HMC 2018 Board of Directors Candidate Profiles

  • The map above shows the three "subdistricts" within the Hamline Midway neighborhood. Open seats in 2018 include one seat in each district (A, B, and C.)

  • Eligible voting members shall be anyone age 16 or older that resides within, owns property within, or owns a business which is headquartered and principally operates within the boundaries of District 11 as designated by the City of Saint Paul:  Lexington Avenue on the East, Transfer Road on the West, University Avenue on the South, and the BNSF railroad just north of Pierce Butler Route on the North.

  • Voters will vote for a candidate representing the subdistict in which they reside OR own a business. For instance, if a voter lives in Subdistict A, they will ONLY vote for ONE candidate representing Subdistrict A.

  • The link to the ballot can be found at the bottom of this page!

Subdistict A Candidate: Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson

What interests you about serving on the HMC Board?:

  • I have lived in the Midway area and I am a second generation attorney having worked in the community for 47+ years as a law clerk to my father and as an attorney since 1972. I feel that the board and the community would bene t from a person who has resided in the community and has worked in the community. I feel that the City has not done enough to protect the interests of the local business community in providing parking options for the many businesses on University Avenue and along Snelling Ave.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • I currently run a private family foundation and I have worked with various church boards over the years. I have served in many leadership roles with the Welch Village National Ski Patrol and have served as a Red Cross/First Aid Instructor. I am entering my 52nd year as a National Ski Patroller at Welch Village Ski Area in Welch, Minnesota. I have participated and served as a volunteer probation o cer for juvenile offenders. I have been a member of the Midway Lions Cluib for many years. I have actively tried to participate in the two processes when Snelling Avenue was redone initially and again recently having attended meetings and provided input to the city.

Please describe any special skills that you would bring to the board:

  • In the past I have had a lot of experience in working with small businesses, contractors and real estate development and feel I could bring a perspective to the board about how to revitalize our business community. I currently work primarily with individuals and families regarding meeting their estate planning needs and with families dealing with end of life issues for a loved ones including administering estates and trusts. As noted above I also serve as a co-trustee of a private foundation that is involved in supporting many non pro t organizations in the twin cities and within the state of Minnesota. I have served in the past on the board of the Welch Village Ski Patrol, various boards at Como Park Lutheran Church and on the trust fund committees at two churches.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

  • To help develop an environment that works not only for the residents but the businesses that are located in our community. A community with a healthy business district will also attract residents who want to see the neighborhood maintain its health and vigor. 

Please tell us anything else you think is important for us to know about you:

  • My family has owned property in the Midway area for over 63 years. My father was born and raised on Thomas Ave several blocks east of Snelling Avenue. I have worked in the community since 1963 and I feel I know the neighborhood well and have seen its ups and downs. We need to continue to build up the cohesiveness of the community as you have done in the past. I have found in the neighborhood where I currently live, it makes a big difference in the interactions of the neighborhood when you know your neighbors that will often open communication which brings the neighborhood closer. When my wife and I lived in the Midway area we knew almost everyone on our block and many people in who lived in the vicinity. 

Subdistict A Candidate: Thom Foss

Thom Foss

What interests you about serving on the HMC Board?:

  • As a business owner in the Midway neighborhood, I am trying to take an active role in the community. Being on the HMC Board would provide me with the opportunity to discuss and help shape some of the driving forces here in the neighborhood.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • Served on the Supervisory Committee for TopLine Federal Credit Union from 2013 to 2016 (3 years overall, two years as committee chair).

Please describe any special skills that you would bring to the board:

  • Founding and running in a business in a highly regulated industry (i.e. alcohol), I've had a great deal of experience in working with multiple government agencies. In the same vein, I'm also well-versed in small business financials as well as project management.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

  • I see the role as being multi-purpose, with the primary responsibilities being to coordinate community development programs with city officials and to listen and advocate for appropriate changes within the neighborhood.

Please tell us anything else you think is important for us to know about you:

  • I've been a St Paul resident for over 20 years and would love the opportunity to give something back to the community.

Subdistict A Candidate: Greg Anderson

Greg Anderson photo

What interests you about serving on the HMC Board?:

  • I want to help improve the neighborhood for both residents and businesses by bringing them together more through community events. I would like to work on bringing new small businesses to the area.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • Through my shop local campaign on Facebook, I've helped organize local events, Hamline Spring Festival, and Midway Holiday Pop Up shops. I have served on HMC's board since 2015.

Please describe any special skills that you would bring to the board:

  • I've had experience organizing events, more on the business advocate. I have owned my own home-based business since 2003. I have owned/operated a travel business for 5 years. I am a volunteer for a local non-profit and my church.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

Please tell us anything else you think is important for us to know about you:

  • I've lived in the Hamline Midway neighborhood for 10 years. I've watched the neighborhood change and grow throughout that time and have worked to continue the changes. I would like to continue helping by supporting the neighborhood by supporting growth, local schools, and bringing more businesses to the neighborhood.


