Board of Directors

Hamline Midway Coalition has a dynamic group of volunteer community members fully engaged in governing the organization and our local community. Board members are individuals who are eager to serve in leadership roles and willing to engage beyond board meetings. We strive to maintain a board that reflects the diversity of the community that we serve. For more information, submit your information below or contact us at info[at]hamlinemidway[dot]org.

 

Current Board Members

Mike Reynolds

Mike Reynolds, Co-President

Subdistrict B

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.

Thom Foss

Thom Foss, Co-President

Subdistrict A

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.

Dieu Do

Dieu Do, Vice President

Subdistrict C

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. 

Erin Pavlica

Erin Pavlica, Treasurer

Subdistrict C

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. 

Christine Weeks

Christine Weeks, Secretary

Appointed At-large

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.    

Jen Hadley

Jennifer Hadley

Subdistrict A

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.

Garrett Backes

Appointed At-Large

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.

Steve Samuelson

Steve Samuelson

Subdistrict B

Steve is returning to the Board of Directors, having served as Board member in the past. Steve has also served as a board member for District 7, worked on the Great Northern Corridor Project (a collaborative between District 6 and 7), served on Transportation and Development Committees at Hamline Midway coalition, and has been a member of the CIB task force. Steve believes that the geography of the neighborhood, having both Snelling and University in the neighborhood as well as a well established residential area and Hamline University, makes this a very unique area with challenges and opportunities. Steve currently resides at the Hamline HiRise in the neighborhood.

David A

David Albornoz

Subdistrict A

Hi there, I'm Coach David, a long time resident of the Midway neighborhood (since 2003), where I live with my family of three kids, their mother and six dogs! We moved here from Venezuela in 2002 and since then made Midway our home. Here where we live I better connect to neighbors and friends through their kids because I love coaching! I have coached soccer, futsal and volleyball at Hancock Rec Center  for 15 years, swim lessons and safety around water at the Midway YMCA for 9 years, coach boys soccer and swim and dive at Central High School for 6 years, and train lifeguards for the city at Jimmy Lee Rec Center for three years, and I also manage Como Pool Regional Park in the summer where I hope to see many of you soon!
I love sports (no surprise there!) and the outdoors and enjoy interacting with people around our parks and streets, and can often be seen walking my dogs around the neighborhood. I'm looking forward to learning about, collaborating and contributing in what I can to the betterment of the place where we live and where we hope to stay. If you see me around, don't be stranger and say hello!

Karl H

Karl Hahn

Appointed At-Large

Karl works in the Sustainability Department at Hamline University as a Greencorps member. He is an urban enthusiast who is passionate about making lasting environmental change. Karl is very interested in how our surroundings makes us feel and how communities come together to create lively spaces. Karl is a strong advocate for well-organized and operating neighborhoods with an emphasis on civic engagement and sustainability work. Most of his free time is spent reading books about urban planning and brainstorming ideas on how to reimagine the Twin Cities. On sunny days you may find Karl biking along the Mississippi.

Nneka Constantino

Nneka Constantino

Subdistrict B

Bio Coming Soon!

 

About the HMC Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body for HMC and provides general oversight (including financial) for the organization, including financial oversight.  the Board of Directors is the official voice of the Hamline Midway community on public policy issues.    

Board membership is open to anyone aged 16 or older that resides within, owns property within, or owns a business that is headquartered and principally operates within the boundaries of District 11. Board terms are 2 years.

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. 

All Board Members are asked to:

  1. Prepare for and attend at least 75% of regular and special board meetings. Board meetings are scheduled on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:15-8:00 pm. Meetings currently take place virtually due to COVID-19.

  1. Participate in an HMC committee, workgroup, or task force, or a Hamline Midway community interest group; serve as the HMC representative on another board, task force, etc.; or otherwise, represent HMC in the community.

  1. Stay informed about the organization and its activities. Monitor the organization’s operations and finances. Review and approve the annual work plan, annual budget, major policies, etc. 

  1. Stay informed of community and public policy issues that affect the neighborhood; engage in thoughtful and respectful dialogue and debate with other board members and the community (e.g. in forums such as e-democracy, Facebook, etc.) around such issues; take actions regarding such issues that are in the best interests of the neighborhood as a whole.  

 

Board Meetings

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.