Kyle has lived in Union Park since 2007, when he and his wife moved to Minnesota after a stint in California. He has five kids, six chickens, and a cat and works full-time at the University of Minnesota. He is convinced that Union Park is the best neighborhood in all of Minnesota, and possibly the world.
David Rasmussen lives near Snelling and University. He joined the board in 2005-06. He was a quality engineer and product development engineer, retiring at age 39. He founded a now-defunct record label and 13 years ago had a regular talk show on the campus station at UC-Berkeley. In 2015, his daughter Rose was born and he that very same month was awarded distinguished Toastmaster Status. He has started a professional speaking career, enjoys beginnings, and enjoys travel. He is originally from Des Moines, Iowa.
Hello, I’m Josh Capistrant. I’m a mild mannered crusader for social justice. I’m an advocate for housing. As a inevitability of my career, I think about really good design in all its manifestations. Design that serves its purpose and people well is a deeply satisfying end. I love people. I’ve learned much and owe much to even people that I find myself at odds with. Part of the pleasure of my volunteer work is making connection with people and for people.
As part of the UPDC, I’ve served as a Vice President, on WSNAC, chaired committees, started the ICPB&J, worked with the MSCG, founded the Saint Paul branch of the Minnesota Tool Library, served on the Neighborhood Involvement and Land Use Committees.
I am a Parent, husband, designer, business owner, and artist. I love small homes, music, movies, tea, my library, lego, relief printing and camping.
As a proud St Paulite, I have called Merriam Park home for the past four years. I am a renter who strongly believes that community councils are the backbone of our civil society. As a person who enjoys the walkability and transit options of this neighborhood, I look forward to working with my friends and neighbors to increase the liveability of our district. This would include increasing housing options and creating an even more walkable community by increasing the visibility of the right-of-way for cyclists and pedestrians. I would also like to see more investment in public art that celebrates the history of this district while creating unique experiences for those intrepid pedestrians exploring our streets. We live in a vibrant community that should be enjoyed by everyone who calls this place home while making space for others who wish to become our neighbors. My vision for Union Park is to be one of the most walkable, vibrant, and livable communities in the Twin Cities.
Trisha Groth lives in Grid 10 and has lived in St. Paul for 20 years. She graduated from Hamline University with an undergraduate degree in German and a Master's of Teaching. She worked in public education as a teacher for six years and now works in health and wellness. She and her family enjoy cycling, swimming and hiking, use of public and state parks, and prevalence of diverse wildlife in urban spaces. She is nonpartisan and votes independently. She is interested in increasing safety for all modes of transportation, as well as affordable housing solutions and community resource management.
A recent graduate of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs with a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning, Alicia is passionate about contributing to the creation of equitable and sustainable communities. She is an advocate for housing and renters' rights as well as safe streets for everyone, especially pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders. As a representative on the Board of Directors, Alicia will seek to ensure all perspectives are heard, particularly those of people who are typically left out of the political process.
Henry Parker lives in Merriam Park with his wife and looks forward to raising a family in their new home. He was raised in the Lex-Ham neighborhood and recently returned to Minnesota after serving in the Army. Prior to his military service he worked for Congresswoman McCollum in DC and in St. Paul. Henry is currently pursuing his Master of Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and also serves on the board of the St. Paul DFL.
Marcy is the owner and director of Dancers Studio & Midpointe Event Center in Saint Paul, MN. She founded Dancers Studio in 1986 in an old firehouse on Snelling Avenue which went on to win the prestige award of Best Ballroom Dance Studio in the Twin CIties by MPLS | ST. PAUL Magazine. Having a dance and entertainment background, Marcy was a natural for hosting events with her innate ability to communicate and care for people in a meaningful way. She now enjoys adding to peoples' lives by hosting their special events in a venue that she re-created to her vision from a rundown bingo hall to a stunning modern venue with two halls and four gorgeous ballrooms. Marcy's vision celebrates diverse gatherings that include corporate events, social events, and weddings and receptions, all while embracing core communities in the heart of the Twin Cities. She has astutely assembled and leads a well rounded, dedicated staff to round out her vision which continues to add innovation and excitement in the events and dance industry in the Twin Cities.
Mike Robertston is a long time St. Paul resident, restoration carpenter, and cycling enthusiast. He is Program Manager for the A Brush with Kindness program at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, which provides painting and repair services for low-income homeowners throughout the metro area. He––along with his wife and two daughters––is currently living through his fourth St. Paul old-house restoration adventure on Laurel Avenue.