2024 Board Candidates

The voting period is now closed – thank you for participating! Results will be announced on May 5

MGCC strives to encourage community members from diverse groups to join its Board, participate in activities, and seek to attain positions of leadership. MGCC believes that a commitment to diversity strengthens the organization’s capacity, enhances relevance and effectiveness, and is an essential component of accountable and representative decision-making.

At-Large Faith Institution Representative

There is one At-Large Faith Institution Rep seats open this year.

Lynn Ihlenfeldt

at-large Faith institution representative candidate

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Tell us about yourself

I’m a long term resident of MacGrove, and I am an active member of a local faith institution – Fairmount Avenue UMC. I currently serve in this position, and enjoy working with the Board and the local faith communities.

What encouraged you to seek a board seat on the Macalester-Groveland Community Council’s Board of Directors?

I filled the Faith seat when it was vacated mid-term, and have really enjoyed my tenure on the Board. Its uplifting to be able to connect local faith houses with the community.

What skills/experiences can you contribute to MGCC?

I have been a business owner with all the skills of running a successful non-profit. I am well connected to this community, after 30 years of living here and working in St. Paul, and have a heart for carrying out our mission.

At-Large Landlord Representative

There is one at-large landlord seat open this year.

Catherine Plessner

at-large landlord representative

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Tell us about yourself

I have been privileged to live in Macalester Groveland for over half a century. I was oblivious for too many of those years to the people who paid a price for my privilege. St. Paul’s 2040 Plan with the first value of “Equity and Opportunity gives me hope for our future.

What encouraged you to seek a board seat on the Macalester-Groveland Community Council’s Board of Directors?

I appreciate former Mayor Jim Scheibel’s wisdom to create St. Paul’s District Council system as a valuable conduit of communication. I believe in MGCC’s mission: “Macalester-Groveland Community Council fosters citizen participation in government and community decisions that make our neighborhood a great place to live, work, learn, and play.”

What skills/experiences can you contribute to MGCC?

The basement apartment at 1716 Grand Avenue was my husband and my first home when we married 51 years ago. Cora S. Clark gave us a good model of an ethical landlord. I have twenty years of experience of managing multifamily properties which includes Registered Student Rentals in the Student Overlay District in Macalester Groveland and Union Park.

At-Large Business Representative

THERE ARE TWO at-large business representative SEATS OPEN THIS YEAR. YOU MAY VOTE FOR UP TO TWO CANDIDATES.

Brian wagner

at-large business representative

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Tell us about yourself

I have served two terms as a business representative to MGCC, liaison to GABA for 2 terms, Chair of the Community Building committee, I have lived since 2000 and worked in the neighborhood since 2007. I am a real estate agent and find my work and volunteering with the community council is a way to give back to a neighborhood that supports my livelihood.

What encouraged you to seek a board seat on the Macalester-Groveland Community Council’s Board of Directors?

An opportunity to give back to the community that supports my business is my primary motivation to continue to serve The work and information I gain from this involvement also helps me be a better real estate agent.

What skills/experiences can you contribute to MGCC?

Organization, a builder of community, a historical perspective having served two previous terms

Chuck Peters

At-large Business representative candidate

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Tell us about yourself

I’m a mac-groveland resident since September of 2022, but have spent other years living in the Summit Hill Association neighborhoods. I’m the founder of a local media company with a mission of reconnecting neighbors to their community by supporting small businesses, reading local journalism, and engaging their elected officials.

What encouraged you to seek a board seat on the Macalester-Groveland Community Council’s Board of Directors?

Mac-Groveland is a special neighborhood in Minnesota and I want to do my part to keep the neighborhood active, thriving, and united. I’d like to continue applying the skillset and relationships I’ve developed in our neighborhood and beyond. As a 29 year old, I’d like to focus more on engaging the young adults who live in our neighborhood to encourage them to participate in events hosted by the Community Building Team and giving them an outlet to be engaged in their community.

What skills/experiences can you contribute to MGCC?

I’ve served a partial term on the board (as of October 2023) and would like to continue serving for a full term. In addition to serving on the MGCC board, I’m active with the Grand Avenue Business Association and helping to plan the Grand Old Day event. In both my personal and professional work, in addition to volunteering, I’m frequently meeting with local businesses to understand their needs and help them succeed. I’m also close with many local journalists and other local leaders who can play a role in bringing our community closer together.