Members of the board meet the second Wednesday of the month at 5:00 PM in the Ford Building Mezzanine Conference Room, 505 N Broadway Dr, Fargo, ND 58102. Stop by and meet us!

*The May 2019 board meeting is rescheduled to Thursday, May 16th.


Chair:                      Paul Gleye
Vice Chair:              Carol Schlossman
Secretary:               Arlette Preston
Treasurer:               Cody  Schuler                                                                                           Members-at-Large: Kevin Riley, Murphy Anderson, Kay Schwarzwalter, Josie Danz & Kirsten Peterson                                                                                                                                        

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Arlette Preston, Secretary Arlette and her husband, Richard, have been living in downtown Fargo for the past 11 years. She works in the same building that she lives and loves the convenience of leaving her car in the garage and never having to worry about the weather when going to work!!  Living downtown allows her to walk everywhere which has a side benefit of getting to know the neighbors as she meets them on the sidewalks. Arlette, an R.N., owns Home Instead Senior Care and is very active in the community. Besides being involved on the Downtown Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors, she chairs the City of Fargo Art & Culture Commission. She also serves on the Board for African Soul, American Heart.

Carol Schlossman, Vice Chair Carol Schlossman has lived and worked in the downtown neighborhood for the past 6 years. For the past 14 years she has owned and operated Insight To Action, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in small business, retail development, and non-profits. She is a graduate of both NDSU and UND (MBA). Prior to consulting she worked in the technology; shopping center retail development; and government relations industries. She has served as Board Chair of the Arts Partnership, the FMA Area Foundation, and the Women’s Fund Committee of the FM Area Foundation. She loves living in Fargo’s downtown, along with her husband, Brad. She loves being a mom and “nana:; and is an avid sailor and painter. She is committed to the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the City of Fargo’s Downtown Plan, and their work in making the downtown a diverse, greener, and a family-friendly environment in which to thrive.

Cody J. Schuler Cody J. Schuler has lived and worked downtown for 7 years. He thinks downtown is the best neighborhood in the city and its walkability and convince rivals or surpasses larger urban areas where he's lived. He proudly makes his home in the southern end of downtown and is enthusiastic about the SoMA (south of Main Ave) community. He is the executive director of the FM Coalition to End Homelessness, a local solutions based advocacy and education organization.  Cody is a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University and Duke University, is a trained community organizer, and is passionate about issues of social justice and systems change. He also serves on the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People's Board of Directors and has acted as that organization's legislative coordinator. A self-identified NPR nerd, coffee addict, and craft beer snob, Cody enjoys cooking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and Blue Devil basketball. 

Kay Schwarzwalter Kay Schwarzwalter, who spent her youth on a farm on the North Dakota-South Dakota border south of Reeder, North Dakota, has lived in Fargo for the past 30 years, the last 12 in downtown Fargo. Kay recently retired from her position at the Center for Social Research at NDSU. She formerly served on the Fargo Theater Board of Directors and is currently the volunteer coordinator for the Cooper Community Garden on the edge of downtown Fargo. Kay is passionate about women’s and children’s issues and is committed to making Downtown Fargo a family-friendly environment where she can bring her grandchildren to partake of the shops and delicacies on Broadway and the surrounding area. She is in the final stages of restoring her historic home, in the Milton Earl Beebe National Register Historic District in downtown Fargo, to its 1906 splendor. She enjoys travel and appreciates the diversity that different cultures bring to the Fargo community.

Kirsten Peterson Since moving back to Fargo in 2016, Kirsten has been connecting with her community by joining the 2017-2018 Chamber FMWF Leadership Program. Her Community Change Initiative project is now a reoccurring event which pairs professionals who wish to volunteer their skills for nonprofits. This event is called “Professionally Paired”. Kirsten has served on the board for the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA) and the Artist Panel for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program. She currently serves on the board for the North Dakota chapter of the Association For Talent Development. In 2017, Kirsten and her husband, Chris, purchased a home in downtown Fargo. Kirsten is excited to serve on the DNA Board and advocate for the residents of downtown Fargo.

Murphy Anderson Murphy is the DNA’s social media/website coordinator and newsletter writer. A Fargo native and a proud Penn State Nittany Lion, she is a lifelong learner and passionate about this community. Murphy works at a family foundation and is pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health at NDSU. She is also a Rourke Art Gallery board member. In her few moments of spare time, she enjoys writing, creating and traveling with family and friends.  Murphy is looking forward to the 2019 Downtown Home Tour and expanding DNA membership!

Paul Gleye, Chair Paul Gleye is a city planner and faculty member in the NDSU school of architecture.  A California native, he has lived in downtown Fargo for nearly 20 years after having lived in Chicago, Santa Fe, Pasadena and Bozeman, as well as France, Belgium, and Germany.  Currently he leads the NDSU architecture program’s term abroad program, spending three months a year guiding students through Europe, but believes the quality of urban living in downtown Fargo to be second to none.  He brings to the Downtown Neighborhood Association a lifelong passion for historic city centers, believing that the city center embodies the vision of the entire city that is projected to the world.  His 1906 historic house in downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Milton Earl Beebe Historic District.  In 2018 he serves as president of the Fargo Downtown Neighborhood Association.

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