Dedicated to presenting the Hillside neighborhood’s voices on health and safety concerns.

ABOUT HEALTHY HILLSIDE

Zeitgeist’s Healthy Hillside team works to identify and present the needs and vision of the Hillside neighborhood. These team members are all deeply connected to the neighborhood through lived experiences and/or work within local organizations and agencies. Their input and experiences inform approaches to improving and developing programs and policies that address health disparities in direct and systemic ways.

HEALTHY HILLSIDE VISION GUIDE

Since 2020, the Healthy Hillside Team has gathered resident input to identify Hillside’s strengths, needs, and concerns. The 2022 Healthy Hillside Vision Guide was developed to share concerns from Hillsiders in four major themes: Safe & Accessible Housing; Support Systems & Resources; Natural & Built Environments; and Social Connection. The 2024 Healthy Hillside Vision Guide presents visions of community members ranging from grassroots initiatives to policy-level changes. Hillsiders’ feedback overwhelmingly points to their lived expertise and suggests that those closest to a problem are often closest to the solution.

upcoming eventS

COFFEE IN THE PARK

Third Saturdays June-August | 9AM – 11AM | Portland Square 

Coffee in the Park is an opportunity for neighbors to meet one another and engage in the discussion of ideas and the sharing of skills on topics relating to health, equity, and overall livability in our Hillside community — fueled in part by the enjoyment of great coffee.

Hosted by Zeitgeist’s Healthy Hillside Team Sponsored by Almanac Coffee. Free & open to all.

OUR TEAM

Andrea Crouse

Andrea Crouse

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Andrea Crouse

Andrea Crouse is the facilitator of the Healthy Hillside Team and the Community Development Manager at Zeitgeist. She is honored to work with and learn from this incredible group of people to best reach the residents of Duluth’s Hillside neighborhoods with resources and support to keep us safe and secure during the pandemic. Prior to joining Zeitgeist, Andrea worked for the City of Superior Dept. of Public Works as the Stormwater Program Coordinator. She served on the board of the Lake Superior Community Health Center for 9 years and is an active member of the Twin Ports community in organizations such as the St. Louis River Alliance (SLRA), Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), and the Feminist Action Collective (FAC). She has a passion for green infrastructure, native plants, and urban design that promotes healthy living and environmental sustainability.

Cullen Cusick

Cullen Cusick

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Cullen Cusick

My name is Cullen Cusick and for (nearly) five years I have worked a clerical position within Saint Louis County and am a proud AFSCME member. Prior to this, I held management roles across industries for many years while attending the University of Minnesota–Duluth. There I majored in philosophy and political science. I am also a product of local public schools: both Myers-Wilkins and Duluth Central. The Hillside neighborhood is where I have lived nearly my entire life, and I currently reside near Chester Creek in the East Hillside with my lovely wife Andrea, an artist and graphic designer. My family also goes back a long time in this neighborhood–you can find my great-great grandfather in the 1900 census living on East 4th Street–and I consider myself blessed to have roots here. The upcoming work led by Zeitgeist to develop a Hillside oriented response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be a vital aid to our community. I am enthusiastic in my own efforts to help and feel honored to be given the opportunity.

Marah Evans

Marah Evans

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Marah Evans

My name is Marah (like Sarah but with an “M”) and I have lived in the Duluth hillside for 4 years! I have my Masters in Social Work and am currently working as a School Social Worker. I am a strong relationship builder and advocate. My favorite part of being a social worker is seeing the resilient nature of humans and assisting them through difficult times. I love spending time getting to know new people, playing outside, working with my hands and hanging out with my cat! I am excited to be able to work on behalf of the Duluth Hillside! 

Tiffany Fenner

Tiffany Fenner

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Tiffany Fenner

As a local community member, I look forward to being a part of the Central Hillside Steering Team. I hope to utilize my human services, leadership,organization, customer service, marketing, and communication skills to assist in creating a stabilized community. As a single mom of three, I aspire to inspire those in my community to come together, work together and grow together. As a proud and dedicated local grassroots group member, I have successfully met some of the many and ever growing needs of multiple families during this covid pandemic. In my personal time I enjoy multimedia arts. My gift is creativity—specifically being able to take information in and combine it in a new way and to something new. I am hardwired to create beauty all around me.

