2015 Downtown Issaquah Association Board of Directors and Staff

The Mission of the Downtown Issaquah Association is to promote and enhance the economic vitality of Historic Downtown Issaquah and support our membership through programs and events that celebrate our unique culture.  The DIA board is comprised of Issaquah small business owners and individuals who are committed to accomplishing this mission.

Steve Aholbom
Board Member since 2012

Steve is the Art Director at Artitudes Design, Winner of the 2011 Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” gold award. Steve is also on the board for artEAST and brings his creativity and leadership to DIA and chairs the marketing committee.

Lynn Rehn
Vice President
Board Member since 2009

Lynn Rehn wears a few different hats – a chef’s hat as owner of food truck My Chef Lynn and as Communications Director for Evergreen Ford. Lynn has brought her insight and cooking skills to help make DIA events successful.

Keith Watts
Board Member since 2011

Keith is downtown property owner of several building including ArtByFire, Stan’s BBQ and Vino Bella. His efforts and DIA keeps us on track and are invaluable. Keith is also on the board of the Food Bank and sits on the Economic Vitality Commission and the Downtown Vitality Task Force and is the DIA economic Committee chair.

Reisha Holton
Board Member since 2009

Reisha is a writer who brings these talents in her minute notes.  She works with Essay Mentors which supports students through all steps of the essay writing process for college admission.

Robyn Barfoot
Board Member since 2014

Robyn is the former curator for the Cougar Mountain Zoo and now ‎is a Tiger Conservationist, Educator, Speaker and Consultant.  Robyn served as the Chamber of Commerce’s Queen of Issaquah in 2012 and currently sits on the board for the Issaquah Historical Museums.  Robyn also serves on the DIA Organization and Economic committees.

Brenda DeVore
Board Member since 2013

Brenda is the Retail manager for Recology Cleanscapes at Gilman Village and is overseeing the opening of new stores in Burien and Bothell.  Brenda also serves on the DIA marketing committee.

Cynthia Freese
Board Member since 2013

Artist Cynthia Freese is the chair for the DIA Organization committee.  Her background and creativity help take DIA to the next level of communication.

Stacey Garrison
Board Member since 2015

Stacey is our newest board member although this is the second time she has served on the DIA Board. And we are glad to have her.   Stacey has worked with Rogue for over sixteen years and at the Issaquah Brewhouse for several of those.  We are glad to have her back.

Jamie Lilly
Board Member since 2014

Jamie Lilly is the Marketing Director for the Village Theatre, the award winning and leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest.   Jamie also serves on the DIA marketing committee.

Ruben Nieto
Board Member since 2011

Ruben retired in 2011 after many years of serving as head of HR for the City of Issaquah.  He can be found at most of the DIA events volunteering his time and service to serve downtown.  Ruben also is the Chairman of the Board for the Issaquah Food Bank.

Barak Rosenbloom
Board Member since 2010

Barak is the founder of Essay Mentors which supports students through all steps of the essay writing process for college admission.  Barak chairs the DIA Design committee and was awarded Innovator of the Year award at the Annual Issaquah Awards ceremony.

Karen Donovan
Executive Director
Staff Member

Karen brings over 30 years of leadership and marketing experience to the organization.  Karen is also president of Space Media, a full service advertising agency specializing in music and events.

Alison Freese
Website Coordinator
Staff Member

Allison keeps our communication with the public up to date through Constant Contact and updating our website.  Her hard work keeps us in great contact with downtown and the public.

Gaila Guiterrez
Events Coordinator
Staff Member

Prior to helping DIA produce events, Gaila took a 14 month career break to travel North and Central America on a motorcycle.  She is also the co-founder of MotoStays, a growing motorcycle community that promotes and provides home-sharing opportunities.