Meet the Highland Heritage Project Team

Co-Founder Jackie Mosio: Jackie Mosio moved to Highland at age 5. After travels, work, and study in California, Mexico, and New York City, she moved back to Highland and now lives in the house her parents built. She is a writer and editor, bilingual Spanish speaker, and, as a member of the Social Justice committee of Lumen Christi Catholic Community, worked with others to found Highland Community Initiative and its current MNHS grant-funded historical research effort, the Highland Heritage Project. She is also a board member of Friends of Highland Arts, HHP’s partner.

Researcher Annice Gregerson: A native of TX, arrived in MN in 1967, lived in an apartment at 584 So. Snelling near Hartford while in her first year of the Social Work program at U of MN, graduated with an MSW degree in 1969. Married in 1970 to Steve Gregerson, parents to two adult sons, Eric and Michael. Catholic Charities was her sole employer where she is proudest of her loss and grief and resettlement of Indochinese refugees’ work. Moved to the family’s Bohland Avenue home in 1973. Member of the Church of St. Gregory, helped write the history for its 40 anniversary in 1991.

Met Jackie Mosio through shared interest in Social Justice work and started a collaborative effort around the redevelopment of the Ford Site. To her credit are 5 Highland Fest tent/table events.  

Researcher Judy Hildman: Judy grew up in Highland Park in the 1950s and 1960s and returned with her husband to raise their family in H.P. She graduated from Durham Hall H.S. and St. Catherine’s College, and is very excited to be part of this effort to preserve the history of Highland Park for its next generations. 

Researcher Frank Jossi: Highland Park resident Frank Jossi has been heavily involved in his community for two decades, serving in several leadership roles as a member of the Highland District Council. He helped create the annual summer Jazzed In Highland event and developed an annual music series in Highland Park.  The independent journalist, editor, consultant, and educator is the Minnesota correspondent for Midwest Energy News and a frequent contributor to Finance & Commerce, where his monthly award-winning “Sustainable” column appears. He has been the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships and a Humphrey Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He lives in a Tudor home with his wife, Judy, daughter Katherine, son Ben and sometimes friendly cat, Leo. His website is    

Media and Research Assistant Katherine Jossi: Katherine is a recent graduate of Beloit College with majors in history and political science. She grew up in Highland Park with her family and attended both Highland Park Elementary and Highland High School. She has spent her past summers in Saint Paul interning for a consulting company and Rewire at Twin Cities Public Television. Her other interests include public transit, photography, documentaries, and mastering vegan cooking. 

Colleen Zuro-White: believes access to culture and creativity is essential to a thriving, vibrant, and inclusive community. As an arts enthusiast with experience in project management, community organizing, and civic leadership, she founded Friends of Highland Arts (FoHA) in 2014 to bring like-minded people together to advocate for and support the
enrichment of Highland Park with arts and culture.

Colleen initially lived in Highland in the 1980’s while employed with 3M Company as a chemical engineer.   After several relocations with her husband and growing family, living in five states and eight cities, they returned to Highland in 2013 to live in their “forever home” on Pinehurst Avenue.  Colleen is currently a member of the Highland District Council (HDC) Community Development Committee, the Highland Business Association (HBA) Board, and the Parks Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Highland Bridge development.

Researcher/Writer Jane McClure: Longtime contributor to The Villager, Jane is an outstanding advocate for local journalism. She has contributed research and writing to many community histories over the years and is also an editor at Access Press.