2017 Downtown Issaquah Association Board of Directors and Staff

The mission of the Downtown Issaquah Association is to promote and enhance the vitality of Historic Downtown Issaquah 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.

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.

Christina Bruning
Vice President

Board Member since 2016

Christina, a long time Olde Town resident, is well versed in all things Issaquah. She brings leadership, technology, and project management experience from Weyerhaeuser, Nordstrom, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Christina is the Founder and Managing Director of a business and cultural exchange program, and has diverse regional and national nonprofit board experience.

Position Open


Open position

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.

Joe Deutschman
Board Member since 2017

Joe Deutschman is a Tahoma HS and Central Washington graduate.  He has been with Marriott since 2009 and in the capacity of General Manager for the last 6 years. He is happy to have recently moved back home from Portland Oregon to open a new hotel and be closer to family.  He loves living downtown with his wife and can be found walking his Pekingese Chichiwawa around the hatchery on a daily basis or up hiking Poo Poo point.  His favorite Issaquah Holidays are Salmon Days and wine walks!

Madeleine Erthardt
Board Member since 2017

Madeleine Erthardt, a pentalingual global nomad has lived all over the world, settled in small town Issaquah 13 years ago. She helped open up a Game Development School in India, Lafayette, LA, and Seattle, WA and recently received her Master’s in Philosophy, Mythology, and Yoga.   Her passions include Human Rights, and Kids Advocacy.  She has three children and on Wednesdays, you can find her cooking a delicious meal to feed the local homeless.   She loves meeting new people so please say Hello when you see her roaming around the streets of our wonderful town.

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.

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.

Andrea Snyder
Board Member since 2015

Andrea is the City of Issaquah liaison for our board.  As Economic Development Manager for the City of Issaquah, Andrea as worked closely with the DIA board for over four years.  We just made it official in 2015.  Her guidance and assistance has helped grow DIA to where it is today.

Carla Villar
Board Member since 2016

Carla recently joined the board.  She is the new Executive Director of artEAST and we are very excited to have her join us.  She is a self professed strategic planning advocate and we welcome her input and expertise.  She is a graduate of Leadership Eastside and has an immigration lawyer background.

Brenda DeVore
Executive Director

Brenda has built her career around retail development consulting, event planning, waste reduction, sales, marketing, community engagement and customer service. She has a passion for actively supporting her community, building community relationships and the environment. Past clients include business development for Recology, The Shops at Swedish, Seattle Homes and Lifestyles magazine.  She is married with two sons and enjoys cycling, mountain biking, rowing, camping, hiking, gardening, and entertaining.