Deanna Abbott-Foster
Executive Director

Deanna Foster, Executive Director of DBCC, has extensive experience managing multiple long-term strategies to build organizational capacity as well as pioneering innovative programs that offer creative, solution-oriented approaches to community engagement and neighborhood revitalization. She has demonstrated the ability to mentor community leaders, partner with other organizations and advance the success of community-based associations and institutions.

Prior to her position as Executive Director with DBCC, Deanna was the Executive Director of Hope Community, Inc. in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis for over 15 years. There she led community engagement and revitalization efforts in of one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods. Today, Hope Community's work stands as a national model for how to rebuild and reenergize a community with multi-cultural community organizing and engagement. Deanna’s story is featured in "The Power of One: Heroes Forging America's Civic Reawakening from Sea to Shining Sea" by Debra Schweiger Berg and she co-authored “End of One Way,” a book sponsored by the Annie E Casey and McKnight Foundations to highlight best-practice community based development strategies. She has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Since she was hired at DBCC in March of 2011, Deanna has demonstrated an ability to build coalitions for action, and lead economic development and community building strategies that have had a significant impact on the East Side.

Lupe Castillo

Director of Economic Enterprise

Lupe Castillo has joined the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council as the New Director of Economic Enterprise.

She has over 20 years of being a Community Activator in which racial equity is a core value. Lupe has demonstrated success in engaging community around issues, needs and visioning where all community members feel heard, witnessed and engaged. She believes that with inter-sectional work, we create robust and healthy communities.  Strengthening the East Side Enterprise Center's Economic Development work is one of her main goals. She believes in centering community needs, aspirations, and successes. She has a proven track record of meeting and surpassing high bench marks, making deep impact, and infrastructural strengthening of community organizations.

"I am eager to leverage my experience that will assist the East Side of St. Paul in fostering collaborations where community members reach their personal best!"

Lupe’s Areas of Expertise:

  • Economic Development in underrepresented communities
  • Program Management, from creation to implementation
  • Community Consensus Building,  while maintaining courtesy, respect, & understanding
  • Successful in developing initiatives and execution of community driven solutions
  • Execute multi-pronged approaches that embody long range planning
  • Recognized success in workforce and economic development with MN DEED
  • Racial Justice lens in collaborative work, among individuals, communities and governments
  • Organizational Development to lead organizations towards meeting vision
  • Neighborhood revitalization within East Phillips, West Side-St. Paul, Tribal Communities and metro area
  • Astute in Non-Profit, Foundation, and Government landscapes in order to form effective partnerships
  • Elevate community need with Philanthropic opportunity to create pathways of prosperity

Mary Anne Quiroz

Cultural Arts Director

My name is Mary Anne Quiroz and I am honored to be the Cultural Arts Director for Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. I am passionate about creating space and time to celebrate and share the amazing art that brings the beauty and resiliency of our community.

I was born in the Philippines and my husband Sergio was born in Mexico. Both of us immigrated to the United States in 1989 with our families. Although we are still getting used to cold winters (even after over twenty years), we have made Minnesota our home. Both Sergio and I attended and graduated from Saint Paul Public Schools, Johnson Govie pride to be exact! We have four beautiful children and together we share and teach traditional Mexica Aztec dance, drum and cultural classes in the community. We also run a non-profit organization called Indigenous Roots. Indigenous Roots embodies the vitality and tenacity of indigenous identities and ways of life through the preservation of arts and culture. Our family loves dancing, gardening, cooking, playing and hanging out together with family and friends! We are proud members of the Eastside community.

Mary Anne Quiroz is a passionate advocate for arts and culture. As co-founder of Indigenous Roots and Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, Mary Anne has been practicing and promoting indigenous Mexica Nahua dance and traditions for over 10 years. She has lead and presented at various community events, conferences, artist residencies and workshops throughout the state of Minnesota. In addition to her leadership role as a lead dancer, Mary Anne is a community engagement connector and organizer. She has recently worked with the MN State Arts Board as a Community Liaison to connect artists of color to federal and state art grants, Community Coordinator for Mascaras y Milagros: Mexican Arts in Minnesota (2012), CURA’s Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (2015); Community Engagement Coordinator for the International Film Festival (2015 and 2016) and Community Advisor for Ordway Theater’s Notes From Asia events series (2016). Flint Hills International Children’s Festival (2008-ongoing), Young Writers and Artists Conference (2010), SPPS District Wide Hmong New Year Celebration (2015).

Melinna Sixtos

Sr. Executive Assistant/Head of Administration

Bio coming soon!

Michelle Kaye

Administrative Coordinator

Michelle is the Administrative Coordinator at Dayton’s Bluff Community Council.  Prior to joining the DBCC team, she has worked in the administrative field for over 14 years, including working for places such as UnitedHealthcare’s corporate office, UnitedBehavioral Health and The Wilder Foundation.  Michelle has lived in Saint Paul since 2004, and specifically on the East Side for three years now. She enjoys participating in neighborhood events as a volunteer, and assisted in coordinating “7th Street LIVE” in 2016.  She is a member of Mounds Park United Methodist Church, where she has performed her piano and vocal original works.  In her spare time, she is a recording artist and film composer, having released a CD in 2015 that took home multiple awards.