Naomi Gordon

Naomi Gordon

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Naomi Gordon

I was born and raised in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood. I have worked for several Hillside businesses throughout my life. Starting at 4th St. Market, now Niiwin Indigenous Food Market, where several of my relatives worked. I enjoyed getting to know the members of the Hillside community doing cashiering. I also worked at Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS), now One Roof Housing. Through that organization I learned about the Northern Community Land Trust and bought my first home 13 years ago where I still reside.
I work for a local non-profit organization in Duluth helping families with disabilities. I love the work that I do and the relationships I can foster through bettering the community. I am a single mom of two kids, Tyriq and Niyah. When I am not working, I love spending time with them and the rest of my family. I am so excited to be a part of the Healthy Hillside Steering Team!
Vanni Hayden

Vanni Hayden

Cyndy Klinksiek

Cyndy Klinksiek

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Cyndy Klinksiek

Cyndy Klinksiek works for Duluth Aging Support (DAS) as program manager to reduce isolation among older adults. She’s glad to be representing DAS and older adults on the Healthy Hillside team.

Cyndy lives in Duluth’s Central Hillside where she enjoys watching lighting storms over Wisconsin, eagles riding thermals, and lakers “threading the needle.” She has volunteered at Damiano, CHUM, and Sacred Heart Music Center.

Justin Wood

Justin Wood

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Justin Wood

Born in old New England, Justin came to know Duluth and its sweetwater sea on a transcontinental journey in 2010 and has lived here ever since. As an adherent to the ideals of a ‘Rucksack Revolution,’ he has traveled across continents searching for mountains, good stories and the kindness of strangers. An intrepid in his own time, he believes in global awareness and local action and has worked with such esteemed organizations as Amnesty International, Men as Peacemakers and most recently the Duluth Folk School. Justin’s passion for wellbeing and community building extend to issues of food security, urban agriculture and the utilitarian fundamentals & pleasures of cycling. Aside from his work with the Healthy Hillside Leadership Team, Justin helms the operations at Almanac Coffee in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. He resides in the Central Hillside with his lovely wife Kiah and is the proud father of two sons.

Sophia Clements

Sophia Clements

Emeritus

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Sophia Clements

Hello, my name is Sophia! I am currently a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in studio art and communications. I am from St. Paul, Minnesota and am a resident of the Hillside neighborhood. I believe art plays a crucial role in connecting people with their built environments and community to create positive change. I am passionate about the ways in which art can bring agency to individuals to advocate for their needs and beliefs. In my free time, I enjoy being outside, reading, and spending time with animals. I am excited to use my experience as an artist to bring agency to my community at Zeitgeist!

Andy Frye

Andy Frye

Emeritus

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Andy Frye

I am a Minnesota based artist, focusing on storytelling through video and design. I hope to utilize my collaboration, production, videography, storytelling, design, and communication skills to help bring our communities together. As an artist, my artistic vision is to create colorful, vibrant work that serves as a “heart opener” for those that it reaches. Through vehicles of high quality video/design and heart forward storytelling, I hope to bring some light into the world.

Rachael Kilgour

Rachael Kilgour

Emeritus

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Rachael Kilgour

Rachael Kilgour was born and raised here in Duluth and currently makes her home in the Central Hillside. When it’s not the middle of a global pandemic, she makes a living as a touring musician. With performance opportunities out the window for the foreseeable future, Rachael is happy for the opportunity to stay put and plug into her neighborhood and community. She has worked with Loaves and Fishes, CHUM, and Meyers-Wilkins in the past and is helping out at the Warming Center (emergency shelter) this winter.

Tony Maras

Tony Maras

Emeritus

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Tony Maras

I was born in the Duluth Hillside a couple of decades ago and after 15 years in a small town in Nebraska I am back and a proud resident of the East Hillside neighborhood. Despite growing up in Nebraska my family has deep roots in northern Minnesota and it holds a special place in my heart. I am currently a Junior at UMD, studying urban and regional studies. With minors in GIS and Sociology. Over the past few years in Duluth I have been a student leader with MPIRG (now known as SEE-Change), spearheading projects that range from Line 3 resistance fundraisers to a walk identifying anti-homeless infrastructure in the Central Hillside. This past summer I worked at the UMD Land Lab- campus’s organic research farm- both as a general farm worker and as a food access intern. Through the Land Lab, I helped with Community Action Duluth’s Lincoln Park Farmers Market and led our harvests for their mobile food market. My most rewarding experience was helping lead our Morgan Park Free Produce Giveaway, where I got to get to know community members and help make a small impact in the fight for food justice. I am super excited to be joining the Healthy Hillside team as it combines my passions for urban design, social/economic justice, and my community.

