About the FWP Board

Anne Berry and her husband and their two young children moved to Northfield in 2006, and found that the first families they met were those playing in the Park. "It's the first way that we connected to the neighborhood," she says. Anne appreciates that some of the nicest events in Northfield–Books & Stars, Fall Festival, Yoga outdoors–happen right down the street from her house. She loves the changes that have taken place in the park (the kiosks, the amphitheater, the rain gardens), and she has been working on plans for playground improvements.  Anne, who teaches part-time at St. Olaf, serves as Vice-President of FWP.

Keith Covey enjoys the open, rolling terrain of Way Park, and the the wide range of activities--from passive to very active--that the park supports. He is pleased to join the Board because of the "ownership" neighborhood residents have taken in its expansion and development. Retired as Director of Facilities at Carleton College, Keith hopes to see planting of more trees, shrubs and flowers, and to see groups taking advantage of the amphitheater for musical and theatrical events.  

Mary Emery recently retired from teaching accounting and economics at St. Olaf, and is now putting her expertise to work as Treasurer for Friends of Way Park. Having lived since 1969 near both Cherry and Way Parks, she is passionate about the importance of neighborhood parks, noting that they provide wonderful opportunities for children to play and neighbors to meet and become friends. She is enthusiastic about the current plan to expand activities in Way Park for people of all ages.

Cynthia Kauffeld, professor of Hispanic Studies at Macalester College, moved with her family to the Way Park neighborhood about ten years ago, and joined the Board in the spring of 2014. Along with her husband Chris (a former Way Park board member) she appreciates the central, residential location of the park and its role as a gathering place for kids and grownups alike.  "Our two daughters have played at the park pretty much all their lives."  She is eager to see the development of the natural play area, and wants to encourage music and other events in the amphitheater.


Michelle Martin teaches fourth grade at Prairie Creek School.  The mother of three young children, she has done research on good design for both elementary and preschool playgrounds. She and Mary Poole team up to organize events for Way Park.

Mary Poole and her family have lived in Northfield for over ten years.  During these years the family, which includes three children in elementary school, has enjoyed events at Way Park, and Mary now works with Michelle Martin to organize them. 

Matt Rohn considers the Park a wonderful gathering place for young children and their parents. As president of the Board, he has played an important role in working with the City on the development of the south end, and was particularly instrumental in getting two rain gardens established, and the warming house painted. A professor at St. Olaf, Matt moved to the Way Park neighborhood in 1994, and sees the Park as a green oasis on the West side of Northfield. He joined the Friends of Way Park Board in 2010.

Edward Smith, his wife Amy and their two children moved to Northfield 8 years ago. Edward recognized the role that Way Park has played in their life, as a welcoming meeting place for friends and neighbors, and is working to preserve and grow the park for the future.

Mary Steen has lived across the street from Way Park since 1966. Retired from teaching English at St. Olaf, she is in her third term on the FWP Board. Mary has appreciated the Park as a safe place for her children and grandchildren to swing and skate, play frisbee and softball, ride bikes and scooters. With the addition of paths and trees it is an increasingly popular place for gatherings large and small.  She looks forward to further development of such spaces, including outdoor musical instruments and natural play space.