Noel was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Duluth. He has lived in Ham Lake since 1998. Noel and his wife have 2 children and they are the proud grandparents to 5 grandchildren and 3 great -grandchildren. Noel spent most of his career as a printer until he returned to college to study information technology. He now works as the Director of Customized Training for Anoka Technical Community College.
Noel’s passion for his community has led him to volunteer for multiple nonprofit and community organizations including the Blaine - Ham Lake Rotary club, which brought him to Guatemala where he has built an education center, nutrition center, and a training building for the women and children living in remote villages.
Another one of Noel’s passions is firefighting. He joined the Ham Lake Fire Department as a third-generation firefighter until an injury required him to retire. Noel was still active with the Department's Santa Clause event where he played Santa to every neighborhood in the city! Noel has also been active in the schools in Anoka County by mentoring, and providing scholarships and dictionaries for grade school children. His children and grandchildren attended Blaine High School.
Noel holds a leadership role with a new Presbyterian church development called Chain of Lakes. Chain of Lakes is in Blaine and is in the process of building a brand-new worship space. Chain of Lakes supports many of the homeless projects in Anoka county and has ties to Stepping Stone, Hope 4 Youth and Cambia Hills in the future.
Noel has been called to run for Anoka County Commission because he cares deeply about the community. He feels strongly that our community deserves fair, honest, and transparent representation. The Anoka County Commission manages the fourth largest county budget in the state and that means your Commissioners should listen to you and act in an honorable way.