Board of Directors

The goal of the Seward Neighborhood Group is to make Seward a better place to live, work and play.

We do this by:

  • Fostering a vibrant, safe, healthy community
  • Supporting a successful business district
  • Celebrating the diversity of our neighborhood
  • Creating opportunities to connect with our neighbors

2017 Board Members

  • Diann Anders, Treasurer
  • Tariku Belay
  • Shell Collins
  • Hanna Epstein
  • Peter Fleck
  • Ashley Freitag
  • Bob Friddle, Executive Committee  at-large member
  • Daniel Handeen
  • Abdiasis Hirsi
  • Elina Kolstad, Secretary
  • Marilyn Matheny, Vice President
  • Alexis Troschinetz
  • Marne Zafar, President

2017 Meeting Dates

**Meetings are held at 7PM in Matthews Center unless otherwise noted

January 25, 2017
February 22, 2017
March 22, 2017
April 26, 2017
May 24, 2017
June 28, 2017 (6:30PM Meeting time)
July 26, 2017 (6:30PM Meeting time)
August 23, 2017 (6:30PM Meeting time)
September 27, 2017
October 25, 2017

Click here to find minutes from meetings.

Board member responsibilities:

  • Attend board meetings regularly
  • Understand and provide oversight of the activities and finances of the organization
  • Become aware of and take initiative to lead on issues that are important to the community
  • Make decisions and vote, consciously weighing personal opinions and the sentiment of the neighborhood in decision-making
  • Influence decisions and activities of the City of Minneapolis
  • Participate on at least one committee (see website for details)
    • Community Development
    • Community Building
    • Environment
    • Communications (design, social media, PR, marketing)
    • Neighborhood History
    • Seward Art Crawl
    • Fundraising / Event Planning
  • Participate in or volunteer for SNG and community activities/events
  • Participate in and prepare for meetings. Ask questions, offer opinions, etc.
  • Contribute financially to SNG each year (any contribution is welcome)
  • Mentor and guide new board members

Time commitment:

  • The Board meets for 90 minutes on the fourth Wednesday of each month – or as otherwise noted on the website or in pre-meeting communication
  • Committees meet once a month or less as needed
  • Average number of volunteer hours per month: 5 – 10

If interested in learning more about becoming a Seward Neighborhood Group Board member, please contact Kerry Cashman,

Click here to see a history of SNG’s Board Members to date.