Staff Directory

Lyndale Neighborhood Staff

Sarah Linnes-Robinson (She/Her/Hers)
Acting Director

Sarah is working with the Lyndale Board and their committees to help them define their vision of success, and put a plan in place to reach that goal. She brings over 25 years of experience to this position as a project manager, community organizer, and an executive director of various neighborhood nonprofits. A volunteer herself, she has also served on numerous non-profit boards and City Task Forces.

Professionally, Sarah has organized and led large-scale events designed to educate and empower neighbors and other stakeholders to develop solutions for issues facing their community. She is a relentless cheerleader, rallying for the community and the “regular people” to step forward into leadership roles, pushing them in new directions to spur their personal growth.

Sarah is a creative and logistical problem-solver who loves to tackle new projects and create a template for their execution to share with other communities. She is happiest working with community members in the areas of art or the environment (or the intersection of the two!), whether painting or murals, nurturing bee hives, throwing clay, sorting compost, or lighting fires to boil maple syrup or cook pizzas!

Nicki Olalde (She/Her/Hers)
Education Program Manager
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Nicki is the Education Program Manager and has worked at LNA and has 15+ combined years of experience in Adult Basic Education and English for Academic Purposes. A long-time Lyndale resident, she is proud to be able to work in a neighborhood which draws so many cultures together.

As the Education Program Manager, Nicki is responsible for leading efforts to expand ABE programming in the Lyndale neighborhood, providing direction to existing classes and managing volunteers. Education has been her passion ever since she could remember, and it gives her great joy to create this work with such an inspiring group of learners and colleagues in a neighborhood she calls home.

Nicki loves to stay active by cycling, hiking, playing tennis and swimming and is always in search of new adventures.

Erin Cary

Erin Cary (She/Her/Hers)
ELL Instructor

Erin has enjoyed teaching English to adult immigrant and refugee community members in Lyndale since 2013, has worked in a wide variety of roles in adult basic education since 2009, and holds an MA ESL from Hamline University.

Year after year, Erin is proud to teach hardworking learners who’ve come to Lyndale with many different backgrounds and stories, alongside her inspiring colleagues, and to engage with Lyndale’s many lovely neighbors and partners in working together to make sure everyone is welcome.

Erin loves reading, theatre-going, Prince, adult education activism and walking around Minneapolis with her little dog, Dottie.

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Sarah Corrigan (She/Her/Hers)
ELL Instructor

Sarah is never happier than when she is teaching and learning with English language learners. She has worked with adult students since earning her graduate degree in Biology in 1999. Since 2014, Sarah has taught many classes for adults including GED preparation, Citizenship, and all levels of English. During 2020, she found that teaching mixed-level online English classes was both challenging and inspiring. One of her professional goals is to continue exploring how to make language learning accessible for working adults who are also parents.

After moving back to her native Minnesota from Oklahoma, Sarah lived in the Lyndale neighborhood for four years as a part-time building caretaker and is excited to return as an employee of the LNA. She loves Lyndale for its diverse community with residents from all over the world as well as native Minnesotans.

Emma Beahler

Emma Beahler (She/Her/Hers)
Multi-Level ELL Instructor

Emma teaches the intermediate and advanced classes in the morning. She started working in Adult Basic Education a few years ago and discovered that she loves it! Her experience includes managing online classes, curriculum writing, and teaching. She also has a degree in Sociology. In her free time, she likes to experiment with fiber arts, go backpacking, and read.

Nicole Lindberg (She/Her/Hers)
Communications and Community Center Coordinator

Nicole has been involved with neighborhoods for more than 15 years both as a volunteer and staff member, and raised two children with her husband in southwest Minneapolis. She also has decades of nonprofit experience, specializing in communications and project management.

Grayson Betz (He/Him/His)
Digital Literacy Instructor

Grayson is LNA’s AmeriCorps member through the Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) program. He teaches digital literacy skills ranging from basic computer skills to Microsoft Office as part of our digital literacy access program. Grayson graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and plans to return to graduate school in the near future. He’s originally from Mekoryuk, Alaska, and this is his second year living in South Minneapolis.

Grayson always has new interests to explore, and in his free time, you can probably find him either sketching in a notebook or curled up with a mug of hot apple cider and a good book.

Hassan Siyad (He/Him/His)
IT Consultant

Hassan Siyad works as IT Consultant and provides Somali language support for LNA. He is a Digital Access Classroom Support Specialist for Lyndale Education Program’s Live Well at Home elder digital access program at Horn Towers public housing site.

He graduated from Simad University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology.

Hassan loves coding and developing web sites. He enjoys watching TV shows and drinking coffee. He lives in downtown St. Paul with his younger brother.