Kenny Neighborhood Association
Board Member Backgrounds – 2019-2020

Craig Anderson
Craig and his wife Laurie have lived in Kenny since 1998. They can be seen walking the neighborhood a couple of times a day with their golden retrievers, Skye and Berit. A retired Navy officer, Craig is originally from California but went to Gustavus Adolphus and married a Minnesotan and has reconciled himself to shoveling snow and raking leaves in lieu of mowing grass year round. What better place to do that than in Kenny? When he’s not puttering in his woodshop, he volunteers at the Minnesota History Center and is a Minnesota Duty Officer/Emergency Operations Center Watch Officer at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Jason Cronister

Jenel Farrell
Jenel has lived in Kenny with her partner, Nick, and dog Georgie since 2015. She loves the friendly, walking / biking community, Grass Lake and the Creek. As a board member, Jenel hopes to have the opportunity ensure Kenny continues to provide great living conditions for current and future residents.

Carol Martinson
Carol and her family have lived in Kenny for over 30 years, and were immediately welcomed to the neighborhood by the block captain when they moved in. A great sign of a great neighborhood! Carol has worked in security and safety her entire career and left full time corporate work six years ago. She has her own consulting business, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota. 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
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 & Nostdahl Law Firm in Minneapolis 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. 

Rick Oknick
Rick has been a resident of the Kenny neighborhood since 2012. He and his wife, Sarah, reside on Grass Lake with their 2 children. Rick is focused on creating a vibrant, safe, and fun community that all of our neighbors can enjoy. In his free time he enjoys drinking coffee, playing video games, running Grass Lake, and cycling.

Jeremy Olsen
Jeremy and his wife Katie have lived in the Kenny neighborhood since 2013. You can often find us walking around Lake Harriet or hanging out in our backyard during the months its appropriate to be outside in Minnesota. I'm joining the board to help continue Kenny be the best neighborhood in Minneapolis to live in. I have interests in the livability and walkability of the neighborhood, continued small business growth and appropriate regulation and control of airplane noise. In my free time, I have a robust home brewing habit and enjoy woodworking projects.

Chuck Ott
Chuck and his wife, Wendy, moved to Kenny in October of 2017 from their house in Lynnhurst because they loved the single story houses that Kenny had to offer! Both are Minneapolis born and bred and attended Burroughs Elementary School. Chuck is a fiber engineer with Zayo Group and Wendy handles Medicare Part D for Prime Therapeutics. Their kids are four legged Standard Poodles named Bella & Levi. Chuck and Wendy are both active in the Lake Harriet Yacht Club and can be found racing sailboats there on the weekends.

Anil Reddy
Anil and his wife, Nadine, have lived in Minneapolis since 2005: 9 years in Windom, and 1.5 blocks north of Kenny Park the last 4+ years. Spring through fall, Anil can regularly be found running somewhere along the Grand Rounds or biking one of the many gravel routes that are accessed via the same trails. In the winter, Anil is attempting to get just good enough at cross country skiing to keep up with his northern-bred family members. With two children at Kenny Community School (and eventually Anthony Middle School), Anil & family are invested in the Kenny neighborhood for the foreseeable future. Anil would like for Kenny to continue to be among the most family-friendly neighborhoods in Minneapolis. As board member, Anil will be advocating for efforts to build and maintain a cohesive community that is engaged with its schools, parks, and sister neighborhoods.

Nancy Hoyt Taff
Nancy, and her husband, 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.

Rachel Zahn
Rachel moved to Kenny neighborhood with her husband, Geoff, and dog, Tucker in December 2018 and is looking to get involved in her new neighborhood. Rachel has a background in Marketing and Public Relations and currently works at Cargill on the Truvia Natural Sweetener marketing team. When not working, Rachel enjoys cooking, yoga and exploring new restaurants and breweries.