Meet the WMSNC Board!
The West Maka Ska neighborhood council is comprised of local residents who bring valuable insight, experience and a shared desire to make West Maka Ska a safe, thriving neighborhood.
Our board members also serve on at least one of our committees – and all are invited to get involved in any of these groups. Meetings are held as needed. Want to learn more? Feel free to contact us with your questions and interest.
- Communications, Outreach, Events
- Green Space
- Land Use
John Bordwell and his wife moved to the West Calhoun neighborhood in 2015. He is a family practice physician who works one day per week. He is interested in exercise, gardening, travel and refuges. He has done volunteer work with American Refugee Committee, Faith in Practice and St. Mary’s Clinics.
He believes encouraging people to use the parks for exercise and recreation. John joined the WCNC board in May 2017.
Allan Campbell and his wife Louise moved to West Calhoun from New Jersey in the summer of 2013 to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law. Before retiring in 2011, Allan worked in state government and in the mutual fund industry, and had chaired a municipal planning board.
Allan joined the board to help make West Calhoun a more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood at a time when we face the challenge and opportunity of a proposed light rail line as well as increasing traffic and development along our northern Lake Street border.
In addition to serving on our neighborhood council, Allan is active in the Sierra Club and serves on Minneapolis’ Community Environmental Advisory Commission. His interests include sailing, cycling and cross country skiing.
Victoria Hoshal is a long-time resident of the Minneapolis lakes area. A Duluth native, Victoria is passionate about the environment. She joined WCNC to help highlight awareness of land and water issues around our city lakes and identify responsible solutions.
Victoria is a marketing professional and works for OptumInsight. Prior to Optum, she led business development for several Twin Cities marketing and advertising agencies.
Her work as a writer and home furnishings tastemaker has been recognized locally and nationally.
She is the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of LEGACY Catalogue® (1997 – 2003), an award-winning lifestyle brand of home furnishings and accessories. LEGACY was featured in over 20 shelter publications, including House & Garden and Bride’s magazines.
Previous to LEGACY, Victoria worked in non-profit advancement and led development programs for higher education and arts entities, including the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Children’s Theatre Company.
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communications, with an additional major in English. She served on the HSJMC’s Alumni Society Board from 2011 – 2016 and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for CLAgency, a student-run agency at the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts.
Victoria was a Hunt Scholar during her college years and is a graduate of the Leadership Minneapolis program. Victoria received the “Top 25 Most Innovative Women in Business” award by City Business Magazine.
Richard D. Logan is a retired Professor of Human Development from UW- Green Bay. He and his wife Carol have lived in West Calhoun since his retirement in 2005. He has a BA in Anthropology from Harvard College and a PhD in Human Development from the University of Chicago. Most of his career was at UW – Green Bay but he began his career at the University of Nairobi and also had appointments Vassar College, and a sabbatical at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. He has published on adolescent identity, psychoanalysis, individualism in Western and American history and culture, Charles Lindbergh, American popular culture, and the state of U.S. higher education. He has also studied urban gangs and worked closely with an Amish community for a decade. He authored a book on the psychology of solitary ordeals, and another on the true survival story of a young girl lost at sea.
Since retiring he has served on several non-profit boards, including Moving Forward Africa, a clean water project in Kenya where he is Vice Chair. He is also president of the national Society for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Richard joined the West Calhoun Neighborhood Council six years ago. He was motivated by the growing numbers of accidents in our small neighborhood.
Richard is married to the former Carol Zazove, Russian language and culture specialist. They have two sons, David and Jonathan; both are married, and older son David and his wife and two daughters live here in Minneapolis. Younger son Jonathan and his wife Karen live in San Francisco.
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Martha Yunker is an architect, now retired. She led her own practice, YA (Yunker Associates) Architecture which specialized in residential and golf club work. She has degrees from Stanford University in English literature, and the University of Minnesota in Architecture.
Martha has lived in southwest Minneapolis since 1982 and in West Calhoun the last four years. Her two sons grew up in Linden Hills and West Calhoun.
She is interested in enhancing the overall quality of life in our neighborhood and the entire city. She supports environmentally sound improvements, an enhanced and safe pedestrian experience, an ever-improving built environment, beautiful green spaces, and a strong sense of inclusive community.
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Paul Legler has lived in the West Maka Ska neighborhood since 2014. He recently retired after a career in public service. He began his career as a poverty and civil rights attorney in Minnesota and North Dakota. He was later appointed by President Clinton to serve as a policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he served for eight years. Most recently, he worked as a public policy consultant for state and county governments across the country. He was educated at the University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota, and Harvard University. He currently devotes his time to writing, travel, and volunteer work.
Neighborhood Coordinator: Michelle Sass
We have created a number of committees to oversee each of the neighborhood council’s primary focus areas.
- Safety Committee (in cooperation with the Cedar-Isles Dean Neighborhood Association/CIDNA) Richard Logan, West Calhoun co-chair.
- Greenspace – Works on improvements to our neighborhood green spaces. Martha Yunker, chair.
- Land Use – Provides the City with neighborhood feedback on proposed new developments and zoning and master plan changes. Annie Zager, chair.
- Environment – Addresses neighborhood environmental issues, including water quality in Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun).
- Events, Communications & Outreach – Organizes neighborhood happy hours, movie nights, wine tastings and other events. Publishes our newsletter and maintains our Facebook page and this web site.
Please contact us if you are interested in participating in any committee work!