We'd like to thank all of our community members for attending this year's annual social and elections. If you didn't attend, we hope to see you next year!
2023 Annual Social & Elections
If you live anywhere within this map, you are eligible to vote for the non-geographic (At Large) board representatives next year. Depending on your grid location, you may be able to vote for an additional grid representative. The specific seats up for election will be announced before November 2024.
All votes were unanimous. Best wishes to our returning board members!
Grid 5 - April King
April King has lived in the Snelling–Hamline area with her partner and two children since 2017. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, she works in information security for Dropbox, having previously worked for Mozilla and Twitter.
As a lifelong geek, she also helps run CONvergence, one of the largest volunteer-run conventions in the country. In her limited remaining spare time, she cosplays, is a soccer goalkeeper, restores vintage cast iron cookware, and works to turn her lawn into a pollinator paradise.
Grid 7 - Sarah Dvorak
Sarah Dvorak has lived in Union Park with her husband and two sons since 2002. She received her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas and works for Wolters Kluwer as an Operations Manager in the Legal and Regulatory Division.
Sarah has volunteered on two non-profits that foster community engagement and serve youth in the community. In addition to volunteering, Sarah is passionate about spending time with family, walking and skiing with her dogs, biking [recreational and commuter], as well as practicing yoga.
Grid 9 - Dean Cummings
Dean Cummings moved to Union Park in 2017 with his wife and 8 children. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Political Science. He runs an investment firm from his home that he has been with for 30 years and recently acquired. Dean has served as co-chair of the Land Use and Economic Development committee since 2019. Dean coaches youth wrestling, plays trombone, and runs a 20 piece swing band.
At Large - Kirsten Fryer
Kirsten Fryer has worked in Union Park since September 2019 and loved it so much she moved into the neighborhood in July 2020. As pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the Midway, she loves listening to stories of the neighborhood throughout its history, serves on the board of Open Hands Midway, and works on the intersections of faith, justice, and community life. She and her husband, Justin, and their daughter, Joanna, enjoy checking out the neighborhood restaurants and parks, by foot (sometimes with dog, Como, in tow) or bike. Kirsten completed her first ever triathlon in 2023, largely thanks to the training done on Union Park's sidewalks and bike lanes/paths! An avid reader, she is a frequent visitor to the Merriam Park library. Originally from southeastern Minnesota, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. For six years prior to moving to St. Paul, she worked with St. Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS) in Cairo, Egypt.
At Large - Ellen Fee
Ellen Fee is a writer, teaching artist, and youthworker focused on creative writing and arts education. A Union Park renter since 2016, Ellen is interested in fostering deeper neighborhood engagement and building a creative community that meets the needs of its residents. A winner of Public Art Saint Paul's 2019 Sidewalk Poetry contest, Ellen's words can be found stamped in to the city's sidewalks. In her free time, Ellen enjoys cooking, camping, gardening, crossword puzzles, and cuddling with her black cat named Nadine.