Executive Team


Pa Chua Vang

President, Board Member Sub-district D

pachuavang@hotmail.com

Q. What kind of impact do you want Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to have on you and your community?
A. I would like to bring the community together as whole and make Dayton's Bluff a place of vibrant colors and voices at the discussion table to get things done. I want to work collectively and passionately for the community and really engage and listen to what the community wants.

Q. How will your involvement with DBCC help to engage Dayton’s Bluff residents in your community around issues that are important to them?
A. I will work with DBCC and its surrounding communities along with my subdistrict council members and engage in monthly meetings. I will ask the community to voice their concerns, work on a action plan and follow up on it. I will hold myself accountable and be responsible for my work. I will be inclusive, open and transparent. I will also hold the community accountable to help guide me on issues that I may need more understanding so that I can better serve them. I will respectful of all cultures and languages and learn from them to broaden my sense of how we can come to together. I will work hard and relentlessly to serve my community

Q. What is your favorite East Side business?

A. I am a foodie person and I love, love, love food. To be honest, some of my favorite food comes from the little Latino/Karen/Hmong grocery stores.

 


Elizabeth Matakis

Vice President, Board Member Sub-district B

Emm019@yahoo.com

Q. What kind of impact do you want Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to have on you and your community?
A. The challenge & opportunity facing DBCC and the neighborhood is making sure everyone in the community has a voice and is represented in the long term vision of Dayton’s Bluff.  We must leverage relationships and resources in order to be as impactful as possible.

Q. How will your involvement with DBCC help to engage Dayton’s Bluff residents in your community around issues that are important to them?
A. I am passionate about civic engagement and would like to continue to engage people in the community, especially our young adults and communities of color. I am committed to listening first and to leading thoughtfully and respectfully.

Q. What is your favorite East Side business?
A. There are so many great places that bring me so much joy, it is hard to pick just one!  I dream about the Korean pancakes at Cook and the catfish curry at Eastside Thai is my go to on cold winter night.


Tamara York-Tallman

Secretary, Board Member Sub-district B

darvezt@gmail.com

Q & A coming soon!

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Quintin Kidd

Treasurer, Board Member Sub-district D

QuintinKrogerKidd@gmail.com

Q. What kind of impact do you want Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to have on you and your community?
A. To paraphrase, I’m not so interested in what DBCC can do for me but rather how I can help Dayton’s Bluff. Each of us has a duty and obligation to serve our fellow humans, to lift them up to the extent of the talents with which we have been blessed.

Q. How will your involvement with DBCC help to engage Dayton’s Bluff residents in your community around issues that are important to them?
A.We must address the issues of inequality, particularly income inequality, which are pervasive in St. Paul. It is unconscionable that the income of Dayton’s Bluff households is almost 40 percent lower than the state as a whole. (And other areas of St. Paul are more than 50% lower!) Engagement with residents to identify needs is critical.

Our leaders must be representative of the diversity of our community. I look forward to working with and mentoring a new generation of leaders that reflects that diversity.

Q. What is your favorite East Side business?
A. My favorite restaurant is the one which is satisfying the cravings of my wife, Robyn, and me at the moment. There are so many great restaurants on the East Side, I hesitate to single out one. We love that we do not have to visit a chain to get a great meal!

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Directors:

Henry Garnica

Board Member, At large (Business owner)

centromexsupermercado@gmail.com

Q & A coming soon!

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Laura Kidd

Board Member At large (Student)

lj.kidd@aol.com

Q. What kind of impact do you want Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to have on you and your community?
A. I would like more American Indian families to become involved in the Council and share their needs and concerns. I would also like to see more residents, especially people of color, become entrepreneurs in our neighborhood. I hope all residents will feel welcome to attend the DBCC meetings and express their opinions, concerns and ideas.

Q. How will your involvement with DBCC help to engage Dayton’s Bluff residents in your community around issues that are important to them?
A. Now that the board better reflects the demographics of the community, I believe they will become more involved and will feel very welcome to share the issues that are important to them. I would like to find out what issues the residents have by meeting more residents, talking with them, conducting surveys, and inviting them to attend our public meetings and events.

Q. What is your favorite East Side business?
A. My favorite place on the East Side is Metropolitan State University. I encourage many people to attend Metro State because it is very diverse, friendly, and accommodating to all people by having many student organizations and events.

