Annual Meeting – Board Election

Voting for the Board election will open on Saturday, March 26th and close at 12pm on Thursday, March 31.
Here is the link to vote: VOTE HERE
Results of the election will be posted on the website by 4pm on Friday, April 1st.

Join us for the 2022 Annual Meeting on March 26 from 10am to 11am!

We are planning for a hybrid meeting, both over Zoom and in person at the East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center (2307 17th Ave). However, depending on the status of COVID at the time, it may need to be moved entirely online. Watch this page for updates.

Join us to hear about what EPIC has been up to over the last year, learn about EPIC’s financial condition and participate in the board election!

Call for Nominations for Board Members:

Are you interested in getting more involved in your neighborhood? Do you want to be on the EPIC Board? EPIC board members do the important work of making sure that EPIC is a functional and legally compliant organization while pursuing its mission. Learn more about the responsibilities and expectations of an EPIC board member here.

EPIC is looking for nominations for board members, if you are interested, we encourage you to fill out the form found here by March 1st 2022. Please download the form and send your completed nomination form to AND Contact Sarah ( or 612 354-6802) for assistance filling out the form. Nominations from the floor of the Annual Meeting will also be accepted.

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

  • You attended an EPIC meeting (community or board) within six months of the board election (since October 2021).

Voting for the 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 16 years of age

Voting for the Board election will open on Saturday, March 26th and close at 12pm on Thursday, March 31, watch EPICs website for the link to vote. Results of the election will be posted on the website by 4pm on Friday, April 1st.

Information on Current Nominees:

David Ingold
Hello, I’m David Ingold. I work part-time doing a couple things around building community and connecting people. I enjoy challenging the status quo, building spreadsheets, getting to know people, and working alongside others. Hailing from Arizona, I am now grateful to be planted in East Phillips—the most beautiful neighborhood around—at Seed House—an intentional community house. While still endeavoring to work on my green thumb, I have more digital experience than being in the soil, and so I plan to continue to help EPIC with any digital organization that will make the work more organized, efficient and accessible. I’m happy to pitch in as Treasurer again to help EPIC be financially healthy and transparent. I hope EPIC can contribute to the peace and connectedness in the neighborhood. I’m eager to keep learning and working alongside my neighbors, because y’all incredible people are the reason I love East Phillips, along with the neighborhood’s unique history, diverse communities, rich cultures, and potential for the future. Puedo hablar un poco de español.

Karen Townsend
Karen Townsend lives in East Phillips with her husband and 2 children. She has been working in the holistic health field as a massage therapist since 2001 and currently specializes in trauma informed bodywork to promote whole body health with an emphasis on pregnancy and fertility health. She is also a musician and performer. She has been serving on the EPIC board since last spring. She is committed to exploring and implementing culturally relevant structures and practices in East Phillips that address trauma and facilitate healing, therefore creating a more joyous, loving, safe, and beautiful neighborhood.

Laron Young
I’m L.R. Young I grew up here in South Minneapolis. I’m an inventor but first and foremost I’m a Black Man. I see a lack of representation and hopefully I can be that voice.

Nikolas Winter Simat
I have lived in East Phillips since 1999. My wife and I have two kids and we use our yard to host community workshops and events. My vision for East Phillips is that it becomes a safe place for all to thrive. For me this includes the amazingly diverse people in East Phillips as well as the plants and animals of this region. I believe this can happen to the degree that we as residents get to know, trust and work together. For this reason I value events, projects and systems that are collaborative and build healthy connections. As a board member of EPIC I hope to help establish a whole-systems approach that acknowledges the interconnectedness and complexity of our community and works to build on the existing relationships and projects.

I consider myself an educator, designer and community organizer. I hold a BA in Linguistics, a Masters in Philosophy and am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2012 I developed an arts-focused alternative high school in Brisbane Australia and have since taught university courses in design, philosophy, ethics and sustainability. I am currently the Dean of Students at a Montessori high school.

To Join the Annual Meeting Via Zoom

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Time: Mar 26, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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