New Councilmembers and Mayor

Each of the newly elected officials were asked the same set of questions.  An edited version appeared in the Spring 2017 edition of The Maple Leaf Newsletter, here are the questions and answers in full:

Elected to office in April 2017 were Mayor Barry Greenberg, Coucilman, Ward 1, Steve Moseley, and Councilman Ward 2, Ray Crader.  Elected to office in a special August 2017 election, Councilwoman Ward 3, Jenny Schmidt.

The Questions:

1.            Why did you run for office?

2.            How long have you lived in Maplewood?

3.            Please tell us about your professional background and current employment.

4.            Please tell us about your family, spouse and children.

5.            What do you like most about Maplewood?

Barry Greenberg - Mayor

1. Why did you run for office? 
I am running for office because I feel that we need experience in the role of mayor. Whatever happens, there are going to be three new members out of the seven on City Council. I have spent the last fourteen years on the Council working to improve myself as an elected official and improve Maplewood as a community. I have participated in the City’s turnaround in my roles on the Chamber of Commerce starting in the 1980’s, Design and Review Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Maplewood Kiwanis and other community service organizations. I have been supportive of the MRH School District and I commend their role in helping make Maplewood a desirable community.

2.  How long have you lived in Maplewood?
I moved my office to Sutton Boulevard in Maplewood in 1988, and I moved into my house on Vine Avenue in 1999. I also own the Nova Salon/Sherwood Forest building at 2708 Sutton Boulevard and a residence that I renovated at 7326 Myrtle Avenue.

3.   Please tell us about your professional background and current employment.
I graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1977 and sat for and passed both portions of the exam in 1981. I started Architectural Design Guild in that year after working at St. Louis County and a private sector A/E firm for four years. Since then I have grown to 25 employees and I am licensed in 46 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. I have designed local projects such as Schlafly Bottleworks, Saint Louis Closet Company, the Mauhaus, Strange Donuts, and Side Project Cellar and their Brewery. I am currently the architect of record for the Washington University Solar Decathlon competition house and have designed shipping container homes to be built on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean.

4. Please tell us about your family, spouse and children.
My wife Deni, is a retired realtor and is active in the Chamber and with Sherwood Forest Camp. My son Dan is an Emergency Medical Technician and has graduated from the St. Louis County Fire Academy. My daughter Lis is a stylist and instructor at Dominic Michael Salon. We also have two whippets, Dash and Davi and eight koi in our pond.

5. What do you like most about Maplewood?  
I like everything about Maplewood, it’s people, it’s history, the businesses, the schools, it’s architecture, and the progress that the community has made since I have been here. I also like that, even though there are going to be many challenges ahead, that we have a bright and promising future to look forward to.

Steve Moseley - Councilman Ward 1

1.            Why did you run for office?  
I have always wanted to be a more integral part of the cities success.  I enjoy living here and think it is a wonderful place to be.

2.            How long have you lived in Maplewood?  
I have been here a little over 12 years.  We moved to Maplewood in December 2004.

3.            Please tell us about your professional background and current employment.  
I have been the pastor of Maplewood Baptist Church  for the last 12 years.  I have been in ministry for 25 years.  In addition, I have run a non-profit, served on several boards of non-profits, and done various other work over the years including catering delivery at Chick-fil-A.

4.            Please tell us about your family, spouse and children.
My wife Lisa and I have been married for over 23 years.  She works at Lydia’s House as the Program Director.  We have two children, Brandon and Brittany, who are proud graduates of MRH (well, Brittany in May).  Brandon attends SLU and Brittany will begin at William Woods in the fall.  We are looking forward to being temporary empty nesters.

5.            What do you like most about Maplewood?
Small town in a big city!  Nothing like it.

Ray Crader – Councilman Ward 2

1.                  Why did you run for office?

I have lived in Maplewood long enough to have experienced the renaissance that has occurred. I have witnessed the great work of our community leaders to turn our city around. I want to see Maplewood continue to grow in its creative and diverse spirit and want to be a part of the process. I believe my professional experience, as well as my civic experience with the MRH School District, will serve the city well.

2.                  How long have you lived in Maplewood?
I purchased my current home and moved here in 1993 while working for a Maplewood Architect. I moved here so that I could live close enough to walk or ride my bike to work. In the early years, I had no vested interest in the community. It was simply a matter of location. But as time has gone and I have grown Maplewood has become my home. 

3.                  Please tell us about your professional background and current employment.
I am an Architect and work for The St. Louis County Department of Transportation and Public Works, Division of Design and Construction as a Supervisor of Project Managers. I have been with this division for about 8 ½ years. Prior to this, I had my own architectural practice for 12 years. I have served and was elected as Director with the MRH Board of Education for the past 2 ½ years and also volunteer with the Cub Scouts and the school PTO.

4.                  Please tell us about your family, spouse, and children.
I have been married to my lovely wife Cindy Crader for 19 years now. While her background is in accounting, Cindy is now a stay at home mom but is never at home long. She volunteers countless hours for the MRH school district. She has been the President of the MRH Early Childhood Center Parent Teacher Organization for the past 3 years. 
We have 2 small and very active sons, Nathan (8) and Austin (5) that both attend MRH schools. 

5.                  What do you like most about Maplewood?
What I like most about Maplewood is the diverse energy about the city now. It is such a great place to get out and about and enjoy all that is always happening. My wife and I are both from small towns and Maplewood has that same small town feel where you always run into people you know everywhere you go. We love the great restaurants and shops. We love that you can walk most everywhere you want to go. We love the social, racial, and economic diversity of the city. We love the People. We love….. You know that really is kind of a loaded question! I love everything about Maplewood!

Jenny Schmidt - Councilwoman Ward 3

1. Why did you run for office?

I was initially drawn to running for the open council position by a desire to get back to serving my community as I had done growing up, throughout college, and after college.  I had been looking for ways to get back into service and when the seat opened up it seemed like a perfect fit since I live and work in Maplewood and my children attend MRH schools.  I was also really excited about the possibility of working with so many different individuals and groups- the mayor, the council, the city, the police and fire departments, the school board, the citizens, the business owners, and community organizations- to continue to help Maplewood grow and change in a way that benefits all of its citizens.   

2. How long have you lived in Maplewood? 

Adam, my husband, and I moved to Maplewood in 2004, about a year after we got married, and have lived here ever since.  We lived over on Manhattan for 12 years and last summer moved to Elm.  We feel lucky to have lived in both neighborhoods and to have had the opportunity to get to know so many wonderful neighbors in both places.  

3. Tell us about your professional background and current employment.

I am an attorney who represents a group of over 15 investment funds in their investments in historic rehabilitation projects utilizing state historic tax credits. I have represented the funds in over $250 million in investments in over 70 projects in 5 states.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, I was an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, worked in the field of social work, was a substitute teacher in the City of Chicago, and was a legal assistant in a small law firm. I also like to volunteer with the MRH PTO when I can and am on my 4th year coaching my daughter’s soccer team through MRH Youth Sports.  

4. Tell us about your family, spouse, and children.  

My husband Adam and I have been married for 14 years. Adam works in tech support at Square, Inc.  We have two daughters, Lucy and Beatrice.  Lucy is 9 and is in the 4th grade at the MRH Elementary, and Beatrice is 7 and is in the 2nd grade at the MRH ECC. 

5. What do you like most about Maplewood?  

It’s hard to choose what I love most about Maplewood, but among the things I love are the diversity of ideas and people, the feeling of living in a small town but with all of the benefits of a big city, and being able to walk to an amazing array of unique restaurants and businesses.