Board of Directors

2022 Board of Directors Elections

Every year at the Annual meeting the community elects new members to the board. The annual meeting this year will be held at Lake Hiawatha Park by the horseshoe pitch on Monday, August 29th from 6-8 PM. Please review the candidate profiles and vote before 8 PM on Monday. The ballot includes all of our returning board members, so please remember to vote for them too!

Candidate Profiles and Ballot

  • Meet Candidate Meredith LaCount

    Neighborhood Connection: Live in Standish
    Please tell us why you are applying and what you would hope to accomplish as a SENA board member.
    I have lived in Standish since 2014 and truly love the location. Now that I have a daughter, I love it even more as it's so different than how I grew up in small-town Michigan, but there's somehow more of a sense of community. I have another baby on the way and I'm excited to grow as a family here.
    I would like to improve how people feel about Minneapolis and our neighborhood in general. I feel like recently I've been hearing a lot of negativity and people questioning the safety of the area and I find that disheartening. I always tell people how comfortable I feel here and I think part of that is by talking to people, getting out more, and being involved (and encouraging others to do the same!)
    What special skill or background would you bring to the board?
    I have a writing background and am comfortable applying for grants and doing social media. I have run a nonprofit preschool for ten years and have run all of the board meetings and learned to do all of the work that goes along with running a small business (community outreach, HR, budgeting, etc.)
    Are you a current or past board member/volunteer with another non-profit and if so, please describe the work you have done that you are most proud of.
    I sit on the board for Lake Harriet Community Child Care (formerly Lake Harriet Christian Child Care) as the school Director, but I am a non-voting member. I am most proud of setting up a sliding fee scale and scholarship program to better serve our community and increasing benefits for teachers so they are able to improve as teachers and grow within our school while turning what they are passionate about into a career.
    What do you think SENA's priorities should be?
    • Equity and Combating Systemic Racism
    • Youth and Elder Services
    • Small Business Support
    Meet Candidate Meredith LaCount
  • Meet Candidate Maria Finsness

    Neighborhood Connection: Live in Standish
    Please tell us why you are applying and what you would hope to accomplish as a SENA board member.
    I am applying for SENA as a way to be an active participant in the community where I live. My fiancée and I moved to Standish in May as first-time homeowners after 10 years of being renters in neighborhoods across Minneapolis. Most recently we live in East Harriet where I was on the East Harriet Neighborhood association for 3 years.
    What special skill or background would you bring to the board?
    My professional background is in sustainable practices and energy efficiency in residential construction, as a consultant to CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy. More recently I am a birth worker as a doula and am building a solo practice business. I am good with social media and love talking about big ideas, while also putting in the volunteer hours. I am a yoga practitioner.
    Are you a current or past board member/volunteer with another non-profit and if so, please describe the work you have done that you are most proud of?
    I was an East Harriet Neighborhood association board member for 3 years (1.5 terms) starting in 2019. I enjoyed meeting my neighbors and participating on the executive committee, Places and Spaces committee, and the board at large. During my terms, I was involved in the Bryant reconstruction planning with Public Works, developed the proposal for a large rebranding project, and helped develop our equitable engagement plan for Neighborhoods 2020.
    What do you think SENA's priorities should be?
    Small Business Support
    Any additional insights or comments?
    I would love to build a hardcore neighborhood with a well-integrated communication network and enthusiastic residents who are informed and eager to participate through creative strategies to reach a large variety of lifestyles, ages, and interests.
    Meet Candidate Maria Finsness
  • 2022 Board Election Ballot

    Please use this form to cast your vote. You can also vote by email : office@standish-ericsson.org. You can vote for any and or all of the candidates.
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The SENA Board meets regularly on the second Monday of the month at 7 pm. Check this site for current information or call the SENA office for verification if you plan to attend a meeting.

Time is allotted on each agenda for community members who wish to present issues to the Board. If you wish to be listed on the agenda please contact the SENA office at least one week prior to the meeting.

You can contact the Board by sending an email to:
board@standish-ericsson.org

Current Board

Board of Directors Roster

Nathan Shepherd – President

Nick Cichowicz – Vice President

Megan Drake-Pereyra – Co-Treasurer

Tae Whang – Co-Treasurer

Dave Austin – Secretary

Cheryllyne Vaz

Carol Dungan

Sheila Cracraft Fehler

Brynn Kasper

Apply to join the board here