Amy Mino, President
Amy Mino has been a League member since 1996 and has served in various capacities, including Nominating Committee Chair, Membership Chair and, most recently, as Treasurer for the past seven years. She is also the Executive Director of Minnesota Landmarks, a nonprofit responsible for the overall management of Landmark Center. Amy holds a B.A. in Art History from Macalester College and a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
Vicki Barnes, Vice President
Vicki Barnes moved to the St. Paul area in June of 2015. Previous to that she lived in Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and had two stints in Northern Italy. Her past volunteer experience includes Mayor of a military community and member of a group trying to pass legislation against corporal punishment in Pennsylvania schools (it took 10 years, but we did it). With the move to Minnesota and the political climate of the country, learning about how we got this way and how to improve it for her grandchildren has become a priority for Vicki. She has enjoyed getting to know the members of the League and looks forward to learning from them, as well as serving with them in the coming years.
Nichole Fairbanks, Treasurer
Diggitt McLaughlin, Secretary (Observer Corps)
Joann Ellis (Who Didn’t Vote Update)
Joann Ellis has resided in St. Paul on the East Side for over 30 years. She had known about the League for many years but finally decided to join the cause after this past November elections. She is a teacher by trade and has always felt the value of education in any situation! She believes now is the time that we need to engage, encourage and educate people about what voting is and how it affects their daily lives.
Over the years, Joann has been involved in many causes from Early Childhood Education to advocating for the aging. She has organized rallies at the State Capitol, served on many Boards in the areas of education, parent advocacy, community events and programs and aging. She also organized a Living at Home/Block Nurse Program in her area that is still up and running today.
Erin Heisler (Communications, Marketing)
Erin spends much of her time creating marketing content as a Web Communications Specialist for Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Service. She is passionate about ways in which digital content can build positive communities and promote civic engagement. Her research on this topic has been published in the Handbook of Research on Citizen Engagement and Public Participation in the Era of New Media. She has thoroughly enjoyed serving the League as an off-board consultant since September 2015—assisting with marketing, the web presence, and planning committees—and looks forward to becoming more involved as a board member.
Sig Johnson (Voter Service)
Over the years Sig has served as LWVSP’s President, Secretary, Voter Editor, and Candidate Forum Moderator. She has also organized Law Day events at William Mitchell College of Law, studied judicial selection and served on the LWVMN’s Voter Service Committee. Sig believes that the League has always been the "gold standard" of a well-run organization.
Hayden Kilkenny, Membership
Judy Screaton believes that voting and elections must constantly be monitored in order to be fair. She joined the board in order to work on election issues such as the Voter ID amendment and to support our Candidate Forums. Judy is impressed by LWVSP’s outstanding that LWVSP voting and elections work.
Marion McCarthy has been on the League board for several years, taking care of the office phone scheduling and supporting League board meetings by providing a meeting room at Episcopal Homes. She has been a member of LWVSP since 2011, after transferring from a league from outside of Minnesota.
Mary Vik (Citizenship Tools, Membership, Observer Corps)
Mary joined LWVSP in her mid-fifties. She was thinking ahead to eventual retirement and planned to investigate various volunteer opportunities. The in-depth knowledge about state and local government of many of the League members impressed her, as did the even-handed tone of various letters to newspaper editors about LWV positions and why they supported it. Political discourse at the height of the Feminist Movement was about as rancorous as it is now and I appreciate the League's calm and measured approach. I've been a member for over 30 years and it has been a great experience.
Nicholas Harper (Off Board, Website)
A member since 2014 and a former Co-President of LWVSP, Nick Harper now takes care of LWVSP's website as Webmaster and provides office support for its membership and email service. In his day job, Nick is the Civic Engagement Manager for LWV Minnesota.