About the FWP Board

Angie Ekern joined the Friends of Way Park board in 2017


Maggie Epstein
 joined the Friends of Way Park board in 2017


Peder Jothen currently spends numerous hours frolicking with his two children in Way Park. Whether chasing them around the playground, hitting baseballs in the ball park or riding bikes around the loop, the park gives his family and friends an incredibly rich and varied place to build community. His aim on the board is to nurture the sense of adventure that the park offers. A professor at St. Olaf, he moved into the neighborhood in 2012, joining the board in 2016. 


Tom Kotula joined the Friends of Way Park board in 2017


Michelle Martin teaches fourth and fifth grade at Prairie Creek Community School and moved into the neighborhood just as the old hospital was shutting down.  She is honored to be a part of the continued work at Way Park. She has done research on good design for both elementary and preschool playgrounds. Her board work has included organizing events for the 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.









Heidi Rubenstein has lived in Northfield for ten years.  She moved to the West side with her husband and three young children 3 years ago and now lives one block north of Way Park.  She is grateful that just a short jaunt down the hill, the park is available and almost always filled with neighbors and friends enjoying the playground, the chimes, the baseball field that transforms into an ice rink, the open field for kite flying and cloud viewing, the sidewalk loop for bike riding and scootering, and amphitheater which also provides a gentle sledding hill for little people not ready for the Big Hill up the street.  She looks forward to serving on the board and assisting in expanding the park's appeal as a gathering place and contributing in the continuity of the park's place in neighborhood history.



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.