Board Members

John Barnett

John Barnett

Julia Curran

Julia Curran

Andrew Degerstrom

Andrew Degerstrom

Treasurer

Andrew loves East Isles for its many amenities, its compactness and walkability, and its easy transit access. He can usually be seen walking around the neighborhood or around Lake of the Isles, so stop and say hi if you see him! Andrew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Minnesota. He is also Chair of the Transportation & Land Use Committee.

Emma Erdahl

Emma Erdahl

Emma is excited to get involved in the East Isles community after moving to the neighborhood with her partner in May 2018. When she's not working at Lund's and Byerly's she can often be found at local coffee shops

Mike Erlandson

Mike Erlandson

Mike and his wife Dawn have lived in East Isles since returning to Minnesota from DC in 1998. Today they share their home on the lake with John and Lily. Mike's best estimate is he has logged over 10,000 miles running, walking and biking around the Chain of Lakes.

John Erlandson

John Erlandson

Board Alternate

Deborah Gold

Deborah Gold

Secretary

Debbie also oversees the East Isles Farmer's Market

John Grochala

John Grochala

Steve Havig

Steve Havig

John Morrow

John Morrow

MacKenzie Nelson

MacKenzie Nelson

Vice President

Kate Svitavsky

Kate Svitavsky

Board Alternate

Ellen Van Iwaarden

Ellen Van Iwaarden

President

Ellen van Iwaarden is thrilled to be a new member of our neighborhood, moving here from the Lynnhurst neighborhood three years ago. Ellen is a lawyer who works in development with The Advocates for Human Rights, helping The Advocates engage individuals in the organization’s work and secure the resources necessary to execute its mission. Building community is a passion of hers and she is excited about the opportunity to work with the EIRA Board and volunteers to expand the community of neighbors involved in EIRA and the fantastic East Isles Farmer’s Market. Outside of work, Ellen enjoys spending time with her husband Jim, their two grown daughters, sons-in-law, and other family. She also spends as much time as she can walking her dog Callie around the Lake, golfing, gardening, and playing the piano.