KNA Board Bios - 2016-2017

Kenny Neighborhood Association 

Board Candidate Backgrounds – 2016-2017


Jonathan Banks (Ongoing Board Member):

Jonathan and his wife, Ashleigh, have been Kenny residents since becoming first time home owners in May 2009 and they have welcomed two children into their family since then. They purchased their second home in 2014 only six doors down the street from their first home. Jonathan was raised in the Lake Nokomis area of Minneapolis and was surprised and very happy to find this quiet corner of Minneapolis called Kenny Neighborhood after living in the city so long. Jonathan enjoys sports, running, home improvement, landscaping, music, and inventing. He enjoys being close to Grass Lake, Minnehaha Creek and the Washburn water tower and frequently visits these sites while running. His close proximity to Lyndale Avenue (58th and Bryant) leads him to be very interested in the re-development of Lyndale Avenue.


Rob Caverly (Ongoing Board Member):

Rob and his family enjoy living in Kenny neighborhood.  His daughters attend Kenny Community and Southwest High Schools.  Rob works in the finance industry and looks forward to getting more involved in Kenny neighborhood.


Kevin Eisen (Incoming Board Member):

Kevin has been a Minneapolis resident for 17 years, including living in Kenny with his wife, Emilie, and four kids since 2008. Currently, there are a pair of kids each in Anthony and Southwest. They've recently augmented their family with Groot, a lovable, energetic 3-year old hound.  You may see Kevin being pulled by Groot around the neighborhood, helping Emilie carry heavy stuff in the garden, attending community events with/for the kids, or cooking up something tasty on the grill year 'round.  During the days, Kevin is an engineer that works primarily on environmental issues, with Barr Engineering Co. He's looking forward to building connections with neighbors and offering a helping hand with transportation and environmental interests in our 'hood.


Kathy Engen (Ongoing Board Member):

Kathy, her husband Matt and their two boys, Preston and Dillon moved to the Kenny neighborhood 16 ago and fell in love with the community, the proximity to the creek, the lake and all the fun restaurants and shops in the area. Kathy is a Realtor and works with her husband at RE/MAX Results. Her oldest son Preston attends Anthony Middle School and her youngest son Dillon attends Kenny Community School.


Christo Lane (Incoming Board Member):

Christo and his wife, Abbie, have lived in South Minneapolis for the past three years. He is an avid golfer and loves the Minneapolis social scene. Christo and Abbie love taking their dog, Remy, around the Minneapolis lakes for runs and walks. Christo’s vast knowledge of South Minneapolis and its history make him an ideal candidate to join the KNA board. Christo is professional realtor with Remax and his specialized areas of real estate include South Minneapolis and Edina. Prior to becoming a realtor, Christo managed the prestigious Westin Residences in Edina for five years. Christo has a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. 


Carol Martinson (Ongoing Board Member):

Carol and her late husband moved to Kenny 30 years ago, and were immediately welcomed to the neighborhood by the block captain. A great sign of a great neighborhood! Carol has worked in security and safety her entire career and left full time corporate work three years ago. She has her own consulting business, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota in the Masters of Security Technology program. Now with a more flexible schedule she is able to actively participate in the board and serve as a block captain for the best block in the neighborhood – 5900 Emerson!


Stu Nostdahl (Ongoing Board Member):

Stu, his wife, Amy, and two sons, Quinn and Simon, have been Kenny residents since purchasing their first home, on the 6000 block of Fremont Avenue, in the fall of 2009. Both originally from North Dakota, Stu and Amy are thrilled to have stumbled upon the Kenny Neighborhood and its friendly, welcoming community feel that reminds them of home. Stu is an attorney at Davern, McLeod & Mosher in Golden Valley where he focuses on workers’ compensation and personal injury matters. In his free time, Stu enjoys chasing Quinn and Simon around the neighborhood, barbecuing, and (slowly but surely) making improvements to their house and yard.


Nancy Hoyt Taff (Board Member up for Re-election):

Nancy, and her partner John, moved into Kenny the spring of 2012. A lifelong Twin Cities resident, Nancy was thrilled to 'discover' Kenny tucked in just south of the lakes. She loves exploring the city on her bike or during long runs, and appreciates how close Kenny is to all the action while still retaining its quiet community charm. Nancy is interested in land-use issues and making Kenny safe and accessible for walking and biking. 


Rick Oknick (Ongoing Board Member):

Rick has been a resident of Kenny the Kenny neighborhood since 2012. He lives on 56th & Irving with his wife Sarah, and their daughter Loretta. Rick is a native of the Chisago Lakes area. He works is the director of operations for Republic Seven Corners, Republic MSP Airport, Dan Kelly's Pub and the Red River Kitchen food truck. In his free time he enjoys drinking coffee, playing video games, running the lakes, and cycling.


Jay Rajaratnam (Ongoing Board Member):

Jay and Ashley Rajaratnam have been proud Kenny residents since they moved to the neighborhood in May of 2013.  Within a month, they added a friendly puppy to the mix (you may have seen Guthrie around) and in February 2014, little Nola made it a full house. Since moving in, Jay has created a big garden (stop by for some veggies!) and the family of four takes every opportunity to explore the neighborhood by foot. They've helped cultivate relationships among their wonderful neighbors by organizing dinners. Jay, Ashley and the gang love the quiet, scenic neighborhood and all the amenities that Kenny offers. As a board member, Jay enjoys the opportunity to help Kenny evolve to ensure it provides the very best living conditions for future generations.


Stacey Rammer (Incoming Board Member)

Stacey and her husband, Bill, have lived in Kenny since 2013 with their two young kids, Everett (4) and Beatrice (2), and muppet-faced dog, Gertie. You can find them biking, exploring the parks and lakes, and indulging in the Minneapolis restaurant, art and music scene when a spare minute presents itself. Stacey previously worked in communications at the Minnesota House of Representatives and did some political  campaign work prior to joining the global PR agency Weber Shandwick in 2006. She is interested in community outreach, specifically connecting young Kenny families to each other to build supportive networks and foster fun, engaging activities for kids and their parents – after all, it does take a village.