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, Metra, moved back to their home state in 2015, after living in Chicago for 7 years, to be close to family. In fact, they now live two doors down from Michael’s brother and his wife who moved into Armatage in 2010. Michael and Metra are excited to be raising their family in a wonderful neighborhood with such great neighbors! Michael joined the board to ensure Armatage remains a family-friendly neighborhood for years to come. Michael retired from the financial world when he left Chicago and now enjoys a career as a commercial and residential Realtor.
  • Stephanie Vigen
    Stephanie moved to Armatage from the suburbs in 2012 and really enjoys living in the city. Professionally she works in supply chain for a national retailer and collaborates with cross-functional teams to improve business processes. She is passionate about animals and the arts and strives to do something creative each day. In the neighborhood, you can find her walking and biking around the lakes or attempting to improve her green thumb. Stephanie joined the board to develop a greater connection with the people in the community and to become more knowledgeable about city plans that can impact Armatage residents.
  • Lara Bergman
    Lara has lived in the Armatage neighborhood since spring of 2014 with her husband and two young children. Having grown up just a mile from where she lives now, she was so happy to have made this vibrant neighborhood home. She loves running the lakes with her dog, gardening and keeping her palate up to date with the local food scene. Her professional background is working with children and families, primarily as a Montessori teacher, and she currently serves as chair of the board at a small Montessori school in St. Paul. Lara enjoys serving on the ANA board because she loves to connect with and give back to her community. She is also passionate about social justice and equity and wants to do her part to make Armatage a welcoming place for all of our neighbors.
  • Brett Anderson
    Brett and his wife, Emily, have lived in Armatage since 2012. They both enjoy the friendly nature of the people and the community in Armatage along with its proximity to so much green space for walking, biking and running. Professionally, Brett works for the City of Minneapolis and has worked in or around the public sector his entire career. Brett joined the board in order to continue to build community in the neighborhood, to help represent the views of the Armatage residents and to help inform residents about local government decisions and the issues that impact the neighborhood.