We are very excited to announce the results of the Steering Committee elections that were held at the Annual Membership Meeting on October, 17th. 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.
Note that we have at least three vacant positions (co-chair, Area 2 rep, and Area 3 rep). Vacancies can be filled by vote of the Steering Committee any time of the year – so please let us know if you want to take on one of those offices!
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. Indira grew up in Germany and has lived in Madison for more than 8 years.
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: 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 1: Marilou Ward
Marilou has been a homeowner in the Emerson East Neighborhood for the past 26 years. She grew up on the east side, attended East High School, and worked in Madison restaurants for 40+ years. Marilou lives with her husband David and their Boston Terrier “Mia”.
Area 1: 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: 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: vacant
Area 3: Caleb Williams
Caleb doesn’t like to talk about himself.
Area 3: vacant
Member at large: 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.