The Board

May 2016 – May 2017

  • Denis Houle, President
    Denis Houle and his wife, Rebecca Borrud, have lived in Armatage since 1996 and have two sons, Anton and Dmitri.  Denis joined the board in the early 2000s after participating in neighborhood discussions about the NRP’s Phase 2 spending priorities.  Denis is currently the board president, and also represents District 2 (southwest Minneapolis) on the NCEC (Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission).
  • Kelly Falsani, Vice President
    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.
  • 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.
  • Ryan Antkowiak, Secretary
    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.
  • 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.
  • Sara Emmenecker
    I moved to Armatage with my husband, Stephen, our siamese cat and beagle in July 2015, less than one year after moving to Minneapolis from Providence, Rhode Island. I was quite active with my former neighborhood association, so I am excited to join the ANA Board. I work as a fundraiser at the University of Minnesota and am still getting to know the Twin Cities, mostly through the restaurants and breweries.
  • Steve “The Mayor” Johnson
    I joined the Armatage Neighborhood Association in 1992, henceforth being on the board almost since inception was dubbed the Mayor of ANA. My wife Mary and I live directly across the street from the park building. It’s been a great experience and continues to be great meeting new people in Armatage!
  • Bri Keeney
    I’ve lived in Armatage since 2010 with my husband, Joe. We have a one-year old and enjoy taking him swimming and to the parks. I joined the board because it’s a great way to learn about the city, and I want to contribute to our community.
  • 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!

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