Hamline Midway Coalition is accepting applications through November 11th, 2019 for board members. Board membership is open to 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.
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 third 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).
Linda and her two sons moved in the Hamline-Midway Neighborhood from Illinois during the 1991 Halloween blizzard. She is the Director of the Journal Production Department for the Minnesota State Senate and works as a Call Center Supervisor for a local Market Research Company. She has always had a passion for doing community work. While attending Metropolitan State University for a degree in Organizational Management and Community Development, she joined the Board in 2016 to give back to the community that helped raise her sons. Her professional career has broadened her ability to become an effective leader in indelible and influential environments.
Steve Samuelson has been a resident of Hamline-Midway since 2000. Before that he lived in Frogtown. He has been involved with the District Councils since 1996: first in Frogtown from 1996-2000 and then from 2001-2008 with the Great Northern Corridor, which was a collaboration between Frogtown and the North End. Since 2008 Steve has been an HMC board member and served on several different committees. Steve is a firm believer in the district council system as an effective way to collaborate between neighborhoods and the city.
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.
Amy Schroeder Ireland
Amy Schroeder Ireland moved to the Midway in 2001, and has been on the HMC Board of Directors since 2018. She currently serves on the Hamline Park working group, and previously served nine years on the Hamline Midway Library Association. Amy graduated from Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Law School, and worked as an immigration attorney for ten years. She currently works as the Director of Children and Family Ministries at Hamline Church United Methodist, where she and her family are active members. Amy is married with three daughters.