Amy Perna, Co-President
Amy lives in the Como Park neighborhood with her husband and daughter and serves as Vice Chair for the Como Community Council. She has been the Candidate Forum Coordinator since 2016 and a member since 2017. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and a Master's from the Humphrey School of Public Policy. Amy's passion for civic and community engagement that began in high school, organizing students and faculty to support Diversity Day. She believes that a healthy democracy requires informed and engaged citizens, open and responsive government and the opportunity to take action.
Amy Mino, Co-President
Amy 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.
Hayden Kilkenny, Vice President/Voter Service
Hayden has lived in St. Paul for the past 12 years. She and her family are very involved in the Irish community in St. Paul through dance and cultural organizations. Currently, she is Chair of Community Relations for the St. Patrick’s Association, which organizes the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Nichole Fairbanks, Treasurer
Nichole has been a League member since 2015. In her work career, Nichole is a CPA with the St. Paul firm Harrington Langer and Associates.
Heidi Kloempken, Secretary/YouthVote
Heidi has lived in St. Paul since 2010 and been a League member since 2016. With a passion for education and civic engagement, Heidi's favorite League activity is registering voters at libraries and high schools. Outside of League, Heidi works as a teacher educator, enjoys reading, and loves attending baseball games.
Cheryl Bailey, Voter Service/YouthVote
Cheryl Bailey is a new member of the League of Women Voters St. Paul. She recently retired from a 25 year career as a Gynecologic Oncologist, working primarily at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. As a cancer surgeon, she saw up close how lack of a logical payment system negatively affected her patients. As a mother of two teenage boys, she remains keenly interested in our educational system. As a retired physician dealing with women’s health, she is very supportive of reproductive health care rights. Dr. Bailey feels more than ever that all politics are local, and hopes to support the League’s mission of advocating for educated voters. She hopes to work on candidate forums, bringing all candidates closer to the public who will elect them, and voter registration, particularly in high school voters. She lives in Merriam Park with her husband Dan and two teenage sons.
Claudia Dieter, Program
Claudia has been a member of the League of Women Voters since 1996. She has an interest in working with others to bring programs to the community that provide information on topics of interest. For example, in 2001, following the 2000 election, she worked on a program that provided a moderated panel discussion on the electoral college. More recently, she organized a discussion on St. Paul's move to organized trash collection. Claudia participates in the LWVSP Book Club as often as she can. She is retired and lives with her husband in Highland Park.
Joann Ellis, CMAL/Program
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.
Jesse Faciana, Voter Service
Jesse is an administrative assistant at the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, mother of four, and she lives in Saint Paul. She has a Master's in Public Administration and have been volunteering with voter registration since 2008. She also volunteers at her children’s schools and at the International Institute of Minnesota.
Jennifer is native of St Paul and lives in the Battle Creek neighborhood (Sig is my neighbor and introduced me to the League). She is a fellow at the UC Berkeley Law School where she works with the Robbins Collection on religious and comparative law. Prior to that, she was the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis until she resigned in 2013 and became a whistleblower.
Jacquelyn is a resident of Oakdale. She is a stay home parent with 2 children and a full time parent caregiver to one of her children with a disability. Jacquelyn is an active member political organizer for the home care workers union, SEIU HCMN. Jacquelyn has been active in engaging with lawmakers about labor rights for PCA’s and family home care workers. Jacquelyn is passionate about helping members of her community engage with local government and exercise their rights through civic engagement.
Helen worked in the direct mail industry for 32 years. As an Account Manager, she formed relationships with people from many different areas and businesses. She joined the League of Women Voters to hopefully make a difference in future elections and has enjoyed helping students register to vote and providing older folks with information on how to re-register if they moved, or are, in some cases, even homeless.
Dan Krivit, Voter Service/Youth Vote
Dan has lived in Saint Paul most of his adult life. Dan has been political engaged most of his adult life in part due to his passion for environmental protection and resource conservation, both personally and professionally. He has served on the boards of non-profit environmental and recycling organizations throughout his career. Dan is a new member of the League of Women Voters St. Paul chapter (LWVSP) since 2017 and the LWVSP Board since June 2018. Dan’s greatest interest is in trying to help make a difference with voter registration and turnout, especially in first time young voters. Dan lives with his wife, Susan Schmidt, in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul. Occasionally, their two adult children, Joe and Jenna, live with them (depending on the year and season!)
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.
Nick Harper, 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 Director for LWV Minnesota.