Miranda Pacheco

Miranda Pacheco

Emeritus

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Miranda Pacheco

Miranda Pacheco works at Life House as a Youth Outreach worker and Peer Support Specialist specializing in mental health and addiction. She also attends Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College where she is currently working towards an AAS in Human Services and a LADC counseling certificate. She hopes to go on to get her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is also involved in the community doing work to help build wealth within the BIPOC community, where her passion lies. Miranda likes to run/hike, go to powwows and attend traditional ceremonies. She is excited for the challenge of working with Zeitgeist!

Millie Richard

Millie Richard

In Memoriam

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Millie Richard

On 11/14/2022 at 2:35 in the afternoon, Millie took her last breaths surrounded by family and near a window overlooking the woods and wildlife that she loved. She was and continues to be a strong force for healing and connection in the Hillside and will be deeply missed, though her work continues on through all those she impacted during here time with us. Her bio, as she wrote it for her work with Zeitgeist’s Healthy Hillside Team is below:

My spirit name is Spotted Bird Woman Going Around the Heavens from the Dakota/Ojibway first nation. Recently I began as a licensed peer recovery specialist with much support from RAD (Recovery Alliance Duluth). I became a Wellness in the Woods outreach associate for Northeast Minnesota. Now I am part of this team to spread information on how we can all take care of ourselves in the best way possible. My own wellness business Odiizeoon focuses on the tribal approach of getting well. I have been in Duluth, MN since the end of December 2015 when I arrived from Canada. Since then,  I have seen the many needs and wants of the Hillside’s poverty stricken people. I have remained in the same place of residence upon arriving at West 4th Street Hillside, my home.

Christina B. Trok

Christina B. Trok

Emeritus

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Christina B. Trok

I was born and raised in the Central Hillside neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota. After obtaining a B.S. in Child Psychology and Human Development at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis, I began working as a program coordinator in the Department of Ob/Gyn and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. In 2008, I returned to Duluth with my husband Benjamin to raise our children; Sterling, Vince, Cian, and Nina. I’ve stayed quite busy as a homemaker, an independent contractor for ISD 709 and Superior School District, and a volunteer for many different organizations including MN Environmental Partnership, City of Duluth, Area Youth Soccer Association, Superior Hiking Trail Association, Hermantown Youth Soccer Association, Area Youth Soccer Association, Hermantown Area Futbol Club, Hermantown Elementary School, NAACP, One Roof Community Housing (Formerly NHS), and the American Red Cross. I am excited to be joining the Healthy Hillside Steering Committee and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve my community.

4

years of grassroots activism

975

surveys

225+

vision boards

17,000+

conversations with Hillside residents

IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR BOOSTER!

How to get your shot:

Use the Minnesota Vaccine Locator Map to find vaccine providers near you.

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VACCINES ARE SAFE!

COVID-19 has caused over 2 million cases, 20,000 hospitalizations, and 200 deaths among U.S. children ages 6 months to 5 years old. Vaccination is safe and critical to protect against illness. 

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading it at home, daycare, and school. They can also protect you from severe illness and hospitalization, reduce the length of illness if you do get sick, and keep your child safe in school and at gatherings like playdates, sports, and other activities. The vaccines have been thoroughly tested and shown to be safe for young children, and there have been no reports of serious side effects.

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WHEN DO I GET MY COVID-19 BOOSTERS?

Since vaccine protection decreases over time, boosters are necessary to maintain maximum protection and stay healthy. Here is a guideline to know when you need to get boosted: 

6mo-4yrs: no booster needed. 5yrs-11yrs: Get your booster after 5 months. 12+: Get your booster after 2 months.

If you recently had COVID-19, talk to a medical professional about the best time to get your booster.

CONTINUE TO STAY SAFE!

It is still very important to continue taking easy steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. Even with vaccinations and boosters, continue to stay safe by masking up (especially around elders, babies, and immunocompromised people), washing your hands, and getting tested if you have symptoms and/or have been exposed to COVID-19.

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