The District Council seeks to represent the demographics of the community it serves, working to ensure that major ethnic, geographic, business, and economic residential groups have a voice in the normal decision-making process. The Board of Directors are elected every year in April according to Council Bylaws. Five delegates and two alternates for each of North St. Anthony Park and South St. Anthony Park serve 2-year terms, alongside two Student delegates and five commercial/industrial sector delegates serving 1-year terms. You do not need to be a Board Member to serve on SAPCC committees. For more information or to get involved, please contact SAPCC.


SAPCC Board Members 2017


Charles Christopherson

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Ray Bryan

unnamedRay owns a small business in St. Anthony Park and has served as a business delegate since 2006. He also served on the Council Board from 1975-190 and in 2002. He serves on the Executive Committee and the Land Use Committee.






Bettsy Hjelseth

Bettsy lives in South St. Anthony Park, past Highway 280 and worked with SAPCC over the summer in designing a food justice program. As a current Master’s student in Public Policy, Bettsy brings an analytical lens to her work on the Board.






Melissa Williams

williams_melissa1“I work as an Instructional Designer and previously taught in higher education. I moved to Minnesota in 1998 for graduate school at the University of Minnesota. After completing my doctorate in American Studies, I was smitten with the Twin Cities and decided to make a life here. We’ve lived in St. Anthony Park since 2003, choosing this neighborhood for its small-town feel in the midst of a big city with great resources. We purchased our home in 2007, to be next to the co-op and eventually raise a family here. We know, love, and listen to our neighbors. I’m invested in the success of this community; I want it to exemplify our values and teach our son what civic engagement and stewardship means. My husband is stepping down from chairing the District Council, and now I’d like to take my turn helping to guide the community toward realizing its potential.”




Michael Russelle

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“I joined the Board because we love this community and think it’s important to help it solve problems, look toward the future, and represent our decisions and wishes to policy makers. I also am active on the Environment Committee and Transition Town – All St. Anthony Park organizing group. My main priority is to help us mitigate and adapt to global climate change, so I am very happy the TT-ASAP initiative was supported by a significant Community Foundation grant last year, which will help the neighborhood develop a plan for our local, positive response to climate change. This work meshes well with the timing of the Council’s 10-year plan development. Our outreach to renters, immigrants, business, organizations, and schools, will deepen the contacts for both the Transition Town effort and the Council.” Michael joined the board in the fall of 2013 and his term expires in January 2017.”



John Mark Lucas

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John Mark works as a multi-modal transportation planner and has served on our Transportation Committee for years. He has a long-time investment in the Community Council and became a board member in November 2015.






Scott Simmons

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Scott Simmons founded and runs Lydia’s Place, a collaborative, faith-based organization here in St. Anthony Park. He joined the board in 2015.







Max Herzberg

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Max, a current doctoral candidate at the University of MN in child psychology moved into the neighborhood to pursue his education.






Ian Luby

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 12.27.31 PMIan grew up in St. Paul and moved back immediately after college. He has lived in the neighborhood for a few years and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in the University of MN’s applied economics program. He serves on the Land Use Committee.