Our Staff

Melanie Kleiss - Executive Director
mkleiss@lowerphalencreek.org

Tammey Skinaway - Community Engagement Coordinator
tskinaway@lowerphalencreek.org

Jennifer Halcrow (contractor) - Development
jennifer@corvusnorth.com

Veronica Burt (contractor) - Community Engagement
univaveequity@yahoo.com

Jim Rock (contractor) - Dakota interpretation
Indigenous Educational Design

Board of Directors

Daniela Bell
Resident & Community Activist

Carol Carey
Executive Director, Historic Saint Paul

Chip Lindeke
Treasurer, Principal, Raffetry Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects

Dan McGuiness
East Side Resident, Mississippi River Program, National Audubon Society (Retired)

Paul Mohrbacher
Secretary, Community Liaison, Science Museum of Minnesota (Retired)

Cynthia Whiteford
Lowertown Resident/Senior Vice President, Trust for Public Land (Retired)

Steering Committee

(All Board members are also on the Steering Committee.)

Christine Baeumler
Professor of Art, University of Minnesota, Artist in residence, Capitol Region Watershed District

Karin DuPaul
Community Organizer, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council, Friends of Swede Hollow Board member

Sheldon Johnson
State Representative, Minnesota House

Jeff Jones
Public Insight Network Producer, Minnesota Public Radio

Weiming Lu (Emeritus)
Past President, Lowertown Redevelopment Corporation; Minneapolis Foundation Trustee

Dennis Thompson
Principal Planner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (retired)

Leonard Wabasha
Director of Cultural Resources, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community