2021 Annual Meeting & Board Elections
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Thank you for joining us! This year’s annual meeting was held virtually on November 9th from 6:30-8:30pm, in keeping with SECIA’s COVID-19 Safety Plan. Click here to view our 2021 SECIA Annual Meeting Presentation.
The voting period is now CLOSED
Meet SECIA’s New Board Members:
Thank you to everyone who attended SECIA’s 2021 Annual Meeting, ran, and voted in our annual elections this year! We’re excited to announce our newly elected board members:
Larry Crawford, SE Como resident
Bio: I would like to participate in the association board to help shape the future of the Como neighborhood. I came to Como as a student renter, and with Claudia Crawford became a homeowner and raised a family here. I’ve been active in Como housing, area planning, neighborhood history and preservation projects with neighbors. Pride in our Como neighborhood should be our starting point to bring people together for community action. Next, with so many global and national concerns around us, our proper course is to focus on Como neighborhood specific issues that we can address effectively. We need to be wise in selecting and directing our efforts, so we achieve practical outcomes that make a valuable, long term difference for Como residents and community life here. For success, let’s design our work so Como neighbors feel welcome as they join in timely, relevant, positive, and most key, effective community action to work with the city and achieve good new outcomes here in Como.
Douglas “Scott” Grewe, SE Como Resident
Bio: I have lived in the neighborhood for 3+ years with my wife and our dogs. I am interested in gardening and urban farm practices, along with outdoor recreation like hiking, camping, kayaking, disc golf, and ball golf. If elected, I would love to participate in the decisions and inputs the board has regarding the present and future direction and improvements of the Como neighborhood. This part of the city is great because it is a diverse urban area, and still has access to parks and open areas. I would plan for further improvement to, or new green spaces in the neighborhood, with local plantings and rain gardens. Finding ways to entice and attract more local small businesses to open shop in Como would be a goal as well. My profession as a construction manager can add a unique perspective to future development and construction projects in the neighborhood. I am looking forward to serving the community and helping to facilitate future projects we all can enjoy.
Luke Nichols, SE Como Resident
Bio: I am interested in serving on the SECIA Board of Directors, because I want to strengthen the way of life that I enjoy as a long-term resident of the neighborhood. Having moved here as a renter in 2014 to attend graduate school, I am newly enjoying home ownership on Talmage Avenue on top of working professionally as a landscape architectural designer. Needless to say, Fairshare Farm and the neighborhood gardens were always big attractions to me. Not to say the Como Cookout was not a blast, but the long-term relationships I forged with my neighbors participating in these green activities gave me a sense of community that I otherwise lacked. For this reason, I would like to polish these emeralds into a neighborhood identity that continues to bring us together and define our neighborhood. As a long-term garden volunteer, I believe my past volunteer experiences, design perspective, and professional qualifications will contribute to this work.
Mark Sheldon, SE Como Resident
Bio: Hello! My name is Mark Sheldon and I’m a new homeowner in Como area. I attended the University of Minnesota and fell in love with the area during my years as a scholar. Now as a resident I would enjoy the opportunity to give back to the neighborhood that nurtured me. I’ve worked as a software engineer at Boston Scientific these past few years since my graduation. During my time with BSCI I’ve been a member of the Community Outreach team of the Young Professionals Network, planning volunteer events four times a year. I think this event coordination experience will be quite helpful if I become a member of the SECIA Board of Directors. My primary interest as a board member would be in the beautification of the community. The public gardens sprinkled throughout the neighborhood really differentiate this area from others in the Twin Cities, and I’d appreciate the opportunity to maintain and expand these gardens. Thank you for your consideration.
Greg Thompsen, SE Como Resident, Current Board Member
Bio: Greg lives in the SE Como neighborhood with his family since 2004 and has been an actively engaged SECIA Board member for the past three years. In his time on the Board, Greg has currently been involved with the Land Use & Development committee and the Future of Tuttle ad hoc committee. Additionally, he’s been involved with community building initiatives. Greg is a licensed architect in the state of Minnesota and board member Dar Omar al-Farooq Mosque in the neighborhood and worked on community building initiatives focusing on cross-cultural community building between SE Como neighborhood & Mosque. Greg is running for re-election to continue his service to the SE Como community.
DeWayne Townsend, SE Como resident
Bio: I’m DeWayne Townsend, I grew up down in the Longfellow neighborhood and after a few years away at school eventually found my way to SE Como. I’m currently a professor at the University of Minnesota, the father of two children 3 cats and a dog. I’ve been involved in the Land Use and equitable engagement committees; bringing my analytical and quantitative skills to inform our work on these issues.
- The new SECIA Board will be seated at the next SECIA Board & Community meeting at 6:30pm on December 14th, 2021. The new Board will also elects its 2022 officers at the meeting, and elect an additional Board member to fill the new 2-year vacancy.
SECIA 2021 Community Survey: Your voice matters! Please complete our 2021 Community Survey to let us know your experience in the SE Como neighborhood, what matters most to you, and changes you’d like to see! All survey participants will be entered into our monthly prize drawings! The survey is available in English & short version available in Español, Hmoob, Soomaaliga, and Arabic.