Board of Directors
Grid One Representatives
Grid One Representative - Tom Dietsche, Treasurer
I grew up on a dairy farm in the 1950’s. To escape that physically punishing and 24/7 occupation, I started a software company during my senior year at UW-Madison. Relocated from Wisconsin to St. Paul in 1975 and to Mac-Groveland in 1994. Besides my primary occupation in the software industry, I’ve also been a consultant, co-owned a restaurant (bad idea!), and managed several family businesses including an RV dealership, a small trucking firm, a mobile home park, and a family farm.
Being bored in semi-retirement from my latest software firm, I joined the board in 2015. By engaging with city planning, zoning and transportation activities, along with all our other community topics, I’ve tried to improve our quality of life in Mac-Groveland. Besides being a Grid 1 rep, I’ve served MGCC as VP, President (not intentionally and not for long!), and currently as Treasurer.
In my spare time, I work out, play pool, read SF and mysteries, watch sports, revise bylaws, and volunteer with other agencies. I also collect zany t-shirts, tell puns to annoy my wife, and act as her “under-gardener.”
I believe that MGCC (like all of St. Paul’s 17 district councils) is a valuable intermediary that improves communications between our residents and our city government. So, I really value my involvement with MGCC and hope it has been helpful. One huge payback is getting to know so many wonderful people!
Grid Two Representatives
Grid Two Representative - Saura Jost
I grew up in St. Paul in the Macalester Groveland neighborhood. I went to Central High School, University of Minnesota for my undergraduate degree, and the University of Washington for graduate school. I moved back St. Paul after school and currently work as a structural engineer in Minneapolis, MN. I decided to join the board so that I could become more involved in our community. Since I have lived here most of my life and am now raising a family here, I care a lot about the neighborhood, our neighbors, and that Mac Grove continues to be a great place to live for everyone. I hope to make the neighbors feel more connected to what is happening in our community and the decisions being made. In my spare time, I enjoy taking my son on adventures with my partner, watching sports or going to games (go Vikings!), and getting outdoors when it isn’t too cold.
Grid Three Representatives
Athena Adkins, Grid Three Representative
My family has lived in the neighborhood since 2012. My boys play lacrosse and attend Circus Juventas—if you haven’t seen a Spring or Summer show, you should! They are amazing! We like to ski and snowboard in the winter and in the Spring and Summer, I plant a vegetable garden in my front yard and encourage my neighbors to help themselves. In my family, we believe that food is love and we have plenty to share. I am involved with MGCC because I like to know what is going on in the neighborhood and I am a big believer that democracy is hard work and relationships matter. I hope to see you around the neighborhood!
Grid Four Representatives
Grid 5 Representatives