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Announcing the 2020 GRIA board candidates

Annual board elections take place on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020! Please join us at our monthly meeting taking place online to cast your vote for the board, and keep track of updates on facebook.

Phong Le (President)

Phong is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Goucher College. In the neighborhood he has volunteered on community cleanup days, Sisson street park and has served as president. As president he has testified in support of the neighborhood in city hall, coordinated with other community leaders and managed our staff.  He lives on the 2600 block of Hampden Avenue.

Corey Jennings (Vice President)

Corey Jennings is a Baltimore native originally born in the Hamilton Neighborhood. He lives in Remington with his wife Carly, and dog Tuck.

Corey Jennings is a video producer and photographer working in Baltimore for education institutions, event companies, and non-profit institutions. A Baltimore native, Corey grew up in Hamilton and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He lives in Remington with his wife Carly Engelke, and their dog Tuck. Since purchasing a home in Remington is 2018, Corey has been an active participant in GRIA, becoming a member of the land use committee and is currently running for the position of Vice President of GRIA. He lives on the 500 block of 28th Street. 

Emma Simpson (Treasurer)

Emma (and her dog Nora) are Baltimore natives who moved to Remington in April 2017. Emma serves as GRIA’s Treasurer and sits on the RemFest Planning Committee. She has worked in non-profit administration since 2013 and is currently the Baltimore Community Manager for Venture for America. You can often find her working from the bar at R. House, running with Nora in Guilford or around Druid Hill Park, or at one of Remington’s many watering holes. She is eager to lend her talents to GRIA as the organization matures in the coming years.

Aaron Brewer (Secretary)

Originally from Upstate New York, Aaron Brewer has been a resident of Baltimore since 2005 and a neighbor in Remington since 2015. He lives on 27th street with his wife Becky. He has a BFA in Interactive Media from MICA and works as a software developer for local small businesses. In the neighborhood he has contributed to Hauntington and the community garden on Sisson Street. He actively participates in GRIA meetings and in the local community and on NextDoor. As a board member, he hopes to take on more civic responsibility, listening to the challenges that the neighborhood is facing, and implement positive change to face those challenges. Professionally, he works in the space between user and product. This is inherently both technical and empathic. He hopes to bring these skills to the table.

Maryanne Kondratenko

Maryanne has been a resident of Remington for the last ten years. She retired from Home Depot as an Operations Manager. When she isn’t gardening, you’ll probably find her in the kitchen baking. You can sample her baking at GRIA meetings. She’s a certified “TreeKeeper” and has helped to care for fruit trees and street trees in the neighborhood. Maryanne has been a GRIA board member for the last seven years and plans to continue to the community for as long as possible.

Josh Greenfeld

Josh, his wife Anna and their three cats live on the 300 block of West 31st Street. He is seeking to re-join the GRIA Board for the fourth year in a row. Josh served as GRIA’s Land Use Committee Chair for the last three years, and recently passed the torch to fellow GRIA Board member KC Kelleher. Josh works in commercial real estate conducting neighborhood and main street redevelopment including retail, restaurant, office and residential leasing and the production of market rate affordable housing. Outside of work, Josh is an avid cyclist, a passionate multi-modal transportation advocate and a public health policy leader serving on the boards of the Baltimore Bicycle Club Race Team, J Street Baltimore, Rebuilding Together and the Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition. 

Peter Morrill

Peter graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning. He currently works for the Department of Natural Resources and has lived in Remington for the last six years. Peter oversees GRIA’s commercial facade improvement program and led the process to add Remington to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sam Beirne

Samuel Beirne has been a GRIA board member since April, 2019 and has lived in Remington since November, 2017. He aims to help Remington advance key issues that benefit the entire community like traffic calming, walkability, and Its business friendly culture. In his spare time, he cooks, gardens, and frequents local restaurants. 

Candace Griffin

Hello, my name is Candace Griffin and I live close to Remington Row. I served last year on the board and enjoyed learning about the history of Remington as well as helping our community meet our neighborhood goals. I bring to the GRIA board : board experience, community service, and advocacy experience.

Shannon Conway

The Remington neighborhood holds a special place in my heart. Several generations of myfamily have grown up here and I’ve witnessed the neighborhood’s growth through an ever evolving lens. It’s been a joy to watch the progress affected by the efforts of Greater RemingtonImprovement Association.Aside from my personal connection with Remington, I’ve had the privilege to collaborate withGRIA on multiple fronts in my professional life, including working as the first community organizer in 2017-2018.This neighborhood is a part of me and on the forefront of my mind in everything I do. Joiningthe GRIA Board is an honor and I am thrilled to serve the neighborhood in this capacity

Shayna Rose

Hi, my name is Shayna and I’m running for GRIA board! I’ve lived on the 27th block of Miles Avenue for the past nearly three years- you can find me at 3 Miles House most Fridays. My background is in urban and transportation planning, and I actually wrote my master’s thesis on transforming 28th Street and 29th Street into pedestrian and bicycle-friendly boulevards. I’m excited to bring my perspective as a planner to the GRIA board in the hopes of furthering GRIA’s goals of becoming more pedestrian, bicycle, and transit-accessible for all of Remington’s residents.

Matt Williams

I am a proud home owner and business owner in the Remington neighborhood. As a home owner and co-owner of Mount Royal Soaps I am deeply invested in making sure Remington is a safe and welcoming place to live and work. I look forward to pushing for traffic calming and forming strong business ties with the community.

Wynnona Engle-Pratt

Wynnona has lived in Remington for almost a decade and is happy to be part of such a beautiful community. She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and works for MedStar at the Rotunda. With her education in pediatrics and public health she is passionate about ensuring Remington is a community where families from all backgrounds feel supported and safe. After several years of being involved with GRIAs land use committee and volunteering for events like Hauntingdon, Wynnona is excited to join the board and take on a more active role. 

Aden Weisel

is the Exhibition Director and Gallery Curator for Stevenson University. They hold two degrees from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA): an MFA in Curatorial Practice with a concentration in Critical Studies and a certificate in the College Teaching of Art; and a BFA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with a concentration in Curatorial Studies. Weisel has previously worked as the Gallery Director for Galerie Myrtis and the Curatorial Assistant for the Department of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia (AAAPI), and the Pacific Islands at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). They have been a resident of Remington for nearly six years and have lived in Baltimore for more than ten. Weisel is a strong proponent of the arts as a tool for building healthier communities. Their most recent project, POTLUCK: Remington, captures neighbors’ experiences of change by using food traditions as a point of access.