The Board

May 2018 – May 2019

  • Joel Federer, President
    Joel and his family had lived in the metro area for over 10 years before moving to the Armatage neighborhood in 2015. Joel joined the ANA board in 2017 because he wanted to get more civically engaged and give back to the community. Joel strives to learn what is important to the residents of Armatage and figure out ways to make them a reality. He wants to have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact on the neighborhood, and surrounding areas.
  • Ryan Antkowiak, Vice President
    Ryan’s family moved to Minneapolis from Milwaukee, in 2015. His wife, Erin, has siblings that live here and they wanted their boys, Ezra and Ames, to grow up with their cousins. Ryan and his family fell in love with the Armatage Neighborhood due to the proximity to the Lakes, 50th & France, downtown Minneapolis, and the airport. It was also important to them to raise their kids in a diverse, city environment. Ryan chose to get involved with ANA because he wanted to meet people in the neighborhood as well as learn about the history of the community in which he now lives.
  • Judy Vecere, Treasurer
    Originally from New Jersey, Judy moved to Minneapolis to be close to her granddaughter. She has lived in Armatage since 2011 and joined the board to become involved in the community and learn about our city.
  • Tyler Mulcahey, Secretary
    Tyler and his partner, Andrew, have been Armatage residents since purchasing their first home together in the fall of 2017. Both lifelong Minnesotans, they currently live on the 5900 block of Morgan Avenue S with their two rescue Chihuahuas, Bentley & Piper. Tyler is a residential Mortgage Loan Officer with CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc. and Andrew is a Realtor with The Michael Kaslow Team of Keller Williams Integrity Lakes. In their free time, Tyler and Andrew enjoy walking their dogs around the neighborhood, barbecuing, enjoying a beverage on the patio, and slowly (but surely) making improvements to their home and yard. Tyler would like to join the ANA board to meet and develop sincere, meaningful relationships with his neighbors, as well as contribute ideas that will continue to build and strengthen our local community.
  • Tara Brown
    Originally from Indiana, Tara has lived in the neighborhood for over a decade.  She lives with her husband and two girls. In 2013, Tara joined the board because she wanted to be more involved in the neighborhood. You’ll find her biking to work, at the playground, or in her front yard gardening.
  • Adriana Dobrzycka
    Adriana and her family relocated to Minneapolis in the fall of 2014 and settled down in Armatage because of its green spaces and family-friendly vibe. She is from Florence, Italy and currently works at a local nonprofit. She joined the ANA to give back, to play an active role in supporting community engagement and to represent neighborhood needs as we shape the future of our community.
  • Jim Hoch
    Jim and his wife, Liz, have lived in the Armatage neighborhood since 1995. Due to twice daily walks, everyone in a 10 block radius of his house knows his dog, Hazel. Jim says he’s just the guy on the other end of the leash. His work travel schedule has become more flexible and now allows him the opportunity to be more involved with the ANA. Jim believes in a strong, vibrant neighborhood. Jim seeks to bring additional ideas to the organization to help leverage the ANA’s limited resources to achieve the greatest positive impact on the neighborhood. Jim is a small business owner with an office located in North Minneapolis.
  • Michael Kootsikas
    Michael and his wife moved back to home in 2015 after living in Chicago to be close to family. In fact, they now live two doors down from Michael’s brother and his wife who moved into the neighborhood in 2010. Michael and Metra are excited to be raising their family in a wonderful neighborhood with such great neighbors! Michael retired from the financial world when he left Chicago and now enjoys his career as a Realtor.
  • Stephanie Vigen
    Stephanie moved to the Armatage neighborhood about 4-1/2 years ago and enjoys living in the city.Stephanie works in supply chain where she collaborates with cross-functional teams to improve business processes. At work, Stephanie is also involved in a Corporate Volunteer Council as well as a Net Impact group which fosters engagement in corporate responsibility and sustainability. She is passionate about animals (she has two cats), the lakes, design, and the arts. Stephanie would like to develop a greater connection with the people in the neighborhood and to help others become more involved in the community.
  • Lara Bergman
  • Brett Anderson