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Meet the Steering Committee!

Updated: Apr 26, 2023

We couldn't be more thrilled by the opportunity to help steward and support this historic community group! A key tenant of the steering committee is the promotion of an unbiased and fair process, as described by the community bylaws. Committee members seek to have no conflicting personal affiliations (e.g. existing or ongoing development projects) that might prevent them from being able to support this goal of judicious stewardship of meetings and HPNC gatherings.


Judi Walker


A lifelong resident of Highland Park, Judi Walker worked as an Area Operations Manager for Verizon for many years prior to retirement. “I’m interested in knowing what’s going on in my area, interested in the fact that we’ve been overrun recently with new housing. You can’t be on the street without seeing a new house going up, and I want to have a say in what development happens in this area.”










Tim Gosier


​As a lifelong resident of Roxbury, Timothy (Tim) Gosier always dreamed of living in Fort Hill as a child and has been able to realize that as a homeowner over the last 10 years. Financial Advisor by trade and a musician and athlete in his spare time , Tim looks to be of service to his community and its members in hopes of making Highland Park a more vibrant neighborhood exemplified by its history, diversity and sense of community.






Mark Martinez


Mark is a housing attorney who has lived in Highland Park for 7 years. In addition to his role on the Highland Park Neighborhood Coalition, he is also on the board of the Highland Park Community Land Trust. He can be found walking around the neighborhood with his rescue dog, Tallulah.











Mercy Bell


Mercy is a startup analyst, technologist and podcast host who has lived in Highland Park since 2017. Her husband has been here much longer, joining the community atop Fort Hill back in 2010. (Mercy fell in love with the neighborhood during their first evening walk through Highland Park!) She's also often taking walks with her sometimes sweet, sometimes standoffish French bulldog mix Nugget.







Rodney Singleton


Working as a test development engineer for over 20 years, Rodney has spent much of his rare spare time representing this community. He's served as President of the Highland Park Community Land Trust, Co-Chair of the Highland Park Project review Committee, a member of the Plan Dudley IAG, a member of the Bartlett Yard Project Review Committee, Chair of the Jackson Square IAG/CAC, and a member of the plan Dudley Project Review Committee. Today, he sits on the Steering Committee of the Highland Park Neighborhood Coalition, and represents Highland Park on Cllr. Tania Fernandez Anderson's D7 Committee. Judging by his garden, however, you'd think all he did was plant flowers!



Meet the Co-Secretaries of the HPNC Steering Committee


Kate Phelps


Gardener, sailor and writer, Kate's move to Highland Park 21 years ago was intentional. Eager to live again in a racially and economically diverse community, she was drawn by energy, the history (yes, the gardens and trees!) but mostly the people she's come to know and respect here.










Holly Shepherd


A resident of Highland Park for 10 years, Holly works for a social justice non-profit.

She does the same kind of work locally, but with her neighbors, building community

to preserve the diversity and history of the neighborhood. She spends her free time gardening and hiking with her dogs.




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