2020-2021 WCC Board of Directors Biographies
Veronica is an attorney working primarily with underserved communities in the Twin Cities and has lived in Windom for nearly five years. She primarily practices in immigration law, as well as workers' compensation, and have a robust pro bono practice that has most recently taken her to the southern border to volunteer with asylum seekers.
She is originally from Colombia and moved around a lot before settling in Minneapolis. Now that she has a permanent home, it is important to her to be involved in her neighborhood. She joined the Council in hopes of bringing a different perspective to the table, better getting to know our neighborhood and neighbors, and finding ways to help and support the Windom community. The time has flown, but she is proud of the work WCC has done. Over the past two years, WCC has found ways to better organize, including creating committees to better serve our community. It has increased its focus on outreach and engagement with our neighbors, to better understand our neighbors' needs and concerns.
Pete and his wife have lived in Windom for 5 years and have had the privilege of calling Minnesota their home for the last 16 years. Pete is a Principal Engineer at Target and leads the teams that are responsible for managing corporate devices and graphic design technologies. He moved to Minnesota shortly after graduating from Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in Informatics and Computer Science. Pete is an avid hiker, reader, and self-proclaimed tech nerd. Since joining the council, his areas of focus have been on environmental issues and technology modernization.
Becky returned to the Windom neighborhood in 2014 to the house her family has owned for more than 60 years, and is an alumnus of Windom, the former Ramey Jr High School, and Washburn. Her younger daughter, Catherine, lives with her, and her older daughter, Elizabeth, lives in Savage with her husband and adorable 18-month-old daughter. She is retired from the Minneapolis Health Department following a 46-year career in community and public health in the U.S. and internationally. She is active at Mayflower Church, belongs to the Twin Cities Scottish Club, loves to travel (can’t wait to be able to go again), and is in the process of converting her front yard lawn to native plants and grasses. She has served on the Board for a number of years, most of them as treasurer.
Michelle Hemingway Tatum
Michelle has lived in Windom since 1994 and has been a block club leader for 25 years. Professionally she has worked within community outreach/marketing/medical education departments for Twin Cities’ premier healthcare organizations. Currently, in her Windom Community Council role, Michelle intends to keep the Windom neighborhood a safe and desirable place to live by establishing partnerships within the community and continuing concerted efforts with the City of Minneapolis’ Ward 11 Council Members Office. More recently, as Garfield Avenue block leader, helped lead efforts to hold accountable the owners and potential purchasers and developers of the Aqua Inn and Metro Inn Motels.
Patricia ‘Pat’ has resided in the Windom neighborhood for over 30 years. She is a founding member of the Windom Community Council, serving as its President for over twenty years. In the 1980’s, when the old Windom school was to shutter its doors forever, Pat, along with a group neighborhood mothers, launched an over $3 million community funding effort to save the school and build a Windom Community Center for neighborhood families, as we know it today.
Pat is a life-long nurse practitioner and currently works at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis. An avid world traveler, she also ballroom dances semi-professionally; participating in local, regional, and national dance competitions. Above all, Pat is the proud mother of two grown children and a beloved grandmother to Amelia who she adores and enjoys babysitting frequently.
Katharine has lived in Windom since 1991. She directs Journey of Young Women, whose mission to train women to offer Mentoring Circles to girls, gender non-conforming youth, and parents. She also catalyzed Boys Mentorship Collaborative, a yearlong, local initiative to guide boys. Katharine’s past roles include mechanical engineer, industrial engineer, strategic planner, facilitator, co-founder of a Waldorf-inspired homeschool coop, and Director of Youth Practice at a Zen Center. She parents with joy and respect two awesome young adults. Camping, gardening, growing her own food, and social justice are her passions.
Patrick moved here from Idaho and has lived in the Windom Neighborhood for 27 years. He has enjoyed serving on the Windom Council for 10 years. His wife Trudy, (who is also a person who is blind like he) also served on the Windom board for several years. Their daughter Raeann, who they adopted at 7 weeks old, lives with them as does their two-year-old granddaughter, Isabella. He works as the Assistant Braille Librarian at State Services for the Blind. Patrick enjoys 70’s R&B and rock, creative writing, barbecuing and Star Trek. Live Long and Prosper!
Micah lived his formative years in Sioux Falls, South Dakota moving to Minneapolis in 2010 to attend the University of Minnesota. After college, he decided to make the Twin Cities his permanent home enjoying our wonderful parks/trails, food culture, and robust arts scene.
He has been married to his wonderful wife Jaimie for 7 years, and they have 2 daughters Aletta (age 5) and Harlow (newborn) When deciding on a place to put down roots they were drawn to SW Minneapolis due to its proximity to the lakes, the parkway, it’s perceived safety, the school district, and the general community feel that it brings.
After searching for months, they found a home that met their criteria in the Windom neighborhood and purchased it July 2019. He works with local businesses as a Process & Technology Consultant for EO Johnson Business Technologies, and his wife owns a hair salon named Tillverkare located on the border of Minneapolis and Saint Louis Park.
Sean lives in Windom with his wife, Caryn, and one-year old daughter since 2018. Sean has spent his career focused on fostering consensus among diverse groups of people to create and implement public policy. Currently, he leads strategic government partnerships for cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks.
Previously, he worked in Washington, DC in a variety of public policy roles with the White House’s National Security Council and the U.S. Department of Defense. Sean is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the National Intelligence University, an Eagle Scout and lifelong ice hockey player.