Board of Directors
A Board of Directors consists of twelve elected members: two representatives from each of the three neighborhoods (Hale, Page, and Diamond Lake) and six at large members. There is no term limit but we ask for a two year commitment. The Board of Directors holds monthly meetings (the fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 PM) at the HPDL offices and all HPDL meetings are open to the public. There are also various committee meetings held at various times. Meeting minutes are posted below.
Current HPDL Board Members
Sarah Sillers – President
Sarah has lived in South Minneapolis for the past 11 years and in the Hale neighborhood since October 2009 with her husband, Joshua and 2 daughters. Sarah loves living “in the city” and all of the advantages it provides in culture, entertainment, and diversity. She and her family value the extensive trail system for running, biking, rollerblading, and as a way to attend as many park events and area festivals as there are weekends in a summer. Her background includes a BS in Environmental Studies from the UofM and (after a career shift to health and wellness) a Masters in Kinesiology. She is currently imparting that knowledge on her two daughters in her latest role as primary care giver. It seems to be working as the older daughter’s favorite game is “gym class” and the younger picks up litter where ever she goes.
Jeremy Schroeder – Vice President
Jeremy moved to the Diamond Lake neighborhood in 2013 when he and his partner bought a house for their growing family. They have two young sons and will hopefully add a few chickens by the end of 2015. While it is dangerous to one’s waistline to live within smelling distance of Fat Lorenzo’s and the 5-8 Club, the Schroeder’s love being close to Lake Nokomis and having such an involved caring neighborhood. Jeremy is originally from Wisconsin and grew up spending the holidays in the Twin Cities with his grandparents. He earned his law degree from the University of the District of Columbia and made is way to the Twin Cities by way of a few years in Chicago. He is a longtime volunteer with Amnesty International and former Board member. Jeremy’s day job is to advocate for a more accountable and inclusive government on the state and national level with Common Cause Minnesota and his hobbies include camping, brewing beer, biking, gardening, and remodeling (this shouldn’t be a hobby but it never seems to end).
Patrick Strahan – Secretary
Patrick grew up in Minneapolis, and after a few years out east, made his way back. He has been in south Minneapolis, living in the Page neighborhood, since 2014. He, his wife Sarah and their young son, Silas, love their home. Between Minnihaha Creek, Lake Nokomis, all of the nearby parks, and the many nearby local businesses and restaurants they can usually be found walking or biking outdoors, or grabbing a bite to eat at one of our many great restaurants. Patrick is happy to be part of such a beautiful vibrant community, and as a board member is excited to see how he can contribute to the neighborhood through engaging other residents and pushing for positive change. Patrick has an MBA from the State University of New York and works in Healthcare Information, currently working on a contract serving active duty healthcare for America’s military.
Sean O’Brien – Treasurer
Sean grew up in southwest Minneapolis and moved into the Diamond Lake neighborhood with his wife Mallory after purchasing their first home in 2013. They recently welcomed their son Conor into the world in 2016. The family loves the HPDL area for its walkability, its connection to nature through the lakes and parks, and the friendly people they encounter when out and about. Sean is a engineer working in the medical device manufacturing field, and in his free time enjoys reading, cooking, grilling, being outdoors with golden retriever Sullivan, watching football and other sports, and spending time with friends and family. As a member of the HPDL Board of Directors, Sean is excited to contribute to the community and help lead projects that will further enhance what is an already great place to live. As Treasurer, he is committed to facilitating the necessary financial work required to smoothly and responsibly operate as a publicly funded non-profit entity.
Jill has lived in South Minneapolis her entire life. She moved to the Diamond Lake neighborhood in 1995 with her husband, Dennis. She currently works in accounting at the University of Minnesota. During the warm weather, she enjoys spending time outside walking around the neighborhood or sitting around the koi pond in the backyard.
