YOUR 2021-22 BHNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES

Below is a little bit of information for each of the nominees for the BHNA 2021-22 Board of Directors. You have the opportunity to vote for one of each of the officer positions and three at-large directors. There is also a place for a write-in candidate.

 

Running for President

Jason Marsden
I currently serve as the BHNA's Secretary. It was my first year as a Board member and I have lived in the neighborhood (on Fox St.) for about 18 months. I am a 20-year nonprofit CEO who has recently moved into political and nonprofit strategy, communications and governance consulting with a progressive focus. I am offering myself as a candidate for President in hopes that I can help our Board and membership team continue the amazing work that has gone on for so many years to increase livability, sustainability, economic prosperity and social equity in this wonderful neighborhood.

 

Running for Vice-President

Diego Rosero
I have had the opportunity to meet many neighbors this past year but I want to tell you a bit about myself and why I am running for VP of the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association. Denver has been my home for the last three and a half years. Baker is the only neighborhood I've ever lived in Denver (with the exception of one month in Lodo-will not do that again!) and I fell hard for Baker. From the amazing neighbors to the historic Victorian houses, the shops and bars on S. Broadway, Dailey Park and UMS, I love it all. I moved to Denver from DC after most of the last decade in the US Treasury Department conducting counter terrorism financing and anti-money laundering. I am running for VP of the BHNA because there is an opportunity to step up and help my community and neighbors, because I want to see Baker continue to flourish, because I want to be an active participant in Baker's future, and because none of the other four-letter neighborhoods in Denver have nothing on Baker! I would love to serve on the BHNA board if you would have me. I look forward to meeting more neighbors (hopefully in person in a not too distant future).

 

Running for Treasurer

Lisa McIntyre
I just moved to Baker in January but have been in Central Denver most of my life. I'd love to participate in  the association to some capacity as I realize the impact that these neighborhood associations make in a community. AND, I dig being involved in my "backyard."

Additionally, I'm interested in being on the Board as the Treasurer. Why? Because I'll be close to the variety of issues that arise in the 'hood and I can contribute to the Association. I managed a small commercial building in Cap Hill for 10 years, performing such duties as accounting, paying bills, invoicing, reconciling and providing ownership monthly reports. I recently left that position to re-ignite my residential real estate career, where I have at least three decades of experience.

 

Running for Secretary

Marieka Buhlmann
It has been a pleasure to serve on the board as an at-large member for the past three years!
Some of the things I've done and particularly enjoyed are:

  • Representing the neighborhood in the South Central Transportation Workgroup, which is in the planing stage and will link the Baker Area Neighborhood Plan with the larger city of Denver (there was a rep at our March meeting who went over the scope. I'll be keeping you updated as planning progresses),
  • Organizing a Spring Fling, and
  • Assisting the organizing of the 2019 Ice Cream Social

I am also your neighborhood representative on the Marijuana Licensing Work Group, which has had some delays in getting off the ground due to Covid; hopefully, we're going to get moving soon.

Please ask me any questions (marieka.bakerboard@gmail.com) regarding myself, the work groups, or anything else; my priority is that your voices are heard. I believe the strongest basis for a democratic society is a connected and informed local community.

 

Running for Directors At-Large

Jason Thomas
I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Baker Historic Neighborhood Association as an at-large member this coming election. If elected, this will be my second time on the board, having served for a year in 2019/20. I have missed being able to contribute to our wonderful Baker neighborhood as a board member. I have lived in Colorado for a large part of my life, including my formative high school years, and cannot think of any other place I would rather be. The past three years living in Baker has only strengthened my love for our city and state, albeit not perfect or without its issues. Our neighborhood is, in my opinion, the best mix of urban living with its wonderful homes and amazing businesses. I want to do what I can on the board to continue to strengthen and represent our diverse community. The Covid pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone, but it is my belief that maintaining a strong community will be the key to weathering this event together. I not only live in Baker but I work here as well. I am a software developer and have had the privilege to work from home during the last year, but am looking forward to returning to the Fyin.com offices on Broadway.  My priorities for the Baker neighborhood if I were to become a board member are 1) promote inclusion and neighborhood engagement, 2) ensure our voices are heard when there are city and state level decisions that affect us, and 3) act as a conduit and liaison to any of my neighbors who want to voice concerns or opportunities to improve the Baker neighborhood. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Mendi Twedt

I moved to Baker this year.  Although I was not on the board in my previous neighborhood community in Aurora, I was very active in our neighborhood with socials, family activities, and efforts to unite neighbors and friends.  

I am interested in becoming a board member because I think the Baker neighborhood is such an amazing community with so many great people and places to meet.  I would like to be a part of helping to grow our community, unite people across Baker, and help grow the small businesses within our community.  Some of my applicable experience includes 20+ years of corporate business, small business ownership, as well as volunteer board member services.

 

Shaylee Zaugg
Out of the past ten plus years I have spent about eight of them living in Colorado. The only exceptions have been my year in London getting a master's degree in urban studies and my move to New York City two and a half years ago for my job working for Project for Public Spaces, a planning and design nonprofit that helps people strengthen their communities through public space. Since the pandemic began our team has been working remotely, which has afforded me the opportunity to be back in Denver. I've experienced living at University of Denver during undergrad and also the University Hills and Cory-Merrill neighborhoods, but since January, I've been renting in Baker. Living here feels like a complete circle because exploring the Broadway/Alameda area was one of the very first outings outside of DU's campus that I did after first moving here. So far, I have really appreciated living in Baker, especially as someone without a car who loves to run, walk, access transit, and do errands easily within the neighborhood. At work and in life I am passionate about impactful community engagement, and so I would be happy to join the BHNA board for the opportunity to grow relationships with my neighbors and become an engaged member in my new neighborhood.

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