2021 Board Members

Welcome the Board members elected in April 2021!

Brian Wagner, At-Large Business Representative

Brian Wagner, M.Ed. in Education Administration and Counseling, BA in Creative and Performing Arts. Realtor with Coldwell Banker Burnet, Prior career in higher education working at Walden University and Macalester College. Serves as the At-Large Business Representative for MGCC since 2018. Chair of the MGCC Community Building Committee, Member of the MGCC Inclusivity Task Force.  MGCC liaison to the Grand Avenue Business Association (GABA) and Secretary of GABA.  Co-chair of the Future is Grand Task Force – a collaboration between the Summit Hill Association, GABA and MGCC. A lover of dogs, quilting, gardening, and road biking. 

Colin Voerding, At-Large Business Representative

I grew up in St. Paul in the Macalester Groveland neighborhood. I went to Highland Park Jr. & Sr. High. I left for Winona State University where I earned my Undergraduate B.S. Degree in Marketing. I moved back to St. Paul after school and embarked on a 30-year sales career. I am currently a Licensed MN Realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty. I am passionate about the Realtor Code of Ethics and will pursue justice and fairness will everyone equally. I participate in giving back to the community in a couple of ways. first as a GED/ESL volunteer Tutor at the Rondo Community Center and delivering Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels for the past 30 years. I am excited to be on the board so I could become more involved in our community and contribute to the well-being of our neighborhood. The security and safety of all is my primary objective.

Nora Ptacek, At-Large Renter Representative

My name is Nora Ptacek and I am a renter in Macalester Groveland. I moved to the Twin-Cities five years ago to study at the University of Minnesota and quickly fell in love with it. After graduating, my partner and I moved to Macalester Groveland, and it was everything we were looking for. I work in Minnesota politics (fundraising), and really enjoy making a difference in my community. I initially got involved with MGCC because I care about affordable housing and now serve as a member of the Housing and Land Use committee. In my free time I enjoy walking and biking around the neighborhood with my partner.

Zak Yudhishthu, At-large student representative

My name is Zak Yudhishthu (he/him), and I’m a first year student at Macalester College. I’m from Portland, Oregon, and I’m likely going to be an Economics Major and Music Minor, with a possible Political Science Minor. I care about people, I care about the places that they live in, and I care about participating in civic life in order to contribute to those people and places. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I do volunteer tutoring, write for the Macalester newspaper’s opinion section, and sing Beatles songs along with my guitar.

Tim schmidt, at-large educational institution representative

I am the current board representative for the Education At Large seat. I’ve represented my community on the board for the last 3 years and have lived in Saint Paul for over 15 years. I’ve prior experience with the city’s district council program as I previous sat on the Summit Hill Association board before moving into the Mac-Grove area. I look forward to contributing to my city and the local neighborhood thru participation on the board and committees such as Housing and Land Use. I feel that it is important to share our own skills and personal time investments for the benefit of the community we live in.