We are very excited to announce the results of the Steering Committee elections that were held at the Annual Membership Meeting on October, 4th. We would like to thank all the outgoing committee members for the time they devoted to our neighborhood and welcome the new incoming committee members.
Co-Chair: Indira Ceylan
Emerson East makes a great home for Indira who loves to bike to her job at the UW, attempt to grow vegetables and flowers in a large enough yard, and still be in walking distance to neighborhood bars and restaurants. Getting involved with the neighborhood association, initially as newsletter editor, has been an ongoing lesson in municipal governance and a great way to meet neighbors and friends. Both are much needed for someone who came as young adult from Germany to a new country, state, and city.
Co-Chair: Chris Heaton
Originally from Australia, Chris has called Madison home since 2008. She lives with her husband, daughter and a flock of chickens. She enjoys painting, baking, gardening and being involved in the Neighborhood Association and has been Website Manager for the last two year.
Treasurer: Amanda Duesterbeck
Amanda bought her home on Dayton Street in December of 2010 and has been treasurer of the Neighborhood Association since November of 2011 and also organizes the Neighborhood Social. Amanda is a lover of animals, currently with ten pets in her care; she also takes pride in people commenting that her house does not smell like she has ten pets. You can usually find her walking her three dogs, playing a racket sport of some sort at East High School or drinking beer at Dexter’s Pub.
Secretary: Kayne Neigherbauer
Kayne is originally from Colorado but has called Emerson East home for the past 6 years, renting for years before buying a house with his partner mere blocks away which he also shares with their dog and 2 cats. He enjoys riding his bike and complaining about the lack of coffee shops in the Emerson East area.
Area 1 Representative: Gail Piper
Gail has lived in Emerson East for 19 years. She worked for US Bank in Commercial Banking before retiring seven years ago. She enjoys her hobbies which include beading and gardening. Gail is a Master Gardener Volunteer for Dane County Extension and some of her required hours are spent tending the 3rd & E Dayton Street traffic calming circle. Gail also volunteers for the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison where she fills a number of roles including serving on both the Board of Governors and Fund Raising Committee.
Area 1 Representative: Tracey Teodecki
Tracey has lived in the Emerson East neighborhood for 21 years. Gardening is a passion for her, and she shares the garden space in her large yard with her doggie friend. Tracey is happy to say that she has gotten to know many of her neighbors over the years. A Realtor by trade and previously an employee at WI DNR where she purchased land and conservation easements for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. Tracey is also passionate about animal welfare and volunteers in animal rescue for the Dane County Humane Society and nationally for the ASPCA.
Area 2 Representative: Adrienne Sella
Adrienne has enjoyed living our neighborhood since 2007 and is originally from Michigan. She is a realtor that has been actively involved with the association since she moved here and has represented the neighborhood on city committees (Emerson East-Eken Park-Yahara Plan Committee, Union Corners Committee and East Isthmus Neighborhood Planning Council). You can also read her real estate article in the neighborhood newsletter.
Area 2 Representatives: Derek McRoberts
Derek is a lifelong Madisonian with a few other states and countries along the way. Graduate of East High School and UW Madison; Derek spent a decade working in environmentally responsible disposal of electronic waste before moving into the public sector. Derek currently works for the WI Department of Justice Firearms Unit as well as serving as an Army Reservist with the 469th Engineer Company. Derek is a strong proponent of good beer, good cheese, and treating all of humanity with basic human decency.
Area 3 Representatives: Diane Farsetta
Diane has lived in Emerson East since 2007, with her husband and canine and chicken friends. She’s a year-round bicycle commuter with a commitment to building community, gardening using permaculture design, and enjoying bloody mary brunches at the Tip Top.
Area 3 Representatives: Tim Cordon
Tim is a strong proponent of dismantling white supremacy culture, patriarchy, capitalism, and all other forms of oppression that keep us from creating a beloved community based on honoring and sustaining life. He is a founding member of the Sustainable Saturday Night Team which hosts potlucks and programs promoting justice and sustainability, on the 4th Saturday Night of each month (Jan-Nov) at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Emerson East. Tim dreams about and strives to realize the People’s One Whole Earth Revolution of Love. Tim would love to get to know others in the neighborhood who share his passion for equity and survival. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member at Large Representatives: Barb Jenkin
Barb Jenkin has lived in the Emerson-East Neighborhood for the past 17 years with her husband and two cats. She enjoys gardening, canoeing, hiking, and bird watching. She has made her yard “bird-friendly” and keeps track of the birds she has seen over the years.