I grew up in Southeast Minneapolis just a few blocks from the Mississippi River and later moved to Northeast Minneapolis where my formal involvement with neighborhoods began when elected to the St. Anthony West Neighborhood Board. In 1985, my wife, Patty and our two young children moved from Minneapolis to our current home on Willow Lane. This was before Highway 252 was built. After moving to Brooklyn Center, I participated on the Brooklyn Center NE Advisory Board and later assisted the City providing resident input on one of our earlier Comprehensive Plans. Along with Ron Snyder and Jerry Blamey, I was a founder of our Riverwood Neighborhood Association.
Previously I was a board member helping to manage a trust fund with a mission to promote the intellectual and human development of a group of approximately 300 individuals.
My formal degrees are Computer Science and an MBA. Now that I’m retired after more than 25 years with UnitedHealth Group, I spend time with my main hobbies of gardening, light hiking, travel and ballroom dancing. Plus, community involvement with my church and neighborhood.
I have lived through and seen the negative effects of building Interstate 94 through North Minneapolis and Highway 252 in Brooklyn Center. Quality of life for our residents is a passion of mine. This includes safety, mass transit availability, access to the Mississippi River and recreational activities, minimizing pollution, equity and effective neighborhood communication. I am honored to participate as a member of the Highway 252 Safety Task Force.