The Board

June 2020 – May 2021

      • Joel Federer, President
        Joel and his family 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. He strives to support a positive social, environmental and equitable impact on the neighborhood, and surrounding areas. Joel works for a medical supply company as a digital marketing specialist.
      • Kevin Ross, Vice President
        Kevin Ross has been a resident of the Armatage neighborhood since 2010. He moved to the neighborhood to be close to the lakes and all of the great parks in Minneapolis. His goal was to be within a mile of the connected parks and parkways for running and biking. Armatage was the perfect fit! He has worked for the University of Minnesota for the last 21 years as a Construction Project Manager, overseeing design and construction on campus. Kevin hopes to bring his management skills to the board. His goals for while on the board include influence on the park board’s plans for the future of Armatage Park and supporting the great activities and events the park provides for us.
      • 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.
      • Patricia “Patty” Grabski, Secretary
        Patty is originally from Philadelphia but moved to Minneapolis in 2006.  She has been a resident of Armatage since 2015 and enjoys exploring the neighborhood with her husband Ben, toddlers Remy and Annabelle and Bichon Charlie. Patty was a member of the ANA Green Team for several years prior to joining the board in 2019.  Patty joined the board to learn more about the city via civic engagement and to take a more active role in the community to help shape Armatage into a great place to live.
      • Brett Anderson
        Brett and his wife, Emily, have lived in Armatage since 2012.  They recently welcomed twin daughters to their family. Brett and Emily 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.
      • Samantha “Sam” Bild
        In 2018, Sam and her family moved to Minnesota from Tennessee. When looking for a home, they kept getting drawn to the Armatage neighborhood due to the people, green space, schools, lakes, and restaurants. As a member of the ANA, Sam hopes to work alongside fellow board members to promote community engagement programs and bring awareness to critical issues that impact our citizens. Also, Sam and her family love spending time at Armatage park and hope to support the Minneapolis Park Board with initiatives to keep this a safe and thriving hub for our community.
      • Sean D. Burke
      • 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.
      • Sharla McIntosh-Ziegler
        Sharla and her family moved to Minneapolis in 2005 primarily residing in Northeast Minneapolis before purchasing a home in Armatage in 2010. Sharla works as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the past 12 years at a Minneapolis area charter school serving students with various abilities. She lives with her husband, school-aged daughter, and preschool-aged son. Sharla and her family have grown close relationships with their neighbors and feel fortunate to be apart of such a welcoming community. In joining the board, Sharla hopes to learn more about the history of her neighborhood, how to actively engage all residents (renters and homeowners alike), improve safety measures and continue to foster positive relationships with her neighbors.
      • Donté Mearon
      • Adam Miller
        Adam and his wife, Andrea, moved to the Armatage neighborhood in April of 2017. What attracted them to this area was the great sense of community, close proximity to the lakes, and fun neighborhood restaurants within a short walking distance. Adam and his wife enjoy traveling, cooking, running and biking the lakes, and spending time with friends and family. Adam and Andrea are expecting their first child in early January 2020. Professionally, Adam is an attorney working for the Hennepin County court system on an initiative to increase access to justice and help find ways to promote positive outcomes for victims and families experiencing domestic violence.