Our Staff

Alex Farrell

Executive Director
alexfarrell@secomo.org

Luis Mendoza

Communications Intern
luis@secomo.org

Cedar Thomas

Communications Intern
cedar@secomo.org

Alex Farrell believes neighborhood organizations play a critical role in making Minneapolis a better place to live. Our stakeholders champion for the community, providing varied perspectives and expertise to a shared goal of enhancing lives. Cooperating with our local partners, we assess needs and develop service projects, adding historical context while exploring strategies for growth. We welcome all; we encourage diversity; we support collaboration.

Please join us if you are looking for a space to explore ideas and want to get involved in impactful projects. You can email me directly at alexfarrell@secomo.org and learn more on our website, social media, community gardens, or at public meetings listed on our calendar: https://secomo.org/calendar/. SECIA is our way of making our neighborhood our favorite place to be, and all are welcome here.

Luis Mendoza is one of the Communications interns for SECIA. Luis works to maintain SECIA’s biweekly newsletter, E-Comotion, in addition to updating social media and the website. He is currently studying Marketing at the University of Minnesota. Luis is excited to get more involved with the SE Como Community through this internship.

Cedar Thomas is one of the Communications interns for SECIA. Cedar designs the quarterly newsletter, the Comotion, in addition to updating social media and the website.  They are going into their third year as a resident of the Como neighborhood. They also spends their summers working at Varsity Bike and Transit in Dinkytown.

Cedar is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota, pursuing a BFA in Art. Their senior year will focus on photography and sculpture. Cedar is passionate about community engagement and connection through art.

Lauren Heers

Community Garden Intern
lauren@secomo.org

Amber Wiebe

Community Building Intern
amber@secomo.org

Maribel Morales

Community Building Intern
maribel@secomo.org

Lauren Heers is one of the Community Garden Interns for SECIA and is currently pursuing a degree in Organic and Local Food Production with a minor inSustainability Studies at the University of Minnesota. She brings a horticulture background in landscaping as well as plant retail experience with Mother Earth Gardens, all alongside a deep love and understanding of our local and native plants.

Originally from South Minneapolis, this is Lauren’s third year as a happy resident of SE Como. She is looking forward to working alongside the Southeast Como Improvement Association to care for our community and foster greater connections between residents and our local green spaces.

Amber is a local Minneapolitan with a passion for people and public spaces. She believes the most fundamental civic engagement begins on a local level, and is excited to work with the community as SECIA’s Community Building Intern. Currently a senior at Augsburg University majoring in Urban Studies and Communication, Amber looks forward to connecting with the SE Como neighborhood and helping their visions for the area come to life.

Maribel was born and raised in New Mexico but has called the Twin Cities home for 12 years. She is a senior at Augsburg University studying Sociology. She enjoys reading, working out, dancing, and trying something new if she’s not studying or at work. Mabel is excited to be a part SECIA as a Community Building Intern and learn more about this wonderful neighborhood. She looks forward to meeting you all in-person soon!

Julia Kobilka

Community Garden Intern
julia@secomo.org

Laura Schlotterback

Community Building Intern
laura@secomo.org

Maribel Morales

Community Building Intern
maribel@secomo.org

Julia Kobilka is one of the Community Garden Interns for SECIA. Julia is currently an Environmental Science student at the University of Minnesota specializing in conservation and resource management. Julia has been working on gardens practically her whole life and is really excited to work with the Como community!

Laura Schlotterback is SECIA’s Grant Writing Intern. June of 2019, Laura moved from Northfield, Minnesota to Southeast Como to pursue a Master’s of Social Work and Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Laura’s past work at the Northfield Community Action Center spurred her interest in local government and neighborhood organizing, and she is excited to learn and work with her new community through this internship.

Maribel was born and raised in New Mexico but has called the Twin Cities home for 12 years. She is a senior at Augsburg University studying Sociology. She enjoys reading, working out, dancing, and trying something new if she’s not studying or at work. Mabel is excited to be a part SECIA as a Community Building Intern and learn more about this wonderful neighborhood. She looks forward to meeting you all in-person soon!