FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2022
Contact: Audit Committee Staff Nhia Vang, 651-266-8566
The Saint Paul City Council Appoints Dana M. DeMaster, Stephanie D. Dilworth and James Farnsworth as community advisors to the Audit Committee
SAINT PAUL (MN) – Today, the Saint Paul City Council announces the appointments of Dana M. DeMaster, Stephanie D. Dilworth and James Farnsworth as community advisors to the Audit Committee. The community advisors are non-voting members and will serve a 3-year term starting on April 6, 2022 and ending on April 6, 2025. The new appointments will replace Nou Fang and Eric Zidlicky who served as community advisors from 2020 to 2022. The Audit Committee thanked them for their service and are excited to welcome Ms. DeMaster, Ms. Dilworth, and Mr. Farnsworth to the Committee.
“We’re thrilled to be joined by three community members with such extensive experience with audits and evaluation, and a deep interest in serving our city. With these additions to our team, we’ll be even better positioned to evaluate and improve City services,” said Councilmember Rebecca Noecker, who co-chairs the Audit Committee with Councilmember Jane Prince.
Ms. DeMaster joins the Committee with 20 years of experience conducting research and program evaluation in the public sector. She is currently the Research Manager for Ramsey County Health and Wellness Administration. Her previous volunteer experience includes being the board president of the Fort Road Federation and on the board of directors of Streets.mn, a land use and transportation blog. She has a Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Saint Catherine's University. Ms. DeMaster is a Saint Paul resident for nearly 20 years. She and her two children live on the West End and previously lived in Hamline Midway.
Also joining the Committee is Ms. Stephanie D. Dilworth whose background is in budget, finance, and audit. Ms. Dilworth is currently the Chief Financial Manager/Director of Budget and Finance & Spaces at the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. She is an active member of Pilgrim Baptist Church and serves in various leadership role with Lola Mercedes Parker Foundation for Economic Empowerment of Business and Professional Women, GIVEMN, and Redeemer Center for Life. She has lived in Saint Paul for almost 39 years and is “excited and looking forward to working with the City of Saint Paul Audit Committee and serving the City of Saint Paul”.
The Audit Committee is also excited to have Mr. James Farnsworth on board. He currently works for Amherst H. Wilder Foundation as a Community Equity Program/Public Policy Senior Program Associate and is also a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. “I am grateful and humbled to have been selected to serve as a community advisor on the Saint Paul City Council Audit Committee. Transparency, accountability, and ensuring city services are working the best they can for neighbors and community are core values to me. I look forward to collaborating alongside co-chairs Councilmembers Prince and Noecker, Councilmember Thao, and staff on this really important work on behalf of the city,” said Mr. Farnsworth.
To learn more about the work of the Committee, you are encouraged to visit www.stpaul.gov/auditcommittee.