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2021-2022 Board members


Amy Perna, Co-President

Amy lives in the Como Park neighborhood with her husband and daughter. She has served as the Candidate Forum Coordinator, Voter Service Chair, Membership Chair and has been 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 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.

Heidi Kloempken, Co-President

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.

Nichole Fairbanks, Treasurer

Nichole Fairbanks has served as Treasurer of the Board since 2017 and has been a member since 2015.  Prior to taking over those duties, she assisted LWVSP with the preparation of their annual compiled financial statements since 2009. She has volunteered at candidate forums and voter registration events. Nichole is a CPA at the accounting firm Harrington Langer & Associates.  She began working at HLA in 2005 and became a partner in 2010.  Her areas of expertise are nonprofits and small business tax and consulting.  Nichole grew up in Red Wing, MN and graduated from Winona State University.  Her hobbies include traveling, tennis, gardening and volunteering.

Hayden Kilkenny, Vice President & Candidate Forum Coordinator

Hayden leads the very important work of coordinating efforts to hold nonpartisan candidate forums and voter registration events.

Helen Losleben, Secretary & UMRR Representative

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. She notes this group has helped her widen her horizon while meeting some really nice people. It’s been really interesting so far.


Bridget Adams, Program Co-Chair & Communications

Bridget is a senior studying political science with a minor in journalism at the University of Minnesota. On campus, she is a small group coordinator with a women’s fitness club called CHAARG. Off campus, she is a Shamrock Princess, Irish dancer, and the social media manager with the St. Pat’s Association.

Cheryl Bailey, Youth Vote & Membership

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.

Nona Beining, Membership Chair

Nona moved to MN in May 2020 to take a job at Securian Financial as a Customer Insights Consultant. The first thing she did after moving the St Paul was look for her local League. She joined the board in the fall of 2020. Her daughter, two dogs and cat live in the Mac Groveland neighborhood.

Her non-profit and volunteer work has spanned a couple different organizations. She started out as a 4-H leader and US Pony Club district commissioner, joint-district commissioner and secretary. Once her daughter graduated high school and moved to MN for school, she refocused her efforts on political activation. 

In 2016 a group of like-minded community organizers formed a new LWV in Sheboygan County. She's  served as secretary, liaison to the LWVWI DEI committee, and liaison for the Complete Count Committee (Census Dept) for Sheboygan County.

Gail Lundeen Brand, Youth Vote

Gail Lundeen Brand recently retired rom the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.  In her last position she served as an administrator for a citizens council that advised the governor on policy issues regarding employment for people with disabilities.  Prior to that she worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services assisting counties as they developed community independent living services for people with disabilities.  She has also worked in comprehensive rehabilitation centers, school systems and community corrections.  She holds two Masters Degrees; one in Counseling Psychology and another in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Community Education

Joann Ellis, Voter Service Chair & CMAL Representative

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.

Jacquelyn Kelly, Membership

Jacquelyn is a resident of Oakdale. She is a stay home parent with two 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.

Marion McCarthy

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.

Beatrice Owen, Program Co-Chair

Beatrice is a new member to the St Paul League. A former member and board member of the League of Women Voters of La Porte County in Indiana, she values the work that the League does in the community and for the community. She has over 25 years of management experience in non-profits including leading a coalition in Indiana to reduce youth substance abuse. Currently she is executive director for a state-wide trade association, the Minnesota Chapter National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Lia Pak, Youth Vote Co-Chair

I am currently a student at Macalester college ('23) majoring in Political Science and Biology, with a concentration in Community and Global Health. I'm from Northfield, Minnesota but I currently live in St. Paul in a house near campus. I first got involved with LWVSP in the fall of 2020 as part of an internship for one of my classes, but I've been interested in politics for as long as I can remember. When I'm not in school or working with LWVSP I'm probably competing with Mac's mock trial team, baking, or watching silly TV with my housemates.

Grace Reardon, Youth Vote Co-Chair

Grace just graduated from Macalester College with a degree in political science. During her time at Mac, she worked as the LWVSP Youth Vote Coordinator and was a 2020 Youth Civic Engagement Fellow with the League of Women Voters Minnesota. She is currently working as a project manager at a non-profit advocacy organization and is excited to continue working with the Youth Vote Committee and high school Student Leaders. 


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.

Amy Mino, Communications & Development

Amy is a former President of LWVSP and has served in various capacities over the last 15 years. She now assists the Program Committee with communications and the Saint Paul chapter with annual fundraising drive and assists the board as needed with insight and guidance. Amy works as the Executive Director of the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.

Diane Hellekson, The Voter Editor

Diane works as a content strategist at U.S, Bank, helping produce web and mobile app content. Before that she was a landscape architect for 15 years and before that, a journalist. Her last full-time journalism gig was art critic/reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She also reviewed restaurants there for five years.

She  lives in Mac-Groveland with her husband of one year and their blended family of two cats and one dog. (Their three adult sons, all living in the Twin Cities, get along better than the pets.)

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