HPNA Joint Committee Meeting Feb 24, 2018
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Our Story

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association was formed to preserve and improve the quality of life and promote harmony within the community. We are a non-profit, 501 C 3 , volunteer based organization consisting of concerned residents and board members.

We aim to preserve the character that has made living in the Hyde Park neighborhood so desirable and distinguishes our neighborhood from the rest of St. Louis.  Working together we can make a difference!  

Our Philosophy

Our Vision is to connect neighbors, promote activities, and foster community inclusion building a strong, equitable and sustainable neighborhood through education, engagement and collaborations. 

Our Mission is to promote collaborative activities and foster civic involvement in our diverse community for both renters and homeowners. Repurpose vacant lots, renovate our historic buildings and stabilize the neighborhood by facilitating compatible new development and redevelopment projects.  Working towards and supporting excellence through education, arts and culture in facilities that serve the youth and neighborhood, strengthen and increase relationships among neighbors to promote a harmonious community.

Our Purpose is to provide a voice, an effective means of conveying the concerns of the residents and to create and maintain transparency as we strive to operate as a community improvement neighborhood association for the neighborhood.  Preserve and protect residential values, community and property, while preserving the historic value of the neighborhood, provide social and economic development and establishing Community Benefits Agreements (CBA) as a legally binding agreement between developers and the neighborhood to insure community and civic engagement while working towards the overall rehabilitation and beautification of the neighborhood.

Board Members

Regina Dennis Nana

Regina Dennis Nana

Chair

Regina Dennis-Nana is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and attended public schools, graduating from Beaumont High School. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she also received a certificate in French/English Translation from the Comparative Language Department. She spent over 30 years working in international development programs, including 15 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development.

She worked extensively with non-governmental organizations and universities to promote sustainable development or relief programs in the following sectors: healthcare, agriculture and the environment, education, governance, disaster and trade sectors.

Her core competencies are to build teams to design and implement programs, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting outreach and communication programs.  She looks forward to promoting community and economic development in Hyde Park.

Darnell Coleman

Darnell Coleman, Jr.

Secretary

Darnell Coleman, Jr. was introduced to St. Louis as an IT professional.  After purchasing a home in Hyde Park and becoming a member of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association his career path expanded to include community development and urban planning.    His home town Atlanta, GA afforded him the opportunity to be exposed to and involved with the architects, housing developers and urban planners working throughout his community as it was  transformed by a spur of mixed use, commercial and residential development.  He brings that knowledge and experience to the Hyde Park neighborhood and is looking forward to this same type of transformation here in Hyde Park.

Mark Pappas

Mark Pappas

Board Member

 

Mark Pappas is a practicing artist/ painter/ designer & musician.Mark has interests in ancient history and civilizations, and how different peoples of the ancient world coexisted by synthesizing mythologies and religions to form singular theories. He purchased the old Divoll Branch, Carnegie Library of Hyde Park in 2004, after returning to his home city of being away for 27 years. He is developing the old library to become a Museum of Mythology & Philosophy, based in the Civic Arts & Sciences. Mark loves Hyde Park and its inhabitants and feels he is in his element and has finally found his purpose.

 

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G. Fatimah Muhammad

Founder & Vice Chair

Fatimah holds an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Interior Design and a Certificate in Interior Decorating and Fashion Merchandising and Business Development. Fatimah has a unique background in elegant leadership and project management. Though she has retired, she has owned and operated several successful brick & mortar businesses that spanned over 4 decades. Her continued education in Business Administration, Community Development, Project Management, Site Development and Paralegal studies afforded her the opportunity to develop women power sharing circles in Egypt, Ghana and India. Her compassion for empowering people lead her to accept the role of Executive Director of WOMB (Women Overcoming Maladaptive Behaviors) a 501 C 3 nonprofit agency where she was instrumental in implementing holistic life skills and entrepreneurial coaching.

Fatimah also has held the position of a MWBE (Minority, Women-owned Business Enterprises) Contract Compliance Specialist for the City of St. Louis.

Fatimah and her husband saw a diamond in the rough.  They purchased 3 LRA units and converted them into a single residence.  They rolled up their sleeves, rehabbed the property and have proudly called it home for over 22 years.

Fatimah Muhammad currently serves on the SLACO Board of Directors and Vacancy Committee, and is a Ambassador for ALIVE. Her mission is to help revitalize the Hyde Park neighborhood-- By Hand to commit to do the work, by By Heart with compassion, and By Eye to see clearly. She is a servant of the community and the community at large.

Donna Lindsay

Donna Lindsay

Board Member

Donna Lindsey is a life long resident and homeowner in Hyde Park. She is the Food Service Director of Most Holy Trinity Catholic School, in Hyde Park.  She is involved in various programs involving the students at Most Holy Trinity Academy and supports them in all of their efforts.

Her commitment to the HPNA is to help make a difference in the community.

Education and communication are two things that will take us far.

Advisory Board Members

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Cheryl Walker

Advisory Board Member & Chair of Community Development Committee

Cheryl Walker is the Community Development Director for Stifel Bank & Trust.  She is passionate about delivering financial empowerment and resources to the members of our community.  She is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg were she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a major in General Management.

Cheryl Walker is a long time resident of the city of St. Louis where she raised 2 children.  Cheryl's passion for community development and wealth building led her to start her own business - Property Shoppers, LLC where she and her husband rehab properties in the city  of St. Louis to low/median income families.
Dee Brown

Dee Brown

Advisory Board Member & Vice Chair of the Environmental, Health & Safety Committee

Dee Brown has lived in the Carondelet Neighborhood for over 32 yrs. and actively involved in her neighborhood association and community organizations.    She is currently employed as a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Most of her career is devoted to Community Health Nursing.

Dee attended the Citizens Police Academy in the Spring of 2013 and that experience motivated her to work with neighbors to form the Southside Safety Group in Sept. 2013.  Their name changed to the St. Louis Safety Group in Sept. 2015.

She currently serves on the Carondelet Business Association Board and the Board of City Seniors Inc.
 
Her passion and strengths are working with neighbors to make a difference in their neighborhoods.  Dee especially enjoys attending neighborhood meetings and participating in community events.
Kathleen Henry

Kathleen Green Henry

Advisory Board Memeber & Chair of HPNA Environmental Health & Safety Committee

Kathleen is the President, Great Rivers Environmental Law Center.  She grew up floating Missouri’s streams and rivers, gaining a deep appreciation for the outdoors. Her parents were active in environmental causes and Kathleen assisted them by stuffing envelopes and baking lemon bars for fundraisers. After graduating from Washington University Law School, Kathleen worked as a Public Defender doing criminal appeals. This work prepared her for the uphill battles environmental plaintiffs face in the justice system. In 2002, Kathleen helped found Great Rivers and she has been working at it ever since. For Great Rivers, Kathleen has worked on zoning matters, park protection, environmental justice issues, climate change and public health, and water quality issues.

Spenser Owens

Spenser Owens

Advisory Board Member & Chair of HPNA Strategic Planning Committee

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Spenser graduated from Washington University School of Law in 2018. He connected with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association through the Washington University Urban Revitalization Clinic, and is committed to working to make Hyde Park a better place.

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