Annual Meeting – Board Election

The board members elected in the April 2021 election are as follows:
Mary Gonsior
Cassandra Holmes
Shontal Lajeunesse
Steve Sandberg
Earl Simms
Call for Nominations for Board Members:

EPIC is looking for nominations for board members, if you are interested, we encourage you to fill out the forms found here (Word Doc) or here (PDF) by April 2nd 2021. Please send completed nomination forms to epic.ssantiago@gmail.com AND cassandra_tridani29@yahoo.com. Nominations from the floor of the Annual Meeting will also be accepted but these nominations will miss out on any votes submitted prior to the Annual Meeting as online voting will open April 17th.

Board members elected at the January 2021 election will have a term of 1 year 3 months (until April 2022) and the April 2021 will have a term of 2 years (until April 2023).

You are eligible to run for the EPIC board if:

  • You live, work or own property in East Phillips AND
  • You are at least 18 years of age
Eligibility to Vote and to Run for EPIC Board:

You are eligible to Vote for the EPIC board if:

  • You live, work or own property in East Phillips AND
  • You are at least 18 years of age
April 2021 candidate bios:
Mary Gonsior

Mary Gonsior has resided in East Phillips for more than 30 years, raising three daughters and being active in her local church and neighborhood. A life-long resident of Minneapolis, Mary serves as operations manager for a local nonprofit, CBE International.

Cassandra Holmes

Boozhoo, my name is Cassandra Holmes – (Niiwin Muck-Wa Ikwe – Four Bears Woman). I am a long-time resident at Little Earth of United Tribes and an enrolled member of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (LCO). I am a mother and first-time grandmother this year. I work at Indian Health Board (Community Health Worker) & American Indian Community Development Corporation (Housing Manager). Little Earth / East Phillips is my home. The community is full of strong people, and I am grateful to be surrounded by everyone here. I am happy to be on the EPIC board and thankful for what I have learned. The board is full of awesome community members who give their all for us.
Miigwech

Shontal Lajeunessse

Hello, my name is Shontal Lajeunesse, and I am a mother & grandmother from the three affiliated tribes of North Dakota! I lived in Little Earth of United Tribes. I joined the EPIC board because I want to be the voice for our people.

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children” Sitting Bull

Steve Sandberg

My name is Steve Sandberg. I live in the 2900’s of 17th Ave S, and I am running for re-election to a second two year term on the EPIC board. The past two years have been chaotic to say the least, but looking back despite everything, we have made a good deal of progress. A passion of mine has been to work towards eliminating pollution from industrial polluters as well as supporting the creation of an Indoor Urban Farm at the Roof Depot site. Thanks to the hard work of so many residents and allies, I believe we will be successful and see economic, health and social benefits occurring for our neighborhood. And I believe we will continue on the track of increasing neighborhood participation with EPIC neighborhood organization. Much credit goes to those on the board who have put in the work to update all of our documents so that we now have a full time staff member, Sarah Santiago. Please vote for me, and please devote some time to our neighborhood organization. It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment, even small efforts such as attending a meeting or discussion can have a big impact.
Thanks everyone for all you do to make our neighborhood a great place!

Karen Townsend

I have been living in East Phillips since 2009. I live here with my husband and 2 children. I am a mother, healer, bodyworker, musician, and business owner who cares deeply about East Phillips and it’s residents. I am a solution oriented thinker and look at issues through a holistic lens. My vision for East Phillips is to help it be a safe and beautiful place to live where its residents can breathe clean air and feel hopeful, inspired, valued, and happy to be living here. I have been a bodyworker for 2 decades. This work has given me the opportunity to connect deeply with thousands of individuals and be a support person and witness for them on their healing journeys. I’ve learned a lot about how to meet and hear people where they are, and I think this could be a valuable skill to offer the board if elected. I feel I do my best work when I get to be of service. I’d love to have the chance to be of service to the neighborhood by becoming part of the EPIC Board.