Neno is a non-governing board of volunteer members who share a mutual love of their neighborhood and a desire to see it improve in any manner possible and who oversee the non-profit organization.

Members are not employed by the city of Saint Paul and act as a non-binding advisory council for some city decisions or initiatives that occur in the North End.

2019-20 Board of Directors

SE Quadrant (1)

  • Alison Warford

‟I have lived in the North End since 2000 and have enjoyed making a home here.  I was elected to the NENO board in 2017 after looking for ways to get more involved in my neighborhood.  As a health care professional, I know how much one’s environment affects one’s health.  Having safe streets, access to healthy food, green spaces, adequate housing, educational and recreational opportunities, and most of all, having strong connections to the people around us make us healthier people and, in turn, create a healthier community.

  • Gerry Mischke
  • Alan Richardson

‟Life-long resident of St. Paul, recent member of the Rice Street/North End Community.  Proponent of affordable housing, pathways to home ownership, expanding commute options, bolstering parks and recreation opportunities, and strengthening youth and elder relationships.  Find me around Rice Street, I’m always up for a good conversation.

SW Quadrant (2)

  • Karin Groening (Chair)

‟I moved to the North End from Dayton, Ohio 15 years ago. I became involved with NENO because I was looking for ways improve the neighborhood and to build stronger community connections. I love the North End’s diversity where roaming with my dogs can mean hearing mariachis on one block, Vietnamese karaoke on another, and seeing friends from all backgrounds. Since joining the NENO board, I’ve worked to engage and empower young people through the new Youth Committee and to build more connections with our immigrant and refugee populations.

  • Steven Struhar (Secretary)

‟My wife Amanda and I moved here in the spring of 2007 (peak housing market). We fell in love with the neighborhood, and have been working to improve it by being members of various committees and on the district council. We plan to be here for a long time and look forward every week to meeting new neighbors.

  • James Berka (Vice Chair)
  • 4th seat vacant

NW Quadrant (3)

  • Richard Holst
  • Ethan Osten
  • Katheryn Schneider (Treasurer)
‟I am originally from Colorado and moved to Minnesota in 1998.  I have lived in the North End since 2006.  I bought a home and a year later I bought the 4plex that sits right next to my house. I joined the board after being on the Friends of the North End committee.  I volunteer for many organizations including the MN Tool Library.  I am an avid gardener.  I am very proud of my rain garden and my front yard, which has more perennial plants than grass.
I enjoy being on the board of the North End Neighborhood Organization.  I especially like organizing events like the Marydale Festival which brings neighbors together.
  • 4th seat vacant
  • 5th seat vacant

NE Quadrant (4)

  • Matt Sletten

‟Matt has lived in the North end since 2004. He is active in his childrens’ school, neighborhood issues, and the North End Neighborhood Organization. He has served on the Land Use and Housing committee, and served as the Chair of the North End Neighborhood Organization. He has worked on the Marydale Festival, the 168 Front Avenue Community Garden, numerous community engagement projects, block club meetings and the building that houses the office.

“I appreciate my neighborhood, how it has grown and for the future growth.”

  • 2nd seat vacant
  • 3rd seat vacant
  • 4th seat vacant


  • Melissa Michener

‟Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Melissa moved to Saint Paul to attend Hamline University. Melissa has been an active citizen in Saint Paul for almost 10 years but is new to the North End. She is passionate about many things including food, gardening, dogs, biking, and staying active and engaged. She plans to stick around in North End for the long haul and welcomes anyone to contact her to chat about anything. Contact her for details. Melissa, her husband, and dog can be found exploring the nooks and crannies of the North End on their long walks and adventures.

Youth Seats

  • Garrett McDermott
  • 2nd seat vacant

Business/Institution Seats

  • Tyrone Maxwell
  • 2nd seat vacant