Peter Rachleff
(Board Member)
835 East Sixth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Dr. Rachleff is a Professor of History at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has taught for 31 years, and a resident of the East Side for 14 years. He is a widely recognized scholar, writer, and teacher of labor history, with a particular interest in the roles of race and immigration in the making of the American working class. Dr. Rachleff has worked with unions and labor educators on exploring history’s relevance to the present, with teachers on curriculum development, with junior high and high school students on History Day projects, and with college students of color on preparation for graduate study and careers in academia (for 11 years he was the Faculty Coordinator of Macalester’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program). Dr. Rachleff has also served on the national executive board of the Labor and Working Class History Association and has been national president of the Working Class Studies Association. He has helped organize and shape the “Untold Stories” program (15 years of lectures, tours, films, and discussions about local labor history) of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, has written op-ed essays for the Saint Paul PIONEER PRESS, the UNION ADVOCATE, WORKDAY MINNESOTA, and the TWIN CITIES DAILY PLANET, and has appeared in documentary films and as a commentator on local television and radio news programs. Dr. Rachleff expects to devote 40 or more hours a week to the East Side Freedom Library. There is no current plan to compensate Dr. Rachleff for his services. Dr. Rachleff is married to Dr. Cleary (see below).

Beth Cleary
(Board Member)
835 East Sixth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Dr. Cleary is Chairperson and Associate Professor of Theater and Dance at Macalester College, where she has taught for 21 years. She has also been a resident of the East Side for 14 years. Dr. Cleary writes plays, poetry, and fiction, directs plays, conducts movement workshops, and teaches yoga at the River Garden Yoga Center and the Lyngblomsten Retirement Community in Saint Paul. She is an accomplished scholar, teacher, and artist Dr. Cleary expects to devote 15 or more hours a week to the East Side Freedom Library. There is no current plan to compensate Dr. Cleary for her services.

Dr. Cleary is married to Dr. Rachleff (see above).

Vicki Beebe
Community Liaison Director, St. Paul Regional Labor Federation
411 Main Street, Suite 202
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Rafael Espinosa
Staff Organizer, United Food & Commercial Workers Union
661 North Street
Saint Paul,MN 55106

Gus Froemke
Communications Director, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 320
3160 Welcome Avenue N.
Crystal, MN 55422

Marlin Heise,
Founder and Director, Hmong Archives
343 Michigan Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Victoria Hopwood (Treasurer)
President, MN Association of Professional Employees (MAPE)
Local 801 (MnDOT)
3460 Lexington Avenue North, #300
Shoreview, MN 55126

Thomas O’Connell (President)
Political Studies Professor Emeritus, Metro State University
5720 Russell Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Yuichiro Onishi
Chair, African American and African Studies; Associate Professor,
African American and Asian American Studies
University of Minnesota
267 – 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Andrea (“Andy”) Steiner (Secretary)
Journalist, MinnPOST
900 6th Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Mary Wingerd
(Board Member)
388 Duke Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Dr. Wingerd is a historian and professor at St. Cloud State University. Her books CLAIMING THE CITY: POLITICS, FAITH, AND THE POWER OF PLACE IN SAINT PAUL (Cornell University Press, 2003) and NORTH COUNTRY: THE MAKING OF MINNESOTA (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) are widely recognized as some of the most important scholarship on local and regional history. Dr. Wingerd expects to devote one (1) or more hours a week to the East Side Freedom Library. There is no current plan to compensate Dr. Wingerd for her services.

Tou Vang Xiong
Board Member, Hmong Archives
Department of Counseling & Student Personnel Dept.
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN