HMC 2019 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: 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: 


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Subdistrict B Candidate: 

 

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: Garrett Backes

 

 

 

 

Why are you interested in serving as a board member at Hamline Midway Coalition?

  • To get more involved, to give back and be a part of the leadership system supporting the neighborhood, this neighborhood in which live and love. As I learn more about our city and the public supports and governing structures, getting involved with our Coalition seems to be a great way to get more involved with my city and my neighborhood. I personally want to put my leadership skills into action, be part of the good work that is done on a local level by local civic leaders. As an 'emerging leader' myself, board membership with the Hamline Midway Coalition seems like a great way to do that.

What is your experience in working with communities and neighborhoods?

  • In working with community, my entire career to-date has been dedicated to the cause. I have worked in the nonprofit sector for over ten years now, from starting with United Way in Saint Cloud in marketing and communications; fundraising for a regional community foundation benefiting the southwest portion of the state of MN; doing fund development work with a disability advocacy organization here in Saint Paul; and currently doing strategic partnership building and fundraising for a youth-serving cultural institution in Saint Paul. My community building and advocacy has been focused regionally and for a constituent base; not specifically to a neighborhood. In having put roots down here though with a home, I would like to get more deeply and meaningfully involved in supporting the neighborhood.

Please describe the skills and passion you would bring to the board as a community member:

  • My skills as an interpersonal communicator, bridge-builder between need and resource, a middle-person in generating shared understanding, a strategic thinker with a vision, the greater good in mind, a system that works for all, equity for all our neighbors. My career experience as outlined above. My passion for making the community a better place to live, work and play.

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

  • Advocating for the neighborhood, advocating for those living within the district, making decisions and recommendations guided by the vision of a vibrant neighborhood for all that live here.

 

Subdistrict C Candidate:

 

 

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.