     

Subdistrict B Candidate: Joe Kreisman

What interests you about serving on the HMC Board?:

  • I want to be more engaged in my community in meaningful way. I am a recent resident to the Hamline Midway neighborhood, moving here last spring, but I plan to raise my children here and want to make it the best community possible for their growth. My work currently is in Minneapolis, and while I love it dearly, I want to be involved in meaningful changes and work here in the city I was born and raised. I have been a community organizer through electoral politics and housing and homeless issues. I have seen and believe in the power of local government to make a positive impact and move cities and residents forward while not getting bulldozed, often literally, for someone else's financial gain. I want to make sure that we continue to support diversity, promote development that bene ts community, and create a culture of accessibility and thoughtfulness.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • I am currently the Director of a coalition of 17 interfaith congregations that organizes congregants and those with lived experience of homelessness to advocate for changes in homelessness and affordable housing. In my tenure we had added ve congregations and created Street Voices of Change, which are groups of people with lived experience of homelessness working to build community, be equal parts in decision making processes that affect them, and create positive changes in the daily experiences of homelessness. I have also done electoral organizing in Saint Paul for multiple candidates. In college I was in student government and organized students to advocate at the capitol in my role.

Please describe any special skills that you would bring to the board:

  • I feel like I have a lot of community organizing experience through my current and past professions. In my job as Director of a non-profit I have had lots of experience working directly with the board and managing all of the organization's financials. I also sit on the board of another non-profit, The League of Organizing Professionals. I believe I can also bring the perspective of a younger individual, 28, with a fresh view of the district not bogged down in how things were, but looking towards what we can become.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

  • I think there a few major roles of the District Council. The first is to be a conduit between community members and the City. Council member's have a responsibility to reach out to community and hear their voices on issues, not just those that approach them. This means being resources to community members on the going-ons of the City and the neighborhood, but also to be active in sharing and promoting that information. I think it is also the role of the District Council to be a check on the City or businesses that are not acting with our interest in mind. This is especially true if they are doing so unlawfully.

Please tell us anything else you think is important for us to know about you:

  • I am enthusiastic about having vigorous conversations about how we can best serve this neighborhood. I will never be a "yes man" for any group or individual and am never afraid to speak truth to power.

Subdistrict B Candidate: Tachianna Charpenter

Tachianna photo

 What interests you about serving on the HMC Board?:

  • The HMC board is appealing for many reasons, but the one's at the forefront of my brain are establishing roots within the community that has been my home for the past years, the chance to apply the anthropological and philosophical discourse I have been training within to real life public policy and discussions that people are having around me, and developing my potential and agency as a leader amongst people who are doing the same. In serving on the HMC Board, I hope to gain some much needed perspective into which way I want to take my anthropological career after graduation.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • I have not had the chance to personally lead any of the communities I have lived in like I would on the HMC Board. I have had experiences that are similar though by being an executive board member of philanthropic societies and clubs throughout my academic career such as Key Club, National Honor Society, the Black Student Collective, and as New Student Mentor at Hamline University.

Please describe any special skills that you would bring to the board:

  • Current graduating senior at Hamline University studying Anthropology, recent semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where I engaged in many conversations about community development and social security nets, and participation on various academic organization's executive boards.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

  • The role of the District Council is to listen to the voices and present the concerns of the community it represents to higher governmental officials. The District Council should be a tool that is wielded by all members of the community to aid in addressing and overcoming concerns. As a tool, the district council can either help the community grow and prosper or it can stagnate that progress, depending on the type of leadership and representation that the District Council embodies.

Please tell us anything else you think is important for us to know about you:

  • I have not had enough life experience to bring with me a background other than that of a student, a young adult, who is attempting to learn how to lead in this very complicated country. However, the insights I have had thus far working, living, breathing, and thriving in this community have shown me that this is a good place to start learning.

Subdistrict B Candidate: Mike Reynolds

Please tell us why are you interested in serving on the HMC Board:

