EENA Election Results

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

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.

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EENA Meeting Agenda, 11/15/2017

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm, Bashford United Methodist Church (parking and entrance at the rear)


  • Greetings, introductions, agenda review
  • Approval of October minutes
  • Written reports and updates
  • Renaming Central Park – Guest: Bob Hemauer, Madison Parks Foundation (15 mins)
  • Police Department (15 mins)
  • Alder Report (10 mins) unconfirmed
  • Pennsylvania Park: Update public art RFQ – Pennsylvania Park City Liaison Committee (10 mins)
  • Halloween Decoration Competition: Review of first annual competition (10 mins)
  • EENA Positions* (10 mins)
  • Announcements
  • Adjournment

All are welcome, however in order to vote at this meeting, you must have paid your 2017/2018 dues prior to the beginning of the meeting. The 2017/2018 membership year started in October.

*What are EENA Positions?
According to the revised EENA by-laws, every year we appoint EENA members to positions to fulfill specific responsibilities. In the past year we had the positions listed below. We are looking forward to discuss who will continue in these positions, who is joining the ranks, and what other positions we might want to create. Note that positions are different from committees. Committees are more temporary in nature. And positions are not as official a commitment as becoming an officer of EENA.

Positions in 2016/2017:

  • Adopt-A-Median volunteer (for the two traffic circles in Area 1)
  • Eastside Planning Council representative
  • Dayton Street flag manager
  • EENA Social coordinator
  • Facebook administrator/moderator
  • Nextdoor lead
  • Newsletter editor
  • Website administrator/moderator

Oscar Mayer Updates, Oct 2017

Four months after the last meats rolled down the line, the Oscar Mayer site has been bought by the Reich Brothers Holdings, LLC for an undisclosed amount. The Reich Brothers “specializes in acquiring turnkey manufacturing plants…and monetization through the auction sale process” according to Reich Brothers and Krafts’ joint press release.

While it is still early in the planning  process the City and the OSCAR group are both undertaken actions in preparations for the changes that will be happening to the site.

Within the last month, The City of Madison council has approved the Oscar Mayer Strategic Assessment Committee members.  The members include Alders, neighborhood and business leaders, and members of the surrounding community. For more information on the members of this committee please refer to Alder Palm’ post.  According to Alder Palm in his recent blog post:

  • the Committee meetings will be open to the public and you will have an opportunity to speak.
  • The Committee will be hosting listening sessions, both to gather general feedback and as we develop our concept plans.

Meanwhile the OSCAR Group is also holding a discussion meeting in partnership with the Northside Planning Council. According to their website, “the Organizing for Strategic Community Action & Representation (OSCAR) Group is a team of Madison North and East side neighborhood residents who are working together to provide an outlet for neighbors to weigh in on the future of the Kraft Heinz Oscar Mayer factory facility.”

They will be hosting this meeting in an aim “to assess community needs and benefits and to discuss options related to the future development of the Oscar Mayer site” (from the their event flyer). The meeting is on Monday November 13th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Hawthorne library.

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Halloween Decorating Competition

Greetings Neighbors, We are excited to announce that Eken Park and Emerson East neighborhoods are organizing a Halloween Competition for scariest / best Halloween decorated house in the neighborhoods! The winner will have their photo taken with the Halloween Trophy (designed and made by local artist Erica – the same artist who made the butterflies in the sculpture garden at the intersection of North and Commercial St in Eken Park) and posted on NextDoor.

In this competition, votes will be cast by neighbors from both neighborhoods and after the votes are counted, one deserving decorator extraordinaire will be declared the winner. The trophy will be on display at Dexter’s bar (with winner’s name) as well as announced on NextDoor for bragging rights. If you live in Emerson East or Eken Park neighborhoods and you want to enter your home in the competition, please send a private message with your name and address to Amanda Duesterbeck (EENA Treasurer) by Wednesday, October 25th via NextDoor.

On the morning of Saturday, October 28th, a link will be activated and posted on NextDoor. You will be able to vote from Saturday through Wednesday, November 1st at 12pm. The winner will be announced on Thursday, November 2nd on NextDoor.

We hope to continue this Halloween Competition for years to come. The Halloween Trophy will be presented to the new winner each year and it will live at Dexter’s bar indefinitely.

Let the competitive juices flow!