SAENA's leadership

Board of Directors

SAENA’s Board of Directors is governed by up to 9 elected board members who live, represent a business, or own property in the neighborhood. Board and community meetings are held monthly on the 4th Tuesday of every month starting at 7pm.

Board of Director members are energetic, strategically-minded leaders to help SAENA and our neighborhoods thrive.



SAENA employs staff to manage the day-to-day operations of our neighborhood-based nonprofit.

  • Christina Perfetti, Executive Director- christina@saenaminneapolis.org

Current board members

  • Nichelle Bottko, President
  • Jenny Ackerson, Vice President
  • Phil Jones, Treasurer
  • Brenda Kayzar, Secretary
  • Emily Carr, Director
  • Larry Jones, Director
  • Sylvia Radford, Director
  • Scott Raw, Director
  • We have a vacancy!

Board member requirements & duties

SAENA board members are residents of St. Anthony East, representatives from neighborhood businesses, and/or owners of property within St. Anthony East.

Here’s how board members serve the neighborhood:

  • Commit to a two-year term
  • Dedicate a total of about six hours per month
  • Attend monthly board and community meetings on the 4th Tuesday of every month starting at 7pm
  • Serve on a committee and volunteer for community events


Join the board

We welcome inquires about becoming a board member. It’s a great way to give back and meet neighbors!