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.

Have you wondered what is expected of a board member? Here is a description.

Board of Directors

SE Quadrant (1)

  • Alan Richardson (Vice Chair)

‟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.

  • Betti Ingman
  • 3rd seat vacant

SW Quadrant (2)

  • Karin Groening

‟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.

  • Dionne Gharamu (Secretary)

‟Greetings – I’m Dionne Gharamu. I’m one of the Board Members representing Quadrant 2 in the Southwest corner of the North End. My family relocated to Saint Paul when I was 13 years old and local, community resources and relationships have strongly impacted my well-being and development so it’s important for me to try to contribute to any community I’m a part of. I’ve always been fascinated with the characteristics that make different areas uniquely important and I’m motivated to do whatever I can to make it more likely that all North End residents have the opportunity to enjoy all of the things that make this a special place.

  • Lamah Bility
  • 4th seat vacant

NW Quadrant (3)

  • Katheryn Schneider
‟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.
  • Lou Michaels

‟I have made my home here in Saint Paul for the 16 years I have my business as Lou the photo guy LLC for over 35 years here in Saint Paul also been on several boards and committee for senior also. Rice Street/ North End Community. Very active on many active groups ioof, jwv, national press club, national press club #250004 also there to help members of our community whatever it is.

  • Nate Nins

‟A St. Paulite through and through, Nate was born and raised in the City and graduated from Humboldt Sr. High and Hamline University. He has lived in the City for over 25 years, lived in 7 different neighborhoods in the City, and is now a proud North Ender as of 2020. A father, husband, Marine Corps & Army veteran, Nate is committed to community service and is invested in the growth & prosperity of the North End and the City of St. Paul for all residents.

  • Hwa Jeong Kim
  • 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.”

  • Vito Sauro (Chair)

‟Hi Folks, my name is Vito Sauro. I am a Saint Paul citizen, a human being enthusiast, and the current chair of NENO. As a leader with other organizations, and through my work in education, I’ve seen firsthand the impact that can be made when community members have their passions heard. I will continue to listen intentionally to the needs of those around me, act with calculation and conviction, and work to drive this community forward. I am committed to ensuring all voices are valued and esteemed in our neighborhood and our city.

  • 3rd seat vacant
  • 4th seat vacant


  • Steve Tuckner

‟I am a 2 and 1/2 year resident of the North End community. Prior to that my wife and I lived in Roseville for 20 years where we raised our twin daughters. We often ended up very near to the North End at Connie’s Creamy Cone. We are happy to live within walking distance of that and Marydale Park. We built a new net-zero home here so that we could enjoy the amenities of living in the city like sidewalks and public transit. My priority in being on this board is to try as best that I can to have the makeup of our district council accurately reflect the demographics of our district so that everyone feels represented.

Youth Seats

  • Paul Nguyen

‟I’ve been living in the North End since 2009. I joined the Youth Committee at NENO because I wanted there to be a voice for the youth in the neighborhood. Hopefully I can make the Youth Committee expand into its full potential and help the youth participate in the North End Neighborhood. I enjoy spending my free time volunteering at Keystone on Rice Street and taking long walks around the lake.

  • 2nd seat vacant

Business/Institution Seats

  • Tyrone Maxwell
  • Soe Doh