Keith and his wife Sally moved into the Diamond Lake neighborhood during the winter of 2014. They have enjoyed putting in the time and effort of renovating their home and in February of 2016 their son Silas was born. Keith works in the banking sector and his wife works as a teacher. Moving to this particular neighborhood was a no-brainer for them, as it is conveniently located between both of their employers, near their church and with easy access to the freeway system that can take you anywhere. The beauty and access to the nearby parks and lakes have made spending time outdoors an easy decision and their dog Browney loves to take them for walks… When Keith can find the time he enjoys going for a run or bike ride around the area. His hope is that as a member of the Board he can help us on this long journey of embracing, enhancing and building relationships between neighbors.
Charlie moved to the neighborhood with his wife, Nicole during the winter of the Polar Vortex in 2014. After digging their way into a foreclosure home that winter almost three years ago, they’ve finally settled down after extensive remodeling and really enjoy this gorgeous part of town. They love the sense of community the neighborhood brings and don’t think you can beat living in such close proximity to the beautiful green spaces around Lake Nokomis and Minnehaha Creek. Charlie grew up in the Twin Cities but defected south of the border for college to attend Iowa State University where he got his B.A. in Advertising. He now sells residential real estate alongside his wife and mother as a family team “The Ritt Group” with Coldwell Banker Burnet. You might catch Charlie and Nicole out walking their little red Terrier-mix, Millie. If you do, stop and say hi!
Jake grew up across the river in St. Paul, and always thought he’d end up settling there permanently. After a stint in Washington, DC he and his wife Christine fell in love with the lakes and parks of South Minneapolis and bought a home in the Page neighborhood. They love walking their dog along Minnehaha Creek and look forward to being involved in the neighborhood for years to come.
Ryan has called the Page neighborhood home for 13 years. His previous home was just across the creek in the Northrop neighborhood. He has two boys (22 and 18), and an 11 year old daughter. Ryan grew up in a small town in northwest MN – Crookston. Ryan is generally a boring fellow. His one adventure in life was teaching English in the Czech Republic back in 1993. Besides a great experience, this time netted him a wonderful wife. His most intense volunteer experience was as President (and every position below that) of the Minneapolis United Soccer Club. He notes that the club grew from being on the verge of folding in 2001 to a thriving club of 55 traveling teams and 800 recreational players in 2007. As an example of what a small world this is – Ryan worked for HPDL as a staff member for 4 months during and following his Masters Degree from the Humphrey Institute at the U of MN in 1995.
Bunni has lived in 48 states and 2 other countries. She moved to Minnesota in April 2016 to be with her partner, Espen. Because he is a realtor, Espen knew exactly which neighborhood their family would be most comfortable in. Bunni has fallen in love with Lake Nokomis and the Minnehaha Trail. She’s happy to put down roots in such a vibrant, natural area of the city. It is a great place to raise their teenage daughter and toddling twin boys. When she isn’t wrangling the kids or walking the fur baby; Bunni enjoys coffee, sewing, urban gardening, and learning new things. She is looking forward to being an active presence in our community.
Dave Kornecki, a Chicago area native, loves Minneapolis, the Hale Page Diamond Lake area, and is proud to call Minnesota home. Dave, his wife, Emily, and their three young children have been residents of the Hale neighborhood since 2012. You will most likely find Dave and his family enjoying the numerous recreational activities in the area or eating at one of the many great restaurants in the neighborhood. Dave has previously served on the HPDL Neighborhood Association (2013-2015), the Community Advisory Committee for the Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park Master Plan & Improvements, and one of his primary objectives throughout has been to improve Triangle Park.
His career spans both the private sector and the public sector. Dave currently is a Program Manager at a tech company, WorkFountain, helping employers and job seekers connect saving both time and money by harnessing the power of a blind matching correlated skills and interest survey. His public sector experience spans the US Federal government, MN & IL State government. He has worked on numerous state budgets and policies that largely pertain to education funding, both K-12 & Higher Education, and various education/training initiatives. Previously, he worked at the Minnesota Senate for the Chair of Higher Education and Workforce Development, Senator Terri Bonoff, as her Committee Administrator. He has a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Public Policy & Administration and an A.A.S from Kendal College in the Culinary Arts. Dave is a chef by trade and was chef/manager at various restaurants and hotels in Chicago.