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MPNAI & EPIC Staff Collective

As part of our ongoing collaboration, MPNAI and EPIC have hired joint staff that will serve both organizations, furthering our respective and collective missions. Learn more about them below!

Markevius Collier

Director of Community Connections

I've been living in the Midtown community for the last 5 years, and my dog has been walking me here for the last two!

I've spent most of my career providing mental health services in both hospital and community settings, and I've been just as passionate about fitness as a trainer at Lifetime and now at Rumble boxing! I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the EPIC/MPNAI collaborative to continue to strengthen old relationships, and build new ones!

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Luke Gannon

Director of Program Engagement

In my previous position, I was a Research and Communications Associate at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) where I wrote and researched antitrust legislation and policies that support community-led sustainability. I co-host a podcast with ILSR, Building Local Power, that pushes for community resilience and equitable economies.

I currently live in East Phillips and have been volunteering for EPNI in my free time and getting involved in neighborhood and local organizing. I strongly believe that change happens at the local, community level. This role will allow me to embody, embrace, and actively engage in creating a locally self-reliant community!


Jarumi Hernandez 
Director of Neighborhood Outreach

I am so excited to be a part of the Midtown Phillips Organization. Currently, I am attending classes at St. Katherine University to get certified as a Community Health Worker and I hope I can apply the knowledge gained and use it in this new role, as well as my previous experience in Banking. 

I am so happy to be a part of the Philips community in which I currently live and the community my kids are being raised. My hope is that our community continues to improve and grow strong together for a bright future ahead, I look forward to meeting you all.


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