outdoors. My career's work has included building philanthropic partnerships in support of rural Minnesota communities, people with disabilities, arts and culture, and currently, the broader community’s nonprofit organizations as Development Director at Propel Nonprofits. A few of the things I love most about living in Hamline Midway: our local shops and restaurants, long walks throughout the neighborhood, our parks, the variety of people that live, work and play here. Sustaining a vibrant neighborhood that can be enjoyed by all who call it home is my vision for Hamline Midway.