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Our Board

The Union Park District Council is governed by a volunteer board.  Our Board of Directors is comprised of 21 community volunteers – 11 are elected to positions based on geography or business representation, and 6 are appointed from institutions and organizations. The community votes for elected members at our annual fall meeting to serve staggered two-year terms, so that approximately half of the seats become available each year.  Mid-term appointments can also be made to open seats.

Anyone who is 18 or older and lives, owns property, or is the owner or designated representative of a business within the Union Park district boundaries can serve on our Board.  Serving on our board is a great way to give back to the community and to ensure that Union Park continues to be a wonderful place to live.  Contact us if you’re interested in applying.

 

Our meetings

The board meeting on August 1, 2018 has been moved to the Griggs-Midway Building, 1821 University Avenue W., S330, Saint Paul, MN 55014. Enter through the main entrance on the corner of Fairview and University. 

Meetings of the Union Park Board are open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend!  The Board meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Episcopal Homes, in Otto Hall. We usually start with a voice from our community, hear reports from our committees, discuss issues of interest to residents, and take actions important to the successful operation of our organization. You can review recent board meeting agendas here. And recent board meeting minutes can be found here after approved by the board.

 

Our board members

The District community is divided into 11 grid sections, with a board member elected to represent each section.  We also have one elected nonprofit representative, one elected business representatives, two at large representatives, and six members appointed by institutions and legacy neighborhood organizations. 

 

 

Drew Ross is a writer and editor. He is currently focusing on 19th century Twin Cities history, researching and writing about photographers, Town & Country Club, and the Midway.  He chairs the Environment and Parks committee, and supports safe, sane traffic routes for all modes of travel (i.e., he frequents Transportation Committee meetings as well.) Drew is also a dad, husband, caretaker, biker, river runner, bread baker, guitarist, and news junkie.

Kyle Dukart has been a resident of Union Park since 2007. He is especially interested in creating fun, interesting and valuable avenues for people to get involved in their community. As an employee of the University of Minnesota, he's also interested in creating experiential learning opportunities for college students. He lives in the Merriam Park neighborhood with his wife and five children.

Rob has owned a home in Grid 3 since 2005.  He enjoys the outdoors and traveling, when he’s not restoring his house or advocating at the state capitol.

David has lived in Merriam Park near Snelling and University since 2005.  He has been to all 50 states and is currently an Area Governor with Toastmasters. 

Daniel has lived in Union Park for over 25 years, first as a St. Thomas student and since 1992 as a homeowner. He has one son currently in college—and two dogs. He serves as President of the Ramsey County Chapter of Pheasants forever, and is concerned with habitat, water quality, conservation and engaging youth in the outdoors. His hobbies include decoy carving, bicycling, canoeing and fly fishing.

Adrian was born and raised in Saint Paul. He's a graduate of Saint Paul Central High School and Concordia University. He owns a home with his wife and two cats, and serves as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising at Concordia. He is also on the City of Saint Paul's Planning Commission, served on the board of the Hallie Q Brown Community Center, and was a member of the Snelling Midway Community Advisory Committee addressing redevelopment issues.

Dan and his family have lived one block north of UST on Dayton since 2003.  He was appointed to the Board in 2013 and remains actively engaged in neighborhood issues.  Dan is the director of Conference & Event Services at UST where his role is to rent meeting venues and facilities to external groups.  His office brings over 40,000 visitors to campus annually and has a significant economic impact to local businesses.

Noelle has lived in Merriam Park for over 30 years.  She is interested in working with residents to accept change and welcome diversity, and to promote the safety of children and their families.  She was born in France and was raised in France and Senegal.  She and her husband, John, raised three children who are bi-cultural and multilingual. 

Julie has lived in Union Park for over six years and served as the district council’s Executive Director for four years. She currently works at the University of St. Thomas, coordinating a program that facilitates student volunteerism with nonprofit organizations. She loves walking and biking around our neighborhoods and to our local businesses with her family. 

Emily lives in Lex-Ham with her spouse and four children. She loves having so many grocery stores within a short bike ride of her house and considers her bike trailer a second minivan. She co-chairs the Transportation Committee.

Dan has been living in Grid 16 of the Lexington-Hamline neighborhood since 2006.  He’s a Civil Engineer and enjoys restoring his historic home that was designed by Franklin Ellerbe.

Josh and his wife Laura have lived in Merriam Park since 2002.  He is on Exec, Land Use, WSNAC, and the Neighborhood Involvement Committee. He runs Crows Nest Design, building and designing architectural projects in his office in Lowertown.  He is also a printmaker, and has recently been the printer at the Renaissance Festival.

 

Other Elected Seats

At Large Business

Marcy is the Owner & CEO of Midpointe Event Center and Dancers Studio in the Midway area of Saint Paul, which she founded in 1986.   She is a board member of National Association of Women Business Owners - MN Chapter.  She is also an active advocate and committee member for St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, and Midway Chamber Of Commerce.  Marcy is a former Minnesota and United States Ballroom Dance Champion and a United States Latin Dance Champion finalist and is the proud mother of 4 lovely children.

Non-Profit

Appointed Seats

University of St. Thomas

Amy Gage is director of neighborhood relations at the University of St. Thomas. She and her husband live in Merriam Park. Amy is active in the International Town & Gown Association and co-chairs the Land Use and Economic Development committee of the Union Park board. A multi-modal advocate who walks to work, she also blogs for Streets.MN.

Concordia University

     

Macalester College

Eleanor is a senior Art History major and French and Francophone Studies minor at Macalester College.  She likes spending time as a Study Buddy at Skyline Tower, working at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, and exploring the Twin Cities through the transit system.  She enjoys reading, cooking communal meals with friends, and broadcasting on Macalester's radio station WMCN.  When she's not in the Twin Cities, she's visiting Phoenix, Arizona where she grew up.

Skyline Tower
Lexington-Hamline Community Council

Jeremy lives in the Lexington-Hamline neighborhood of Union Park with his wife and young daughter. He chairs Lex-Ham's Community Fund Task Force, and served as Lex-Ham Community Council Treasurer for two years. Jeremy works for Hennepin County and enjoys many different running paths in Saint Paul. 

Desnoyer Park Improvement Association

Gregg has lived in Desnoyer Park for five years with his wife Linda and dog Gracie. He has served on the DPIA board for three years, and manages the Desnoyer Park website, Facebook page and email newsletter. He especially enjoys the activities that involve the people in the neighborhood, like the Desnoyer Park Summer Picnic, and hopes to support more activities in the future.