Board of Directors
The 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. Board members are expected to attend monthly meetings, serve on a committee, and support events that take place throughout the year.
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. 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.
Dave Kornecki – Vice President
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.
Jake Schwitzer – Secretary
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.
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.
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.
Rachel has lived in the neighborhood with her husband since 2007. They filled up their home with 2 boys and a demanding dog. Living within walking distance of Lake Nokomis is one of Rachel’s favorite things about the neighborhood. Half of the year, her family spends a lot of time at the beach, playing at Triangle Park and fishing for minnows at the boat launch. During the rest of the year, they enjoy sledding and skating at the parks. Rachel moved in for the lake, but stays for the wonderful people in the neighborhood. Rachel owns her own law practice, Osband Law & Mediation, specializing in family law and estate planning.
Dawn & her husband, Ryan, moved to Minneapolis in 2007 & the Hale neighborhood in 2015. Since their move to Minneapolis, their family has expanded from one child to five. Their ages range from five months to 18 years. Dawn & Ryan also do foster care. Their busy home is always filled with the sound of children’s laughter & the smell of good food. When she gets some free time, Dawn enjoys sewing, cooking, reading, gardening, swimming, volunteering at Hale School, & meeting new people. She is currently a stay-at-home mom, but her professional background is in journalism. Dawn & Ryan plan to call their current house & the Hale neighborhood home for the rest of their lives. Dawn’s main objective for joining the Board was to make the neighborhood so wonderful that, when her children grow up, they will all decide to buy a house in the neighborhood & visit their parents often.
Bob has lived in the Diamond Lake neighborhood for many years. His previous background is in urban and regional planning where he has a master’s degree. He has worked in the past with the University of Minnesota in transportation safety, and with the city of Burnsville in research and city zoning. He enjoys biking and using the city of Minneapolis’s city parks and lakes.
Brianna has spent most of her life in south Minneapolis. Originally from Tangletown, she moved to her rental in the Diamond Lake neighborhood in 2017. She loves all of the parks and trails in HPDL, and can often be found figuring out new routes to walk. She is really looking forward to walking a new dog along them too. In 2013, she graduated from the U of M with a B.A. in Japanese, and currently works in education. Brianna enjoys playing video games and studying languages, and will gladly talk with you about either. She also likes to attend fun local events such as Open Streets, Pride, Farmer’s Markets, art festivals, and is looking forward to Brew and Stew. When sports seasons are in swing you can see her rooting on Minnesota United, the Twins, and the Chicago Bears.
Jessica has lived in Minneapolis for the past 14 years and in the Diamond Lake neighborhood for the last two years with her two sons who attend Hale Elementary school. Having grown up in a small town in northern Minnesota (Walker), Jessica quickly fell in love with Lake Nokomis and the beautiful trail systems in South Minneapolis. She and her sons love to take advantage of all the trails and parks, in particular they are big fans of Triangle Park. You can often find her attending one of her son’s many athletic events at Pearl Park and Todd Park during the Summer and Fall. Jessica is excited about the opportunity to become more involved and active in the community.