May 2018 – May 2019
- Joel Federer, President
My wife and two young boys have lived in the Armatage neighborhood for nearly two years. I am running for the ANA board because I want to be more civicly engaged and give back to the community. I want to learn what is important to the residents of Armatage, listen to their ideas, and figure out ways to make them a reality. I want to help build and strengthen our community. I want to have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact on our neighborhood, and surrounding areas, through a variety of methods including family-fun activities, educational and support programs, and potentially renewable energy initiatives.
- Ryan Antkowiak, Vice President
My family moved to Minneapolis from Milwaukee, in 2015. My wife, Erin, has siblings that live here and we wanted our boys, Ezra (5) & Ames (2) to grow up with their cousins. We 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 us to raise our kids in a diverse, city environment. I chose to get involved with ANA because I wanted to meet people in my neighborhood as well as learn about the history of the community in which I live.
- Judy Vecere, Treasurer
Originally from New Jersey, I moved to Minneapolis to be close to my granddaughter. I’ve 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, I’ve lived in the twin cities for 10 year and now in the Armatage neighborhood with my husband and two girls for seven years. I joined the board because I wanted to be more involved in the neighborhood. You’ll find me on the ice rink, at the playground, or in my front yard garden.
- Adriana Dobrzycka
Having relocated to Minneapolis in the fall of 2014, my husband and I chose to settle down in Armatage because of its green spaces and family-friendly vibe (and the many playgrounds which my 2 daughters love!). I am originally from Florence, Italy and I currently work at a local nonprofit, Children’s HeartLink where I head programs in India and Vietnam. I would like to join the ANA to give back, to play an active role in supporting community engagement [for example, by working to expand inclusive spaces (and places) for community members to connect; efforts to welcome community newcomers etc.] and to represent neighborhood needs as we shape the future of our community!
- Kelly Falsani
I’m a 5 plus year resident of Armatage and my wife and I believed that getting involved early on would be a great way to meet neighbors, learn about the neighborhood and its priorities. We have a six year old boy and almost four year old girl. We look forward to being involved in this community and the city’s community for years to come.
- Jim Hoch
My wife Liz and I have lived in the Armatage neighborhood since 1995. Due to twice daily walks, everyone in a 10 block radius of our house knows my dog Hazel; I’m just the guy on the other end of the leash. My work travel schedule has become more flexible and now allows me the opportunity to be more involved with the ANA. I believe in a strong, vibrant neighborhood. I believe I can bring additional ideas to the organization which will help leverage the ANA’s limited resources to achieve the greatest positive impact on our neighborhood. I am a small business owner with our 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.
- Laurel Luxenberg
My wife Rebecca and I moved to Minneapolis from Portland, OR, in 2012. We moved to armatage in 2014, five months before our daughter was born. I joined the board because I think it’s important to be involved in my community, and would eventually like to get more involved in local politics. Avid Seahawks and Lynx fan!
- Stephanie Vigen
I moved to the Armatage neighborhood about 4-1/2 years ago and I definitely enjoy living in the city. I work in supply chain where I collaborate with cross-functional teams to improve business processes. At work, I am also involved in a Corporate Volunteer Council as well as a Net Impact group which fosters engagement in corporate responsibility and sustainability. In my life, I am passionate about animals (I have two cats), the lakes, design, and the arts. I would like to join the Armatage board to develop a greater connection with the people in my neighborhood and to help others become more involved in their communities.