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Jeanelle Foster

Board Member Sub-district A

jyfoster@juno.com

Q. What kind of impact do you want Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to have on you and your community?
A. I think the DBCC can have a significant impact reaching across all of Dayton’s Bluff and the greater East Side. I would like to see the DBCC intentionally gathering input about the strengths  and areas of concern to target in the community. I envision having a full and committed board that will engage and listen to community members and begin to work in a variety of areas through collaborations and active participation from all neighbors!

Q. How will your involvement with DBCC help to engage Dayton’s Bluff residents in your community around issues that are important to them?
A.I am committed to my neighbors and neighborhood. I will work to ensure active engagement and participation. I will bring information back to share with neighbors and on social media. The hope is that we can grow a community of ‘do-ers’ that utilize the DBCCC to help with projects to enhance our community.

Q. What is your favorite East Side business?
A. Do I have to pick only one? The Dancing Goat has a fabulous jasmine tea, I love visiting the Hmong Market and having in indoor space for affordable vegetables in the winter, Arlington Rec has been useful for its library and physical fitness facilities…so many great places! Pride on the East Side.

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Michael Boyd

Board Member Sub-district A

michaelandreboyd@gmail.com

Q. What kind of impact do you want Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to have on you and your community?
A. I would like DBCC to empower the people of the community and myself on what is going on in the neighborhood and where to find information.

Q. How will your involvement with DBCC help to engage Dayton’s Bluff residents in your community around issues that are important to them?
A. I will engage the residents of DB by getting involved with the youth and create ways for parents to get involved.

Q. What is your favorite East Side business?
A. My favorite business is Taqueria.

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Todd Gramenz

Board member Sub-district A

Toddgram89@gmail.com

Q. What kind of impact do you want Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to have on you and your community?
A. I would like to see the members on the community council serve the needs of the community. For me, I’d just like to ensure Dayton’s Bluff Community Council continues to have open doors to the community such as we have.  I’d also like to see our council seeking to find ways to invest their own time and efforts to discovering innovative ways to help the people in the community.

Q. How will your involvement with DBCC help to engage Dayton’s Bluff residents in your community around issues that are important to them?

A. I’m committed to helping our local residents optimizing their job searches and helping establish their career goals. I know there are a lot of talented individuals and I want to ensure people in the community are placed in the best possible positions to ensure they could support their families to the best of their ability.

Q. What is your favorite East Side business?

A. My favorite place to eat on the East Side is The Great Dragon. Their Wong Tongs are great!

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Yingya Vang

Board Member Sub-district A

yvang066@gmail.com

Q & A coming soon!

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Kirstin Scanlan Madore

Board Member Sub-district B

kscanlan@mac.com

Q & A coming soon!

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Shannon Prescott

Board Member Sub-district B

shannonileah@gmail.com

Q & A coming soon!

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Tabitha Benci DeRango

Board Member Sub-district C

Jsrango@gmail.com

Q. What kind of impact do you want Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to have on you and your community?
A.  I believe that a community council is a place for people to learn about their community, to feel welcomed and to take action to direct or change the things they see as important to their quality of life. I believe that a community council should be constantly striving to build community in an authentic way.

Q. How will your involvement with DBCC help to engage Dayton’s Bluff residents in your community around issues that are important to them?

A. I believe that my interactions with friends and neighbors will create shared knowledge of Council endeavors and help to strengthen our community with human capital.

Q. What is your favorite East Side business?

A. My vote is for the Eastside Open Market! I am so proud of those sassy, talented entrepreneurs.


Osman Egal

Board Member Sub-district C

talyan2001@yahoo.com

Q & A coming soon!


Crystal Norcross

Board Member Sub-district C

cnorc11@gmail.com

Q & A coming soon!

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Rasheed Wade

Board Member Sub-district C

wader5487@gmail.com

Q & A coming soon!

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Barry White

Board Member Sub-district D

barrywhite@me.com

Q&A coming soon!

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Holly Windingstad

Board Member Sub-district D

hwindingstad.dbcc@gmail.com

Q. What kind of impact do you want Dayton’s Bluff Community Council to have on you and your community?
A. I am looking forward to the Dayton's Bluff Community Council impacting our neighborhood in its continual work engaging the community around issues of culture, race, equity and age.

Q. How will your involvement with DBCC help to engage Dayton’s Bluff residents in your community around issues that are important to them?
A. My involvement in the Dayton's Bluff Community Council will be voicing my sub-district's concerns, values and issues to the council and finding positive solutions.  I look forward to improving public spaces, fostering new businesses, improved transportation, relationship building through multicultural activities and promoting our arts community. 

Q. What is your favorite East Side business?
A. I can not get enough of the Friday fish fry at Obb's for dinner.