How long have you lived in St. Paul? 17 years How long have you lived in the Summit-University neighborhood? 4 years How have you been involved in community service in the past? I have participated informally in community service in the past - attending planning council and city council meetings Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: I see the Planning Council as an opportunity for two-way communication between the City of St. Paul and the residents of the Summit-University District. The Summit-University District has many diverse voices and needs such as decisions related to land use, crime prevention, environmental concerns, and other issues that define our lives and our community. I want to help facilitate the dialogue and bring a voice, not just for myself, but for my neighborhood and the Summit University District as a whole. Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: First and foremost, I will act as an advocate for citizen participation within our community. Specifically, I want to participate on the Neighborhood Development Committee. Development is needed to keep our neighborhoods vibrant and growing. At the same time, development has a direct impact on our community and our landscape. I will work with residents, developers, and business owners to look at the short-term and long-term effects and impact on our community before offering support or recommendations. I also have communications and design experience to help support the Communications and Outreach Committee to create connections with and between residents.
How long have you lived in St. Paul? 4 years How long have you lived in the Summit-University neighborhood? 4 years How have you been involved in community service in the past? Serving on the SUPC and the Safety and Improvement subcommittee, attending Neighborhood Crime meetings, member of VisitSaintPaul and GABA, retired firefighter and community service on a national, state and local level planning for and responding during emergencies. Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: The Summit University Planning Council offers a way to connect with neighbors and be involved in our community—allowing residents to give input to the city of Saint Paul about what happens in our neighborhood. One of the things my husband and I love about living in this neighborhood is how much neighbors interact and care about each other and the neighborhood—creating an exciting and vibrant community. I've enjoyed serving on the council and setting to know the members, who are extremely talented, caring and dedicated to reflecting the needs and concerns of our diverse community to the city. Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: Serving on the Council allows me to get to know more neighbors--and having served as a facilitator, educator and policymaker throughout my career, it is still incredibly fulfilling to listen to what others are saying and then bring everyone's thoughts forward for consideration. Our diverse community is important to the health, richness and vibrancy of our neighborhood.