Meet the Board

Meet the Lyndale Executive Board

2021-22

Contact the LNA Board by emailing board@lyndale.org

Doug Herkenhoff (He/Him/His)
President

Doug grew up in South Minneapolis and knows the neighborhoods well. He spent lots of time as a youth participating in Mpls Park Board sports. During the summer, he learned to swim in our city lakes and in winter, ice skating at the neighborhood ice rinks. Early on he was getting to know the neighborhoods.

Currently, Doug and his wife Denise own a 1908 built Lyndale Neighborhood home and have lived here since 2006. They have a large garden and enjoy hosting occasional garden tours and parties. Doug enjoys meeting new people, supporting local restaurants and live music. Doug was a booking agent and sound engineer for a rock band and toured the U.S. and Europe for 6 years. He now plays bass guitar for fun and enjoys the occasional gig around town.

As a Realtor, Doug brought his talents to the Lyndale Housing Committee in 2015. From 2016-2018 Doug served on the Lyndale Board. Today, he serves as board president. “My interest revolves around a commonsense approach to making decisions to enhance our vibrant and diverse neighborhood. Understanding how being inclusive to everyone, brings a sense of community, and is what bonds individuals, neighborhoods and cities together.”


Holly Reckel (She/Her/Hers)
Vice-President
Environment Committee Chair

Holly has lived in the Lyndale neighborhood since 1995 when she bought her first house on Garfield Ave.  She was fortunate early on to meet several neighbors through our very active block club and was encouraged to participate in the General Membership meetings just up the street.  She  was introduced to LNA’s Environment Committee one Saturday during a Clean Sweep event moving through the alley, and soon after joined this committee.  Eventually she joined the LNA Board, helping work through our very contentious pedestrian lighting debate, and then over the years served in several Board roles as Secretary, Vice President, and President.

Meanwhile she was most actively involved in Environment Committee activities, and served as Chair for several years.  She has made several lifetime friends in Lyndale working with this team on several projects – creating and maintaining community green spaces and other sustainability activities.

In her free time she enjoys working on her garden and house projects, cycling, travelling, and entertaining friends. Volunteering and community involvement has also always been important, so after a few years break to work on another non-profit she is ready to put her focus back in this Lyndale Neighborhood.  She is particularly interested in creating opportunities that increase community participation in helping to  build a more sustainable, greener, safer environment.


Chaz Larson (He/Him/His)
Secretary

Bio coming soon!


Ed Janezich (He/Him/His)
Treasurer
Housing Committee Chair

Ed and his wife Becky have been residents of Lyndale for 40 years.  Together, they raised four children, seeing them graduate from Minneapolis Public Schools, local universities and proceed to have successful professional careers and active family lives.   Ed’s professional life involved software engineering and systems project management.  Over that period of time both Ed and Becky were engaged in either the Lyndale community or volunteering in the school system.  Ed has been a regular contributor to the neighborhood since the mid-1980’s, serving on a number of committees and taking on various board leadership positions with LNA and the Lyndale Neighborhood Development Corporation (since merged with LNA).  Ed, now retired, began his current term service on the LNA board in 2015. His focus is neighborhood finances, housing and economic initiatives, and community engagement. Ed is completing his third consecutive term on the LNA board this year.

Ed prioritizes family time in his personal life – wife, children, grandchildren and extended family.  Additionally, he has a diverse set of interests including multiple daily walks with his dogs, studying piano, investing, home improvement projects, golf, poker, cross country skiing.


Rebekha Gertcher (She/Her/Hers)

Bio coming soon!


Michael Montrose
Crime & Safety Committee Chair

Bio coming soon!


Anna Newcombe (She/Her/Hers)

Anna has lived most of her life in Lyndale neighborhood. She’s enjoyed seeing our neighborhood grow and change and is looking forward to the opportunity to be more involved in our present and future. Anna is a longtime gardener at the Pleasant Ave Garden.


Mohammed Hirsi

Bio coming soon!


Michael Nelson (He/Him/His)

Michael moved to Minneapolis for graduate school at the U of Minnesota in 1994 and is now a practicing architect at LEO A DALY. While currently focused on healthcare, his career has encompassed work on multi-family housing, retail, and commercial building types, for a range of clients, including the Army Corp of Engineers and the Veterans Administration.

Having witnessed the decline of cities growing up in the 70s and 80s, Michael has always had a strong interest in the re-invention of urban spaces and neighborhoods. During his time in Denver and Minneapolis, he came to understand that for urban neighborhoods to thrive into vibrant spaces people love, residents need to take an active interest and participate how and when they are able. While earlier living in the Wedge , Michael served on the NRP committee, facilitating a survey of the historic homes and structures in the neighborhood, which ultimately led to the historic designation of several blocks. More recently, he served as a director on the Midtown Greenway Coalition for 20 years, spending time as president and in other roles on the executive board. During this time, the group wrestled with topics such as gentrification, representation, and how the Greenway could benefit all members of the community. 

In his spare time, Michael is an avid runner and novice guitar player, works to improve his home and garden on Harriet Avenue, and finds escape in new and old science fiction, cooking and baking.


Caddy Frink

Bio coming soon!


Emma Grisonzio (She/Her/Hers)

Emma is a youth worker with the YMCA’s Foster Care Services, with past experience in college access work and volunteer management. A graduate of Carleton College, she is originally from the Chicago suburbs but has lived in Minnesota for the past nine years. Outside of work, Emma is involved with the Minnesota Sanctuary Network, has done communications for the Minnesota Multifaith Network, and is an enthusiastic participant in multiple local rec sports leagues. Emma is a musician, photographer, and proud cat parent. She is passionate about supporting connected communities that center the voices of residents systemically excluded from the conversation.