Board of Directors
Colleen Zuro-White – Chair
Whether it be a chemical reactor system to make Post-It Note™ adhesive, a children’s playground for a neighborhood park, a time capsule to celebrate the history of a community, a cultural arts program for elementary schools, or an “all night” post prom party to keep high school kids safe; Colleen enthusiastically engages people to accomplish goals. Passionate about inspiring action; she finds ways to connect people, build partnerships and collaborations to create something meaningful for the community.
Having served on multiple nonprofit boards and foundations, including the Board of Education of the Neenah Joint School District, she co-founded the Friends of Highland Arts. A lifelong supporter of the arts, Colleen embraces the opportunity to develop an organization which “brings people together to support arts, artists, and art education in the community”.
Upon earning degrees in chemistry from Ripon College and chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Colleen honed her project management skills as a project engineer and account manager for 3M and BASF Chemical. Self-employed, she has consulted in community engagement projects.
Colleen enjoys family time, practicing yoga, photographing nature, cultivating her garden, watching football, and exploring the vibrant Twin Cities arts and culture scene.
Tia Anderson – Secretary
Tia Anderson is currently a Senior City Planner with the City of Saint Paul. She has a background in community and economic development, business process design and project management. Tia is a past president of the Highland District Council, has served on the City’s Capital Improvement Budget Committee and volunteers in multiple capacities with Horace Mann Elementary School. Tia has lived in Highland Park since 1996.
Peter Armstrong – Treasurer
Peter Armstrong is on the board of the Highland District Council, where he has volunteered since 2002. He currently is the Secretary, in the past he has served as Treasurer, Chair of the Transportation Committee and President. Peter continues to serve on the Ford Site Planning Task Force. He also co-chairs the District 15 Plan Steering Committee.
Peter is a retired independent manufacturer’s representative, who specialized in high-end consumer audio video systems. He continues to be an enthusiastic fan and minor patron of the arts.
James Farnsworth graduated from Highland Park Senior High School in June 2016 and is now a student at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities in the College of Liberal Arts. He has a background in social media communications and a strong passion for community engagement.
While not volunteering with FHA, James is involved with a variety of other community organizations including the Highland Business Association, Highland Park Senior High School PTSA, Highland Park Football Boosters, Highland Park Senior High School Senior All-Night Party Committee, and the Scots Hockey Booster Board. He’s also a Human Resources Team Member at the Highland Park Target.
James believes in the importance of the arts and is excited to be part of an organization which deeply values the arts in our schools and community.
Jacqueline Mosio lived in Mexico and taught photography at a cultural center (Casa de la Cultura) in Ciudad Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán. After receiving an MFA degree in creative writing from Columbia University, she returned to St. Paul where she taught editing and works as a writer and editor. As a local resident, she is involved in Highland Community Initiative, a grassroots effort focused on the redevelopment of the former Ford plant site.