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 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 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.
Debbie is an independent branding and content professional who has lived in the East Isles neighborhood for the past 23 years. Along with husband, Michael, and children Max and Zoey, Debbie and her family have volunteered and/or participated in all of the EIRA events over the last two decades, including: the Ice Cream Social, the Super Sale, the Wine Tasting, the Ice Skating Party and more. The family’s chocolate lab, Saidie, spent many happy years patrolling the neighborhood and watching other dogs play at the East Isles Dog Park. In addition to serving her third year as secretary of the board, Debbie is the architect and director of the East Isles Farmers Market. You will find her there every Thursday evening from June –September along with, on occasion, her dill pickles made from cucumbers grown in her East Isles urban garden and aptly named, East Isles Dill Pickles.
Ellen Van Iwaarden
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.