  • I’m a longtime resident *and* a faculty member at Hamline University; my connections to the community are frequent, far-ranging.  I think I am most interested in trying to do more to develop (or sustain and enhance) the kind of community connections and collaborations that have always so impressed me about the neighborhood -- the community gardens, the drive to save the library, the arts scene/s, the focus on schools and education.  Over the last few years on the Board, I’ve gotten much more involved in different kinds of community economic development (the vision for an investment co-op, the soccer stadium site plan and community funds, North Snelling discussions), and I’ve learned a lot--and feel like I could continue to be a useful resource in helping Hamline Midway thrive and grow.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • When first arrived in the neighborhood, I served in the Leadership in Support of Neighborhood (LISN) collaboration between Hamline and HMC.  As a member of the LISN Steering Committee, I worked to define mission, to review applications, and to support the primary leadership however I could.  That began a series of different and ongoing connections to neighborhood collaborations and initiatives. I’ve been involved in the Midway in collaborative efforts around an investment co-operative (R.I.P., alas--but perhaps to be reborn), connecting and serving with the Midway Public Arts Working Group, and through the University in emergent new collaborations with Hamline Elementary. I served for a term on the HMC Development Committee, and I’ve been serving on the Board for the last term, including a stint as Secretary on the Executive committee. In my professional gig at Hamline, I am and have been involved in institutional leadership around all manner of issues, from diversity to student success to community relations (and currently serve as one of Hamline’s representatives to the Hamline University Neighborhood Advisory Committee).  I teach English, but currently serve as Associate Dean of the graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts.

Please describe any specific skills that you would bring to the board:

  • Perhaps my ability to help focus/facilitate conversation across different stakeholders -- a by-product of classroom teaching and of varied institutional leadership roles at Hamline.  My understanding of University policies and structures has been and can be a valuable addition to HMC initiatives and vision. I worked for a couple of years as a paralegal in a firm specializing in community associations -- rules and regs and restrictions not too far afield from zoning practices, and with some potential relevance to conflict management.  This, however, was long, long ago.

Please tell us anything else you thing is important for us to know about you:

  • I have a sense of humor and a ridiculous approach to thorough note-taking for meetings.

Subdistrict B Candidate: Dan Buck

Dan Buck

What interests you about serving on the HMC Board?:

  • I moved to the Midway in 1995 when my girlfriend went to Hamline. I never thought I'd like living in the city, but fell in love with St Paul and the Midway. We're at Hamline and Sherburne now, this is the furthest we've lived from Hamline University since moving here. I'd really like to take this opportunity to be a bigger part of a neighborhood that I love and want to see succeed. There is so much to celebrate about the Midway, but there are many things that can also be done to help it grow and develop. Transit, housing, and community owned and run businesses are very important to our neighborhood. Being a part of this, no matter how big or small, would be a great experience and allow me to give a bit to our community.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • Block coordinator for four years. Admin of Hamline/Midway page. Over 15 years professional experience managing and supervising volunteers, staff, campaigns, programs, outreach, and events in the non-prfit sector.

Please describe any speci c skills that you would bring to the board:

  • Campaign planning

  • Policy advocacy

  • Campaign logistics

  • Volunteer management and development

  • Statewide outreach

  • Conference coordination

  • Communications development

  • Public education/outreach

  • Group facilitation

  • Project leadership

  • Community Organizing

  • Cultural awareness around sensitive topics

  • Intersectional work with faith-based groups, social justice organizations, LGBTQA organizing

  • Program sustainability and integrity Interpersonal communications

  • Staff and Board recruitment

  • Leadership development

  • Program evaluation

  • Conflict resolution

  • Professional Coaching

  • Mentoring Development and implementation of work plans

  • Customer service skills

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

  • There are multiple things I see the Council doing. Collector and distributor of community based information. Neighborhood booster. Developing and marking the Midway brand. Advocate for a livable community that includes transit, pedestrians, and a reason to participate in our neighborhood.

Please tell us anything else you think is important for us to know about you:

  • I am an organizer at heart. Professional and personal networks and campaigns include creative use of internships to meet organizational goals, recruitment and retention of staff and board members, face to face and behind the scenes campaign work, event planning, program development and management. Development of an outreach model for working in diverse communities matching community needs with organizational goals and mission.


 

Subdistrict C Candidate: Erin Pavlica

Erin photo2

Please tell us why are you interested in serving on the HMC Board:

