Board Members

Becky Accettura

Becky Accettura

Becky has been an East Isles resident since June of 2018. She has a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and Religion from St. Olaf College. Becky works in the non-profit sector in the Twin Cities area as a Project Manager. She joined the East Isles Residents Association in December 2019 in order to be more involved with neighborhood decision-making. Becky is passionate about knowing her neighbors and staying informed about local news and issues. By participating on the Board in 2020, she hopes to engage in discussion about important topics that are affecting residents of East Isles. She is committed to racial equity and social justice and believes that neighborhood organizations have a role in achieving these goals.

Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson

Vice President

Erik is a lifelong Minneapolis resident and chooses to make East Isles his home for the lakes and walkable neighborhood. Like most people in the neighborhood, he is a renter and apartment dweller.

Laney Barhaugh

Laney Barhaugh

Laney joined the EIRA board with an interest in improving residents' lives and doing her part to help the community. She has a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning with a Community Development focus, and a particular interest in housing and homelessness. She has also served on the board of Collectively Blue, a small arts organization, for 7 years, including 4 years as chairperson. Outside of politics, Laney loves dancing, lifting heavy things, and eating delicious food.

Eric Barstad

Eric Barstad

Secretary

Eric is an attorney who lives on Girard Ave with his wife, two children, and two dogs. He and his family love bicycling around the lakes, taking the dogs for walks to Isles Dog Park and Kenwood Park, and exploring neighborhood playgrounds. Eric joined the EIRA Board because he believes East Isles is *the* place to be and he is eager to connect and work with neighbors who feel the same way.

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 Built Environment & Transportation Committee.

Natasha Dockter

Natasha Dockter

Emma Erdahl

Emma Erdahl

President

My name is Emma Erdahl. I use she/her pronouns. I work in administration for the graduate schools at St. Mary's University of Minnesota. You might find me exploring local cafes with my partner or biking around the lake. I am part of the EIRA board because I believe it is an opportunity to improve not just the lives of those who own property within the neighborhood boundaries, but also those who visit the Lake of the Isles, those who are experiencing homelessness, and those who are are renters.I believe the East Isles Residents Association has an obligation and duty to repair past harms and use our privileged position to improve the community for all.

John Erlandson

John Erlandson

John is the youngest member of the board at only 17 years of age. Though young, he has lived in East Isles his whole life and looks forward to doing everything he can to make the neighborhood the best it can be. He hopes to head the creation of a program providing outreach to new kids in the neighborhood. You can often find him at the park throwing a frisbee with some friends.

Abbie Ernst

Abbie Ernst

Abbie has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Master's degree in Water Resources Management, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!). She hopes to use educational background on the Green Team to help neighbors learn about opportunities to protect our lakes. Abbie’s favorite part of the neighborhood is the proximity to Lake of the Isles; she can often be found taking an evening stroll around the lake and enjoying a sunset paddle.

Rod Lauture

Rod Lauture

Amelia Steinkraus

Amelia Steinkraus