Erich Mische, who’d been a top aide to former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman in the 1990s, now runs the nonprofit Spare Key and recently announced new board members.
One of them is Chris Rider, the scheduler for current Mayor Chris Coleman.
I asked Chris, a veteran City Hall staffer, how this came about. She replied:
Kind of a funny story about Spare Key. Erich Mische requested time with the Mayor about 6 months ago to talk about their work and seek collaboration with the City. I wound up sitting in on that meeting. Erich and I chatted afterwards …
After that meeting I did a bit of research on Spare Key — it’s really the only charity of its kind in the country. About 2 months ago Erich asked to set up lunch with me — to be honest, I didn’t quite know what to think. We finally found a date that worked and he asked me to consider being on their board. I am looking truly forward to the challenge and to something new.
Spare Key gives financial support to families with critically ill or seriously injured children by paying their mortgage for a month. Mische, who’s worked as a national lobbyist, took over as Spare Key head in February.
Also new to the Spare Key board is Joel Stich, director of strategic sales and account management for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.