  • I have been a contributing member of many groups within Midway for 18 years. Some were under the umbrella of HMC and others were grass roots and I currently serve as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors at HMC.  As HMC begins its planning for the future, I want to be a part of this discussion. I am a mover and shaker, so I would like to bring the voices of the community along with my voice to the table and perhaps propel the board forward to be more action-orientated.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • I am one of the founding members of Midway Greenspirit Community Garden, where I have been the treasurer since day one (about 16 years) and am now serving on the leadership team. For the community garden, I served as the Hamline University Intern Supervisor, which has grown our relationship with the University further. The intern and I were responsible for maintaining the food donation plot that we grow for Keystone Foodshelf on University. We also have a community orchard and 2 beehives. I have helped organize many block parties, alley clean-ups, collected snow plowing money, and so on. I was on the core team that helped make Charles Avenue (my road) a bikeway and then continued to work as the Zero-Waste Coordinator with Friendly Streets Initiative. I consider myself a community liaison with the police after working with them on problem properties and businesses over the years. I also try to attend the monthly police community meeting at the Western District Station.I have served on the board, as a low-income community member, of the Energy Cents Coalition for 8 years. I have been part of HMEG (Hamline Midway Environment Group) for at least a decade and am a current member of the Hamline Midway Environment Committee. I was part of a group neighbourhood women, and Hamline Students, who received a $10,000 planning grant, from the UofM, to research what it would take to get a shared commercial kitchen and meeting space to Midway. Sadly, the Midway Nest plans have stalled but we all still hold out hope that it will one day come to fruition. I was also a member of the Community Building Committee for 3 years until it dissolved. We focused on block club leadership, crime prevention, and organizing our community building festival. I take pride in the fact that I made all of those festivals zero-waste before we even had the county organics program. The Hamline Midway Spring Festival and Heartwood Festivals are a much needed community building event that I hope to see come back. I served on the sustainable-to-go packaging committee with DSI which led to the co-founding of Zero Waste Saint Paul, an advocacy group that is focusing on building community around waste reduction.

Please describe any specific skills that you would bring to the board:

  • See above for community organizing experience.I used to be a front desk supervisor at a busy 4 diamond hotel in downtown Minneapolis, so I have an immense amount of experience with people from all walks of life. I am also the mother of 4 children from age 13 down to 4. Multi-tasking is my middle name.

  Please tell us anything else you think is important for us to know about you: 

  • I have lived in 7 states and went to high school in London. I bought my house at 23 after stumbling upon this neighbourhood. I had 4 days to find a house. I have watched Midway go through many changes over the years and couldn’t be more proud to know that I contributed to growing my family here, food, and community.

Subdistrict C Candidate: Hannah Pallmeyer

Hannah Photo

What interests you about serving on the HMC Board?:

  • I am interested in serving on the HMC board to ensure that our neighborhood and our city is a place that people want to live in and do business in. I’m excited to learn more about community development, transportation initiatives, sustainability, etc and contribute to the neighborhood discussion about these important topics. I believe that our world can only change when people talk to each other and work together, and the HMC board seems like a great opportunity to bring people together to provide ideas and feedback on local and city-wide initiatives.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • In the past few years, I’ve put together trainings for community members and employees of local government units about how to talk to our elected state and federal representatives. Being a community leader is more than just taking leadership roles myself, but is about encouraging others to be involved and become leaders.

Please describe any speci c skills that you would bring to the board:

  • In my professional life, I am the board coordinator for a state board. I coordinate all of our board meetings and assist our board chair and Executive Director by facilitating decision- making, updating bylaws and internal policies, determining committee membership, etc. I am so appreciative of engaged and active board members and would strive to be one myself on the HMC board! I also would bring political experience and know-how to a board position. I worked with Senator John Marty, who represented Senate District 66 (which covers the northern part of the Hamline Midway neighborhood) for three legislative sessions, and am knowledgeable about issues impacting the neighborhood and state initiatives that may impact the city and our community. I have experience working with diverse groups of people and pride myself on being a good listener and coalition builder. Other experience includes co-chairing a Job Development Committee at a non-pro t working with low-wage workers and previous work at a law rm working on workers rights, voting rights, civil rights, and environmental law cases.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

  • I view the role of the district council as being a space for community members to gather, work in community with their neighbors, and create opportunities for community members to provide feedback and ideas about how to better our neighborhood. The district council should be a resource for the community.

Please tell us anything else you think is important for us to know about you:

  • I’m very excited about this opportunity and would appreciate your support. Thank you for your consideration!

Subdistrict C Candidate: Chuck Brody

What interests you about serving on the HMC Board?:

  • I am a 30 year resident of the Hamline Midway community and have recently retired giving me the time to to more active in the community. I think the HMC Board is the best way for me to work to enhance our community.

Please describe any previous community leadership experience:

  • I have sat on the board and currently two committees for our housing community in Arizona. Helped organize and manage the candidate campaign for a county board seat. Past member of the Wyoming High school activities association Worked on numerous political campaigns.

Please describe any special skills that you would bring to the board:

  • 35 years in the private sector working with major corporations, managing the national sales arm of a start-up media company, and working with key accounts for National Public Radio. In 2018 I am pleased to have been part of the Landscape and Architecture committees meeting and working with other owners in our Arizona community. I started my career as a University Professor in Speech Communication and ran nationally ranked collegiate debate programs at the University of Denver and Gustavus Adolphus College.

Please tell us how you view the role of the District Council:

  • I view the boards role is to promote the area and support initiatives that benefit the community.

Please tell us anything else you think is important for us to know about you:

  • I am pleased with the direction that the Hamline Midway community has taken in the last decade and I look forward to working to continue that effort.